Are you tired of reading the same Start 'Em Sit 'Em names week in and week out? Or hearing the same guys you should obviously start? Then look no further than my 4 (Bold) Starts to Win Your Week. All Players listed in this segment are not your obvious starts. They are deep bench, or even waiver wire players that you should take a shot on if you're in pure desperation mode. I am not advocating for you to start Marvin Hall over DeAndre Hopkins. These starts are for those backed in a corner because of injuries, or lack of depth.
Buckle up, we're going to get weird.
Alex Smith (Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys):
The Washington Football Team plays the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow and you know what that means; points galore. While Smith is not the QB he once was, he can still put up yards and points (as evidenced by his 380 yard performance against the Detroit Lions). Smith has a dangerous tandem of RBs in Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic to toss check-downs to if a play breaks down, not to mention one of the best safety blankets at WR in Terry McLaurin. Smith is likely sitting on your waiver wire or your bench, unless you are in a 2QB or SuperFlex league. Start Smith with confidence this week against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans):
(Sigh) I know, the Lions suck. Being a lifelong Lions fan is a life full of misery and disappointment every fall, but I remain loyal nonetheless. The Detroit offense was an absolute joke last week against the Carolina Panthers. Stafford was frequently in the dirt and there was no established flow of a game-plan from the get-go. I expect that to change this week against the abysmal Houston Texans Defense. The Texans just gave up a boatload of rushing yards to Cam Newton, Damien Harris and the New England Patriots (one of the worst offenses in the league) last week. Kerryon is an enticing low end RB2 play in PPR formats, as he is more involved on passing downs than the plodding Adrian Peterson.
*This start is pending the health of D'Andre Swift. If Swift is healthy, Kerryon is a no-go*
Marvin Hall (Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans)
Two Detroit Lions on one list? It feels wrong, but the Houston Texans defense is far from right. With Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola being ruled out...again, Marvin Hall is worth a look if you need a potential boom game from your WR2 or Flex slot. Hall blew up with a long TD a few weeks ago (as you can see here) and could be set for another big day against the porous Houston Defense. This game figures to be a shootout against the potent Houston offense, so it's a great opportunity if you're looking to inject your lineup with some upside.
Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas Raiders)
Hurst has certainly not been the sleeper breakout Tight End we were all hoping for in the offseason. But, let's face the facts, the entire position is thin for fantasy purposes, and it's a desperate game every week (unless you're a Travis Kelce manager). Hurst has a juicy matchup against a less-than-stellar Raiders Passing Defense that gives up points to the Tight End position. With Julio Jones trending in the wrong direction this week, Hurst could be facing more targets than usual. At worst, he's just as bad as every other Tight End you're plugging in not named Travis Kelce.