Too often, fantasy football “analysts” brag about what they got correct but rarely take accountability for what they got wrong. I want to change that trend when it comes to the advice I offer. Here are my Must Start/Sit players for the previous week and my analysis of those picks and performances. Using graphics, I will also evaluate my advice. The legend is as follows:
✅ – I got it right, and you did well with my information.
❌ – I got it wrong, and my prognostication hurt you.
↔️ – My advice neither helped nor hurt you; the player performance was middle of the road for their position.
⭕️ – Out or Other Situation that makes evaluation moot.
QB Must Start
↔️Jared Goff, LAR – The Rams franchise quarterback was a respectable 27 of 37 with 302 passing yards and zero interceptions. However, not throwing a touchdown and fumbling the ball away kept him out of the Top 10 for the week. Goff’s performance feels like an opportunity missed.
QB Must Sit
❌Kirk Cousins, MIN – I cannot figure out the Minnesota quarterback. When I make him a Must Start, he does poorly, and when I make him a Must Sit, he does well. Cousins finished Monday night’s game with a stat line of 25/36-292-2–1 and 62.1 DSE fantasy points, which is good enough for QB10 for the week.
RB Must Start
✅Antonio Gibson, WAS – The Washington rookie was less than stellar with 45 combined yards from scrimmage but managed to find the endzone twice to finish the day with 27.6 DSE fantasy points and inside the Top 10 running backs.
✅Nick Chubb, CLE – Despite hopping out of bounds inside the 5-yard line on what surely would have been a no doubt touchdown, Chubb managed to produce 18.6 fantasy points. Most fantasy GMs were leary of playing the Browns running back coming off of the Injured List, but Chubb delivered with 126 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
RB Must Sit
✅Jerrick Mckinnon, SF – The 49ers running back produced a mere 7.0 fantasy points this week and was not even worthy of a flex-start. Hopefully, you heeded my advice to sit him.
❌❌❌Patriots RBBC, NEP – I put three big red “X”s here because I was wrong about all three backs. Rex Burkhead caught 2 touchdown passes and finished among the Top 5 running backs (in DSE scoring) with 27.6 fantasy points. Damien Harris rushed for 121 yards. I further suggested that James White was the only marginally viable option because of his pass receiving abilities, and he ended up with just 2 receptions for 8 yards.
WR Must Start
❌Sterling Sheppard, NYG – The Giants receiver caught all 6 of his targets for 47 yards and managed to be worthy of a WR3 start, but far from the expectation, I bestowed upon him. Disappointing day considering the matchup he had.
✅JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT – The Steelers veteran receiver scored a touchdown and caught 9 passes for 77 yards – enough to finish Top 10 at the position (before Monday night’s game concluded).
❌Jarvis Landry, CLE – Despite leading the Browns in targets, Landry was hindered by the poor quarterback play of Baker Mayfield (who managed to throw for only 132 yards on the day). The possession receiving specialist only managed 3 catches for 29 yards.
WR Must Sit
✅Damiere Byrd, NEP – The Patriots’ emerging talented receiver saw zero targets despite playing 72% of New England’s offensive snaps. Game flow and tight coverage all game were the leading contributors to the dismal performance.
✅Chris Conley, JAX – I forecasted the Jaguars receiver to have a ceiling of 8 fantasy points before his matchup with the Packers. Conley managed to “break” the ceiling with 8.3 fantasy points as he caught 4 passes for 43 yards.
❌Willie Snead, BAL – Boy, was I wrong on this one. Snead ended up finishing as a Top 5 wide receiver for the week. The Ravens targeted the slot receiver 7 times, and he caught 2 touchdowns on 5 passes for 64 yards.
TE Must Start
✅Jonnu Smith, TEN – I suggested this week that the Colts would be so focused on Titans running back Derrick Henry that Smith would find himself open in zone coverage. I never suspected they would hand the ball off to Smith on a Jet Sweep while Henry was lined up in the I-Formation. Smith’s numbers were mediocre, but his rushing touchdown helped him finish as a Top 10 tight end for the week.
TE Must Sit
❌Logan Thomas, WAS – The tight end position was so weak in terms of fantasy production this week; Logan’s 4 reception and 66 yards were enough to help him finish as TE6 (before Monday Night’s game).