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Start, Sit & the Next Chapter

by Seth Woolcock

A lot is different since my last edition of “Start, Sit & Seth” in both my life and in fantasy football.

Players like Aaron Jones and Amari Cooper have returned to household names in the fantasy world since my last column.

Running backs like Philadelphia’s Josh Adams and Baltimore’s Gus Edwards have quickly emerged from nowhere to become weekly starters in all fantasy formats.

But with the rise of players like Adams and Edwards, comes the downfalls of other once fantasy stars. 

Jordan Howard, Rob Gronkowski and Alex Collins are just a few of the one-time fantasy heroes that have quickly become fantasy zeroes as of late.

We also had to say goodbye to some of the players that have hit injured reserve; O.J. Howard, Marvin Jones Jr., Andy Dalton and Alex Smith are some of the most notable players out for the season.

Cameron Brate, Theo Riddick, Jeff Driskel and Colt McCoy must now step up in their places for each of their respective teams.

I spoke in one of my earlier columns about how change is one of the only constant things we have in life.

And like the fantasy football landscape, my life has been nothing short of it as of late.

Thirty-four days can make all the difference in the world.

Thirty-four days ago, my life was full of uncertainty and apprehension, all resting on one day, one decision and one thing.

Now, after closing that chapter, I am entering the next chapter of my life.

While it is uncertain for sure what lies ahead of me in this new beginning, one thing is for sure. I am going to live it to its fullest.

No more reliving the past, and no more hoping for a brighter future. It’s about living in the now, a now that is filled with love, laughter, friendship and spectacular unknown.

If you’re out there sitting in that uncertain place like I was, even if it wasn’t because of your own doing, don’t be afraid to flip the page. 

Don’t be afraid to start the next chapter of your life because you are the author of your own book.

With that being said, let’s move onto football.

Quarterback I’d Start this Week:

Lamar Jackson (Baltimore):  In his first two NFL starts, Jackson has thrown three interceptions. But even with the turnovers, Jackson still has one of the highest floors of all quarterbacks because of his rushing. 

Jackson has rushed the ball 37 times since starting for Baltimore, going up against a Falcons team that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. 

The sky is the limit for Jackson in this one as the Louisville product looks to establish himself further.

Quarterback I’d Sit this Week:

Tom Brady (New England):  Even though Tom Brady was either the first or second quarterback taken in most drafts, he has not delivered on the investment as he is only the 14th best fantasy QB this season. 

Brady, now dealing with a knee injury, is going up against a Minnesota defense that is the fourth-best against opposing quarterbacks. Maybe Tom can turn back time this weekend, but the odds are not in his favor.

Running Back I’d Start this Week:

T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville):  Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to those who held onto the Alabama product once Leonard Fournette returned from injury. 

T.J. Yeldon, who is still the 14th best fantasy RB on the season, scored double digits in every game that Fournette was out. 

Things should continue to roll for Yeldon as he takes on a Colts defense that averages more than seven receptions to opposing running backs.

Running Back I’d Sit this Week:  

Jordan Howard (Chicago):  As mentioned above, Jordan Howard has fallen flat in fantasy terms over the last month. 

Averaging a career-low in attempts and yards per carry and his longest run of the season being only 24 yards, Howard is now the definition of a touchdown-dependent flex play.

As much as it pains me to say, as Howard is one of my favorite players in the NFL, you should sit him this week unless desperate enough at running back to start the man in the Windy City.

Wide Receiver I’d Start this Week:

Tyler Lockett (Seattle):  Tyler Lockett is WR 28 in ‘18 and is in the midst of a breakout season. 

The 26-year-old has scored double digits in every game this season but one and it looks like he has surpassed Doug Baldwin as Russell Wilson’s favorite target. 

Lockett, who makes a living on the deep ball, is going up against the 49ers, who allow the sixth-most yards per reception to opposing wide receivers. Wilson should be able to air it out this week.

Wide Receiver I’d Sit this Week:

Devin Funchess (Carolina):  Speaking of wide receivers that have been surpassed as their team’s top option, Devin Funchess looks like he has been replaced as Cam Newton’s favorite option by rookie receiver D.J. Moore. 

The Michigan product has not scored double digits since Week 7, and I don’t see that changing this week while Funchess is still dealing with a nagging back injury that forced him to be limited in Thursday’s practice.

This column was originally featured at ThePenn.org November 29, 2018.

If you have a feel-good story that you would like to share for an opportunity to be featured in an upcoming edition of “Start, Sit & Seth,” please reach out.

And for more fantasy football and uplifting content, you can find me on Twitter @Between_SethFF.

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