Start Em Sit Em

Hopefully, you made it to the 2nd round of your playoffs. Or, if this is your first round of playoffs, welcome. Either way, we have must-win weeks from here on out. No more messing around. I’m here to help you win your fantasy league (and well, mine too). Here is my Start Em Sit Em for this week.

Start Em Sit Em QBs


Alex Smith/Dwayne Haskins: Whoever starts for Washington faces a fairly leaky defense in the Seahawks. Granted, they had a helluva week against the Jets, the Seahawks face a team that is desperate to make the playoffs like the Giants a couple of weeks ago. Washington will throw to try to win the game here. That’s only good for Washington QBs.

Justin Herbert: What can I say? I know my Raiders. Their defense is atrocious and I knew it was a matter of time before Paul Guenther was fired. The Raiders are on a short week with an interim DC. Don’t expect their defense to make overnight changes. Justin Herbert should and will throw all over them.

Ben Roethlisberger: For whatever reason, the Steelers’ running game is broken. They could figure it out against the Bengals, BUT if they don’t the Steelers will pass all over this Bengals defense. Big Ben will help you win this week.


Cam Newton: The Patriots face the Dolphins this week and if the Dolphins defense gave Patrick Mahomes a tough time, Cam Newton will be horrendous as he is already struggling as it is. Don’t start him.

Kirk Cousins: The Vikings face the Bears this week. Kirk Cousins might be okay with solid WRs and Dalvin Cook, but expect him to struggle. Find other options here.

Sam Darnold: The Jets already suck, throw on the fact they play one of the best defenses in the Rams? Yeah, Sam Darnold is going to struggle and it’s not even his fault.

Start Em Sit Em RBs


Austin Ekeler: Like Justin Herbert, Ekeler should eat this week. The Raiders have given up 200+ rushing yards in back to back weeks. Throw in Ekeler’s passing dimension and he’s going to be one of the best backs this week.

Cam Akers: Hopefully, Cam Akers has emerged as the #1 back for the Rams, even though the Jets front 7 isn’t the worst I’ve seen, expect the Rams to run the ball to beat the Jets.

Jonathan Taylor: Jonathan Taylor ran all over the Raiders and now he can run all over the Texans defense. The Colts should have no problem with that the way David Montgomery ran over the Texans.


David Johnson: Conversely, the Texans face the Colts stingy defense. David Johnson may not play so this applies to Duke Johnson as well. Texans RBs will struggle against the Colts.

James Robinson: James Robinson has been stupendous this whole year, I almost hate putting him here. I just think the Ravens defense is that good to where they can cause problems for Robinson. It’s up to you though.

Ezekiel Elliott: Zeke is officially on my shit list. I thought Zeke’s struggle would have ended by now but it hasn’t. With the Cowboys facing the 49ers, expect Zeke’s struggles to continue.

Start Em Sit Em WRs


Terry McLaurin: Terry had a less than stellar week last week. Look for him to bounce back against the Seahawks. He’s the only WR worth mentioning in Washington, he’ll do good against the Seahawks D.

Willie Snead IV: Willie Snead IV is the lead WR for the Ravens, with them facing the Jaguars, Lamar Jackson will throw to him most often. (If he throws the ball at all). The Jaguars’ defense is horrible but their offense can still score to make it interesting.

All Steelers WRs: The Steelers face the terrible Bengals defense with a broken running game. That only means the Steelers WRs can get plenty of targets and plenty of points.


Jamison Crowder: This could really go for all Jets WRs, but let’s just do Crowder for now. The Jets play the Rams this week and it just doesn’t look good for any offense on the Jets. Don’t start any of them.

Amari Cooper: The Cowboys play the 49ers this week and while the Cowboys have many players that have talent. I have to think the 49ers are going to have to focus on the best ones in Zeke and Amari Cooper. I can’t see him being having a good week.

Jarvis Landry: The Browns face the Giants in a key game for both teams. I have to think the Giants are going to focus heavily on Jarvis Landry. Plus, as much as I love Baker’s fire, I can’t see him having a week like he did against the Ravens. Jarvis should struggle.

Tight Ends


Hunter Henry: Raiders can’t cover anything. Everyone on the Chargers offense should eat against the Raiders. Start Hunter Henry as a good way to get fantasy production.

Jonnu Smith: Jonnu Smith should have a good week against a week team like the Lions. Lions defense sucks, not only should their WRs eat, but Jonnu should see a lot of targets.

Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett: With the Rams playing the Jets, this opens up opportunities for both Rams TEs. While Higbee is more prevalent, Everett should see his fair share of targets as well.


Kyle Rudolph: Not only is Kyle Rudolph not reliable for fantasy, they play the Bears this week. That just means he is an automatic sit.

Tyler Eifert: As mentioned, the Jaguars play the Ravens defense that is one of the best in the league. Tyler Eifert fights for targets as it is, facing a tough defense won’t help with that.

Noah Fant: The Broncos faces the Bills. Noah Fant seemed to have an illness last week against the Panthers. I felt like he would have done well last week. This week I am not so sure. The Bills defense can be great at times and I have to think they focus on limiting Fant.