An unexpected, wild week in the NFL has passed us and it sure was fun to watch.
Your top four point-getters in standard leagues were Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (41.34 points in a loss to New Orleans), Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (41 points in an exciting loss to the New York Giants), Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (37.1 points in a loss to Houston) and Giants QB Daniel Jones (34.24 points during his comeback victory against the Bucs).
Let’s check out who you should start or sit for this week, along with their projected fantasy stats:
Who to start
1) QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Seattle) - 19.46 points
Kyler Murray is here to stay and it’s clear he’s no pushover. He may not be Tom Brady, but he’ll solidify the quarterback position in Arizona for years to come. We’re also beginning to see real fantasy value out of Murray, who’s expected to put up 19.46 points against Seattle at home on Sunday.
2) RB Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants (vs. Washington) - 10.76 points
With star running back Saquon Barkley out for extended time with an ankle sprain, Wayne Gallman will take over at running back. For those desperate for a low RB2 or flex, Gallman could fit the bill. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will need him to produce if he hopes to continue the magic after Sunday’s offensive explosion in Tampa. The Giants take on the Redskins at home on Sunday.
3) RB Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona) - 16.44 points
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he’s still committed to running back Chris Carson. That’s good because Carson is about to go against the NFL’s fourth-worst run defense, averaging 157 rush yards against per game. Carson is scheduled to earn 16.44 points on Sunday.
Who to sit
1) RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. Philadelphia) - 15.43 points
I’m not sold on Jones this week against the NFL’s second-best run defense, averaging less than 60 rushing yards against per game.
Jones was limited in Monday’s practice, not a good sign for the Thursday nighter. And on top of all that, Matt Lafleur is giving more touches to backup RB Jamaal Williams now.
2) RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (vs. Baltimore) - 15.38 points
Like Philly’s run defense, Baltimore’s run defense is for real. Averaging a stingy 60.3 rush yards against per game, the Ravens will give Nick Chubb his money’s worth. With Baker Mayfield’s abundant passing options available, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chubb sees less action. I’m not saying he’ll get zero points, but I don’t buy the 15.38 point prediction he’s currently getting.
3) RB Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati) - N/A
After putting up a goose egg against the 49ers, the backup RB for Pittsburgh is no longer a viable option for flex plays. Some fantasy owners thought he might get decent touches behind James Connor, but this hasn’t materialized and the Steelers offense is quickly going down the drain. For 10-team leagues there are better waiver wire options out there.
Let’s see how I did last week:
Bears WR Allen Robinson: 9 points
Panthers WR DJ Moore: 12.9 points
Redskins WR Terry McLaurin: 16.0 points
Bengals WR John Ross III: 1.2 points
Saints RB Latavius Murray: 0.2 points
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson: 3.9 points