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Quick Grades Week 3 (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Sep 20, 2019

It’s Friday afternoon, friends, which means Sunday’s games are right around the corner so I’ve got my Quick Grades to help you make those start/sit decisions. Many have asked if the grades translate from position to position and the answer is yes. An 81.5 B- wide receiver is a better flex play than a 79.8 C+ running back in half-PPR leagues. Additionally, I’ve added a search and find piece at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one immediate answer or want to click on the player cards.

This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

For example, Corey Davis was an awful play last night versus Jalen Ramsey

Expected Volume
In Week 2, Demarcus Robinson‘s value shot up with Tyreek Hill out

Fantasy Ability
Drew Brees is a superior real-life quarterback to Josh Allen, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
Michael Thomas and the Saints take a hit this week with Drew Brees out of the lineup

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
      • Damien Williams is out so LeSean McCoy becomes a 75.9 C, Should Start, Darwin Thompson is now a D+, Shouldn’t Start
      • If McCoy sits, Darwin Thompson becomes a B-, Should Start
      • If Josh Jacobs is out, Jalen Richard becomes a C-, Could Start
    • Start of the Week: David Montgomery (remember, I’m not saying Breida is a better plan than Saquon, it means Breida is the best option among those you don’t always start)
    • Stream of the Week: Frank Gore (remember, this doesn’t mean I love the play, it means he is the best available if you are really desperate)
    • Fade of the Week: Josh Jacobs
  • Break in the chart is between RB36/RB37

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
      • Antonio Brown is out so Josh Gordon moves up to an 83.9 B, Strong Start
      • Phillip Dorsett is now a D+, Shouldn’t Start
    • Start of the Week: Marquise Brown
    • Streams of the Week: Nelson Agholor and Randall Cobb (remember, this is the best player you can pick up off the waivers–that doesn’t make him a great start)
    • Fade of the Week: Robby Anderson (again, as he draws Stephon Gilmore this week)
  • Break in the chart is between WR36/WR37


    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
      • Tom Brady moves down to an 85 B, Should Start with the Antonio Brown news
    • Start of the Week: Josh Allen
    • Stream of the Week: Matthew Stafford (remember, this is the best available you can pick up off the waivers–that doesn’t make him a great start)
    • Fade of the Week: Cam Newton

Tight Ends

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Austin Hooper
    • Stream of the Week: Kyle Rudolph (remember, this is the best player you can pick up off the waivers–that doesn’t make him a great start)
    • Fade of the Week: Jared Cook

Search, Find and Player Cards

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 100, A+, Must Start
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): 100, A+, Must Start
Julio Jones (WR – ATL): 100, A+, Must Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 100, A+, Must Start
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 97, A+, Must Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 96, A+, Must Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 96, A+, Must Start
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC): 95, A, Must Start
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 95, A, Must Start
Michael Thomas (WR – NO): 94, A, Must Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 94, A, Must Start
Travis Kelce (TE – KC): 94, A, Must Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 94, A, Must Start
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): 93, A, Must Start
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT): 93, A, Must Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 92, A-, Must Start
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 92, A-, Strong Start
Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): 91, A-, Strong Start
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 91, A-, Must Start
Mike Evans (WR – TB): 90, A-, Must Start
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): 90, A-, Must Start
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): 90, A-, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 90, A-, Must Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 89, A-, Strong Start
Evan Engram (TE – NYG): 89, A-, Must Start
Chris Godwin (WR – TB): 88, B+, Strong Start
Austin Hooper (TE – ATL): 87, B+, Strong Start
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 87, B+, Strong Start
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): 87, B+, Strong Start
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND): 87, B+, Strong Start
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): 87, B+, Strong Start
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): 86, B+, Strong Start
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): 86, B+, Strong Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 86, B+, Strong Start
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): 85, B, Strong Start
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI): 84, B, Strong Start
Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR): 84, B, Strong Start
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 83, B, Strong Start
Robert Woods (WR – LAR): 83, B, Strong Start
D.J. Moore (WR – CAR): 83, B, Strong Start
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 83, B, Strong Start
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 83, B, Strong Start
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): 82, B-, Should Start
Josh Gordon (WR – NE): 82, B-, Should Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 82, B-, Should Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 82, B-, Should Start
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): 82, B-, Should Start
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL): 82, B-, Should Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 81, B-, Should Start
Chris Carson (RB – SEA): 81, B-, Should Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 81, B-, Should Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 81, B-, Should Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 81, B-, Should Start
James Conner (RB – PIT): 80, B-, Should Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 80, B-, Should Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 80, B-, Should Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 79, B-, Should Start
John Brown (WR – BUF): 79, B-, Should Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 79, B-, Should Start
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): 79, B-, Should Start
Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR): 79, B-, Should Start
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB): 79, B-, Should Start
Mark Ingram (RB – BAL): 79, B-, Should Start
Marvin Jones (WR – DET): 79, B-, Should Start
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): 78, C+, Should Start
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 78, C+, Should Start
O.J. Howard (TE – TB): 78, C+, Should Start
Frank Gore (RB – BUF): 78, C+, Should Start
David Montgomery (RB – CHI): 78, C+, Should Start
Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI): 77, C+, Should Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 76, C+, Should Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 76, C+, Could Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 76, C+, Should Start
Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET): 76, C+, Should Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 75, C, Could Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 75, C, Could Start
Matthew Stafford (QB – DET): 75, C, Could Start
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – DEN): 75, C, Could Start
Randall Cobb (WR – DAL): 75, C, Could Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 74, C, Could Start
Kyle Rudolph (TE – MIN): 74, C, Could Start
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 74, C, Could Start
Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): 74, C, Could Start
Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): 74, C, Could Start
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 74, C, Could Start
Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): 74, C, Could Start
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT): 74, C, Could Start
Matt Breida (RB – SF): 73, C, Could Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 73, C, Could Start
Phillip Lindsay (RB – DEN): 73, C, Could Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 72, C-, Could Start
Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 71, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Damien Williams (RB – KC): 71, C-, Could Start
T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): 71, C-, Could Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – ATL): 70, C-, Could Start
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): 70, C-, Could Start
Jason Witten (TE – DAL): 70, C-, Could Start
Mitch Trubisky (QB – CHI): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 70, C-, Could Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 70, C-, Could Start
LeSean McCoy (RB – KC): 70, C-, Could Start
Peyton Barber (RB – TB): 69, C-, Could Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 69, C-, Could Start
Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): 69, C-, Could Start
Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): 69, C-, Could Start
Royce Freeman (RB – DEN): 69, C-, Could Start
Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ): 69, C-, Could Start
Cam Newton (QB – CAR): 69, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Jared Cook (TE – NO): 69, C-, Could Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
James White (RB – NE): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Virgil Green (TE – LAC): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Eric Ebron (TE – IND): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
John Ross (WR – CIN): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Danny Amendola (WR – DET): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Blake Jarwin (TE – DAL): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
James Washington (WR – PIT): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Geronimo Allison (WR – GB): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Zay Jones (WR – BUF): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Gerald Everett (TE – LAR): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Keke Coutee (WR – HOU): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Tony Pollard (RB – DAL): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Trey Burton (TE – CHI): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Daniel Jones (QB – NYG): 64, D, Don’t Be Crazy
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR – PHI): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Demetrius Harris (TE – CLE): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Justin Jackson (RB – LAC): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Will Dissly (TE – SEA): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Marquise Goodwin (WR – SF): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 63, D, Don’t Be Crazy
Malcolm Brown (RB – LAR): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 63, D, Don’t Be Crazy
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Ted Ginn (WR – NO): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Teddy Bridgewater (QB – NO): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Taylor Gabriel (WR – CHI): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Ito Smith (RB – ATL): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Tre’Quan Smith (WR – NO): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
DaeSean Hamilton (WR – DEN): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Noah Fant (TE – DEN): 62, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Dante Pettis (WR – SF): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Vernon Davis (TE – WAS): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Kyle Allen (QB – CAR): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Joe Flacco (QB – DEN): 61, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE): 60, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): 60, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Devante Parker (WR – MIA): 59, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Latavius Murray (RB – NO): 59, D-, Don’t Be Crazy
Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): 58, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Giovani Bernard (RB – CIN): 58, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Cody Latimer (WR – NYG): 58, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Cameron Brate (TE – TB): 57, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): 57, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ): 57, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Preston Williams (WR – MIA): 56, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Hunter Renfrow (WR – OAK): 56, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Paul Richardson (WR – WAS): 54, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Kalen Ballage (RB – MIA): 53, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 51, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 46, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Luke Falk (QB – NYJ): 40, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Josh Rosen (QB – MIA): 38, F, Don’t Be Crazy
Case Keenum (QB – WAS): 38, F, Don’t Be Crazy

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