Six teams are off this weekend, so don’t feel too bad about having to make some unsavory lineup decisions. We’re all in trouble.
Enter the BYEPOCALYPSE.
QB START OF THE WEEK: Jared Goff, DET @ BAL (ECR: 13, my rank: 8)
Baltimore is a good defense, yes. However, they have not played an offense near the quality of Detroit’s. Goff proved he can beat up on a good defense on the road last week. I see no reason why he can’t continue to play well this week.
QB SIT OF THE WEEK: Matthew Stafford, LAR vs. PIT (ECR: 10, my rank: 15)
Call me crazy, but I don’t foresee Sean McVay deviating from his game plan despite the Rams having a complete mess at RB. Stafford hasn’t been throwing touchdowns this season and I don’t think he’s going to need to throw for multiple touchdowns in this one. Go get Jordan Love instead.
RB START OF THE WEEK: D’Onta Foreman, CHI vs. LV (ECR: 25, my rank: 19)
Foreman continues to be the only viable option out of Chicago’s backfield with Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson both out injured. The Raiders are terrible against the run and Tyson Bagent is being forced into action at QB for the Bears, so I expect a heavy dose of D’Onta on Sunday.
OTHER RB STARTS:
Zach Evans, LAR vs. PIT (ECR: 26, my rank: 18)
AJ Dillon, GB @ DEN (ECR: 28, my rank: 20)
RB SIT OF THE WEEK: Najee Harris, PIT @ LAR (ECR: 21, my rank: 32)
Not sure what’s up with this expert consensus ranking. Have you all been watching the same Steelers offense as I have? Because this is the worst offense in the NFL and I don’t want any part of a committee backfield on said putrid offense.
OTHER RB SITS:
Rachaad White, TB vs. ATL (ECR: 17, my rank: 26)
Kareem Hunt, CLE @ IND (ECR: 21, my rank: 25)
WR START OF THE WEEK: Drake London, ATL @ TB (ECR: 25, my rank: 19)
Week 1 really put a sour taste in the mouths of the fantasy community with regard to London, who has been a solid WR2 since the terrible start. On the matchup front, Tampa Bay just allowed Amon-Ra St. Brown to run roughshod over them last week. Expect his fellow former USC Trojan to find success against this secondary as well.
WR SIT OF THE WEEK: Chris Godwin, TB vs. ATL (ECR: 18, my rank: 31)
Mike Evans hasn’t really gotten going in a while and Tampa Bay’s offense has been struggling along with him. I think this will be the squeaky wheel game for Evans, leaving Godwin out in the cold for one week only.
TE START OF THE WEEK: Michael Mayer, LV @ CHI (ECR: 16, my rank: 11)
Mayer had five catches for 75 yards on six targets last week. He is also facing a bad defense against TEs. Could be recency bias, but I think this is a talented player breaking out into a bigger role.
OTHER TE STARTS:
Gerald Everett, LAC @ KC (ECR: 14, my rank: 12)
TE SIT OF THE WEEK: Kyle Pitts, ATL @ TB (ECR: 8, my rank: 13)
I’m concerned that the fantasy community is jumping the gun on the “KYLE PITTS IS BACK” discourse. He has had two consecutive good games, but doesn’t have a good matchup and hasn’t been consistently productive thus far in his career, as we know so well. You’re probably starting Pitts this week, but I would find a different option if possible.
OTHER TE SITS:
Logan Thomas, WAS @ NYG (ECR: 9, my rank: 14)