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Is Matt Milano healthy enough to pick-up and start this week?
Injuries are always tricky if we are trying to predict when someone will be back enough for us to feel comfortable starting them in fantasy football. I am not a medical doctor, so I am not going to try and diagnose him here. What we do know is that so far this year, Milano started in but left Week 1 early and then missed Week 2. He played the whole game in Week 3, started in Week 4, but left early in that game as well, and has missed all of Weeks 5 and 6 with a pectoral injury.
Milano was limited in practice on October 22, 2020. He was limited in practice last week Saturday after being a full participant the day before. I don’t mind picking someone like Milano up if you have bench room, to keep until he is healthy. If he is limited again today (Friday, October 23, 2020) I would suspect he is unlikely to play again.
With the way his season is gone, I would rather pickup someone else that does not have the current injury issues. If he plays week and is fine after, go get him, he’s a very nice fantasy linebacker when healthy; it just doesn’t appear he is right now.
Sit one: Avery Williamson, Foye Oluokun, Lavonte David and Robert Spillane
Foye (LB 15)and Lavonte (LB 3) are clear, every week starters to me. So for me it comes down to sitting Spillane or Williamson. Spillane appears to be taking over for Devin Bush who is now out for the year. In 53% of the snaps last week in relief of Bush he had 8.50 points on 5 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL.
Williamson and the Jets face Buffalo this week, and while they faced each other in Week 1, Williamson did not play in that game. Williamson appears to be working his way back from injury well, with double digit points in each of the past two weeks. With all of the other defensive assets on Pittsburgh, I would be sitting Spillane this week. I want to see if he does fully take over Bush’s spot, or if its a timeshare. With Williamson, you know what you are getting, as he’s played 93% or more of the snaps each of those past two weeks.
Start two: Maxx Crosby, Olivier Vernon and Mario Addison
I am definitely starting Vernon against Cincinnati. He has not been as productive as past year, but he is getting playing time (79%, 86% and 85% of defensive snaps the past three weeks) and faces the Bengals. He is still capable of having a productive fantasy week game (like against Dallas in Week 4), and the Bengals are a great spot to get defensive line production.
Maxx just hasn’t had the same year this year that he did last year. As a rookie he was the DL 8 with 135.50 points, for an average of about 8.50. For 2020 he is currently the DL 34 averaging 6.50 points a game, with only one game over 7.50 points. He isn’t having a bad year, he just isn’t at the level fantasy managers expected based off last year. This week gets a bad match-up against Tampa Bay, who gives up the 9th fewest points to opposing defensive ends.
Addison’s highest scoring game of the year came against the Jets in Week 1, when he had 12 points. Coming off a 9.50 point game last week against Kansas City, I think he is in a great spot for another double digit game against the Jets this week. Vernon and Addison are my picks for this one this week.
Pick one interior lineman: Grady Jarrett or Chris Jones
Jarrett had a hot start to the season (11.00, 11.50 and 12.50 points the first three games, but has cooled off since (6.50, 1.50, and 1.00 points the past three weeks). This week the Falcons face the Lions, who give up the 7th fewest points to opposing defensive tackles. Chris Jones is not having the sort of season we have come to expect from him; he currently sits at the DL 41 with 6.20 points a game. The Chiefs face the Broncos, who give up the 6th fewest points to opposing defensive tackles.
If I only have these two to pick from, I am going with Jarrett. Both have the chance and skill for a huge game, and while neither seem likely, I like Jarrett’s odds better based on what he showed at the start of the year and Lions starting Center Frank Ragnow battling a groin injury.
Sit two of Jayon Brown, Anthony Hitchens, Leighton Vander Esch, Josh Bynes and Zach Cunningham
Cunningham (10.75 points a game) is a must start for me of that group, and I would say Brown (8.1 points per game) is one as well. After that it gets messy. Vander Esch came back last week from an injury in Week 1, played in 53% of the snaps and had 2 solos and 1 assist. However, Washington (Dallas’ Week 7 opponent) gives up the most fantasy points to opposing linebackers.
Since a 12.00 point Week 1 outburst, Bynes has been averaging 4.20 points a game, including 5.50 in Week 2 against Cleveland, who is the Week 7 opponent for the Bengals. Hitchens (averaging 5.67 points a game) has been regularly been getting a 64-78% snap share, and faces a Denver team that gives up the second most points to opposing linebackers.
So, the final starter for me comes down to how you feel about your fantasy match-up this week. If you think you may need a big game from your linebackers to win, go with Vander Esch. His talent and match-up gives the most upside. If you need a nice floor for points, I would go with Hitchens.
Sit one of Josh Jones, Justin Simmons and John Johnson III
Johnson is the DB 9 right now with 52.00 and plays Chicago, who are middle of the road for allowing points to safeties. Johnson is the must start of the group for me. Simmons is DB 17 with 48.00 points and faces the Chiefs, who give up the 3rd fewest points to safeties. With 40.50 points Josh Jones is DB 33 and faces the Chargers, who give up the 7th most points to safeties.
All three have played at or near 100% of the snaps for most of the games this season (Jones has one below 97%, and that is it for all of them). While he has the worst match-up of the three, I am going with Simmons for my second. He has a more proven track record as a player, and should be involved and get you a nice stat line despite the bad match-up.
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