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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 DeAndre Hopkins, 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 at Houston: Normally fantasy owners want to avoid Roethlisberger on the road, but this week the match up is just too appealing. The Texans rank 31st in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 19.2 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger is averaging 24.9 fantasy points per game over his last five games; scoring at least 18 fantasy points in each game. The lost of Antonio Brown hurts Roethlisberger’s upside but the he has been on fire lately and the Texans secondary just gave up 24.8 fantasy points last week to Blake Bortles.

Philip Rivers at New York: Last week against the Chiefs is a game both Rivers and his fantasy owners would like to forget about; scoring just 7.1 fantasy points. However, in his prior three games, Rivers was averaging 22.4 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Jets ranks 28th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 18.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last three home games the Jets have allowed opposing quarterbacks to average 27.3 fantasy points per game.

Sits

Kirk Cousins vs Denver: The Redskins offense has struggled lately and it shows in Cousins’ fantasy production. Over his last three games, Cousins is averaging just 12.4 fantasy points per game; committing four turnovers during that span. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank 10th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of just 15.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Broncos are holding opposing quarterbacks to just seven fantasy points per game.

Jimmy Garoppolo vs Jacksonville: As great as Garoppolo has looked as the starter in San Francisco, fantasy owners should bench him despite coming off a career high 19.6 fantasy points last week against the Titans. The Jaguars rank first in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of just 9.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Jaguars have only allowed one quarterback, Russell Wilson, to score more than 17.5 fantasy points in a game this season, but have held seven other quarterbacks under 7.5 fantasy points this season.

Sleeper

Drew Stanton vs New York: Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that Drew Stanton would start this week verse the Giants. During his two game stint as the starter earlier this season, Stanton averaged 14.6 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Giants rank last in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 19.9 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Giants are allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 26.1 fantasy points per game.

Running Backs

Starts

Joe Mixon vs Detroit: Assuming Mixon passes the concussion protocol this week and is able to play Sunday, he has a great match up against the Lions. In Mixon’s last game that he finished, he scored a career high 25.5 fantasy points. Meanwhile, the Lions rank 29th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 26.2 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Lions have allowed opposing running backs to average 31.2 fantasy points per game over their last five road games.

Theo Riddick at Cincinnati: Riddick left last weeks game against the Bears with a wrist injury but is expected to be ready this week verse the Bengals. Over his last three games, Riddick is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Bengals rank 31st in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 27.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Bengals have allowed opposing running backs to score an average of 41.1 fantasy points per game.

Sits

Carlos Hyde vs Jacksonville: Against the Titans last week, Hyde scored just 5.9 fantasy points; his second lowest performance of the season. Over his last three games, Hyde is averaging just 9.8 fantasy points per game and has just one touchdown over his last eight games. Meanwhile, the Jaguars rank eighth in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 21.9 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last three games the Jaguars have held opposing running backs to just 15.1 fantasy points and zero touchdowns.

Jamaal Williams vs Minnesota: Coming off a three game stretch averaging 26.9 fantasy points per game, Williams scored just three fantasy points last week verse the Panthers. During that three game span, Williams had 13 catches compared to zero against the Panthers; the big difference? Quarterback change. However, with Aaron Rodgers going back on injured reserve today, Brett Hundley will start the last two games of the season for the Packers. Even with Hundley as the starter, fantasy owners should bench Williams this week. The Viking rank first in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of just 18.4 fantasy points per game.

Sleeper

Wayne Gallman at Arizona: As the Giants disappointing season comes to the close, the team would like to get Gallman more playing time. Against the Eagles, Gallman led all Giants running backs with a 44 snap count percent and 14 touches. The Cardinals rank ninth in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 22.1 fantasy points per game. However, last week the Cardinals allowed recently signed Kapri Bibbs to catch four passes and score 15.3 fantasy points. Gallman had 13 catches over the last two weeks and should see plenty of targets this week.

Wide Receivers

Starts

Devin Funchess vs Tampa Bay: Funchess scored a season low 2.9 fantasy points last week against the Packers despite the great match up. However, Funchess will have a chance to redeem himself this week against the Buccaneers; who rank last in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 40.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Buccaneers have allowed opposing wide receivers to score 43 or more fantasy points in three of their last five games. Since the Panthers traded away Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster/Martavis Bryant at Houston: The Antonio Brown injury hurts the Steelers and the fantasy value of Ben Roethlisberger, but it seriously increases the value of Smith-Schuster and Bryant. Sunday against the Patriots, Smith-Schuster was on the field for 100% of the snaps and Bryant was on the field for 57% of the snap; ranking first and second among wide receivers. Fantasy owners got 17.4 fantasy points from Smith-Schuster and 15.9 fantasy points from Bryant on Sunday. The Texans rank 28th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 35.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Texans just gave up 57.8 fantasy points to the Jaguars receivers minus Marquise Lee last week. Both Steelers wide receivers are top 20 options this week.

Sits

Jamison Crowder vs Denver: Despite scoring 16.5 fantasy points last week verse the Cardinals, Crowder is averaging just 10.9 fantasy points per game over his last three games. Furthermore, Crowder has scored just two touchdowns all season long. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank first in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of just 24.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last two games the Broncos have held opposing wide receivers to just 8.5 fantasy points per game.

Marquise Goodwin vs Jacksonville: Since Jimmy Garoppolo took over as the starter, Goodwin is averaging 19 fantasy points per game. However, two of those three games where against the Texans and Titans who rank 28th and 24th in the league against opposing wide receivers. Meanwhile, the Jaguars rank second in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of just 24.5 fantasy points per game. Between Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, Goodwin will have a hard time getting open on Sunday.

Sleeper

Mike Wallace vs Indianapolis: Jeremy Maclin is expected to miss Saturday’s game against the Colts, giving Wallace more targets against a horrible secondary. The Colts rank 25th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 34.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Colts have allowed opposing wide receivers to score 42.7 or more fantasy points in two of their last three games; the exception was the snow game against the Bills in week 14. Meanwhile, over his last three games, Wallace is averaging 13.9 fantasy points per game.

Tight Ends

Starts

Vernon Davis vs Denver: Yes, Davis put up just 1.8 fantasy points last week but the Cardinals dominated time of possession. The Cardinals offense ran 85 plays compared to 53 for the Redskins. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank 29th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 15.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, when the Broncos are on the road they give up an average 16.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

Jack Doyle at Baltimore: Last week against the Broncos, Doyle had seven catches for 47 yards and 11.7 fantasy points; marking the second times in his last four games that Doyle has caught seven passes. Meanwhile, the Ravens rank 24th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 12.5 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Ravens have allowed opposing tight ends to score an average of 16.1 fantasy points per game over their last three games.

Sits

Jason Witten vs Seattle: Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect the return of Ezekiel Elliot to impact Witten’s fantasy value at all. Witten is averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game this season but has just one catch in four of his last seven games. Meanwhile, the Seahawks rank ninth in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of just 10.6 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last four games the Seahawks are holding opposing tight ends to just 5.3 fantasy points per game. Expect the Cowboys to feature Elliot in his first game back, further limiting Witten’s upside this week.

Antonio Gates at New York: On Tuesday the Chargers placed Hunter Henry on injured reserved with a lacerated kidney, leaving Gates as the only proven tight end on the roster. However, fantasy owners should shy away from playing Gates this week. The Jets rank 18th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 11.9 fantasy points per game. However, over their last two games the Jets have held opposing tight ends to an average of 2.4 fantasy points per game.

Sleeper

Cameron Brate at Carolina: Since Jameis Winston returned from a shoulder injury, Brate is averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game. Against the Falcons last week, O.J. Howard left the game with an ankle injury and did not return, opening the door for Brate to see an uptick in targets this week if Howard can’t play. The Panthers rank sixth in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 10.3 fantasy points per game. However, over their last two games the Panthers have allowed opposing tight ends to score an average of 18.5 fantasy points per game. In addition, the Panthers will be without pro bowl linebacker Thomas Davis this week as he serves his one game suspension.

D/STs

Start

Chargers at New York: Yes, Saturday nights game against the Chiefs was ugly for the Chargers D/ST; scoring negative one fantasy points. However, in the four games prior the Chargers D/ST averaged 15.8 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Jets ranks 21st in the league against opposing D/STs, giving up an average of 7.8 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, opposing D/STs are averaging 9.2 fantasy points per game over the last five games against the Jets offense.

Sit

Eagles vs Oakland: Last week against the Giants, the Eagles D/ST scored just two fantasy points. Prior to that game, opposing D/STs had scored seven or more fantasy points against the Giants offense in three straight games. Meanwhile, the Raiders rank 14th against opposing D/STs, giving up an average of just 5.9 fantasy points per game. The Raiders might be fighting for their playoff lives Monday night while the Eagles could have home field advantage locked up even before they take the field.

Sleeper

Redskins vs Denver: Despite all the injuries, the Redskins D/ST has scored 12 or more fantasy points in two of its last four games, including last week verse the Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Broncos rank 30th in the league against opposing D/STs, giving up an average of 11.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, opposing D/STs have scored 10 or more fantasy points against the Broncos offense in eight of their last ten games. Either Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch will be under center for the Broncos and either way, that’s good news for the Redskins defense.

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.