Guess what? Another intro about mental health dropping now!
As I’m sure most of you know by now based on my references to it on the podcast, in articles, and on Twitter, I have major depressive disorder, bipolar II disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I take two different medications for my various maladies every morning (or afternoon if I can’t get out of bed). Sometimes I wake up and I know immediately that I’m not going to be able to accomplish anything that day. That’s why there was no article last week.
My life isn’t bad though. I have a family that loves and supports me, a girlfriend that does the same, and friends who are there for me whenever I need them. I’m a great golfer and a pretty decent fantasy football analyst. I’m intelligent and compassionate. This might sound like bragging (it is) but what I’m trying to illustrate is that even when you feel at your lowest, there are still reasons to keep fighting. If you’re going through something similar to me, you can and will win. We will beat our mental illnesses more often than they beat us.
QB START OF THE WEEK: Justin Fields, CHI @ DET (ECR: 13, my rank: 11)
This isn’t the most aggressive recommendation ever, but Fields has played well against Aaron Glenn’s defense in the past. He will also likely have to throw a lot to keep up in this one, as I don’t anticipate Chicago’s defense shutting down Detroit’s potent offense. If you have Fields, fire him up and hope for the best.
QB SIT OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, WAS vs. NYG (ECR: 11, my rank: 13)
You might say, “But Walker, the Giants are a good matchup for opposing quarterbacks.” That is true. You might also say, “But Walker, Howell has been good for fantasy this season.” That is also true. However, the Giants are poop from a butt and will likely not be competitive in this contest, leading to the Commanders playing ball control and taking the ball out of Howell’s hands. This is a game state fade, not a player fade.
RB START OF THE WEEK: Ty Chandler, MIN @ DEN (ECR: 25, my rank: 16)
Denver’s defense has been better lately, but they’re still the worst defense in the league against opposing running backs. Chandler has looked decent in limited action this season and will get most of the touches on Sunday with Alexander Mattison out.
OTHER RB STARTS:
Jerome Ford, CLE vs. PIT (ECR: 26, my rank: 22)
Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. SEA (ECR: 27, my rank: 20)
RB SIT OF THE WEEK: Isiah Pacheco, KC vs. PHI (ECR: 22, my rank: 27)
The toughest team to score fantasy points against for RBs? Philadelphia. It’s as simple as that: Pacheco is a good player with an awful matchup. I would look elsewhere for your RB2 slot this week if possible.
OTHER RB SITS:
Devin Singletary, HOU vs. ARI (ECR: 18, my rank: 28)
Jaylen Warren, PIT @ CLE (ECR: 24, my rank: 30)
WR START OF THE WEEK: Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. MIN (ECR: 27, my rank: 19)
Sutton has officially taken over as Russell Wilson’s favorite target. The Broncos are also facing a poor Vikings secondary. Wheels up for the SMU product this week.
OTHER WR STARTS:
DJ Moore, CHI @ DET (ECR: 25, my rank: 21)
Chris Godwin, TB @ SF (ECR: 28, my rank: 18)
WR SIT OF THE WEEK: DeVonta Smith, PHI @ KC (ECR: 15, my rank: 28)
Can you tell I’m picking the Chiefs to beat the Eagles? Smith will be the beneficiary of more targets due to Dallas Goedert’s injury, but I do not expect his production to increase until next week.
OTHER WR SITS:
Marquise Brown, ARI @ HOU (ECR: 23, my rank: 27)
TE START OF THE WEEK: N/A
TE SIT OF THE WEEK: N/A
I have the same top 12 tight ends as consensus this week. Here they are in order: Kelce, Hockenson, Andrews, LaPorta, Kittle, McBride, Kmet, Kincaid, Schultz, Engram, Ferguson, Thomas.
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