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 & Josh Allen who are matchup proof and should be in your starting lineups every week barring a major circumstance. Through 13 weeks, we’ve been correct on 60 of our 104 predictions.
QB Start of the Week: Jared Goff – Detroit Lions
The Lions have been inconsistent overall all year, but right now their offense has been lighting up the scoreboard. Jared Goff has seemed to have found his place in the motor city. Goff is going to give the Vikings a good fight on Sunday that should come down to the wire. This is going to be a shootout and Goff should be having a high yardage game with a couple scores to go along with it.
QB Sit of the Week: Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys play in the Texas showdown against the cross-state Houston Texans. This isn’t going to be much of a matchup as the Dallas Cowboys are by far the superior team in this one. The Cowboys are entering as multiple touchdown favorites which they should cover with ease. The Cowboys should jump out to an early lead and from there should be heavy on the ground game. This is going to make Dak Prescott not as needed in the 2nd half and his fantasy value not be as strong.
RB Start of the Week: Rhamondre Stevenson – New England Patriots
With the poor play of Mac Jones and Damien Harris missing time, Rhamondre Stevenson has catapulted into the upper echelon of fantasy running backs. He’s been a workhorse for the New England Patriots. Rhamondre is only going to continue to get more touches as more time passes as he has what it takes to be an every down back. Going against a subpar Cardinals defense, Stevenson should see a high workload. Stevenson should have a big game this weekend.
RB Sit of the Week: JK Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens running back, JK Dobbins is set to return back from injury this week. If he does play, he might see a higher amount of touches than the Ravens would like since Lamar is set to miss some time now. In his first game back, he’ll be without Lamar which isn’t ideal and then a matchup on the road against rival Pittsburgh just spells trouble. Dobbins gets shut down and the Ravens will end up losing in an upset.
WR Start of the Week: Garrett Wilson – New York Jets
With Mike White in at quarterback, this Jets offense can move the ball down the field. A player who has seen his stock drastically increase as a result of the switch is rookie wipeout Garrett Wilson. With Zach Wilson, Garrett was not getting as many looks or was getting inaccurate passes, White has been targeting him more and deeper down the field. Wilson should be a reliable WR2 this week.
WR Sit of the Week:Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Aiyuk has failed to reach double digits in back to back weeks in ½ PPR and standard formats. The remainder of the schedule does not get any easier for the 49ers and they have a 7th round rookie quarterback starting the rest of the way due to a broken foot suffered by Jimmy Garoppolo ending his season. Purdy was serviceable after having to come in for Jimmy G against the Dolphins last week and helped them past the Dolphins. However, that was a Dolphins defense that is very depleted right now. The Buccaneers defense is in much better shape and should make for a tough outing for Purdy. We still think the 49ers can win but that will be as a result of their defense. Aiyuk is 4th on the totem pole of weapons at Purdy’s disposal and he is still inexperienced and not as comfortable spreading the ball across the field. We think Aiyuk’s value the rest of the season for fantasy owners has taken a big dip.
TE Start of the Week: TJ Hockenson – Detroit Lions
In a matchup against his old team which also has one of the worst defenses in the league, we are all for this matchup for TJ Hockenson. Since joining the Vikings, he’s seen his target share just continue to increase and become a larger role in the offense and a solid #2 option behind star Justin Jefferson. The Vikings trio of Jefferson, Thielen, and Hockenson should all see a good amount of targets against the Lions and put up some solid outings.
TE Sit of the Week: Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills
With the rise of Isaiah McKenzie and the emergence of a better run game for the Bills, the target count for Dawson Knox has decreased. Knox is still a red zone favorite, but a touchdown is what he’s dependent on to provide fantasy relevance. That isn’t going to happen every week and we’re not taking the risk.