Kirk Cousins @MIA
Cousins has had a decent enough season, struggling against tough defenses, and doing well against poor ones. This week, he has a great matchup against the Dolphins that have struggled to limit production through the air this season.
Geno Smith v ARI
The performances of Smith to start the season were worrying for the outlook of the offense, but he has turned a corner in recent weeks. The ability of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to convert plays is great, and this secondary has allowed plays all season.
Daniel Jones v BAL
Jones is a streaming option if you need it. He has some rushing ability which gives him a decent enough floor, and has a great matchup against the Ravens secondary that has lost a number of starters through injury. Not a high-level play, but decent enough.
Russell Wilson @LAC
To say that Wilson is struggling would be an understatement. He has suffered an injury to his shoulder, but truly he has struggled with this move to Denver. I can’t really trust him until I’ve seen him do it semi-consistently.
Trevor Lawrence @IND
Lawrence started the season well, but he has struggled in recent weeks- especially with turnovers. The Colts defense is a decent unit, so I’d look elsewhere this week.
Melvin Gordon @LAC
The revenge game narrative is here clearly, but the Chargers defense is awful at defending the ground game. When you then consider that the ground game is actually working for the Broncos, Gordon is set for a big game here as an RB2 with upside.
Rhamondre Stevenson @CLE
Stevenson has been a mainstay in this column, as he was constantly in a timeshare. Well, that doesn’t look to be the case in this one. Instead, he is going to be the starting RB for a Patriots backfield that is going to be tasked with moving the ball, as the team develop their third-string QB. You don’t need me to tell you to start him, but I want to take a half victory lap.
Devin Singletary @KC
Singletary seems to have won out this job in the Bills backfield. He seems to be getting more carries on the ground, while also getting targets in the offense. This game is the highest scoring of the week, and there should be enough for Singletary to be a RB2 or flex play.
Najee Harris v TB
Its unlikely you are actually going to sit Harris, given where he was drafted. But he isn’t more than a low-end RB2 this week against this tough Tampa Bay defensive front. The only thing that is really going to help you here is volume.
James Robinson @IND
Robinson has been seeing less of the field as the Jaguars have struggled to keep pace on offense in recent weeks. In the past two weeks, he has only been given 18 carries, for 56 yards. This game doesn’t lend itself to the Jaguars being able to run the ball, so sit him if you can.
Tyler Lockett v ARI
Lockett was overlooked at draft time, as people didn’t like the prospect of Geno Smith throwing the ball. Roll on a few weeks, and it now feels like Lockett is just constantly catching deep bombs. The Cardinals defense has allowed big plays all season, Lockett is a an easy start this week.
George Pickens v TB
First thing first, the Steelers offense wasn’t great, and then it changed to their rookie QB. Pickens has started to establish himself as a favored target in the offense though. Has upside with his target share, even against a Bucs defense that is going to force the ball out quickly.
Rondale Moore @SEA
Moore was a player that I targeted in drafts, especially where I had selected Hopkins. The idea being that he would be a decent option until Hopkins was back- but that didn’t happen. Instead, he struggled with injury, but now looks set to make an impact in this offense. In a game that is expected to be an offensive display, he is a decent upside WR3.
DJ Moore @LAR
At this point, it almost feels lazy saying you should sit Moore. It’s just not working for the receiver. Even against the Rams who have given up so much to the WR position this season I can’t find myself trusting him all that much. There isn’t a floor that makes me feel comfortable, and the ceiling is limited.
Garrett Wilson @GB
If you need to, you can start Wilson. This is more of a comment on if you have a better option you should go for it. Wilson started the season well, but has definitely taken a step back since the offense was handed to Zach Wilson. In a game on road against a wounded Packers team, it doesn’t feel like a good play.
David Njoku v NE
Njoku is finally having a breakout season, and is now clearly a focal point for the offense. The Patriots defense is right in the middle of the pack against the position, but they have allowed some plays through the air. Njoku feels like an every week starter now.
Evan Engram @IND
Engram is a fine streaming option this week if you need it. The Jaguars offense is spreading the ball, with Engram having 10 targets last week, converted to 6 receptions for 69 yards. The Colts defense is a good matchup too.
Dalton Schultz @PHI
Schultz continues to be a sit, as he struggled with injury and the offense generally moving away from him. Against this Eagles defense I’m not feeling good about it.
Tyler Conklin @GB
Conklin started the season strongly, but as with Garrett Wilson he has struggled with new QB Zach Wilson. His target share has really fallen, and the Packers defense are among the best in the league at defending the position.
Carolina Panthers @LAR
This season has turned alot of things on it’s head. I’m actually targetting the Rams offense with a DST. The offensive line are struggling to protect Matthew Stafford, which has led to a league-high 21 sacks and a 5:7 TD:INT ratio.
Los Angeles Rams v CAR
We can stay in the same game for another start. The Panthers offense has looked so bad they sacked their head coach, and their starting QB is unlikely to play. With defensive playmakers all over, this is an easy start over a bunch of so-so games.
New England @CLE
I’ll take my lumps for the recommendation to sit the Patriots last week- and double down. This week the Patriots face a Browns offense that has only allowed 5 sacks on the season, and has limited turnovers. The Browns offense isn’t a top unit to watch, but they are effective and need to be avoided.
Dallas Cowboys @PHI
The Cowboys are the type of defense that can definitely sting, but I’ll sit this week. They have playmakers at each level, and are among the highest scorers in the league, and they can return any turnovers for scores too. But, against the Eagles that isn’t something to bank on. Jalen Hurts is moving the ball and putting up points, and protecting the ball. Look elsewhere this week.