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
✅Kirk Cousins, MIN – The Vikings signal-caller got off to a rough start against the Falcons, throwing 3 Interceptions early. Cousins did add 343 yards on 24 completions for 3 touchdowns before the contest was over. By the end of Sunday’s games, Cousins was sitting at QB7 for the week in DSE Dynasty scoring. I forecasted his first 300+ yard game, and he came through. It was a rough ride, but we got there.
QB Must Sit
✅Teddy Bridgewater, CAR – I told you Bridgewater would throw for less than 230 yards and would be “lucky” to throw a touchdown. The Panthers Quarterback was neither lucky nor good, finishing the day with 216 yards, two interceptions, and zero touchdowns. Only 5 quarterbacks were worse on Sunday.
RB Must Start
✅Jonathan Taylor, IND – The Colts rookie running back finished the game with what appears on the surface to be mediocre stat lines (12-60-0 rushing; 4-55-0 receiving). Surprisingly, these stats were good enough to finish RB6 for the week before the two Monday night contests, and Taylor ought to finish Top 10 at his position for the week.
↔️David Johnson, HOU – The Texans running back also finished with modest stats (19-57-1 rushing; 1-12-0 receiving). Johnson will likely end the week as a Top 15 position player for the week (he is 10th before the Monday games, and I would like to assume at least one back from each of those teams will have better outputs).
RB Must Sit
✅Rams RBBC – Rams running backs combined for a total of 21 touches and only 14.4 fantasy points between the three-headed monster directed by Sean McVay. Darrell Henderson led the three with 9.2 of those fantasy points. Akers saw one snap and got zero touches.
↔️Broncos RBBC – Melvin Gordon III escaped suspension but was ruled out and inactive for the game due to illness (?) and was left behind in Denver as the Broncos traveled east. Royce Freeman got 5 fantasy points, and Phillip Lindsay rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries (10.1 fantasy points). Lindsay’s totals were only good for RB18 by the close of Sunday’s games, making him barely RB2 worthy.
WR Must Start
❌Julien Edelman, NEP – The Patriots mainstay at wideout had an abysmal 2 catches for 8 yards. There is no excuse for this showing or my prognostication.
↔️Terry McLaurin, WAS – The second-year star for Washington caught 7 passes for 74 yards and did not score. These numbers are middle of the road and enough to have warranted a WR2/3 start on any DSE team, but not the WR1 numbers I expected.
❌Marquise Brown, BAL – Would you believe me if I said I meant to write AJ instead of Marquise? It was worth a try, right? “Hollywood” produced just 4 receptions for 57 yards. Those numbers are worthy of a Flex Start last week, not a Must Start.
WR Must Sit
❌Travis Fulgham, PHI – I guess being the only capable and healthy receiver is worth something. Fulgham was the target of 10 passes and ended up with a stat line of 6-76-1. Perhaps if he hadn’t caught a touchdown, I would have been correct. In the end, Fulgham was WR8 by the end of Sunday’s games with means he will be a WR1 by the time all the games are calculated.
⭕️Curtis Samuel, CAR – All reports leading up to game day had Samuel slated to play despite being limited with a minor knee injury during practices during the week. Panthers decided to make Samuel inactive just after pre-game warm-ups.
✅Anthony Miller, CHI – I pointed out that the Panthers held team depth chart WR2 to an average of 2.76 fantasy points coming into the game. Miller caught 3 passes for 8 yards and beat that average by 1.04 fantasy points. I was still correct in assessing him as a Must Sit.
TE Must Start
❌Eric Ebron, PIT – The good news was that Ebron led Steelers tight ends with 4 targets. The bad news was is that he finished the game with 2 catches for 9 yards. Terrible.
TE Must Sit
✅Chris Herndon, NYJ – The Jet tight end was on the field for 45 offensive play snaps and received zero targets.