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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

Philip Rivers vs Washington: During the Chargers three game winning streak, Rivers is averaging 21.5 fantasy points per game and has thrown for at least 340 yards or two touchdowns in every game without turning the ball over. Meanwhile, the Redskins have lost three of their last five games and during that time span have allowed three opposing quarterbacks to score 21 or more fantasy points. The Redskins have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw 10 passing touchdowns over their last five games so expect Rivers to throw at least two on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford at Tampa Bay: The Lions are fighting for their playoff lives which means the team will lean even more on Stafford’s arm. Last week against the Ravens, Stafford struggled and scored just 11.9 fantasy points. Part of Stafford’s poor performance was due to a hand injury that knocked him out of the game. However, this week he faces the Buccaneers defense who give up the 21st most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 17.1 per game.

Sits

Dak Prescott at New York: Don’t think because the Cowboys won last week verse the Redskins that Prescott is back to his old form; he isn’t. Over the four games without Ezekiel Elliott, Prescott is averaging 7.5 fantasy points per game and has failed to score 15 or more fantasy points in any of those games. During that four game span, Prescott has just three total touchdowns and eight turnovers. The Giants rank 29th against opposing quarterbacks this season, giving up an average of 18.9 fantasy points per game. However, over their last three games, opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 13.1 fantasy points per game.

Kirk Cousins at Los Angeles: To little fault of his own, the Redskins have lost five of their last seven games. Between a banged up offensive line and under preforming receivers, Cousins has struggled the last two weeks, averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game after averaging 26.8 fantasy points per game over the previous two games. The Chargers defense has played very well lately and rank fourth in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of just 12.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last three games the Chargers are holding opposing quarterbacks to an average of just 9.2 fantasy points per game.

Sleeper

Jameis Winston vs Detroit: After missing three games with a shoulder injury, Winston returned last week and dropped 18.6 fantasy points on the Packers. In the games that Winston has finished this season, he is averaging 17 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Lions rank 14th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 16.4 fantasy points per game. However, over their last five games, the Lions have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score an average of 19.7 fantasy points per game.

Running Backs

Starts

Rex Burkhead at Miami: Every year the Patriots backfield is a nightmare for fantasy owners, but this year it is pretty clear. Burkhead is at the head of the Patriots running back depth chart and has scored 15 or more fantasy points in four of the last five games. Furthermore, Burkhead has four touchdowns over his last two games. Meanwhile, the Dolphins rank 24th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 24.6 fantasy points per game. Over the last four games opposing running backs are averaging 30.1 fantasy points per game against the Dolphins.

Kenyan Drake vs New England: Damien Williams is expected to miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury, leaving Drake in a feature role. The Patriots rank 18th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 23.9 fantasy points per game. Last week against the Broncos, Drake had a career game with 23 carries for 120 yards and 23.1 fantasy points. In the week prior against the Patriots, Drake had 11.7 fantasy points while Williams scored 8.2 fantasy points. Drake is a safe play based on volume alone and could easy score another 20 fantasy points this week.

Sits

C.J. Anderson vs New York: Yes, last week Anderson had his best fantasy game since Week 4 against the Raiders, but the Dolphins rank 24th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 24.6 fantasy points per game. However, the Jets rank fifth against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 21.2 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last four games opposing running backs are averaging just 14.5 fantasy points per game. Fantasy owners shouldn’t trust Anderson after one solid game.

Mike Davis at Jacksonville: Against the Eagles last week, Davis scored a season-high 14.1 fantasy points. However, the Seahawks backfield has been untrustworthy all season long. Since the Jaguars acquired Marcell Dareus, opposing running backs have failed to score 22 or more fantasy points in four of five games. This game is expected to be a defensive battle and fantasy owners should avoid all offensive players in this game if possible.

Sleeper

James White at Miami: With Rob Gronkowski suspended and Chris Hogan questionable, the Patriots will need to trust in White more in the passing game than in the previous weeks. Over his last three games, White has a total of five catches and 13 rushes. However, in Week 5, when Gronkowski missed the game against the Buccaneers, White had seven catches for 57 yards and 13 fantasy points. Furthermore, White had four catches for 32 yards last week against the Bills; both his best performance since Week 8. For fantasy owners in need of a solid FLEX option in PPR scoring, White should see an uptick in touches and targets this week.

Wide Receivers

Starts

Tyreek Hill vs Oakland: While the Chiefs have struggled lately, losing six of their last seven games, Hill has been productive for fantasy owners. Hill has scored 12 or more fantasy points in five of his last six games including a season high 36.5 fantasy points last week against the Jets. The Raiders rank 17th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 31.6 fantasy points per game. However, the Raiders gave up a season worst 51.6 fantasy points to the Chiefs wide receivers in Week 7. In that game, Hill led the Chiefs wide receivers with six catches for 125 yards and 25.2 fantasy points.

Josh Gordon vs Green Bay: After not playing for almost three years, Gordon had four catches for 85 yards and 12.5 fantasy points last week against the Chargers and won the battle with cornerback Casey Hayward. Now Gordon has had a game to shake off whatever rust there was and gets to take on the Packers this week. The Packers rank 29th against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 36.4 fantasy points per game. In three of their last six games the Packers have allowed opposing wide receivers to score 47 or more fantasy points.

Sits

Devin Funchess vs Minnesota: Since the Panthers traded away Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess is averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game; scoring at least 13.5 fantasy points in each game. However, this week Funchess faces Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings defense. Last week against the Falcons, Rhodes held Julio Jones to just two catches for 24 yards and 4.4 fantasy points. Funchess has been great for fantasy owners lately but this week he is a risky play given the cornerback opposite of him.

Martavis Bryant vs Baltimore: Even with JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended, Bryant shouldn’t be trusted for anything more than a WR4 with upside. It’s more so based on matchup than it is Bryant. The Ravens rank third in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of just 26.7 fantasy points per game, and have allowed just two touchdowns to wide receivers over their last seven games. Furthermore, Bryant had just 7.8 fantasy points against the Ravens in Week 4. If fantasy owners need to chase points, Bryant’s big play ability gives him a lot of upside, but he can just as easily struggle.

Sleeper

Danny Amendola at Miami: Amendola has been inconsistent for fantasy owners, scoring 5.5 or fewer fantasy points in five of his last six games. However, with Rob Gronkowski suspended and Chris Hogan questionable to play, Brady will have to rely more on Amendola this week against the Dolphins. Furthermore, over their last eight games, the Dolphins have allowed opposing wide receivers to score nine touchdowns. In Week 5 when Gronkowski missed the game against the Buccaneers, Amendola had eight catches for 77 yards and 15.7 fantasy points.

Tight Ends

Starts

Cameron Brate vs Detroit: After a four game stretch where Brate scored a total of 7.7 fantasy points, he scored 17.9 fantasy points on Sunday against the Packers. Brate is the primary red zone target for Jameis Winston, as Brate is tied for fifth among tight ends with six touchdowns. Meanwhile the Lions rank 22nd against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 12.5 fantasy points per game. Over their last three games the Lions are allowing opposing tight ends to score an average of 18.3 fantasy points per game.

Hunter Henry vs Washington: Coming off consecutive weeks with 15 or more fantasy points, Henry has submitted himself as the second option in the passing game behind only Keenan Allen. Over the last two weeks, Henry has 12 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown; scoring 33.7 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Redskins rank 28th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 15.5 fantasy points per game. The Redskins have allowed opposing to score 15 or more fantasy points seven times this season.

Sits

Kyle Rudolph at Carolina: Rudolph has played well for fantasy owners over the last three weeks, averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game. However, the Panthers rank first in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 8.9 fantasy points per game. Over their last three games the Panthers are holding opposing tight ends to just 4.8 fantasy points per game. With all the injuries and suspensions at tight end this week, fantasy owners probably have no choice but to start Rudolph, but they should temper their expectations.

Vernon Davis at Los Angeles: Once again Jordan Reed will miss the game verse the Chargers giving Davis another start. However, Davis has been a disappointment for fantasy owners over the last two weeks, scoring a total of just 3.5 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Chargers rank sixth in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 10 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Chargers have held opposing tight ends to 7.5 or less fantasy points in six games this season.

Sleeper

Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Denver: Once a waiver wire gem, Seferian-Jenkins has been a disappointment for fantasy owners over the last five games, scoring an average of just 6.4 fantasy points per game. However, the Jets offense have scored 27 or more points in three of their last four games. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank 30th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 16.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Broncos have allowed opposing tight ends to score a touchdown in five of their last six games.

D/STs

Start

Jaguars vs Seattle: While the Seahawks have scored at least 22 points in four straight games, the Jaguars still have the best defense in the league. Fantasy owners shouldn’t be scared away from playing the Jaguars D/ST because of the match up; they are match up proof. The Jaguars D/ST has scored 11 or more fantasy points in five of their last six games. Both offenses are expected to struggle against the other team’s defense resulting in a low scoring game and a strong fantasy performance from the Jaguars D/ST.

Sit

Ravens at Pittsburgh: Last week against the Lions, the Ravens D/ST scored 14 fantasy points, marking the seventh time this season they have scored 14 or more fantasy points. However, opposing D/STs are averaging just 4.6 fantasy points per game against the Steelers offense this season. Furthermore, aside from the Jaguars, opposing D/STs are averaging just 2.6 fantasy points per game against the Steelers. Moreover, over their last six games opposing D/STs are averaging just 1.2 fantasy points per game against the Steelers offense. In week four verse the Steelers, the Ravens D/ST scored just two fantasy points; fantasy owners need to find a new D/ST for the week.

Sleeper

Seahawks at Jacksonville: Yes, this Seahawks defense isn’t the same it was at the begging of the season, but the Seahawks as a team play better as the season winds down. Last week the Seahawks held the Eagles and their high scoring offense to just 10 points. This week they take on the Jaguars with a banged up Leonard Fournette. Opposing D/STs have scored eight or more fantasy points against the Jaguars in three of their last four 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.