Finally! O.J. Howard used a matchup against the NFL’s worst defense vs TE’s to get back on the fantasy radar. Joe Mixon also played like we all expected coming into the season, and Josh Gordon was an afterthought on Monday night. This week in Start or Sit, my personal fantasy season is on the line, (so maybe you should do the opposite I suggest, haha!), as it’s next man up in Atlanta, the Buckeyes connection is reunited, and the Eagles go the extra Miles. Good luck!
Players who will shine
Well, he’s gonna start this week, so there’s that. In all seriousness, Hill showed well this past weekend, while the Falcons shocked the NFL world and beat the Saints in New Orleans. Hill was thrust into an every down role after half time and handled 20 carries while adding 1 reception after the break. Devonta Freeman will likely miss the next 2 weeks and Dan Quinn has already given his support saying he’d be confident with Brian Hill as the lead back. Next up are the Panthers who are tied for last in yards per attempt (5.2), touchdowns allowed (17) to runners in 2019. Hopefully you scooped him up or have been stashing him as this week may be an audition for more playing time in this lost season for Atlanta. The lead role and a match-up like this are too enticing to pass up.
Prediction: 15 car 64 yards 1 td, 4 rec 27 yards: 17.1 pts
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McLaurin is coming off two straight pedestrian performances of identical 4 receptions for 39 yards stat lines and has some scared to place him into their lineups. Those two games however, were against much better teams in Minnesota and Buffalo, while the Redskins were attempting to simplify the game plan for rookie, Dwayne Haskins. Now coming off the bye where the Ohio connection can be reestablished, The speedway is going to be wide open for F1 against the Jets. New York boasts one of the NFL’s best rush defenses as they’re allowing only 3 yards/att, but their pass defense is where they can be attacked. This was evident last week when fellow rookies Daniel Jones (300 yards, 4 tds) and Darius Slayton (10 rec 121 yards 4 tds) torched them on a consistent basis. Having seen 6 or more targets in all but 1 game this season, Scary Terry is ready to terrorize a pitiful Jets pass defense.
Prediction: 6 rec 82 yards 1 td: 17.2 pts
After 3 straight weeks of 6 or fewer carries, Miles was once again a key contributor against the Bears as he handled 10 carries and continued his consistent passing game work with 3 receptions. This week, he and the Eagles host the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots and their top-rated defense. The Patriots will look to take away Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, meaning Miles Sanders will be an integral part of the Eagles passing attack this Sunday. With New England undoubtedly clamping down against the run after being bulldozed by Baltimore, look for Philly to utilize screens and the short game to supplement their running attack.
Prediction: 9 car 41 yards, 6 rec 52 yards: 12.4 pts
Ride the Pine
The Broncos’ backfield has been perplexing to say the least so far in 2019. One week, it’s an even time share, the next it’s Royce Freeman leading the backfield, then it’s Lindsay being the go-to guy. Trusting this backfield as anything more than a flex play is dangerous and gets even more risky this week as Lindsay and the double-digit, underdog Broncos travel to Minneapolis, where the Vikings await. Minnesota has only allowed 2 tds on the ground this year, but can be vulnerable by receiving threats out the backfield. Lindsay excels as a receiver but loses snaps when the team is trailing, as his diminutive size is a liability in pass protection. Pass protection will be paramount as the Broncos can’t afford to leave Brandon Allen alone in the backfield and will rely on Royce Freeman to max protect against the Purple People Eaters. He’s fun to watch and root for, but Lindsay won’t be much help in fantasy this week.
Prediction: 10 car 46 yards, 3 rec 32 yards: 9.3 pts
A-Rob has clearly cemented himself as the Bears’ go-to target this year, as he’s averaging around 9 targets per game in an offense clearly committed to protecting themselves from Mitchell Trubisky. Robinson and the Bears will be center stage this week against an ailing Rams team looking to get the script back on track. He’ll likely be seeing a lot of Jalen Ramsey this week, who hasn’t been performing up to expectations since being acquired from Jacksonville. A-Rob has been known to put up some stinkers, and I think this week will be exactly that. The bright lights of Sunday Night should bring out the best in Jalen Ramsey, who will prove he is still the best cover corner in the NFL. Robinson offers brilliant upside but his QB, and the match-up against one of the games elite corners are too much to overcome.
Prediction: 5 rec 62 yards: 8.7 pts