StartEm SitEm Thursday Week 14 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 POS Team Opponent Start/Sit Comments
Ezekiel Elliott RB NE PIT START With Rhamondre Stevenson out this week, look for Elliott to feast in this matchup.
Diontae Johnson WR PIT NE START Over the last two years, Johnson has performed better with Mitchell Trubisky (13.3 PPG) under center rather than Kenny Pickett (9.8 PPG)
Mitchell Trubisky QB PIT NE SIT New England is a difficult matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and Pittsburgh will likely try to establish the run and have a low-volume passing attack.
Jaylen Warren RB PIT NE START Najee Harris is currently banged up and dealing with a knee issue, so this could lead to Warren seeing additional opportunities.