The Eagle’s Cry Sports Editors Present: Fantasy Football–Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems, 10th Edition

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Brett Jassey, Sports Editor

Welcome to the 10th 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: Geno Smith, T-QB10 (25 Points).

Smith modestly performed well, and his 25 points and top 10 QB performance is enough for a win for me. 

RB: Jeff Wilson Jr., T-RB25 (11 Points) and Rachaad White, T-RB6 (19 Points). 

Wilson temporarily left the game with an injury, and sat out most of the second half of the blowout, which limited his total points, but his 11 points was still enough for a solid week. White ran really well and his 19 points just missed out on a top 5 performance. Two Ws. 

WR: Michael Pittman Jr., WR14 (19 Points). 

Pittman was solid as a safety blanket and nearly finished as a 12 team-WR1 in most leagues this week. 

TE: Hayden Hurst, TE10 (11 points). 

In a very confusing week for TEs (4 of the top 5 performers are bums), Hurst provided his usual consistent low double digits. W.

My Previous Sits

QB: Aaron Rodgers, T-QB21 (15 Points).

Rodgers stunk while he continues to battle his lingering injuries and poor pass catchers. He is not startable in standard leagues anymore. 

RB: Cordarelle Patterson, T-RB32 (9 Points).

Patterson struggled as his workload continued to be divvied up to his backups. His receiving work was not enough to provide a hefty amount of points. 

WR: Darnell Mooney, T-WR300 (0 Points) and Terrace Marshall Jr., T-WR88 (1 point).

Mooney suffered a season-ending injury early on in the game, which is really unfortunate as he was playing well as of recently. He finished the week with no catches. Marshall, on the other hand, was simply overshadowed by D.J. Moore in their win. 

TE: Trey McBride, T-TE50 (1 point). 

McBride continued to not be able to take over Ertz’s role and be burdensome to fantasy owners. 

I’m a harsh critic of myself, but I’d say I was 10/10 (100%) for last week, and 45/72 (62.5%) on the year. 

So now, heading into Week 13, here’s my advice:

Start ‘Ems (Who you should START this week)

QB: Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville)

Coming off his best week of the year, Lawrence should continue to play well against the worst defense in the NFL, Detroit. It will be tough for T-Law to repeat his 31 point week from the previous week, but he may come close against the awful defense.

RB: Jamaal Williams (Detroit)

Williams is a must start. In a week where most bad defenses are facing elite backs, I had no other favorable options to turn to than Williams. Regardless of your current RB situation, Williams needs to start. 

WR: George Pickens (Pittsburgh) and Garrett Wilson (New York A)

Go crazy with those rookies this week! Both Pickens and Wilson are facing bottom-feeder defenses and have established themselves as seriously good players. Play both of them.

TE: Tyler Conklin (New York A)

Conklin has a good matchup against Minnesota and is due for a good week. In such an unstable tight end landscape, there’s not a better streaming option than Conklin. 

Sit ‘Ems (Who you should SIT this week)

QB: Deshaun Watson (Cleveland)

Watson is a disgraceful and disgusting person. In addition to that, this Sunday will be his first NFL game since January 2021. He has zero in-game chemistry with his Browns teammates and is facing a top-5 defense against fantasy quarterbacks, which happens to be his former team that his actions tarnished. No one, especially not the Texans, wants Watson to play well. Sit him. 

RB: Alvin Kamara (New Orleans)

Kamara is coming off a really bad week (2 fumbles, barely any yards), so he can’t do any worse. He is one of the league’s best running backs, but against a stonewalling Bucs defense, Kamara doesn’t seem he’ll put up any more than 15 points, at the maximum. If you have solid options besides him, take the risk and sit one of your top playmakers. 

WR: Treylon Burks (Tennessee) and Devin Duvernay (Baltimore)

Burks has started to really show why he was a first round pick the last two weeks, totalling 18 and 17 points each week, respectively. Against a tough Eagles defense, he and the passing game will be limited. Sit Burks in standard 12-team leagues. As for Duvernay, the de-facto WR1 for Baltimore has a date with Pat Surtain II, who has notoriously denied opposing receivers any success when he faces them. Duvernay’s reliance on touchdowns makes it an easy sit this week. 

TE: Jelani Woods (Indianapolis)

Coming off a unicorn week, the rookie tight end has a tough matchup against the Cowboys. In an offense that is inefficient in its passing game and employs three different tight ends, Woods is a tough player to justify starting despite his successes as a rookie. 

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