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Sit one: Hasson Reddick, Jerome Baker or Jamie Collins
Baker has run hot an cold this year, but is LB 24 and has a nice match-up against the Chargers (give up the 5th most points to opposing linebackers). Reddick has a bad match-up (Buffalo gives up the 2nd fewest points to opposing linebackers) but has been on fire for the past three weeks (15.83 points a game) once he took over for Chandler Jones who went on IR.
Collins faces Washington, who give up the most points to opposing linebackers this season, and he only has 2 games out of 8 below 6.50 points. This is one of the harder sit/start questions we have had in awhile. Collins is the must start of the group. To me, which of the other two you start hinges on ceiling vs. floor. Reddick has the higher ceiling I feel, as a pass rusher against a Buffalo team that gave up a lot of pressure last week to Seattle.
Baker feels like he has the higher floor, with the better match-up. I would go with the floor myself, but if you feel like you may need a big game, or when the late games are getting close to start if it looks like you will need one (both Miami and Arizona play in the late games) start Reddick.
Sit one: Micah Kiser, Shaq Thompson or Jerome Baker
Baker was discussed above, while Kiser continues to be the guy in the middle for the Rams when he plays. After a nice first two weeks, the other five games he has played in this season have only seen him go over 5.50 points one. The Rams also play the Raiders, who give up the 10th fewest points to opposing linebackers this season. Shaq is LB 23 on the year, and faces Tampa Bay, who give up the 8th fewest points to opposing linebackers.
Given the three we have, Baker is a definite start with his match-up. The other one I would start is Shaq, as he is giving you better production this year, and the match-up rating he has is similar to Kiser’s. Kiser just has not been giving you enough fantasy production lately for me to trust him, and with a bad match-up this week, I am sitting him this week.
Start one: William Gholston or Stephon Tuitt
Tuitt is the answer here. He plays Cincinnati, who is still really bad against opposing defensive lines. On top of that, Tuitt is DL 6 right now, with only two games below 7 points all season. Gholston is DL 27 right now, but that is bolstered by two games in double digits. He has five games at 3.50 points or fewer, out of 9 games this year. Gholston lso faces Carolina, who give up the 9th fewest points to opposing defensive lines.
Sit one: Chuck Clark, John Johnson III or Justin Simmons
Johnson (DB 36) is a big name who has cooled off for fantasy owners since the season started. He had three out of the first four games in double digits, but since then has had 5.50, 9.00, 5.00 and 1.00. Despite giving up loads of points, Seattle does not give up a lot of points to opposing safeties (7th fewest). Simmons is DB 8 on the year, but is facing a Raiders team that gives up the 8th fewest points to opposing safeties.
Clark, DB 14, faces the Patriots, who currently give the the most points to opposing safeties. Given all of this, Clark is a must start. As you can tell, neither Simmons or Johnson have a great match-up, so I am going with the player who has been playing better as of late and starting Simmons as the second player and sitting Johnson.
Start one: Budda Baker or John Johnson III
Baker (DB 2 despite only playing 7 games) faces off against Buffalo, who give up the 10th most points to opposing safeties. With the discussion of Johnson above (recent lower level of fantasy performance and bad match-up) give me Baker. Make sure you check in on Budda before the afternoon games though, as if these are your only options you may need to start Johnson if Baker is not able to go with his groin injury; Budda is expected to play at this time.
Sit one: Patrick Queen, Joe Schobert or Jordan Hicks
Queen is the LB 8 right now, but that is bolster by three games at 15.00 or above; he also has four games at 4.00 or below. The Ravens play the Patriots, who give up the 12th most points to opposing linebackers. Hicks is the LB 18 and faces Buffalo, who we mentioned above gives up the 2nd fewest points to opposing linebackers). Schobert has been a disappointment this year, coming in at our LB 34, and faces the Packers who give up the 13th fewest points to opposing linebackers.
I am definitely starting Queen, as he has the best match-up and has a high ceiling. The other one I am going with is Hicks. I know he has a worse match-up on paper, but Hicks has been getting pressure this season too, and even if he doesn’t get sacks, he has 8 TFL on the year, tied for 5th among linebackers. I wouldn’t mind if you started Schobert over Hicks, I do think it’s a hard one, but I would go with Hicks.
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