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Fantasy Football Start Sit
FREE weekly fantasy football who to start & sit advice
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After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5
Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend
players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not
recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked
15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only
start one. If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may
be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer
Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings to help even further with some of those more difficult
start sit decisions. Last, be sure to check us out every Tuesday as we do a Wrap-up on our advice - both good
and bad. In fact, every wrap-up is kept and posted as a permanent, public record of what we called and how good or bad the calls were.
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Branden Oliver, RB, SD - Oliver was probably an addition off waivers for your roster. However, you should treat him like a front-line starter at this point. Oliver is the workhorse back for the Chargers and you can't find many of those in today's NFL.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL - Forsett is another RB that was taken off waivers, but he continues to be a ball cow for his offense. This week Forsett will be counted on in a critical divisional game against the Bengals. Forsett should have another great game in the zone blocking scheme in Baltimore.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - Bradshaw is in line for some fantasy bonanza action with the Steelers on the agenda. Bradshaw has scored 7 TDs through 7 games. That is fantasy dynamite.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA - Miller has been very reliable this season. This week Miller is facing the Jaguars. The Jaguars may have shut down Cleveland last week, but we don't expect to see that continue this week. Miller has a different set of skills than the RBs Cleveland has running the ball.
Joique Bell, RB, DET - With Bush sidelined, the Lions have enjoyed giving the rock to Bell. He has 2 TDs over his last 2 games, and he is very involved in just about every facet of the game. Now the wet tissue paper run defense of the Falcons is next on the schedule. It's almost too good to be true.
Shane Vereen, RB, NE - The Bears defense is solid, but the versatile Vereen is just too hard to stop. Brady has loved getting him the ball, and that will continue to be the game plan against Da' Bears.
Tom Brady, QB, NE - After a terrible first 4 games of the season, the real Tom Brady has arrived. Brady has been a beast over the last 3 games. This week he gets to feast on the Bears terrible defense. There is also the hope that the Bears offense wakes up and forces Brady to throw more.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer is settling back into game speed and he has a great match-up against a struggling Eagles secondary.
Kyle Orton, QB, BUF - For those needing to reach deep and toss a Hail Mary, Orton has been throwing downfield well and Sammy Watkins is always a threat a for a deep bomb. Sprinkle in a horrid Jets secondary that can't cover anything, and Orton stands better odds than not to sneak up and post a decent game.
Golden Tate, WR, DET - Tate has proven that he can provide some production for the Lions without Calvin Johnson. This week the Lions get the hapless Falcons. Tate should have a solid day against the weak secondary of the Falcons.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Roddy White, WR, ATL - White had a great week 7, but things should change this week. The Lions have a tough secondary. The Lions defense should be able to make White a bench option in Week 8.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - Bowe had a big play last week and one of his best fantasy efforts of the season. That performance was not the beginning of an upward trend. This week Bowe faces the Rams defense in a cross state rivalry game. The Rams are coming off a big win and should be able to limit the inconsistent efforts of Bowe.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL - The Torrey Smith train has been an awesome ride the past couple of weeks, but we sense this is the week to get off it. The Bengals are on the schedule, and their secondary is not to be toyed with. Smith has had some off field distractions this year, and they appear to have adversely affected his play on the field. We just don't think he can keep it up for three weeks in a row.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - The Cowboys have been hot and the Redskins' rushing attack has been terrible. Morris cannot be trusted at this point.
Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ - The offensive game plan against the Bills is pretty easy: exploit their suspect pass defense and avoid facing a very stiff run defense. As if that wasn't enough, the play of Chris Ivory has made Johnson a staple on all fantasy benches.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer was so bad against Jacksonville that you cannot trust him. That was a bad loss for the Browns, so it's time to start the Johnny Manziel countdown clock.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Big Ben is facing a fierce and stingy Colts defense that says look elsewhere unless you have a stud. Roethlisberger is not a stud.
For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.