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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 - This one is almost too good of a scenario. A red hot Stafford faces a horrible Cowboys secondary. Sometimes things that are too good to be true are, but here is hoping this one comes through as it should.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS - RGIII is next on the Peyton Manning air assault competition. The Broncos defense has been anything but a defense, which is in part why Manning's numbers are as inflated as they are. Denver must have the big game from Manning to stay ahead of their high scoring opponents. Denver struggles in both pass and run defense, which are key elements when trying to shutdown the dual pass/run threat of RGIII.
Michael Vick, QB, PHI - Vick is hungry to return and squish this Nick Foles rising while he can. He has the perfect opportunity with Foles coming off a horrible game and the lowly Giants on tap. The Giants are the fourth most friendly pass defense for your fantasy QB to face, so the table is set for Vick to pop a big game.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer has been awful, but so has the Atlanta secondary. More than a few questionable QB's have enjoyed success against the Falcons, and Palmer is a player many of you can immediately pick-up and start to cover you if in a tough bye week position at QB. We don't see a great game here but any stretch, but we see a game that keeps your fantasy team in contention for the win.
Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - Lacy came through with a nice game last week for us, and he should do it again this week facing the wet tissue paper run defense of the Vikings. Sprinkle in all the injuries to the Packers receivers (WR and TE), and Lacy is even more critical to their success.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN - Moreno has been a pleasant surprise for those folks that were able to snag him off their waiver wire earlier in the year. From a player on the verge of being cut to now the most productive back in the Bronco's backfield, Moreno is playing like a player trying to keep his job (because... well... he is). With the shaky Redskins run defense on tap, Moreno should keep the good times rolling in week 8.
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - With 3 TDs in his last 2 games, Ridley is starting to get back on track for his owners. Now with the Phins on the schedule, Ridley should continue to keep that smile on his fantasy owners' faces. Miami has been vulnerable to run / catch RBs, and Ridley has decent hands. This should prove to be one of his better pass catching performances of the season, something to take note on for those in PPR leagues.
Peyton Hillis, NYG, RB - With players being banged up all over the place, you might need a RB his week. Hillis was serviceable in his first game for the Giants last week. This week Hillis will be taking on the Eagles. The Eagles defense has not been very impressive so far in 2013. Hillis also has some great hands coming out of the backfield. Between his receptions and carries, Hillis should be a nice flex option.
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA - Miller is going against the completely decimated Patriots defensive front. Let's put it this way. Chris Ivory looked like a stud against the Patriots defense. Miller should have a great week 8.
Marques Colston, WR, NO - Colston hasn't shined this year, and he enters week 8 with only one TD. Things will change facing a Bills secondary that hands out receiving TDs faster than candy on Halloween. Start Colston with confidence.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI - Fitzgerald has struggled this season, but the Falcons are just what he needed to get back on track. We expect a decent game from Palmer, and a very good game from Fitzgerald.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG - Nicks has been awful this year, except for week 5 when he faced the Eagles. He gets to have another shot at them this week, and the Eagles secondary is every bit as awful as it was the first time he faced them. Advantage Nicks.
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - We see this being a shootout, and RGIII will want to get Garcon involved in his air assault. The Broncos secondary is confused, and Champ Bailey showed a lot of signs of rust last week. Garcon benefits on both accounts and should post a nice game.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, GRB - The Packers are quickly running out of options for Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball to on a weekly basis. Boykin delivered for Rodgers last week, and there is a great chance he could do it again this week against the Vikings.
Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL - It will be Tony Time again this weekend as Gonzo gets to square off against the #1 most fantasy friendly defense to TEs in the Cardinals. With all the injuries to the Falcons' receivers, Gonzalez is even more critical than usual. The stars are in alignment for Gonzalez owners this week.
Jordan Reed, TE, WAS - Reed is a player whose fantasy stock is sky rocketing, and the Broncos provide a tasty match-up to keep the good times rolling. If you were lucky enough to pick Reed up this week, don't hesitate to start him.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Mike Glennon, QB, TB - We've liked what we've seen from the rookie, but odds are strong this week he will be off. Rookies not playing RB typically struggle with up and down games, and facing a very stingy Carolina defense spells trouble. Doug Martin being out is trouble too. Coming off a couple of good weeks, Glennon is due for a down week, and the Panthers will be happy to help with that.
Kellen Clemens, QB, STL - We know several folks are in a pinch due to their QB being on bye, but Clemens is not the answer. Sometimes a fresh face can be attractive to roll the dice to see what happens, but not a player like Clemens facing a defense like Seattle.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL - Stacy has been a great story as he continues to solidify his role in the Rams offense. However, this week is not the week to jump on the Stacy bandwagon facing a very stout Seahawks defense with a questionable QB as back-up.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR - Despite having all the opportunity in the world while Jonathan Stewart has been sidelined, Williams just hasn't posted a head turn fantasy performance. Things won't change facing the stingy rush defense of the Bucs, and with Stewart set to return in week 9, Williams should slowly start to fade away this season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN - Green-Ellis is facing he very impressive Jets defense this week. Unless you have no other viable options, you do not want to start Green-Ellis unless you have to.
Harry Douglas, WR, ATL - Douglas is coming off a monster week, but given all the injuries to the Falcons WRs coupled to that monster week, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who to shutdown. The Red Birds have a tough secondary, and we expect them to be physical on the undersized Douglas to make his life miserable in week 8.
Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE - The Chiefs have been brutal to opposing TEs this year. They have a fast, physical front seven that gives TEs fits. Entering week 8, Kansas City hasn't surrendered a TD to a TE all year, and we don't see that changing this week. Now with yet another QB change with Jason Campbell, things are going from bad to worse.
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