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Tough WR call. I own and start both. Allen has been the more productive of the 2 ranking somewhere between WR 9-11 in fantasy scoring depending on your scoring system since he became a starter whereas Fitz is just outside WR1 range on the season. Lately, however, they are virtually the same. Fitz's matchup should not be as daunting as it appears on paper as, in moving around the formation, he takes roughly 1/2 of his snaps from the slot: the Titans weakest coverage person. I slightly prefer Fitz as he's been on fire lately and he gets so many Red Zone targets, but you won't go wrong with either. Good luck.
Defenses are getting harder to call as the season goes on. I'm starting the Eagles in one league: multiple turnovers in 3 straight games, something to play for and facing a weak team missing its stud. Detroit is highly rated this week, but with Pitta's return and the Ravens recent gritty play I'm not sure why. The Jags make for an interesting flier: winners of 4 of 5, at home vs a team that threw 4 picks last week vs the giving Bucs defense. I don't like the others.
- Reply to Rob 7 hours ago
With a similar choice (except for the Jax RBs) I'm leaning towards starting Gio and Vereen, but it's hard to keep sitting Mathews as he's playing very well. Good luck.
- Reply to Health Inspection 8 hours ago
I picked up Campbell to play over Palmer this week, but it's a very close call for, despite the matchup, Palmer and his entire offense are playing very well right now. It's just hard not to start a QB throwing 42 times per game vs the Bears, particularly when 1/3 of those passes target Josh Gordon.
RB: Jennings is healthy again, has been very productive, KC is not that daunting vs the run and he's at home. The Titans are not a good run defense and Ellington should perform well if Arians simply gives him enough touches. None of the others appeal because of matchups, role or lack of ability. Good luck.
Forte and Lynch. Lacy (ankle) may not even play, but even if he does his productivity is much lower with Flynn at QB than Rodgers. I know the matador defense that Dallas plays is very tempting, but you're looking at 3 backs with quality matchups. Good luck.
Tate, Gerhart and Fitz would be my choices. Rainey's volume makes him a close 4th but I don't like his matchup. Fitz plays roughly 1/2 of his snaps from the slot which is where the Titans pass coverage is most vulnerable and he's on a roll. Tate could easily disappoint as he has in 2 of his recent starts, but his matchup is good and I doubt Phillips gets very creative in the offensive gameplan. Gerhart should be in for a massive workload at home vs an improving, but not stellar defense. Ball is dependent on Moreno's leftovers which is not what I want in a fantasy playoff game. He could go off or, with 1 more fumble, be relegated to the bench.
Mathews has reversed roles with Woodhead with the latter now being the change of pace and fewer snaps guy. Targets and receptions by the 2 are precisely equal over the past 3 games, so even Mathews role in the passing game has grown. Spiller gives you lead back role, far more talent and upside, but in a more erratic offense. I would start Spiller over Woodhead without hesitation in equivalent matchups like this over the course of in season games, but in the playoffs the lower ceiling with a bit more predictability may be what you need.
Questions likely lurk somewhere in that saga, but unsure precisely what all of them are. Fitz obviously starts: red hot, TD machine, 3rd among WRs in Red Zone targets, and predominantly plays where Titans pass defense is weakest (the slot). Gerhart, if healthy (hamstring tweak), obviously starts: 500 yards from scrimmage when AP down in 2011 with 4.9 YPC, 6 or so YPC this season, and the Vikings offense is built to run. QB? I have an innate distrust for Dalton primarily because he's not very good, but, no question, he has wonderful weapons around him and occasionally he actually remembers how to use them. Because of Dalton's limitations, however, the Bengals have trended towards a very run heavy gameplan doing so even vs the porous Chargers pass defense and you have to think that trend continues this week significantly limiting Dalton's projectible upside. I'd go 42 passes/game Campbell because the Browns pass effectively and are incapable of mounting an effective rushing attack. None of the named defenses float my boat but Jax has promise given Manuel's recent ineptitude. Good luck.
Too soon to know, but, if AP is out, Vereen, Toby and Bell. Bernard should play well vs the leaky Steelers defense, but BJGE plays a lot, limiting Gio's upside. Good luck.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 11:14 PM Flag
Olsen (he's getting Cam's targets). Edelman (the Skins are too much of a mess and Edelman is 6th highest fantasy scoring WR over past 3). Jennings (running team and he's highly productive when healthy) and Stacy (there's little to hope for in the Rams offense, but what little there is is named Stacy).
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 11:07 PM Flag
To me the sit comes down to Bell or Brown and you can argue for either. I'd likely play Bell as I hate Brown's matchup and the Giants appear to be simply playing out the string. Good luck.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 11:02 PM Flag
Rice has a sufficient receiving role that he plays even vs a run defense that (indoors at least) has been tough. The others both get volume in tough matchups. I'm partial to Rainey so he would be my start, but the point separating the 2 isn't clear to me.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 10:56 PM Flag
Campbell makes some sense. Quality matchup and he's playing well. The Skins should be avoided. Whoever is the HC come game time may decide to start you for 1/2 and me for the 2nd half.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 10:52 PM Flag
Too soon to know, but Vereen will be one of them. Bush (ankle), if not a risky play (Monday night game), should be the other. If Bush's status is too risky to stomach start Stacy for, despite the bad matchup, he's at home and likely less in a phone it in mode than the NYG. Good luck.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 10:46 PM Flag
Too soon to know. Pay attention to the news and remember above all else that the #$%$ that Schwartz is makes any words issuing from his mouth proof of the opposite. Good luck.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Dec 10, 2013 10:41 PM Flag
Talk about 2 unreliable RBs? You got em. I'd start CJ?K. He's erratic and has a horrid matchup, but the disaster Shanahan created and seems intent to exacerbate makes starting any Redskin an unpalatable risk no matter how tempting the matchup.