The Start/Sit Tool is made for those tough decisions you have when starting a player in fantasy football each week. Throughout the season we have to look at players who are in closer matchups and producing at a similar rate. For those decisions, the tool will take a look at a few different areas of each player and show you who to start. You will get a look at the week’s projection and also key areas of the matchup against them. If you are struggling to figure out a player for the flex position, the tool will help narrow down the best play across multiple positions. You don’t have to include players from one position, as the tool can tell you if Raheem Mostert or Will Fuller is a better start.
Within the players you have selected, you can see things such as their projection from a floor and ceiling standpoint. If you are looking for consistency, you will want to use their projection and their floor as a base to make your decision. If you are looking to maximize your total fantasy points, then you can take their ceiling into effect. Now projections will factor in everything you are looking for as a matchup, but it helps to breakout the matchup that player is facing. You can see how many fantasy points that defense is allowing, and their overall defensive rank against the position. If there is an injury to worry about or bad weather predicted for the game, you will be made aware.
Reasons For Sitting A Player
There are certainly more reasons to sit a player, as we often sit contemplating various reasons. It is simply the human nature to do so. The number one reason we see for sitting a player is the matchup. It can be heavy on our minds, but it shouldn’t completely dictate sitting a player. As mentioned below, start your studs and matchups are more for those middling players who are more matchup dependent. Christian McCaffrey against the number one ranked run defense means a lot less compared to Sony Michel against the number one ranked defense. You also need to be careful with matchups because there is a lot that goes into them, especially early in the year. A defense might look good because they faced three bad run offenses, and their numbers are a bit inflated.
We often see fantasy owners resort to sitting players because of recent performances. If a player has a few duds, owners will turn to looking at other players. Now depending on the player this can be a fine strategy, but if they are a RB1 or WR1, then some patience is required unless there is some sort of injury related issue. Volume should not be a problem, and we are starting players who get at least an average amount of volume each week. Sitting players that are likely to produce still and are in reasonable matchups should still carry priority.
Weather is often something that lingers in some games, but when we look at seasons as a whole there are only a few games that have true weather issues. Weather can get into our heads and make us contemplate sitting a player because there is some rain and 20 mph winds. We see these issues later in the year. This should be a small percentage of weighing a start and sit candidate. Unless things are very bad, you can sit them. However, Vegas numbers will show you how bad it is expected to be. If a total drops over the week, then you can make the case. If the total hardly drops or stays the same, then not much is expected to shift production of both sides. The tool will show weather and also other factors that could result in sitting a player. You will want to see reasonings behind the decisions made within the tool.
Injuries are a major part of football, and every team is going to go through some injury news throughout the season. A player who is dealing with an injury and playing through it always throws a wrench into decision making. The questionable tag is going to likely cause you to go on the safer side, which is a wise decision. If you are playing with players in early games, you have the luxury of waiting for some last minute news. However when these guys play through injuries, we also see them leave games early. Now we also have injuries to teammates that have an effect on their production. Looking at the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ben Roethlisberger really created a drop off in production for all around him. Wide receivers struggled and the running game was nonexistent. This is another reason for taking one of these options and sticking them on the bench.
Reasons For Starting A Player
On the other side of the debate, you might have some players pop up on the radar each week that are intriguing plays. Now these are not the top tier names, these are more players that are middling, or have small sample sizes where we have to decipher what their rest of the season production will be. A hot run from a player is often one of the reasons fantasy owners make a jump to looking to start him. There is always a story behind the play, and knowing that story is what makes a fantasy player successful. If a running back goes off based off a lot of catches as a second stringer, there is a story. That team could have been playing from behind a lot over those three games or the first string back was hurt. Now if there is no story other than a player just producing, then you can look to start them.
When injuries occur, we can see opportunity behind them. A backup running back jumping into 15 touches a game can be an attractive pickup and start. Making sure volume is still key there for backup players. Coaches can attack the backup roles a bit differently. We can see a collective effort to fill the hole, or we see other starters simply pick up the slack. Understanding where the touches are going is still the most important factor. You are starting players for high volume touches, so if that backup player is getting those touches, fire him up. If the touches are uncertain, the tool is going to help project touches and what is going to happen to give you an idea to compare with other players.
Every week you are going to have teams in eye popping matchups. A wide receiver core going up against a bottom five secondary would be an example. A running back on a winning team going up against a bottom ten rush defense would be another one. These matchups are going to shoot some projections up and also look more appealing over some of the other players on your team. Playing solely the matchups is not a great process, as you still need to factor in volume. The tool here is going to factor in everything that goes into the decision making process, so while a player has a good matchup, the tool is going to show the other things that you might be missing. That is why a start sit tool can be an advantage as it captures factors may not come to mind. It also holds no bias and won’t be blindfolded against other factors.
Start Your Studs
The term “start your studs” is one used frequently around the league. We might tend to overanalyze a situation, when in reality we should be starting the best option. For example, if Christian McCaffrey is starting against the best rush defense in the league, we might be turned off a bit. However McCaffrey against the best rush defense is still better than most running backs in any other matchup. When you make a first round draft pick, you are drafting them because you are going to start them every week. There is no need to begin doubting them in a tough matchup. They are known for their consistency each week, and they deliver more often than not.
Should I Start a Wide Receiver or Running Back in Flex position?
The strength of your roster is going to dictate decisions, but running backs generally have the stronger volume and floor when you get to the Flex position. Their touches are easier to predict, unless they are in a committee where it makes it difficult.
Should I start a WR or TE in Flex position?
Tight end is a scarce position, and if you are reaching for a second tight end position, you better have two top ten tight ends on your team. Wide receiver is a deeper position, and a safer pick to put into your flex position.
How do I know which player to start?
If you are debating on starting players, you can use our start sit tool. It factors in matchup, player talent, and volume to decide between players to start. These are the things you want to be looking at to make your decisions.
Should I start a 2nd string running back?
If a team uses two running backs in a split workload, you can use a second string running back. However starting a second string running back who does not get many touches is not going to end well for fantasy production.
How to pick a good defense to start?
You want to find a defense that has some turnover and sack upside to help negate some points allowed against them. Find defenses against weaker offenses who turn the ball over or give up a lot of sacks
. Look for teams with low implied team totals.
How to pick a good kicker to start?
Kickers on good offenses that move the ball correlate with scoring in the top third for fantasy points. Look for teams that have good matchups against weaker defenses, and are also on teams with a high implied team total for the week.
How to pick the best Quarterback to start?
If you have one of the elite quarterbacks, your decision is already made. After that you want to look at matchups and how often a quarterback throws the ball. Volume correlates with fantasy points and you can target defenses who struggle against the pass.
When a fantasy owner is between a few people to put into their lineup, it is referred to as sit/start. It is a debate, and often a close one. The sit/start tool will analyze all the data and spit out who the best starting option is.
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