Welcome to another addition of Jarrod Ribaudo’s starts and sits. I know, I know; you can’t handle your excitement.
Last week my starts and sits were pretty solid. I would say I went 4/6, the mistakes being at receiver where Kenny Stills (3 catches for 22 yards) failed to make an impact while Emmanuel Sanders (4 catches and a touchdown) played well, and a lot, in his San Francisco 49ers debut. Other than that Stafford had a big game, Marlon Mack scored, and Derrick Henry and Carson Wentz both put up lackluster performances.
So if you’re willing to listen, here are my starts and sits for week 9:
Start- Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Last week the Buffalo Bills looked like crap against the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly came into Buffalo and beat the bag out of the now 5-2 Bills by using their two-headed monster of Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard; but this week will be different.
In a favorable matchup against the Washington Redskins, I think the Bills bounce back and show us that they are the team that played well in their first six games of the regular season.
The Bills defense is going to shut down Washington’s offense (especially if the rookie Dwayne Haskins starts), giving Allen plenty of opportunities to put points up on the board whether that be with his arm or his legs.
Sit- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Rookie quarterback against the San Francisco 49er defense that has been shutting down just about everyone. I can’t imagine Kyler Murray and co. producing a lot of points especially with Chase Edmunds and David Johnson injured.
Start- Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
Howard had a great game against the tough Bills defense (23 carries for 96 and a touchdown) and I expect the same from him in Philly’s matchup with the Chicago Bears.
First off, I LOVE the revenge game narrative. Howard was a thousand yard rusher his first two years in the league for Chicago but still was not good enough, so they shipped him to the Eagles. Add in that fellow running back Miles Sanders is nursing a shoulder injury and the Bears defense has become somewhat susceptible to the ground game this year (CC: Latavius Murray), I think Howard has a big impact on the game.
Sit- Sony Michel, New England Patriots
I think the Patriots are in for a quite a ride as they head into Baltimore to take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. New England’s defense is still ridiculous, but they have not had a test like Jackson. I think the quarterback from the University of Louisville exposes them to an extent, forcing the Patriots offense to keep up. That game script devalues Sony Michel due to his inferiority catching passes compared to his backfield mates James White and Rex Burkhead.
Michel could still have a decent game with a touchdown, but he hasn’t looked good this year and the Ravens run defense is still strong with defensive tackle Brandon Williams clogging up the middle.
Start- Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
This week Jones has a matchup with the Oakland Raiders. Like I said last week in my start / sit, the Oakland Raiders give up a lot of long passes; those are Jones’ specialty. Detroit can’t run the ball without Kerryon Johnson (couldn’t really with him either) and quarterback Matthew Stafford is having a monster season; expect that to stay true.
Yes, Kenny Golladay is also a downfield threat that could hamper Jones’s prospects, but after his huge performance last week I think Oakland keys in on him, giving Jones the opportunity to explode once again.
Sit- Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
The Buffalo Bills are giving up just over 200 yards passing a game this season. The Redskins aren’t good and have a terrible situation at quarterback. McLaurin is in for a tough day, especially if standout cornerback Tre’davious White shadows him with Washington’s lack of receiving options.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)