Startem sitem Thursday Week 14 2022

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 Pos Team Opp Start / Sit Comment
Cam Akers RB LAR LV START I didn't think I'd be recommending Akers as a start this year, but he gets a plus matchup, coming off a game where he dominated touches and six teams are on BYE
Derek Carr QB LV LAR START The Rams are right in the middle in rank vs opposing QBs, however, in the last three weeks they've allowed at least 22.6 points to opposing QBs and that includes Andy Dalton and Geno Smith. Not bad QBs, but not elite and that's where Carr fits.
Tyler Higbee TE LAR LV SIT Shaking my head with Higbee. It's a plus matchup, he was decent to begin the year, but he hasn't jelled with the change at QB. I'm looking for other options this week.