Make the Right Call  


Buck Allen v. Thomas Rawls tops fantasy dilemmas


The regular season is here. That means all of your roster decisions now come with significantly more gravitas. Every choice you make from here on out comes with a lot more consequences. That means it's important that you make the right call. In that case, it's good that you're here for Make the Right Call. What a coincidence, eh?

Should I start Blake Bortles or Derek Carr?

Every game, all season

Yeah, last week didn't go as planned -- especially for Derek Carr. Blake Bortles also had a pretty sloppy game, but it reinforced the notion that the Titans defense is better than many people have recognized. You will have done well to learn that lesson if you're thinking about starting Carr this week. He's facing that same Titans defense this week in Nashville. Meanwhile Bortles has a much better matchup against a Chargers team in disarray. San Diego's pass defense hasn't been terrible, but with the offense's inability to sustain drives, it could be a group that finds itself worn down by the end of the day. I'd like Bortles to bounce back ahead of Carr this week.

Who should I add: Javorius Allen or Thomas Rawls?

Thanks to injuries, both of these backs are primed for starting jobs for the foreseeable future. But there are two major differences between the two rookie rushers. Rawls has looked like the better player -- 255 total yards in one game will do that -- and he plays in a better offense. That's not to suggest that the Seahawks are some sort of juggernaut, but at least they aren't playing with their backup quarterback and a defense that is bleeding points to the opposition. Rawls' matchup this week isn't the best since Pittsburgh has been surprisingly strong against the run this season, but he's the much better option going forward for fantasy managers.

Should I trade Doug Martin for Mike Evans?

No. No you should not. Evans has certainly come on strong in the last month, with double-digit fantasy totals in four of his past five games. But there is plenty of depth at the wide receiver position. If you're looking for help in that category, you can probably even find a good streaming option on the waiver wire. But have you gone looking for running back help lately? You'll have a better chance finding a VHS copy of Guardians of the Galaxy. That makes it a bad idea to give up a player who began the year as a mid-tier RB2 and currently sits as the third-highest scoring running back in all of fantasy football. If you still feel the need to deal Martin, you should definitely try aiming higher than someone who's not even among the top 25 at his position..

Who should I drop: Danny Amendola or Emmanuel Sanders?

It's hard to envision a scenario in which you'd be forced to make this choice and I'd sincerely advise you to find a way to keep both of these players as they'll have plenty of value for their respective clubs for the rest of the season. But if I have to choose (and by virtue of this column, I must), I'd actually lean toward Amendola. The biggest reason is that his quarterback is Tom Brady. Even though Brock Osweiler looked significantly better than what we've seen from Peyton Manning in recent weeks, he's still Brock Osweiler ... and not Tom Brady. The other advantage Amendola has over Emmanuel Sanders is a diminishing lack of targets to throw to in the New England offense. With Julian Edelman done for the fantasy season and Aaron Dobson now expected to miss at least one week and maybe more, it doesn't leave Brady with too many more options. After seeing 12 targets in last week's win over Buffalo, there could be plenty more to come for Amendola.

Who should I start: Gary Barnidge or Tyler Eifert?

A look at the tight end fantasy scoring leaders shows that Tyler Eifert is 5.5 points ahead of Gary Barnidge heading into Week 12. But a closer look shows that Eifert hasn't been quite as consistent. The Bengals tight end has had a number of big games -- he's scored 14-plus points in four games and 20-plus points in three games. He's also put up some stinkers with five games under 50 receiving yards. Barnidge has been the much more consistent player all season long with double-digit fantasy outings in seven of his last eight contests. The concern is that while the Rams pose a pretty favorable matchup for Eifert, the Ravens could be a problem for Barnidge. Nonetheless, I'll take the more consistent player with the higher floor. That leads me to starting the Barn Yard Dog in this one.

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Marcas Grant is a fantasy editor for Follow him on Twitter @MarcasG.