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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. Why?

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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice
NFL Week 9

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)

Andy Dalton, QB, CIN - Dalton has been on fire over the past 4 weeks. He should continue to roll this week against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have been a little tough on a few QBs, but Dalton is one of the more reliable options in Week 9 with Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford on bye.

Cam Newton, QB, CAR - Newton has started to get his act together, and the Falcons have started to completely fall apart. Newton should be able to build on his recent success. With some of his RBs banged up, he may have to make a few short yardage TDs to help the Panthers prevail in Week 9.

Alex Smith, QB, KC - Smith has been making very good decisions on the football field, but his TD total is lacking. That will get a shot in the arm facing the Bills, who hand out passing TDs faster than candy on Halloween.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL - Romo has been a stable option for you, and this week he will deliver again facing the lowly Vikings.

Zac Stacy, RB, STL - Stacy was outstanding last week against a very tough Seattle defense. This week Stacy has a much more favorable matchup against the Titans. Stacy has really delivered on our preseason selection of him as a sleeper. Now is the time to continue to ride Stacy no matter the opponent.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT - Bell is another of our preseason sleepers that has started to deliver. Bell has a great matchup this week against a Patriots defense that has lost so much of their run stopping capability that most teams will succeed against them. Bell is just the type of power back that can roll through the Patriots.

Ryan Mathews, RB, SD - The Redskins have been abysmal against the run. Mathews should have a great week 9 against Washington.

Stevan Ridley, RB, NE - With 4 TDs in his last 3 games, Ridley has started to finally put a smile on this owner's faces, and that smile will just get that much bigger facing a Steelers defense that has had serious issues stopping the run.

Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - Lacy is starting to settle into being an every week fantasy starter, and you don't dare disrupt your line-up by moving him out of the starting slot this week. The Bears are on tap, and the Bears have been very friendly to opposing fantasy RBs.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE - Gordon keeps having rumors of trades, and he keeps getting new QBs, but he keeps delivering. Gordon may have some off-the-field issues, but is on-the-field play is undeniable. Start Gordon with a lot of confidence.

Keenan Allen, WR, SD - The Redskins continue to have an atrocious defense all around. Allen has been outstanding for the Chargers and for fantasy teams. You probably didn't draft Allen, but that shouldn't stop you from trusting him in your lineup.

Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - Jones is so hot right now, it doesn't matter who he plays. What are you going to do - dare leave Green with single coverage? We wouldn't hesitate to toss Jones in the starting line-up, particularly those with bye week issues.

Oakland Raiders Defense - The Raiders get Matt Barkley this week for the Eagles. If you are searching for a defense, you need to toss the Raiders in there in week 9. This is going to be a turnover bonanza. Barkley was so bad in his first game, it was surreal.

Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)

Mike Glennon, QB, TB - Glennon showed some nice fantasy potential so far in 2013. However, he has a terrible matchup this week against the Seahawks. Seattle is having a magical season from a defensive perspective. It is hard to trust the rookie Glennon in such a tough matchup.

Steven Jackson, RB, ATL - The Panthers' defense has been very stiff against the run. Last week Jackson made his long awaited return, and it was a dismal showing. It is hard to trust Jackson until he shows something more than he did in week 8.

Willis McGahee, RB, CLE - McGahee gets a shot at his old team (well, one of them), but his old team is brutal against the run and McGahee is just... well... old. McGahee should continue to avoid your starting line-up.

Mike James, RB, TAM - James needs to show us he can do something before we trust him with the start. This week he won't be showing anyone anything facing the stifling defense of the Hawks.

Marques Colston, WR, NOR - Colston has been awful, and now with more WRs healthy and available to catch the ball for New Orleans, awful can only get worse. Particularly with the smothering secondary of the Jets blanketing Colston.

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.

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