Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11

We’re nearing the end of the fantasy year. Unfortunately for us, the NFL has been plagued with problems like declining ratings, blowouts and uninteresting match-ups (or interesting match-ups on paper that turn awful ones, and vice-versa), and now the Roger Goodell extension drama.

Is fantasy saving your interest? Who knows. But it’s coming down to the wire. So here are my starts and sits for Week 11.

Start ‘Em:
QB Alex Smith: As a Giants fan, it pains me to say the following, but it must be said: isn’t it obvious? The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl contenders. The Giants, meanwhile, have let up 20+ points every week this year other than Week 1 (when the Cowboys scored…19). I think this is a rather choice.

Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots

Kansas City D/ST: …Again, it’s a game against the Giants. Enough said.

Kansas City Chiefs D

WR Jarvis Landry: Five touchdowns over a six-game span + a nice streak of double-digit points + a game against a weak Tampa Bay defense = Landry is a must-start. Hell, I might be so tired while writing this, or insane enough, that if you somehow have Landry, DeVante Parker AND Kenny Stills, and have no one else better than Stills at flex somehow, start all three!

Jarvis Landry

Sit ‘Em:
QB Brett Hundley: So Hundley got his first win last week, and it came against the Chicago Bears defense. Good for the young kid, maybe his story can write itself out similar to Aaron Rodgers’. Unfortunately, when it comes to fantasy (as Shania Twain sings) that don’t impress me much. It was a decent game, but Hundley still feels like just a backup. Doesn’t help the Baltimore Ravens D doesn’t like to give up many points to QBs. Hundley, if anything, should be considered week-to-week before choosing to start him, especially this late in the fantasy year.

Brett Hundley

TE Coby Fleener: The New Orleans Saints are run-heavy now, as Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara have been having quite the time putting points up for Brees and the rest of the team. With dependance on the passing game going down, despite a great fantasy QB in Brees, Fleener’s already unimpressive numbers will continue to be where they are, if not worse.

Coby Fleener 2

RB Austin Ekeler: Ekeler raised eyebrows last week, rushing 119 yards with two touchdowns. But if any of you have already grabbed him, may not have been the smartest move. And to those of you who are tempted, do it only if you need to and/or have a bench spot. It’s still the Chargers, which have a running game dominated by Melvin Gordon. Ekeler’s going to need lighting to strike twice for him in the same manner as last week.

Austin Ekeler


Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10

It’s another day, it’s another week. I’m now a year older, and the NFL has yet another game filled with terrible match-ups ahead.

God, you suck this year, NFL — please improve your scheduling of match-ups.

But, here are my three start ’em and sit ’em picks of Week 10.

Start Em:
QB Matthew Stafford: Stafford had another great week, throwing 300+ yards and two touchdowns in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. Sure, the offense may have struggled at times closer to the end zone, but Stafford flat out whipped Green Bay all around the field. And his reward? A game against the Browns. Yeah, I definitely smell another A+ performance here.

Matthew Stafford

RB Jerick McKinnon: The Minnesota Vikings are fresh off of a bye week, and McKinnon has scored at least 20 points in his last few games. The man has been on fire, and he’ll look to continue that role on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins D has allowed three top-six PPR performances, and McKinnon may even get some passes coming his way with how Washington’s defense is. McKinnon seems like he is the clear-cut No. 1 back in Minnesota, and this is a matchup you’re going to want to put him in for.

Jerick McKinnon

Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST: Sure, Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts might have managed to defeat the Houston Texans 20-14 last week, and T.Y. Hilton finally had a big fantasy week, but let’s be realistic. It’s not going to last, because it’s not going to happen against Pittsburgh. The Steelers are fresh off of a bye, and two-thirds of the defenses that have faced the Colts this season have finished in the Top 10 D/STs weekly. Grab Pittsburgh if you can.

Pittsburgh D

Sit Em:
QB Matt Ryan: There’s just no supporting Matt Ryan and the Falcons right now. When it comes to Ryan, yes, he performed well last week, but he also didn’t complete any passes of 20 or more yards for the first time since Week 1. He got some of his good fantasy points from last week on TD passes, but he’s also matched the same number of interceptions as he did all of last season already. And as of Thursday morning, Julio Jones is questionable to even play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan’s too risky this week; I feel he rides the pine for you if absolutely possible.

Matt Ryan 2

RB Aaron Jones: Michael Fabiano has mentioned that there are questions regarding the roles of Jones and Ty Montgomery when it comes to the depth chart of Green Bay’s backs. Here’s the thing: that has no matter. The Packers are lame ducks without Aaron “Hold My Beer and Watch Me Throw This Hail Mary” Rodgers. And yes, you can laugh at the Bears and rookie QB Mitch Trubisky all you want, Chicago’s defense, to me, is no laughing matter, ranking sixth in total yards and eighth in total defense. It sounds like it’s going to be a tough time for the Pack to get points on the board.

Aaron Jones

WR Will Fuller: Oh, Deshaun Watson, why did you have to go down in practice? Now that you’re gone, Tom Savage is back. And I cry in dismay at what you could have been for the second half of the NFL season. Savage definitely is no Watson; we know how bad Savage is. Houston cried when it realized the ball would be turned back to him. Fuller only scored about five fantasy points last week with Savage at the helm. Not to mention, even though the Rams rank 17th in total defense thus far, this is still a good Rams team that’s looking towards a playoff run. No way would I play Fuller this week in my lineup.

Will Fuller

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 9

By Thomas Albano

Well…that was some trade deadline, wasn’t it?

Regardless, here are my 3 start ’em and sit ’em choices for Week 9. This honestly feels more like a start ’em, sit ’em for one of my own dynasty teams…

Start ‘Em:
QB Russell Wilson: For four of his last five games, Wilson has thrown 295 yards or more and given his fantasy owners 30+ points per week. This is the first time in his career that he has thrown 300+ yards in back-to-back weeks now, and he has done that three times this season. Prior to this year, Wilson only had eight games where he threw 300+ yards. Definitely start him with this consistency and a favorable matchup with the Washington Redskins.

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TE Jimmy Graham: Graham has definitely rebounded from his slow start to the fantasy season. Graham has seen the end zone four times in the past three games. He’s currently second in red-zone targets and tied for fourth in red-zone touchdown receptions. Making things better, the Redskins’ defense that ranks 29th in points allowed to tight ends.

Jimmy Graham 2

RB Adrian Peterson: Peterson struggled against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7, and now he’ll have to earn some of his fantasy value back thanks to the Arizona Cardinals’ loss of Carson Palmer until the end of the year. However, at the same time, David Johnson is not expected to return this season now, so Peterson seems to be the primary back in Arizona. But considering this is the San Francisco 49ers, who have given up probably more to running backs than any other team this season, consider Peterson someone to play this week.

Buccaneers Cardinals Football

Sit ‘Em:
TE Martellus Bennett: Don’t feel like I need to explain much here. Bennett was already not producing with Aaron Rodgers at the QB helm, and now with Rodgers done for the year with injury, doesn’t seem to be a lot of passing going on in Green Bay — at least for the time being.

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QB Matt Ryan: Man, what a struggle. NFL Fantasy Football has considered Ryan to be one of the biggest busts at this point through the fantasy season, and Ryan had entered as one of the “must-have” QBs along with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Guess it goes to show QBs aren’t everything in fantasy. Ryan simply hasn’t produced what brought him an NFL MVP trophy. And while he’s scored 19 points in back-to-back weeks, it still feels like more could have been done. In the six times Ryan has faced the Carolina Panthers, he’s gotten at most one touchdown in each game. Best to sit him.

Matt Ryan

WR Jordy Nelson: What did I say before about Green Bay? Maybe Nelson will get more balls to him once again over time, but nothing is for certain. Until something comes up, don’t play him unless you’re screwed by the six-team bye week.

Jordy Nelson

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 8

By Thomas Albano

The disarray and madness in the NFL is about to be halfway over, as Week 8 out of 17 approaches. And fantasy football has just passed its halfway mark. Some owners are figuring out how to continue fantasy success into the playoffs. Others are looking for a big deal before trade deadline, and yet others are just praying the end comes quicker than it actually will.

More importantly, I hope you’re not scrambling around when you realize six teams are on the BYE this week.

Here are the start ’em and sit ’em selections for Week 8.

NOTE: Remember that Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns game will take place in London and start at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Start ‘Em:
QB Carson Wentz: Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles helped give a couple of my opponents wins against me this week. Combine that with me being a Giants fan, I have to swallow my pride for a second week in a row and pick a rival team’s QB as a start of the week. Wentz has been a fantasy monster by scoring 20+ points for three straight weeks now. In fact, he put up at least 30 (regardless of format) last week against the Washington Redskins. And he moves from that to the San Francisco 49ers? The door is open for another big Wentz week.

Carson Wentz

WR Kenny Stills: This is one I’m going against the “experts” on. Stills went off and ended up having a big game following the injury to Jay Cutler. Stills ended last week’s comeback win against the New York Jets with 85 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions — bringing fantasy owners 20+ points. And with Matt Moore taking over the QB role in Miami, you never know what to expect tonight against the Baltimore Ravens. At the very least, perhaps consider Stills as a FLEX.

Kenny Stills

RB Joe Mixon: Not a lot of rushing in Cincinnati, and recent reports state the running unit of the Bengals have just about had enough. Making things worse is that Tyreek Hill has been ineffective at the position this year. Mixon’s hungry and looking for a big game, and he may get that against an Indianapolis Colts team that has let up 10 touchdowns to rushers this year. Mixon owners, it may soon be time…

Joe Mixon

Bonus Sleeper Pick: RB Jalen Richard: Last week, Richard got a total 31 rushing yards on nine attempts, plus another 45 yards on four receptions. In fact, he and Marshawn Lynch both have 43.4 yards from scrimmage this year. With Lynch out this week due to a one-game suspension, Richard will split most of the work with DeAndre Washington, but Richard is definitely the one with stronger possibility of a nice game. Even if it’s not the greatest game, more opportunities should come his way, so those of you in deeper formats might be able to enjoy at least an above-mediocre game from Richard.

Jalen Richard

Sit ‘Em:
WR T.Y. Hilton: One point against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6; two against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Only three total receptions and a little less than 50 yards in the past two games. A strong Cincinnati defense that’s allowed the fewest receptions per game and fifth-fewest fantasy points to receivers is on deck. Bench Hilton at all costs.

T.Y. Hilton,Robert Nelson

TE Jack Doyle: Like quite a few of his teammates in Indy, Doyle has been iffy when it comes to this fantasy season (though if you’re in a PPR league, he has reached double-digit points for two straight weeks now). He’s seventh in targets and 11th in points per game among all tight ends, but things don’t look to bright this week against the Bengals. Cincinnati has let up the fifth-fewest yards to tight ends this season. Doyle may be a TD boom-or-bust, and I’m not sure if that’s a risk to take.

Jack Doyle

QB Trevor Siemian: Siemian has been unable to get to the 20-point mark following Week 2. What makes things worse is this week is he’s on the road at Kansas City against the Chiefs. In Week 3 at Buffalo, he scored just seven fantasy points, while he put up just five in Los Angeles last week. And now he goes to Kansas City? Bench duty.

Trevor Siemian

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 7

The New York Giants have actually won a football game. All we need now are for San Francisco and Cleveland to win a football game and the end of the will be upon us.

But that being said, here are my start ’em and sit ’em picks for Week 7.

Start ‘Em
QB Dak Prescott: Prior to last week’s BYE for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott scored over 20 fantasy points in three straight games — including 29.7 against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. Now, Prescott and Dallas head to San Francisco. With the 49ers letting up numerous points to quarterbacks thus far this season, not to mention being one of the league’s worst teams with an 0-6 record, it’d be stupid to consider Prescott’s roll fading, even after a BYE. Expect another 20+ point performance this week.

Dak Prescott 2

RB Mark Ingram: Wow. In the first week without Adrian Peterson on the team, Ingram delivered in a big way for both his New Orleans Saints and his fantasy owners — 25 touches for 114 yards, two touchdowns and 27 fantasy points. His next matchup is against the Green Bay Packers, and that team’s defense has struggled against runners in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully after this week, we can officially say Ingram is back and a full-on, no-doubt WR1 once again.

Mark Ingram

WR Adam Thielen: Last week, Thielen saw nine receptions and 97 yards — he has not seen that many receptions since Week 1 and that many yards since that same week and Week 3. But he’s still yet to find the end zone. But don’t fret, Thielen owners. He still ranks seventh in targets and 13th in PPR points among receivers. He’ll have the opportunity to continue his trend this week at home against the Baltimore Ravens and next week on the road against the Cleveland Browns. And as long as Case Keenum performs decently, and Stefon Diggs is out or limited, I hope it won’t be too much longer before Thielen really breaks out.

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Sit ‘Em
QB Eli Manning: Congratulations Eli, you won a season game without any of your big stars with you. While you’re being a workhorse on the field and helping the young blood, your fantasy numbers still are dreadful. Last week, you had 128 yards and a touchdown, and while some may feel I’m being a bit harsh (and trust me, I do love you), you and the New York Giants get to meet The Legion of Boom this coming week. Have fun. Fantasy players, don’t play Eli. Nuff said.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants

TE Coby Fleener: After the first two weeks of the season, Fleener’s workload has dropped. After 2.1-point performances in Weeks 3 and 4, he was a part of just 18 snaps last week against the Detroit Lions. Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui took up most of the workload, and Fleener earned his owners a big fat zero points. Not to mention, Willie Snead’s returned to the team. Fleener’s outlook this season, in my humble opinion, is beginning to look bleaker by the week.

Coby Fleener

WR Sammy Watkins: To say Watkins has been a disappointment this season is pretty accurate. Outside of the LA Rams’ visit to San Francisco in Week 3, Watkins hasn’t chalked up more than 5.8 points this season. In fact, he’s gotten a combined 2.8 fantasy points in the past three weeks. This week’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals doesn’t make it sound like Watkins will turn the corner any time soon.

Sammy Watkins

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6

So, I think I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth when it came to fantasy football last week. Despite starting two less-than-stellar running back, I won one match-up by about four points. In another league, I played without a QB and with just one RB due to bye weeks…I won by about 30 points. I had most of my team on a BYE in another league and won 91-90. I won one matchup by 10 points despite just scoring 67, and won another league’s game 112-106…

In the NFL, however, it’s a whole different story. The New York Giants are savaged with injuries and an 0-5 record. Ben Roethlisberger had a raspberry-worthy performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And somehow, someway, the New York Jets are 3-2, Mitchell Trubisky is starting for the Chicago Bears, and Cam Newton thinks all women know nothing about sports.

It’s a crazy time in the NFL. But, fantasy football goes on. And I usually try to not go with the obvious who the experts are going with, but I’m in complete agreement. Thus, here we go with the Week 6 start ’ems and sit ’ems.

Start ‘Em:
QB Deshaun Watson: Just wow. Three weeks, 12 touchdowns, 90 fantasy points. And a match-up against the Cleveland Browns this week. If Watson isn’t in a fantasy starting lineup in a fantasy football league, that’s crazy.

NFL: Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers

RB C.J. Anderson: One team’s curses is another team’s opportunity. And, boy, oh boy, is the opportunity truly there for Anderson. Nothing has gone right for this Giants team — they’re coming off a bad loss against the Los Angeles Chargers, thanks in part to another abysmal performance by the offensive line. Most of their receiving unit is injured, with Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall both done for the year. It’s not a fun time to be a Giants fan, but it’s going to be a big game for Anderson, as the G-Men’s defense has given up 12-plus PPR points to four runners in five weeks, and 28.10 PPR points per game to running backs in general. Maybe that’s why Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walked out on the team.

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WR Adam Thielen: I know, I know. Here it comes: Am I crazy for choosing to start a guy against the Green Bay Packers defense? Well, yes, but there’s no reward without a little risk (I mean, look what I did last week…). The Packers have let up an average of 186 receiving yards thus far in the year, they have given up the fourth-most PPR points to wideouts on the road, and slot receivers have three touchdowns on that defensive unit. Not to mention, if Stefon Diggs can’t go, Thielen’s output could increase.

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Sit ‘Em:
QB Ben Roethlisberger: Roethlisberger had five picks against Jacksonville, and after the game he stated he’s not sure if he has it anymore. Well, as someone who is working as a combat sports writer, UFC President Dana White always states, “If the R word comes into your head, maybe it’s time to get out.” Doesn’t help the Steelers offense has had its fair share of struggles all around, and the team is 3-2. Not to mention, he’s struggled consistently on the road since 2014, and he’s playing in Kansas City, against an undefeated Chiefs team. Not looking good for Big Ben.

Ben Roethlisberger

RB Adrian Peterson: So AP has moved from the New Orleans Saints to the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe Arizona is desperate with their running game since David Johnson’s probably not coming back until December, when it’s likely too little, too late to save the season. So, instead, they get the experienced Peterson (not to mention cut Chris Johnson, who ironically stated on Twitter that Peterson needed more reps in New Orleans). While a new team presents new opportunities, a matchup against the hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the first week on a new team isn’t exactly the best risk option right now. Not to mention Arizona needs to rebound after a bad loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Could AP have a spark late in the year? Maybe. But, not feeling him this week.

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TE Martellus Bennett: I was banking on Bennett this year, but my fantasy patience might be wearing thin. Yes, him and his team are facing the Minnesota Vikings — but like I hinted with Thielen, maybe there are some Vikings you should consider starting and some that need to sit. Bennett has been in No Man’s Land with this Green Bay offense, ranked 25th on the tight end rankings of fantasy football. He has yet to get a touchdown this season. How much longer do we need to wait on him? I say, until he does something productive on the field fantasy-wise, it’s wise to stash him a spot on your bench.

Martellus Bennett

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 5

By Thomas Albano

If there’s anything last week in the NFL proved to us, it’s that we are still living in bizarro world. Now we enter Week 5, and it’s time for the bye weeks to give all of you fantasy owners hell. Sometimes what would be a guaranteed win may be a struggle now if your best guys are all out in the same week.

But as is weekly tradition, here are my start ’em and sit ’em picks for this week. And spoiler alert, my start ’ems for this week is a WR triple threat.

Start ‘Em:
WR Larry Fitzgerald: I want to personally give this man a hug for helping me secure a win in one of my leagues last week with his touchdown in OT against the San Francisco 49ers. And for the past two weeks, Fitzgerald has done his part. In week 3, he saw 13 receptions and turned that into 149 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. Last week against the Niners, Fitzgerald only saw four receptions and 32 yards, but he was still able to give his owners some decent fantasy points. I’m hoping he continues his roll against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

San Diego Chargers v Arizona Cardinals

WR Adam Thielen: Sure, Thielen was only able to put up five receptions and 59 yards last week — and he’s fumbled the football a couple of times — but he has shown against the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he can hold his own. There’s also some potential that Sam Bradford could return to the quarterback helm on Monday. And with a matchup against the Chicago Bears, who have let up the second-most touchdowns to slot receivers thus far, it feels like this could be the week Thielen finds the end zone at last.

Adam Thielen

WR Stefon Diggs: And while we’re on the topic of the Vikings and their quarterbacks, Diggs hasn’t been hurt too much by Case Keenum taking over the role in place of the injured Bradford. And truthfully, Diggs’ Week 2 outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers seems to be the only down spot in his production thus far. If Thielen deserves a start, then so does Diggs. Hell, if you have both, use both.

Stefon Diggs

Sit ‘Em:
QB Mitch Trubisky: I know, this may sound obvious to some. But there are others out there who feel maybe Trubisky is worth a start because the Vikings may not be expecting what Trubisky can pull out. Also, some people are just that desperate thanks to bye weeks. To those people, I say “NO! Don’t you even dare!” And even if he does prove to do well against Minnesota, only rub it in my face if he does well against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6, or against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, or against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. Point is, Trubisky has to prove his worth after the stupid move the Chicago Bears pulled off in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Mitch Trubisky

TE Julius Thomas: There was thought going into this season that maybe Thomas can prove himself to be at least a backup TE or a FLEX play. But Thomas has struggled in the Miami Dolphins’ first three games, getting no more than three receptions this week with little yardage to show. He may be in the 30s-range in TE rankings, but there’s no point in trying to trust him.

Julius Thomas

Green Bay Packers D/ST: I know it’s Green Bay, but the Dallas Cowboys have let up more than five points to just one D/ST so far. If there’s a better option out there, don’t use Green Bay for this week.

Clay Matthews

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4

By Thomas Albano

So last week in the NFL was…maddening, wasn’t it? Not only did we have the war of words and protests between the NFL and President Trump, but we also had several big shockers, upsets, and players that came out of a nowhere  — many of whom were probably left on fantasy benches.

But it’s the birth of a new week, so let me give my start ’em and sit ’em recommendations for Week 4.

NOTE: Remember that Sunday’s New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins game will take place in London and start at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Start ‘Em:
QB: Dak Prescott: Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys struggled against the Denver Broncos in Week 2, but there was a certain bounce back in Week 3. Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Prescott went 13-for-18 for 183 yards and two touchdowns, along with a rushing touchdown. And with a match-up against the LA Rams this week, Prescott definitely may have a top ranking among QBs this week.

Dak Prescott

RB: C.J. Anderson: Last week was a rough outing for Anderson, Between producing just 43 yards last week in Buffalo, as well as sharing carries with Jamaal Charles, it’s fair to say he let down all of his fantasy owners. But, honestly, I feel last week was just a bad week. He’s still getting most of the load compared to Charles, and he scores at least 19 points at home in PPR leagues.

San Francisco 49ers v Denver Broncos

WR: Larry Fitzgerald: Just because Fitzgerald is an aging veteran, it doesn’t mean that Fitzgerald is damaged goods. In fact, some may say he ages like a fine wine. Last week, he saw 149 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions. Despite the loss to the Cowboys, Fitzgerald has the chance for another great game against the San Francisco 49ers and its weak defense.

Larry Fitzgerald

Sit ‘Em:
TE: Evan Engram: Remember when I said in Week 2 that the only Saints you should be starting are Drew Brees and Mark Ingram? Well, for the Giants (and this pains me to say as a Giants fan), I wouldn’t start anyone other than the defense and Odell Beckham Jr this week. An 0-3 Giants against this year’s Bucs team doesn’t sound good. Engram has arguably brought in the most offensive production (at least among the first 11 quarters of the G-Men’s 2017 season), but the Bucs’ defense has done well against tight ends thus far.

Evan Engram

QB: Jacoby Brissett: Brissett put up an unexpected performance this week, throwing 259 yards and a touchdown. It’s certainly a relief for Colts fans to see, even if it’s against a team that still has yet to get a win this year. But against Seattle? That’s too scary of a match-up to hope for a second strike of good lightning from Brissett.

Jacoby Brissett

RB: Frank Gore: Gore has run at least 40 yards over the last three weeks, along with a rushing touchdown in each of the last two games. But against the Legion of Boom? It sounds like some of his production will decrease this week and he may not live up to expectations, even with the run-focused Indianapolis offense.

Frank Gore

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 3

By Thomas Albano

It’s Week 3 of the NFL season, and either your fantasy team is off to a strong start (2-0), a normal one (1-1), or you may be thinking about next season already (0-2). But no matter your situation, don’t worry, Cheap Seats Tom is here to help! Here’s my take on three guys you need to start, and three that should absolutely warm the bench.

NOTE: Remember that Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game will take place in London and start at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Start ‘Em
RB Ty Montgomery: Despite a loss to the Falcons, Montgomery had quite the day — 35 rushing yards, along with 75 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). This was also the second consecutive week Montgomery has seen 65+ snaps. And if Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb aren’t good to go in Week 3 (or are limited), Montgomery’s value definitely increases. He may be entering RB1 territory if he keeps it up.

Ty Montgomery

QB Cam Newton: Last week, Newton went 20-for-32, throwing 228 yards, but he was also sacked six times. Newton seemed more on-point with his throws against the Buffalo Bills, but he still missed at least one passing touchdown attempt. We’re not sure if he’s overcome his shoulder problem in full, but Newton and the Carolina Panthers have a very favorable match-up this week against the struggling New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton

Miami Dolphins D/ST: Yes, you read that right. Miami. I know it may seem hard to trust — the Miami D let up 17 points to Phillip Rivers and the LA Chargers last week. But, they’re facing the New York Jets. Plus, Miami did nab the win last week. If you’re a streaming defense person, there’s no time better than now to take a chance on the Dolphins.

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Sit ‘Em
WR T.Y. Hilton: This is definitely shaping into a “what could have been” kind of season for Hilton, on both the real and fantasy level. Limited to just 57 yards against the LA Rams and 49 against the Arizona Cardinals, things don’t look too bright for the Indianapolis wide receiver. Sure, the team is facing the also 0-2 Cleveland Browns, but if you ask me, Cleveland might be the favorite in that game. Start Hilton if you dare, but you’ll probably be sorry when it’s too late.

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QB Russell Wilson: What the hell is going on with Seattle’s offense? A combined 21 points while opening up the season 1-1 doesn’t smell all that great. Their defense might be the Legion of Boom, but for these past two weeks, the Seahawks offense has been the Legion of Poop. In Wilson’s case, it means two straight weeks of failing to throw 200 yards, completing just a little more than half of your passing attempts in the first two weeks, and a fumble in Week 1. I get it the nightmare of Super Bowl XLIX must run around Pete Carroll’s head a lot, but no one on this offense is getting the job done. Don’t waste your time with any of Seattle’s guys this week…

Russell Wilson

TE Jimmy Graham: ESPECIALLY THIS GUY! Just eight yards on three receptions in Week 1 plus one yard on one reception in Week 2? Bench until further notice!

Jimmy Graham

TE Tyler Eifert: Eifert sort of made up for Week 1 with 3 receptions and 42 yards…but sort of won’t cut it here. He has barely been targeted at all in Cincinnati’s horrific offense (so horrific their offensive coordinator was fired two weeks into the season). Plus, Eifert is questionable as of Wednesday night, as he’s pretty banged up. Give him some rest.

Tyler Eifert

Canelo vs. GGG Preview

By Thomas Albano

We are mere hours away from one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history — a historic unified middleweight championship bout. Gennady Golovkin defends his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight world titles against The Ring‘s middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (with the vacant lineal title on the line as well).

This bout has been over a year in the making, as negotiations for this fight were first in early-mid 2016. However, Alvarez ended up surrendering the WBC Middleweight Championship, which would be awarded to Golovkin, and fought at light middleweight in a title bout with Liam Smith and a catchweight bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. But following that win over Chavez back in May, Golovkin entered the ring where Alvarez was standing, and the match became official.

Fighter background: Gennady Golovkin (GGG)
GGG (37-0, 33 KOs) made his professional boxing debut back on May 6, 2006, winning his bout in 1:28. Golovkin’s journey of gold started when he defeated Milton Nunez in August 2010 to become the interim WBA Middleweight Champion. He was promoted to sole, full-time champion two months later, after then-WBA champion Daniel Geale signed on to fight Anthony Mundine, which forced the WBA to strip Geale of his title.

Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin followed this up by winning the then-vacant IBO Middleweight Championship in December 2011 with a first-round knockout of Lajuan Simon. After a streak of title defenses over those next two years, Golovkin added to his collection in October 2014, when he defeated Marco Antonio Rubio via second-round KO to win the interim WBC title. And in October 2015, GGG defeated David Lemieux to win the IBF championship. He was then promoted to full-time WBC champ following Alvarez vacating the organization’s world title.

Fallout from GGG vs. Jacobs
In his most recent bout, back in March, Golovkin retained his titles against Daniel Jacobs with a unanimous decision win. It was the fourth time in 37 fights that GGG couldn’t get a KO/TKO, and the first time this happened since 2008. Plenty of people criticized GGG for not finishing Jacobs, and some even speculated GGG may have been holding back. In fact, Jacobs’ may have been Golovkin’s toughest test to date, as the scorecards in the end did read 115-112, 115-112, 114-113.

But there are still some (including this journalist), who feels that people wrote off Jacobs too quickly and underrate his ability. In fact, Golovkin stated in an interview with Yahoo that Jacobs proved to be a great learning experience for him. In addition, GGG, along with his trainer, the legendary Abel Sanchez, admits he may have held back a little in the Jacobs bout, but claims had he finished Jacobs, Alvarez would have backed away from this showdown. Alvarez faced severe criticism last year after turning away from GGG and giving up the WBC title, choosing to drop down to light middleweight.

Fighter background: Saul (Canelo) Alvarez
Speaking of which, let’s look at Alvarez’s resume. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) made his professional boxing debut on Oct. 29, 2005, at just 15 years old, winning his first bout via fourth-round TKO. He didn’t lose in 43 bouts (though fifth bout, in June 2006, ended in a split draw).


After winning several regional and Latino championships, as well as the WBC Silver light middleweight title, Alvarez won the then-vacant WBC Light Middleweight Championship on March 5, 2011, defeating Matthew Hatton via unanimous decision. After five succesful title defenses, Alvarez defeated Austin Trout via unanimous decision to not only retain his title, but to also win the WBA (Unified) and The Ring‘s light middleweight titles.

In Alvarez’s next bout, in September 2013, he tasted defeat for the only time in his professional career thus far. Alvarez lost to the now-retired and undefeated Floyd Mayweather, losing his titles as well as the then-vacant lineal title.

Alvarez then fought two fights at a catchweight of 155 lbs., defeating Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara. Alvarez then fully moved up to middleweight, and on November 21, 2015, he defeated Miguel Cotto to win the lineal, The Ring, and then-vacant WBC middleweight titles. He retained the titles in May 2016 against Amir Khan.

As mentioned earlier, Alvarez then vacated the WBC title and moved down to light middleweight once again, defeating Liam Walsh to win the WBO Light Middleweight Championship. After defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 by decision, the fight with GGG was announced, and Alvarez moved back up to middleweight and vacated the WBO Light Middleweight Title days later.

Both men have pure knockout power, and their punches can rock anybody. Both are capable of finishes and each provides a well-enough case that they can win. But only one can. Golovkin will be coming into this bout as the favorite, though there are plenty of people out there (including a couple I have talked to) who feel that Alvarez will be the one to finally end Golovkin’s undefeated run.

Canelo GGG Weigh In

There are some who feel Golovkin is slowly starting to crumble; some who are hesitant to believe in GGG after his performance against Jacobs. Again, I believe some people just underrate Jacobs. But even then, if what Golovkin is saying is true in that he held back against Jacobs, then will it come back to haunt him?

But on the other end, it will be Alvarez’s first fight at middleweight in a couple of fights. His last two fights have been against the likes of Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. That’s not to knock those two, but is that well-enough preparation for someone like GGG?

In the end, don’t be surprised if this one goes the distance — it’s a distinct possibility. And Alvarez winning is a distinct possibility. But unless there are freak circumstances, don’t knock GGG if one of those two things happen. GGG, regardless, is one of the best boxers (not just middleweights) in history, let alone the world today.

That being said, however, I still feel Alvarez needs to prove himself a little, and GGG still has something he wants to live up to. I can see a late finish from the G-Man, on his journey to unify the middleweight division in boxing.

My prediction: GGG by 10th-round KO/TKO