Start ’em, Sit ’em: Roethlisberger in for big day

By Grant Ramirez

Sports Blogger

@Grant_Ramirez3

 

Start ‘em

Los Angeles Rams, D/ST (vs HOU)

The Rams should consider themselves lucky they don’t have to play Deshaun Watson. Quarterback Tom Savage has taken over the starting job after Houston’s rookie sensation unfortunately tore his ACL in practice last week. One of the most dynamic passing attacks in the league is a lot less scary, as the Savage-led Texans put up only 14 points against Indianapolis’ last-ranked defense. I’d count on the Rams’ top-10 pass defense to make it an even rougher day for Houston’s offense.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (vs CAR)

The Jay Ajayi trade opened up a lot of touches in the Dolphins’ backfield. In the first game since the trade, carries were essentially split between Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. Drake proved to be much more effective, averaging an outstanding 7.7 yards per carry. Drake’s performance should earn him more work on Sunday against the Panthers. Carolina has a great run defense, but I would still give Drake a chance, especially considering he has great ability as a pass catcher.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs IND)

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Ben Roethlisberger has struggled at times this season, a five-interception performance against Jacksonville highlighting those performances. Although he hasn’t been overly impressive, he has been solid in every game since. If Roethlisberger is ever due for a massive game, it is this week against the Colts. Indianapolis’ is last in passing defense and has given up big games to the likes of Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles and Brian Hoyer in recent weeks. Big Ben should have a field day throwing to Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster on Sunday.

Sit ‘em

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills (vs NO)

Last week, Kelvin Benjamin was traded out of Carolina and headed to Buffalo. Benjamin is looking to make the Bills’ offense more dynamic and be the No.1 receiver that the they have desperately needed. He draws a tough first assignment on Sunday, however, as he will face star rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore has been outstanding this season and will look to ruin Benjamin’s debut. In addition, Benjamin may need some time to create some chemistry with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, so I’d wait to start him until we see how he fits in Buffalo.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (vs CHI)

Aaron Jones has been impressive as a fourth-round pick. He had a down week against Detroit, however, and I see his struggles continuing Sunday against a good Chicago run defense. Quarterback Brett Hundley doesn’t scare anyone, which should encourage defenses to sell out against the run and make Hundley beat them. In addition, Ty Montgomery is working his way back into the running back rotation, and he was much more effective than Jones last week, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Montgomery will continue to take some work away from Jones.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (vs MIN)

Ever since a three-touchdown performance against the Eagles, Kirk Cousins has been mediocre as a fantasy quarterback the past two weeks, throwing only one touchdown. Things won’t get any easier for Cousins, as he faces a Minnesota defense that has allowed an average of only 14 points per game over the past three weeks. The Vikings also have a top-five pass defense this year. In addition, injuries have ravaged Washington’s offensive line, which makes Cousins’ job a lot harder. He should be in for a rough afternoon.

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