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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 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
With 119 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns, Berry was correct for picking Murray to do damage against the Houston Texans. After LeGarrette Blount bludgeoned for 105 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns against them in Week 3, Murray's selection was wise on Berry's part.
Michael Fabiano - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Other than his winless record, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is off to a fine start with players that were counted out. Crowell is one of them after being an afterthought in 2015 and turning into one the league's most productive.
Jamey Eisenberg - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
After a 92 yards-from-scrimmage performance against the 358.2 yards allowing Dallas Cowboys defense, Eisenberg's start of Howard was ideal versus the Detroit Lions. The rookie out of Indiana torched them in his first ever start with 132 yards from scrimmage, 111 of them coming on the ground. Clearly, the Lions don't just miss Ziggy Ansah, they're missing a defense.
Matthew Berry - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Please refer to Week 3: Right, Wrong, and the Painfully Obvious.
Michael Fabiano - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
The current 101.5 defensive passer rating under Dennis Allen, 92.9 under Rob Ryan in 2014, and 116.2 under both in 2015 makes us wonder why Sean Payton still has a job. Sure the Chargers won against the biggest fourth quarter choke artists in the NFL, the Chargers, but hiring people that don't get the job done is why many are okay with Payton leaving and Allen banished with him.
Jamey Eisenberg - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowing the third-worst passer rating of 106.5, this was a must-start. Thomas scored a touchdown to go along with his 6 catches for 94 yards.
Matthew Berry - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
A pick-prone Ryan Fitzpatrick for extra possessions, the AFC's worst defensive passer rating, and an aging Darrelle Revis, and Wilson was going to be bad? A 71.9 percent completion rate, 309 yards passing, and 3 touchdowns. What a bum.
Michael Fabiano – Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
I never knew that Ryan was as bad as Trevor Siemian, Blaine Gabbert, and Sam Bradford. He was probably going to do worse with Julio Jones versus Carolina’s maligned secondary by posting up 503 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Jamey Eisenberg - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Denver Broncos defense may have been known for beating up passer. Except, when you tell fantasy players to bench a quarterback whose passing game Sims relies on, Jameis Winston, Sims was going to produce just 2 catches for 7 yards. Plus, with Tampa allowing 33.7 points per game in its previous three outings, running the football was going to be no option, and Sims proved it with his 28 yards on 15 carries.
All Three – Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- Jamey Eisenberg
- Michael Fabiano
- Matthew Berry
And I'm running out of things to say as Stafford (along with the Baltimore Ravens’ defense) caused me to lose in four out of five leagues. Thanks for your 8.2 points, “Matthew Staph Infection!”