It’s the Friday before the start of the first playoff weekend for most fantasy football managers and it’s time to start making decisions about those players you’re not quite sure about. I’m firmly on team “Start Your Studs” in the playoffs, but there are some players I’m finding myself asking too many questions about to feel good about starting this weekend.
Evans had a full day of practice on Friday and the Bucs expect him to play so this is one I might end up regretting. But, at this point in time, I’m leaning towards benching Mike Evans in 2 WR formats. I still think Mike Evans is one of the most dominant wide receivers in the league, but Tom Brady just isn’t the Quarterback for him. Evans only has 955 air yards this season and ranks 27th in the league in targets (81). His one saving grace has been his dominance in the red zone but, given the question marks around his hamstring, I’m not starting a TD dependant, hampered Mike Evans this weekend unless I need to.
If you’re in the playoffs, it isn’t because of Miles Sanders. A projected breakout candidate by many, Sanders has been a massive disappointment for fantasy managers who invested an early second round pick in him. Whether he’s overrated or underrated is largely irrelevant at this point because it’s clear how Doug Pederson views him: as part of a committee. Jordan Howard is back in Philly and Sanders is a lower-tier RB2 with the potential to rip off an explosive play. This week, however, he faces a Saints defense that’s allowed 76.1 rushing yards per game (74 in their past 3 games) to opposing running backs. I’m sitting him unless I have no other options this week.
Kyler Murray is being hampered by the shoulder injury he suffered a few weeks ago so the Cardinals offense is not the same. The Giants defense is rolling and have only allowed 96.7 rushing yards per game in 2020. Kenyan Drake has been a solid contributor for most fantasy managers but I’m not confident he’ll get it done this week.
Are you benching any of your star players this weekend? Let me know @Angel_TejadaFF! Good luck this weekend!