When a starting quarterback goes down for a team, it’s usually catastrophic.  Sure, you’ll have your Kurt Warner/Trent Green and Tom Brady/Drew Bledsoe stories, but more often than naught, it means a big blow to the team.  That’s not the case for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Sure, no one wants to see anyone get hurt, but this is fantasy, baby.  It happens, and you look for the new shiny toy to come in and lead you on a run to the championship.

This week, that new toy is Mark Sanchez.  Yes, that Mark Sanchez.  The butt-fumbling, hot dog eating, former quarterback of the New York Jets.  With a fractured collarbone, Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles is expected to miss quite a bit of time.  For fantasy and real life purposes, that’s perfectly fine.

 

Start ‘Em

Believe it or not, I’m of the belief that Sanchez will actually be an upgrade at the position over Foles.  Foles isn’t a good quarterback, folks.  In 2013, Foles threw for 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions.  He became a fantasy savior off of the waiver wire.  That wasn’t the real Foles.  No, that Foles was a lucky quarterback, who didn’t pay for his bad decisions.

This year’s Foles, 1,699, six touchdowns and five interceptions is the “real” Foles.  He’s an average quarterback, who struggles to make decisions at times.  Sounds sort of familiar to Sanchez, no?  Truth be told, Sanchez looked better than Foles in the offseason, and in relief on Sunday, Sanchez played good football.  He instantly took a shot down the field to Jeremy Maclin on his first series of the game, and he displayed perfect touch on a touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews.

Like Foles, Sanchez isn’t a top-tier quarterback, but he’s an above-average quarterback who will excel in the system he’s in.

The Eagles will take on the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football, and Sanchez isn’t only a must-add off of the waiver wire, but given the situation, system and matchup this week, he’s our start of the week.

Other QBs to start: Mancrush Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson, Joe Flacco, Michael Vick

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay: Last time Tampa Bay faced Atlanta, they were slaughtered on Thursday night football when that was still a trend.  Leading up to that game, Rainey was getting the hype with Doug Martin hurt (shocker!).  With Martin hurt again, Rainey will have the majority of the touches against a pour Atlanta front.  As long as Rainey doesn’t fumble twice again like he did in the first game between the two teams, expect him to excel once again with the opportunity, even if Charles Sims gets some run in his first game of the season.

Other RBs to start: Ronnie Hillman, Andre Ellington, Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Denard Robinson, Chris Ivory, Carlos Hyde, Anthony Dixon

Percy Harvin, New York JetsThis goes for Eric Decker, too.  Two fantasy relevant wide receivers for the Jets feels weird, doesn’t it?  Harvin may not be the best teammate in the world, but the Jets sure are trying their hardest to get him involved in the offense.  Harvin had 13 targets last week against Kansas City, and he caught 11 of them for 129 yards.  Plus, it helps that the Jets have a major upgrade at quarterback in Michael Vick (says a lot about Geno Smith, doesn’t it?) throwing him the ball.  The Steelers will be without Troy Polamalu and Ryan Shazier in this game, so expect Harvin to get a lot of action within five yards of the line of scrimmage.

Other WRs to start: Eric Decker, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Devante Adams, Michael Floyd, Kelvin Benjamin, Golden Tate, Jordan Matthews

Larry Donnell, New York Giants: For as good as the Seahawks defense is supposed to be, they’ve struggled this year (please return, Bobby Wagner), especially against tight ends.  The Giants’ offense will struggle this weekend, but along with Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell should be a bright spot.  In their slim victory over the Raiders last week, the Seahawks made Mychal Rivera shine.  Donnell has disappeared at times this year, but in all but one game where the Giants have been without Victor Cruz or Beckham, Donnell has showed up to play in a big way.  Feel comfortable about starting him again this week.

Other TEs to start: Mychal Rivera, Heath Miller, Owen Daniels, Clay Harbor.

 

Sit ‘Em

Matthew Stafford, Detroit: Coming off the bye, Stafford gets Calvin Johnson back, and he should return to being the top five quarterback that we envisioned as the season started.  However, the Detroit welcomes an underrated Miami team into town.  I had Rivers as a sit last week because of how tough Miami has been against opposing quarterbacks.  Stafford should have a better game than Rivers, Jay Cutler and Tom Brady had against the Dolphins, but it won’t be pretty.  If you have a better option, don’t be afraid to roll them out this week.

Other QBs to sit: Josh McCown, Ryan Tannehill, Colin Kaepernick, Kyle Orton, Eli Manning, Alex Smith

Mark Ingram, New Orleans: It’s going to be very hard to bench Ingram with how thin running back is.  However, the Saints seem to have a trend going this year.  When they are at home, they throw.  When they are on the road outdoors, they run.  The San Francisco defense isn’t what we are used to with the injuries, but it’s still a tough defense to run against.  Ingram should get the bulk of the work on rushing downs with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas unlikely to play, but don’t expect him to come close to matching his stat line from a week ago.  This has the makings to be a Brandin Cooks, Travaris Cadet game.

Other RBs to sit: Darren McFadden, Darren Sproles, Tre Mason, Andre Williams, Frank Gore, Bryce Brown, Reggie Bush, Lamar Miller

Rueben Randle, New York Giants: It’s soooooo frustrating owning Randle this year.  The targets have been there, but he’s not converting on them.  Going against Seattle this week, my guess is that Randle will get a ton of Sherman.  After all, they didn’t move him around on Vontae Davis on Monday Night Football, despite the reports that they were going to.  Hope isn’t lost for Randle this year, though.  When he struggles this week, bye low on him.  The targets and scoring opportunities are there for him.

Other WRs to bench: Torrey Smith, Michael Crabtree (forever), Marques Coltson, Allen Hurns, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Markus Wheaton, Doug Baldwin, Andre Holmes

Vernon Davis, San Francisco: Yes, I know the names that are on bye.  No, I do not care.  Any of the tight ends that are listed above in the Start ‘Em section should be in your lineup over Davis.  He’s nothing more than a name right now, and if you can get one cent on the dollar for him in a trade, do it.  Sixteen receptions and two touchdowns on the year for Davis.  That’s it.  Aside from his name, there’s no reason he should be on your team, let alone in your starting lineup.

Other TEs to sit: Travis Kelce, Charles Clay, Delanie Walker, Scott Chandler, Zach Ertz (forever)

 

  1. Curt says:
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    Deep league, I can pick up either Jordan Mathews or Justin Hunter, any thoughts?

  2. Jimmy says:
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    Need to hit a HR this week with byes and injuries. Pick 2 PPR: Miller, Joique, Sims and Hyde.
    Pick 2 WRs: Hunter, Wright, Randle or Kearse.
    Thanks

    • @Jimmy: miller if he plays and Joique. Home run play is Hyde. Sneaky feeling he scores. Wrs I go hunter and randle.

  3. BEATS by Ray says:
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    Odell Beckham is a start against Seattle?

  4. Tom says:
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    non ppr

    Do you go with the floor Palmer or upside with Matty Ice

    Thanks,

    • @Tom: like Palmer more. Good for 20 points each week. If absolute underdog, I get playing home run play with ryan.

  5. Allan says:
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    I’m definitely sitting ertz as well this week but I think he may be better in the coming weeks. Wasn’t he much better with sanchez under center during the preseason?

  6. The Thumb says:
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    Harvin or Martavis?

  7. Dom B says:
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    Who is better kelvin Benjamin or Alshon jeffery

  8. Phil says:
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    Rivera over Walker WHY?

    • waterloo

      waterloo says:
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      @Phil: Rivera heavily targeted past two weeks. Raiders will have to throw. He’s more likely to score and see more volume than Walker.

  9. Dom B says:
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    My roster should I trade Kelvin Benjamin and Big Ben for Alshon Jeffrey or is Kelvin better

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • waterloo

      waterloo says:
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      @Dom B: I’d try to get something for Ben alone

  10. Fizz says:
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    I have to start 3 wr this week and have 4 to choose from. Not sure which three to go with. K. Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Alston Jeffries, o. Beckam jr. Please advise. Thanks.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Michael Waterloo: if so that probably moves orton behind some other bye week fill in types like carr/mccown.

  11. Robert says:
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    So, in a PPR league, my RBs are all ones you suggest sitting, sadly.

    Need to start 2 of McFadden, Sproles, Mason, Cadet, Sims.

    Leaning McFadden and Sproles, hoping they each catch 4 or 5 balls, but could see Cadet getting that many too…

    • @Robert: tough position. Mcfadden and sproles, I guess. I like possibility of cadet too, tho

  12. George says:
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    Definitely agree on Cadet. I agree on all these actually, great article. I’d also put Theo Riddick as a possible flex start with the Dolphins being a tough run defense as well.

  13. Kevin says:
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    PPR league
    I have Demarco. Should I drop Sproles to pick up Randle as a handcuff?

  14. David says:
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    Hey!
    Do you think now is the time to sell high on Ronnie Hillman? I heard that they’re going to go with the hot hand approach….

    I have a chance of maybe getting Andre Ellington ….

    What do you think?
    Thanks for all the great work!

    • @David: I think that’s wise if you can get Ellington. I would make that deal immediately.

  15. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    turns out, i was right, after last year in the super bowl, week 16, when VD got 0 pts losing me a SB by less than 1.6, to forever and ever dodge owning him ever again. This year in drafts i’d type “better be careful or you’ll get VD” when people drafted him. What’s worse is i traded for him last year to get a slight upgrade to my TE at trade deadline too, since i had moreno/bush/j.bell/charles and could only start 2 RB in that league.

  16. Frank White says:
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    Sup Loo… So I have in my 10 team 3 receiver PPR
    Palmer
    Antonio Brown
    Maclin
    Boldin
    D Murray
    Reggie Bush
    Donnell
    Baldwin
    James JonEs
    Fred Jackson
    Ryan Mathews
    Riddick
    Mychal Rivera
    It looks like Fred Jackson will start but I’m waiting for game time but if he doesn’t then I gotta start Bush right?? Even though you said to sit him but HE’s garbage and I feel Riddick will do better then him.. IDK.. Also who would you start at flex? Baldwin, James Jones, Mychal Rivara or bush or Reddick if Jackson plays?? Sorry I got 2 questions in 1 comment.. Lol

    • @Frank White: have to start bush if Jackson sits. He’s garbage but best option until we see them use riddick consistently even with a healthy bush. Also, I like Baldwin slightly more than rivera

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Bro!!! Oh I already have Murray then next week when he has his Bye I got Mathews coming back, Fred Jackson, Bush and Riddick. Should I drop Riddick? I was thinking about grabbing Rice just in case. Either or is Riddick droppable now??

  17. Dom B says:
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    Who to start at TE Larry Donnell or Delaine Walker

  18. FORTEBAYBAY says:
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    Cam Newton or Mark Sanchez?

  19. Dom B says:
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    My roster would you trade Odell Beckham Jr. And Roddy White for Lamar Miller (injury) and Jordan Reed

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Roddy White-Falcons
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

  20. Dom B says:
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    My roster I have the Ravens D on bye for week 11 and I want to keep them, so who to I drop and what d to add Texans, Bears, Panthers, Buds, Redskins, Colts, Dolphins and etc.

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

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