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
❌Mathew Stafford, DET – I jinxed myself when I suggested the matchup on paper was so in favor of a Stafford big day that he might fail. The Lions quarterback somehow put up an abysmal performance against a Vikings defense traditionally one of the league’s worst versus quarterbacks. Stafford’s stat line of 23/32-211-1-2 didn’t even help him break the Top 20 at his position.
QB Must Sit
⭕️Ben DiNucci, DAL – I don’t mean to brag, but…I wrote on Tuesday that DiNucci should be a must sit; The Cowboys must have read my article on Wednesday morning and made the final decision to go with a quarterback off their practice squad for their game against the Steelers. Of course, I jest, but I wanted to give myself the green checkmark here.
RB Must Start
↔️Chase Edmonds, ARI – Edmonds finally got his chance to shine (with Kenyan Drake injured), and by golly, the Cardinals fed him the ball 25 times like the bell cow back we all wanted him to be. Unfortunately, the Arizona back managed only 70 yards on those carries (for a pathetic 2.8 yards/attempt). When the dust settled, the shine was hidden beneath an 11.8 fantasy point performance that was only good enough to qualify as a RB2 for the week.
⭕️David Johnson, HOU – The Texans running back left the game after only two carries (and 16 yards) with a concussion. I want to think that 8 yards/attempt was a good indication that Johnson could have had a big day barring injury.
RB Must Sit
✅Frank Gore, NYJ – The ageless wonder was better than I projected (I said he would be lucky to log 6.0 fantasy points), as Gore accumulated 7.9 fantasy points on 59 combined yards and 2 receptions. Unfortunately, that performance had Gore finishing the week tied for RB35 with two other backs.
✅Jonathan Taylor, IND / Nyheim Hines, IND – I suggested that neither running back would break the 10.0 fantasy point plateau against a tough Ravens run defense. The Colts duo did not disappoint as Hines and Taylor accumulated 7.9 and 6.4 fantasy points, respectively, in DSE scoring.
WR Must Start
✅Stefon Diggs, BUF – The Buffalo passing attack took advantage of a struggling secondary on Sunday, and the Bills receiver had an excellent performance with 118 yards on 9 catches for 20.8 fantasy points. Through Sunday’s results, Diggs was WR15 for the week ((with just one more catch and/or a touchdown, he would have been Top 5).
✅Terry McLaurin, WAS – Despite the carousel of quarterbacks around him, McLaurin continues to impress. This week, the Washington receiver caught 7 passes for 115 yards and included a touchdown to finish inside the week’s Top 10 wide receivers.
↔️Marvin Jones, DET – The Lions receiver accumulated 13.3 fantasy points on 3 catches, 41 yards, and a touchdown. Jones was a decent start this week but was certainly not worth the Must Start status I gave him.
WR Must Sit
⭕️Kendrick Bourne, SF – After publishing my Must Start/Sit article, Bourne ended up on the COVID-19 list.
❌David Moore, SEA – The third-best receiver in Seattle was good enough to finish as a WR2 in fantasy posting 17.7 DSE fantasy points. Moore has finished in double-digit fantasy points in 5 of 8 games this year and is making fantasy GMs take notice.
↔️Zach Pascal, IND – I mentioned that Pascal was averaging 10.77 fantasy points over his last three underdog games, and the Colts receiver delivered with 10.5 points. Pascal’s 5 receptions for 55 yards was admirable against Baltimore and was still useful as a solid flex play.
TE Must Start
❌Hunter Henry, LAC – For the second week in a row, Henry turned in a 4 catch for a 33-yard performance. The Chargers tight end was a major disappointment this week.
TE Must Sit
✅Dan Arnold, ARI – The Cardinals tight end caught one pass on a single target for 16 yards. As I said before, always sit tight ends against the Dolphins defense.