When injuries occur or players change teams, it sometimes creates a new intriguing idea to change your starting lineup. This week saw many different things occur. In addition to the usual injuries that occur on a weekly basis, we also had a trade and two suspensions take place. Now before you start running to connect the dots and make a change to your starting lineup, here’s what you ideally still should NOT do.
Don’t Start Any Giants WRs
The logical way to think is, “Ok if Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard are all out, Roger Lewis will get a ton of targets and should be plugged into my starting lineup.” Pump the brakes on that idea though. Fact of the matter is, the Giants Sunday night game at Denver will be ugly. Denver has a great defense with top notch corners in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Compound that with the Giants non-existent run game and terrible offensive line that has already ruled out starting center Weston Richburg and you have a nightmare on your hands. Denver will simply play press man coverage against the Giants inexperienced wide receivers and stack the box making it a long day for Eli Manning and whoever decides to try and carry the ball out of the backfield.
Don’t Start Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson
Do I think he’ll be the work horse for the Arizona Cardinals this year? Absolutely, or at least if/until David Johnson comes back. But the trade happened on Tuesday and Peterson got his first practice/glimpse of the playbook on Wednesday. Peterson wants to play beyond his current contract so he’ll take this week and his time with the Cardinals very seriously but don’t get caught up in the thought that he’s getting 20-25 carries this weekend when he’s had/practiced the playbook for four days. There should be better options out there.
Don’t Bench Jaguars Defense
I know what you’re probably thinking, “Why would I bench the top fantasy defense?” Look, the Los Angeles Rams are for real this year and are averaging 30.4 points per game having scored 35+ points in 3 out of 5 games this year so some people are probably getting cold feet about it. Jared Goff is still a young quarterback that should throw at least 1 interception and hold onto the ball too long for a few sacks Sunday. It’s very realistic that the Rams score 17 points Sunday on 2 Todd Gurley touchdowns on the ground and a field goal but Jacksonville’s defense comes away with 2 interceptions, 3 sacks, a forced fumble and maybe a touchdown. Start Jags defense this week.
Start Browns RB Isaiah Crowell
Isaiah Crowell has been incredibly disappointing this year and you probably have begun to bench him. This week should be different for him. The Texans defense gives up 102 yards per game on the ground on just 3.7 yards per carry. But this Texans defense has some holes now. LB Brian Cushing was suspended earlier in the year and now that both J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus are out for the year, the Texans front seven is far from intimidating. Their front seven now features Jadeveon Clowney, Benardrick McKinney and a bunch of undrafted or 5th round and later picks. If the Browns find themselves in the red zone, Crowell should find pay dirt.