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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 16



Wednesday, December 17, 2014



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

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL - If there is one thing you can bank on, it's that the Falcons will be playing from behind. That translates to a lot of passes by Ryan as they try to score points quickly. We expect a lot of points in this battle of stink for "bragging" rights to the NFC South title.

Mark Sanchez, QB, PHI - Sanchez and the Eagles need a win to keep their playoff hope alive. The Redskins have been the very best team for QBs to play against in 2014. Start Sanchez this week and enjoy the matchup.

Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith has been playing very well over the past few weeks. This week Smith has a great matchup against the Steelers. Smith has come to the rescue of many fantasy owners late this season. He should have one more good week for your fantasy squad.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR - Stewart has flashed a fantasy pulse over the past few weeks. His resurgence couldn't have come at a better time for teams looking to win their playoffs in Week 16. Stewart has always had the skill. Maybe he will finally pull it together when fantasy owners need him most.

Mark Ingram, RB, NOR - Last week Ingram struggled with only 59 yards. This week he should rebound against a terrible Falcons team that has lost all momentum. Ingram should be close to a "can't miss" in Week 16.

Fred Jackson, RB, BUF - The Bills are on a roll and now they can pull off another win against the Raiders. Jackson has been very solid lately. This week he should continue to have good numbers to follow up his 98 total yards last week.

Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN - Hill has a tough match-up, but he has absolutely crushed some massive games this season, and it's that kind of fantasy pop that says he has to be in your line-up. Start Hill with confidence.

Joique Bell, RB, DET - Bell may be a little banged up, but don't let that dissuade you from giving him the start. He is about to use and abuse the Bears big time. In fact, the last time he faced this sorry run defense, he tattooed them for 2 scores. The Lions should have no problem getting a lead and then eating clock with Bell, which should translate to a nice fantasy game.

Odell Beckham, WR, NYG - The Rams have been the 4th toughest defense for opposing WRs to face over the past 4 weeks, but Beckham has been absolutely crushing it, and there is no way you can take him out of your line-up now. Lock and load your line-up with Beckham and don't look back.

Steve Smith, WR, BAL - Smith has a great match-up and will be the feature WR as Torrey Smith continues to be hampered by an injury. Steve Smith was sick last week, but some meds have back on track and healthy. Steve Smith never gives up! Steve Smith finds a way!

Kenny Stills, WR, NOR - Stills has been quiet the past couple of weeks, but he is due for an eruption. He gets the pathetic secondary of the Falcons at home on the speedy turf of the Super Dome. Advantage Stills.

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

Philip Rivers, QB, SDG - Rivers has been very cold as of late, and he has a tough game against the 49ers this week. The 49ers still need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, so you can expect Rivers to have another tough week.

Ryan Lindley, QB, ARI - Lindley should be starting for the Cardinals this week, but you don't want to start him. He pulls the unenviable task of playing a hot Seattle Seahawks defense with little practice reps with the first team.

Derek Anderson, QB, CAR - Anderson had a nice game last week, but he is nowhere close to earning our trust, particularly when the stakes are at an all-time high in your fantasy playoffs. Cleveland was embarrassed last week, and they will want to take it out on their old teammate from yesteryear. Get ready for an INT-fest.

Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG - Jennings is banged up and swirling in a mess of a running-back-by-committee situation. He has crushed your team the past two weeks with horrible performances, and he can no longer be trusted with the start. Go with another option.

Ryan Mathews, RB, SDG - Mathews is another RB that is banged up and hard to trust. Heck, he's hard to trust when perfectly healthy. Yup, we get it. Talented. Big. Fast. Yada, yada, yada - next!

Darren McFadden, RB, OAK - We know there are some nasty RB situations out there, but nothing is so nasty that you have to actually start McFadden. If you find yourself in that situation, just don't start anything. On the plus, you can psyche out your opponent. Like fighting with one hand behind your back. McFadden runs a bigger risk throwing down a negative game than anything he may muster positively as a starter, so just leave him on your pine.

Mike Wallace, WR, MIA - Wallace had a very nice game last week, but he is far too inconsistent to trust this week. The Vikings have been stingy in their secondary the past 4 weeks, and we expect Wallace to struggle.

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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