The Eagle’s Cry Sports Editors Present: Fantasy Football–Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems, 7th Edition


Brett Jassey, Sports Editor

Welcome to the 7th 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: Trevor Lawrence, T-QB11 (19 Points). Although 19 points isn’t usually an overly impressive performance, I will count this as a win. Besides Justin Fields and Pat Mahomes, most QBs struggled mightily, and Lawrence provided a sufficient amount of points in a polarizing week. 


RB: Miles Sanders, RB10 (15 Points). Sanders, similarly to T-Law, provided just enough points to be considered a win. In a week dominated by Joe Mixon, Sanders quietly helped fantasy managers to a win with his 15 points. 


WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, T-WR67 (2 Points). In a week where fellow Chiefs playmakers Travis Kelce, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Mecole Hardman all exceeded 18 points, Valdes-Scantling was the odd man out in the Mahomes air raid. In what is just poor luck on my part, I take a loss on the pick. 


TE: Gerald Everett, TE12 (8 points). Everett wasn’t a flat tire in what was a generally low scoring week, but he clearly wasn’t a bright spot either. Bad pick. 


My Previous Sits

QB: Marcus Mariota, T-QB24 (7 Points). Mariota finished the week as the second lowest scorer of any quarterback who actually played. He wasn’t able to produce much and finally bottomed out after a few exciting weeks. W pick. 


RB: Jonathan Taylor, N/A (0 Points). Taylor didn’t play after it seemed he would have. Oopsies. He probably wouldn’t have done much anyways considering the state of the Colts offense. No decision here. 


WR: Rondale Moore, T-WR16 (14 Points). Moore inexplicably continues to produce in this Cardinals offense. He shows little real life potential but Coach Kingsbury makes it a goal of his to get Moore involved. L pick. 


TE: TJ Hockenson, TE5 (16 points). Hockenson had no issue fitting into Minnesota’s offense immediately. He finished as one of the highest scoring tight ends this week, and I finished this week as the biggest loser. 


I’m a harsh critic of myself, but I’d say I was 3/7 (42.9%) for last week, and 27/45 (60.0%) on the year. 


So now, heading into Week 10, here’s my advice:


Start ‘Ems (Who you should START this week)


QB: Daniel Jones (New York N)

Against a Texans defense this week that has been surprisingly formidable, Jones will perform highly. Even with the Texans allowing the 7th least amount of points against opposing QBs, Jones will top over 250 total yards en route to a big win at MetLife Stadium. Start ‘Vanilla Vick’ if you’re in need of a fill-in QB. 


RB: D’Andre Swift (Detroit)

After a week where he was highly limited, this is still a very risky start. He only played 9 snaps last week, but he has shown a very high desire to get back on the field. Even with fellow RB Jamaal Williams eating into his workload and goalline carries, I am hoping Swift can finally get a nice firm chunk of the touches this week and I am confident that he can eclipse 15 points as an RB2 this week. Start with caution, but also be excited, because Swift is a monster when unleashed, and he has no injury designation heading into this Week 10 match against Chicago.


WR: Jerry Jeudy (Denver)

Fresh off two solid weeks and a bye, Jeudy may have officially taken over as Denver’s WR1. With Courtland Sutton being largely ineffective and Jeudy playing well, I would not hesitate to start Jeudy as a WR3/FLEX against a Titans defense who allows the 3rd most points to opposing receivers. 


TE: Cade Otton (Tampa Bay)

The rookie tight end out of the University of Washington has quietly become one of Tom Brady’s most trusted targets. Otton has scored double digit points in three of his last five performances, and looks to continue his semi-hot streak against the Seahawks defense who allows the most points to tight ends. 


Sit ‘Ems (Who you should SIT this week)


QB: Dak Prescott (Dallas)

Even with this Packers defense losing stars Eric Stokes and Rashan Gary, they will shut down Dak Prescott and this Cowboys offense. In what will be a frigid Green Bay afternoon, Dak will not be his usually productive self against the Packers. If James Mertz is starting him in his lineup, you should not do the same. Dak will put up considerably less than the 30 points he scored last week against Chicago. 


RB: James Conner (Arizona)

You may not have a backup for James Conner you would feel comfortable playing over him, and that’s ok. But if you have running back depth, sit Conner. The Cardinals halfback returned last week from injury, and played three quarters of the snaps. Despite this, in a duel against an average Rams run defense, Conner will be ineffective and not find the end zone. Sit if possible.


WR: Curtis Samuel (Washington)

I’m getting eerily similar vibes to my pick last week, which did not work. But I am still confident that this dominant Eagles team, on Monday Night Football, can shut down Samuel and the Washington offense. Samuel has been surprisingly reliable as a fantasy option this year, but this week he will be overshadowed by Terry McLaurin and the other weapons on the Commanders. 


TE: Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia)

I’m a big Dallas Goedert fan, and he has been a really solid player this season. Coming off his best week by far, I expect a small points recession against a solid Commanders defense. With Philly having such an intricate offense with many mouths to feed, Goedert will be the odd man out on Monday Night Football. 


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