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

Ben Roethlisberger vs New England: No quarterback has been hotter than Roethlisberger over the last four weeks; averaging 26.6 fantasy points per game. Over that four game stretch, Roethlisberger played three games at home, where he scored at least 28.7 fantasy points in each game. Meanwhile, the Patriots have to travel to Pittsburgh after an embarrassing lost to the Dolphins last week. Roethlisberger has been much better at home this season, scoring an average of 20.8 fantasy points per game verse just 14.4 fantasy points per game on the road.

Blake Bortles vs Houston: Who would of guessed that over the last three weeks Bortles is averaging 22.1 fantasy points per game. The Jaguars are playing well and headed to the playoffs in part thanks to Bortles improved play over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, the Texans rank 29th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 18.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 22.5 against the Texans defense. For fantasy owners who lost Carson Wentz or Josh McCown on Sunday, Bortles should be their top priority.

Sits

Alex Smith vs Los Angeles: Just like that, Smith’s 37.6 fantasy points in week 13 is a distance memory as last week he scored just 11.1 verse the Raiders terrible defense. Yes, Hunt had his best game since week three against the Raiders, but Smith is averaging just 15.3 fantasy points per game over his last six games. Meanwhile, the Chargers rank third in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of just 12.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, during the Chargers four game winning streak, opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 9.1 fantasy points per game.

Jared Goff at Seattle: As good as Goff has been this year for fantasy owners he has scored 15 or less fantasy points in three of his last four games. Back in week five, Goff had his worst game of the season against the Seahawks, scoring just 7.7 fantasy points. This week he gets to travel to Seattle where the Seahawks are holding opposing quarterbacks to just 14.4 fantasy points per game at home. Furthermore, the Seahawks have held opposing quarterbacks to under 10 fantasy points in five games this season.

Sleeper

Nick Foles at New York: For Eagle fans and fantasy owners, losing Carson Wentz for the season with a torn ACL is painful. However, Foles should provide some hope for both Eagle fans and fantasy owners. Foles looked good in the fourth quarter of Sundays’ win against the Rams and has experience as a starter. Meanwhile, Foles gets a good match up in his first start of the season against the Giants. For the season the Giants rank last in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 19.5 fantasy points per game. Foles is a sneaky play for fantasy owners streaming quarterbacks or DFS players.

Running Backs

Starts

Kenyan Drake at Buffalo: Over the last two weeks, Drake has been the Dolphins feature running back with Damien Williams injured. Drake is averaging 28 touches, 167 scrimmage yards and 23.7 fantasy points per game as the feature back. Williams is expected to miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury, leaving Drake as the feature back again. Meanwhile, the Bills rank last in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 27.8 fantasy points per game.

Jordan Howard at Detroit: After a rough two week stretch where Howard scored just 8.2 total fantasy points, he exploded last week for 28.5 fantasy points; his second best performance of the season. Back in week 11 verse the Lions, Howard had 15 carries for 125 yard, one touchdown and 18.5 fantasy points. The Lions rank 28th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 25.9 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Lions have allowed opposing running backs to score 31 or more fantasy points in five games this season.

Sits

Lamar Miller at Jacksonville: Despite the great match up last week verse the 49ers, Miller scored just eight fantasy points even though he lead all Texans running backs with 49 out of 67 offensive snaps played. The match up this week isn’t so friendly for Miller as the Texans travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars rank 11th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 22.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Jaguars held Miller to just 11.6 fantasy points back in week one and have given up an average of just 16.6 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs over the last two weeks.

Giovani Bernard at Minnesota: Normal starer Joe Mixon missed last weeks game against the Bears with a concussion but he is expected to return this week. If for some reason Mixon misses this game, Bernard becomes a top 20 running back based on volume alone. However, with Mixon returning, Bernard will return to his secondarily role. Meanwhile, the Vikings rank first in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 18.7 fantasy points per game. Between the lack of touches, assuming Mixon returns, and the tough match up means Bernard should be placed on the wavier wire in all 10 and 12 team leagues.

Sleeper

Jonathan Stewart vs Green Bay: Against the Vikings last week, Stewart had a season high three touchdowns and 28.3 fantasy points. Over the last three games, Stewart is out scoring Christian McCaffrey 15.8 to 12 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Packers rank 25th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 25.6 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last four games, the Packers are allowing opposing running backs to average 28.9 fantasy points per game.

Wide Receivers

Starts

Alshon Jeffery at New York: Over the last six games, Jeffery has six touchdowns and has scored at least 10.1 fantasy points in each game. With Carson Wentz out for the season with a torn ACL, many fantasy owners are concerned about Jeffery. However, the Eagles have an easy schedule to close out the season starting this week against the Giants. For the season, the Giants rank 21st in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 33.2 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last eight games the Giants have allowed opposing wide receivers to average 38.7 fantasy points per game.

Jordy Nelson at Carolina: Good news Nelson owners; Aaron Rodgers is back! Nelson is averaging 15 fantasy points per game with Rodgers as the starter compared to just 5.3 with Brett Hundley as the starter. Furthermore, Nelson had six touchdowns in six games with Rodgers compared to zero with Hundley. Meanwhile, the Panthers rank 25th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 33.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last five games the Panthers have allowed opposing wide receivers to average 43.3 fantasy points per game.

Sits

Sammy Watkins at Seattle: Despite coming off a three game stretch averaging 14 fantasy points per game and scoring three touchdowns, Watkins shouldn’t be trusted this week verse the Seahawks. Robert Woods is expected to return this week after missing the last three games with a shoulder injury. In his six previous games, Woods averaged 18.3 fantasy points per games. Meanwhile, over that same six game span, Watkins averaged just seven fantasy points per game. Furthermore, when Watkins faced the Seahawks in week five, he had zero fantasy points.

Paul Richardson vs Los Angeles: Richardson has been solid for fantasy owners, scoring 10.5 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games including 16.2 fantasy points last week. However, the Rams rank 11th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 30.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, back in week five the Rams held Richardson to just 6.5 fantasy points and held the entire Seahawks wide receivers to just 18.5; their second best performance of the season. The only Seahawks receiver fantasy owner can have any faith in starting this week is Doug Baldwin.

Sleeper

Dede Westbrook vs Houston: Since coming off injured reserve in week 11, Westbrook is averaging 12.4 fantasy points per game and has three straight weeks with 10 or more fantasy points. In addition, Westbrook has increased his fantasy production each week. Furthermore, since Westbrook has returned he is leading all Jaguars wide receivers with 49.5 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Texans rank 24th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 33.7 fantasy points per game.

Tight Ends

Starts

Jared Cook vs Dallas: After a three game stretch where Cook scored a total of just 8.7 fantasy points, he scored 18.5 last week against the Chiefs. Like the Raiders offense, Cook has been up and down all season long for fantasy owners. Meanwhile, the Cowboys rank 24th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 12.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over the last six weeks opposing tight ends are averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game against the Cowboys.

Hunter Henry at Kansas City: Coming off his third straight game with 15 or more fantasy points, Henry is one of the hottest tight ends at the moment. During the three game span, Henry has 16 catches for 207 yards, two touchdowns and 48.7 fantasy points. Henry has the second most fantasy points over the last three games only behind Keenan Allen. Meanwhile, over the last three weeks the Chiefs have allowed opposing tight ends to average 12.8 fantasy points per game.

Sits

Greg Olsen vs Green Bay: Olsen missed week 13 verse the Saints with his on going foot injury, then he scored zero fantasy points last week verse the Vikings despite being on the field for 94% of the snaps. Fantasy owners shouldn’t trust Olsen in the playoff until he’s proven that he is back to his old form. Meanwhile, the Packers rank second in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 9.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Packers have held opposing tight ends to 8.5 or less fantasy points in eight games this season.

Eric Ebron vs Chicago: Despite scoring a season high 17.4 fantasy points last week verse the Buccaneers, fantasy owners should stay clear of Ebron this week. In the three games prior to last week, Ebron scored a total of 24.1 fantasy points and has scored nine or more fantasy points just three times this season. Meanwhile, the Bears rank 10th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 10.6 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Bears are holding opposing tight ends to just 4.5 fantasy points per game.

Sleeper

Charles Clay vs Miami: During the first four games of the season, Clay averaged 13.2 fantasy points per game, but over his last four games he is averaging just six fantasy points per game. However, Clay did have 10 fantasy points in the only game during that four game stretch where Tyrod Taylor started and finished the game and Taylor is expected to start this week. Meanwhile, the Dolphins rank 27th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 14.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Dolphins give up an average of 16.7 fantasy points to opposing tight ends on the road.

D/STs

Start

Ravens at Cleveland: Yes, last week against the Steelers, the Ravens D/ST was chewed up for negative six fantasy points. However, opposing D/STs are scoring averaging just 0.4 fantasy points per game against the Steelers offense over the last five games. The Ravens D/ST ranks second in the league averaging 10.9 fantasy points per game and have scored 14 or more fantasy points seven times this season. Meanwhile, the opposing D/STs are averaging 12.2 fantasy points per game against the Browns offense.

Sit

Rams at Seattle: While the Rams have been the third best D/ST this season, they have struggled lately. Over their last four game, the Rams D/ST is averaging just six fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, opposing D/STs are averaging just 4.3 fantasy points per game this season against the Seahawks offense. Furthermore, over their last three games, opposing D/STs are averaging just three fantasy points per game against the Seahawks.

Sleeper

Saints vs New York: The Jets lost starting quarterback Josh McCown for the season with a broken hand last week, leaving Bryce Petty as the starter this week verse the Saints. Meanwhile, the Saints D/ST is ranked ninth in the league averaging 7.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Saints D/ST average 12 fantasy points per game at home since the teams bye in week five. With an inexperience quarterback under center, the Saints defense should have plenty of opportunities to create sacks and turnovers.

About The Author Mike Fanelli

Mike is a former journalism major who spent all four years in high school working for the school newspaper. At 25 years old, he is happy to write for Breaking Football as it gives him a platform to get his fantasy football takes and sports opinions out there.