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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
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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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Mike Wallace, WR, PIT - Wallace wasn't very impressive last week, but he continues to produce. This week Wallace has the chance to have a huge week against the Redskins poor pass defense. Wallace should be able to get deep on Washington at least two times.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Andrew Luck has locked onto Wayne to an insane level, but Wayne keeps delivering despite drawing coverage his way. This week Wayne might be one of the best in the game. The Titans are the third best defense for WRs to go up against.
Eric Decker, WR, DEN - Prior to his BYE last week, Decker had nailed a TD in three consecutive games. The streak should continue easily facing the very pass friendly New Orleans Saints.
Chris Givens, WR, STL - Givens makes a nice flex play this week. Givens expertise is the deep ball, and he gets to face a Patriots' defense that has expertise in giving up the deep ball.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK - This is a little risky, but we wanted to put it out there as another flex option with favorable upside. Heyward-Bey and Palmer finished the season extremely strong last year, but injuries to DHB have slowed him down thus far this season. He returned last week to lead OAK in receiving. This week he faces a KC defense that has been mediocre in pass defense and very vulnerable to the deep ball, which is DHB's area of expertise with his size and speed. The end result warrants a deeper look at starting DHB this week, particularly for those in deeper leagues that reward bonus points for big plays.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - Johnson was a great start call last week. This week he should have another great game against the perennially dismal run defense of the Colts. Start Johnson with confidence this week.
Willis McGahee, RB, DEN - McGahee was on bye last week, but you need to make sure you don't forget him. McGahee should have another good week against the Saints. The Saints run defense is the best possible scenario for opposing RBs.
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA - Bush shot out of the gates on fire in his first three games this season, but he has since been slowed by a knee injury. He had a BYE last week to help get some much needed rest, and now he gets to face a Jets' defense that has been very easy to game plan against: feature the run. It really has been that simple, as the Jets have been very unbalanced in their defensive play showing extreme difficulty stuffing the run. Advantage Bush.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford has been playing pretty well lately. Bradford is also going to get every chance to throw the ball against the Patriots. You can expect Tom Brady to force the Rams to play aggressively. A competitive game will only help Bradford's fantasy value in Week 8.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN - Manning is going to drop a mega nuke in front of the eyes of millions on Sunday Night Football. The Saints pass defense is a fantasy dream come true, and to have a player with Manning's experience and talent have a chance against them is way too good to pass up.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND - We are going to go to the Luck well one more time this week. Luck has had his up and down games, but this week should prove to be one of those up games facing a very fantasy friendly Titans' defense. The Titans' struggle to get heat on the QB, and that will help Luck pick them apart.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Steve Smith, WR, CAR - Smith will be facing off against Cortland Finnegan, and that is nothing you want to deal with as a fantasy owner. Smith's situation is made even worse by Cam Newton being wretched.
Andre Roberts, WR, ARI - Roberts is facing off against the 49ers defense. San Francisco has been the most brutal defense for fantasy WRs to play against. It would be a better idea to find a WR with an easier match-up this week.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - Crabtree started to show signs of heating up, particularly with his big week 5 showing. Since that time he has cooled, largely due to facing tough pass defenses, and things don't get any easier this week facing the smothering secondary of Zona.
Alex Smith, QB, SF - Abandon ship! Smith has been dreadful the past two weeks, and his performance in week 8 should prove to be no different. The Cardinals' secondary is nasty good, and Smith's sprained middle finger is giving him trouble. That is a nasty one-two punch that says leave Smith on the pine.
Felix Jones, RB, DAL - Jones has already proven that he cannot be trusted. While he is explosive and can break a big play, he is not someone you can trust with a fantasy start.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - Williams has been running poorly and now he gets to face a brutal Bears' front seven. End of story.
Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ - Greene has been red hot with 4 TDs in his last two games, and it is hard to leave production like that on your bench. However, we are very concerned about his head injury he suffered last week. It wasn't good, and we were shocked to see him in action again late in the game. This is the second time this has happened to Greene this year, and facing a Miami defense that is known for dishing out very hard hits sounds like a bad idea.
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.