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Fantasy Football Start Sit
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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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Matthew Stafford, QB, DET - Stafford has been decent this season, but nothing that blows you away. This week he faces one of the worst pass defenses in the game in Washington. The Redskins have been blown out in games. The Lions should be able to have a lot of success in the air against Washington.
Michael Vick, QB, PHI - Live by the sword and die by the sword. You have to stick with Vick until he burns you. There is the chance that his old coach will know how to exploit his weaknesses in the revenge game. However, the Eagles are just too hot right now to take the foot off the throttle.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR - Newton hasn't exactly lit the stage on fire this season, but that will change facing a Giants' defense that is getting beat-up on a regular basis. Newton should give them fits with his arm and legs.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - While we are sure the Vikings will have a great day against the Browns, Josh Gordon is back from suspension, and the team hasn't shown the ability to do anything yet. Thus, they should feed the ball to Gordon this week. He has the talent to make an impact right out of the gates.
Julian Edelman, WR, NE - Edelman is a must start in ppr leagues. Tom Brady will most likely be without Rob Gronkowski again this week. IF you watched last week's game, you know that the Patriots don't have anyone else who is capable of catching the ball on a consistent basis. Edelman should have another solid game.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - The Eagles score a lot of points, but they don't really stop anyone either. Feel free to get Bowe in there this week for a big game against Andy Reid's old team.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA - You just knew Wallace wasn't going to sit idle while Hartline got all the attention. So he made sure the Phins fixed that in week 2. Now in week 3, he gets a great match-up against a Falcons' secondary that has struggled in pass coverage.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN - Johnson has a great match-up against the Bolts this week. He is the type of player that can pop a big run (or catch) for a huge play, and San Diego has been very friendly to opposing backs this year. Enjoy the ride if you have Johnson.
Jason Snelling, RB, ATL - While Jacquizz Rodgers will be plenty of touches, Snelling could sneak under the radar as a very capable all around back. He will catch stuff out of the backfield and will get some short yardage work. Don't look for a monster game, but it could be a very serviceable game if you are in a pinch.
Frank Gore, RB, SFO - The Colts are a far cry from having to face Seattle, so look for Gore to post a classic bounce-back game this week in a favorable match-up.
Minnesota Vikings Defense - Those of you out there starting the defense of the week should consider grabbing the Vikings. Yes, last week was a little excessive, so you can't expect that again, but Cleveland looks like a tasty treat. Start the Vikings this week against the Browns and reap the rewards. The bonus is that you can use the Vikings two weeks in a row. In week 4 they play the Steelers. We all saw how sad the Steelers offensive line looks. Jared Allen and company should chew through that hot mess too.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - The Lions have the 2nd best defense against QBs. They will continue to pressure Griffin to beat them with his legs. The problem is that he clearly doesn't trust his legs yet. The Lions defense should make Griffin very uncomfortable. Wouldn't you be concerned with Ndamukong Suh chasing after your recently repaired knee?
Chad Henne, QB, JAX - Henne gets the start for the Jags this weekend, but he is playing Seattle... IN SEATTLE! This isn't going to end well for the Jaguars. The Seahawks may be pulling fans from the stands to let the 12th man get some playing time. This game should not be close.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Things are looking very, very ugly in Pittsburgh these days. With no real running game and a horrible, wet-tissue paper offensive line, now is not the time to have to face the Bears. Keep Big Ben on your pine this week.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX - The Seahawks are ferocious at home. The Jaguars have little hope of success this weekend. As a result, Jones-Drew isn't going to be someone you want near your lineup.
David Wilson, RB, NYG - We just can't trust Wilson right now. The Giants are out of sync and killing themselves with turnovers. Wilson hasn't helped in that category, and now he is running very unnaturally to try to protect the ball. The Panthers have great LBs that make plays, and the big men up front help open the paths for the LBs to make plays. Wilson is a risky play that should remain on your bench until he shows you he is ready for starting consideration with a decent game.
Greg Little, WR, CLE - Little has had 22 targets through 2 games, but that isn't going to continue now that Josh Gordon is back. The Cleveland offense will look very different with Gordon back in the offense.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN - Jennings committed career suicide moving to Minnesota, but you could argue his career was already in jeopardy with all the receiving talent in Green Bay. He showed a little bit of a fantasy pulse last week, but the reality is Christian Ponder is no Aaron Rodgers, and it should be an ugly week again for Jennings facing the Browns.
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.