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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Tom Brady, QB, NE - Brady and the Patriots offense are starting to fire on all cylinders, and a dream match-up against a Jets secondary that is second only to the Redskins as being the most fantasy friendly for opposing quarterbacks to face is almost too good to be true. We like Brady regardless of the weather conditions.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - For those needing to reach deeper for a QB, take a good look at Palmer. He returned last week with solid play, and the Red Birds will need a good game from Palmer to keep their Division Title hopes alive. Another week of practice should also pay dividends for Palmer.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer isn't going to light up the stage, but he is going to show-up to hold his own at your QB slot. He's made good decisions and is playing like a guy polishing up the ol' resume looking for a job next year... oh wait... he is a guy looking for a job next year. The Jags have had serious issues in pass protection, and Hoyer should post a decent game.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - This is the week Lacy makes his owners feel a little better about having him on the roster. The situation with Lacy has blown up in fantasy owners faces this year with Starks getting half the workload. Even with the RBBC with Starks, the match-up sets up well for Lacy to punch it in for a TD this week.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL - Don't think about it. Just put Forsett in there. It's a nasty RBBC in Baltimore, but the match-up for Forsett is too good to pass up facing an Atlanta defense that hands out rushing TDs faster than candy on Halloween.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - For those in a tough spot at their RB slot, give Stewart a good look as a source for some points. In fact, he may be available for immediate pick-up. Stewart is on target to potentially return this week, and the Panthers really need him with DeAngelo Williams still not close to being ready to go.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF - Jackson isn't sexy at your RB slot, but he gets the job done. Spiller is the Lamborghini that keeps having engine trouble (most recently fumble issues), while Jackson is Ford tough and there when you need him. Jackson will once again find a way to get it done this week and show-up at your RB slot.
James Jones, WR, OAK - Jones was a nice late round grab for his fantasy owners, and this week he delivers facing an Arizona secondary that has had its fair share of issues shutting down opposing WRs.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI - Keep riding the hot hand. Palmer has returned and so has Fitzgerald's fantasy health.
Percy Harvin, WR, SEA - Harvin has had his issues this season, and at times the Hawks have even used him as a decoy. That changes this week facing a Rams defense ripe for Harvin to burn them for a big play.
Tim Wright, TE, NE - We know many of you have shaky TE situations, and while this is a little risky, we say go to the well once again. Wright played only 16 snaps last week, but he did nail the all-important TD, making him 2 for 2 on TDs over his last two weeks of play. The Jets have had issues with their TE defense, and the Pats will look to exploit that with more 2 TE sets this week than last. All of this points to Wright being a potential sleeper in week 7.
Jared Cook, TE, STL - Cook has been steady this year, but he has yet to get a single TD. He won't finish the season with zero TDs, and this week looks very favorable facing a Seahawks defense that has had issues with TE coverage, particularly in the redzone.
Cleveland Browns Defense - It's the Browns turn to get a chance to pin their ears back and have fun with a very sorry and confused Jacksonville offensive line trying to protect a rookie QB. The end result yields sacks, INTs, and the chance of a return TD.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Romo is on a hot streak. He finally has other team members that are pulling their own weight. Romo used to have to improvise and win every game on his own. Now Romo doesn't have to extend himself as much. Romo will have a solid effort as the team works to improve to 6-1. Dez Bryant has been great and will also help Romo haul in fantasy production this week.
Golden Tate, WR, DET - The Saints have been pretty bad at defending opposing passing attacks. This week Golden Tate should have a good game. He was bad last week, but that should change this week with the Saints.
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI - Ellington has been a little hit and miss this season. Last week he had a down week. This week he plays a very soft Raiders' defense. The funny thing about Ellington's performance this season is that he has had all of his best games on the road. This week he will on the road in Oakland.
Branden Oliver, RB, SD - Oliver remains the only sure bet at RB in San Diego. As such, he is a solid fantasy starter this week. Oliver has been on fire the past 2 weeks. He has 3 TDs the past two week and over 100 yards rushing in each game. You have to stick with the hot hand and start Oliver again.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR - Olsen has been locked in with Cam Newton the past couple of weeks. This week, Olsen should continue to shine as a top TE. Get him in your lineup if you have him. Olsen has been a great steal for fantasy owners, so enjoy your good fortune if you own him.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Eli Manning, QB, NYG - The Giants are really banged up, and Manning lost his most explosive receiver on offense last week to a season ending injury (Victor Cruz). Now he faces a surprisingly stingy Dallas secondary on the road in the Death Star in a key division game. Uh oh.
Matt Asiata, RB, MIN - Jerick McKinnon got the lion's share of the carries last week, and that does not bode well for Asiata. To make matters worse, the Vikings tee off against the Bills, who have yet to surrender a single rushing TD all season.
Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN - The rookie has just not delivered thus far in the season, and overall his 2014 season has been a disappointment. Things do not get any better this week on the road against a very stingy Redskins front seven.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - There are too many targets for Andrew Luck in the Colts offense, and we aren't so sure Wayne is 100% yet from his brutal injury from last year. A sputtering Wayne facing a Bengals defense that has been very stingy surrendering TDs to opposing WRs is not the answer to your fantasy woes.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, SF - Lloyd had his fun in the sun last week with a 80 yard TD bomb, but the fun stops facing a very physical Broncos defense that keeps everything in front of them.
Eric Ebron, TE, DET - Ebron was off the chart in his combine and has unbelievable talent and skills, but he has had a rough transition to the speed and complexity of the NFL. Things do not get any better this week facing the single toughest defense for opposing TEs this season in the Saints.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF - Fitzpatrick's gnarly beard is no indication of his play. Sadly, Fitzpatrick hasn't broken 20 fantasy points since Week 3. The Steelers have been very stout against the pass, so Fitzpatrick doesn't look like a good option even as a bye replacement.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL - Stacy should play this week, but he will have a tough time against a Seattle team that is licking its wounds from a tough loss to the Cowboys. The Seahawks poor performance against the Cowboys rushing attack won't carry over this week. The Rams don't have the offensive line that Dallas has and DeMarco Murray is a world better than Stacy.
Roddy White, WR, ATL - White is banged up and facing a tough Ravens secondary. Avoid him this week. You just can't trust White until he gets healthy.
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.