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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
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C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - Jackson is out and you've got to ride the hot hand of Spiller. Spiller can take it to the house any time he touches the ball, and he is just too explosive to keep on the bench.
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE - The rookie was slow out of the gates last week, but expect for things to pick-up this week facing the porous run defense of Cincinnati in the "Battle for Ohio". Richardson has too much talent to keep contained, and his QB couldn't have played much worse last week. Expect the QB play to improve, which will help take some pressure off Richardson and free him up to do what he does best: carve up an opposing defense.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - The entire Carolina ground attack threw a rod last week and was stopped cold in their tracks. This week will be an entirely different matter, facing a Saints' unit looking for an identity and licking their wounds from a ground assault unleashed on them in week 1 by the Skins. With Jonathan Stewart banged up, the bulk of the work on the ground will go to Williams, who should deliver.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI - Cutler wasted no time showing he enjoys his new toys at WR, and he will unleash another big game under the bright lights of Thursday Night.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - Using our best Morpheus impression, "Now do you believe?" Griffin lit up the stage last week against a blitz happy New Orleans defense, and this week he gets a Rams' defense that has more holes in it than a piece of Swiss Cheese.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - McCluster stole the headlines last week, but expect for Bowe to show who is the #1 WR in Kansas City facing a Bills' defense that made any opposing receiver look like Pro-Bowl receivers last week.
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI - Marshall and Cutler put the Romo and Witten BFF thing to shame. Expect Cutler to continue to look Marshall's way early and often. The Bears know Marshall is too important to their success, so expect them to move him around to help free him up for the catch.
Coby Fleener, TE, IND - We'll drink the Kool-Aid for another week, as Luck wasted no time showing he loves to target his college teammate. Ten targets is just too high to ignore, as is the suspect Vikings' secondary. So if you've got Fleener, use him.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR - Newton let his owners down in a big way and might have even cost you a Week 1 win. (ahem! ahem! Not that we are bitter.) However, things are looking up for Newton in Week 2. He will be lining up against a Saints defense that was absolutely chewed up by Robert Griffin III. Newton should bounce back this week in a big way.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Morris was on fire Week 1 and that should continue in Week 2. You are playing with fire when you try to figure out which Mike Shanahan RB to start, but this week the Redskins have the Rams sorry run defense. Kevin Smith had a great game against the Rams, so Morris has a great chance of duplicating that effort.
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC - Charles is another underperforming star in last week. Charles has a much more favorable matchup against the Bills. Shonn Greene was able to have one of his better games against the Bills last week, so there is a good chance Charles will start to get his season on track.
Wes Welker, WR, NE - Welker had his owners seeing red! He just was not a significant part of the Patriots offense in Week 1. Keep your faith in Welker. He will be just fine this year starting in Week 2.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Kevin Smith, RB, DET - We flip our recommendation on Smith this week, moving from a recommended start in week 1 to a recommended bench in week 2. He tees up against a fierce 49ers defense that absolutely shut down Cedric Benson.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - After one good game, the entire media has suddenly decided Flacco is an elite QB that needs to get paid Peyton Manning type money with a new contract. Really?! Get ready for reality, as Flacco will struggle against an Eagles' defense that will pin their ears back and make his life a living hell under center.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - Time to jump off the Sanchez bus! This week he faces a tough Pittsburgh D on the road. This is a far cry from facing a Buffalo Defense at home, and Sanchez will give the New York media plenty of ammo to unleash their fury on him once this one is over.
Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ - As a whole, WRs are notorious for up and down weeks, and rookie WRs are even worse. A rookie WR playing Pittsburgh on the road with an unstable QB at the helm screams keep him on the bench, so don't get greedy and hope Hill can do it in back to back weeks.
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT - Wallace will get to spend some time on Revis Island, and that is never a good thing when it comes to fantasy football. Look for Wallace to struggle against the best DB in the game.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - It was good to see Rice back and playing, and it was good to see him catch a TD. This week the Seahawks are going to have a tough time against the Cowboys. Dallas now has the help it needs in the secondary, and that allows them to pressure the passer. Rice's rookie QB is going to have a tough time getting him the ball.
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI - Wells was a full participant at practice this week, but that doesn't mean you want to go near him against the Patriots in Week 2. The Patriots should be able to keep the Cardinals in catch-up mode. Look for lots of passing attempts from Arizona, so Wells won't be able to get started.
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