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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. Why?

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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice
NFL Week 12

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)

Case Keenum, QB, HOU - Keenum really upset his fantasy owners last week. Well, it wasn't so much Keenum's fault as it was the Texans coaches that benched him for no real good reason. Matt Schaub entered to a chorus of boos by the home crowd and proceeded to do absolutely nothing. Then he got into a heated dispute with star WR Andre Johnson. Yup. Things aren't exactly peachy in Texas these days. However, the very tasty Jaguars are on tap, and Keenum has been announced the starter. The burns are fresh from last week, but we are going here again this week and saying give Keenum the nod if you don't have any other strong options at QB. The Jaguars secondary is just too horrible to pass up.

Eli Manning, QB, NYG - Manning has been awful this year. His accuracy has been anything but typical, and his interceptions are out of control. However, this week he gets the Cowboys, who are the most fantasy friendly team your QB can face. They are also the only team Manning has had any kind of success with this season with his week 1 outburst of 400+ yards and 4 TDs against them. Playing at home, we like Manning to finally show up again this week after being MIA for your team over the last 10 weeks.

Matthew Stafford, QB, DET - Few things on this earth are as hot as Stafford right now, and with the porous secondary of the Bucs on the slate, it's time to keep riding the Stafford train to your fantasy playoffs.

Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Brown didn't have the explosive week many had hoped last week, but he still had a decent showing. This week the wet tissue paper defense of the Cowboys is up. Brown should have a field day running through that mess.

Zac Stacy, RB, STL - For those that were lucky enough to get him off their waiver wire, Stacy has been music to their fantasy ears. The former Vanderbilt star has been a workhorse, and the Rams will continue to feature him as a key ingredient to success facing a Chicago defense that seemingly makes every RB they face look like a star.

Rashad Jennings, RB, OAK - Darren who? Jennings has taken over the job and probably has run DMC out of town next season. The Raiders can't really afford to lean on their rookie QB too much and expect to win, but they can lean on the veteran Jennings, who has a great match-up against the Titans. The Titans have surrendered a league high 13 rushing TDs this season.

Kenny Stills, WR, NOR - Stills is a complete a feast or famine each week. Last week, he was awful and posted the fantasy doughnut in many leagues. It's set the stage for a big week 12 rebound, and with the horrid Falcons' secondary on tap, the stars are aligning for Stills to pop a nice game.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - Bowe just needs a little controversy to light a fire under him. He has amassed a ridiculous 26 targets in his last 2 games, and he should prove to be the feature piece once again facing a Chargers secondary that has been very good to opposing fantasy WRs.

Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM - Jackson has had some good times for you this season and some bad times. Last week were VERY good times, and the good times should keep coming facing a Lions secondary that has been the #1 most fantasy friendly defense for opposing WRs over the last 4 weeks.

Coby Fleener, TE, IND - Fleener is coming off a career game last week, and he gets to carry that momentum into a dream match-up with the Cardinals. The Cardinals have been carved up by opposing TEs all season long, and Fleener is next in line to dish out the pain.

Garrett Graham, TE, HOU - Graham dropped a fantasy nuke last week. While the isotope running through his veins isn't as super charged this week, the match-up is so strong he should get to take advantage of a residual after shock. Not seeing a great game here, but Graham should at least at a minimum show up and hold his own for those hurting at the TE slot.

Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)

Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA - The Dolphins passing attack sputters at best, and this week they get to face the buzzsaw otherwise known as the Carolina defense. Tannehill will be running for his life all game long, and the odds of him showing up this week are next to zero.

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL - Ryan has 9 INTs in his last 4 games, and things aren't getting any better facing a fierce Saints defense that has been giving opposing QBs fits. With few options at WR to help, Ryan is not a good play this week.

Matt McGloin, QB, OAK - It was a nice story last week as the undrafted rookie McGloin embarrassed the Texans on national television. While McGloin has been named the starter again this week, lightning won't strike twice. QB rookie play is historically very inconsistent, and the shutdown defense of the Titans will help make sure that trend holds this week.

Ray Rice, RB, BAL - It was nice to Rice show up last week, but this week he returns to fantasy irrelevance facing a Jets run defense that is made out of adamantium.

Trent Richardson, RB, IND - Richardson has been awful all season, and there is no hope things will be turning around facing the Cardinals defense. To make things worse, Donald Brown is emerging and taking carries away from T-not-so-rich.

Rod Streater, WR, OAK - Oakland made a switch at QB, and Streater benefited leading all Raiders' receivers on the stat sheet last week. This week the lockdown secondary of the Titans is coming to town, and they are going to shutdown Streater faster than liquor sales on Sunday in Tennessee.

Mike Wallace, WR, MIA - Miami is not Pittsburgh in a lot of ways, just ask Mike Wallace. Wallace has been a disappointment all season long, and the frowny face continues facing arguably the best defense in football.

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.

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