The Eagle’s Cry Sports Editors Present: Fantasy Football–Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems–3rd Edition

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Brett Jassey, James Mertz, and Robbie Ackerly

Editor’s note: This story was submitted on Friday, October 14.

 

Welcome to the third 2022 edition of Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems. Many students here at BHS are involved in fantasy football leagues. Many also fail to receive guidance on the important weekly decisions that may change the outcome of their matchups. I, along with guest analysts, will break down a handful of players at each position weekly and give you advice. Any readers with specific players they would like covered are encouraged to email to myself (at the end of this article) or other analysts. 

 

Here’s last week’s results: 

 

My Previous Starts:

QB: Jacoby Brissett, T-QB16 (17 Points). Brissett did everything right against the Chargers, besides one thing. He played smartly and safely, kept the Browns competitive in the game, and ran well. But he stayed right on his then-weekly average of 16.5 PPG. He had a standard game for himself, but didn’t improve as I thought he could. If you started him, he didn’t lose you your week, but I still won’t say this was a prediction that was a win. 

 

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson, T-RB14 (19 Points). This is a win. Stevenson was expected by James and I to have a big game, but alongside Damien Harris. Harris went down during the first drive, and it was the Stevenson Show from then on. Rhamondre never left the field for a Patriots offensive down, and had 27 touchdowns for well over 100 yards and an astounding 19 touchdown-less points. Stevenson is now a must start until Harris returns.

 

WR: Michael Gallup, T-WR48 (8 Points). I thought this was the week Michael Gallup would be let loose. Instead, he played less snaps than he did in his season debut. He did have more targets and catches than previously, but they resulted in little fantasy points. Sorry, this was a L.

 

TE: Tyler Conklin, TE54 (0 points). I really hope you didn’t start Conklin like I did. He nearly lost me my week (Thank you Davante Adams). Conklin turned into Casper the Ghost this week, dropping his only target. You can cut him as long as you have a better TE (you probably do). 

 

My Previous Sits

QB: Kyler Murray, T-QB13 (19 Points). This is close. The Eagles partially held him in check, and he sat right around his yearly averages. Murray, like Brissett previously, likely did not change the outcome of your matchup singlehandedly. The Eagles won against Murray, but I didn’t. 

 

RB: Tyler Allgeier, T-RB56 (4 Points). Allgeier played the most in this backfield, as expected. What many, besides myself, did not expect was for him to drop a big dud! He had 45 scoreless yards on the ground, and not a single target through the passing game. Caleb Huntley and Avery Williams stole receptions and touchdowns from Allgeier, making this pick a big W for me. 

 

WR: Tyler Lockett, T-WR3 (29 Points). Oh boy. I blindly assumed he have a “classic Tyler Lockett game” along the lines of 3 catches, 41 yards. Instead, he had a “classic Tyler Lockett game” of 5 catches, 104 yards, and two bomb touchdowns. He played terrifically and finished atop his position. Humongous L.

 

TE: Pat Freiermuth, T-TE30 (3 points). Freiermuth unfortunately got concussed early in the game. Does that change the fact that he put up 3 points this week? Not at all. If you sat him, you lucked out, cause he put up a dud. Hope he can recover for this upcoming week, but last week, he was no bueno. Nonetheless, a win for me. 

 

I’m a harsh critic of myself, so I’d say I was 3/8 for last week, and 9/16 on the year. 

 

So now, heading into Week 6, here’s my advice:

 

Start ‘Ems (Who you should START this week)

 

QB: Kirk Cousins (Minnesota)

 

Kirk Cousins, for years, has been on the fringe between being an average quarterback and a good quarterback. This Sunday, he will be a great quarterback. Fellow BHS junior Shmevin Kury says, “The Dolphins have a bad offense without Tua, so the ball will be in Kirk’s hands often”. And I feel the same way. Miami has the 5th worst defense vs QBs, and Kirk will cook.

 

RB: Eno Benjamin (Arizona)

 

Eno Benjamin is well-liked by the Cardinals’ coaches, and with fellow running backs James Conner and Darrel Williams ruled out early, Benjamin will be a four-down back with return work for the Cardinals. Kyler Murray likes throwing to his RBs, and coach Kliff Kingsbury uses his RBs extensively in the redzone. All of this, plus the fact that Seattle allows the third most PPG to RBs means that Benjamin will set his career-high in points this Sunday by a good margin. 

 

*COLLABORATOR CHOICE: ROBBIE ACKERLY* 

WR: DJ Moore (Carolina)

 

Attention all angry DJ Moore fantasy owners, it is our time! Matt Rhule has been fired and Baker Mayfield will not be leading the Panthers this week. I am never one to root for injuries but with the way Baker has been playing I definitely don’t mind that he is banged up this week. Things will only go up from here, a new head coach and inexperienced quarterback will definitely mean more opportunities for far and away the best receiver Carolina has to offer. DJ Moore is for sure a start this week. 

 

TE: Kyle Pitts (Atlanta) (Note: this player is questionable for Week 6 as of Sunday morning with an hamstring injury)

 

I am fully aware that Pitts was probably your third or fourth round pick, and that he has stunk this year. I am also a victim. But he will go off this week. Nothing supports this opinion. The 49ers defense is elite against tight ends, Marcus Mariota is still the quarterback in Atlanta, and Kyle Pitts is coming off an injury. I just feel that this is the week. This may be the least confident I have been for a pick so far, but he will avenge Tyler Conklin’s mistake of the previous week. 

 

Sit ‘Ems (Who you should SIT this week)

 

*COLLABORATOR CHOICE: JAMES MERTZ* 

QB: Russell Wilson (Denver) 

 

You know why you shouldn’t start Russell Wilson? Because he’s simply not good. The man has met his projections in just one week and that was also the only week he had over 25. If you’re thinking about what QB you should play then go pick someone up off waivers before you start Russell Wilson. 

 

RB:  Najee Harris (Pittsburgh)

 

Najee Harris is the Kyle Pitts of RBs. Except he gets the ball consistently. He is struggling with his vision and passcatching, his two strongest abilities for fantasy. In addition, he’s facing the best defense in the league against RBs. He was probably your first round pick, but we’ve seen enough where we realize you probably have a better option than him. He’s an athletic stud, but it’s not clicking this year for Najee. 

 

WR: Mike Williams (Los Angeles A)

 

Mike Williams…I guess I didn’t learn my lesson. I went from Tyler Lockett to Mike Williams, two of the most volatile WRs in the game. Williams, like Lockett, is coming off a strong week and going into a matchup against a tough defense. Denver’s defensive backs, especially Pat Surtain II, have been totally lockdown this year. Keenan Allen is questionable again, and so unlikely to play. I got a gut feeling Mike Williams will go 2/27/0 or 5/132/2, so play at your own risk. 

 

TE: Hayden Hurst (Cincinnati) 

 

Hayden Hurst has been good this year. Cincinnati has been great at taking unwanted TEs, and making them wanted. CJ Uzomah broke out last year, got paid in New York, and then Cincinnati brought in Hurst. Hurst has been solid in the red zone and earned his chunk of targets. The Saints are the second best defense against tight ends. Hurst has been a nice last round pick/waiver wire add, but you may want to get a backup option this year. 

 

Thank you for tuning in. If you have requests for next edition, email me at [email protected] Good luck this week to all.