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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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Eli Manning, QB, NYG - The Giants are facing a 49ers defense that forgets to pack their jocks when they go on the road. The 49ers have been abused on the road. This week the Giants will look to take advantage of a weak NFC East. The 49ers should be a team that New York can handle under most circumstances. Manning should reconnect with Odell Beckham Jr. for a big Week 5.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD - Rivers gets back his good old safety blanket in Antonio Gates this week. Rivers has been playing very well, and that should continue against a very unimpressive Steelers defense. Combine the return of Gates with Danny Woodhead and Stevie Johnson and you have a plethora of weapons for Rivers to exploit against Pittsburgh. One more thing! Rivers is playing at home!
Blake Bortles, QB, JAX - Jacksonville is going to throw, throw, and throw some more. They are also so terrible they are all but guaranteed to play from behind, which lends itself to more passing as they go in "catch-up" mode. Bortles has plenty of talented receiving weapons, and the Bucs secondary has had issues at home.
Joseph Randle, RB, DAL - This should be a battle that turns Jerry's World red, but Randle should see plenty of action. With Lance Dunbar injured, Randle should see increased touches on 3rd down. Randle's shear volume will make him worth a Week 5 start after a Week 4 effort that saw his numbers come back to earth.
C.J. Spiller, RB, NOR - New Orleans finally won and Spiller is the one who shut the door. The Saints need weapons and Spiller is a weapon. Look for the coaching staff to find ways to get him the ball in Week 5. Spiller isn't the strongest of starts, but he has very nice appeal as a flex play.
Justin Forsett, RB, BAL - Forsett finally got the engine turned over last week, and he's got a wet tissue paper Cleveland rushing defense now in his sights. Look for the Forsett engine to keep running smooth this week.
Dion Lewis, RB, NE - Dallas has had issues with pass catching RBs, and Lewis fits the mold perfectly as a weapon of choice for Tom Brady to exploit that weakness. If you have Lewis, don't hesitate to use him this week.
Kendall Wright, WR, TEN - Wright faces a Bills team that has given up some significant receiving numbers through their first 4 games of the season. Wright is poised to have a great day in an offense that features plenty of passing targets.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB - Jackson is facing a Jaguars defense that is struggling to cover anyone. Jackson has become a favorite target for his new rookie QB. That should continue against a favorable fantasy matchup.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, KC - Maclin is fast becoming a KC Masterpiece, and he has gone a long way to reminding Alex Smith that he has WRs. The Bears have had issues with quality WRs, and Maclin has a nice match-up playing in front of the home crowd.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Derek Carr, QB, OAK - Carr has had some very good games in 2015, but this week he should struggle against the Broncos' awesome defense. The Broncos are loaded up and down their defensive roster. If the Denver pass rush doesn't get you the secondary will be more than happy to pick you off. Avoid Carr this week if you have other options.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET - Stafford faces a Cardinals defense that is looking to rebound after struggling against a very physical Rams team. The Lions are not physical like the Rams, so Arizona should have a pretty easy path to dominating this weekend. Stafford will be at the heart of the Lions disappointing fantasy week in Week 5.
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL - Freeman is no longer off the radar with 6 TDs in just 2 games. He now faces the single most stingy run defense against fantasy RBs in the Redskins. It was a nice run by Freeman, but the train jumps the tracks this week.
Michael Crabtree, WR, OAK - Crabtree has been an excellent WR for Oakland thus far in 2015, but this week he pulls a tough draw in the Broncos. Denver has one of the very best defenses in the NFL, so there is no reason to challenge with Crabtree when there should be better flex options for your roster.
Tavon Austin, WR, STL - Austin lit up the stage last week with 2 TDs, but this week the Packers will light him and his undersized frame up. There will be plenty of bump and run coverage on tap for Austin, who can struggle releasing off the line of scrimmage. Austin is not sneaking up on anyone this week.
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.