StartEm SitEm Thursday Week 16 2023

By Brad Kruse
Brad Kruse

In this Start Em / Sit Em column each week, I'm looking to find some fringe players that you might consider starting each week and comment based on their matchups. Early on, I'll base my selection of candidates on where they were with respect to ADP.  I'm not going to try to pad my stats by suggesting your start Josh Allen each week, but instead trying to dig deep and find some nuggets for players to avoid or to go after.  These are coin flip guys and if I can finish the year at better than 60% I'll consider it a success.  My metrics to get the start decision are:  QB 20 pts or more,  RB, WR or TE need to score 12 pts or more for a successful endorsement.  Defense/Special Teams should put in 8 points or more to get those picks right.  I'll look at ~3 players on each Thursday night's game and ~ 6 players for the rest of the week to get you going.



Player Position Team Opponent Start/Sit Comments
Tyler Higbee TE LAR NO START This is a bit of a dart throw, but a good matchip for Higbee here and he's coming off of a five-target performance. 
Derek Carr QB NO LAR SIT Given Carr's recent track record, even though this is a good matchup on paper, I try to look elsewhere for other players at the position this week.
Matthew Stafford QB LAR NO START It isn't the best matchup for Stafford, but he's been on a roll lately, and has plenty of solid weapons around him to get the job done. I'm willing to start him over some other options.