2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 9 Player Rankings

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QB’s

  1. Peyton Manning @ NE
  2. Andrew Luck @ NYG
  3. Tom Brady vs DEN
  4. Russell Wilson vs Oakland
  5. Colin Kaepernick vs STL
  6. Ben Roethlisberger vs BAL
  7. Phillip Rivers @ MIA
  8. Carson Palmer @ DAL
  9. Eli Manning vs IND
  10. Nick Foles @ HOU
  11. Ryan Tannehill vs SD * Guy is averaging about 35 rushing yards in his last 4 games.
  12. Joe Flacco @ PIT
  13. Andy Dalton vs JAC
  14. RG3 @ MIN
  15. Michael Vick @ KC
  16. Alex Smith vs NYJ
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs PHI
  18. Teddy Bridgewater vs WAS
  19. Mike Glennon @ CLE
  20. Brandon Weeden vs AZ * If Romo somehow plays, he’s ranked @12 spot.
  21. Blake Bortles @ CIN
  22. Brian Hoyer vs TB
  23. Austin Davis @ SF
  24. Derek Carr @ SEA

RB’s

  1. Arian Foster vs PHI
  2. Jamaal Charles vs NYJ
  3. DeMarco Murray vs AZ
  4. Marshawn Lynch vs Oakland *He has to get it going this week
  5. Ronnie Hillman vs NE
  6. Le’Veon Bell vs BAL
  7. Andre Ellington @ DAL
  8. Ahmad Bradshaw @ NYG
  9. LeSean McCoy @ HOU
  10. Alfred Morris @ MIN
  11. Jeremy Hill vs JAC
  12. Jerrick McKinnon vs WAS
  13. Lamar Miller vs SD
  14. Justin Forsett @ PIT
  15. Shane Vereen @ DEN
  16. Frank Gore vs STL
  17. Brandon Oliver @ MIA
  18. Ben Tate vs TB
  19. Chris Ivory @ KC
  20. Denard Robinson @ CIN
  21. Bobby Rainey @ CLE
  22. Andre Williams vs IND
  23. Jonas Gray vs DEN
  24. Charles Sims @ CLE
  25. Darren McFadden @ SEA
  26. Trent Richardson @ NYG
  27. Knile Davis vs NYJ
  28. Lorenzo Taliaferro @ PIT
  29. Carlos Hyde vs STL
  30. Robert Turbin vs OAK
  31. Tre Mason @ SF
  32. Roy Helu @ MIN
  33. Juwan Thompson @ NE
  34. Darren Sproles @ HOU
  35. Matt Asiata vs WAS
  36. Isaiah Crowell vs TB
  37. Benny Cunningham @ SF
  38. Chris Johnson @ KC
  39. Peyton Hillis vs IND
  40. Terrance West vs TB

WR’s

  1. T.Y. Hilton @ NYG
  2. Antonio Brown vs BAL
  3. Demaryius Thomas @ NE
  4. Jeremy Maclin @ HOU
  5. Emmanuel Sanders @ NE
  6. A.J. Green vs JAC *Should Play, but questionable
  7. DeSean Jackson @ MIN
  8. Dez Bryant vs AZ
  9. Mike Wallace vs SD
  10. Andre Johnson vs PHI
  11. Steve Smith Sr. @ PIT
  12. Larry Fitzgerald @ DAL
  13. DeAndre Hopkins vs PHI
  14. Keenan Allen @ MIA
  15. Brandon LaFell vs DEN
  16. Michael Floyd @ DAL
  17. Vincent Jackson @ CLE
  18. Pierre Garcon @ MIN
  19. Odell Beckham vs IND
  20. Ruben Randle vs IND
  21. Julian Edelman vs DEN
  22. Doug Baldwin vs OAK
  23. Reggie Wayne @ NYG
  24. Michael Crabtree vs STL
  25. Anquan Boldin vs STL
  26. Martavis Bryant vs BAL
  27. Allen Robinson @ CIN
  28. Andrew Hawkins vs TB
  29. MIke Evans @ CLE
  30. Torrey Smith @ PIT
  31. Mohammad Sanu vs JAC
  32. Dwayne Bowe vs NYJ
  33. Percy Harvin @ KC
  34. Eric Decker @ KC
  35. Terrance Williams vs AZ
  36. Cordarrelle Patterson vs WAS
  37. Cecil Shorts @ CIN
  38. Andre Holmes @ SEA
  39. Wes Welker @ NE
  40. Greg Jennings vs WAS
  41. Donte Moncrief @ NYG
  42. James Jones @ SEA
  43. John Brown @ DAL
  44. Malcom Floyd @ MIA
  45. Jermaine Kearse vs OAK
  46. Eddie Royal @ MIA
  47. Kenny Britt vs SF
  48. Jordan Matthews @ HOU
  49. Markus Wheaton vs BAL
  50. Jarvis Landry vs SD

TE’s

  1. Rob Gronkowski vs DEN
  2. Julius Thomas @ NE
  3. Antonio Gates @ MIA
  4. Jordan Reed @ MIN
  5. Travis Kelce vs NYJ
  6. Dwayne Allen @ NYG
  7. Vernon Davis vs STL
  8. Larry Donnell vs IND
  9. Tim Wright vs DEN
  10. Heath Miller vs BAL
  11. Jason Witten vs AZ
  12. Zach Ertz @ HOU
  13. Charles Clay vs SD
  14. Coby Fleener @ NYG
  15. Clay Harbor @ CIN
  16. Luke Wilson vs OAK
  17. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins @ CLE
  18. Jared Cook @ SF
  19. Jermaine Gresham vs JAC
  20. Jace Amaro @ KC
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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 16 Player Rankings (Super Bowl Rankings)

Thanks for following this year everyone, it’s much appreciated. This season flew by, but once again it was another great season. I hope all of you dominate in your Fantasy Super Bowls. Since it is the Super Bowl, I am going to shorten the lists a bit and take out some of the very irrelevant players. I should have some NBA, MLB and College Hoops stuff coming in the next few weeks and of course I will be back next year for Football, but even stronger. If you ever need to contact me you can @FantasySavvy on Twitter. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, God Bless. Go get those Championships!

Quarterbacks

  1. Cam Newton vs OAK
  2. Tom Brady @ JAC
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs TEN
  4. RG3 @ PHI
  5. Tony Romo vs NO
  6. Drew Brees @ DAL
  7. Peyton Manning vs CLE
  8. Andrew Luck @ KC
  9. Eli Manning @ BAL
  10. Colin Kaepernick @ SEA
  11. Ben Roethlisberger vs CIN
  12. Matt Schaub vs MIN
  13. Sam Bradford @ TB
  14. Carson Palmer @ CAR
  15. Russell Wilson vs SF
  16. Andy Dalton @ PIT
  17. Joe Flacco vs NYG
  18. Chad Henne vs NE
  19. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ MIA
  20. Jay Cutler @ ARI
  21. Nick Foles vs WAS
  22. Brandon Weeden @ DEN
  23. Jake Locker @ GB

Running Backs

  1. Adrian Peterson @ HOU
  2. Arian Foster vs MIN
  3. DeMarco Murray vs NO
  4. Ray Rice vs NYG
  5. Alfred Morris @ PHI
  6. Marshawn Lynch vs SF
  7. C.J. Spiller @ MIA
  8. Jamaal Charles vs IND
  9. LeSean McCoy vs WAS
  10. Vick Ballard @ KC
  11. Stevan Ridley @ JAC
  12. Frank Gore @ SEA
  13. Darren McFadden @ CAR
  14. Trent Richardson @ DEN
  15. Reggie Bush vs BUF
  16. Knowshon Moreno vs CLE
  17. Darren Mcfadden @ CAR
  18. Darren Sproles @ DAL
  19. Matt Forte @ ARI
  20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ PIT
  21. Steven Jackson @ TB
  22. Chris Johnson @ GB
  23. DeAngelo Williams vs OAK
  24. Ahmad Bradshaw @ BAL *questionable, should play
  25. Montell Owens vs NE
  26. Shonn Greene vs SD
  27. Jonathan Dwyer vs CIN
  28. Chris “Beanie” Wells vs CHI
  29. David Wilson @ BAL *bump up 15 spots if Bradshaw is OUT
  30. Ronnie Brown @ NYJ
  31. Mark Ingram @ DAL
  32. Bilal Powell vs SD
  33. Alex Green vs CLE *questionable
  34. Jonathan Stewart vs OAK *questionable
  35. Bryce Brown vs WAS
  36. Shane Vereen @ JAC
  37. Pierre Thomas @ DAL
  38. Brandon Bolden @ JAC
  39.  Jackie Battle @ NYJ
  40. Issac Redman vs CIN
  41. Marcel Reese @ CAR
  42. Danny Woodhead @ JAC
  43. Peyton Hillis vs IND
  44. Dijuan Harris vs TEN  * move up to Greens Spot if Green OUT

Wide Receivers

  1. Dez Bryant vs NO
  2. Andre Johnson vs MIN
  3. A.J. Green @ PIT
  4. Brandon Marshall @ AZ
  5. Demaryius Thomas vs CLE
  6. Vincent Jackson vs STL
  7. Randall Cobb vs TEN
  8. Wes Welker @ JAC
  9. Reggie Wayne @ KC
  10. Steve Smith vs OAK
  11. Pierre Garcon @ PHI
  12. Victor Cruz @ BAL
  13. Marques Colston @ DAL
  14. Cecil Shorts vs NE
  15. Mike Wallace vs CIN
  16. Steve Johnson @ MIA
  17. Miles Austin vs NO
  18. Michael Crabtree @ SEA
  19. Danny Amendola @ TB
  20. James Jones vs TEN
  21. Hakeem Nicks @ BAL
  22. Eric Decker vs CLE
  23. Lance Moore @ DAL
  24. Justin Blackmon vs NE
  25. Brandon Lloyd @ JAC
  26. Greg Jennings vs TEN
  27. T.Y. Hilton @ KC
  28. Danario Alexander @ NYJ
  29. Torrey Smith vs NYG
  30. Denarius Moore @ CAR
  31. Anquan Boldin vs NYG
  32. Jeremy Maclin vs WAS
  33. Larry Fitzgerald vs CHI
  34. Josh Gordon @ DEN
  35. Antonio Brown vs CIN
  36. Sidney Rice vs SF
  37. Brian Hartline vs BUF
  38. Kenny Britt @ GB
  39. Donnie Avery @ KC
  40. Mike Williams vs STL
  41. Golden Tate vs SF
  42. Brandon LaFell vs OAK
  43. Jason Avant @ WAS
  44. Brandon Gibson @ TB
  45. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ CAR

Tight Ends

  1. Jason Witten vs NO
  2. Aaron Hernandez @ JAC
  3. Jimmy Graham @ DAL
  4. Heath Miller vs CIN
  5. Owen Daniels vs MIN
  6. Jermaine Gresham @ PIT
  7. Greg Olsen vs OAK
  8. Dennis Pitta vs NYG
  9. Antonio Gates @ NYJ
  10. Vernon Davis @ SEA
  11. Brandon Myers @ CAR
  12. Jermichael Finley vs TEN
  13. Kyle Rudolph @ HOU
  14. Marcedes Lewis vs NE
  15. Dwayne Allen @ KC
  16. Scott Chandler @ MIA
  17. Dallas Clark vs STL
  18. Joel Dreessen vs CLE
  19. Jacob Tamme vs CLE
  20. Anthony Fasano vs BUF
  21. Brent Celek vs WAS
  22. Tony Moeaki vs IND

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 14 Player Rankings (Playoff Edition)

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers vs DET
  2. Drew Brees @ NYG
  3. Eli Manning vs NO
  4. RG3 vs BAL
  5. Tom Brady vs HOU
  6. Andrew Luck vs TEN
  7. Cam Newton vs ATL
  8. Matt Ryan @ CAR
  9. Matthew Stafford @ GB
  10. Josh Freeman vs PHI
  11. Tony Romo @ CIN
  12. Colin Kaepernick vs MIA
  13. Matt Schaub @ NE
  14. Ben Roethlisberger vs SD
  15. Andy Dalton vs DAL
  16. Joe Flacco @ WAS
  17. Phillip Rivers @ PIT
  18. Jay Cutler @ MIN
  19. Sam Bradford @ BUF
  20. Russell Wilson vs AZ
  21. Jake Locker @ IND
  22. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs STL
  23. Brandon Weeden vs KC
  24. Nick Foles @ TB
  25. Chad Henne vs NYJ
  26. Mark Sanchez @ JAC
  27. Christian Ponder vs CHI
  28. John Skelton @ SEA
  29. Ryan Tannehill @ SF
  30. Brady Quinn @ CLE

Running Backs

  1. Adrian Peterson vs CHI
  2. Jamaal Charles @ CLE
  3. Doug Martin vs PHI
  4. Arian Foster @ NE
  5. Trent Richardson vs KC
  6. Ray Rice @ WAS
  7. C.J. Spiller vs STL
  8. Marshawn Lynch vs AZ
  9. Bryce Brown @ TB
  10. Alfred Morris vs BAL
  11. Ahmad Bradshaw vs NO
  12. Chris Johnson @ IND
  13. Frank Gore vs MIA
  14. Matt Forte @ MIN
  15. DeMarco Murray @ CIN
  16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs DAL
  17. Steven Jackson @ BUF
  18. Stevan Ridley vs HOU
  19. Fred Jackson vs STL
  20. Vick Ballard vs TEN
  21. Shonn Greene @ JAC
  22. Jonathan Dwyer vs SD
  23. Michael Turner @ CAR
  24. Mikel Leshoure @ GB
  25. Montell Owens vs NYJ
  26. Darren Sproles @ NYG
  27. Reggie Bush @ SF
  28. DeAngelo Williams vs ATL
  29. Pierre Thomas @ NYG
  30. Ryan Mathews @ PIT
  31. Alex Green vs DET
  32. Beanie Wells @ SEA
  33. Joique Bell @ GB
  34. Jaquizz Rodgers @ CAR
  35. Mark Ingram @ NYG
  36. Bilal Powell @ JAC
  37. Danny Woodhead vs HOU
  38. Shane Vereen vs HOU
  39. Ben Tate @ NE
  40. Issac Redman vs SD
  41. Felix Jones @ CIN
  42. Daryl Richardson @ BUF
  43. Daniel Thomas @ SF
  44. Chris Ivory @ NYG
  45. Peyton Hillis @ CLE
  46. Delonte Carter vs TEN
  47. Benard Pierce @ WAS

Wide Receivers 

  1. Calvin Johnson @ GB
  2. Brandon Marshall @ MIN
  3. Andre Johnson @ NE
  4. A.J. Green vs DAL
  5. Vincent Jackson vs PHI
  6. Dez Bryant @ CIN
  7. Marques Colston @ NYG
  8. Victor Cruz vs NO
  9. Wes Welker vs HOU
  10. Roddy White @ CAR
  11. Reggie Wayne vs TEN
  12. Julio Jones @ CAR
  13. Randall Cobb vs DET
  14. Hakeem Nicks vs NO *questionable
  15. Pierre Garcon vs BAL
  16. Greg Jennings vs DET
  17. Steve Smith vs ATL
  18. James Jones vs DET
  19. Mike Wallace vs SD
  20. Danario Alexander @ PIT
  21. Torrey Smith @ WAS
  22. Stevie Johnson vs STL
  23. Lance Moore @ NYG
  24. Miles Austin @ CIN
  25. Sidney Rice vs AZ
  26. Danny Amendola @ BUF * Gametime decision
  27. T.Y. Hilton vs TEN
  28. Mike Williams vs PHI
  29. Jeremy Maclin @ TB
  30. Michael Crabtree vs MIA
  31. Kenny Britt @ IND
  32. Antonio Brown vs SD
  33. Donnie Avery vs TEN
  34. Chris Givens @ BUF
  35. Brandon Lloyd vs HOU
  36. Dwayne Bowe @ CLE
  37. Josh Gordon vs KC
  38. Golden Tate vs AZ
  39. Anquan Boldin @ WAS
  40. Justin Blackmon vs NYJ
  41. Brian Hartline @ SF
  42. Mike Thomas @ GB
  43. Malcom Floyd @ PIT
  44. Santana Moss vs BAL
  45. Jeremy Kerley @ JAC
  46. Jason Avant @ TB
  47. Kendall Wright @ IND
  48. Kevin Elliot vs NYJ
  49. Davone Bess @ SF
  50. Nate Washington @ IND
  51. Louis Murphy vs ATL
  52. Brandon Gibson @ BUF
  53. Riley Cooper @ TB
  54. Greg Little vs KC
  55. Emannuel Sanders vs SD
  56. Donald Jones vs STL
  57. Randy Moss vs MIA
  58. Stephen Hill @ JAC
  59. Jarius Wright vs CHI
  60. Aldrick Robinson vs BAL

Tight Ends 

  1. Jimmy Graham @ NYG
  2. Aaron Hernandez vs HOU
  3. Jason Witten @ CIN
  4. Owen Daniels vs NE
  5. Tony Gonzalez @ CAR
  6. Jermaine Gresham vs DAL
  7. Heath Miller vs SD
  8. Greg Olsen vs ATL
  9. Kyle Rudolph vs CHI
  10. Brandon Pettigrew @ GB
  11. Vernon Davis vs MIA
  12. Martellus Bennett @ NO
  13. Dennis Pitta @ WAS
  14. Antonio Gates @ PIT
  15. Dallas Clark vs PHI
  16. Jermichael Finley vs DET
  17. Jared Cook @ IND
  18. Tony Moeaki @ CLE
  19. Brent Celek @ TB
  20. Tony Scheffler @ GB
  21. Dwayne Allen vs TEN
  22. Marcedes Lewis vs NYJ
  23. Scott Chandler vs STL
  24. Coby Fleener vs TEN
  25. Jeff Cumberland @ JAC
  26. Logan Paulsen vs BAL
  27. Rob Housler @ SEA
  28. Ben Watson vs KC

FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 14 (Playoff Edition)

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Well, we are finally here, Week 14, and for the majority of us that means it’s playoff time. The prepping, the drafting, the pickups, the trades, the agonizing over lineup decisions, the ups, the downs, all have led to this moment. I wish you all the best in your playoff runs and as always if you have any questions hit me up @FantasySavvy on Twitter.

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

Andrew Luck vs Tennessee 

This kid continues to impress more and more as the season goes on and is starting to show a true chemistry with T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery not just Reggie Wayne. The Colts will be at home against a weak Titans secondary; Luck needs to be in your lineups.

Josh Freeman vs Philly

The Eagles are suffering devastating loss one after another and it begs the question of how much life this team has left. Their defense has been shredded the last three weeks by Newton,Griffin and Romo and Freeman should join the party this week. Start him with confidence and expect close to 300 yards with at least two TD’s.

Matt Schaub @ New England

Schaub has thrown for over 1,000 yards and has 8 TD’s in his last three games and against New England he should keep the gaudy numbers up. Look for a good amount of points to be scored in this game and for Schaub to be slinging the rock around. Expect around 250 yards with at least two TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Phillip Rivers @ Pittsburgh

The Steelers will be without their best CB in Ike Taylor, but Rivers still needs to be benched against the Steelers who are allowing the least amount of points to Fantasy QB’s. Rivers has been up and down all year and with just one TD in his last two games he can’t be trusted in this spot.

Russell Wilson vs Arizona

Wilson has been playing better as the season has went on and has really started to connect with Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, but this is a tough matchup vs Arizona. The Cards have been pretty stout against QB’s, allowing the third fewest points to the position.

Carson Palmer vs Denver

Palmer is the king of “Garbage Time” as he constantly pads onto his stats late in games. He turns the ball over a good amount and his defense couldn’t stop your Grandma, so he is constantly chucking. Palmer has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his last five games, but he is still hard to trust. He could throw three to four interceptions at any time and throw up a dud game for you. In the Fantasy Playoffs you need trust and against Denver and their D who haven’t allowed a QB to score over 20 points in their last seven games, you can’t trust Palmer.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Ahmad Bradshaw vs New Orleans

Bradshaw has a great matchup against the Saints who are allowing the most points to Fantasy RB’s and will continue to get a full array of carries with Andre Brown out. The Giants Coaches still aren’t giving the ball to David Wilson despite them saying they would. Look for Bradshaw to get around 20 carries once again, most likely top 100 yards and find the endzone.

Alfred Morris vs Baltimore

The Ravens defense has been banged up with injuries all season and this is just not D we are all used to. The Run D is allowing the 12th most points to Fantasy Backs and this is a matchup that Morris can exploit. He has gone over 100 yards the last two weeks and he should be in for another productive game.

Vick Ballard vs Tennessee 

Ballard isn’t the most talented back, but was talented enough to take the starting gig from Donald Brown. With Brown OUT for Sunday, Ballard will get a good amount of carries and could be in for a nice game against the Titans who are allowing the third most points to Fantasy Backs. Look for around 80-100 total yards with a possible TD, making him a decent flex play.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Mathews @ Pittsburgh

A lot of Fantasy Experts have been pumping this guy up for years but Mathews just continues to disappoint. It’s pretty simple, he’s not that good of a back and he was always overrated. He hasn’t rushed for 100 yards all season, keep this guy benched and don’t even think about using him against Pittsburgh who are giving up the fewest points to Fantasy Backs.

Beanie Wells @ Seattle

Beanie looked like he was showing some promise with two TD’s against St. Louis in Week 12, but last week against the Jets he reverted back to his old ways rushing for just 22 yards on 15 carries. The Seahawks will not give him much breathing room and he will most likely put on another terrible performance.

Stevan Ridley vs Houston

Ridley has scored in five consecutive weeks but that could come to an end on Sunday against Houston who have allowed just two Rushing TD’s all season and are giving up the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy RB’s. Ridley most likely will be stifled in this game and could be held under 50 yards rushing. With the way the Pats move the ball he could find the endzone, but Ridley doesn’t offer a lot of upside this week. Don’t be afraid to sit Ridley if you have the luxury of doing so.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Greg Jennings vs Detroit

Jennings should have most of the rust shaken off by now and with Jordy Nelson expected to be OUT on Sunday there is more opportunity for Jennings to contribute. Most of you have been waiting on him all year and instead seeing him on the field we have been seeing him on those stupid Old Spice commercials. It’s time for Jennings to start paying off on our investment in him and this is a good spot for him to do so. The Lions secondary has been obliterated the last two weeks against the Texans and Colts and there is no reason that Jennings and company can’t do the same.

Donnie Avery & T.Y. Hilton vs Tennessee 

Hilton has been hot for for four straight weeks now and is safer option than Avery, but Donnie boy got his last week with two TD’s to get back into the mix. Both are solid plays against the Titans, but Hilton is the better option of the two because of his consistency.

Danario Alexander @ Pittsburgh

Alexander has bumped Antonio Gates to become Phillip Rivers’ favorite target and is turning into a must-start. Alexander has 29 targets in his last three games and has went over 80 yards in every one, finding the endzone twice. WithIke Taylor OUT for Sunday, Alexander should have another productive game. Look for over 80 yards with a possible score.

Sit ‘Em

Justin Blackmon vs NYJ

Blackmon has risen with the insertion of Chad Henne into the lineup, but reverted to his old ways last week with just one catch for 9 yards in a good matchup at Buffalo. The Jets and Antonio Cromartie have been stingy against WR’s all year allowing the third fewest points so it’s best to keep Blackmon reserved.

Denarius Moore vs Denver

Moore has just five catches for 60 yards in his last three games and in a tough matchup against Champ Bailey and the Broncos he should be  benched.

Dwayne Bowe @ Cleveland

Bowe hasn’t scored or had a 100-yard game since Week 4 and runs into a tough matchup with Cleveland and Joe Haden in Week 14. I especially don’t trust Brady Quinn under center and the Chiefs are finally starting to give the rock to Jamaal Charles which is limiting the passing game even more.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Brandon Myers vs Denver

Palmer’s Go-to-guy

Myers had his best game of the year against the Browns who were best against Tight Ends, so he should succeed against Denver who are one of the worst against Tight Ends and will be without LB Wesley WoodwardPalmer should help Myers (his older brother) rack up some nice “garbage points”.

Heath Miller vs San Diego

All signs are pointing to Big Ben returning this Sunday and that bodes extremely well for Miller who was having a career season before Ben got hurt. As long as Ben is playing, Miller is a very solid option.

Dennis Pitta @ Washington

It’s hard to trust Pitta at this point in this season, but he has picked up his pace a bit with two TD’s in his last four games. Against the Skins who are giving up the most points to Tight Ends, he’s worth taking a shot on if you need a Tight End this week.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook @ Indy

Cook has back to back 50-yard games and has been targeted 20 times but Indy has been tough against Tight Ends this season ranked 4th best. Don’t expect much production.

Dustin Keller @ Jacksonville

The Jets have chosen to go back to Mark Sanchez in Week 14 after he was benched last week and Keller will continue to suffer as a result. The Jags have also been fairly tough against Tight Ends this year ranked 10th best.

Antonio Gates @ Pittsburgh

Unless he absolutely goes off in the Fantasy Playoffs, which is highly unlikely, it’s pretty much official that Gates has been a fantasy bust this year. Look for more disappointment from Gates when he squares up against the Steelers who are 2nd best against Tight Ends.

IDP’s 

Start ‘Em

D’Qwell Jackson vs Kansas City

The talented Jackson has been a force for the Browns this season and is a good play against a run-heavy Chiefs squad. The Chiefs are allowing the 2nd most points to Fantasy LB’s so Jackson most likely will have a good fantasy day.

London Fletcher vs Baltimore

The aged ‘ol veteran continues to get it done and continues to be the leader of this Washington Defense. The Ravens are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy LB’s and Fletcher has been a tackle machine all season.

Sit ‘Em

Antoine Winfield vs Chicago

Cutler is prone to interceptions, but Brandon Marshall is just a rough matchup for Winfield. The Bears are also allowing the 9th fewest points to Fantasy CB’s.

Jason Pierre-Paul vs New Orleans

Paul’s sack totals have been down this season with 6.5 and going against Drew Brees who is very crafty in the pocket, you should consider benching Paul this week.

 

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 11 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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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

Cam Newton vs Tampa Bay

Newton will begin his strong finish to the season starting this game against the Bucs who have been brutal all season against the pass. Newton will payback his owners this week with a very nice performance.

Carson Palmer vs New Orleans

Palmer is getting it done this year with 15 TD’s so far and has six of em in his last two. Palmer is also tossing the rock around like a icelandian harpoon thrower averaging 41 attempts per game! This will be a passing fest come Sunday between Brees and Palmer and Carson is a excellent play.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Miami

Was going to put Andrew Luck here, but since I went Palmer and Fig Newtonalready I’ll go with something a little less obvious in Fitzy. If your a Big Ben,Vick, or Cutler owner and are looking for a good spot play, go with Fitzpatrick against the Phins who are allowing 11th most points to Fantasy QB’s.

Sit ‘Em

Alex Smith vs Chicago

Smith is coming off a concussion and although he will likely play he can’t be started, even in two QB leagues.

Phillip Rivers @ Denver

The Denver defense has been surging of late and I don’t trust Rivers on the road against the Broncos in this game.  The Broncos have held opposing QB’s under 20 points in their last four games.

Joe Flacco @ Pittsburgh

Flacco was a recommended start last week as he went off against the Raiders throwing for 341 yards and three TD’s; but this week he needs to be benched. The Pittsburgh defense has been 2nd best against Fantasy QB’s and will be fired up on Sunday Night in this divsional rival matchup.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

C.J. Spiller vs Miami

C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

With Fred Jackson OUT Thursday night, C.J. Spiller will get full reign. The matchup isn’t great against Miami, but C.J. Spiller needs to be started against any defense when he’s all alone in the backfield.

Reggie Bush @ Buffalo

Bush has not looked good for several weeks now. Fumbles have been a problem which led to him getting benched last Sunday, his YPC has been down and now Daniel Thomas is getting nearly the same amount of carries each game. Bush has only one 100-yard game all season which was in Week 2. However things should get better for Reggie and it should come this week against the Bills who are giving up the most points to Fantasy RB’s. Last year Bush ran for over 200 yards against the Bills, so get him in your lineups.

Darren Sproles, Chris Ivory @ Oakland

Sproles has been practicing this week and it appears he will be ready to go on Sunday. If he’s a go start him against Oakland who are allowing the 3rd most points to Fantasy Backs. As far as Ivory if Sproles is OUT he is a must start, but even if Sproles plays Ivory could should still get a fair amount of carries and has been impressive with his increased role the past few weeks, finding paydirt twice.

Sit ‘Em

Michael Turner vs Arizona

Turner usually takes advantage of great matchups, but he was absolute dud against the Saints and their terrible Run D. It’s hard to trust Turner after that game and going against Arizona who can actually defend the run ranked 6th best against RB’s, you need to consider benching him. In Fantasy Football, their are few things worse than a 15 carry, 38-yard type of game from your starting RB.

Ryan Mathews @ Denver

Mathews has failed to live up the hype once again and has done nothing of note in 2012. He has yet to have a 100-yard game and Ronnie Brown is  looking like the better option on third downs. Don’t continue to die with Mathews if you don’t have to, if you have something else that’s reasonable take a shot.

Willis McGahee vs San Diego

McGahee is another RB who has frustrated his owners this season. He has failed continously in good matchups and is constantly putting the putting the ball on the ground. Last week Ronnie Hillman stole a TD from him and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hillman start getting the rock more going forward. Willis needs to show us owners that he is ready to perform at a high level again before we put him back in our lineups.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Stevie Johnson vs Miami

Johnson is what he is, inconsistent. Not really to his doing, but moreso to Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s. Last week in a great matchup vs New England, Johnson had six catches for 86 yards and I expect similar numbers against Miami who are allowing the 5th most points to Fantasy WR’s. Johnson has yet to have a 100-yard game this season but has found the endzone four times and I expect him to score tonight.

Darrius Heyward-Bey vs New Orleans

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders

Heyward-Bey is starting to come alive in his last two games with 10 catches for 150 yards and a TD. With the Saints coming to town, Bey should keep it rolling. Go snatch him up if he’s out there on your waiver wire and start him this week if you need a WR.

Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton @ New England

This is going to be a showdown between Luck and Bradyand pretty much everyone in this game is a quality start. Avery is 18th in the league with 75 targets so he’s the better option over Hilton, but T.Y. should get it done as well. Expect Luck to easily chuck it over 40 times.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Gordon @ Dallas

After scoring four TD’s in three games, Gordon has come back to earth in his last two games being held under 50 yards in both games. Things most likely will not improve against Dallas and their tough secondary ranked 10th best against Fantasy WR’s.

Torrey Smith @ Pittsburgh

I don’t trust Flacco against the Steelers, so therefore I don’t trust Smith against Pittsburgh who are allowing the fewest points to Fantasy WR’s.

Dez Bryant vs Cleveland

The Browns secondary was one of the best last season and after struggling early this season they have since rebounded since the return of CB Joe Haden from his four-game suspension. I’m a little weary of throwing Bryant out there this week matching up against Haden who is one of the best corners in the league.

Tight Ends 

Start ‘Em

Greg Olsen vs Tampa Bay

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers and Cam Newton realized last week that they need to start getting the ball to Olsen more with Brandon LaFell failing to step up as that 2nd option behind Steve Smith. Olsen has been targeted 19 times in his last two games and has 14 catches for over 150 yards with two TD’s. Get him going against Tampa Bay who Cam will have a very joyous game against.

Dwayne Allen @ New England

Coby Fleener will be OUT once again so Allen will get the full array of snaps against the Pats who are allowing the 3rd most points to Fantasy Tight Ends. Look for Allen to finish with 5-6 catches and close to 80 yards.

Brandon Myers vs New Orleans

Myers left last weeks game early due to a concussion, but is practicing this week and expected to play. Myers has been targeted 20 times in his last two games and is pretty much a sure bet for at least 50 yards, making him a reasonable play almost every week.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Pittsburgh

After being dormant for five straight weeks, Pitta returned to fantasy relevance with 67 yards and a TD last week. Unfortunately it’s back to the closet with Mush and Frankie Coffee Cakes for Pitta this week against the Steelers.

Heath Miller vs Baltimore

With Big Ben, Miller was one of the best Fantasy Tight Ends this year, but now with Byron Leftwich starting this week it remains to be seen how much Miller will be able to contribute. I would keep him reserved until Leftwich proves he can get Miller the rock.

Scott Chandler vs Miami

Chandler also returned to fantasy prominence  last week after weeks of doing nothing. However, his 65 yards and a touch came against New England, it won’t be the same against Miami who are 13th best against Fantasy Tight Ends.  Chandler is really only worth starting in PLUS matchups.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith vs Chicago

Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Smith has been red hot the past few weeks and has another nice matchup against the Bears who have allowed the 5th most sacks in the NFL.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar vs New York Jets

Dunbar has been a tackle machine for the Rams with 47 of them and he should continue to rack them up against the Jets who will pound the run and maintain a short passing game.

Sit ‘Em

Quentin Jammer @ Denver

Don’t trust Jammer against Peyton ManningDemaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, keep him reserved in this brutal matchup.

Patrick Peterson @ Atlanta

Peterson has a rough matchup as well against Julio JonesRoddy and Ryan. Unless your league rewards return yards, keep Peterson benched.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 10, Fantasy Five

By: Kevin Lewis 

New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks

-If you’re desperate for a bye week QB, I’d give Russell Wilson a look. The Jets defense hasn’t been particularly good this year and Wilson’s mobility will give the Jets trouble because their linebackers are painfully slow. If you are in NEED of a QB this week, Wilson may not be a bad play.

Jeremy Kerley will be a decent WR2/Flex play this week. While I do think Kerley is a solid player, it’s less about him and more about the disarray of the Jets offense. Someone has to move the ball. The Jets won’t be able to run the ball and Stephen Hill and Chaz Schillens scare exactly nobody. Start Kerley with confidence, even against Seattle’s secondary.

-Start Dustin Keller. (see: Why you should start Kerley). And also, he has a rapport with Sanchez.

-Keep an eye on Golden Tate. He seems to be coming around with Wilson. I’m not necessarily putting this here for this week, but generally.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

-Sit Michael Vick. If you have any inkling on starting him this week, don’t do it. Dallas has a lot of problems but their pass defense is their biggest strength. And Philly’s offensive line is a trainwreck.

-Sit Jeremy Maclin. Any potential return isn’t worth the risk at this point.

-Don’t even bother starting any of Dallas’ running backs unless you are desperate.

-Philadelphia’s pass defense isn’t good. Tony Romo has had two decent weeks in a row fantasy wise. I think he follows it with a third. Start him comfortably.

New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals

Hakeem Nicks will play Sunday but bench him. If you have a better alternative go with it. Although the Cincinnati Bengals pass defense isn’t anything to write home about, Eli is in a funk and Nicks hasn’t done much all year anyway. If you have a decent alternative go with it.

-If you haven’t already dropped Andrew Hawkins, go ahead and do it.

Andy Dalton is a pretty safe start against a spotty Giants secondary. I’d start him confidently this week.

New Orleans @ Atlanta

-There will be a lot of points in this game. We know about the QBs most definitely. As far as the WRs, I’d start Lance Moore in PPR formats. He’ll get a few looks as New Orleans will likely be putting it in the air a lot.

– Darren Sproles is OUT again so I’d go ahead and give the nod to Chris Ivory. Ingram leaves a lot to be desired and Ivory is always productive when he’s on the field and getting carries. A 13 carry for 62 yard and a TD performance isn’t out of the question. Pierre Thomas is worth a look as well.

Miami @ Tennessee

-Miami’s pass defense just yielded 430 yards to Indianapolis last week. While the Titans do not have a young promising QB like Andrew Luck, I’d start Kenny Britt anyway. He was pretty productive against a much better defense last week and I think he’s due for a monster week. This is more “hunch” than anything but start Britt.

-If you need a bye week QB, Ryan Tannehill might be a good choice. Tennessee’s pass defense isn’t good, and Tannehill is having a solid rookie campaign.

-If you’re in need of a bye week flex/WR, start Davone Bess in PPR formats. Tennessee’s secondary isn’t very good and Bess could get you 6-7 grabs. Also have to throw Brian Hartline in your starting lineups.

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