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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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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice NFL Week 17
Merry Christmas to all! Hope you are enjoying the holidays with your family. While most fantasy leagues have been decided having already played their title game last week, we know there are a small handful of you still fighting this week. Since Week 17 can be a strange one for fantasy, all bets are off as far as starting your studs and benching your duds. This is due to some teams mailing it in and either resting key studs for the playoffs or jockeying for a better slot in the NFL draft. Because this is a wide open week, we will recommend a few players that you would normally not see in our Start / Sit column as given starts or sits under more typical circumstances.
Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN - Manning got the TD record back and the Broncos won the AFC West. However, the Broncos are looking at a Super Bowl championship. With a win this week against the hapless Raiders or a Patriots loss, the Broncos can win home field advantage. Manning and the Broncos do not want to find themselves back in New England late in the playoffs. They know their best hopes of winning it all is to get that number 1 seed. This said, you can also start the Broncos other skill players this week that you would normally consider great start options.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - Foles has been nothing but amazing, and you get to keep enjoying riding this horse all the way to the finish in Week 17 due to a key play-in game between the Eagles and Cowboys. Start Foles with confidence.
Drew Brees, QB, NO - It is probable that the Saints are in, but they need the Cardinals to make it a lock. However, the 49ers and the Cardinals play at the same time as the Saints. This means that Brees and company will be giving it their all this week to make sure they are in the playoffs. You can start any of your usual Saints in this matchup as well.
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI - The Eagles and the Cowboys have found themselves in a "win and you are in" mini playoff game. With this basically being like the playoffs have already started, McCoy will be a great start against the Cowboys. The Cowboys defense has been suspect against the run, and McCoy will be giving it all he has got in this critical game.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GB - The Packers are still playing for a playoff spot. If they can beat the Bears this weekend, they would clinch the NFC North. Lacy has been running very well, and you should stick with him for a classic winter game in the NFC North.
Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK - Jennings should get things back on track for opposing RBs vs. the Denver defense this week. Expect Jennings to post big numbers on this defense.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Mathews has started to show some fantasy life, and he should end the season on an up note. Expect Mathews to show up and deliver in Week 17.
Ted Ginn, WR, CAR - Steve Smith is banged up this week and that will leave Ginn as one of the big targets for the Panthers. The Falcons have trouble covering WRs. Michael Crabtree toasted the Falcons in Week 16. Ginn should do the same in the final week of the regular season.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI - This could be an epic fantasy nuke. For those of you lucky enough to have Marshall, be sure to lock and load him in your starting line-up. Cutlers loves to look Marshall's way for TDs, and the Packers secondary is just awful.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI - Jackson is hungry for the playoffs, and he will be doing everything he can to make sure the Eagles are in and Dallas is out. Jackson will play a key role in the game plan, and he stands a better than average chance of posting a very nice fantasy showing.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - Garcon is setting receiving records in Washington, and he will want to push those numbers further north in his final contest of 2013. Don't hesitate to put Garcon in your starting line-up. He is a bright spot in an otherwise disastrous receiving corps for the Redskins. He also doesn't require a good game from Cousins to post a nice week.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Matt Schaub, QB, HOU - Schaub is back and he is playing for a starting job. However, you don't want anything to do with him in Week 17. He looked pretty bad last week and there isn't much hope of seeing him play better. Avoid Schaub in all formats. The Texans are lined up for the #1 pick in 2014 NFL Draft. They are the worst team in the NFL.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL - Ryan had a great Week 16 and he has just as much to play for this week as he did last week. However, we would not recommend starting him. He had one of his worst games of the season against Carolina earlier this year and his last 3 home games have been pretty poor as well. You can bench Ryan in most formats if you have a better option.
Matt Flynn, QB, GB - Flynn had one bright spot a couple of weeks ago, but that's not enough to warrant given him the keys to your fantasy championship in Week 17. Way too much risk here. Go with pretty much any other option at QB if you have it.
Kellen Clemens, QB, STL - The Seahawks are going to massacre the Rams. With Tavon Austin banged up, there is little hope for the Rams or their signal caller.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - Cousins and the Redskins are swirling in the toilet bowl and nothing can stop them now. The Giants and the Redskins will be looking to call it a year, so you can just avoid them all together. You would rather have someone with something to play for in Week 17.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - We just wouldn't go here with your title game on the line. Spiller has been a huge disappointment this season. Don't take the bait from a good showing last week. Spiller is banged up and facing a fierce New England team ready to make a statement for the playoffs.
Frank Gore, RB, SF - We expect the Niners to be careful with Gore this week, and we would leave him on your pine. San Francisco has their sights set on a Super Bowl, and they will be going through the motions this week as they start preparing for the playoffs.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - Kansas City is locked and Bowe doesn't have much reason to give the extra effort this week. The focus is on the playoffs, and the Chiefs are already working to give their very hungry fans something to cheer about once the playoffs get underway.
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.