FantasySavvy 2012: Week 15 Player Rankings (Playoff Edition)

Quarterbacks

  1. Cam Newton @ SD
  2. Drew Brees vs TB
  3. Peyton Manning @ BAL
  4. Tom Brady vs SF
  5. Eli Manning @ ATL
  6. Aaron Rodgers @ CHI
  7. Colin Kaepernick @ NE
  8. Matt Ryan vs NYG
  9. Andrew Luck @ HOU
  10. Josh Freeman @ NO
  11. Matthew Stafford @ AZ
  12. Tony Romo vs PIT
  13. Ben Roethlisberger @ DAL
  14. Carson Palmer vs KC
  15. Matt Schaub vs IND
  16. Russell Wilson @ BUF
  17. Phillip Rivers vs CAR
  18. Joe Flacco vs DEN
  19. Brandon Weeden vs WAS
  20. Jay Cutler vs GB
  21. Sam Bradford vs MIN
  22. Jake Locker vs NYJ
  23. Chad Henne @ MIA
  24. Ryan Tannehill vs JAC
  25. Mark Sanchez @ TEN
  26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs SEA
  27. Brady Quinn @ OAK
  28. Christian Ponder @ STL
  29. Kirk Cousins @ CLE
  30. Ryan Lindley vs DET

Running Backs

  1. Adrian Peterson @ STL
  2. Arian Foster vs IND
  3. Jamaal Charles @ OAK
  4. Doug Martin @ NO
  5. Marshawn Lynch @ BUF
  6. C.J. Spiller vs SEA
  7. Ray Rice vs DEN
  8. Trent Richardson vs WAS
  9. Alfred Morris @ CLE
  10. David Wilson @ ATL
  11. Matt Forte vs GB
  12. Frank Gore @ NE
  13. Reggie Bush vs JAC
  14. Steven Jackson vs MIN
  15. Darren Mcfadden vs KC
  16. Chris Johnson vs NYJ
  17. Stevan Ridley vs SF
  18. Knowson Moreno @ BAL
  19. DeMarco Murray vs PITT
  20. Shonn Greene @ TEN
  21. Jonathan Dwyer @ DAL
  22. Montell Owens @ MIA
  23. Darren Sproles vs TB
  24. Ryan Mathews vs CAR
  25. Mikel Leshoure @ AZ
  26. Vick Ballard @ HOU
  27. DeAngelo Williams @ SD
  28. Michael Turner vs NYG
  29. Joique Bell @ AZ
  30. Bilal Powell @ TEN *questionable
  31. Beanie Wells vs DET
  32. Jaquizz Rodgers vs NYG
  33. Alex Green @ CHI
  34. Mark Ingram vs TB
  35. Danny Woodhead vs SF
  36. Ben Tate vs IND
  37. Dujuan Harris @ CHI
  38. Shane Vereen vs SF
  39. Marcel Reese vs KC
  40. LaMichael James @ NE
  41. Mike Tolbert @ SD
  42. Peyton Hillis @ OAK
  43. Lamar Miller vs JAC
  44. Benard Pierce vs DEN
  45. Ronnie Hillman @ BAL
  46. Kregg Lumpkin @ ATL

Wide Receivers 

  1. Vincent Jackson @ NO
  2. Brandon Marshall vs GB
  3. Calvin Johnson @ AZ
  4. Andre Johnson vs IND
  5. Demaryius Thomas @ BAL
  6. Victor Cruz @ ATL
  7. Marques Colston vs TB
  8. Reggie Wayne @ HOU
  9. Julio Jones vs NYG
  10. Wes Welker vs SF
  11. Danario Alexander vs CAR
  12. Steve Smith @ SD
  13. Randall Cobb @ CHI
  14. Hakeem Nicks @ ATL
  15. Eric Decker @ BAL
  16. Dez Bryant vs PIT
  17. Roddy White vs NYG *questionable, I expect to him to play
  18. Mike Wallace @ DAL
  19. Michael Crabtree @ NE
  20. Larry Fitzgerald vs DET
  21. Josh Gordon vs WAS
  22. Stevie Johnson vs SEA
  23. Danny Amendola vs MIN
  24. Lance Moore vs TB
  25. Cecil Shorts @ MIA
  26. Greg Jennings @ CHI
  27. Denarius Moore vs KC
  28. Sidney Rice vs BUF
  29. T.Y. Hilton @ HOU
  30. Brandon Lloyd vs SF
  31. Pierre Garcon @ CLE
  32. Mike Williams @ NO
  33. Justin Blackmon @ MIA
  34. Kenny Britt vs NYJ
  35. Brian Hartline vs JAC
  36. James Jones @ CHI
  37. Antonio Brown @ DAL
  38. Golden Tate vs BUF
  39. Donnie Avery @ HOU
  40. Anquan Boldin vs DEN
  41. Torrey Smith vs DEN
  42. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs KC
  43. Jeremy Kerley @ TEN
  44. Malcom Floyd vs CAR
  45. Chris Givens vs Min
  46. Andre Roberts vs DET
  47. Greg Little vs WAS
  48. Jon Baldwin @ OAK
  49. Brandon LaFell @ SD *questionable
  50. Rod Streater vs KC
  51. Nate Washington vs NYJ
  52. Kendall Wright vs NYJ
  53. Randy Moss @ NE
  54. Alshon Jeffrey @ GB
  55. Kris Durham @ AZ
  56. Donald Jones vs SEA
  57. Louis Murphy @ SD
  58. Emmanuel Sanders @ DAL
  59. Brandon Stokley @ BAL

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs TB
  2. Aaron Hernandez vs SF
  3. Jason Witten vs PIT
  4. Tony Gonzalez vs NYG
  5. Heath Miller @ DAL
  6. Greg Olsen @ SD
  7. Owen Daniels vs IND *questionable
  8. Vernon Davis @ NE
  9. Martellus Bennett @ ATL
  10. Brandon Myers vs KC
  11. Antonio Gates vs CAR
  12. Kyle Rudolph @ STL
  13. Dallas Clark @ NO
  14. Dennis Pitta vs DEN
  15. Tony Scheffler @ AZ
  16. Jermichael Finley @ CHI
  17. Marcedes Lewis @ MIA
  18. Scott Chandler vs SEA
  19. Joel Dreeseen @ BAL
  20. Jacob Tamme @ BAL
  21. Tony Moeaki @ OAK
  22. Dwayne Allen @ HOU
  23. Jeff Cumberland @ TEN
  24. Coby Fleener @ HOU
  25. Ben Watson vs WAS
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FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 13

For some of you the playoffs may have started already, but for the majority, this is the last week of the regular season. Thanks for reading all season and make sure to continue to follow us throughout the Fantasy playoffs. If you guys have any questions you can ask me on twitter @FantasySavvy.

You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Tony Romo vs Philly

Romo delivered for Fantasy Owners on Thanksgiving and has been turning it on of late after a slow start to the season. There is no doubt he should keep it going against the Eagles who are falling apart at the seams. Expect another nice day.

Colin Kaepernick @ St. Louis

Kaepernick will get another start this week and as long as he continues his solid play he will remain the starter. The Rams don’t pose a threat to Kaep’s potential effectiveness in this one, so keep him rolling in Week 13.

Matt Schaub @ Tennessee

The Titans are allowing the 6th most points to QB’s and Schaub has been picking up the pace in his last couple of games. Look for Schaub to have a very efficient game, something along the lines of 250 yards and two TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Joe Flacco vs Pittsburgh

Lets face it, Joe Flacco is who we thought he was. The guy just will never be a bigtime QB. He can’t be trusted going against the Steelers who are the best at defending Fantasy QB’s.

Jay Cutler vs Seattle

Seattle CB’s Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will both play in this game because they are appealing their suspensions and that equates to bad news for Jay Cutler. Cutler probably will be limited to just one TD in this game.

Phillip Rivers vs Cincinnati

Rivers has failed to have above 20 fantasy points in five of his last six games and against the Bengals who have been playing great defense of late he needs to be reserved.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Bryce Brown @ Dallas

Brown impressed on Monday Night against the Panthers displaying his speed and ability to turn the corner on the defense. He should keep it going against Dallas and their average run D (ranked 13th best) and I expect close to 100 total yards with at least one TD.

Darren Sproles @ Atlanta

Good Spot to use Sproles tonight in what should be a high scoring game in Atlanta. The Falcons are giving up the 9th most points to Fantasy Backs so get Darren in your lineups.

Mikel Leshoure vs Indy

Leshoure keeps producing for Fantasy Owners finding the endzone in five of his last six games. He also was the first back to score against the Houston Texans this season. The Lions should be in the redzone often against the Colts, so look for Leshoure to find the endzone at least once making him a nice start once again.

Sit ‘Em

Shonn Greene vs Arizona

The Jets are just a complete mess right now and NO JET can be trusted. Arizona is 8th best against Fantasy Backs and Greene usually duds in tough matchups.

Steven Jackson vs 49ers

Jackson has been running hard all year, it just hasn’t equated to much production as he has just two TD’s. Against the 49ers you need to find other options.

Matt Forte vs Seattle

Forte has been burning fantasy owners of late constantly failing to find the endzone. Michael Bush took two TD’s away from him last week. With the ankle sprain and the Seahawks coming to town, consider benching Forte.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Hakeem Nicks @ Washington

Nicks appears to be finally healthy now and has a wonderful matchup on Monday Night against the Skins. DeAngelo Hall can not cover Nicks and Eli should find him often. Expect a 6-7 catch, 80-100 yard performance with a possible TD.

Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts @ Buffalo

Shorts has been solid pretty much all season and Blackmon has emerged ever since Chad Henne has taken over at QB with three TD’s in his past two games. The duo should keep up the production against Buffalo who are allowing the 10th most points to Fantasy WR’s.

Pierre Garcon vs New York Giants

Garcon is back and healthy and along with Santana Moss will be RG3′s favorite target. The catch he made against the Cowboys where he caught it behind his body and took it the house, shows that he can be trusted and against the Giants who are allowing the 2nd most points to WR’s, he needs to be in lineups.

Sit ‘Em

Brandon Lloyd @ Miami

This is a good matchup for Lloyd, but he is just not getting the job done and has been brutal the past three weeks. Brady prefers WelkerHernandez and now Edelman over Lloyd. He is becoming the 4th option in the passing game. Until he shows more of a rapport and a connection with Brady he needs to be benched.

Donnie Avery @ Detroit

Avery gets a lot of targets but does very little with them. He hasn’t scored since week one and only has one game with more than 70 yards receiving in his last nine.

James Jones vs Minnesota

Jones wasn’t even targeted last week and now with Greg Jennings set to return he is the Packers WR who will suffer the most as a result. Keep him away from your lineups.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Aaron Hernandez @ Miami

Don’t worry about his game last week against the Jets where he had just 30 yards, Hernandez is going to get it going eventually and it should begin to happen against the Dolphins. Look for around 60-70 yards with a possible score.

Vernon Davis @ St. Louis 

Davis is a very frustrating player to own. He arguably is the most talented Tight End in the league, he just doesn’t put up the numbers to back that up. I think the biggest problem was Alex Smith, now with Kaepernick, Davis should start to flourish. He did absolutely nothing last week, but be patient with him.

Dallas Clark @ Denver

The Freeman, Clark connection has been improving the last few weeks and against Denver who are giving up the most points to Fantasy Tight Ends, he’s not a bad option. I expect him to go over 50 yards.

Sit ‘Em

Brent Celek @ Dallas

Celek has just one TD all year and without Vick he can’t be relied upon. Dallas also has been 10th best against Fantasy Tight Ends this year.

Dustin Keller vs Arizona

The only team that Keller has really produced against was the Pats, besides that he has done very little. Arizona boasts the 2nd best ranking against Tight Ends, so keep Keller benched.

Dennis Pitta vs Pittsburgh

Pitta has scored in two of his last three games and appears to have picked up the pace again, but I am steering clear of him against the Steelers who have allowed the 7th fewest points to Tight Ends.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith @ St. Louis

Smith had a bad matchup against the Saints last week and still produced. He needs to be in your lineups the rest of the way, the guy is a straight beast. Smith should put Bradford on his behind at least twice.

DeMarcus Ware vs Philly

Ware has been very quiet the past three weeks, but expect that to change against Philly who are allowing a ton of sacks and the most points to Fantasy DE’s.

Sit ‘Em

John Abraham vs New Orleans

The veteran is having another solid season with nine sacks, but Drew Brees doesn’t get sacked often and the Saints are allowing the 2nd fewest points to DE’s.

Cameron Wake vs New England

Don’t trust Wake against the Pats and Brady who are allowing the 4th fewest amount points to DE’s.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8 Player Rankings

Quarterbacks

  1. Peyton Manning vs NO
  2. Drew Brees @ DEN
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs JAC
  4. RG3 @ PIT
  5. Tom Brady vs STL (London)
  6. Ben Roethlisberger vs WAS
  7. Tony Romo vs NYG
  8. Michael Vick vs ATL
  9. Eli Manning @ DAL
  10. Matt Ryan @ PHI
  11. Andrew Luck @ TEN
  12. Phillip Rivers @ CLE
  13. Cam Newton @ CHI
  14. Jay Cutler vs CAR
  15. Sam Bradford vs NE
  16. Matt Hasselbeck vs IND
  17. Brandon Weeden vs SD
  18. Matthew Stafford vs SEA
  19. Carson Palmer @ KC
  20. Mark Sanchez vs MIA
  21. Ryan Tannehill @ NYJ
  22. Russell Wilson @ DET
  23. Alex Smith @ ARI
  24. John Skelton vs SF
  25. Chad Henne @ GB
  26. Brady Quinn vs OAK

Running Backs

  1. LeSean McCoy vs ATL
  2. Jamaal Charles vs OAK
  3. Chris Johnson vs IND
  4. Matt Forte vs CAR
  5. Alfred Morris @ PIT
  6. Willis McGahee vs NO
  7. Frank Gore @ ARI
  8. Marshawn Lynch @ DET
  9. Darren McFadden @ KC
  10. Ryan Mathews @ CLE
  11. Reggie Bush @ NYJ
  12. Darren Sproles @ DEN
  13. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL
  14. Stevan Ridley vs STL
  15. Trent Richardson vs SD
  16. Jonathan Dwyer vs WAS
  17. Michael Turner @ PHI
  18. Shonn Greene vs MIA
  19. Rashad Jennings @ GB
  20. Mikel LeShoure vs SEA
  21. Jonathan Stewart @ CHI
  22. Steven Jackson vs NE
  23. Felix Jones vs NYG
  24. Daryl Richardson vs NE
  25. Donald Brown @ TEN *questionable
  26. Pierre Thomas @ DEN
  27. Alex Green vs JAX
  28. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs SF
  29. Phillip Tanner vs NYG
  30. Vick Ballard @ TEN
  31. Shane Vereen vs STL
  32. Kendall Hunter @ ARI
  33. Danny Woodhead vs STL
  34. Michael Bush vs CAR
  35. Andre Brown @ DAL
  36. James Starks vs JAC
  37. Montario Hardesty vs SD
  38. William Powell vs SF
  39. David Wilson @ DAL
  40. Mark Ingram @ DEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Demaryius Thomas vs NO
  2. Marques Colston @ DEN
  3. Victor Cruz @ DAL
  4. Reggie Wayne @ TEN
  5. Mike Wallace @ WAS
  6. Brandon Marshall vs CAR
  7. Eric Decker vs NO
  8. Roddy White @ PHI
  9. Randall Cobb vs JAC
  10. Dez Byrant vs NYG
  11. Calvin Johnson vs SEA
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs ATL
  13. Wes Welker vs STL
  14. Julio Jones @ PHI
  15. Lance Moore @ DEN
  16. Jordy Nelson *questionable
  17. Brandon Lloyd vs STL
  18. Desean Jackson vs ATL
  19. Antonio Brown vs WAS
  20. Larry Fitzgerald vs SF
  21. Miles Austin vs NYG
  22. Denarius Moore vs KC
  23. Kenny Britt vs IND
  24. James Jones vs JAC
  25. Hakeem Nicks @ DAL
  26. Dwayne Bowe vs OAK
  27. Josh Gordon vs SD
  28. Jeremy Kerley vs MIA
  29. Brian Hartline vs NYJ
  30. Malcolm Floyd @ CLE
  31. Michael Crabtree @ ARI
  32. Andre Roberts vs SF
  33. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ KC
  34. Nate Washington vs IND
  35. Santana Moss vs PIT
  36. Greg Little vs SD
  37. Stephen Hill vs MIA
  38. Brandon Stokley vs NO
  39. Chris Givens vs NE
  40. Davonne Bess @ NYJ
  41. Donnie Avery @ TEN
  42. Brandon Gibson vs NE
  43. Leonard Hankerson vs PIT
  44. Robert Meachem @ CLE
  45. Kendall Wright vs IND
  46. Cecil Shorts @ GB
  47. Devery Henderson @ DEN
  48. Titus Young vs SEA
  49. Emmanuel Sanders vs WAS
  50. Brandon LaFell @ CHI
  51. Justin Blackmon @ GB
  52. Ryan Broyles vs SEA
  53. Domenik Hixon @ DAL
  54. Jon Baldwin vs OAK
  55. Josh Morgan vs WAS

Tight Ends

  1. Antonio Gates @ CLE
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs STL
  3. Jimmy Graham @ DEN *questionable
  4. Jason Witten vs NYG
  5. Heath Miller vs WAS
  6. Tony Gonzalez @ PHI
  7. Brent Celek vs ATL
  8. Dustin Keller vs MIA
  9. Martellus Bennett @ DAL
  10. Vernon Davis @ ARI
  11. Joel Dreessen vs NO
  12. Jacob Tamme vs NO
  13. Brandon Pettigrew vs SEA
  14. Jermicael Finley vs STL
  15. Greg Olsen @ CHI
  16. Brandon Myers @ KC
  17. Jared Cook vs IND
  18. Dwayne Allen @ TEN
  19. Coby Fleener @ TEN
  20. Anthony Fasano @ NYJ

Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings- Week 8

Rankings by Kevin Lewis

 

QB’s

1. Drew Brees- @St. Louis

2. Tom Brady- @Pittsburgh

3. Cam Newton- Minnesota

4.Ben Roethlisberger- New England

5.Matthew Stafford-  @Denver

6. Michael Vick- Dallas

7. Eli Manning- Miami

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick- Washington

9. Matt Schaub- Jacksonville

10.Tony Romo- @Philadelphia

11. Andy Dalton- Seattle

12. Philip Rivers- @Kansas City

13. Matt Hasselbeck- Indianapolis

14. Tim Tebow- Detroit

15. Joe Flacco- Arizona

16. Alex Smith- Cleveland

17. Colt McCoy- @San Francisco

18. Christian Ponder-@Carolina

19. Matt Cassel- San Diego

20. Kevin Kolb- @Baltimore

21. Curtis Painter- @Tennessee

22. Sam Bradford- New Orleans

23. Tarvaris Jackson- Cincinnati

24. Blaine Gabbert- @Houston

25. John Beck- @Buffalo

26. Matt Moore- @New York Giants

27. AJ Feeley- New Orleans

RB’s

1. Adrian Peterson- @Carolina

2.  Fred Jackson- Washington

3. Ray Rice- Arizona

4. Lesean McCoy- Dallas

5. Arian Foster- Jacksonville

6. Frank Gore- Cleveland

7. Ryan Matthews- @Kansas City

8. Ahmad Bradshaw- Miami

9. Maurice Jones Drew- @Houston

10. Demarco Murray- @Philadelphia

11. Darren Sproles- @St. Louis

12. Stephen Jackson- New Orleans

13. Rashard Mendenhall- New England

14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis- @Pittsburgh

15. Chris Johnson- Indianapolis

16. Jackie Battle- San Diego

17. Jonathan Stewart- Minnesota

18. Ben Tate- Jacksonville

19. Mark Ingram- @St. Louis-Questionable* (Pierre Thomas moves here if starting)

20. Mike Tolbert- @Kansas City

21. Daniel Thomas- @New York Giants

22. Ryan Torain @ Buffalo

23. Pierre Thomas- @St. Louis

24. DeAngelo Williams- Minnesota

25. Brandon Jacobs- Miami

26. Montario Hardesty- @San Francisco

27. Marshawn Lynch- Cincinnati

28. Delone Carter- @Tennessee

29. Reggie Bush- @New York Giants

30. Knowshon Moreno- Detroit

31. Bernard Scott- @Seattle

32. Maurice Morris- @Denver

33. Willis McGahee- Detroit

34. Beanie Wells- @Baltimore

35- Joseph Addai- @Tennessee

36. Peyton Hillis- @San Francisco

37. Isaac Redman- New England

38. Roy Helu- @Buffalo

39. CJ Spiller- Washington

40. Keiland Williams- @Denver

41. Ricky Williams- Arizona

42. Stefan Ridley- @Pittsburgh

43. Carnell Williams- @New Orleans

44. Kendall Hunter-  Cleveland

WR’s

1.Mike Wallace- New England

2. Calvin Johnson- @Denver

3. Wes Welker- @Pittsburgh

4. Steve Smith- Minnesota

5. Hakeem Nicks- Miami

6. Marques Colston- St. Louis

7. AJ Green- @Seattle

8. Stevie Johnson- Washington

9. Desean Jackson- Dallas

10. Dwyane Bowe- San Diego

11. Jeremy Maclin- Dallas

12. Vincent Jackson- Kansas City

13. Larry Fitzgerald- @Baltimore

14. Andre Johnson- Jacksonville

15. Victor Cruz- Miami

16. Anquan Boldin- Arizona

17. Pierre Garcon- @Tennessee

18. Dez Bryant- @Philadelphia

19. Miles Austin- @Philadelphia

20. Brandon Lloyd- @New Orleans

21. Brandon Marshall- @New York Giants

22. Nate Washington – Indianapolis

23. Antonio Brown- New England

24. Jabar Gaffney- @Buffalo

25. David Nelson- Washington

26. Michael Jenkins- @Carolina

27. Reggie Wayne- @Tennessee

28. Deion Branch- @Pittsburgh

29. Jerome Simpson- @Seattle

30. Mario Manningham- Miami

31. Steve Breaston- San Diego

32. Sidney Rice- Cincinnati

33. Percy Harvin- @Carolina

34. Eric Decker- Detroit

35. Torrey Smith- Arizona

36. Mike Thomas- @Houston

37. Robert Meachem- St. Louis

38. Early Doucet- @Baltimore

39. Jason Avant- Dallas

40. Lance Moore- St. Louis

41. Kevin Walter- Jacksonville

42. Jason Hill- @Houston

43. Greg Little- @San Francisco

44. Hines Ward- New England

45. Nate Burleson- @Denver

46. Michael Crabtree- Cleveland

47. Doug Baldwin- Cincinnati

48. Malcom Floyd- @Kansas City

49. Devery Henderson- St. Louis

50. Emmanuel Sanders- New England

51. Brandon Lafell- Minnesota

52. DeMaryius Thomas- Detroit

53. Brian Hartline- @New York Giants

54. Jacoby Jones- Jacksonville

55. Mohammed Massaquoi- @San Francisco

56. Danario Alexander- @New Orleans

57. Andre Caldwell- @Seattle

58. Joshua Cribbs- @San Francisco

59. Titus Young- @Denver

60. Davone Bess- @New York Giants

61. Brandon Gibson- @New Orleans

62. Austin Collie- @Tennessee

63. Mike Williams- Cincinnati

64. Dexter McCluster- San Diego

65. Mike Sims-Walker- Houston

66. Patrick Crayton- @Kansas City

67. Eddie Royal- Detroit

68. Anthony Armstrong- @Buffalo

69. Brad Smith- Washington

70. Braylon Edwards- Cleveland

TE’s

1.Jimmy Graham- @St. Louis

2.Aaron Hernandez- @Pittsburgh

3. Jason Witten- @Philadelphia

4. Fred Davis- @Buffalo

5. Owen Daniels- Jacksonville

6. Rob Gronkowski- @Pittsburgh

7. Brandon Pettigrew- @Denver

8. Vernon Davis- Cleveland

9. Antonio Gates- @Kansas City

10. Jermaine Gresham- @Seattle

11. Greg Olsen- Minnesota

12. Heath Miller- New England

13. Jake Ballard- Miami

14. Jared Cook- Indianapolis

15. Visanthe Shiancoe- @Carolina

16. Ben Watson- @San Francisco

17. Dallas Clark- @Tennessee

18. Ed Dickson- Arizona

19. Jeremy Shockey- Minnesota

20. Scott Chandler- Washington

21. Daniel Fells- Detroit

22. Delanie Walker- Cleveland

23. Joel Dressen- Jacksonville

24. Brent Celek- Dallas

25. Marcedes Lewis- @Houston

26. Lance Kendricks- @New Orleans

27. Evan Moore- @San Francisco

28. Todd Heap- @Baltimore

29. Tony Scheffler- @Denver

30. Anthony Fasano- @New York Giants

31. Zach Miller- Cincinnati

32. Craig Stevens- Indianapolis

33. Clay Harbor- Dallas

34. Randy McMichael- @Kansas City

Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings (Week 11)

QB’s
1.    Phillip Rivers vs. DEN
2.    Michael Vick vs. NYG
3.    Drew Brees vs. SEA
4.    Aaron Rodgers @ MIN
5.    Tom Brady vs. IND
6.    Peyton Manning @ NE
7.    Ben Roethlisberger vs. OAK– Big Ben wants some revenge after last week’s loss to the Patriots, and he’ll get it against the Raiders secondary who are without Nnamdi Asomugha.
8.    Matt Ryan @ STL– The Rams are much better at home, while Ryan is a little shaky on the road, but I suspect Ryan will get it going early and often Sunday in St. Louis.
9.    Kyle Orton @ SD
10.    Eli Manning @ PHI
11.    Mark Sanchez vs. HOU- Faces the 31st ranked pass defense in what should be a big game for Sanchize and his receivers.
12.    Matt Schaub @ NYJ
13.    David Garrard vs. CLE
14.    Carson Palmer vs. BUF
15.    Jon Kitna @ DET
16.    Brett Favre vs. GB
17.    Joe Flacco @ CAR- The reason behind such a low ranking is the fact that I think this game will be over early and you’ll see a heavy dose of Ray Rice and Willis McGahee for the 2nd half.
18.    Matt Cassel vs. ARI
19.    Shaun Hill vs. DAL
20.    Josh Freeman @ SF- Freeman continues to impress, at least 15 fantasy points in every week except week 3. He faces a tough 49ers defense but should still have a solid game once again.
21.    Sam Bradford vs. ATL
22.    Vince Young vs. WAS
23.    Troy Smith vs. TB
24.    Ryan Fitzpatrick @ CIN
25.    Donavan McNabb @ TEN
26.    Colt McCoy @ JAC- Could have a big game especially if they fall behind as the Jags are one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
27.    Matt Hasselback @ NO
28.    Derek Anderson @ KC
29.    Jason Campbell @ PIT
30.    Brian St. Pierre vs. BAL

HB’s

1. Frank Gore vs TB– Huge game for the 49ers, they will get it to their best player against TB’s weak run D.

2. Ray Rice @ Carolina– Huge workload for Rice this week and expect him to have a great fantasy day.

3. Chris Johnson vs Washington

4. Adrian Peterson vs GB

5. Jamal Charles vs Arizona– Expect him to go off  (150 Total yards and a TD)

6. Peyton Hillis @ Jacksonville

7. Maurice Jones-Drew vs Cleveland

8. Rashad Mendenhall vs Oakland

9. Arian Foster @ NYJ– Will be bottled on the ground but similar to Peyton Hillis last week, should have 100 Yards total with a possible score.

10. Steven Jackson vs Atlanta– Gonna step up this week, in big divisional game

11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philly

12. Lesean Mcoy vs NYG

13. Cedric Benson vs Buffalo

14. Michael Turner @ STL- Will struggle here.

15. Darren Mcfadden @ Pitt- Could prove me wrong here, with Pitt’s D-line still banged up some.

16. Felix Jones vs Detroit- Looked motivated last week, could have another big game here

17. Ladainian Tomlinson- Should rack up some PPR points in this one

18. Shonn Greene @ Houston

19. Knowshon Moreno @ SD

20. LeGarrette Blount @ SF

21. Fred Jackson @ Cincy

22. Jahvid Best @ Dallas

23. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis vs Indy

24. Thomas Jones vs Arizona

25. Reggie Bush vs Seattle- Could have a nice game in his first game back, but may not see a huge role just yet. (Gametime decision)

26. Keiland Williams vs Titans

27. Mike Tolbert vs Denver

28. Mike Goodson vs Baltimore

29. Brandon Jackson @ Minnesota

30. Danny Woodhead vs Indy

31. Tim Hightower @ KC

32. Beanie Wells @ KC (questionable)

33. Donald Brown @ New England

34. Willis McGahee @ Carolina

35. Darren Sproles vs Denver

36. Marion Barber vs Detroit

37. Justin Forsett @ NO

38. Brandon Jacobs @ Philly

39. Cadillac Williams @ SF

40. Jason Snelling @ STL

WR’s

1.    Roddy White @ STL
2.    Terrell Owens vs. BUF
3.    Dwayne Bowe vs. ARI– Can’t bet against this guy at this point especially at home vs. the Cards.
4.    Calvin Johnson @ DAL
5.    Hakeem Nicks @ PHI
6.    Miles Austin vs. DET
7.    Reggie Wayne @ NE
8.    Greg Jennings @ MIN
9.    Brandon Lloyd @ SD
10.    Anquan Boldin @ CAR
11.    Desean Jackson vs. NYG
12.    Marques Colston vs. SEA
13.    Dez Bryant vs. DET- Had a huge game last week against the G-Men, he’s starting to come into his own. WATCH OUT!!
14.    Larry Fitzgerald @ KC
15.    Andre Johnson @ NYJ- Very tough matchup against Revis this week but I just can’t in my heart of hearts find a reason to drop him any lower than this.
16.    Mike Wallace vs. OAK- Had a HUGE 4th quarter last week, I expect similar numbers, only more spread out throughout the game.
17.    Steve Johnson @ CIN
18.    Jeremy Maclin vs. NYG
19.    Santonio Holmes vs. HOU
20.    Michael Crabtree vs. TB
21.    Mike Thomas vs. CLE
22.    Percy Harvin vs. GB
23.    Chad OchoCinco vs. BUF
24.    Mario Manningham @ PHI
25.    Hines Ward vs. OAK- Recovered from last week’s concussion, should have a big game, especially for PPR leaguers.
26.    Randy Moss vs. WAS- The Skins’ are one of the league’s worst pass defenses as we saw Monday night, and I can definitely see VY finding Moss for at least 1 deep touchdown.
27.    Wes Welker vs. IND
28.    Austin Collie @ NE
29.    Santana Moss @ TEN
30.    Mike Williams @ SF- Fresh off a DUI arrest, he’s going to play and his a decent WR3.
31.    Steve Breaston @ KC
32.    Braylon Edwards vs. HOU
33.    James Jones @ MIN
34.    Pierre Garcon @ NE
35.    Steve Smith vs. BAL-Could have a decent game based purely on the air it out factor after the Ravens get out to a huge lead.
36.    Patrick Crayton vs. DEN
37.    Mike Williams@ NO
38.    Mike Sims-Walker vs. CLE- has struggled at home, but I think he gets in done in this one.
39.    Malcom Floyd vs. DEN- He had some soreness in the hamstring that has caused him to miss the last month. This ranking is based on him playing.
40.    Lee Evans @ CIN
41.    Sidney Rice vs. GB- he’s saying he’ll play but that is not yet known nor is the number of plays he’ll be on the field for.
42.    Danny Amendola vs. ATL- Has been the Rams most consistent receiver since the loss of Mark Clayton, he’s a good flex start with some WR3 upside especially in PPR.
43.    Derrick Mason @ CAR
44.    Nate Washington vs. WAS
45.    Deion Branch vs. IND
46.    Early Doucet @ KC
47.    Jabar Gaffney @ SD
48.    Nate Burleson @ DAL
49.    Louis Murphy @ PIT
50.    Brandon Gibson vs. ATL
51.    Anthony Armstrong @ TEN
52.    Michael Jenkins @ STL
53.    Seyi Arjirotutu vs. DEN- Bump up to Floyd’s spot if Floyd sits.
54.    Eddie Royal @ SD
55.    Kevin Walter @ NYJ
56.    Jacoby Ford @ PIT
57.    Mohammed Massaquoi @ JAC
58.    Robert Meachem vs. SEA
59.    Jacoby Jones @ NYJ
60.    Ben Obomanu @ NO

Tight Ends

1. Jacob Tamme @ NE– Leads the league in receptions last 3 weeks

2. Dustin Keller vs Houston– Should have a field day against this defense, Houston worst against the pass, worst against Tight Ends

3. Vernon Davis vs Tampa Bay

4. Antonio Gates (game-time decision/doubtful) vs Denver– Playing on Monday Night Football so probably gonna have to look for other options

5. Zach Miller @ Pittsburgh– Expected to play and should enjoy a nice game vs the Steelers D that was tore up by Rob Gronkowski last week.

6. Jason Witten vs Detroit– Disappointing 1 catch performance last week vs the Giants, should rebound here.

7. Ben Watson @ Jacksonville– Mcoy’s favorite target will have a nice game in this matchup

7A. Chris Cooley @ Tennessee

8. Visanthe Shiancoe vs GB– Got robbed of a TD last game in GB, he gets revenge here and finds the endzone.

9. Aaron Hernandez vs Indy– Colts are #2 in points allowed to Tight Ends but I expect Hernandez to get back in the mix this week after a quiet week 10.

10. Tony Gonzalez @ STL– Roddy may see a lot of attention this week, so the Ol man should get a good amount of looks

11. Brandon Pettigrew- Now that Shaun Hill is back, his numbers should improve again.

12. Jermaine Gresham vs Buffalo- Best game of the year last week, should enjoy another nice week vs Buffalo who are giving up 2nd most points to Tight Ends

13. Todd Heap @ Carolina- Probably will be playing with a lead all game, but should get some early points. Carolina 3rd worst against Tight Ends

14. Kellen Winslow @ SF- Got more involved last week and Freeman should find him again with his talent.

15. Tony Moeaki vs Arizona- Warming up a bit after a few slow weeks. Good matchup here.

16. Marcedes Lewis vs Cleveland- Mangini will keep him out of the endzone. If he doesn’t score he isn’t really useful.

17. Heath Miler vs Oakland

18. Brent Celek @ NYG- Be patient with him as teams start to give more and more focus to Jackson, things should open up for him.

19. Jeremy Shockey vs Seattle

20. Kevin Boss @ Philly

Week 9 Fantasy Matchups (Breakdown of 1 O’clocks)

By Alan Squatrito

Falcons vs. Buccaneers
The New Orleans Saints are not in first place in their division, they are in third! The Tampa Buccaneers are currently battling for the first place spot in the NFC South as they travel to the Georgia Dome to face the 5-2 Falcons in week 9. The Buccaneers are also 5-2 and the Saints are right behind them at 5- 3. It’s going to be tough to stay atop the division in the NFC South as the season progresses for the Buccaneers but they have been playing great football in general and on the road. However, I believe the Falcons will get a win at home this week. Michael Turner has yet to run for back to back 100 yard games and I think it’s safe to say he will do so after week 9 is in the books.  The Bucs are giving up 5.2 yards a carry while Michael Turner is averaging 4.5 yards a carry. He is going to bowl right through the Bucs this weekend no doubt. The Falcons are 27th against the pass while the Bucs are 13th with 14 interceptions (most in the NFL), so there is more reason to believe the Bucs will get a heavy dose of Turner Burner this weekend. I think the Bucs are going to be down early and have to eventually abandon the run. Josh Freeman is a high number 2 QB start this weekend and Mike Williams is a clear number 1 despite Dunta Robinson being back out on the field. LeGarrette Blount should play well, but we shall see comes Sunday, don’t count him out just yet, the Bucs may keep this game within reach.

Ravens vs. Dolphins
It is true; the Dolphins are 4-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. It’s time for a flip-flop. The Dolphins aren’t going to go into Baltimore and get another road win after upsetting the Cincinnati Benglas on the road last week. To win two games in a row on the road is a tough task in general. The Bengals were desperate last week for a win and couldn’t get it done. The Dolphins struggled in the red zone as they usually do to give Dan Carpenter all their fantasy points. The Ravens hate it when opposing offenses try to score within their red zone and I feel as though this is where Miami will make their mistakes. The Ravens are also coming fresh off their bye with Ed Reed getting his legs back from underneath him. The Ravens are 9th against the pass even though they can give up big plays, but they are also allowing 4.2 yards on the ground per attempt. If I were the Dolphins I would bring back the wild cat offense and pull some tricks out of the hat, but that’s the only way I can see them pulling off another win on the road. I see Ray Rice exploding with numerous opportunities including being involved with the pass game. He should see a couple of screen passes his way as well. The Dolphins are playing well against the run (3.8) a carry but the Ravens’ offensive line is going to boss around a tired front four all day long. I like Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin as solid starts in fantasy this week. I see Mason as a flex start and Boldin as a number 2 start. Brandon Marshall could blow up because his nickname is Godzilla but I rank him and Davone Bess very close to one another especially in ppr leagues.

Bills vs. Bears
The Buffalo Bills are 0-7 thus far this season but are playing their hearts out to get a win! There last three games have been close while they still can’t seem to put it all together. Steve Johnson has been a nice surprise for the Bills, he is emerging as a true number one receiver with 5 touchdowns in 5 consecutive games and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he got his 6th touchdown in week 9. Mike Martz has been talking to the media about how Jay Cutler is losing confidence with his role under center for the Bears, and I wouldn’t blame him because it’s not an easy thing to erase from your memory when you throw four interceptions in your last game, especially if it’s to one player, but maybe Mike Martz will abandon the pass game and feed Forte and Taylor all day? Yikes, I wouldn’t count on it. Jay Cutler is in an offensive system where timing is everything. His receivers aren’t the best receivers around the league, and he isn’t the best quarterback in the league to make any receiver look great. I know the Bears are playing well and have a solid defense but I still don’t trust them this week. I see Forte having a great day but not great enough to get the Bears the win. I am not a fan of starting Jay Cutler this week even though the Bills are 26th against the pass. I see him as a number 2 QB start. Johnny Knox will produce as usual in ppr leagues and Earl Bennett could emerge to be Cutler’s other go to guy. I like Ryan Fitzpatrick as a low-end number 1 this weekend. Could the Bills still lose this weekend? Definitely, but if they are going to have an opportunity to win at all this season, it will be against the Bears at home this weekend.

Panthers vs. Saints
The Saints finally looked like their former selves in last week’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers but they still seem to be somewhat lax when needing to string consecutive solid games together . It is interesting to note that Carolina’s Matt Moore has won 5 of his last 7 starts at home while DeAngelo Williams 119.8 yards per game on the ground when he faces off against the Saints, he won’t be facing off against them this week however. Marques Colston has at least 5 catches in five consecutive games and I can’t picture him not having a 6th consecutive game with five catches or more as the Saints seem to be heating up. The Panthers kept it close last game but unless DeAngelo Williams is playing I can’t picture the Saints losing in week 9. I expect Lance Moore and Colston to carry the load with Robert Meachem to have a solid receiving day as well. The Panthers ranks 21st against the run but only give up 3.6 yards a carry. I see Chris Ivory as a low number 2 running back this week because Drew Brees is simply going to carry everything on his shoulders. Jonathan Stewart should be an honest number 2 running back this week as the Saints give up 4.1 yards a carry on the ground, they can only help his 2.8 yards per carry average get better. I know Matt Moore is 5 and 7 at home in his last 7 starts but you can only take a guess when he is going to play well, and the Saints have momentum to  build on. Until Matt Moore plays consistently well, I wouldn’t count too much on any Panther this week.

Browns vs. Patriots
Coach Belichick and Coach Mangini are definitely an awkward combination together when they are in the same room, out on the same field, or coaching on the same team. They usually don’t like shaking hands after the end of a regulation game and it will be fun to watch this awkwardness continue after week 9 when the Patriots visit the Browns in the Dog Pound.  The Patriots have beaten the Browns the last four times they have played one another and I think it is going to be time for a fifth. Although the Browns beat the Saints and have kept games close at home within three points, I still believe the Patriots are going to win this game with ease. The Browns defense ranks in the bottom half of the league against the pass and the run. That’s pretty much all I have to write, and Colt McCoy is still behind center. This skews the previous stats mentioned at home where the Browns have had tendencies in keeping it close. I still expect the clock to run all game along with the Great White Water Buffalo (Peyton Hillis). Peyton Hillis feels at 100% and he is a bruiser, he will run wild against the Patriots defense giving the Browns the only possible chance to keep the game within reach against the Pats comes Sunday. I am still waiting for Brady to have a magnificent day through the air and this game gives him a great chance to have one. I like Peyton Hillis, Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Danny Woodhead as great starts this week while it may be a coin flip between Deion Branch and Brandon Tate on who will have the better day. I am not a big fan of Benjarvus Green-Ellis this week because I think Coach Belichick wants to get his passing attack going early and often in week 9.

 

Lions vs. Jets



The Lions are looking great with Mathew Stafford behind center and it is a good thing they will be playing at home this week against the Jets, even though it may not matter much. It’s funny that Mike Shanahan couldn’t just give credit to the Lions front four opposed to pulling Donovan McNabb out of the game but he will be the one to deal with all the criticism, not Donovan.  We will never know if Donovan McNabb would have made a comeback win in the last two minutes of the game against Detroit last week, despite how great the Lions defense played throughout the game. You can never assume. But one fact will still always remain when it comes to the NFL. Games are won and lost inside of the trenches and the Redskins offensive line has to be one of the worst O-lines in the NFL while the Jets O-Line is one of the best.  That is going to be the main difference in this week’s battle in Ford Field. The Lions are 27th against the run giving up 4.9 yards a carry. The Jets are averaging 5.0 yards a carry and I can’t seem to think that will change come Sunday. I expect Calvin Johnson to have a solid day with at least one touchdown while Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith are going to struggle. Ladanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are going to be a great duo this weekend and I like Shonn as a flex play. I like Brandon Pettrigrew and Dustin Kellar in this game putting up solid number tight end numbers. Sanchez is more of a low-end number two quarterback while Stafford is a low-end number one this week.

Texans vs. Chargers
No matter who is out or injured, this will be a high scoring game. Matt Schaub put up a devastating ten points in fantasy last week and I’d be surprised if he did something along the same lines in week 9. Andre Johnson is hurting; Antonio Gates is hurting, what will Schaub and Rivers do? Find a way to get points regardless. I expect the Chargers to get all three running back involved heavily in this game to move the ball considering the fact that Naanee is out for the game, Malcom Floyd is still out, and Buster Davis is on i.r. with a rib injury. Philip Rivers quarterback rating is a 98 while Matt Schaub’s quarterback rating is an 89, this is the main difference in the game. Philip Rivers likes to take charge of his team in general, and especially in November. The Texans are always on the brink of making the playoffs while the Chargers always do. I still think both teams are going to make it to the playoffs and believe that this game is going to be the game of the week but I think Rivers is going to find a way to get it done. The Chargers are supposedly one of the best defenses in the NFL but I disagree with this stat because they are giving up 21.7 points a game. The Texans will move the ball and I expect Arian Foster, Kevin Walter, Joel Dressen, and Jacoby Jones to contribute when Schaub isn’t force feeding the ball to Andre Johnson. Every player for both teams is good starts this weekend.. Rivers and Schaub are the best players to plug-in for your fantasy team this weekend as they are both going to have to get creative. I expect Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, and Mike Tolbert to all produce. I like the Chargers in this game to win by 2-4 points. I expect over 50 points being scored in this game.

Vikings vs. Cardinals

What a great team to play against in order to look like a playoff contender once again, but this is not the 2009 season. Whether they want to admit it or not, the Vikings are going bonkers after they let go of Randy Moss and owner Zygie Wilf had nothing to do with his release, it was all Childress. Besides for making such a silly decision to let go of Moss, there is a bright side. The Minnesota Vikings led the league last year with 48 sacks while they only have 6 sacks on the year in 2010 and that is definitely due to change. I expect the Vikings defense to pick up the slack on the dysfunctional franchise in Minnesota this week and get a win. Adrian Peterson and Visanthe Shiancoe are the only players worth starting this weekend in my opinion for the Vikings, along with their defense. If Harvin plays then of course, but he is very questionable for Sunday. I like Beanie Wells as a low number two running back this weekend with not a lot of upside. Derek Anderson will have to give the Cardinals an edge in this game and although it is possible I don’t see it from happening. I expect Larry Fitzgerald to get a touchdown at some point in the game.

Start Them Guys-Sit These Guys

By Steve DeAngelo

Week 3 is almost here and as we go along we are getting a better feel more and more of which guys should be in our lineups and which guys should not. However there are always tough decisions to be made each week and that is the purpose of this column. The point is to show you that FantasySavvy has the confidence to go with a particular player and you should to. Also it works the other way around as we won’t be so confident in particular guys in an upcoming matchup. In this weekly article we try to leave most of the players out that should be in or out of your lineup without question, but sometimes you need to be reminded just in case. We advise you trust FantasySavvy on our recommendations but at the end of the day it’s your team and your responsibility. Good Luck this weekend and make sure to check our radio show tonight at 11est at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy

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QB

Carson Palmer

He has the weapons, T.O, Ocho Cinco, Gresham, Shipley and this week he has a favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Eli Manning put up a solid week 1 game against them and 2nd year QB Josh Freeman even had a fairly good game against last them last week. Palmer should enjoy a nice week and should be able to connect with his plethora of wideouts. Start him with confidence this week. I expect at least 250 yards and 2-3  TD’s.

Mike Vick

Yes, Andy Reid did a 360 on us earlier this week when he announced Vick to be the starter going forward instead of Kevin Kolb. It’s great news for Owners who picked up Vick and showed faith in him to retain the job. FantasySavvy thought he would eventually take the job just not this week. Well it’s good because if Vick hadn’t taken it this week it would have been harder to get it back the job because the Eagles play the weak Jacksonville secondary on Sunday and Kolb most likely would have had a fairly good game. Instead, Reid changed his mind maybe fearing that Kolb would have had a good game and then possibly thinking it would have been harder for him to replace Kolb so he went with Vick.

Vick enjoys a nice matchup this week and should be in your lineups unless you have Drew Brees or any other of those elite QB’s.

Donovan Mcnabb

This one is easy Mcnabb vs the St. Louis defense. Mcnabb enjoyed a breakout game last week throwing for 426 yards although just one TD. However this week, while he may not throw for 400 I think he gets at least 2-3 TD’s and about 300 yards passing. Get him in your lineups and get ready for a nice game from him as he continues to hook up with Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.

Brett Favre

Favre has been miserable threw two weeks thus far with 1 TD and 4 picks. Also to make matters worse the Vikings tried to pursue Vincent Jackson but Chargers GM blocked the deal as he wanted more from the Vikes. However, things improve for Farve and the 0-2 Vikings as they take on the Detroit Lions at home. Yes Favre has looked out of sync with his wideouts and his wideouts aren’t playing that well either but Detroit should solve these problems. After being questionable earlier in the Week Percy Harvin looks to be Ok for Sunday as well as Benard Berrian. I think Favre goes for about 250 through the air this week with 2-3 TD’s.

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Chad Henne

Darrelle Revis is out for the Jets but Henne still faces a tough matchup vs the Jets. They will still be blitzing him and this should still be a low scoring game. Henne might put up 200 yards but won’t throw more than 1 TD. Jets still have some talent in the secondary and Henne is still a young inexperienced QB.

Derek Anderson

The Raiders stink but Derek Anderson is worse. He shouldn’t sniff lineups, this guy is so inaccurate it makes me question Ken Whisenhunt’s judgement by just making him the starter this year and cutting Matt Leinart so easily.

Matt Hasselback

Good Week 1 terrible Week 2. Matt Hasselback is a shell of his former self. He really looks like Grandpa out there. His wideouts aren’t that good either and he has no running game to support him. Please don’t start him, you should just cut him.

RB’s

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Marion Barber

Barber has been disappointing dating back to last year. This year he has 19 carries for just 70 yards and 0 TDS. However this week against Houston I believe Dallas tries to get the run game going a little bit more. Houston’s secondary has been pretty bad (last week 426 yards to Mcnabb) so Dallas will attack through the air with success as well but that only works in Barber’s favor. He remains Dallas’ goaline back and he should have a lot of opportunities to punch it into the endzone this week. While Barber probably won’t get 100 yards rushing I think he gets into the endzone at least once and he could have a multiple TD game. Dallas will be moving the ball all game against Houston and Barber will get the looks inside the 10 yard line.

Jamal Charles

Charles was a high pick for many in drafts this year and to this point he has been disappointing. Well he hasn’t disappointed personally it’s just his coaches have yet to give him his deserving touches. Thomas Jones saw 22 carries last week but most of those carries came late when the Chiefs were trying to run the clock out. To date Charles YPC is 6.7 while Jones is only 3.7. Charles has as many rushing yards and more TD’s than Jones on 11 less carries. So it’s obvious by watching and statistically that Charles is the more talented back but for now Jones continues to see more time because he is the ol’ reliable veteran.

So what am I getting to? Charles does have a tough matchup vs a pretty good 49ers Defense this week led by Patrick Willis but Todd Haley recently stated that he will use Jones or Charles more based on how they match up against defenses. So for this week that Bodes well for Charles. He has the speed to get around the perimeter and the moves to make guys miss, Thomas Jones does not possess those skills. Look for Charles to be a factor in the receiving department and to get more looks on the ground this week. He is simply too lethal to be placed on your bench. Before it’s too late go and trade for Jamal Charles as well because before long he will be getting more and more carries and making a bigger impact as he is the best offensive player on his team.

Shonn Greene and L.T.

Look for the Jets to try to pound the rock more than ever this week against Miami on Sunday Night. Braylon Edwards won’t start and he probably won’t play that much this week against Miami. I expect Rex to make somewhat of an example out of him. With that said I believe Rex’s gameplan will be to run the rock. Look for Greene to have his best game as a Jet and for L.T. to also have a good game. I can see both of them getting into the endzone this week. Look for Greene to put up more yards on the ground it could very well be 80-100 with a couple of TD’s. L.T is a good play in PPR leagues especially and I believe he will have around 70-80 total yards with a TD as well. Both are solid Low End #2 backs this week and Great flex plays.

Mike Tolbert

Look for the Jerome Bettis clone to do some bruising against that Seahawks front seven this weekend. The Chargers will move the ball on this defense and Tolbert will get all the goal line carries. He isn’t an easy man to bring down. Ryan Matthews has a high ankle sprain so while he continues to be out Tolbert is a solid option. Get him in your lineups as Tolbert is going to see the endzone at least once this week and possibly twice.

Ahmad Bradshaw

Bradshaw, as we’ve known has been the most talented back in the Giants backfield for sometime but Jacobs was still eating into Bradshaw’s full potential. While Jacobs remains there, it’s obvious that Jacobs is disgruntled evidenced by his helmet throwing incident last Sunday Night. With this, Bradshaw should take on a slightly bigger role now and I like his matchup this week against Tennessee. The Titans did a fairly good job last week against Pittsburgh and Rashad Mendenhall but that is because they crowded the box and dared Charlie Batch to beat them. This week it will be different as they will have to account for Eli Manning and his talented wide receiver core. Bradshaw should see some success on the ground as well as a receiver out of the backfield. I expect him to have a Similar game to what Darren Mcfadden did in week 1 to the Titans when he had over 140 total yards rushing and receiving with a TD. Get Bradshaw in your lineups this week and start with confidence.

Sit These

Brandon Jackson

It was announced earlier this week by Packers head coach Mike Mcarthy that Brandon Jackson would not be a 3 down back going forward. We all expected him to take over Ryan Grant’s role and get the lion’s share of carries but in week 2 he only got 9 although he did get a TD. Still Jackson really hasn’t impressed throughout his career and didn’t impress last week so Mcarthy looks like he wants to give John Kuhn even reps with Jackson. To make matters worse Jackson goes up against a tough Bears Run defense and this is simply a terrible matchup for him. He should be on your benches and he doesn’t really look like an impressive option in the future as well.

Thomas Jones

As stated earlier this is not a good matchup for Thomas Jones against a tough 49ers defense. Running inside won’t come easy against Patrick Willis and Co. The Chiefs most likely will look to use Jamal Charles more to get to the outside and use his speed to create offense. Jones is not a safe option this week even as a flex play.

Ronnie Brown

Another tough matchup for Brown as last week he went against the stingy Minnesota run defense. It doesn’t get easier this week vs the Jets. Yes they are without Kris Jenkins but Mike Devito has filled in fairly nicely and the Jets still are geared to stop the run. This will most likely be a low scoring game and remember Brown is still splitting time with Ricky Williams. Keep Brown on the Bench unless you have no other options.

WR’s

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Terrell Owens

He was supposed to be Batman and Ocho was supposed to be Robin but so far T.O has been Catgirl. However this week he has a nice matchup against Carolina and I expect T.O. to finally see the endzone this week. I like T.O this year and think as he gets more on par with Palmer he will get better. Cedric Benson recently expressed his frustration with the Bengals supposedly being geared more towards the pass now but he should just be quiet. He still got 23 carries last week and T.O and Ocho have to get theirs. After all how in the world you gon stop Ocho Cinco? How in the world you gon Stop T.O? Getcha Popcorn Ready! Click the underlined!

Santana Moss

Santana is still talented even at the age of 31. He really just hasn’t had a QB to get him the ball. Now with Mcnabb that has changed. Moss’ talents aren’t being wasted any longer. He is one of the better route runners in the league and one of the quicker and speedier wideouts in the league. Him and Mcnabb have already shown solid chemistry through the first two weeks and it won’t stop this week against St. Louis. Moss could be in for a juicy game. Go and trade for Moss as well he will remain solid all season.

Mark Clayton

The Skins have been torched through the air through the first two weeks and even though they are facing the Rams and rookie Sam Bradford, the Rams should still be able to move it through the clouds. Mark Clayton has always been talented he just has never been able to put it all together. Now with Sam Bradford constantly targeting him he has 3 TD’s already this year and is starting to show that talent. He should be heavily targeted again this week and his a nice play. Put him in there this week.

Jeremy Maclin

Maclin possess good speed and has a nice matchup this week against Jacksonville. Vick will hit him on drags and deep crossing routes. Maclin will be open and he could even go for a TD this week. He serves as a fairly decent flex play this week because of the matchup. Go with Maclin while Vick remains hot.

Dez Bryant

Bryant is a bit banged up this week but he is on target to play Sunday and insists he will play as well. As you saw last week Donovan Mcnabb passed for 426 yards last week against Houston so there is no reason to expect Tony Romo and Co not to have similar success. Dez Bryant should have a nice game this week because of the matchup. Monitor the injury but he should be Ok. His matchup is just too good to leave him on the bench. Plus it helps that the guy is extremely talented.

Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon

While the Colts look to want to the run the ball more (43 times last week against the NYG) it makes sense this week to return back to the passing game. The reason being is Champ Bailey is most likely going to miss this matchup. Also the Broncos other corner Andre Goodman is also questionble.

Austin Collie is a must start but owners should also consider Pierre Garcon even though he has disappointed and Manning seems to have lost some faith in him. However, Pierre is still a very talented wideout and this is a good week with the Broncos secondary heavily depleted to get him back in your lineups. Again if you have safer options go with that but if Garcon makes sense this week for your lineup then go with him.

Legedu Naanee and Malcom Floyd

Simply put if Kyle Orton can throw all over Seattle then Phillip Rivers should have no problem. Malcolm Floyd was limited in practice on Wednesday ,but looked Ok Thursday and should be fine for Sunday. He had only 3 catches last week but they went for 95 yards and a score. He will remain Rivers big play threat through the air.

After a nice Week 1 Legedue Naanee disappointed with only 1 catch for 14 yards last week. However this week he should rebound as the Chargers will look to throw the ball early and often with the absence of Ryan Matthews. Naanee is a better play in PPR leagues but he should be Ok for standard leagues as well. Get both of these guys in your lineups this week as the Chargers should be very successful through the air.

Sit These

Mike Williams-TB

Mike Williams has enjoyed a fairly solid rookie season thus far with only 84 yards but with touchdowns in back to back weeks. This is the week to avoid him however as he and Josh Freeman face the extremely tough Pittsburgh Defense. Freeman will be under duress all game and he won’t have much time to hit Williams let alone think. You saw what Pittsburgh did to Matt Ryan in Week 1 and Vince Young in Week 2, steer clear of Williams.

Jabaar Gaffney

Now with Demaryius Thomas emerging and Orton constantly looking Eddie Royal’s way Jabar Gaffney is slowly being phased out.  Gaffney finished with only 2 catches for 15 yards last week. Gaffney was being overrated as a solid sleeper coming into this year. When you’ve been in the league as long as he has and have never had over 60 catches I don’t see how you can be considered a sleeper. Nonetheless don’t start him this week and avoid this guy going forward. You can feel Ok just releasing him.

Steve Smith- Carolina

It’s not only the fact that Smith faces a tough Bengals Defense in week 3 but it’s also the fact that this will be his first start with Rookie Jimmy Claussen at the helm. Claussen takes over for Matt Moore and will take full reigns for now. It remains to be seen how the two will connect. Given Smith’s talent some good games should be expected upcoming but for this week you may want to explore other options as he tries to find a groove with the rookie as well as going against a solid defense in Cincy with two solid corners in Jonathan Joseph and Leon Hall.

TE

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Aaron Hernandez

The highly talented Florida Gator product exploded onto the scene last week against the Jets for 100 yards receiving. If you picked him up this week than props to you. Or if you drafted this guy more props go to you. Hernandez runs like a wideout similar to the Jets Dustin Keller. Brady will look to him often this season so get him in your lineups.

Dustin Keller

Keller broke out last week with 100+ yards receiving and a TD. Sanchez will look to him even more this week against Miami with Braylon Edwards seeing a limited role this week after his DWI. Keller is talented and the young Sanchez will look Keller’s way often especially this week against Miami.

Tony Moeaki

Moeaki is another talented Tight End. Matt Cassell loves to throw short little dinky routes because of his lack of arm strength so look for Moeaki to be Cassell’s safety blanket. If you don’t have better options go with Tony this week.

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Kellen Winslow

As I stated earlier with Mike Williams, Tampa Bay’s QB has a tough matchup this week in Pittsburgh. They will be blitzing the hell out of the young Freeman and who knows what he will be able to do this week. Sit Winslow this week as his QB won’t be able to find him amongst the many Pittsburgh Blitzers.