Starts vs Sits

Team Starts

QB – Joe Flacco

With the running game in shambles and Ben Roethlisberger to contend with, Flacco should be productive based on the sheer number of passes he’ll throw in this game. He’ll easily top 40 attempts, and should be able to produce against a Pittsburgh secondary that is still vulnerable.

RB – Isaiah Crowell

Things have been tough for Crowell since his explosive performance against the Denver Broncos in week five. If anything can end his recent struggles it’s a matchup with Miami’s run defense. The Dolphins have been absolutely destroyed on the ground the last two weeks, giving up nearly 400 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

RB – Kapri Bibbs

Bibbs will be the pass-catching specialist out of the backfield for Washington against an Atlanta team that loves to let running backs work in the passing game. The Falcons have given up 70 receptions to running backs this year, easily leading the league. With Chris Thompson out, Bibbs becomes an obvious component of the gameplan.

WR – Chris Godwin

Second on the team in targets on the season, Godwin has caught three of his four touchdowns from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now that Winston has been benched, Godwin’s utility may be only surpassed by Mike Evans in what should be an high-scoring match up against Carolina.

WR – John Brown

Brown had a good day against the Steelers on week three, gaining 116 yards through the air and catching a touchdown. You can count on deep shots from Flacco in this game. All he needs is one catch to make a significant fantasy impact.

WR – Courtland Sutton

With Demaryius Thomas on the other sideline in this game, Sutton should finally add volume to the explosive plays he’s already had this season. Houston has been tough on wide receivers but will be without Aaron Colvin, a starting cornerback. This could open things up for Sutton as the Broncos try to keep up with Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense.

TE – O.J. Howard

The Panthers have allowed tight ends to score in each of the last three weeks. Howard will be another pass-catcher that benefits from Fitzpatrick regaining the starting job.

FLEX – Dion Lewis

Lewis gets more touches than anyone else in Tennessee’s offense and should be useful in PPR leagues this week against Dallas. Pass-catching backs are the Cowboys only “weakness.” They most recently gave up four receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown to Kapri Bibbs.

Team Sits

 

QB – Mitchell Trubisky

If there’s anything Buffalo does right these days, it’s pass defense. The Bills recently held Tom Brady in check on Monday Night Football, and have held Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, and Kirk Cousins to sub par performances. Expect Trubisky’s hot streak to come to an end here.

RB – James Conner

The Ravens defense has been the only one to completely shut down Conner this year and should do it again this week. Conner had only 19 yards rushing against Baltimore and will have a tough time getting anything going.

RB – Alex Collins

It’s going to be a slow day for running backs all-around in this game. Collins utility takes a blow due to the arrival of Ty Montgomery, crowding things in the backfield. Additionally, Collins has been dealing with a sore foot and will face a Steelers defense that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.

WR – Kenny Golladay

Fantasy players may jump at starting Golladay with Golden Tate off to Philadelphia, but this won’t be a good week to feature him in a lineup. Minnesota’s defense is as stalwart in the secondary as they ever have been and haven’t given let a wide receiver into the endzone since week four.

WR – Demaryius Thomas

Similar caution should be applied to the use of Thomas, as he’ll obviously slot behind DeAndre Hopkins in terms of targets. Houston might want to dominate the game on the ground, where Denver’s defense has been especially pourous.

WR – Keenan Allen

If Allen hadn’t reached the end zone in week one, owners would be reaching Julio Jones’ levels of frustration by now. The six-week scoring drought matches the number of weeks since Allen’s last 100-yard game. Seattle’s secondary has been tough, and doesn’t bode well for a slump-buster.

TE – Jordan Reed

Reed has also had a difficult time find the end zone since his first game. What’s even worse is that Vernon Davis continues to gain significant attention from Alex Smith. It’s time to stash Reed on your bench until things appear to change.

FLEX – Tevin Coleman

Coleman has not dominated touches the way owners may have expected following Devonta Freeman’s injury. The Falcons are splitting touches between him and Ito Smith. So when Atlanta faces Washington’s second-best run defense, don’t expect much production.

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