Startem sitem 2020 SUNDAY Week 17

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 Patrick Mahomes 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 ~3-6 players on each Thursday night's game and ~ 6 players for the rest of the week to get you going.



Player Pos Team Opp Start / Sit Comment
J.K. Dobbins RB BAL CIN START Dobbins left last week's game with a rib injury, but appears on track to play in week 17. As the lead back in a good matchup with CIN he should be a safe start.
Alexander Mattison RB MIN DET START Dalvin Cook will sit this one out. If Mattison makes it through the concussion prototocl, fire him up. Otherwise, Mike Boone is probably the beneficiary of the rushing work here.
Malcolm Brown RB LAR ARI START Malcolm Brown is the last man standing with both Akers and Henderson looking like they'll miss this week's game. Brown should be in for a closing of the season, perhaps similar to how he opened it up.
Jeff Wilson RB SFO SEA START With Mostert done for the year, Wilson gets another start. He's been solid when relied upon and you should do so here.
Irv Smith TE MIN DET START With Rudolph on IR, that leaves the job to Irv Smith to pick up a handful of additional targets and be a viable TE this week.
Antonio Brown WR TB ATL START Bruce Arians has declared they're playing to win. This adds confidence into guys like Antonio Brown that they will be actively trying to stay as the 5th seed in their matchup vw the Falcons (4th best matchup for WRs)