Winston, Ertz, Sproles, Kaepernick and many, many more players in Kevin Luss Jr.'s final installment of his Start 'Em / Sit 'Em series for Dobber Football. Kevin has done a fantastic job over the past couple of years as a writer/contributor to the site, helping many readers push through the whirlwind that is the fantasy regular season and into the playoffs. Well, the fantasy playoffs are again upon us, and Kevin is here to dish on his favorite Starts, Sits, and Sleepers one last time. Get some much needed playoff roster advice and congratulate Kevin on a job well done!
Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 14
by Kevin Luss, Jr.
Welcome to the final installment of the weekly Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em article. A quick disclaimer on how to view this article: The players in the “start” category are generally not going to be star players. We all know you should start Aaron Rodgers and Antonio Brown! In the “sit” section, these are guys who you should consider sitting if you have a viable replacement. This is not a warning to bench them for a nobody on the waiver wire. Sleepers are guys to consider if you’re willing to take a chance on player at a position where you don’t like your current options. With that, enjoy this week’s read…
Jameis Winston, QB, TB
Winston has 280+ passing yards in 3 of his last 4 games and has a passing touchdown in all but 1 game this year. Tampa Bay is fighting for a playoff position and the offense will be firing on all cylinders against New Orleans this week.
Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
Forte has two straight games with fewer than 30 rushing yards and has gone three games without a rushing touchdown. This week Forte will be needed to bail out Bryce Petty as the Jets begin to look forward to next season. He should get plenty of rushing attempts and see a few passes thrown in his direction as well.
Tyrell Williams, WR, SD
Williams has scored in four straight games and is clearly earning the trust of his quarterback. This week San Diego squares off with the struggling Carolina defense and Williams will be the key piece of the Charger passing attack.
TY Hilton, WR, IND
Ever the boom or bust prospect, Hilton went off last week against the Jets. In the Colts first game against Houston this season, Hilton didn’t perform well but he did see 9 targets. If he can get a healthy number of targets this time around, he’ll take advantage. Hilton can be counted on as a WR2 prospect this week.
Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
Ertz has become a more important part of the Eagles offense, seeing double digit targets in 2 of the last 3 games and catching 9 passes last week. Washington’s defense isn’t great against tight ends, making Ertz a TE1 option this week.
Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
Mariota has been on fire lately, but squares off with the Denver defense this week. This leaves him with a limited upside rushing and his receivers will find it difficult to get open. He’s no better than a QB2 option.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
Sproles has seen more action as a runner recently, but Ryan Mathews returns to the lineup this week which will relegate Sproles to his normal role as a situational receiving back. Sproles is a poor option in standard leagues and no better than a flex in PPR leagues.
Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
Booker has not yet capitalized on his chance to be a lead back in Denver and this week has a game against a staunch Tennessee defense. With Justin Forsett joining the fold, Booker could lose a lot of playing time if he doesn’t get better quick.
Brandon Marshall, WR, NYJ
Marshall hasn’t had a 100 yard receiving day since Week 5 and has only 1 touchdown in that time. San Fransisco is an enticing matchup, but with Bryce Petty entering the lineup it’s completely unknown how the offense will run. Marshall is a big gamble as fantasy playoffs are beginning.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
Despite a heavy workload, Rudolph hasn’t been able to find the end zone in 3 straight games. Jacksonville is a tough defense for tight ends and if his yardage declines and his scoring drought continues, Rudolph won’t be a TE1 this week.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Kaepernick had actually been playing pretty well recently until an abysmal performance resulted in his benching last week. The coaching staff is giving him another opportunity this week and the Jets are also in the midst of a lost season, so Kaepernick could rebound nicely this week to QB1 production.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN
McKinnon has struggled this year and has split reps with Matt Asiata while Adrian Peterson has been out. He’s got a good matchup this week against Jacksonville and will have a few chances to break a big play.
Kenny Britt, WR, LA
Britt has never truly lived up to his hype, but he is the best receiving option for the Rams. Britt has 16 targets over the past two weeks and has a touchdown in each of his last two games. He needs to eliminate the drops, but if he can then there is a chance he could post WR2 numbers this week against Atlanta.
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