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Fantasy Football Start Sit
FREE weekly fantasy football who to start & sit advice
Our weekly "Who to Start and Sit" column is part of FootballDocs In-season content. All of FootballDocs In-season content is 100% free and starts September 5, 2012.
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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Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - If you have ever heard the phrase "Ride the hot hand," you know why you must start RGIII this weekend. He has been amazing. There is no way you can back down from him until you see something suggesting that he cannot deliver. You have to leave him in there.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN - We like Dalton to do it again this week against a very pass friendly Redskins' defense. Dalton has momentum coming off a 300+ yard performance last week, and he the good times should keep rolling in week 3.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI - With Matt Forte out this week, you must start Michael Bush. Bush will be the bell cow for a pretty good offense. You just don't find many of those reliable RBs around in the NFL these days. Bush will be the guy that gets the team down to the red zone, and then he will be his own TD Vulture. You are getting a complete fantasy back in Bush in Week 3.
Kevin Smith, RB, DET - The amazing Mr. Smith cannot stay out of this column. Week 1, we told you to start him and he delivered. Week 2 we told you to bench him, and he delivered a terrible week to make that a great call. This week we are back on the start Smith bandwagon. Smith will not be facing the 49ers stifling defense this week, so he should have a very nice week.
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE - We aren't mentioning CJ Spiller this week because everyone knows they can trust him right now. However, last week was the first good one for Richardson. Some people might be concerned about that good game being the exception and not the rule, but we like Richardson. Richardson has the talent and no matter who is throwing the ball this week, he will get his. Start Richardson in Week 3 with confidence.
Darren Sproles, RB, NO - You probably got Sproles at a discount, and now is the time to unleash against the competition. Start him if you have him against the Chiefs.
Donald Brown, RB, IND - Don't go bananas here, but Brown makes a sneaky start in week 3. The Colts offensive line needs some work, but they have also had to face some tough competition on the opposing DL front. This week they get the cupcake Jaguars', which had struggled to stop much of anything. Look for the Colts OL to impose their will and for Brown to pop a solid game.
Peyton Hillis, RB, KC - Hillis is another sneaky week 3 play. Jamaal Charles dinged his knee last week, the same knee that is already trying to recover from a torn ACL. Hillis flashed some life for the Chiefs last week, although he did lose a key fumble. Expect Hillis to get a steady diet against a Saints' defense that is trying to find its identity.
Lance Moore, WR, NO - Moore makes a great start as a flex in Week 3. Moore has a favorable match-up against the Chiefs and has become one of Brees' most trusted targets.
Stevie Johnson, WR, BUF - The Bills' passing attack is starting to get some life to it thanks to the explosive C.J. Spiller getting the attention of the opposing defense. This has opened the door for Johnson, who will go three for three on the TD front and keep his streak alive.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - After an impressive preseason, Blackmon has been awful in the first two weeks of the regular season. In fact, last week he was held without a catch. This week Blackmon gets to face a preseason type level of competition in the Colts' secondary, and his ego is about to explode from the lack of production. It's risky, but if you are in a deep league and have Blackmon, we recommend rolling the dice.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN - Gresham was a little slow out of the gates with a banged up knee to start the season, but we expect him to step it up in week 3. He presents a major mismatch for opposing defenses, and the Bengals' receivers are starting to show they can cause some problems as well. This should open things up a little for Gresham and translate to a solid outing against a very favorable match-up with the Saints.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN - Ponder might be on an upward trajectory, but we wouldn't start him against the 49ers. San Francisco looks on fire right now and we pity any QB that has to face them. Leave Ponder on your bench if you have any other serviceable option.
Kevin Kolb, QB, ARZ - Kolb is playing his old team and will be looking to show off as the newly minted starter for the Cardinals. However, we don't like his chances against such a strong defense and a coaching staff that knows what he can and cannot do. We look for Philadelphia to pull it together this week and put the hurt on Arizona.
Michael Turner, RB, ATL - Turner gets to face the buzzsaw known as the Chargers' defense. He also gets to face Roger Goodell no thanks to a DUI he received earlier in the week. It remains to be seen what unfolds, but there are too many distractions and adversity here to recommend giving Turner the starting nod for your fantasy team this week.
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN - Peterson is not 100% and he gets to face a brutal 49ers defense. This is not the recipe you are looking for when wanting to cook up a big time win in fantasy.
Cedric Benson, RB, GB - Benson showed a little life last week, and the Packers were pleased at the balance they had on offense. Look for Benson to revert back to a week 1 type performance facing the run stuffing defense of Seattle. The Hawks are more vulnerable to the pass, and that is all Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense will need to be tempted to lean that direction, despite what they may say otherwise prior to kickoff.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARZ - It has come to this! We know how high you drafted Fitzgerald, but it's time to start benching him for better upside players. We feel like he will break out of this slump eventually, but it won't be anytime soon.
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.