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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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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Big Ben was held without a TD last week, but that will change this week facing the pass friendly Titans. Roethlisberger is on pace to have a career year, and the Titans will help on that front.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN - Manning is on fire, and he gets to play under the bright lights of Monday Night Football in a key division game against the Bolts. Not a whole lot more needs to be said here, but for it's worth, the Bolts are among the league leaders in passing TDs allowed.
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN - It's Ponder's turn against the very fantasy friendly Redskins' secondary. Look folks, this group has been absolutely ripped all season long, and Ponder should post solid numbers on Sunday.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND - Ballard is a very sneaky play for those in dire straights with BYE week issues at RB. Starter Donald Brown is out for 2 - 3 weeks, and Ballard is a perfect bruising back that could give the Jets fits. The Jets have been very good in pass defense, and very bad in rush defense. The recipe for success is just that straight-forward by how extremely good and bad they are in each category. Ballard will be given every shot to post a big game.
William Powell, RB, ARI - Here is another sneaky option for those in a pinch. Powell is set to see plenty of action on Sunday with both Beanie Wells out until week 12 and Ryan Williams out for the season. Powell led the NFL in rushing in the preseason, and the Red Birds have faith he can deliver. On tap is a tasty match-up against the fantasy friendly Bills, who have surrendered a league high 9 rushing TDs.
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN - If you've got Harvin, be sure to get him in there. He's been averaging nearly 10 targets a game, and he will run circles against a very disorganized Redskins' secondary.
Sidney Rice, WR, SEA - If you find yourself in a pinch at WR due to your other WRs being on BYE, Rice is a player that many of you can find on the waiver wire and start immediately. He is finally healthy and led all of the Hawks receivers last week. This week, he will be a key ingredient if the Hawks plan on having success as they will try to exploit the vulnerable secondary of New England.
Eric Decker, WR, DEN - Decker is two for two on TDs over his last two weeks, and we expect that he will go three for three with at least one more TD this week. Decker has proven to be a very reliable target for Manning, who will look his way once inside the redzone.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM - Jackson has struggled converting his targets to catches, but that hasn't stopped his QB Josh Freeman from throwing the ball to him early and often. This week they face the Chiefs, who have proven to be a tough match-up in the pass game. However, there is a kink in the armor, and that is in the passing TD category. At 6'5", Jackson is a weapon, and the Bucs have had a BYE week to scheme the best way to use this weapon. Josh Freeman will take more than a few shots in the redzone at Jackson to leverage his size advantage against the smaller defensive backs of Kansas City.
Heath Miller, TE, PIT - It's Miller Time! Tennessee has struggled in their tight end defense, and we fully expect the Steelers to exploit that vulnerability with Miller on Sunday.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - Flacco ran into a freight train last week against the Chiefs as they completely derailed all the positive momentum he had generated up to that point in the season. This week he won't find his way back on the tracks as he faces a very stingy Cowboys' defense that loves to send pressure early and often.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - Tannehill has had a solid rookie campaign, but he will be off this week facing a Rams defense that loves to blitz, blitz, and blitz some more. Look for Jeff Fisher and his staff to throw the kitchen sink at Tannehill and for the rookie to struggle.
Alex Green, RB, GRB - Congratulations if you were able to win the Alex Green sweep stakes on your waiver wire, but this is not the week to take your new corvette out for a test drive. The Texans front seven are brutal, and they will be keying in on Green all game long.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN - The last thing you need to do when facing the Steelers is have a player like Washington that is clearly tied to his team's success. The Steelers will lock down on Washington and make his life miserable under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE - Lloyd had been heating up, but the cool down will continue facing the smothering pass defense of Seattle. He will find little room to operate as the bump and run coverage of the Hawks' defensive backs will give Lloyd fits.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK - Heyward-Bey is cleared for contact, but this is not the week to roll the dice on him, despite BYE week crunches. He needs to get healthier, and the Falcons have proven to be a very tough match-up for opposing wide receivers.
Brian Hartline, WR, MIA - The recipe for the Rams is simple, and that is to pressure rookie QB Ryan Tannehill into making bad decisions. After Hartline's week 4 explosion, every defensive coordinator in the States is focusing on removing Hartline as a factor in the game to make Tannehill even that much more uncomfortable.
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.