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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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Eli Manning, QB, NYG - It's been an awful season for Manning and the Giants, but things are about to get better facing a horrible Eagles secondary that is the second most friendly to face for opposing fantasy QBs. The Giants have circled the wagons, this is a must win, and Manning holds the key to that win. Rule of nature: never pick a fight with a wounded animal.
Terrell Pryor, QB, OAK - If Pryor can go this Sunday, we like his chances against the struggling secondary of the Chargers. Pryor suffered a concussion, and the team held him out of week 4 as a precaution. It remains to be seen if he will be given the green light in week 5, but if so, he makes an attractive start for those in deep leagues or with serious bye week issues at QB.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU - It's odd Foster made our list (always start your studs), but fantasy owners have been frustrated with Foster this season, and some are getting cute and not starting him. Well, Foster showed how that is a mistake last week, and this week he faces a 49ers defense that has been uncharacteristically struggling to stop much of anything. Start Foster with confidence.
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL - Murray has been an up and down player this season, but we think he will be up facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Denver is a team all opposing teams circle on their calendar, and as competitors, they want to show they can beat the best. The Broncos have been vulnerable to the run, and the Cowboys will look to exploit that weakness to try to help Tony Romo and the passing attack get on track.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GB - Lacy has been given the all-clear to play this weekend, and just in time to enjoy the wet tissue paper run defense of the Lions. James Starks has been out with a knee injury. It remains to be seen if Starks will be ready by game time on Sunday. If he is out, the pendulum swings even further to Lacy's favor. If Starks plays, it complicates things somewhat, but Lacy could still squeeze a decent game for those in deep leagues with bye week issues at RB.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon is hot since returning in week 3, and the good times will keep rolling facing the Bills on Thursday Night Football. Buffalo's secondary has been very good to opposing WRs. Look for Gordon to impress under the bright lights.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG - Victor Cruz is a given this week, but we think there is enough fantasy love to spill over Nicks way too. The Eagles swiss cheese secondary has all sorts of holes in it, and the Giants are reeling from a beat down by the Chiefs. Nicks should find plenty of room to operation and finally give his fantasy owners something to smile about.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET - Pettigrew finally flashed a fantasy pulse last week with 7 targets, and he should build on that momentum facing the Packers. This should be a shootout, and Pettigrew will be needed to help Stafford and the Lions exploit the Packers' suspect pass defense. With Nate Burleson out for a few weeks, Pettigrew's role in the offense should continue to increase.
Dallas Clark, TE, BAL - Clark is another TE that can be had off your waiver wire and has a good shot at posting a decent game. You're not going to see the monster game here, but a solid game at fantasy TE is on the table. The Dolphins secondary has been tough on WRs, but they are very vulnerable up the middle to TEs. In fact, they rank as the #1 fantasy friendly defense for opposing TEs, while the second toughest fantasy defense for opposing WRs.
Alex Henery, PK, PHI - Sometimes squeezing and extra point or two out of your fantasy kicker is the difference between a win and loss. This week, Henery is a kicker that you can find on your waiver wire (13% owned) that has a nice match-up against the Giants. The G-men have been a classic bend but don't break defense that gives a lot of opportunities to opposing kickers.
St. Louis Rams Defense - If you are in a pinch at defense, pick up the Rams and start them. They haven't done much in the past 3 weeks, but that will change in week 5. There isn't much more pathetic of a match-up than facing the Jags, who are more than happy to showcase a host of blunders while showcasing an intrinsic failure to score.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI - Cutler facing the Saints is just nasty. The Saints are fierce on opposing QBs, ranking dead last as the team you want your fantasy QB to face. Cutler loves to force the ball and throw to the other team, so this one has danger written all over it.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, TEN - For those in a bye week dilemma, Fitzpatrick is not where you want to look. He will get the start this weekend due to Locker's injury, but he is facing a fierce Chiefs defense that has plenty of momentum. The Chiefs have been nasty to opposing QBs, and Fitzpatrick doesn't bring any special skills to the table to do any better.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN - Washington has been heating up, and it gets interesting this week with Fitzpatrick getting the start as Fitzpatrick hooked up with Washington late last week for a 77 yard TD bomb. However, this week Washington and Fitzpatrick run into the buzzsaw known as the Chiefs' secondary. Keep Washington on your pine in week 5.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - We like Jeffery long term this season as a sleeper candidate, but this week is going to be a week to leave him on your bench. The Saints have been brutal on opposing WRs, and the momentum Jeffery generated last week is not enough to get him through this near term hurdle.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Wayne gets to face the best cornerback in the league this week, and the Hawks have been a fierce defense on QBs as well. We just don't like the circumstance and trust Wayne enough to rise about this challenge. If you have better options, start them.
Starting ATL RB - While this will probably be Jason Snelling given that the Falcons will be inclined to wait just one more week on Stephen Jackson to pick up the extra week off to heal from their week 6 bye, we wanted to cover our bases. The Falcons are struggling to establish any kind of run game, and the Jets have a brutal rush defense to try to get that going. Best to avoid the entire situation this week.
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.