2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 10 Player Rankings

4 Weeks left. If you have a gut feeling about a player stick with it, just be smart about it. Don’t make a last minute change you will regret. We will take some shots with these rankings, rather than play it safe everywhere like you will see with other sites rankings. Game on.


  1. Peyton Manning vs OAK
  2. Aaron Rodgers vs CHI
  3. Ben Roethlisberger @ NYJ
  4. Russell Wilson vs NYG *Gets two offensive lineman back this week. Giants secondary is severly depleted. I expect great game from Russell.
  5. Drew Brees vs SF *expecting a fairly high scoring game in New Orleans today.
  6. Tony Romo @ JAC (London)
  7. Matt Ryan @ TB *Could regret this, but the matchup is right.
  8. Colin Kaepernick @ NO *Expect him to bounceback in high scoring game
  9. Matthew Stafford vs MIA
  10. Jay Cutler @ GB * Will have to throw it a ton
  11. Cam Newton @ PHI
  12. Carson Palmer vs STL
  13. Joe Flacco vs TEN * Could be 3 TD game
  14. Mark Sanchez vs CAR
  15. Michael Vick vs PIT
  16. Ryan Tannehill @ DET
  17. Eli Manning @ SEA
  18. Alex Smith @ BUF
  19. Derek Carr vs DEN
  20. Kyle Orton vs KC
  21. Josh McCown vs ATL
  22. Blake Bortles vs DAL
  23. Zach Mettenberger @ BAL
  24. Austin Davis @ AZ


  1. DeMarco Murray @ JAC
  2. Matt Forte @ GB
  3. Marshawn Lynch vs NYG
  4. Jamaal Charles @ BUF
  5. Le’Veon Bell @ NYJ
  6. Eddie Lacy vs CHI
  7. Andre Ellington vs STL
  8. LeSean McCoy vs CAR
  9. Ronnie Hillman @ OAK  *Would be higher if it wasn’t for possible return of Montee Ball
  10. Mark Ingram vs SF
  11. Justin Forsett vs TEN
  12. Dernard Robinson vs DAL
  13. Bobby Rainey vs ATL
  14. Steven Jackson @ TB * Might get two scores.
  15. Frank Gore @ NO
  16. Lamar Miller @ DET
  17. Joique Bell vs MIA
  18. Chris Ivory vs PIT  *Chris Johnson outplayed him last week.
  19. Fred Jackson vs KC *questionable, sounds like he may play.
  20. Darren McFadden vs DEN
  21. Jonathan Stewart @ PHI
  22. Andre Williams vs SEA
  23. Reggie Bush vs MIA
  24. Anthony Dixon vs KC * If Jackson Plays he drops to 35.
  25. Tre Mason @ AZ
  26. DeAngelo Williams @ PHI
  27. Darren Sproles vs CAR
  28. Bishop Sankey @ BAL
  29. Chris Johnson vs PIT
  30. Charles Sims vs ATL
  31. Lorenzo Taliaferro vs TEN * Who knows if Pierce will get more carries this week
  32. Bryce Brown vs KC * No idea of his usage, but could be a sneaky play. Fred Jackson plays he drops further.
  33. James Starks vs CHI
  34. Montee Ball @ OAK * No idea how they use him this week in his first game back.
  35. Toby Gerhart vs DAL
  36. Tavaris Cadet @ SF
  37. Carlos Hyde @ NO
  38. Peyon Hillis @ SEA
  39. Knile Davis @ BUF
  40. Daniel Thomas @ DET
  41. Benny Cunningham @ AZ


  1. Antonio Brown vs NYJ
  2. Jordy Nelson vs CHI
  3. Demaryius Thomas @ OAK
  4. Randall Cobb vs CHI
  5. Emmanuel Sanders @ OAK
  6. Julio Jones @ TB
  7. Dez Bryant @ JAC
  8. Calvin Johnson vs MIA
  9. Brandon Marshall @ GB
  10. Jeremy Maclin vs CAR
  11. Kelvin Benjamin @ PHI
  12. Sammy Watkins vs KC *Sounds like he’s going to play
  13. Alshon Jeffrey @ GB
  14. Roddy White @ TB
  15. Percy Harvin vs PIT
  16. Larry Fitzgerald vs STL
  17. Eric Decker vs PIT
  18. Mike Wallace @ DET
  19. Anquan Boldin @ NO
  20. Golden Tate vs MIA
  21. Mike Evans vs ATL
  22. Steve Smith Sr. vs TEN
  23. Martavis Bryant @ NYJ
  24. Brandon Cooks vs SF
  25. O’Dell Beckham @ SEA
  26. Doug Baldwin vs NYG
  27. Michael Crabtree @ NO
  28. Vincent Jackson vs ATL * I don’t trust Josh McCown at all
  29. Terrance Williams @ JAC
  30. Marques Colston vs SF
  31. Michael Floyd vs STL
  32. Torrey Smith vs TEN
  33. Dwayne Bowe @ BUF
  34. Allen Robinson vs DAL
  35. Kendall Wright @ BAL
  36. Davante Adams vs CHI
  37. Ruben Randle @ SEA
  38. Andre Holmes vs DEN
  39. Justin Hunter @ BAL
  40. James Jones vs DEN
  41. Cecil Shorts vs DAL
  42. Jordan Matthews vs CAR
  43. Allen Hurns vs DAL
  44. Wes Welker @ OAK
  45. Kenny Stills vs SF
  46. Robert Woods vs KC
  47. Markus Wheaton @ NYJ
  48. John Brown vs STL
  49. Jarvis Landry @ DET
  50. Paul Richardson vs NYG


  1. Julius Thomas @ OAK *Saying they will start to get him the ball again
  2. Jimmy Graham vs SF
  3. Greg Olsen @ PHI
  4. Travis Kelce @ BUF
  5. Vernon Davis @ NO  *Most upside then the rest of the bunch
  6. Martellus Bennett @ GB * very questionable
  7. Charles Clay vs DET
  8. Heath Miller @ NYJ * Jets just awful against Tight Ends, year after year.
  9. Larry Donnell @ SEA
  10. Delanie Walker @ BAL
  11. Mychal Rivera vs DEN
  12. Owen Daniels vs TEN
  13. Jason Witten @ JAC
  14. Zach Ertz vs CAR
  15. Richard Rodgers @ CHI *Sleeper this week, could be relevant down the stretch.
  16. Luke Wilson *He isn’t good, but he will get looks
  17. Scott Chandler vs KC
  18. Jared Cook @ AZ
  19. Jace Amaro vs PIT
  20. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins vs ATL

2014 FantasySavvy Football: Week 9 Player Rankings

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  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


  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


  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


  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

FantasySavvy 2013: Tim Tebow Should Be Signed

Blaine Gabbert, David Carr, Christian Ponder, Kyle Orton, Kellen Clemens, John Skelton, Jamarcus Russell, Josh Freeman, Carson Palmer, Thad Lewis.

These are just some of the names that GM’s and Coaches are continuing to give chances and looks, yet Tim Tebow can not get a shot?

Especially Gabbert, Ponder, Skelton, Clemens, Freeman, Palmer. These guys are certified Same Ol’ Same Ol’ bums at this point. Can anybody seriously with a straight face say that Gabbert and Kellen Clemens are better than Tebow? LOL

There is no reason why he shouldn’t be signed over these guys.

So what is it? Any reasonable person has to admit he can elevate a teams play much more than these guys; he has already shown it in Denver when he got the chance.

Are teams just not wanting to deal with the so-called distraction? Are they afraid it will cause too much media attention in their small market background? Take away from the other stars on the team and create jealousy? Are they afraid that because he’s a devout Christian it will make people on the team uneasy?

Are they afraid to back Tebow and support  him since basically every single “expert” in the world has written him off and goes out of their way to keep his name out their mouth. If they do bring him up, it’s always in a negative manner. Are they afraid to be associated with Skip Bayless?

What is going on here? We have a guy who has proven to elevate his team’s play, improve the performance of his team, improve morale and win games, yet he continues to be ignored. Meanwhile proven losers, proven guys who have shown to make their team worse, in David Carr, John Skelton, Kellen Clemens, Blaine Gabbert etc, still get chances.

Why would you give these guys a chance? These guys have done absolutely nothing to improve their team’s performance, they have zero upside and are just stagnant players. Are these GM’s lost?

This is truly perplexing to me and ridiculous. Tebow only succeeded as a QB in Denver, he never got another chance to start after he was replaced by the best QB in the NFL. Until Tebow proves that he can’t win anymore or elevate a team’s play he deserves a chance to start or at least be a backup that has a chance to start. Not be a backup like he was with the Jets  and then be held hostage. Tebow may never be anything more than he was in Denver, but he deserves another chance.

There is something going on here, it’s hard to pinpoint, but it’s a mixture of cowardice, fear of going against public opinion, and complete lack of sense and direction. It’s really shows that a lot of these GM’s and some coaches either have no clue what they are doing or like a lot of our politicians and many in society are just going along to get along.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 15 Player Rankings (Playoff Edition)


  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

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.


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.


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 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

As seen on FantayPros911.com. Make sure to check there for tons of great fantasy info. Despite the storm and it’s effects we should have a radio show tomorrow evening and have our rankings out on Saturday night. Thanks to all the readers.

First, I want to say I hope that all our readers affected by Sandy are safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. This storm was truly devastating to many people including ravaging my home state of New Jersey. It is very sad to see areas that I experienced many memories, now destroyed. The Jersey Shore is a special place to many and it may not be the same for a while. I also feel for the people in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Maryland, Connecticut, and all the other areas that were severely affected.

As we look to bounce back from this tragedy, I know many people will be looking to escape from all the stories on the news and get their mind away from thinking about the storm. This is where sports is great, it helps us get our minds off the present conditions for a little while and enjoy something we love. In a time like this Fantasy Football can seem truly insignificant, but at the same time it provides a good outlet to make things seem normal again, even for a few hours. Due to the storm, this weeks start ‘em, sit ‘em will be somewhat of an express version. I have also been affected by the storm and haven’t been able to prepare for this article as I normally would have. If you guys have any questions you can always hit me up at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com or @FantasySavvy on twitter. Everybody keep your heads up and enjoy this weekend of Football. God Bless.

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.


Start ‘Em

Cam Newton @ Washington Redskins

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

I mentioned last week that this is the perfect time to trade for Cam Newton. He just went through a brutal stretch in his schedule playing Dallas, Seattle and the Bears, but now his schedule eases up bigtime. In one of my leagues, I just saw him get traded for Matt Schaub! Make sure you put out some offers before Sunday and if you acquire Cam, start him Sunday. He is going to have a solid finish to the season.

Matt Schaub vs Buffalo

Schaub hasn’t been great this year, but against Buffalo and their swiss defense, he’s a very solid play. Look for close to 300 yards passing and at least 2 TD’s.

Michael Vick @ New Orleans

I may be crazy, but I am contemplating starting Vick over Aaron Rodgers this week. The New Orleans defense is that awful. They are giving up the most fantasy points and are on track to being one of the worst defenses of all-time. Vick is battling for his job, but expect him to produce nicely in this game.

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder @ Seattle

Ponder was hot a few weeks ago, but has now has come back to reality. He needs to be benched in all formats.

Matt Hasselbeck vs Chicago

Hasselbeck will continue to start with Jake Locker out, but stay away from him against Chicago.

Joe Flacco @ Cleveland

Cleveland’s secondary is currently ranked 28th in points allowed to QB’s, but remember Joe Haden was out for four weeks. Since his return they have been stingy against QB’s and completely shut down Phillip Rivers last week. This was a Browns secondary that was one of the best statistically last year.  Flacco has also returned to his normal shenanigans, keep him on your benches.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Jamaal Charles @ San Diego

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Normally a player of Charles’ caliber would not be on this list, but since Charles has struggled in his last two games and got just five carries last week, you may need to be reminded to start him. Against the Raiders I believe the Chiefs rested Charles after the game got away, knowing they had a short-week ahead of them. Expect Charles to be the focal point of the offense against San Diego and to produce. Charles will most likely get around 20-25 carries tonight. Make sure he is active, you can never bench a player as talented as him.

Willis McGahee @ Cincy

Continue to roll out Willis in matchups like this. Cincy has been bad against the run ranking 27th in Fantasy points allowed to RB’s, so McGahee will enjoy a nice day. The Broncos have a very nice schedule ahead of them, so he also is a nice trade target.

Joique Bell @ Jacksonville

Bell surprisingly got the majority of the second half touches last week against Seattle and showed his versatility. With Mikel LeShoure questionable for this week, Bell could get a boatload of touches against a weak Jacksonville defense. This looks like a good plug and play for Week 9.

Sit ‘Em

Alex Green vs Arizona

Alex Green is about to lose his job, this guy just has not taken advantage of his opportunities. Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy has already said that James Starks will get more looks this week. Trade Green if you can, because after this week he may have no more value.

Donald Brown vs Miami

Brown is back healthy, but it looks now that he and Vick Ballard will share the backfield. This matchup is also rough this week against a stout Miami run D so keep Brown benched.

Chris Johnson vs Chicago

Johnson has succeeded in tough matchups vs the Texans and Steelers, but Chicago is a different animal to me. I think he struggles mightily in this game and is held under 80 total yards without a score.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Steve Smith @ Washington

After doing nothing for consecutive weeks, it was good to see Smith succeed in a tough matchup against the Bears by going over 100 yards. This week he is a must-start against the Skins. He will abuse their secondary.

Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego

With Brady Quinn at QB Bowe is hard to trust, but with Cassel playing tonight Bowe needs to be back in Fantasy lineups. The Chargers are also 10th worst in points given up to Fantasy WR’s.

Denarius Moore vs Tampa Bay

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

Denarious has been beasting of late finding the endzone for three straight weeks. Palmer will have success against Tampa Bay and their vunerable secondary ranked third worst in fantasy points allowed to WR’s, so get Moore in your lineups.

Sit ‘Em

Torrey Smith @ Cleveland

I mentioned the return of Joe Haden to the Browns secondary and how it spells bad news for Joe Flacco. Well, Haden could be lined up against Smith for much of this matchup. Reserve him.

Malcom Floyd vs Kansas City

I know owners sometimes get giddy and want to start their players in primetime games, but you need to be patient. Floyd has one TD all season, Rivers has not looked good and Floyd will be matched up with Chiefs stud CB Brandon Flowers. Be weary of starting Floyd tonight.

Kenny Britt vs Chicago

Britt was held under 40 yards receiving in favorable matchups against Buffalo and Indy, so no reason to expect him to succeed against Chicago. Britt is still working his way back from his injuries and has not looked like the same player to me.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jermaine Gresham vs Denver

Good spot to start Gresham here coming off their bye and facing Denver who are 4th worst at defending the Tight End position.

Greg Olsen @ Washington

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

The Skins defense is hot garbage as we all know, so Olsen has a great shot to thrive in this game.

Dwayne Allen vs Miami

With Coby Fleener out abut two weeks, Allen has full reigns at Tight End for the Colts. If you need a tight end this week, the talented rookie is a decent option.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Cleveland

Maybe some owners are expecting to bounce back after the Ravens bye week, but don’t expect it to happen against the Browns who are third best against Fantasy Tight Ends.

Martellus Bennett vs Pittsburgh

Bennett has worn down after a strong start to the season and can’t be trusted against Pittsburgh. Wait for him to show up once again before putting him back in lineups.

Brandon Pettigrew @ Jacksonville

Sit the overrated Pettigrew against the Jaguars who are allowing the 5th fewest points to Fantasy Tight Ends.


Start ‘Em

Chad Greenway @ Seattle

Richard Sherman vs Minnesota

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Akeem Ayers vs Chicago

Sit ‘Em

Antrel Rolle vs Pittsburgh

Greg Hardy @ Washington

Patrick Peterson @ Green Bay

FantasySavvy 2012: Week Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

As seen from my article on FP911.com. Make sure to check there for tons of great info. My Rankings will be out late Saturday Night. Everyone enjoy the game tonight. Also make sure to check our radio show tonight at 12:30 est at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy.

Bad week in Week six, I over thought some things and went a little too stat heavy which is unlike me. I am anything but a stat dork! So I will mix back a little more intuition this week and that should clean things up. I received a lot of questions last week and I’m open to more, feel free to email me at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com or ask @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.


Start ‘Em

Tony Romo @ Carolina

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Romo usually is an every week starter and really doesn’t belong on this list, but his rough start has his owners playing matchups. But despite him averaging just one TD a game in his last four, things will certainly improve. Jason Garrett talked about being more balanced on offense coming off their bye week and it showed last week as the Cowboys ran for over 200 yards against the Ravens. This obviously helps Tony Romo tremendously and the Cowboys despite DeMarco Murray being out should be able to move the chains on the ground again as Carolina has one of the worst rush defenses. Look for Romo to stay fairly consistent from here on out and for it to start this week. I expect around 250-280 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Carson Palmer vs Jacksonville

Palmer is a fairly decent Fantasy QB, let’s face it. The guy isn’t good outside of Fantasy Football anymore, but he can give you those 300-yard two TD type games from time to time. This is a good matchup vs Palmer as he comes home and faces Jacksonville who are giving up an average of 20 points per game to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Palmer to approach 300 yards once again and find the endzone once or twice. Let’s just hope he doesn’t throw over two interceptions if your league is subtracting minus two points per INT.

Josh Freeman vs New Orleans

I was impressed that Freeman threw for over 300 yards against Kansas City who had been improving recently. This week he faces New Orleans and should throw it over 35 times as he tries to keep pace with Drew Brees. The Saints have also been bad against the pass giving up 25 points a week to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Freeman to put up Fantasy worthy numbers.

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder vs Arizona

Ponder excelled the last two weeks in what were two great matchups against the Titans and Skins, but he faces a much tougher test against Arizona who are allowing the third fewest points to Fantasy QB’s. Ponder will come back to earth this week as he faces a legit Defense.

Matt Stafford @ Chicago

Stafford continues to frustrate owners every week and is still without a multi-TD game. It won’t turnaround on Monday Night in Chicago against the Bears who are allowing just 13 points a week to Fantasy QB’s, which is best in the league.

Joe Flacco @ Houston

The Texans defense hasn’t been as strong as last year, but they still have been good. And even though they allowed six passing TD”s to Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco is a far cry from Rodgers. Sorry Flacco but you are not elite! On the road, I expect Flacco to struggle a bit here and likely will be held to one TD, so explore other options.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley vs New York Jets

Because of his late game fumble in Week five against Denver, Ridley was getting less carries than Brandon Bolden last week before Bolden got hurt. When it comes to fumbling Bill Belichick does not play around. Fortunately for Ridley, Bolden did get hurt and might not play this week. Ridley has a great chance to restore his coach’s confidence against the Jets and should find running lanes against New York who are giving up 25 points per game to Fantasy Backs. He should find the endzone and finish with a nice game. Let’s just hope as Ridley owners he holds onto the ball!

Chris Johnson @ Buffalo

I still don’t like the way Johnson is running this season, going down easily and a little too much east to west, but he has started to pick it up a bit over the last few weeks. This has to be a matchup he can succeed in against Buffalo. The Titans should stay close in this game and Johnson should should find room against the Bills who are allowing 29 points a game to Fantasy Backs, sixth worst in the league. C’mon Chris don’t let us down this week, otherwise you will never be on this list again!

Felix Jones @ Carolina

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Jones was probably the number one waiver pick up this week with the news that DeMarco Murray will be out in Week seven. Also, with backs like Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles on a bye this week, Jones makes for a nice replacement. The stars have aligned to start Jones here, good matchup (Carolina 2nd worst in points allowed to Fantasy Backs) and Murray is out, allowing pretty much full reign for Jones, although we will see a little Phillip Tanner. You picked Jones up, so stick him in your lineups this week.

Sit ‘Em

Mikel LeShoure @ Chicago

Good news for LeShoure owners that Jahvid Best will not be returning this season, but bad news this week as he goes against the Bears who have allowed the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy Backs. LeShoure hasn’t succeeded in tough matchups before so no reason to think he will here. Keep him benched if you can.

Frank Gore vs Seattle

Going to be a slow physical game in San Fran tonight and Gore won’t find much running room against the Hawks who haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season and given up just two rushing TD’s.

Marshawn Lynch @ San Francisco

Lynch is one of the few who have went over 100 yards against the 49ers and Bradshaw did it last week, but I still am sitting Lynch if I can. Many of us might not have that luxury, but don’t expect another 100-yard game.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Stevie Johnson vs Tennessee

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

The Titans D has allowed 77 points to Fantasy WR’s the last two weeks and Stevie Johnson should burn them as well. Johnson is a must start this week.

Vincent Jackson vs New Orleans

Phillip Rivers looked like he could of used Vincent Jackson on Monday Night as he struggled mightily.  But unfortunately for Rivers, Jackson has taken his talents to Tampa Bay and has enjoyed continued success with Josh Freeman. Jackson had two TD’s last week and now has four on the year to go along with two 100-yard games. He will be targeted early and often against New Orleans and should easily produce. Even with ineptitude of Josh Freeman, Jackson is proving to be a every week starter regardless of matchup.

Lance Moore @ Tampa Bay

Outside of last week where Tampa faced Brady Quinn the Bucs have allowed over 37 points a game to Fantasy WR’s, including allowing a whopping 76 points to Giants WR’s in week two. Drew Brees will be tossing the rock all day and I look for Lance Moore and Brees to hook up on those back shoulder throws. Go outside Sunday and try to run a couple of those back shoulders throws 15 yards down the field with a defender on the receiver. These guys make it look easy! Moore should find the endzone at least once, at the very least approach 100 yards in this game.

Sit ‘Em

Andre Roberts @ Minnesota

Roberts is talented and it seemed like he was going to be in for a nice little season, but the last two weeks he has fizzed out. He won’t rebound against the Vikings on the road with John Skeleton now at QB. Let’s see how these two work together before reinserting Roberts back into our lineups. Andre could be a waiver candidate soon if he puts up a few more duds.

Michael Crabtree vs Seattle

This game is going to be a slugfest and both offenses will struggle. Keep Crabtree benched for this tough matchup on Thursday Night.

Steve Smith vs Dallas

My gut is telling me Smith may have a breakout game here, but the numbers say otherwise so I will stick with the numbers and logic here. Smith doesn’t have a TD all year and has been held under 100 yards in his last three games. Dallas has been 2nd best against Fantasy Wideouts so consider benching Smith if you have a more lucrative option.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jason Witten @ Carolina

Witten had a horrible start to the year, but he has returned to normalcy with two strong performances against Chicago and Baltimore. Last time you will see Witten here, he should remain an every week starter from here on in as he continues to be one of Romo‘s top targets.

Martellus Bennett vs Washington

This game should be a wild, high scoring affair in the Meadowlands and Bennett should play a nice role against the Skins who are allowing the 2nd most points to Fantasy Tight Ends. Bennett has slowed up after a fast start, but he should rebound in this game; it’s a good spot to plug him in.

Heath Miller @ Cincinnati

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Heath Miller is actually younger than me! That’s pretty scary as I just turned 30 years old and Miller is only 29. Actually looking at it I’m only eight days older than the guy! It seems like this guy has been playing in the league for 10 years.  So this guy definitely ain’t crusty, although I may have thought that a few times. I know I’m not crusty, although my knee has swelled up from consistently banging it while playing football on Sundays! But dang, being 30 blows. Oh well I made my mistakes, now it’s time to dominate. Ok, back to the youthful and vibrant Miller who started out his first three games with four TD’s, but has slowed down some. Still, he is being targeted often by Big Ben and will be a good play most weeks. This is a matchup he can thrive in against the Bengals who are allowing the 8th most points to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Houston

So much for Dennis Pitta. This guy was on fire to start the year and has done absolutely jack the last few weeks. I have him in a few leagues and will be holding him for a few more weeks just out of necessity, but he will probably be cut soon, unless he shows some signs. Keep him benched until he proves himself again.

Jermichael Finely @ St. Louis

Finley has been an absolute Fantasy Bust! Let’s face it, this guy is just simply overrated and always has been. Don’t expect a rebound, you will just be disappointed. Try to move him this week before it’s too late, it may already be. He’s going to do nothing again this week most likely. Even when he gets targets he drops the ball! Fughedaboutit!!!

Fred Davis @ New York Giants

I think Davis and Griffin will be a better combo as the season moves on, but right now Davis isn’t providing much (hasn’t scored a TD this season) and this is a tough matchup against the G-Men who are allowing the sixth fewest points to Tight Ends.


Start ‘Em

Chandler Jones vs New York Jets

The Jets have given up the 24th most points to Fantasy DE’s this season and Chandler has enjoyed a nice rookie season with five sacks and three forced fumbles. The Jets will be passing a ton in this game, so Jones will have plenty of shots on Sanchez and should get a sack or two.

Malcolm Jenkins @ Tampa Bay

Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints

Like this spot for Jenkins against Tampa who will be running a lot initially giving Jenkins a chance to rack up tackles. I look for around seven or eight tackles from Jenkins in this game.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ New York Giants

Hall sees this list a lot because I don’t trust him against good QB’s. Hall exploits bad QB’s not good ones and I think he will struggle to produce going against Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning.

Cortland Finnegan vs Green Bay Packers

Finnegan has been one of the better Fantasy Corners with 34 tackles, three picks and seven pass deflections. But I don’t think he gets any picks this week nor many pass deflections going against Aaron Rodgers. Tough matchup, I would look to bench him.