If you’re like me, then you’re stuck in streaming purgatory for the rest of the season at the quarterback position. I’ve had two starting QB’s go down with season-enders so far this season.
Needless to say, I’m assuming many of you are in similar situations, so this start/sit column will be more quarterback heavy than usual.
Josh McCown – Start
McCown has been impressive as of late. He’s thrown ten touchdowns in the past five games, and he’s finished four of those games with a passer rating over one hundred.
This week McCown and the Jets are facing Tamp Bay. The Buccaneers’ defense is the third place worst against the pass this season. Expect McCown’s recent success to last at least one more week.
Ju-Ju Smith Schuster – Start
Fun fact: Schuster got his drivers license on Tuesday. It was a big day. Sunday will also be a big day as he and the Steelers face off against one of the worst defenses in the league.
The Indianapolis Colts are handing opposing teams 293.1 yards per game through the air this season. Schuster recently took over the number two spot behind Antonio Brown and put up big numbers last week, so the talent is there. With the Colts giving away such huge numbers in the passing game, there should be no question of whether there is enough yardage to go around between Brown and Schuster.
Ameer Abdullah – Sit
This is going to be a passing day for Matt Stafford who has been connecting well recently with his two receivers Tate and Jones. The Browns will have a hard time matching what Stafford and the Lions bring to the table in the passing game, but they should have no issue containing Abdullah.
Jared Goff – Start
Goff is starting to look like the quarterback the Rams had in mind when they used the first overall pick on him in 2016. Sunday he’s got a tantalizing matchup against a weak Houston secondary that just gave Jacoby Brissett his first 300-yard game.
Texans Wide Receivers – Sit
Deshaun Watson is done for the season. Tom Savage is the guy right now. Last week he struggled against an easy matchup with the Colts. It could have been him shaking the rust off, but I’m not betting on it. This week the Texans will have a much tougher opponent when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams. Things are not looking good for Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins.
Brock Osweiler – Sit
I know it’s tempting to take a chance on a bad quarterback against a bad defense, but please don’t. Yes, the Patriots are ceding 300 yards per game through the air, but Brock Osweiler was released by the Browns for a reason.
Doug Baldwin – Start
The Cardinals have allowed fourteen touchdowns on the season to opposing receivers. Baldwin will probably see a healthy dose of Patrick Peterson, but he handled lining up with Josh Norman just fine last week to the tune of 100 plus yards and a touchdown.
Thursday night games have been pretty lopsided so far this year as far as scoring goes, and I don’t see the Cardinals having the firepower to get to the end zone that frequently. So here’s hoping that the Seahawks get to the end zone with regularity and that Baldwin is on the receiving end.
Jacoby Brissett – Sit
Don’t let last week’s 300-yard performance lure you into a false sense of confidence in starting Brissett this week. The Steelers are still top three in defending the pass, and Brissett is still Andrew Lucks backup.
Adrian Peterson – Sit
Seattle isn’t the same dominant force on defense that they have been in years past, but they are better than the 49ers and the Buccaneers. So far, those are the only two teams Peterson has had any success running against. Part of the reason for this is because those are the two games in which he received 20+ touches, but part of the reason for his share of touches in those games was because Arizona’s offense was able to keep it competitive against those teams.
When the Cardinals are outmatched offensively, Adrian Peterson will not see the touches he needs to generate the stats you need as an owner, and the Seahawks are perfectly capable of outmatching them.
Marvin Jones – Start
Jones has been on fire lately, and he’s facing a dreadful Browns pass defense this week. Jones has accounted for 331 yards and three touchdowns over the past three weeks. Two of those matchups were against the rising Saints and steady Steelers defenses, which say a lot about the connection between Stafford and Jones. Fire up Jones in every format, including DFS ($6,400 on Fanduel).