Wow! If you stayed up you saw a terrific Thursday night football game between the Chiefs and the Raiders. A game that saw seven lead changes. The Raiders with 18 seconds left score a touchdown, have it over turned, score another touchdown to Crabtree, this time taken away by an offensive pass interference. Chiefs take a holding penalty with three seconds left to put the Raiders at the five yard line. Two untimed plays later, Derek Carr hits Michael Crabtree for a touchdown to tie the game. The extra point would barely be converted and the Raiders steal one at home from the Chiefs. Point Per Reception scoring has Amari Cooper with his first breakout game of the season outscoring his entire six week season so far with forty-four points. Alex Smith ended with thirty-five and Derek Carr with thirty points. If you played players in Thursday night football your probably pretty happy. Here’s who you can play from Sunday and Monday games, and who you probably shouldn’t in a Start/Sit segment from Perched on the Maryland Sports Blog.
Matt Ryan- I get it, this one is tough. Ryan has as many or more interceptions as touchdowns in each of his past three games and has thrown for more than one touchdown in just one game this season. EVERY quarterback to face New England has thrown for more than 300 yards against them. The Patriots are giving up 24.19 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs so far, and I expect the Patriots to have no issue putting up points on Atlanta.
Dak Prescott- Dak has been hot, scoring 22-plus fantasy points in each of his last three games. He should continue to produce against the 49ers, who have allowed 18-plus fantasy points to three of the last four quarterbacks to face them. That includes a pair of monster 23-plus point performances.
Phillip Rivers- Rivers finished with 14.2 fantasy points in a win over the Raiders. He should remain on the bench against the Broncos, who have allowed just 14.5 points to quarterbacks. Rivers has finished with fewer than 14 fantasy points in all but three of his 12 career home starts against the Denver Broncos.
Jameis Winston- Even if Winston plays for the Bucs, honestly he’s not playing for you on the road against a Bills team that has given up two passing touchdowns all season long and has allowed only two quarterbacks to score double-digit fantasy points this season. Ideally your finding another quarterback to pick up off the waiver wire, or hope you already have a second QB on your roster.
Running Back START
Jordan Howard- Howard has had 55 carries, more than any other running back in the league. The Panthers have allowed a running back score in three of their past four games.
Mark Ingram- Ingram went off against the Lions last week in an insanely high scoring game, posting two touchdowns and 30 PPR points in his first game of the season without Peterson on the roster. The Alabama product along with his backfield mate Alvin Kamara should remain in fantasy lineups against a Packers defense that has allowed double-digit PPR points to seven different backs.
Running Back SIT
LeGarrette Blount- Blount has been a roller coaster fantasy player for owners this season, scoring nine or fewer points in two straight games after going for double digits in the previous two. I’d want to keep him on the bench against the Redskins, who have allowed just three rushing touchdowns to backs and held Blount to 46 yards on the ground back in Week 1!
Sammy Watkins- Watkins, finished with 2.1 PPR points last week. He’s now had fewer than three PPR points in three straight games, so this is more of a trend than an outlier for the injury plagued receiver. While the matchup against Arizona would be a lot better if corner Patrick Peterson were sidelined, Watkins remains very tough to trust.
Tight End START
Jimmy Graham- Graham has caught fire after a slow start, scoring 10-plus PPR points in three straight games despite scoring just one touchdown in that time. He should find the end zone this week, though, as he’ll face a Giants defense that has surrendered the most yards, the most touchdown catches and the most fantasy points to tight ends.
Tight End SIT
Coby Fleener- Fleener has seen his numbers sink in recent weeks, as he’s scored a combined 7.2 fantasy points in his last three games and was held without a point in last week’s high scoring win over the Detroit Lions. Next is a date with the Packers, who haven’t allowed a touchdown and rank as the third-toughest defense for opposing tight ends to score against.