By MIKE HERNDON
Another week, another hundred yards and a touchdown for Nick Chubb.
Every summer, fantasy football analysts downplay him because he doesn’t catch passes or because Kareem Hunt eats into his workload and every fall, none of it matters. Chubb churns out 15, 20 points a week and those who ignored the noise and drafted him anyway sit back and benefit.
If you have him on your roster, you’re already off to a nice week. Ditto if you have Amari Cooper or the Browns defense, which added a cheap touchdown after a fumbled lateral on the final play of the game. Najee Harris turned in a useful, if unspectacular, night as well.
For the rest of the week, let’s look at some recommended starts and sits:
Kirk Cousins, Vikings: Go ahead. Drink a beer to get the bad taste of Cousins’ Monday night dud against the Eagles out of your mouth. That was Not-Ready-For-Primetime Kirk. This week, we get Safely-Back-On-Sunday Kirk, who faces a porous Lions defense in a game with high shootout potential.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins: It sure is tempting, after Tua’s 469-yard, six-TD explosion last week, to set him and forget him in your lineup. But that was against a Ravens’ defense decimated by injuries at cornerback. This week, Tua and company are facing the Bills. And while the tandem of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle may be matchup-proof, the Dolphins’ banged-up offensive line isn’t – especially against this Buffalo pass rush.
Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers: The man told us the touchdowns are coming. We need to take him at his word. Besides, the Bucs’ receiver room is in tatters and David Montgomery just reached triple digits on Green Bay, so it seems like a great week to lean on Lenny.
David Montgomery, Bears: Speaking of Monty, we were wrong to sit him last week. We would also be wrong to sit him another week against the Houston defense. Here’s a game the Bears should actually be in, and possibly win, so he should continue to get the rock.
Javonte Williams, Broncos: He could explode any time the Broncos feel like featuring him, but he’s continuing to split time with Melvin Gordon and Denver’s offense has yet to find itself (or score more than 16 points in a game). San Francisco’s defense doesn’t seem like an ideal place to get on track.
Chase Edmonds/Raheem Mostert, Dolphins: This is going to be a frustrating committee all year. Edmonds led the backfield the first week, Mostert the next. Now Miami gets the Bills, which isn’t a defense you’ll particularly want to use either against.
Tee Higgins, Bengals: This is a get-right spot for Cincinnati, and Higgins commanded 10 targets last week, turning them into 71 yards and a score. Make sure he’s in your lineup.
Brandon Cooks, Texans: The volume is there – Cooks has gotten 22 targets in two weeks. This week, the matchup is favorable as well. He’s due for a trip to the end zone.
D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks: He’s been a major disappointment thus far, and it’s not for a lack of targets. It’s that so few of those targets are downfield. He’s turned 11 receptions into only 71 scoreless yards. After two weeks like that, you’re not wanting to play him anyway, and while the Falcons look like a prime matchup, a potential assignment of A.J. Terrell does not.
D.J. Moore, Panthers: With the Panthers’ offense stuck in neutral, he has yet to break 50 yards and now he’ll get a steady dose of Marshon Lattimore. The Panthers are probably wishing he’d gotten suspended too after last week’s dust-up with Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans
Dallas Goedert, Eagles: He’s been over 60 yards in each of his first two games and this week’s date with Washington has shootout appeal. The touchdowns are coming sooner or later.
Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos: Much like Seattle’s Noah Fant, who we highlighted in this space last week, Albert O is an ostensible starter who is splitting time to the point where he’s not playable. He had two targets and no catches last week. With a tough San Francisco defense on tap, throw your dart elsewhere.
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