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Deciding who to start or sit can be as easy as looking at the PFF fantasy football rankings and finding the highest-ranked player. But this start ’em, sit ’em column goes a step further, looking into why some of the most popular players might struggle or why overlooked players might be in for a big week.
In many cases, the usual suspects should start, but we want to explore the borderline players, too.
- Prescott has scored 130.8 fantasy points since his return in Week 7, 10th among quarterbacks over that span.
- He has a 63.6% accuracy percentage, seventh-best among quarterbacks.
- According to our strength of schedule tool, Prescott has the fifth-best matchup among quarterbacks this week.
- Dallas will take on a Jaguars defense that has allowed at least 260 passing yards in each of the last five games and at least two passing touchdowns in four of those five.
- Lawrence has scored 164.8 fantasy points since Week 6, sixth among quarterbacks over that span.
- He has put up a 91.0 PFF passing grade since Week 9, which is the second-best mark at the position.
- Lawrence has targeted the end zone 33 times this season, third-most among quarterbacks.
- The Jaguars face a Cowboys defense that has allowed at least 200 passing yards and a touchdown to each of their last three opponents.
- Goff has ridden a hot streak recently, but his 120.1 fantasy points since Week 6 is only 17th at the position.
- His 66.4 PFF passing grade ranks 26th among 41 qualifying quarterbacks.
- The Lions signal-caller has the seventh-worst matchup of the week, according to our strength of schedule tool.
- The Detroit offensive line also has the fourth-largest disadvantage of the week, according to our offensive line/defensive line matchup chart.
- Goff has averaged 8.3 yards per attempt from a clean pocket and 5.7 yards per attempt under pressure, which doesn't bode well against a stout Jets pass rush.
- Carr has scored 117.4 fantasy points since Week 6, 18th at the position. He has thrown for 300 or more yards just twice this season.
- The Raiders play a Patriots defense that has held three of their last five opponents to zero passing touchdowns. Those teams have averaged 191 passing yards per game.
- Carr has an adjusted completion percentage of 65.8% against man defenses this season and 74.7% against zone, and New England lines up in man coverage at the second-highest rate in the NFL.
- Knight has scored 32.5 fantasy points over the last two weeks, eighth-best among running backs over that period.
- After employing a three-back committee earlier in the year, New York now uses a two-man rotation at running back, allowing Knight to receive most of the carries.
- The rookie has earned an 87.5 PFF rushing grade so far, sixth among running backs with 40 or more carries this season.
- The Jets backs have the fifth-best matchup this week, according to our strength of schedule tool.
- The Jets are slight favorites against the hot Lions, which should allow them to stick with the run game throughout the matchup.