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 been a bit of a soap opera ... as usual. This week Romo has the Eagles. The Eagles like to operate at a fast tempo, but this has resulted in some very good fantasy numbers for opposing QBs. Romo is starting to hit his groove, and he is a great start in Week 7.
Starting Eagles QB, PHI - Whether Foles or Vick, they should have no problem carving apart a wounded Dallas defense. We wouldn't hesitate to start whoever is deemed the starter for this game.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - The Packers have lost a lot of their offensive weapons, and they have finally started to give Lacy significant carries. Lacy should see plenty of touches this week against the Browns.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG - Jacobs is a player many of you picked off waivers this week, and we say he is good to go to help cover you if you have a questionable RB#2 situation. The Vikings are on tap, and they are the #1 most fantasy friendly defense for a RB to face. Jacobs comes off a strong game last week, and he will be looking to solidify his position in the line-up for the G-men with another strong performance. He does have a minor hamstring injury, so be sure to watch that, but the Monday Night game gives him a little more time to heal. We expect him to play strong under the bright lights.
Fred Jackson, RB, BUF - Jackson has been a fairly reliable option for those in deeper leagues, and there he should keep that momentum going this week facing the Phins. Miami struggles in their run defense, and the Bills need their RBs to step up to keep pressure off their shaky QB situation.
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF - We think there are plenty of carries to go around for both Jackson and Spiller to post decent fantasy games. Spiller has been a source of frustration for his owners, but Miami should go a long way to helping ease that frustration, despite his nagging injuries.
Ryan Mathews, RB, SDG - Mathews has frustrated his fantasy owners for years, and this season is no different. However, he is coming off his best performance of the season, and that momentum should continue facing the wet tissue paper defense of the Jaguars. The Chargers should have no problem getting a lead and then will feature Mathews to eat clock. Enjoy.
Justin Blackmon, WR, JAX - Blackmon has been the best WR in fantasy over the past two weeks. Now is the time to ride the hot hand. Blackmon should not be slowed down against the Chargers this week. Start Blackmon with confidence.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI - Nick Foles has been using Jackson as the weapon he was intended to be. Jackson has been phenomenal with Foles, and that should continue this week as the Eagles take on the Cowboys.
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA - Wallace will be a key weapon for the Phins as they exploit a questionable Bills' secondary. If you have Wallace on your roster, be sure to have him in your starting line-up this week.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - The reunion with Peyton Manning should deliver at its high billing. The one thing facing Manning is that opposing WRs see plenty of action as their teams try to keep serve. Wayne will be the primary benefactor in Manning coming to town.
Jermichael Finley, TE, GRB - With most of the Packers' receiving corps in the training room, Finley will be asked to step up and take more of the receptions from Aaron Rodgers. Finley makes a good start this week at TE.
Scott Chandler, TE, BUF - For those with TE troubles, take a look at Chandler this week. He has been up and down, but he does a great job of getting open in the middle of the field. The Dolphins struggle with coverage in the middle of the field, so Chandler has an above average shot at posting a decent week.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX - MJD flashed a fantasy pulse last week, but he returns to cardiac arrest this week facing the smothering Chargers' run defense. Lack of decent QB play has hurt MJD, but it will hurt even more this week facing a tough defense that will be 100% focused on shutting MJD down.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI - The Cardinals are going to have a tough time this week against the Seahawks. Mendenhall is going to find little room to run, so you don't want to start him this week in almost all fantasy scoring formats.
Jason Snelling, RB, ATL - Snelling returns from a concussion this week, but he will face tough sledding against the Bucs. The Bucs haven't done much right this year, but their run defense is one of those things that has been dialed in just right. Snelling is a bit of a TD vulture while Steven Jackson remains sidelined, but the Bucs haven't surrendered a single rushing TD all season, and we don't see that changing this week.
Kenny Britt, WR, TEN - Britt has been far too inconsistent this season. This week he is facing a stout 49ers defense. The Titans are growing tired of Britt, so you can't count on him either.
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF - A wounded Steve Johnson with a questionable QB tossing him the rock is not the answer to your bye week woes facing a very tough and physical Dolphins secondary.
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.