Start ’em, Sit ’em: Manning getting hot

By Grant Ramirez

Sports Blogger



Start ’em:

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (vs New Orleans)

Jay Ajayi was shut down Sunday in a divisional matchup with the Jets, rushing for only 16 yards. He will look to rebound this week against a porous Saints’ defense that is ranked No. 24 in the league, though they haven’t faced any upper echelon backs. That will change this week with Ajayi. Expect him to be motivated to put his last performance behind him and produce big numbers.


Jacksonville Jaguars, D/ST (vs New York Jets)

The Jaguars had a dominant performance in Week 3, allowing only seven points to the Ravens on a garbage-time touchdown in a 44-7 beatdown in London. Sunday, Jacksonville’s top-five defense will be facing the Jets’ bottom-five offense. New York managed to score 20 points on Miami last week; however, it is an easy pick to lock in another commanding game from the Jaguars’ defense, which is great news for fantasy owners.


Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (vs Tampa Bay)

(Brian, Flickr)

Eli Manning hasn’t been overly inspiring through three weeks of the season. However, he did show some positive signs in crunch time Sunday against the Eagles, throwing three fourth-quarter touchdowns. This week, he travels to Tampa Bay to face a Buccaneers’ secondary that made Case Keenum look like an All-Pro and allowed Mike Glennon to throw for 300 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. is now healthy and Manning is getting contributions from Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. He is a somewhat risky play considering his past struggles, but I would take a chance on him Sunday.


Sit ’em:

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins (vs Kansas City)

Thus far, Terrelle Pryor hasn’t lived up to expectations in Washington, with only 116 receiving yards. Despite supposedly being the Redskins’ top target in the passing game, quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking in other directions. Pryor has had only four targets in the past two games. He has a tough matchup against Marcus Peters on Sunday in a difficult environment in Kansas City. Pryor still has time to reach the potential he showed last year in Cleveland, but I wouldn’t count on it this week.


Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions (vs Minnesota)

The Lions have been impressive; however, that has been mostly because of the play of quarterback Matthew Stafford, not because of the running game. Detroit’s lead back Ameer Abdullah was held under 50 yards Sunday against the Falcons and is averaging only 3.5 yards per carry. Abdullah will struggle this week when he faces Minnesota’s stout defense, which ranks No. 5 in the league against the run.


Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs New York Giants)

Although Jameis Winston put up some big numbers in Minnesota on Sunday, he also threw three interceptions in a loss against a pass defense that ranks near the bottom of the league. He has a much stiffer test this week when Tampa Bay faces the Giants. Last week, the strong-armed Carson Wentz averaged only 5.6 yards per attempt against New York’s secondary, which features stars Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins. The Giants have proven to be good at limiting the big plays that are a big part of Winston’s game.

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