Each week we’ll break down one player that should start in your fantasy lineup and one that would be better left on the bench per position. There are players like Travis Kelce & Cooper Kupp who are matchup proof and should be in your starting lineups every week barring a major circumstance. Through 9 weeks, we’ve been correct on 42 of our 72 predictions.
QB Start of the Week: Daniel Jones – New York Giants
The Houston Texans have by far the worst run defense in the NFL which we already know is going to allow Saquon Barkley to go nuclear. Barkley is most likely going to end up as the #1 or #2 fantasy running back for the week. But what a lot of people don’t realize is Daniel Jones is on pace for the best running season of his career. He has 363 yards on the ground thus far this year which is more than notable running backs like Najee Harris, Antonio Gibson, Kareem Hunt, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Jones should have some big gains himself which will give a good boost to his fantasy output as the Giants go 7-2.
QB Sit of the Week: Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders just put Darren Waller on the tight end in what’s been another blow to this disastrous season. The Raiders are somehow 2-7 and it’s certainly not due to a lack of talent. The coaching has been a problem and they should take a lesson from the team they’re playing this weekend who just fired their head coach. The Raiders are struggling and something has got to change and Josh McDaniels is not going to give Carr and Adams the plays they need to succeed. The Colts defense has been the only thing that’s gone remotely well for them this year which doesn’t sound great for the Raiders offense. This is going to be a sloppy game and we don’t like anyone really from this game, avoiding it, but especially Carr given the coaching situation and injury to Waller.
RB Start of the Week: Dameon Pierce – Houston Texans
The 3 top running backs from this rookie draft class have by far exceeded expectations. Unfortunately, Breece Hall’s season was cut short due to injury, but he was playing well up until then. The other two that have excelled are Kenneth Walker on Seattle and Dameon Pierce on the Texans. Both are in different situations where Pierce has largely excelled due to volume and is trending towards matchup proof territory. The Texans aren’t going to score, but the amount of touches Pierce gets warrants him a starting spot alone right now.
RB Sit of the Week: Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leonard Fournette has made it known that he is frustrated with his role this season. To some avail, it’s his own doing as he hasn’t been able to get much done on the ground. Fournette’s touchdown dependency and injuries to the whole wide receiving group have given him more opportunities to appear fantasy relevant, but take those away and he’s in the bottom half of all starting running backs. The Buccaneers are going to continue taking touches away from Fournette and this game is the turning point for the Bucs season and Rachaad White’s move to being one step closer to being the starter.
WR Start of the Week: Chris Olave – New Orleans Saints
Much like Dameon Pierce on this list, Chris Olave is on here for the same reason, a volume game. The Saints offense is very hurt leaving them with Dalton as their quarterback, Kamara as the only running back, and Olave as the only consistent receiving option. Olave will soon be in the start every week category and a game on the road against Pittsburgh will help paint that picture.
WR Sit of the Week: Devonta Smith – Philadelphia Eagles
We love the Eagles on Monday Night at home against Washington, LOVE them! The Eagles are going to dominate the Commanders and it’ll be over pretty early on. We know Hurts likes to go to Brown who should see a lot of targets early and then from there on out, it should be all run game. With most of the game being on the ground, this doesn’t give as many opportunities for players like Goedert or Smith with Smith seeing the biggest fantasy hit.
TE Start of the Week: Greg Dulcich – Denver Broncos
If you haven’t heard the name Greg Dulcich, you need to start following him now. The whole Broncos offense has disappointed but Dulcich has quietly emerged as one of the lone bright spots on their offense. Dulcich should continue to see his role increase as he gets more comfortable with the offense. The Broncos offense being bad overall hurts his opportunity to get the ball, but he is slowly taking over the #1 receiving option from Sutton and Jeudy as he’s been more reliable than the two.
TE Sit of the Week: Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears
Cole Kmet had his best game of the season last week and so did quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears get a nice matchup against the Lions defense that could help fuel the further development of Justin Fields. Kmet faced a weakened Dolphins defense that allowed a lot of players to do better than normal last week. With Chase Claypool having a week under his belt now, he should get more targets thrown his way. With the likely increase in targets for Claypool, this spells trouble for Kmet who got a nice boost last week as the Bears were testing new things on offense.
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