SIT: Running Back, Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m a big fan of Martin’s and truly hope his personal demons are behind him. His professional ones are ahead of him though. If his offensive line couldn’t open holes in Miami, there’s no reason to expect any in Atlanta.
START: Quarterback, Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Ryan hasn’t been the same fantasy football stud he was in 2016, but he’s been solid. This week could see an outburst as he has found good recent success against the Buccaneers, and the defense he’s facing hasn’t exactly been containing quarterbacks this year.
SLEEPER: Quarterback, Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
I think if you have Brees, you’re starting him anyway. This may apply more to folks who got two strong quarterbacks in their draft, or even the daily fantasy sports people. This could be a week we see New Orleans rely on their quarterback instead of their running backs.
Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are great, don’t get me wrong, but the Rams have the ability to put up points against the Saints defense. This will keep the Saints out of clock killing mode, and lead to more passing from their future Hall of Famer.
SIT: Quarterback, Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Even without Jalen Ramsey, this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals could be over quick, and we could see a couple defensive scores. Enter the Jaguars running game and very limited work for Bortles and the passing game.
START: Running Back, DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry’s takeover of the Titans’ backfield hasn’t happened, and neither has Murray’s fantasy football descent into obscurity. His team is facing a bottom five defense against running backs, so expect big things.
SLEEPER: Quarterback, Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
Last time we saw this former Oregon Duck, he was laying four passes out for interceptions in a color rush jersey. The next time we see him, he’s going to be facing a Colts defense which looks like just the right time for Mariota’s supporters to re-kindle their love affair with him.