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Fantasy Football Start Sit
FREE weekly fantasy football who to start & sit advice
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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
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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Michael Vick, QB, PHI - Vick is a back-up QB for many teams heading into the 2013 season, but Week 1 should be a big game from Vick. The Eagles new up-tempo offense is going pull out all the stops to get off to a hot start. This will be the perfect time to use Vick while you can.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - With RBs Le'Veon Bell out and Dwyer cut, the Steelers are going to need a big game out of Big Ben. Roethlisberger is a veteran in this league with a couple of Super Bowl rings to boot. Expect him to leverage that experience on a questionable secondary in Tennessee.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - While we weren't that high on Ridley in the preseason, he should have a good Week 1 against the Bills. The Bills defense did not finish 2012 very strong against the run, and the changes in the offseason won't instantly make them a success in week 1. Furthermore, Ridley will likely have a strong week because the Patriots are down several key play makers. Out of the players left on the Patriots' roster in Week 1, Ridley separates himself as an offensive weapon.
Darren Sproles, RB, NO - You will definitely want to start Sproles in Week 1 against the Falcons. It is going to be interesting to see if anyone in the NFC South plans on playing defense. Most likely this game will showcase tons of points. The Falcons have a great offense, but their defense will struggle against the Saints in this divisional rivalry.
David Wilson, RB, NYG - Wilson is very explosive, and he can pop a big fantasy game on just one carry. With Brown out, Wilson is going to get all the chances he could hope for to make headlines after week 1, particularly facing a suspect Dallas defense.
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK - Right now McFadden is about as healthy as you could hope for, and you've got to use him while you can. He has a nice match-up this week facing a Colts' defense that is vulnerable to the run and pass. As a dual run/catch option out of the backfield, expect Oakland to lean heavily on McFadden to try to help Terrell Pryor.
Marques Colston, WR, NO - The Saints and Falcons are going to wear out the scoreboard operator, and Colston will play a big role in the success of the offensive onslaught by New Orleans.
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG - You haven't seen much of anything from Cruz in the preseason, but Cruz will have a favorable matchup against the Cowboys. Cruz is a must start in Week 1 with the Cowboys defense banged up.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - Garcon is fully healthy to start the season, so you've got to use him. To make the deal sweeter, he faces a very pass friendly coverage in the Eagles. RGIII will want to showcase his arm more than his legs coming off ACL surgery, and he loves to target Garcon when healthy.
Riley Cooper, WR, PHI - This is a deep reach for those in very deep leagues. The Eagles receiving corps was already thin entering the season, and it got even thinner after the rash of season-ending injuries in the preseason. It's probably the only thing that kept Cooper on the roster. Jackson is the clear choice to try to shut down for opposing defenses, which will open things up for Cooper, who would love nothing more than to post a good game under the bright lights of Monday Night Football to get folks talking about what he did on the field rather than off the field.
Zach Sudfeld, TE, NE - With Gronkowski still on the mend, Sudfeld will be relied upon by Tom Brady in Week 1. Sudfeld flashed some skills in the preseason.
Indianapolis Colts Defense - The Colts have a home opener against Terrell Pryor. Need we say more?
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI - Folks are super pumped about the new offensive friendly coaching staff and efforts made in the off-season to bolster the offensive line. However, what they can't do is get Cutler's head screwed on straight. The changes to the line just means he has more time to throw an interception. The Bengals have a very stingy D, and the Bears need more time to get Cutler and the passing attack on track.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN - Locker is going to wish he left his uniform in the Locker by the time the Steelers get through with him. The Steelers have a wounded ground game, and they will lean on Big Ben and their defense to make sure they start the season pointed in the right direction. Locker is still learning, and this is a defense happy to dish out several lessons.
Terrell Pryor, QB, OAK - Pryor will get the Week 1 start, but we are not about to start him this week. You might think that Pryor can score some great points on the ground, but you need to think again, as Pryor will be tattooed all game long (this time for free).
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - Seattle's defense should be able to give Williams a tough time. Williams will be the primary back for Carolina with Jonathan Stewart out, but this isn't the week to count on Williams. You should see better games down the road from Williams, just hold off this week.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Mathews has been a huge disappointment, and that disappointment continues in week 1 facing a smothering Texans defense under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. Watch out if your league penalizes for turnovers, as there is a good chance Mathews coughs the ball onto the turf this week.
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN - You hate to bench Britt in a week where he is (1) healthy and (2) not suspended, but the Steelers are going to make things difficult for the Titans. Britt probably wasn't your top WR anyway, but if you were thinking about giving him the start, you need to look for another option this week.
Anquan Boldin, WR, SF - Boldin was never a fast WR to begin with, and he has gotten even slower with age. Don't go for Boldin in Week 1.
Steve Smith, WR, CAR - Mighty Mouse is facing a buzz saw this week in the Hawks. Newton will be under duress all game long, and the Hawks will employ all sorts of cover schemes to frustrate Smith. We just don't like the way this one sets up for Smith this week, so if you have better options at WR, use them.
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.