Nov. 27, 2019 at 11:01 a.m.
Nov. 29, 2019 at 01:12 p.m.
Senior fantasy analyst
Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system. For your final starting lineup decisions, check my weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.
Start of the Week – Aaron Rodgers vs. New York Giants
Rodgers was a sit ’em last week, but I’d keep the faith (at least this week), when the Packers head to the Big Apple to face the Giants. Their defense has given up seven touchdowns and the fifth-most fantasy points to signal-callers since Week 9, so Rodgers is a go for me. Rain is in the forecast though, so that could change his outlook.
Kirk Cousins vs. Seattle Seahawks
Cousins has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football, and a Monday night matchup in Seattle makes him a potential top-10 option. Believe it or not, the Seahawks have allowed a top-10 fantasy field general in four of its last six games, and three others have finished in the top 14 at the position. Cousins is a low-end QB1 for me.
Josh Allen vs. Dallas Cowboys
Allen has been tremendous in the stat sheets, scoring 19 or more fantasy points in each of his last three games. He also continues to be solid as a runner, rushing for four touchdowns since Week 9. So while the Cowboys can be tough on quarterbacks, I still like Allen to produce a nice stat line in an important Thanksgiving matchup.
Jameis Winston vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Winston continues to be difficult to trust, but he does rank fifth in passing yards per game and 10th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. This week he faces the Jaguars, who just allowed nearly 40 fantasy points to Ryan Tannehill a week ago. While there’s always risk of an implosion, I still like Winston in this game.
Sam Darnold vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Darnold has played at a high level in recent weeks, scoring over 21 fantasy points in three straight games. During that time, he’s found the end zone a combined nine times. He’s a fine streamer against the Bengals, who have surrendered an average of nearly 22 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Sit of the Week – Philip Rivers vs. Denver Broncos
Rivers has been brutal in the stat sheets, scoring fewer than 15 fantasy points in in all but one of his last seven games. He also has seven picks in his last two contests. He needs to be benched once again, as the Broncos have surrendered five touchdown passes and the fifth-fewest fantasy points to road quarterbacks in 2019.
Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans Saints
I’m on the fence with Ryan this week, because this season as been so sideways he could defy the matchup. He has failed to score more than 16.4 points in four straight games though, and the Saints held him to fewer than 15 points in Week 10. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan had a decent line, but he’s hard to trust with the playoffs on the line.
Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Baltimore Ravens
Garoppolo has scored 18-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games, but he’s a hard sell when he travels to Baltimore to face a very stingy Ravens defense. These birds have allowed just two touchdown passes and an average of fewer than 13 fantasy points a game to enemy quarterbacks at M&T Bank Stadium this season.
Baker Mayfield vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Mayfield has been on absolute fire for fantasy fans in recent weeks, but can he keep it up in a tough divisional roadie against the Steelers? Their defense has given up just nine touchdown passes and an average of 12.1 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks at Heinz Field, so Mayfield could be in for a tough week in Pittsburgh.
Daniel Jones vs. Green Bay Packers
Jones scored just 14.7 fantasy points in what was a tough matchup versus the Bears a week ago, and an upcoming contest against the Packers makes him a fade for me once again. Their defense has allowed 14 touchdown passes and fewer than 15 fantasy points per game to enemy quarterbacks, so the rookie is in a bad spot.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!