This is the first installment of my weekly fantasy football mailbag Q&A, where I will answer all of your start/sit and trade questions! Let’s get right into it:
Ronald Jones or Duke Johnson or healthy Joe Mixon: pick two. – @blakester52rfc
I’d love to answer this quickly by saying a healthy Joe Mixon, but as of now, it appears that he’s trending towards missing another game this weekend. Mixon’s injury has been extremely frustrating for fantasy owners this year, to say the least. Anyway, that leaves me with Duke Johnson and Ronald Jones to choose between. Johnson did appear on the injury report earlier this week with an illness, but it doesn’t appear to be serious, so I’m expecting him to suit up against New England. That being said, I’m going with the hot hand and picking Ronald Jones. He may be facing an elite Rams run defense, but Tampa Bay’s offense is strong enough to provide Jones with opportunities to score. Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson has proven to be a legitimate threat to vulture touchdowns, which severely caps Duke Johnson’s value. The Patriots also looked pretty stout defensively last week against Baltimore. Roll with RoJo this week!
Cam Newton or Jameis Winston this week? – @FFAddict7
This is a tough one! Newton is playing great football as of late, but Winston is stepping into a matchup against one of the worst secondaries in the league (Atlanta) with a fantastic offensive arsenal at his disposal. If there’s anything we know about Jameis, it’s that he’s going to throw the ball…A LOT. I like the chances of that game becoming a shootout, so I’d start Winston this week.
Don’t have many choices at receiver with Diggs and Aiyuk on byes… Flexing an RB first time all year. Zeke, Rojo, Harris, Ahmed, L. Murray: Pick 3. – @KevinBr01410477
This one is pretty straightforward for me. Elliott, Harris, and Ahmed are all going to be workhorse backs for their teams this week, while Murray’s usage is limited due to Alvin Kamara’s presence in the offense. I’d sit Latavius and roll with the three guys you know will get serious volume.
So this is the last week before playoffs for one of my leagues… I just want to make the playoffs. But I have to win this game: Anyone you think gonna have a boom week that I should go all out trading for? – @nflbreaking_
Speaking of Damien Harris, he’s my choice! You probably won’t have to give up a lot to get him, but he’s emerged as New England’s workhorse back and is primed to take on Texans, who have the worst run defense in the league. If you can’t trade for Harris, look to pick up another Patriots weapon in Jakobi Meyers. Neither of these guys will be particularly expensive because they haven’t found the endzone recently, but they’re both awesome plays this week.
Top QB to try and trade for, for playoffs? – @sportingkv_10
I’ve been a huge advocate for acquiring Lamar Jackson as you prepare for a playoff run. Jackson hasn’t played up to standards he set during last year’s MVP campaign, but he’s set to face Cleveland, Jacksonville, and the New York Giants in Weeks 14-16. That’s an extremely enticing playoff schedule that Jackson should take full advantage of.
Mike Evans, AB, Tee Higgins, Lockett, or McKissic, need 2 (starting WR and flex). – @braxcb
This is tougher than you might think, as all of these receivers have relatively tough matchups. I’d start Tyler Lockett at WR. He’s dealing with a minor knee issue but is expected to play Thursday against the Cardinals. The last time Lockett suited up against Arizona, he racked up 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns, scoring 53.0 PPR points. You have to start him tonight with hopes that he’ll take advantage of this matchup again. As for the flex, I’d start J.D. McKissic. He’s quietly emerged as a legitimate PPR asset over the past few games and should continue to produce this week against Cincinnati, who has a bottom-six run defense.
Would you go Zeke or McKissic this week (.5 ppr)? – @SunnyHMoon
While I just expressed my positive feelings towards McKissic’s prospects this week, you have to start Ezekiel Elliott. Minnesota is subpar against the run, and Zeke is going to receive around 20 touches per game. Volume is king for running backs, and Elliott is still one of the elite players at his position. Don’t overthink this one, roll with the workhorse.
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