Startem sitem Thursday Week 8 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
Kenyan Drake 'RB 'BAL 'TB 'SIT 'Hmmmm. Baltimore running backs split snaps roughly evenly. Gus got the goal line, however. Tampa has been the toughest run defense, but they got chewed up by the Panthers sans CMC so it's not always as it seems. But, Drake feels like the worst of the options at RB for the Ravens this week - not likely to get goaline nor pass catching duties.
Isaiah Likely 'TE 'BAL 'TB 'Conditional Start 'If Andrews misses this game, Tampa is pretty average vs opposing Tes and Likely looked like a surprise hit in the pre-season. He could be an Andrews missed game from a double digit scorer in fantasy.
Cade Otton 'TE 'TB 'BAL 'START 'Otton has been involved lately and the defensive attention should be on Fournette and the WRs. Look for him to put in a low end TE1 week this week.