Start Nico Collins: The Houston Texans’ top wide receiver has become a weekly must-start because of his recent performances. However, it's especially important to have him in lineups in Week 8, given his matchup.
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Deciding who to start or sit in fantasy football can be as easy as looking at the PFF rankings and going with the higher-ranked player. This start ’em, sit ’em column digs a step deeper, looking into why someone you might typically start might not have a good week or why someone overlooked might have a good week. In many cases, it’s the usual starters who should star, but we want to explore the borderline players, too.
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- Lawrence got off to a slow start to his season from a fantasy perspective, but he has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in each of the last two weeks.
- He’s played relatively well all season, with his 81.8 overall grade ranking eighth among quarterbacks through Week 7.
- According to PFF's strength of schedule tool, the Jaguars have the seventh-best matchup for quarterbacks.
- The Steelers have allowed 241 passing yards per game, eighth-most among defenses. They line up in man coverage at the seventh-highest rate in the league.
- Over the last two seasons, Lawrence has earned an 81.0 passing grade against man coverage compared to a 73.0 grade against zone. His big-time throw rate is 5.6% against man coverage compared to 3.9% against zone.
- Goff has been outstanding to start the year, earning an 85.7 overall grade that ranks fifth among all quarterbacks through seven weeks.
- However, he’s been hit or miss from a fantasy perspective. He has three games as a top-four fantasy quarterback, but he's also finished outside the top 12 four times.
- He’s thrown at least 28 times for 200-plus yards in every game. The big difference between his good and bad fantasy games is his touchdown count.
- The three good games came against defenses that have allowed a touchdown on 3.9% of passing attempts. The four bad games came against defenses that have allowed a touchdown on 3.2% of passing attempts.
- The Lions have the sixth-best matchup for quarterbacks this week, according to our strength of schedule tool. The Raiders have allowed a touchdown on 4.2% of passing attempts, increasing the odds that Goff can find the end zone multiple times in week 8.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown is top-10 among wide receivers in missed tackles forced, while the Raiders have missed a tackle on 15% of their passing plays, the fourth-worst mark among defenses. This increases the chances of St. Brown breaking off a big play for a touchdown.