Should I Start or Sit Carson Wentz, Kyler Murray, or Philip Rivers in Week 16?
Not great, Bob! That pretty much sums up my start or sit picks over the last couple weeks. Conversely, Erin is running away with this thing. It was more of the same in Week 15. I got a few more wrong than I did right (I nailed my RB picks, though. Just sayin’.), while Erin absolutely CRUSHED it. She now leads me by 17 points heading into our final week of competition. For better or worse, here we go!
First, A Quick Week 15 Recap…
Scoring System: 1 point for good advice, 0 points for neutral advice, -1 point for bad advice (Deciding if the outcome is good, neutral, or bad is 100% subjective and non-negotiable)
|Fantasy Points (0.5 PPR)||Bryan (Start/Sit, Score)||Erin (Start/Sit, Score)|
|Patrick Laird||6.4||Sit, +1||Sit, +1|
|Carlos Hyde||16.4||Start, +1||Start, +1|
|LeSean McCoy||1.6||Sit, +1||Sit, +1|
|Cole Beasley||1.1||Start, -1||Start, -1|
|Zach Pascal||6.4||Start, -1||Sit, +1|
|James Washington||10.8||Sit, -1||Sit, -1|
|Jonnu Smith||14.2||Sit, -1||Start, +1|
|Ian Thomas||3.3||Start, -1||Sit, +1|
|Noah Fant||6.6||Start, -1||Sit, +1|
Week 14 Total
Week 16 Start or Sit Picks
Start or Sit Carson Wentz vs. Dallas Cowboys Week 16
Bryan’s Take: Carson Wentz slumped pretty hard in November, but has come roaring back to relevance with three consecutive strong performances. In December, Wentz has averaged over 300 yards and 2.5 TDs. It’s beginning to look a lot like Wentzmas. The Eagles share the lead in the NFC East with the Cowboys and need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. So, Wentz will be throwing. Also, the Cowboys have a league-worst six interceptions on the year. That’s not exactly a turnover machine, and a matchup Wentz should exploit. Start Carson Wentz in Week 16.
Erin’s Take: Carson Wentz sounds like a guy that wears penny loafers and may or may not live in his mommy and daddy’s pool house. I’m sure he’s got a trophy case full of participation awards. Sit Carson Wentz in Week 16.
Start or Sit Kyler Murray at Seattle Seahawks Week 16
Bryan’s Take: I’m not going to beat around the bush. Kyler Murray hasn’t had a decent fantasy performance since Week 10. In the three games since the Cardinals’ Week 12 bye, Murray has thrown 3 TDs and 5 INTs. He’s trending the wrong direction as we near the end of his rookie season. On top of that, playing in Seattle is not what one would call a hospitable game environment. The Seahawks are already in the playoffs, but can still lock up home-field advantage, so you can be sure they’ll pull no punches this week. Sit Kyler Murray in Week 16.
Erin’s Take: Kyler Murray immediately makes me think of Kylo Ren. Especially with The Rise of Skywalker opening this week. Kylo Ren is a bad hombre, but he’s also a little sensitive. He’s definitely got daddy issues, but that only makes him tougher. Start Kyler Murray in Week 16.
Start or Sit Philip Rivers vs. Oakland Raiders Week 16
Bryan’s Take: Philip Rivers was showing some consistency earlier in the year, but quickly turned right back into the up and down, topsy turvy Philip we’ve known for years. Case in point, he followed up a 3 TD, 0 INT performance in Week 14, with a 1 TD, 3 INT performance in Week 15. This week’s matchup, the Raiders, have given up 32 passing TDs this year, and made Ryan Tannehill look like Joe Montana in Week 14, and gave up 200 yds and 2 TDs to Gardner Minshew in Week 15. It’s probably your championship game, and you’re probably not super comfortable with it, but you could certainly do worse. Start Philip Rivers in Week 16.
Erin’s Take: I really like the name “Rivers,” either as a first name or a last name. I actually wanted to name my son “Rivers,” but didn’t because of fear of being judged by others. Philip Rivers does not share that fear. Start Philip Rivers in Week 16.
Bryan: Carson Wentz > Philip Rivers > Kyler Murray
Erin: Philip Rivers > Kyler Murray > Carson Wentz
Check back as we keep score on who made the best calls for week 16, and come back tomorrow for more of Bryan and Erin’s Week 16 start/sit calls.
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