With the bye weeks in full effect, we are all missing weekly starters in our lineups. This makes starts/sits not only more important, but that much more difficult. Have at it.
Trevor Siemian, QB, DEN
I hate to say this, but with the injury plague and DRC suspension, I think an embarassing performance in Mile High is inevitable. Not only will the Broncos No. 1 defense put the clamps down, but I also see them scoring at will against our underachieving secondary.
Jerrick McKinnon, RB, MIN
JET realized his nickname on MNF against the Bears, while also making fellow running mate Latavius Murray look stuck in the mud. Green Bay is not a daunting matchup, and with 15+ touches almost a certainty considering his receiving chops, McKinnon is an easy RB2 this week.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
Some may be scared off by the trade for Adrian Peterson, but Ellington’s role as the passing back is secure. AP will not play on third downs, nor in catch-up offense, which lends confidence to Ellington’s opportunities. He’s a flex in standard and a high-end RB2 in PPR against a leaky Bucs defense.
Golden Tate, WR, DET
I didn’t draft Tate this year, and so far so good. His price seemed too lofty for the consistency (or lack thereof), and he hasn’t had any blow up games to justify the upside. That could all change this weekend in New Orleans against the Saints suspect pass defense. Tate is a dome/turf athlete that should get loose and finally reward his fantasy fans.
Jack Doyle, TE, IND
Doyle is back and has been missed by Jacoby Brissett. Minus T.Y. Hilton, the Colts don’t have another reliable receiver, especially between the hashmarks. Doyle gets a plus matchup against the Titans, and I’m banking on 8+ targets and a spike.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
It’s become an offseason tradition that Ben discusses retirement, but this year it may have been different. He doesn’t look himself, and seems mentally rattled like a rookie. Heading to Arrowhead Stadium and taking on arguably the best team in the NFL, I’m looking elsewhere for a starting QB this week.
Jay Ajayi, RB, MIA
Similar to Big Blue, the Dolphins look like a lost team, both on and off the field. Though it’s hard to bench a player you drafted in the first or second round, I don’t see how you can trust Ajayi right now. Jay Cutler doesn’t appear to care, and the Ravens defense isn’t a welcoming matchup to boot. Look elsewhere.
Roger Lewis Jr., WR, NYG
I know Lewis was a popular add this week, and obviously the targets should be there. But what won’t be there will be space to run and time for Eli to throw. Lewis could become a nice WR3 option down the stretch, but I’m not risking that against Denver’s swarming defense.
Adrian Peterson, RB, ARI
AP got interesting again after his trade to Arizona, but let’s think about this one first. He had no success in New Orleans, who have a better offensive line and QB than the Cardinals. All he’s guaranteed is more carries, but Arizona will continue to throw the ball, leaving AP limited upside. A 12/43/0 line feels right.