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Every week, self-proclaimed fantasy experts try to advise you on starting and benching players. The most notable are Matthew Berry (ESPN.com), Michael Fabiano (NFL.com), and Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com). To their credit, they can surprise us with their picks. Although, the reality shows that the picks they were right on were ones that you could have made yourselves and the ones they told you to sit were ones that you could have played.
Matthew Berry - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
The Giants cannot run the ball or rush the passer. Now, it’s all Odell Beckham’s fault because the media always puts the camera on a black guy with one past controversial incident. He’s the only good thing on the Giants.
Michael Fabiano - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Despite his team losing 28-14, Andy Dalton made the Bengals look less embarrassed by throwing for 269 yards and two touchdowns. It also helped that he added a decent 34 yards on six carries. Except, it also shows how bad Cincinnati is at running the football with just 50 yards on 9 carries from Gio Bernard.
Jamey Eisenberg – James White, RB, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski was not the only one to get a boost with Tom Brady’s return from suspension. With just 149 yards from scrimmage over the previous four games, Eisenberg picked the right time and opponent (Cleveland Browns) to set up White’s stardom. With 89 yards from scrimmage, White finally achieved a total that had not been matched since December 6, 2015.
Matthew Berry - Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins
He is an aging running back that has not played since September 8, 2016. And you gave a crap about him?
Michael Fabiano – Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
With his 7:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio, no wonder why the Redskins are 3-2. With a 1.55 points-per-drive allowance, the Baltimore Ravens were going to give him a hard time. They did.
Jamey Eisenberg – Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
We do not need to discuss the San Diego Chargers defense with stats. Move on.
Matthew Berry - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Weeks 3 and 4 for the Indianapolis Colts defense.
Allen Robinson – 5 catches for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Hunter Henry, Travis Benjamin, and Tyrell Williams – 15 total catches for 151 yards.
And the guy who was going to stink was Alshon Jeffery? He only torched the Colts secondary for 5 catches and 77 yards receiving. Yeah! Some struggling that he was going to do.
Michael Fabiano – Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
The New York Giants are only dead last in sacks and have allowed quarterbacks to an 85.4 passer rating. But when they’re on back-to-back road games and allow Sam Bradford to post a 101.9 passer rating, it was time to bench Randall Cobb (9 catches for 108 yards).
Jamey Eisenberg - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Sure, Green Bay’s secondary has been atrocious with its 98.8 passer rating allowed this year, but with Clay Matthews back and defenses, mainly the Packers, being better at home than on the road, Eli was not worth a start. It usually makes no sense to start quarterbacks that play against defenses that get started. If I could get 4.0 sacks from the Pack to give me 7.0 points, there was no point in starting Eli after his team cannot complement the pass with a running game or let the Odell Beckham fake controversy linger into their losing locker room.