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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. Why?

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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice
NFL Week 17

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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In the crazy world otherwise known as week 17 of the NFL, the fantasy world isn't as you have come to know it. Studs become duds due to their NFL teams already securing a playoff spot and their coaches not wanting to risk injury, and duds can become studs due to overall lower scoring and point dilution from traditional fantasy football studs. That's a lot of words to say, try to move your championship title game to Week 16! However, that doesn't help for this year, and if you find yourself stuck with a week 17 title game though, we are here with our start / sit column for week 17. Just be mindful that it makes few assumptions on surefire studs and any player with upside potential is fair game, including some season long studs. Without further ado... here... we... GOOOOOOOOO!

Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL - After wrecking the middle of your fantasy season with terrible play, Ryan has been on fire. The bad news is that most teams that were counting on Ryan didn't make the playoffs. It is funny how it works that way. Not funny in a "ha ha" way, buy funny in a "Matt Ryan, thanks for ruining my season" kind of way.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL - The Cowboys are already in the playoffs, but they need another win to keep their outside chances at a first round bye alive. Their team could use that bye week to rest and they are playing a rival, so look for the Cowboys to give it all they've got against the Redskins on Sunday. That makes Romo a good start.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG - Manning has been on fire with the emergence of Odell Beckham. This week he has a great match-up, and one more chance to make owners wonder "Why now?" Manning finally starts producing after it doesn't matter anymore for most fantasy owners.

Cam Newton, QB, CAR - Hurt or not, Newton can smell the playoffs and will do everything he can to punch Carolina's name on the Division Title and playoff birth. It also doesn't hurt the Falcons secondary is an easy target to pick apart.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - The Steelers can clinch the division with a win. Bell has been on fire and the Bengals have been friendly to opposing RBs. You can start Bell this week with a lot of confidence.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - Just when you needed a RB to emerge most, Stewart is here. He is relishing his role as the feature back, and he will be a key component to the game plan against the Falcons in a crucial game.

C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN - Manning has been in in a funk, and there will be no quick fixes with a struggling offensive line. The offense has adapted to focus more on the run, and that's exactly what we will see with Anderson punishing an Oakland front seven that has issues stopping the run.

LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI - The Eagles have still plenty on the line, and the human turnover otherwise known as Mark Sanchez isn't the answer. McCoy is the answer. Enjoy using him if you have him.

Odell Beckham, WR, NYG - This guy has been reentry hot, and you just keep giving him the rock all the way to impact. Sprinkle in a little extra motivation from a Pro-Bowl snub and offer a silent prayer to your opponent as they try to recover from the fantasy bomb dropped on them by Beckham.

Antonio Brown, WR, PIT - Brown has been a force all season long, and it doesn't matter he has a tough match-up. Just keep him locked in your starting line-up.

Julio Jones, WR, ATL - The Falcon need the "Manimal" big time in this critical game. They will get Jones involved early and often in the offense game plan, and he makes a nice start for your fantasy squad.

Dez Bryant, WR, DAL - Great match-up against a long standing rival. Seeing Bryant in your starting line-up will create instant indigestion for your opponent. If your opponent happens to be your roommate, be nice and toss some Pepto their way. After all... 'Tis the Season.

Houston Texans Defense - Merry Christmas! Your fantasy defense gets to finish the season with the pathetic Jaguars. Look for your stocking to be stuffed with plenty of sacks, turnovers, and even a TD return... or two.


Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)

Tom Brady, QB, NE - The Patriots have nothing to gain by playing very hard on Sunday. Look for Brady to play a very limited role.

Shaun Hill, QB, STL - Hill had a great game last week against the Giants, but this week he will be suffering from some serious payback from the Seahawks. The Rams stole a game from the Seahawks earlier this season. This time around the Seahawks need a win over the Rams to secure one of the best home field advantages in football throughout the playoffs. Oh yeah, the game this week is in Seattle.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - The 49ers organization is in a tail spin with ample distractions from their head coach possibly becoming the next head coach for the Wolverines. There just isn't much to play for and pride isn't enough to fully cover the team. Some players will not give it their best, and Kaepernick will suffer for it. Their opponent on the other hand has everything to play for. The rushing yards were nice last week, but it stops this week against a solid defense.

Frank Gore, RB, SF - Gore was a beast last week, but this week he faces a good and determined Cardinals defense. The Cardinals could still get a bye in the playoffs with a win, so they should put up a fight against the 49ers.

Toby Gerhart, RB, JAX - It was nice starting Gerhart last week, but this week it will be a nightmare. He faces the hottest run stopping team in the NFL over the last 4 weeks. To make matters worse, he is a little banged up. Avoid Gerhard at all costs.

Tre Mason, RB, STL - Welcome to the up and down show otherwise known as Tre Mason. It will be down this week facing a buzzsaw defense hungry for a win in a very hostile environment.

Kenny Britt, WR, STL - Britt had over 100 yards last week against the Giants. This week he should struggle against the legion of boom in Seattle. Don't start Britt if you have a choice.

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.

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