Thursday, Sep 21st

Start/Sit Primer 3.22

By Landon Silinsky >>

Research from the NFL Edge (game breakdowns and Matchups) is leveraged in this space to help us make sharper decisions on some of the key start/sit questions in fantasy

1. Is Mark Ingram an RB2/Flex play if Alvin Kamara is out again?

Hilow points out in the NFL Edge that the Saints offensive line has vastly underperformed over the first two weeks of the season, “leading to a sub-4.0 net-adjusted line yards metric.” He also notes, however, that Ingram’s low snap share last week was likely game plan specific against a really tough rush defense in Tampa Bay, and that he expects to see a bigger snap percentage this week vs. Carolina. The Panthers rank 24th in the NFL in rush defense DVOA, so if Ingram gets a few more opportunities than last week (13) he could become a usable option in season long formats.

2. Can we start Justin Fields in a great spot against Houston despite his recent play?

Justin Fields ranks 33rd in the NFL in pass attempts, and yes I know there are only 32 teams. This is because both Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush each have more dropbacks than Fields despite playing one less game. JM notes in his DFS Interpretation for this game that even in a pass-centric game plan, Fields and his WR’s are all unlikely to hit together making them large field DFS tournament plays only. The season long translation here is that Fields is likely not a QB1 until Matt Eberflus opens up the offense a bit. He absolutely could put up a decent score for you, however, as your second QB in Superflex leagues.

3. Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire an RB2 vs. a Colts defense missing Shaquille Leonard?