Let me start out by saying that no one’s more excited to see Saints TE Coby Fleener finally produce than me. Not only do I have have him in one of my leagues, but I was risking a lot of credibility vouching for his future fantasy football production. Maybe it’s his new haircut. Maybe it was the absence of one of Drew Brees’s favorite targets, Willie Snead. Either way, we’re getting a little bit clearer of a picture of the fantasy landscape. That being said, there are still a few sit/start options I want to share with the masses.
Washington QB Kirk Cousins: Time for me to eat my words from a week ago. I said sit Cousins. I did in one league. I got burned and lost by two points.
That being said, he proved that he’s worth a fantasy start more often than not unless you have one of the league’s elite quarterbacks. He threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Giants defense and is second in the league in passing yards behind only Drew Brees. Against the Browns this week that surrender an average of 28.0 points per game, make sure he’s in the mix.
Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill: Last week should have served as the notification to start him after a rough two weeks to open the season. This Thursday, the Bengals draw the Dolphins who rank 31st in rushing defense. That sets up Hill for what should be another huge week. Matchups like this make for those rare occasions where he gets the vast bulk of the carries. In games where Hill has at least 20 rushes, he’s yet to produce less than 98 yards, and has at least one touchdown in four of those six games.
Dallas WR Cole Beasley: Even with Dez Bryant playing, Cole Beasley leads Dallas in targets, catches and yards. If Bryant was to miss time with his knee injury, Beasley only becomes even more of a target. As the top option on the team, give him a go. However, don’t expect eye-popping numbers. Beasley, especially in a PPR league, seems like he’ll be a consistent enough contributor to play, but Dak Prescott’s only thrown one touchdown in three games. The Beasley move will really pay dividends when they figure out how to find the endzone through the air.
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz: Back in week two when he faced a weak Saints secondary, it was a no-brainer: start Cruz and anyone who might be a target of Eli Manning. It didn’t work out so well that day, and it hasn’t worked out so well since then for Cruz or any other Giants receiver not named Sterling Shepard. Even Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t found the endzone yet. That being said, keep on your bench, and if the Giants passing game picks up, which it might because of their struggles at running back, then think about putting him the flex spot again. He may be valuable when the bye weeks start to hit heavy the next few weeks, but until he proves it, don’t waste a starting spot.
Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: When he’s on, he’s on. But typically, he’s only been on against weaker defenses. He shredded the Falcons and Rams, but the Cardinals secondary in week two had him looking like a rookie all over again. This week against the Broncos could be a repeat of that four-interception performance. Denver’s absolutely mauled quarterbacks, and good ones at that. They crushed Andrew Luck in week two and held Andy Dalton without a touchdown last week. I know Winston comes off a three-touchdown showing Sunday, but I wouldn’t leave your matchup in his hands this week. If you need to replace him, consider Detroit’s Matt Stafford against the Bears or the Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo IF he starts Sunday against the Bills.
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