Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.
Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals — When looking for a quarterback to stream in any given week, first ask yourself, “Is he playing the Browns?” Dalton is playing the Browns this week. He’s performing well this season, but lacks the number of touchdown passes you want out of a starter.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — Cousins hasn’t been bad this year for fantasy, and he gets to face Detroit, a team that gives up the most points to quarterbacks.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans — He’s coming off two monster games so he should be able to produce against the Colts defense, which is 26th in points allowed to quarterbacks.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers — Doug Martin suffered a setback and is out for this week, and Rodgers gets to face the 49ers rushing defense that allows more than 170 yards per game.
Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs — Not to say Jamaal Charles will have a bad game, but Ware will have ample opportunity to put up big numbers against the Saints defense as well. They are last in points allowed to running backs.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Bills — This comes with a major caveat. If LeSean McCoy is healthy enough to go, you won’t want Gillislee starting. If McCoy’s hamstring keeps him out, however, Gillislee is coming off his most productive performance.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars — You were hoping he would be at least a top-10 performing receiver when you drafted him, but he’s been disappointing so far. Start him against the Raiders since they allow the second-most points to wideouts.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs — Consider him a decent start, but he really should do well against the Saints defense. If he doesn’t get it done against them, only use him as a bye week replacement afterward.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals — Again, you have to make sure he’s playing, but if he gets the nod, he should be a solid play against the Browns, who are last in points allowed to tight ends.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — He was a start last week but performed poorly. The Cardinals are in the midst of changing identities, possibly riding the success of running back David Johnson for the rest of the season. Not to mention they face the Seahawks.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets — In Week 2 he had 30 carries and 3 touchdowns. It’s the last time he scored and his numbers have gotten steadily worse. The Ravens are second-best at limiting running backs in scoring.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles — He’s had no more than 11 carries in each of his past four games and he faces a great Minnesota defense that has had two weeks to prepare.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals — Three touchdowns in his past five games have inflated his production a bit. He probably won’t fare well against the Seahawks.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans — He didn’t play against the Colts last week and he faces the Broncos this week. This matchup is too tough for you to expect positive results.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots — The targets and opportunities are there, but the production hasn’t been. Facing the Steelers, who are ninth best in points allowed to receivers, won’t help. His past four games have been stinkers.