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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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice NFL Week 14
Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Romo was pretty bad last week with under 25 yards and only 1 TD. This week he should rebound with a big game. Romo is matching up against the Bears weak pass defense on Monday Night Football. Romo is known for late season collapses, but he usually still delivers the fantasy goods. Stick with Romo this week if you own him.
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - Flacco has been very vanilla this year; however, the defending Super Bowl champs are doing everything they can to get into the tournament to defend their title. Flacco will need to play a key role this week facing a Vikings secondary that has been picked on more than Ralphie in a Christmas Story.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - It's not pretty, but he gets the job done. Teams with QB issues have been able to stay alive using Fitzpatrick. He gets a great match-up this week facing a Broncos secondary that allows teams to have a shootout with Peyton Manning. Start Fitzpatrick and leave your opponent dazed and confused on how you beat them this week.
Ben Tate, RB, HOU - Tate should have a good game against the hapless Jaguars. Tate is finally getting a chance to show what he can do. This week that will be shown in the form of an excellent fantasy week.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Murray is getting hot just when you need him most. The Cowboys plan to even further expand his role this week, and he gets to tee off against a Bears defense that has had major issues stopping the run.
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL - Here is another back that is starting to flash a fantasy pulse just when you need him most (3 TDs in his last 2 games). The Falcons are playing for pride, and Jackson is trying to show he still has gas in the tank to be the starter for next season. Over the last four weeks, the Packers have been chewed up on the ground, and that should continue this week.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - Aaron Rodgers absence has really made things tough on Lacy. He got completely shutdown last week, but we like him this week with facing a very soft front seven for the Falcons. And we REALLY like him if Aaron Rodgers plays. With or without Rodgers, we would put Lacy in there for the start this week.
Vincent Jackson, WR, TAM - Jackson has been up and down this season, but he should be up in a big way this week facing a Falcons secondary with more holes in it than Tiny Tim's clothes.
Tavon Austin, WR, STL - Austin has been on a tear. He did have a setback in Week 13, but the 49ers play much tougher defense than the Cardinals. Austin should be able to break out for a big game this week.
Roddy White, WR, ATL - White is starting to wake up just when you need him most. He had a big showing last week, and he should follow-up that up with another nice showing facing a Packers defense that has really struggled in pass defense on WRs, particularly over the last 4 weeks (#2 most favorable match-up for WRs during that stretch).
Nate Burleson, WR, DET - Burleson burned us and several teams out there at epic proportions last week not even registering a catch. Little did anyone know, the Lions have a little Bill Belichick in them, and they decided to significantly limited Burleson's snap count without revealing as much as a hint about it. Burleson had a nice return in week 12, but there was concern he may have played too much. Well, considering he didn't hardly play in week 13, he should be good to go in week 14. The match-up with Philly is hard to pass up. If you have a safer option, use it. But if you have a rag tag crew of WR2 on your roster with Burleson as a possibility, we would look very long and hard at Burleson.
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL - Don't look now, but teams with Smith have been enjoying some nice fantasy production over the past few weeks. With 3 TDs in his last 4 games, we see that becoming at least 4 TDs over his last 5 games after facing the Vikings this week. If you have him, use him.
New England Patriots Defense - Over the last four weeks, the number most favorable match-up for your fantasy defense to face has been Cleveland, who is exactly on tap for the Pats. With major, major issues at QB for the Browns, this could get ugly. The last thing a team needs to do his enter a game with such a glaring weakness for Bill Belichick to destroy.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF - Kaepernick has had 2 very good games in a row. This week his streak will be stopped by his nemesis, the Seahawks. Seattle is very tough on opposing QBs. The first meeting between these two teams resulted in Kaepernick finishing with about 7 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. You can't trust Kaepernick in Week 14. Leave him on your bench.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - Regardless of what the Patriots decide to do with Ridley in Week 14, you cannot trust him. In Week 13, Ridley was a healthy scratch. Clearly, the relationship between Ridley and the Patriots is very rocky at the moment. You would be best served trusting your team to someone else during this critical fantasy week.
Stevie Johnson, WR, BUF - Johnson is the heart of the Bills offense, but this week the heart goes in cardiac arrest. The Bills have struggled to find a rhythm all season. Now Darrelle Revis is on tap. While Revis is not 100%, he should play. Even if he doesn't, we wouldn't trust Johnson with our fantasy playoff lives. Best to leave him on your pine.
Golden Tate, WR, SEA - The 49ers are tough against the pass and they are playing at home this week against Tate and the Seahawks. The last time these two teams matched up, Tate had a terrible game. This week, the results shouldn't be much different.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT - Sanders has provided much relief to many fantasy line-ups hurting at WR. He's nailed 2 TDs in his last 2 games, but that streak stops this week facing a very stingy Titans secondary. He will also have to work for every yard, making this a less than ideal situation for him.
Marques Colston, WR, NOR - Colston has really frustrated his fantasy owners this season. Just when he starts to show you a little life, he returns to a state of awful. This week he has the Panthers, who are hungry for a Super Bowl run and ready to chew up a wounded New Orleans unit coming off a horrible game against Seattle.
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.