Another week of the NFL has already kicked off, so we at Maryland Sports Blog decided to give our start em’ sit em’s for this week. Credit to Matt Bachota for contributing by providing the players.
Start: Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger
Although the Panthers offense scored a whopping 16 points against the Dallas Cowboys last week, Carolina plays a Falcons defense that is without Linebacker, Deion Jones for 6-8 weeks and Safety, Keanu Neal for the remainder of the season. Expect Newton to rush the ball repeatedly and to have over 25 pass attempts through the game. Next, Steelers Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is a definite start even with the poor performance against the Browns defense last week. Although Roethlisberger threw three interceptions which resulted in a tie, he plays a weak Chiefs defense which gave up 28 points to the Chargers last week. In addition to, Roethlisberger is bound to throw for 30 or more pass attempts and expect him to target star Wide Reciever, Antonio Brown several times.
Sit: Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles
First, Browns slinger, Tyrod Taylor threw 40 passes last week and only completed 15 of them despite having over 70 yards on the ground, including a touchdown. Additionally, Taylor matches up against a Saints defense which is bound to force incompletions with their star Defensive Back, Marshon Lattimore. Secondly, Nick Foles only threw for 117 yards last week and the Eagles were showcasing the run game as Philadelphia didn’t trust Foles to throw the ball. Adding on to that, Foles is ranked as QB 31 in NFL.com leagues, proving that he is not the best fantasy option to stream.
Start: James Connor and Jordan Howard
Steelers Halfback, James Connor is a start as he put on a display by rushing for 135 yards and scoring two rushing touchdowns. With Le’Von Bell continuing to decline to play, expect Connor to get most of the rushing attempts this week. Next, Bears Running Back, Jordan Howard is expected to get more carries this week as he only received 15, despite rushing for 82 yards and having 25 receiving yards.
Sit: LeSean McCoy and Derrick Henry
Bills Running Back, LeSean McCoy, struggled against an excellent Ravens defense as he only scored 2.10 points in standard leagues and rushed for 22 yards. Next, Derrick Henry is a sit due to Dion Lewis getting most of the workload and Lewis provides more production as he can be used as a receiving back as well.
Start: T.Y. Hilton and Juju Smith-Schuster
Colts pass catcher, T.Y. Hilton, matches up against a weak Redskins secondary, despite them having Josh Norman as their top Defensive Back. Hilton hauled in 5 receptions along with 46 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals defense in Week 1. Next, Steelers Wide Reciever, Juju Smith-Schuster, is a solid number two Wide Reciever option due to him matching up against a weak Kansas City Cornerback group.
Sit: Chris Hogan and Robby Anderson
Patriots reciever, Chris Hogan, matches up against one of the best secondaries in the league in the Jaguars and did not recieve many passes last week against the Texans. Next, Jets Wideout, Robby Anderson, faces off against the Miami Dolphins secondary and only hauled in 1 reception for 41 yards and a Touchdown.
Start: Zach Ertz and George Kittle
Despite only scoring 4.8 points in non-PPR leagues last week, look for Zach Ertz to make an impact this week as he faces a weak Buccaneers defense. On the other hand, George Kittle is expected to get plenty of playing time today as he is the number one Tight End on the 49ers and scored 9 points last week.
Sit: Jack Doyle and Charles Clay
Sitting Jack Doyle of Indianapolis is ideal due to Eric Ebron being the clear number 1 Tight End and not to mention, Ebron scored over 11 points last week against the Bengals. Next, Charles Clay faces a tough Chargers defense and will not get many opportunities for yards as Josh Allen will make his first NFL start.
Start: Justin Tucker and Wil Lutz
First, Justin Tucker is expected to get plenty of opportunities for points as the Ravens put up 47 last week, allowing Tucker to kick throughout the game. Next, Wil Lutz is once again a start because the Saints will look to put 30 or more points up on the Browns and Lutz shall score 8-10 points.
Sit: Harrison Butker and Dustin Hopkins
Harrison Butker isn’t expected to get many Field Goal chances as the Chiefs will most likely play aggressively on 4th downs since they play the Steelers. Secondly, Dustin Hopkins of the Redskins isn’t expected to score much at all as well as the Redskins match up against a terrible Colts defense and will most likely score touchdowns over field goals.
Start: Rams and Chargers
The Rams defense and special teams is an ideal start due to them absolutely crushing the Raiders, including scoring 17 points with 1 sack and 3 interceptions. The Chargers defense and special teams is also an ideal start as the Chargers play the Bills who have rookie, Josh Allen making his first NFL start.
Sit: Titans and Steelers
The Steelers are a sit this week as they matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs who are bound to score plenty of points. The Titans are a bench this week due to them playing the Texans, who despite may not have both Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller completely healthy for the entirety of the game, they will still manage to score with weapons like Deshaun Watson and Lamar Miller.
Again, credit to Matt Bachota(mbhershey2 on twitter), Perched on the Gridirion, and myself(Asuchdeve on twitter).