Injury-Related Start or Sit Recommendations: Ben Roethlisberger and Doug Martin
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) - START 'EM - Big Ben was in the SIT 'EM category last week in his first game back from knee surgery. Roethlisberger has been bad historically in his first game back from injury, but game two has been much better for the veteran quarterback. He should continue to get healthier as the season goes on, as evidenced by the fact that we now have him listed with an above average Health Performance Factor. The Steelers are also at home, where Roethlisberger’s numbers have been through the roof the last two seasons. On top of all that is the fact that the Dallas' secondary remains banged up. While they got by against the Browns, we don't anticipate this undermanned unit being able to hold Big Ben and company down this weekend.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) - Sit 'EM - Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a bad quarterback this season, plain and simple. Couple that with the fact that he is dealing with a knee problem and may miss or be hampered in Sunday's game against the Rams, and you have a player with no real Fantasy value. We have Fitz listed as a high injury risk with a below-average Health Performance Factor. If Fitz can suit up, he's going against a tough Rams defense that should be able to limit the Jets offensively. There are better desperation streaming options this week.
Spencer Ware (KC) - START 'EM - Spencer Ware (low IRC, above average HPF) has been cleared in the NFL concussion protocol and should be good to go for the Chiefs this Sunday against Carolina. Ware should regain his stranglehold on the Chiefs' backfield, as Charcandrick West did little to earn more reps last week when he got the opportunity to start, and Jamaal Charles was placed on IR. Ware's value has taken a bit of a perceived hit since he was injured against the Colts in Week 8, but the Chiefs' starter is a surefire RB1 this week if he is indeed active.
Doug Martin (TB) - SIT 'EM - Doug Martin has finally returned to the practice field this week ahead of the Buccaneers’ matchup with the Bears. However, it is unclear whether Martin will be able to play and what his role would be if he does. We have Martin listed as an elevated injury risk with an above average Health Performance Factor, so his return certainly seems possible. Martin could very well start and get the majority of the carries due to the Bucs’ lack of running back depth, but there is a belief that he will be eased back in due to his long absence. Couple that uncertainty with the matchup against a Bears defense that has given up very few Fantasy points to opposing backs. You might not have a better option in season-long formats than to roll the dice with Martin, but he is certainly a player to avoid in DFS at the very least.
Randall Cobb (GB) - START 'EM - This is a bit of dice roll, but Cobb has been able to practice in a limited capacity this week, showing no signs of a setback with his hamstring. Cobb (elevated IRC, below average Health Performance Factor) didn't play in the first half last week, but did come in late to catch a touchdown on the Packers’ final drive. The Packers need all the weapons they can get offensively right now, and will use Cobb plenty this week if he is indeed active, as expected. He should be able to post a solid line against a poor Tennessee secondary and is worth a start in most formats, especially PPR.
Allen Hurns (JAX) - SIT 'EM - Allen Hurns is questionable this week due to a concussion he suffered last week against the Chiefs. We currently have Hurns listed as an elevated injury risk with a below average Health Performance Factor, putting his status very much in question this weekend. If he does play, don't expect too much out of the third-year wideout due to the lackluster nature of the Jags’ offense. Going up against Houston, in what promises to be an ugly game with scoring in the teens or low 20s, there doesn't seem to be too much opportunity for Hurns to produce.
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