Hello everyone! For those of you that are new to my work, I have the privilege this year to be taking over the “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” series each Saturday morning for the 2016 NFL Season. I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started! A little bit about myself, I currently live 15 minutes away from Raymond James Stadium in beautiful Tampa, Florida, but I was born in the north end of Boston. I’m a pretty big Pats, Bruins, Sox and Celtics fan. [Jay’s Note: Yikes!] I’ve been playing fantasy football for a good while now, and my greatest memory is making the playoffs in my main league on the final day due to a tiebreaker after starting out the year 1-6. That was pretty freaking cool. This is my second season writing for Razzball after doing a bit of Daily Fantasy work last year, and now I can’t wait for what the 2016 season will bring. What I do know is my goal for this season, which is to be as accurate as I can, giving advice for who to start, who to bench, and maybe even some streaming analysis. Along the way, I’ll answer any questions that are asked, and have a good time while doing so.

So let’s get started with a Primer for the upcoming season…

 

Start ‘Em

The name says it all. Each week, I will be providing the “starts” of the week, or players who I think should be in every starting lineup if possible.

Obviously, I won’t be writing about the guaranteed names like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley, or Rob Gronkowski, but out of our 13 or so guys, we have to make the right decisions to start someone, so I will be helping with the not-so obvious plays.

I will start out each article with my “Start of the Week”, which is pretty self-explanatory. The title of the article will probably be related to this player. For example, in Week 7 when he travels to Philadelphia, the title of my column will most likely be “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 7: Diggs Out for Harambe”.

I’ll definitely adapt or change it up if I need to, or depending on the week, but my goal is to list 3 starts at each position. If I feel I need to add more players, I will, but there should at least be 3 at the absolute minimum.

In terms of general strategy of players who I believe should be starting in your lineups, seldom will I put a player who is considered a fantasy “stud” based purely off of matchup. The reason why I do this is because of one philosophy of which I swear by but still never end up doing: “You can’t bench your studs”. If I get really nervous of one player, I might come out and say that I’m worried about them, but these are our top players, and in most cases, a worrisome matchup does not hurt them in any way. We saw this last year with Antonio Brown torching the Denver Broncos defense, or Greg Olsen tearing up the Seahawks.

 

Sit ‘Em

Again, pretty self explanatory. Each week, I will be providing the “sits” of the week, or players who I think should not be in our starting lineup if at all possible. Like I mentioned before, unless I’m feeling really bad about one of those players, rarely will I put a player in this category who is considered a fantasy “stud” based purely off of matchup.

I will definitely have a similar criteria for these players, and usually, it’s based off of a mixture of:

  • Bad matchup
  • Unfavorable game script (as in, their unlikely due to get enough targets/touches to become relevant)
  • Injuries (not just personal injuries, but if there are injuries to other players on their team, that could possibly lead to them being put on the bench)
  • Favorable teammates that will steal targets/touches

Usually, a player will at least fall into one of these criterion, possibly even multiple categories.

Like the starts, I’ll adjust if necessary, but I’m planning on doing 3 “sits” for each position.

 

Streamers

I won’t have an individual section for these players since we’ll have a series dedicated to this, but I’ll definitely add my own thoughts when necessary. Many are starting to feel like the QB, TE, K and D/ST positions are somewhat worthless, or maybe so deep that they passed completely on a QB in order to stream week-to-week, or until they find a starter in the list of streamers. We’ll definitely have this year’s Ryan Fitzpatrick or Benjamin Watson.

When selecting which streamers as “starts” this year, I will usually take one of the following into consideration:

  • Very favorable matchup
  • Newly discovered opportunity due to injury/other
  • Possible outcome of a high-scoring “shoot-out” game in the current week

The “starts” of the week at the K and D/ST will most likely be considered all streamers, but I will definitely outline the specific streaming plays for the week under the QB, and TE positions. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to stream at the HB and WR, and if there is a hot new commodity, I would definitely check out Matt’s “Through the Wire” series for more info on that.

 

Other than that, I don’t have much else to say in terms of general strategy for lineup construction during the year. If there is an important topic that comes up for discussion before the season, I will definitely address it. Other than that, I am very excited to get started this year, and I wish everyone good luck as drafts should finish out this Labor Day weekend. Speaking of the weekend, hopefully everyone will have a safe and happy one.

As always, if you have a question, or agree/disagree on an strategy point made, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

 

 

You Can Follow Zach on Twitter @ohuhave12

 

 

  1. Mike says:
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    I’m torn on keeping either shady or freeman.

    Freeman shares touches with Coleman, but buffalo’s ab can run the ball too. I lean shady. Your take?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Mike: Sorry for the late response, was held up.

      As much as I would love to lean towards McCoy, I can’t do it. You just have to roll with your stud in this situation being Freeman.

      There is a very good chance Coleman overtakes Freeman as the lead back, however I don’t think you can’t judge your decisions based off it. McCoy is definitely a bell-cow, but Freeman is in a better situation with a very solid O-Line.

  2. For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    olsen vs SEA doesn’t really count as SEA were simply awful against TE’s, not just that one game. brown vs DEN of course is the epitome of “dont’ bench yr studs” of course. but you’d have to be insane to bench brown anyway, it’s those mid level guys were it’s actually a question or not.

  3. Dennis says:
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    Cam or Staff for wk 1?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Dennis: Here’s my thought process on it. You obviously can’t bench your studs, but Cam is in a really tough spot here. Meanwhile, I believe Stafford is in a really great spot against a Colts secondary that won’t have Vontae Davis. He has tremendous upside to finish in the Top 5 this week. DET-IND should be a high-scoring game as well, having the 2nd highest Vegas O/U for Week 1.

      Well there ya go, I talked myself into Stafford.

  4. Dennis says:
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    Ugghhh. I think I’m actually going to do it! Staff over Cam. Also, I’m playing Snead over Jordan Matthews and Abdullah. Crazy decisions that hopefully will pay off.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Dennis: Always do what makes you comfortable, that’s really important. However, not only do I like Snead a lot on the year, he makes a great high upside flex option if you need it in a game that’s shaping up to be a shootout. I would definitely give him the nod over Matthews and Abdullah

      • Dennis says:
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        @Zach: I played against the 2nd highest scoring team in our league in wk 1. Thanks to your advise, I was the highest scoring team in our league in wk 1. Staff over Cam +12 pts. Snead over Jordan Matthews +6 pts; The rest of my lineup was Cooks, A.Brown, Hyde, Forte, Bailey, and Eagles DST.

        Same question for wk 2. Staff or Cam? Snead or J. Matthews? based on matchups.

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Dennis: Glad you won holmes! Happy that Stafford and Snead did so well. I had Cooks as well, and I was lit up with his production. On the year, you should be in prime position with him as a 2 aside from AB.

          I think you should roll with Cam in this one, just because I don’t think you should ever bench him for the rest of the season. However, I am really high on Stafford as a QB1, and you saw what he could do this year (has the easiest SOS in my book) in Week 1.

          Personally, I would advocate that you trade Cam. I think you can improve your team from an owner that isn’t strong at the QB position. Those are my two cents.

          I think you go back to the well with Snead in this one. Ask this question again once my Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em article on Saturday and I’ll update you to see if my thoughts have changed.

          Thanks for the Comment!

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