Startem sitem Thursday Week 9 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 Opp Start / Sit Comment
Najae Harris RB PIT TEN SIT This is a tough matchup for opposing RBs. Pickett likely comes into the game dinged up and Tennessee will likely want to slow the game down as well
Will Levis QB TEN PIT START This is an interesting question. Levis through 4 TDs in his NFL debut, no QB has done this since Marcus Mariota. What will he do in his 2nd game in a plus matchup? However, PIT does have a good pass rush which could disrupt him and his key target last week (Hopkins) is banged up as well. But, so many QBs have been hurt / changing of the guard or on BYE, this is a tough spot for many fantasy managers. I'm inclined to roll with Levis if you're desperate.
Diontae Johnson WR PIT TEN START Johnson is such a great target earner, he should get to a startable number this week.