Today has been full of news regarding the Cleveland Browns front office. Just as we were coming to grips with to the news that Executive VP Sashi Brown had been fired, just as we were revving up for all the great speculation talk, and just as we were making our cases to hire OUR favorite candidates, the Browns announce the new hire: John Dorsey.
And so it begins…. two years into the three-year rebuilding process, and a combined record of 1-27 over these two years, reports are flooding the market that the Cleveland Browns have fired Executive VP Sashi Brown. After being featured in the Sports Business Daily “Forty Under 40” column just two years ago, and being touted as the “right move” by foxsports.com writer Mike Garafolo, high expectations for Brown were clearly not met and he’s out.
These games are causing havoc in all kinds of leagues. If you have Eli Manning on your roster, well, he is back so you can now use him if you choose to. As always, let’s begin with this week’s starts and sits.
Today the NFL announced that Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Bronco Cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended for two games without pay as a result of the fight that took place on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib are being suspended two games each for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.
Well, it was a rough Week 11 for fantasy owners. Bye weeks are all done so all players are eligible to play. If you have the follower players on your roster, please be aware of their injury status: Wide receivers Robert Woods, Kelvin Benjamin, running backs Chris Thompson and D’Onta Forman. As always, here are this week’s starts and sits.
Kirk Cousins: He should have a favorable day.
Jared Goff: Another bad matchup against a surging Saints defense…
Marcus Mariota: Colts have surrendered 6th most fantasy points to QBs
Derek Carr: He has thrown for just one TD in seven games. Broncos will emerge.
Last week Kate and I had a few good picks for you and we hope to have the same this week. At least we know that running back Ezekiel Elliott will be out for six weeks as he came to realize that the cost was too much to continue fighting. And it looks like the Buffalo Bills have chosen to sit out their quarterback Tyrod Taylor and throw in rookie Nathan Peterman. It is never a dull moment in the NFL!
As always, let’s begin with this week’s starts and sits.
Last week Kate and I sat out some players that showed up to play such as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and running back Jay Ajayi. They both put up some nice points last week. However, we did recommend starting Jacoby Brissett as a sleeper and sitting out Jameis “Eat a W” Winston. Who knew that Josh McCown was going to ball out? But it’s the NFL and anything can happen!
So here are our starts and sits for your Fantasy lineups!
There has been a lot of wheeling and dealing this week! The San Francisco 49ers have a new quarterback in Jimmy Garrapolo, running back Jay Ajayi is now with the Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is now with the Buffalo Bills! For some teams, this bye week is a welcome time of rest and rejuvenation.
Now there are six teams on a bye deserving some much needed rest: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I usually suffer from the Bye Week Blues at this time of year. Good or Bad – and we all know lately it’s been a whole lot of Bad – The Browns are my team and they are part of my Sunday ritual from August through January. However this week, I’m RELIEVED that there isn’t a Browns game on Sunday. Because they decided to let their off-the-field dysfunction become the hot topic of Trade Deadline conversation. Sigh.
With an exciting Week 7 in the books, let’s look at this week’s Starts and Sits. There are six teams on a bye deserving some much-needed rest: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.
Kate’s Quarterback Starts:
Defenses giving up the most passing yards are the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so start the following:
Philip Rivers – Even though he has been inconsistent so far this season, a match up with the Patriots defense that has allowed 300-plus points in passing yards is worth the gamble. No team has allowed more touchdowns or fantasy points to this position.