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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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Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Romo has run hot and cold this season, but he should be on again this week against the worst pass defense in the NFL. The Chargers have given up some massive games. Romo built a little confidence last week, and you should see more of that when he heads to San Diego to tear up the Chargers porous defense.
Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith has been a very solid fantasy QB through the first 3 games. This week Smith gets to face the hapless Giants defense. Smith should be a very solid start this week. The Chiefs have a good thing going, and Alex Smith is a big part of that. The Giants could surprise and win this game, but it won't be with a defensive showing. Smith should get his numbers.
Andrew Luck, QB, IND - Luck has the lowly Jags on tap. Jacksonville pretty much can't do much of anything on offense or defense. They dish out TDs to opposing QBs faster than candy on Halloween, and they rarely pick the ball off. Feel free to start Luck with confidence.
Matt Forte, RB, CHI - Forte is playing the very best defense for your running back to go up against in Week 4. The Lions have been run through, around, and over thus far in 2013. Forte has been very good so far, so you can count on him again against the Lions.
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK - McFadden may have to carry the load with Terrell Pryor facing concussion issues. We like McFadden this week to look strong against one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. The Redskins have been flat out terrible so far in 2013. Look for McFadden to have a solid game.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Murray has the hot hand, and you've got to keep riding that hot hand, particularly when facing the wet tissue paper run defense of the Bolts. We expect the good times to keep rolling with Murray this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - For those in a bind due to byes, we think you can sneak in at least one more start with Bradshaw while Trent Richardson comes online. Bradshaw looked great last week, and he is carrying that momentum into this week with a favorable match-up with Jacksonville. The end result should be a serviceable fantasy game with upside to possibly surprise again.
Miles Austin, WR, DAL - Austin has been very respectable and dependable for Tony Romo. This week's matchup against the Chargers is so nice that Austin can fill in for teams working their way through Week 4 byes.
Antonio Brown, WR, PIT - The Steelers have no offensive line and no ground game. Brown is their only sign of a pulse on offense, and this week he faces the TD friendly Vikings. Start Brown with confidence.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - Garcon came through for Griffin last week, and we expect Griffin to continue to look his way early and often this week. The Redskins are desperate for a win, and in general, the Raiders are just desperate.
Jason Avant, WR, PHI - Avant showed some things last week, and he is a good find on the wire than can be plugged into your line-up if in a deep league and in a pinch. The Broncos have had trouble in their secondary, and the Eagles have too many weapons to focus on Avant. We also expect the Eagles to play from behind, which should translate to more targets for Avant.
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE - Well, we are going to jump on the bus. We can't explain, nor does it really make sense, but whether through traditional means or trick plays, Cameron keeps piling on the fantasy points. At this point, you've just got to ride the wave until it stops. Here's hoping the wave continues in week 4.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Matt Schaub, QB, HOU - The Seahawks have made some really good QBs look silly, and now Schaub gets his shot this week. Their long, tall secondary with speedy LBs have given opposing QBs fits, and we don't see Schaub fairing any better than his predecessors this season.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG - Manning is really struggling with turnovers right now, and his team is in a tailspin. Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, the Chiefs are riding high and proving to a have fierce defense in 2013. The odds of Manning coming through with a decent week are very, very low.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SDG - Mathews faces a very stingy Cowboys defense that has yet to surrender a single rushing TD all year. Mathews has been a huge fantasy disappointment since coming into league, and that disappointment continues in week 4.
Greg Jennings, WR, MIN - Jennings is wishing he was still in Green Bay right about now, and things don't get any better facing a tough Steelers secondary. We know many teams are fighting through byes this week, but look elsewhere for help at receiver.
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU - The last team you want to face hurt right now is the Seahawks. We will be surprised if Johnson is able to play the full game, and even if he does, he will be hard pressed to show any meaningful fantasy production.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - Douglas has shown some signs of a fantasy life this season, but that life gets placed in a cryo freeze this week facing the Pats.
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.