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 16
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - We say let it ride. Cousins is playing to show what he can do, and the Redskins are letting him sling it around to help market him in a trade for future draft picks. To sweeten the deal, the very porous Cowboys' secondary is coming to town. Advantage Cousins.
Dennis Johnson, RB, HOU - The Houston backfield is decimated. Both Foster and now Ben Tate are out, and walk-on Johnson has been given the keys as the starter this week. Johnson is built similar to Maurice Jones-Drew, and he has good hands. The match-up is very favorable facing the Broncos run defense. Johnson is a player that can be scooped off your waiver wire and started with a better than average chance of posting a decent game.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Murray has been red hot as of late, and you keep riding that horse to your league's title. Playing at home against a horrible Redskins run defense with the entire organization in a tailspin, Murray may very well drop a fantasy nuke on Sunday.
Bobby Rainey, RB, TAM - After facing the buzz saw defense of the Niners last week, it's time to jump back on the Bobby Rainey bus. Rainey will find much more room to operate against the Rams, and the Bucs remain committed to him as their feature back.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG - Manning is awful, but he is going to have to throw the ball to someone. With Victor Cruz out, that someone is Nicks. Detroit is going to sling the ball around, and the Giants will have to reciprocate in an attempt to try to keep serve. Nicks should see a load of targets this week, and he should convert those targets to fantasy points.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND - Hilton is banged up, but we say go to this well one more time to carry you through this week. The Chiefs have been lit up like a Christmas tree the past four weeks by opposing WRs, and Hilton should pile on this week as Andrew Luck's primary option at receiver.
Detroit Lions Defense - This is the defense you rotate in for your championship game. They are facing Eli Manning. Need we say more?
Nick Foles, QB, PHI - The starting Eagles' QB has been great all year. Michael Vick has the reigns early in the season. The second part of the Eagles season, Foles has been able to guide the team into position for post season play. This week Foles should have a solid effort against the Bears. The Eagles have something to play for and Foles will be a big part of their success this week. Can you win your fantasy championship with a guy that looks like Napoleon Dynamite? That seems to be the case!
Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith has been a player we have liked all season long. His team has been very successful, and Smith has actually been respectable as a fantasy option. While it is hard to believe that Smith will have as big of a week as he had last week, it is likely that he will have a solid effort against the Colts in Arrowhead Stadium.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS - Despite a terrible Week 15, you should get back on board the bandwagon with Morris in Week 16. Morris is going against a Dallas defense that has trouble stopping a small gale. Start Morris with confidence this week. He should rebound nicely from his 2 fumbles in the previous week.
Jordan Todman, RB, JAX - While Todman is not stud, he does get the majority of touches in Jacksonville, and he is playing a terrible defense in Week 16. Todman should continue to be a solid start for teams that picked him up in this last part of the season.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - Mathews has broken his fair share of fantasy football hearts. However, this time is different! No, really! Mathews practiced fully on Thursday, he has been playing well in recent weeks, and the Raiders are a bit of a mess. You can feel good about starting Mathews this week in most scoring formats.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - As a preseason sleeper, we love Jeffery as a must start this week against almost all other options. The Eagles have been letting opposing WRs run rampant against them. That is fantastic news for Jeffery and his amazing catches.
Rod Streater, WR, OAK - The Raiders are far too risky to put Streater in there over some of the top options this week, but Streater should rebound from a terrible game last week. This game between the Chargers and the Raiders should be a high scoring affair. That bodes well for the most consistent WR on the Raiders team.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Carson Palmer, QB, ARZ - Palmer has been very effective most of the year. However, this week he is taking on the Seahawks. Seattle has been one of the toughest defenses in the league. The last time Palmer played the Seahawks he had 2 INTs and did not throw for 300 yards. This week he's dealing with a high ankle sprain that may impact his ability to have a good game event further.
Browns Starting RB, CLE - Even if Willis McGahee makes it back this week, you still don't want the starting Browns RB against the Jets. None of the rest of the Browns backfield (Edwin Baker, Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker) should make you very excited either.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Brown had a tough Week 15 against the Seahawks, but things won't get much better the Lions' linemen and linebackers. The Lions have been very unfriendly to opposing RBs all season long. Leave Brown on your bench in most leagues.
Robert Woods, WR, BUF - With 5 catches for 82 yards and a TD last week, Woods was a great start. This week, you should expect must less fantasy production. Woods is facing a Miami defense that knows how to shut down the pass from a fantasy perspective. You can probably find better options this week for your championship game.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - It's been a roller coaster ride with Johnson this year. Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. Down. Last week was more up than down, but it still wasn't great. We say this week Johnson will be more down than up. The Jaguars run defense has been tough as of late. Playing at home, they will be ready with their ears pinned back. Johnson struggled in his first match-up with them, and he will have a long day in store this Sunday as well.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI - Mendenhall has been a TD gold mine with 5 TDs over the last 5 weeks, but that stops abruptly facing the Seahawks brutal front seven this week. Game over.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - It was nice having Douglas on your fantasy roster earlier in the year, but those days are over. Roddy White is back and the Falcons are facing the brutal Niners' defense this week. Avoid Douglas at all costs.
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.