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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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Cam Newton, QB, CAR - Newton has been a mere shadow of his 2010 self this season, but things will look like the good ol' days this week facing the extremely fantasy friendly and porous pass defense of the Redskins.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN - Sweet heavens Manning has been on fire. Nothing can stop him right now, and that includes the Bengals. Start Manning with confidence that he will deliver for your team.
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET - Stafford owners have not been happy campers this year, but he put a smile on your face last week. Don't look for your poo eating grin to go anywhere in week 9, as he will light up the Jaguars like a jack-o-lantern on Halloween.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND - The sky is the limit for Luck, and it's scary to think how good he will be in the years to come. As for this year, you have to be a little careful and review the match-up before giving him the starting nod. He's got a decent match-up this week and should have no problem delivering for your team.
Josh Freeman, QB, TB - Freeman has quietly put together several nice weeks. You need to wake up to him and start getting him in your starting lineup. His timing couldn't be better because many NFL teams are on BYE. This leaves Freeman with a great time to contribute with a big match-up against the Raiders.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA - Wilson doesn't have a spectacularly easy week, but he has been a solid producer of fantasy points in the past few weeks. Get him in there in week 9.
Steve Smith, WR, CAR - This match-up is good, almost too good. Smith has momentum from a big week 8 performance and now gets to face off against the worst secondary in the NFL. We feel sorry for fantasy owners that have to face an opposing team with Steve Smith in the line-up.
Randall Cobb, WR, GRB - Cobb has emerged as a real weapon for Aaron Rodgers. If you have him, be sure to make sure he is in the line-up. The Cardinals look on paper like a tough match-up, but Cobb has the perfect skill set to get separation from his defender and will have the full attention of his QB.
Denarius Moore, WR, OAK - Moore has 4 TDs in his last 5 games, and the Bucs aren't the kind of team that is capable of shutting that kind of production down. If you have Moore, be sure to unleash him on your opponent.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Despite the struggles of the Colts, Wayne has been outstanding,. This week Wayne has a nice matchup against the Dolphins. You need to keep a close eye on Wayne in Week 9.
Doug Martin, RB, TAM - Martin has been the man, and you must continue to ride this ultra hot RB every week irregardless of the match-up.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Mathew's owners have been waiting and waiting each week for him to explode. The wait is over. This week he gets to face a Chiefs' defense that has epically struggled at stopping the big play on the ground.
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA - Bush has been inconsistent at best. This week he makes a great start against the Colts. The Colts have had one of the better defenses to have your RB go up against. The bottom line is that up and down players seem to always be up against the Colts.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR - Olsen has a great match-up this week against the Redskins. Olsen has been one of the better surprises form the IFG in 2012. He is very capable of making a huge statement with a big game.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Romo is getting that "deer in headlights" look, and that is not the look to be bringing against a tenacious Falcons' passing defense. Remember, this is the defense that is the sole black mark on Peyton Manning's otherwise stellar year.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - Johnson has been a very risky play this year. This is not the week to test your luck, as the Monsters of the Midway will stuff Johnson like a nerd in a trashcan in an 80's flick.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND - It was a nice ride for Ballard, but now Donald Brown is back and taking away his touches. Sprinkle in a brutal Dolphins' run defense that is red hot, and this is not the week to go to the Ballard well again.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon has been spectacular as a rookie. This week he should struggle against a very good Baltimore defense. The secondary of the Ravens has been able to shut down opposing passing attacks. The Browns will struggle in this divisional game, and Gordon will not be a desirable start.
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.