Koerner: Fantasy Start/Sit Strategy for Rams-Seahawks


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Oct 03, 2019, 07:40 PM EDT
  • Sean Koerner is here to help you make your Thursday Night Football fantasy start/sit decisions.
  • See which Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks players are must-plays (or stay aways).

There’s more strategy to Thursday Night Football fantasy sit/start decisions than people realize.

The No. 1 rule? Don’t use your Flex spot (if you can). It offers you flexibility come Sunday, so blocking the utility of this lineup spot on TNF only hurts you.

Now let’s run through whether to start or sit key fantasy players tonight. For more specific sit/start decisions, you can use my updated rankings.


Russell Wilson, Seahawks

No decision here. If you own him, play him.

He faces a Rams defense on a short week after they were torched by Jameis Winston. Root for Wilson to have a ceiling game in order to get a big jump on your opponent — there’s no better feeling than having a player (or two) go off on TNF to open your matchup, is there?

Jared Goff, Rams

OK now we have a decision to make.

I’ve seen a variety of opinions on Goff’s Week 4 performance. Yes, he was a turnover machine. And yes, the Rams were in constant comeback mode, which resulted in Goff attempting 68 passes and throwing for more than 500 yards and two touchdowns. But it’s a mistake to overreact in any direction, and in this case, I would recommend pretending last week never happened.

Our general opinion of Goff should not have changed. He’ll still be a borderline QB1 most weeks, and this one is no different.

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Let’s also remember that Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton are all out. With byes about to ramp up, be ready to see Goff ranked as a top 10 QB by most experts over the next few weeks with that context in mind.

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