This is not your traditional starts and sits article. This is a tipsy edition. When you get tipsy, you will either find your second wind and continue on your way, or you will stumble and fall down. For this reason, the players to start are labeled “Second Wind” players, whereas the players to sit are labeled as “Stumbles.” Furthermore, in this version of “Second Winds” and “Stumbles,” I am going to avoid the blatantly obvious and use the courage gained from being tipsy to be bold and daring. These decisions may look crazy now, but after the games are over, you may look back and say you know that the decision I made when I was tipsy ended up pretty good. On the contrary, you may fall on your face after this article, but, hey, at least you had the courage to do something bold.
Brissett has at least two touchdowns in every game thus far. This means he has not gotten lower than 16 fantasy points in a game this season. People could do a lot worse than that production from the QB position. Whether it is bye week coverage or just an improvement for your roster, Jacoby Brissett should be a good play this week against the Chiefs, especially if T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack, who both practiced this week, do return. If they fall behind or if the run game gets them close, Brissett could put up solid fantasy numbers this week.
Marlon Mack/the RB who starts for the Colts
If Marlon Mack can return from his ankle injury for this game, he has a very favorable matchup against the second-worst run defense in the league. While Mack has not yet been able to replicate his week one fantasy performance, this week presents a good chance for him to get close, provided he plays. The Colts are going to need to run the ball and keep Kansas City’s dynamic offense off the field, so Mack should be heavily involved in their gameplan to begin with.
Last week without Jelen Ramsey, Jacksonville allowed Emmanuel Sanders to rack up over 100 yards receiving and Courtland Sutton to put up two touchdowns. I am not saying that the Panthers wide receiver duo will eclipse that mark this week, but they are a solid play. Curtis Samuel has at least seven targets in both of the games that Kyle Allen has started this season. While Samuel’s target share has been steady, D.J. Moore still has the team’s most receiving yards.
Tyler Boyd is the blatantly obvious start that I said I would not put in this article. But with John Ross going on injured reserve, Boyd has the opportunity to be even more valuable in fantasy this week with an increased chance to supplement his game with touchdowns. Ross led the team with three receiving touchdowns, and only two other players found the back of the endzone. One of those players is mentioned next.
This play requires a lot of supplemental courage. It is difficult, and most likely will be a futile effort, to rely on Eifert the whole season, despite your state of mind when setting your lineups. However, for this week Tyler Eifert at least has reason to potentially be relevant in fantasy this week, as he will match up against the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed a touchdown to a tight end in every game so far this season. With the aforementioned John Ross being out as well, someone is going to have to catch the ball in the endzone for the Bengals, right? Tyler Eifert may very well be the one to break that trend, but some supplemental courage may give you a reason to be optimistic.
Baker Mayfield has thrown at least one interception in every game this season. When you look at his 4:6 touchdown to interception ratio this season, Mayfield is a risky play. He has had an up and down fantasy season thus far, and it is just hard to know which Baker will show up at his point. The Browns might just want to run the ball with Nick Chubb and limit Mayfield’s potential turnovers, thus limiting his opportunities.
Even if McLaurin plays with a hamstring injury, the Patriots have not allowed more than 78 yards receiving to any one player so far this season. Yes, the Redskins are probably going to get down early and will have to pass often, but every other team had to do that this season and no receiver has netted more than 78 receiving yards. Even the Bills were down 13-0 before their deceptively close 16-10 defeat. McClaurin might be the most talented wide receiver the Patriots have faced this year (with the exception of JuJu Smith-Schuster in week one), but if there is one thing the Patriots defense has always been good at it is taking away or limiting the opposing team’s best player. The Redskins best player this year has been McLaurin, so maybe he should rest on his injury for another week.
Bench Kamara in your lineup will require balls, or at least being very tipsy. But this article is about taking risks and not being afraid to do what is necessary or what you really should do; that is what being tipsy is about. Tampa Bay is actually really good at defending the run this season. Before you say that Kamara is matchup-proof and was drafted too high to stumble, look back to week two. The Buccaneers completely shut down a back similar to Alvin Kamara in Christain McCaffrey. Now, I am not going to get into an argument about the talent levels of McCaffrey and Kamara or how much better the Saints are then the Bucs, but the statistics show that Tampa Bay is a difficult team to run on. With Drew Brees out another week, Teddy Bridgewater needs to have a good game and make the Saints passing attack respectable, or they risk a Cam Newton/McCaffrey type performance this week. Todd Gurley needed two touchdowns last week to put up quality fantasy points against Tampa, but touchdowns are always hard to predict.
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