By: Ryan Hawks (@RyanWorldEater)
Welcome to the first ever World Eater Fantasy Football Start/Sit List. We’ve sifted through the matchups for this week to carefully choose two matchups where players are likely to ball out, and two matchups where they’re likely to bunk out. Let’s start things off with quarterbacks and wide receivers. Stay tuned later for the running backs and tight ends
On paper this looks like a week where Smith’s numbers could fall. The Steeler’s defense has been solid this season against quarterbacks, allowing an average quarterback rating of only 68.5. They’ve also given up the second fewest points to signal callers in fantasy.
Still, the Steelers haven’t exactly been playing against quality quarterbacks. This season they’ve only had to face the likes of Cleveland Browns rookie Deshaun Kizer, overpaid backup Mike Glennon of the Chicago Bears, and Garbage Man Blake Bortles.
Smith has had over 25 points in three of his five starts this season, throwing multiple touchdown passes in three games as well. Fire him up this weekend without hesitation.
He’s already thrown five interceptions on the year, and has looked visibly frustrated many times on the field. Still, he’s put up mostly decent fantasy numbers. This week could be his best game yet against the Raiders.
The Silver and Black look to get back on track after a three game lose streak. They get quarterback Derek Carr back from injury and will look to score a lot of points. Well, in reality, they might have to score a lot, because Rivers likely lights up the Raiders beleaguered secondary.
Oakland’s starting corner Sean Smith has been nothing short of horrid this year. Their second corner, David Amerson, is questionable with a shoulder injury. He should play, but might be a bit hobbled. Let the Rivers flow into your lineup this week!
Even if he starts, his upside is going to be limited. Hamstring injuries take time to recover from, and often linger for weeks or even months. It’s easier for quarterbacks to play on them, because most don’t need to be too mobile. Mariota is an exception to that rule though. A lot of his fantasy production is based on his rushing yards.
Even though the Colts defense has been abysmal this season, it would be wise for owners to look elsewhere and let Mariota recover on their bench for at least another week.
Roethlisberger contemplated retirement at the end of the offseason, and now this year, it seems like he may have mentally retired. Last week, threw five interceptions, and after the game, he questioned whether he had it in him anymore.
Well, he isn’t likely to get it back this week. Roethisberger is like football’s version of Jekyll and Hyde. At home, he is Dr. Jekyll. On the road, he turns into an ugly, and statistically vile Mr. Hyde. Those kinds of characters do not belong in your fantasy lineups.
In his three bad games he went up against great corners in Trumaine Johnson of the Los Angeles Rams, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks shutdown man, Richard Sherman. This week he will face Tennessee Titans rookie Adoree Jackson.
Jackson has been picked on a lot this season. Overall, the Titans have given up the fourth most points to wide receivers this season. Brissett is likely building up his chemistry with Hilton as the season goes along, so look for another big night from the last year’s NFL leader in receiving yards.
Allen is seeing a ridiculous amount of targets this season, reminding everyone that he is Rivers favorite target. His point total is deceptively low because he’s only scored one touchdown, but it was week one, so he’s overdue for another one.
Allen will have plenty of opportunities in a game that has a chance of turning into a shootout, so make sure he’s not sitting on the bench racking up useless points.
His five drops in as many games leads the league. He’s had three catches the last three games for a mere 23 yards. For most receivers, that would be grounds for banishment to waivers. Cooper is too talented, and went too high in the draft for that though. If you drafted him, you have to start him.
This could be the week he gets back on track too. As he’s losing credibility as a number one threat, his other starter, Michael Crabtree has been balling out all year when he’s been on the field. In the three full games Crabtree played this year, he has 245 yards and four touchdowns.
Opposing teams now likely start focusing in on shutting down Crabtree, leaving Cooper single covered more, against team’s second corner. If that happens this week, Cooper will remind the league on why he was a first round pick.
Thomas is still looking for his first receiving score of the year, and the law of averages might tempt some to chase a touchdown this week. Tell that to New York Giants corner Janoris Jenkins, who has been lock down this season. Overall, the New York Giants have given up the fourth fewest points to wide receivers. Find some better options this week at the wide receiver position.
In the past, the Jaguars would be a jucy matchup for a bounce back. Not this week, with both Jalen Ramsay and AJ Bouye to be covering him. Second year corner Jalen Ramsey has given up a 38% catch rate on the season. New arrival A.J. Bouye allowed only one catch on eight targets last week.
Watkins is going to have to wait at least one more week before he gets back on track.