Week 7 Start or Sit: Mayfield, Flacco, or Goff
Every week at Football Absurdity, we like to help you with your start or sit decisions. However, we have found that highlighting just one player at the fringe helps exactly one player in every league. In the interest of spreading the wealth, we have changed the format. We will now provide you start or sit advice and details on three players you should start and three you should sit on the periphery of usefulness. We are here for the people, and we only want to help you! Without further ado, the QB starts this week: Should you start or sit Mayfield, Flacco, or Goff?
Baker Mayfield at Tampa Bay
Baker Mayfield has had some wildly inaccurate days since taking over for an injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday Night Football. He’s insanely talented, but his 52.31% completion percentage has you wondering if you really should start or sit Baker Mayfield. That completion percentage can’t stay that low, given Mayfield’s talent and Todd Haley’s playcalling, and it’s more likely that his 43.3 pass attempts per game as a starter ranks as #4 on the season. This week he gets the best possible defense to right the ship: the Buccaneers allow a league-leading 3.2 passing touchdowns and a league-leading 366.8 passing yards per game. START.
Joe Flacco versus New Orleans
Flacco’s had a weird couple of weeks, getting blanked against Cleveland and having his defense beat Marcus Mariota into a pulp, causing him to take a back seat. This week, he won’t get that luxury as the Baltimore-New Orleans game will be a far more imposing task. New Orleans has limited three-of-five QBs this season to fewer than 15 fantasy points, but they were Alex Smith, Eli Manning, and Tyrod Taylor. They’ve played two QBs actually willing to push the ball downfield and gave up nine touchdowns in those two games. I know the proposition to start or sit Joe Flacco is a weekly one, but this week is one of the best matchups he will have all season. START.
Jared Goff at San Francisco
Jared Goff had his best game of the season on Thursday Night Football against Minnesota, but his performances the last two weeks have owners wondering whether they should start or sit Jared Goff. Goff has played two of the worse matchups he could have in the last couple of weeks: a somehow-still-good Seattle squad and a Denver team who are the only matchup that could make Pat Mahomes look mortal. The Niners squad he faces this week allows the tenth-most fantasy points to QBs, with every QB but Josh Rosen topping 20 fantasy points against them in four-point per touchdown leagues. START. Unless your league has negative points for embarrassing yourself about basic astrological facts on a premium cable network.
If you’re considering who to start between Mayfield, Flacco, and Goff, we’d rank them like this:
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