First off, allow me too apologize for Callum’s “sit” recommendations last week. if you sat any of those players you are probably kicking yourself because all four of those guys had good weeks.
Have no fear though because I am back at the helm of Start em’, Sit em’ and I will not let that happen again. Here are this weeks top candidates to perform, and some I expect to bust.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders – This is not that tough of a decision. Carr has played lights out so far in 2016, throwing nine touchdowns against one interception, and this week he gets a Charger team who he absolutely carved up last season, and is decimated by injuries at key positions, most notably, Pro-Bowl corner Jason Verrett. Look for this game to be a high scoring affair and for Carr owners reap the rewards.
Others QB’s to start: Philip Rivers, Chargers; Carson Wentz, Eagles
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears – The Bears may be a bit of a dumpster fire right now but Howard looks like he will be one player fans in the “Windy City” can be excited about. The fifth-round pick out of Indiana got his first start last week for the injured Jeremy Langford and ran like a man possessed. Howard was so good in fact head coach John Fox straight up said the Bears were going to use Howard a ton the rest of the year. This week Howard faces an Indianapolis Colts team who got gashed by T.J. Yeldon over in England. I expect Howard to have similar results.
Other RB’s to start: DeMarco Murray, Titans; DeAndre Washington, Raiders; Terrance West, Ravens
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos – The Broncos passing attack does not get much love, due to the fact that their starting QB is Trevor Siemian, but he has played well through four weeks. Thomas has been the biggest benefactor of the young QB’s success as he has hauled in a touchdown each of the past two weeks, while going for 100 and 94 yards in those games. Look for Thomas to feast again as the Falcons have given up the most receiving touchdowns in the league so far.
Others WR’s to start: Julian Edelman, Patriots; AJ Green, Bengals; T.Y. Hilton, Colts
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz makes his return from injury this week against the Detroit Lions. The Eagles are flying high this season and have done it without the services of one of their top pass catchers in Ertz. The Lions struggle to contain tight ends so look for the big guy to once again establish himself as one of Carson Wentz’s favourite targets.
Other TE’s to start: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings; Delanie Walker, Titans
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins – Kirk has played alright the last two weeks after a shaky start but this week he takes on a revamped Baltimore Ravens defence that has been very tough against the pass this year. Keep “Captain Kirk” glued to the bench this week.
Other QB’s to sit: Tyrod Taylor, Bills; Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets; Matt Stafford, Lions
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons – Coleman and the Falcons travel to the “Mile High City” to take on the Broncos in a marquee week five matchup. Obviously a daunting task for any RB on its own but this “sit” is due to a non-football related reason. Coleman has sickle-cell trait which makes it very difficult for him to play so high above sea level. He says he is going to give it a try but do not expect anything major from the second-year pro.
Other RB’s to sit: Isaiah Crowell, Browns; any Giants running back
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans – Will Fuller has been everything the Houston Texans have wanted this season, and more. The burner from Notre Dame has consistently torched defensive backs all season proving he was worth the Texans first-round pick. This week though he gets the Vikings defence, who are quite possibly the best defence in the league. Houston QB Brock Osweiler could be in for a long day and if he struggles, so too will the Texan receivers.
Other WR’s to sit: DeSean Jackson, Redskins; Terrelle Pryor, Browns; DeVante Parker, Dolphins
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills – Clay is having a down year so far this season, but he is coming off his best game of the year and one figures that he will see more targets with Sammy Watkins done for a long time. However, Clay is battling some injuries himself and takes on a tough Rams defence this week. This won’t be the game Clay breaks out of his shell.
Other TE’s to sit: Jordan Cameron, Dolphins; Eric Ebron, Lions