Another week of Football is here and that means we at Maryland Sports Blog are here to give you our starts and sits for this week. Credit to Matt Bachota for contributing to this article. Moreover, Maryland Sports Blog will be covering the Redskins-Buccaneers game this weekend.
Start: Baker Mayfield and Nick Mullens
Baker Mayfield faces the 30th ranked defense for NFL.com leagues and despite committing mulitple turnovers in several games, look for Mayfield to at least obtain 20 points against a banged up Falcons defense. Yes, you may think we’re crazy, but listen to this. Nick Mullens is a start for this week, as he produced 22.18 fantasy points last week against a weak Raiders defense, and he’ll be at home this week yet again as he faces a losing confidence Giants defense. Adding on, Mullens showed bright spots against Oakland, and don’t be surprised if he has another breakout game.
Sit: Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson
Matthew Stafford matches up against a Bears defense that only let up 12.22 points to Nathan Peterman, who may not be as talented as Stafford, but it shows that Chicago’s defense is a force that will contain position players such as the Quarterback. Additionally, Stafford’s last three games haven’t been pleasant, as they go as follows, 17.58 points, 17 points, and 6.56 points. Russell Wilson faces the always tough Los Angeles Rams and will look to throw short passes and not test the likes of Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Peters through the air. Despite giving up 31.44 points to Drew Brees last week, look for the Rams to use their defensive line full of first round picks to pressure Russell Wilson into bad throws.
Start: Tevin Coleman and Aaron Jones
Tevin Coleman shocked fantasy owners last week by producing 27.60 non PPR fantasy points in a tough on paper matchup against the Redskins last week. Look for Coleman to have another huge game on the ground as Devonta Freeman continues to battle a groin injury, and he is also on IR. Aaron Jones may have fumbled last week, which may also cost him a small portion of the workload, however, he is in a favorable matchup against the Miami Dolphins who have given up plenty of fantasy points to running backs this season, as just a few weeks ago, Lamar Miller recorded 19.30 non PPR points in a win over Miami.
Sit: Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson
Kerryon Johnson faces a tough Chicago front seven and is coming off a 4.40 non PPR point performance where he was held to just 37 rushing yards. A tough matchup will make it an easy decision to sit Johnson, as he’s not a top tier runner. Adrian Peterson may have been having a resurgence of a season, however, he had an awful 3.30 point performane against a weak Falcons defense, and he faces another weak defense which may tempt Alex Smith to throw the ball, rather than handing it off.
Start: Tyler Boyd and Vance McDonald
Tyler Boyd has been surprisngly a great WR2 and flex option, as he has obtained 3 10+ point performances in the last week for non PPR leagues. Watch for Boyd to continue to be a great weapon in Andy Dalton’s arsenal against the Saints this weekend. Next, Vance McDonald may be splitting playing time with Jesse James, but he is due for another game with 50 or more yards with a touchdown as he is the 17th ranked tight end in NFL.com leagues. McDonald faces a Panthers defense that surrendered 17 points to O.J. Howard last week.
Sit: Allen Robinson and Jared Cook
Allen Robinson faces a tough Lions secondary who held Adam Thielen to under 100 recieving yards last week, which is a first this season. Robinson will likely get a limited amount of targets as the Bears appear to be a run-heavy team with the likes of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Jared Cook is up against a Chargers defense that is coming off a road victory in Seattle, and they only let up 17 total points to their entire offense. Additionally, you may want to avoid starting Raiders players, as the team itself has been an abysmal.
Start: Robbie Gould and Josh Lambo
Robbie Gould will look to get a ton of chances to make field goals as he faces a decent Giants defense. In addition to, Gould has had four games with 10 or more fantasy points this season. Josh Lambo is a start due to him facing a weak Colts defense and despite being on the road, look for the Jaguars offense to at least play decent football against an inconsistent Colts defense.
Sit: Matt Prater and Dustin Hopkins
With Matt Prater facing the Bears defense, look for him to be seen on the field just a few times this Sunday, as he is slowly declining as a kicker and is not able to make long field goals anymore. Dustin Hopkins may be facing a terrible Tampa Bay defense, however, he only recorded 2 points against an injury riddled Falcons defense, and look for the Redskins offense to continue to struggle to score despite facing the Buccaneers.
Start: Jets and Chargers
The Jets face argubaly the worst rostered team in football, as the Bills simply cannot find ways to score. Look for New York to force a plenty amount of turnovers, as they face Nathan Peterman. The Chargers also face a terrible rostered team in the Raiders, who scored just 3 points last week against the 49ers.
Sit: Browns and Lions
The Browns matchup against one of the best offenses in football in the Falcons. With the likes of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Tevin Coleman, look for Atlanta to score a plenty on Sunday. The Lions face a Bears offense who scored 41 points last week, and despite it being against the Bills, Chicago has an abudant amount of weapons that the Lions need to worry about.