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Every week fantasy football owners have to make decisions on who to start, who to sit and who potentially to go pick up off the wavier wire to play. Sometimes those decisions can be tough. For help with that check out Breaking Football’s weekly rankings. In addition to that, I will be giving my weekly take on starts, sits and sleepers.

Each week I will be giving two players I like starting, two guys I would like to bench and one sleeper per position (except for D/STs, there will only be one start and sit). Now of course every week you would start Tom Brady, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, among others, assuming they play. This weekly article is to help fantasy owners decide on their “non-stud” players. If you have more specific questions regarding fantasy football, ask me on twitter (@MikeSports22) and as always happy hunting fantasy friends.

Quarterbacks

Starts

Matt Ryan vs Tampa Bay: Over the last five games, Ryan is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game. The Falcons are coming off back to back victories over teams trending in the wrong direction. While the Buccaneers have won two straight games, they have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score an average of 18 fantasy points per game this season, ranking 23rd in the league. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 21 fantasy points per game at home against the Buccaneers defense.

Andy Dalton vs Cleveland: Since Week 3, Dalton is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game, including a season-high 28.3 fantasy points against the Browns. Dalton is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game over his last two contests, throwing for 419 yards and five touchdowns. The Browns rank 22nd in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 18 fantasy points per game. The Browns have allowed four quarterbacks to score 21.5 or more fantasy points this season, including Dalton in Week 4.

Sits

Jared Goff vs New Orleans: As great as Goff has played, he crashed back down to earth last week against the Vikings, scoring just 9.8 fantasy points. Goff has scored 18 or more fantasy points in five of his last eight games. The three other games were against the Seahawks, Jaguars and Vikings; all elite defenses. This week the Saints roll into town coming off their emotional win against the Redskins. During the Saints eight game winning streak, opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 12.5 fantasy points per game. Goff has been good for fantasy owners, but this week he should be on the bench.

Josh McCown vs Carolina: After the Jets started the season 3-2, they have lost four of their last five games. Over the last four games McCown’s production has decreased in every game. With the Jets standing at 4-6, the team is on the outside looking in on the playoff picture and could pull McCown any game now for one of their younger quarterbacks. In the mean time, McCown has to face the Panthers this week, who rank fifth in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of just 13.3 fantasy points per game. If McCown is your only quarterback, drop him and stream Jacoby Brissett instead.

Sleeper

Jacoby Brissett vs Tennessee: Speaking of Brissett, the Colts quarterback is dealing with a concussion, but according to head coach Chuck Pagano, Brissett is expected to play against the Titans. Over his last six games, Brissett is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game, including 14 against the Titans in Week 6. The Titans rank 21st in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 17.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over the last three games, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game against the Titans defense.

Running Backs

Starts

Duke Johnson Jr. at Cincinnati: Johnson has scored 11 or more fantasy points in seven of his last nine games, including 21 fantasy points against the Bengals in Week 4. Johnson is also averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks. Johnson has been a stud in PPR leagues, catching at least three passes in every game since Week 2. Meanwhile, the Bengals rank 22nd against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 24.5 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, opposing running backs are averaging 30.8 fantasy points per game against the Bengals over the last two weeks.

Dion Lewis vs Miami: Last week against the Raiders, Lewis led all Patriots’ running backs with 14 touches for 88 yards, a touchdown and 18.8 fantasy points. Since Mike Gillislee has been dropped to fourth on the depth chart and not active on game day, Lewis is averaging 14 touches and 18.2 fantasy points per game. The Dolphins rank 15th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 23.5 fantasy points per game. Over their last three games, opposing running backs are averaging 27.8 fantasy points per game against the Dolphins defense.

Sits

Adrian Peterson vs Jacksonville: After a great opening game as a Cardinal in Week 6, Peterson has averaged just 7.3 fantasy points per game over his last four games. Over the last two weeks, Peterson has just 55 rushing yards on 35 carries for an average of 1.6 yards per carry. Since the Jaguars acquired Marcell Dareus, opposing running backs are averaging just 24 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, of those 24 fantasy points given up per game, 17.8 of them come from the passing game. Peterson has five catches in five games as a Cardinal.

Alex Collins vs Houston: Over the last three games, Collins is averaging 13 fantasy points per game. Even with Danny Woodhead returning from injury last week, Collins still led all Ravens’ running backs with 24 touches and 71 scrimmage yards. However, the Texans rank first against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 17.2 fantasy points per game. Last week the Texans held Adrian Peterson to just 4.9 fantasy points and tend to allow more fantasy points to pass catching running backs, which helps Woodhead.

Sleeper

Devontae Booker at Oakland: The Broncos backfield has become a running back by committee. However, Booker has out touched starter C.J. Anderson over the last three games. Booker has eight catches compared to Anderson’s three over that span. The Broncos are switching to Paxton Lynch at quarterback for what feels like the rest of the season. There is nothing an inexperienced quarterback likes more than checking it down to the running back. Meanwhile, the Raiders rank 29th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 26.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last three games the Raiders have allowed opposing running backs to score an average of 31.3 fantasy points per game.

Wide Receivers

Starts

Demaryius Thomas at Oakland: Over the last three weeks Thomas has has had at least five catches and touchdown in each game. While a lot of his production has happened in “garbage time”, it still counts just the same for fantasy owners. Since the team’s bye week, Thomas is averaging 14.9 fantasy points per game. The Raiders rank 20th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 32.6 fantasy points per game. The Raiders have allowed opposing wide receivers to score an average of 40.8 fantasy points per game over their last four games.

T.Y. Hilton vs Tennessee: Hilton has been up and down all season long, scoring 24 or more fantasy points in three games and scoring under nine in the other seven games. This could be the last game this season that Hilton explodes. Hopefully fantasy owners were able to trade Hilton away before their trade deadline, but if you couldn’t, the Titans rank 28th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 37.2 fantasy points per game. Over the last three games the Titans have allowed opposing wide receivers to score an average of 47.3 fantasy points per game.

Sits

Amari Cooper vs Denver: The last time Cooper faced the Broncos, he scored just 2.9 fantasy points. Since Cooper’s big 44 point game in Week 7, he has scored just 31.8 fantasy points in the following three games. Needless to say, Cooper has been one of the bigger busts this season. Meanwhile, despite all the problems in Denver, the Broncos still rank fourth against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of just 26.1 fantasy points per game.

Larry Fitzgerald vs Jacksonville: Despite playing with three different quarterbacks this season, Fitzgerald is the WR4 in PPR scoring. Fitzgerald has two straight weeks with 21 or more fantasy points despite playing with different quarterbacks over that span. However, the rest of the Cardinals offense has struggled and this week the Jaguars come to town. The Jaguars have the best fantasy defense this season in part thanks to their 16 forced turnovers and 40 sacks. Furthermore, the Jaguars rank first in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up just 21 fantasy points per game; 10.9 fantasy points less than the league average.

Sleeper

Corey Davis at Indianapolis: In the three games since returning from a hamstring injury, Davis is averaging 5.8 fantasy points per game. However, has been on the field for at least 92% of the snaps the last two weeks, best on the team. The Colts rank 25th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 35.5 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Colts have allowed opposing wide receivers to score 37 or more fantasy points in five games this season including Week 6 against the Titans. Davis is due for a break out game anytime now and it very easily could happen this week.

Tight Ends

Starts

Greg Olsen at New York: Olsen is expected to return from IR this week after missing eight games with a foot injury. Olsen hasn’t done much so far this season, scoring just 5.8 fantasy points in a game and a half. However, Olsen has been a top five tight end in almost every season he has played in Carolina. Meanwhile, the Jets rank 25th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 13.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Jets have allowed opposing tight ends to score 18 or more fantasy points in five games this season.

Jared Cook vs Denver: Over his last four games, Cook is averaging 8.2 fantasy points per game despite not getting in the end zone. While the Broncos rank fourth against opposing wide receivers, they rank 31st in the league against opposing tight ends. On the season the Broncos give up an average of 17.5 fantasy points per game and over their last four games, they are giving up an average of 20.2 fantasy points per game. Cook managed to score 7.6 fantasy points against the Broncos in Week 4 despite Derek Carr leaving the game with a back injury.

Sits

Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs Carolina: As the Jets have struggled, so has Seferian-Jenkins. Over his last three games, Seferian-Jenkins is averaging 8.2 fantasy points per game, down from his season average of 10.5 per game. Meanwhile, the Panthers rank sixth in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 10.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last four games opposing tight ends are averaging just nine fantasy points per game.

Charles Clay at Kansas City: With the ongoing unknown quarterback situation in Buffalo all the Bills FLEX players aside from LeSean McCoy are risky plays. Since returning from a knee injury, Clay is averaging just 4.5 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Chiefs rank third in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 9.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Chiefs have held Jason Witten and Evan Engram to just 3.6 fantasy points combined.

Sleeper

Tyler Kroft vs Cleveland: Since Tyler Eifert underwent season ending back surgery, Kroft has been solid in his stead. Kroft has scored nine or more fantasy points in three of his last four games, including 9.2 last week against the Broncos. Against the Browns in Week 4, Kroft had a season-high six catches for 68 yards, two touchdowns and 24.8 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Browns rank 30th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 17.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Browns have allowed opposing tight ends to score 15.5 or more fantasy points in six games this season.

D/STs

Start

Ravens vs Houston: The Ravens D/ST is the second highest scoring D/ST this season, only behind the Jaguars, averaging 12.5 fantasy points per game. Over their last five games, the Ravens D/ST have scored 20 or more fantasy points three times; averaging 15.6 fantasy points during that span. Meanwhile, opposing D/STs are averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game when facing the Texans offense lead by Tom Savage. The Ravens defense has three shutouts this season, while no other team has more than one, and they very easily could get shutout number four this week.

Sit

Titans vs Indianapolis: Usually streaming D/STs against the Colts offense is a good idea but not this week. The Titans D/ST scored just six fantasy points verse the Colts in week six. Opposing D/STs are averaging 12.4 fantasy points per game against the Colts offense. However, over the last four games, opposing D/STs have scored fewer fantasy points each week. The Titans D/ST have scored double digit fantasy points just twice all season long. Furthermore, over their last three games the Titans D/ST is averaging just 3.7 fantasy points per game.

Sleeper

Bengals vs Cleveland: Last week verse the Broncos, the Bengals D/ST was a smart play, finishing with 10 fantasy points as the defense created two turnovers and had three sacks verse the Broncos dysfunctional offense. However, the only offense that is more of a mess than the Broncos is the Browns. Opposing D/STs are averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game against the Browns offense, ranked last in the league. Furthermore, opposing D/STs have scored double digit fantasy points against the Browns offense in five straight games.

About The Author Mike Fanelli

Mike is a former journalism major who spent all four years in high school working for the school newspaper. Now at 25 years old, he is happy to get back into sports writing for Breaking Football as it gives him a platform to get his sports opinions out there.