So it’s 12 o’clock on gameday, you just woke up out of a Saturday night blur, and your lineup is an utter disaster. Don’t worry, Donnie’s got you covered. Introducing the first ever Panicked Fantasy Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em:
CAM NEWTON (at GB)
Cam had his coming out party last week, scoring over 30 pts in standard. This week he has a great matchup as he will have to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packer’s explosive offense. So this would be the perfect time for him to disappoint everyone and suck.
ANDY DALTON (at IND)
The Red Viper had a pretty impressive outing last week despite not having stud WR AJ Green. He will likely have to live without him this week as well, and has a much tougher opponent in Indy’s secondary. I expect the Bengals to run it a lot and therefore his value is capped.
VERDICT: START. Never bet against the Mane of 1000 Suns
PEYTON MANNING (vs San Francisco)
Pros: Always reliable for 20-ish points. You drafted him so high so you would play him.
Cons: Playing a tough defense. His face is really annoying.
VERDICT: SIT and swear at every Papa John’s commercial when he drops 30 pts
ZAC STACY (vs Seattle)
An utter bust so far, he seems entrenched in a RBBC and is up against his worst matchup yet.
VERDICT: START. Putting him in your lineup should give him the vote of confidence necessary to have a break-out game
KHIRY ROBINSON (at DET)
Probably the easiest decision yet. He’s been one of the most consistent backs the past few weeks. Mark Ingram might be coming back today, but everyone knows teams always ease back in injured players. Plus his name sounds really cool.
LAMAR MILLER (at CHI)
Recently thrust into feature back status due to Knowshon Moreno’s injury, Miller has a chance to light up the score sheet against an average Bears defense. He is running well this year and looks to keep it rolling against the Bears.
VERDICT: SIT. Since when has Miller ever lived up to expectations?
CALVIN JOHNSON (vs NO)
Megatron may be injured, but he’s still a fantasy god. He has had ample time to recover and turn himself nto more than just a decoy. He’s a monster and needs to be in your lineup even if he’s inactive just for intimidation reasons.
VERDICT: START, and scare the shit out of your opponent for a few seconds.
ANDRE HOLMES (vs ARI)
Holmes had his breakout game before the Raiders’ bye and kept rolling last week with 2 TDs and over 100 yds. Probably set for a matchup with Patrick Peterson, owners should be wary about starting him this week.
VERDICT: START. Can’t go wrong with Oakland Raiders in your lineup
BRANDON MARSHALL (vs MIA)
The Miami Defense should be seething at this opportunity in their revenge game against Marshall. This on top of the fact that Marshall hasn’t scored a TD in a few weeks points to disaster.
JORDAN CAMERON (at JAX)
Cameron had a huge game last week and is playing one of the worst Defenses this week.
VERDICT: SIT. Total trap game. Cameron has an average QB and got lucky last week.
HEATH MILLER (vs. HOU)
Mr. Consistency may be a boring option, but he’s guaranteed to get you points (ignore last week). Miller also only has 1 TD on the year, so he’s due.
JIMMY GRAHAM (at DET)
Early reports show Jimmy Graham playing today. The #1 TE of last year has been dealing with a shoulder injury and should play in Red Zone packages. He should almost always be in your lineup if healthy.
VERDICT: SIT. There is simply too much to be worried about in this game:
Far too many red flags to feel good about this game.
Seriously? Pick one and be done with it.
Defense is boring, don’t play one