Startem sitem 2020 Sunday Week 2

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 Opponent Start / Sit Comment
D'Andre Swift RB DET GB START Green Bay has a decent defense, but more importantly their offense was on fire last week. If they get ahead of Detroit, that will call for more of Swift as the passing down back. Peterson will, of course, be involved as he ran very well. But, look for Swift to get enough targets to put up a startable number.
Nyheim Hines RB IND MIN START Nothing to dislike about Hines' usage in week 1. He's the passing down back that the beat writers were describing and fits in nicely to the Ekeler, Woodhead, Sproles role in this bakcfield.
Evan Engram TE NYG CHI START Engram goes up against the Bears this week. The Bears did a good job against the outside receivers of the Lions, but did let 2nd year TE Hockenson be very effective. Engram might find some more room this week then he did against PIT last week.
Josh Allen QB BUF MIA START Allen's in a good spot here to put in a solid number. His rushing yards will keep his floor high enough. Miami's defense isn't likely to contain both the run threat Allen provides and his strong arm to find one of his receivers deep.
Jared Goff QB LAR PHI START Goff had a solid game last week, but the TDs were on the ground to Malcolm Brown. I give Goff a reasonable chance at 2 TDs this week and he has the weapons to rack up the yards against a beaten down Philadelphia defense.
Melvin Gordon RB DEN PIT SIT Barkley didn't find much success against PIT's defense running the ball. He salvaged his day with his receiving. Gordon could overcome this defense in the same way, but I'd look for another option if you have one.