FantasySavvy 2012: Week 15 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em (Playoff Edition)

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If your team(s) have made it this far, they are most likely stacked with talent so some tough decisions will have to be made. As always I try to leave the obvious selections out and focus on those tough decisions. Feel free to hit me up @FantasySavvy on twitter with any questions you may have. Congratulations on a terrific season thus far and I hope all of you finish the season off strong.

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

Colin Kaepernick @ New England

Kaepernick hasn’t thrown a TD the last two weeks, but he’s rushed for 130 yards including a TD. While the rushing stats should be expected once again, the passing numbers should increase as well. There is no doubt the 49ers will be passing more than usual as they line up against the Patriots, trying to keep pace with their offense and looking to exploit their pass defense. I expect Kaep to deliver for Fantasy Owners and finish with over 300 total yards with at least 2 TD’s.

Josh Freeman @ New Orleans

Freeman has cooled off after his mid-season surge and really hasn’t played all that well, but the matchup this week is too good to pass up. The Saints are still allowing the most points to QB’s and Freeman still has Vincent Jackson. Look for Freeman to put up close to 300 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Carson Palmer vs Kansas City

If Palmer can throw for 273 and 2 TD’s against Denver, then he can do the same if not better vs Kansas City. Palmer can hurt you by throwing terrible interceptions, but he still seems to get the numbers every week. Brandon Myers, Denarius Moore  and Darrius Heyward-Bey should all get into the mix and Palmer will finish with a fairly solid day.

Sit ‘Em

Nick Foles vs Cincinnati

Foles played pretty well last week, leading the Eagles to a come behind victory against Tampa, but the matchup is extremely rough this week. The Bengals defensive line vs the Eagles offensive line? The Bengals haven’t allowed a Fantasy QB to score over 20 points for five straight weeks now, so leave Foles out of consideration.

Joe Flacco vs Denver

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is now gone, but this is still the same Joe Flacco. The only thing that might change now is that Ray Rice will get the ball more often. Yes, Flacco did throw for 3 TD’s last week, but that was against the Skins and their horrid secondary. Flacco hasn’t been over 200 yards passing the last two weeks however and most definitely can not be trusted against Denver and Champ Bailey.

Tony Romo vs Pittsburgh

Romo gets another tough matchup against the Steelers and might have to face them without Dez Bryant. The jury is still out on whether or not Bryant will play, but regardless you have to think about benching Romo this week. Romo is not going to pass for over 300 yards and will have a hard time getting multiple TD’s.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

C.J. Spiller vs Seattle

To me Spiller is one of the five most talented backs in the league, so it’s really a shame how much Chan Gailey has under utilized him this season. But now with Fred Jackson OUT for the rest of the season, it will be all Spiller. Gailey has already stated that Spiller will get a lot of work. Don’t let the Seattle Defense scare you, Spiller easily has the talent to overcome any defense. He is a must-start for the remainder of the Fantasy Playoffs.

Reggie Bush vs Jacksonville

Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin stated that he would start to get Reggie more involved in the passing game and did so against the 49ers as Reggie caught five passes for 38 yards. He also rushed for 65 yards on 14 carries and ran hard against San Fran. Bush has been playing well the last few weeks and now with him getting more involved into the passing game he can be trusted again. Look for Bush to have over 100 total yards with four to five catches and a possible score.

Montell Owens @ Miami

This two-time Special Teams Pro-Bowler played fairly well last week in his first start at RB rushing for 91 yards and a TD against the Jets. With Rashad Jennings and MJD OUT once again it will be all Owens. He’s going to get at least 15-20 touches and should approach close to 100 total yards.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Mathews vs Carolina

I don’t care how good the matchup is, Mathews can’t be trusted. He hasn’t rushed for 100 yards all season and has one rushing TD. Why does this guy continue to be started?

Mikel Leshoure @ Arizona

Leshoure is not very explosive and doesn’t do anything to really impress. With Joique Bell starting to take a lot of time away from him now, Leshoure needs to be on your benches.

Ahmad Bradshaw @ Atlanta

Bradshaw plays every week, but he is never fully healthy and after last weeks performance by David Wilson, Bradshaw is going to lose time to the Rookie. Bradshaw could even miss this weeks game with a sprained knee. It’s time to start thinking about other options.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Danario Alexander vs Carolina

Alexander has always been talented, he just has never been healthy. He is really making Phillip Rivers look good and has 5 TD’s in his last five games. He is Rivers go-to-guy and his best red zone threat. Carolina’s secondary is nothing special providing Alexander a great chance to find the endzone again this week.

Michael Crabtree @ New England

Crabtree is easily Kaepernick’s favorite target with 22 targets and over 200 yards receiving in his last two games. Keep him going against the Pats.

Josh Gordon vs Washington

Gordon has been on fire of late, and should be able to burn DeAngelo Hall and the Washington Redskins porous secondary. Expect close to 100 yards receiving.

Sit ‘Em

Donnie Avery @ Houston

The Houston secondary has been getting torched of late, but Avery has just been way too inconsistent to be relied upon. He had a great matchup last week and disappointed. Luck also isn’t great on the road and prefers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton over Avery.

Kenny Britt vs NYJ

Britt broke out from the doldrums last week with 8 catches and 143 yards, but has to face Antonio Cromartie this week who has been excellent against No.1 WR’s all season. Tough matchup for Britt, look for other options if possible.

Torrey Smith vs Denver

Smith has a pending matchup with Champ Bailey, but has failed in lesser matchups. In his last four games Smith has been held under 40 yards receiving three times. Stay away.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Greg Olsen @ San Diego

Cam Newton has finally started to play at a high level again and Greg Olsen has been benefiting as a result with 4 TD’s in his last five games including scoring in back to back weeks.

Vernon Davis @ New England

How can I recommend a guy who has a combined 19 yards in his last three games? Yes it’s very hard for me to do so, but you have to throw him out there in this matchup against the Pats.  New England is second worst against Tight Ends. I hope Vernon does nothing once again because I am facing him this week, but with all the passing the 49ers will be doing, Davis has to get involved. If he doesn’t go over 50 yards receiving this week, I will be very surprised, but maybe I shouldn’t be.

Martellus Bennett @ Atlanta

Eli has been picking up the pace as the Giants go on another one of their late season runs and Bennett will continue to be targeted in the redzone. Bennett has seen 15 targets and scored twice the last two weeks so get him in your lineups.

Sit ‘Em

Tony Scheffler @ Arizona

There is a good chance Brandon Pettigrew will not play in this game and Scheffler will get the starting nod. Scheffler has been playing well, but the Cards are the best when it comes to covering the Tight End, allowing the fewest fantasy points.

Jermichael Finley @ Chicago

Finley has been just a pure disappointment all year and he can not be trusted in the Fantasy Playoffs, despite his “talent” and the QB tossing him the rock. Steer clear.

Kyle Rudolph @ St. Louis

Rudolph had scored in three straight games but killed Fantasy Owners last week by doing absolutely nothing, literally. I don’t know about you, but after a player scores zero points for my team, they become very hard to trust.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Jarod Mayo vs San Francisco

Mayo has had a fine season with 74 tackles and now faces a run-heavy 49ers team that is giving up the 7th most points to Fantasy Linebackers.

Cliff Avril @ Arizona

We saw what the Seahawks defense did to the Arizona offense last week, and Avril who has 9.5 sacks this year will have plenty of opportunities to wreak havoc on Ryan Lindley.

Sit ‘Em

Michael Bennett @ New Orleans

Not a good matchup for Bennett facing the Saints and Drew Brees who rarely gets sacked.

Jarius Byrd vs Seattle

I’ll keep it simple. The Seahawks are giving up the fewest points to Safeties this year.

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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 4 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Week three, and all it’s craziness are in the books. The replacement refs will return for tonight’s game between the Ravens and Browns and maybe they can return some sanity. The regular Refs will return and no doubt will be praised early on even if they make some horrible calls initially, but eventually, just like all refs, they will be bashed and harassed and we may even demand the replacement refs back! While I didn’t think the replacement refs were good, there was definitely a lot overreaction in the media in my opinion. But the good news is, you don’t have replacement writers here at Fp911. My Girlfriend will not be filling in for me this week, nor will my Aunt Cindy be making my selections. No, no, there will be none of that. I am here and would never compromise our product. Paul Greco Dan Stack, Dan Leason, Colin Hager, Chuck Anderson and the rest of the guys are all here and will remain here week to week to provide you with the best Fantasy Football information we possibly can.

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

Peyton Manning vs Oakland

I’ve been off on Manning for two weeks in a row, but this week I “guarantee” I will be right as he will produce nicely for your fantasy teams. Manning got the job done last week against an extremely tough Texan defense by throwing for 330 yards with two TD’s and has been great at home thus far throwing for nearly 600 yards with 4 TD’s and no INT’s. He stays in Denver this week against Oakland and should have his way against this secondary that is ranked 27th overall in defending Fantasy QB’s.

Joe Flacco vs Cleveland

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland’s secondary is just not the same without Stud CB Joe Haden and it’s showing in the numbers. The last two weeks they’ve been eaten up by Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick and as a result are ranked 28th against Fantasy QB’s. Flacco may not have a huge yardage night but expect him to finish with around 250 yards passing with at least 2 TD’s.

Andy Dalton @ Jacksonville

Dalton could be coming into his own this season throwing back to back 300-yard three touchdown games. The matchups have helped against a Joe Haden less Browns secondary and an injury riddled Skins team, but nonetheless he’s producing at a high level. Jacksonville’s secondary hasn’t been bad this year ranked 10th overall against Fantasy QB’s, but I am a believer in Dalton and his weapons. The Bengals should have plenty of possessions with Blaine Gabbert’s ineffectiveness, so look for Dalton to get plenty of chances to score and find the endzone a few times.

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler @ Dallas

Cutler has been brutal after his big Week 1 showing, being held under 200 yards twice while throwing just 1 TD with 5 INT’s. Unfortunately for Jay, it does not get much easier against Dallas and their new and improved secondary. Dallas is currently allowing the fewest points to Fantasy QB’s and they will stay atop the charts after facing Cutler.

Jake Locker @ Houston

Locker was terrific against Detroit in Week three throwing for 378 with two TD’s, but the sledding gets rough this week against the Texans. I would not expect him to fare well against this top defense, so I advise you to keep the youngster reserved in this matchup.

Cam Newton @ Atlanta

Let’s hope this is the first and last time we have to put Newton on this list this season, but if he continues to play like he did last week against the Giants we might be seeing him here more often. Atlanta’s secondary has been great ranked 5th best in defending Fantasy QB’s as CB’s Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson have been holding it down in the absence of CB Brent Grimes. Cam Newton also doesn’t have have great numbers against the Falcons with just two TD’s and 5 INT’s. You may not have a better option than Cam on your bench, but if you do, consider reserving him in this game.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley @ Buffalo

Ridley was taken out of the gameplan last week against Baltimore but should return this week against Buffalo. The Patriots should be running often in this game as they should hold the lead for the majority of the game. Look for Ridley to approach 100 yards rushing and have a couple shots to reach the endzone.

Ryan Mathews @ Kansas City

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

Mathews made his 2012 season debut last week, but was somewhat limited in his return from his shoulder injury. It also didn’t help that the Chargers got blown out and Mathews didn’t have a chance to really produce. Expect Mathews to get going against Kansas City as he gets it done in both the passing and running game. I expect over 100 total yards with 4 to 5 catches and a possible score.

Cedric Benson @ New Orleans

To my surprise, Benson has been fairly involved in the Packers offense. He’s received nearly 40 carries in his last two games and is even catching some passes out of the backfield. He should definitely be in the gameplan this week against New Orleans and their last ranked Rush Defense. Benson should approach 100 yards and find the endzone in what will be a shootout at the Superdome.

Sit ‘Em

Chris Johnson @ Houston

If you have traded Chris Johnson, I can’t blame you with his atrocious 1.4 yards per carry. I mean what the hell happened to this dude? 1.4  ypc? I’m pretty sure you and I could go out there and average at least 2 yards per carry. Anyway if you can’t deal him he needs to remain benched until proven otherwise, plus, this matchup sucks. Hopefully Jake Locker continues to emerge this season and helps open up some holes for him.

Steven Jackson vs Seattle

Here is another guy that you will regret drafting. I spoke on it last week, I never understand the infatuation with this guy. I ranted on it already, but steer clear of Jackson against Seattle. The Seahawks defense is legit.

Ryan Williams vs Miami

Good news for Williams owners as Beanie Wells will be out until November with a turf toe injury. Williams also showed some life against Philly by rushing for 83 yards on 13 carries. But, keep Williams benched this week against Miami and their top 10 Run Defense.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Vincent Jackson vs Washington

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs

Jackson was a recommended sit last week against the Cowboys but he is a must-start against this injury decimated Washington Defense. The Skins secondary has allowed the most points to Fantasy WR’s in 2012 getting torched by Danny Amendola and A.J. Green the last two weeks.

Brandon Lloyd @ Buffalo

Lloyd and Brady are looking better and better every week and It could finally all come together in Buffalo. Lloyd has seen 25 combined targets the last two weeks and look for Brady to look his way often again on Sunday. Lloyd doesn’t have a score so far and only has one 100-yard game so there is still some time to buy low.

Torrey Smith vs Cleveland

I had Smith on my sit list last week, but had I known he was going to play despite his brothers death, I would of recommended him. We see it a lot where something tragic happens to these players and they go out, play and have a special performance. Much respect to Smith who went off for two TD’s against New England. After a slow start to the season I expect last week’s game to catapult Smith and he should enjoy another nice game tonight.

Sit ‘Em

Nate Washington @ Houston

There is that Houston defense again. Washington had an amazing catch last week which went for a TD, but reserve him in this game.

Brandon Marshall @ Dallas

Brandon Carr shutdown Vincent Jackson last week and I expect him to matchup with Brandon Marshall this week and contain him as well. Cutler has been brutal, the Dallas secondary has been superb, stay away from Marshall.

Danny Amendola vs Seattle

Amendola was slowed down against Chicago after he exploded against Washington and he could be slowed even more against Seattle and their physical corners. Brandon Browner and Co. will be up in the face of Amendola and I expect him to struggle. I like Amendola, I hate this matchup.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph @ Detroit

Rudolph has 3 TD’s already this year and is proving to be Christian Ponder‘s favorite redzone target. Look for Rudolph to produce against the Lions who are allowing the 2nd most point to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Dennis Pitta vs Cleveland

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

Pitta seems to be Joe Flacco‘s favorite option and it shows in the targets numbers as Pitta leads all Baltimore receivers with 31. Pitta should enjoy another nice game against Cleveland and is turning into an every week start.

Owen Daniels vs Tennessee

Daniels is finally healthy and has been steady so far this year. He finally reached the endzone last week and could return there again facing the Titans who are allowing the most points to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook @ Houston

Cook is the the 4th Titan to make the sit em list this week. Cook got into the endzone last week, but did come off a fluky big play. I expect Cook to remain inconsistent this year and he needs to be benched in unfavorable matchups such as this one.

Jason Witten vs Chicago

I thought Witten would get off the schnide last week, but he disappointed once again. Romo probably won’t have a bigtime game against Chicago, so that should mean Witten most likely will struggle again. Things will get better for Witten, but he needs to show it first before you start reinserting him back into your lineups.

Fred Davis @ Tampa Bay

After two slow weeks to start the season, Davis enjoyed a nice game last week going for 90 yards on seven catches. I’m still not convinced he’s going to be a favorite of RG3 this year or at least not right away so I am sitting him this week. Tampa Bay is also in the top 10 at defending the Tight End position.

IDP

Start ‘Em

Chris Clemons @ St. Louis

The undrafted Clemons had a monster game last week against Green Bay sacking Aaron Rodgers four times. Clemons has a great matchup against the Rams who allowed the most sacks in the league last year and are allowing the 2nd most sacks this year. Expect another nice performance.

Ed Reed vs Cleveland

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens

Ed Reed vs Brandon Weeden on National TV? Look for Reed to pick off Weeden at least once and possibly take one to the house.

Sit ‘Em

Cliff Avril vs Minnesota

Avril hasn’t gotten off to the start many people expected with just one sack this season after finishing with eleven last year. Keep him benched until he proves last season wasn’t a fluke.

Derrick Morgan @ Houston

Arian Foster and Ben Tate will be centerfolding this offense as usual, so Morgan won’t have many sack opportunities on Matt Schaub. The Texans offensive line has also allowed the 3rd fewest sacks.

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Savvy Week 1 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Ok, it’s finally time for Football, no more drafts, no more auctions, although I know there are some leagues still drafting into this week. Thank god I’m all done because if I saw Coby Fleener or Benard Scott’s name anymore I was going to blackout! But were ready to rock and we get you set with the Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em’s. 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 at the end of the day, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

Quarterbacks- Start ‘Em

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III @ New Orleans

Griffin gets a great matchup to start the season against New Orleans and regardless of whether he plays great or not, he will put up productive numbers. Three reasons to start RG3 in this game. First, the Skins will most likely be playing catchup to the Saints powerful offense. Second, the Skins backfield is still a hot mess, so the Shahanan’s will most likely be putting the ball in RG3′s hands the majority of the game. Lastly, the Saints secondary allowed the 24th most points to Fantasy QB’s last year by giving up an average of 21 points per game. Simply throw RG3 out there and enjoy the show.

Matt Schaub vs Miami

Schaub has been very undervalued in drafts and auctions this year. Owners no doubt were concerned about his injury potential as well as Andre Johnson’s, while taking into account that this offense now runs through Arian Foster. But this is still a guy who threw for a combined 9,000 yards with 53 TD’s in 2009 and 2010 and last year was on his way to another successful season with 15 TD’s and 2,500 yards before he got hurt in Week 10.

For week 1 at least, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Schaub himself are all healthy and ready to go. The weapons are there, the matchup is there (Miami allowed the 23rd most points to Fantasy QB’s last year) and the Texans are at home on the turf. Schaub also might have a nice little second option this season in second year WR, Lestar Jean. I look for 250 to 300 yards passing with 2-3 TD’s from Schaub.

Peyton Manning vs Pittsburgh

The stats and logic will tell you to sit Manning in this matchup. First game back in over a year, new team, new offense and matched up with the Steelers who will be looking for revenge for their Wildcard loss to the Broncos. Pittsburgh was also number one in pass defense and were the best against Fantasy QB’s last season, allowing just 13 points per game.

Maybe we should just wait and see how he does? Give him a week?  Many fantasy “experts” think Manning will be a bust this season, but I disagree. I think he has a very successful season and starts the year off with a bang on Sunday night. This is still Peyton Manning we are talking about, arguably the best QB in the league two seasons ago. In Denver, he’s got the weapons in Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Willis McGahee. Then Sprinkle in a little Jacob Tamme and Brandon Stokley to make him feel at home. All systems a go as I look for Manning to approach 300 yards passing with 2-3 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ New York Jets

If Fitzpatrick is your starter in Week 1, you are either are in a two Quarterback league, a 16-team league, really waited long to take a QB or just love the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick has started hot the last two seasons, but he’s going to have a slow week 1 facing the Jets and Darrelle Revis. Stay away.

Matt Ryan @ Kansas City

Obviously Ryan is expected to have the best season of his career with all the glorious weapons he has. I don’t doubt it, I just think this is a spot you might want to consider benching him. Arrowhead Stadium is going to be extremely loud for Week 1 and I expect the Falcons to struggle on offense a bit. The Chiefs are going to using their “ground and pound” strategy with the tandem of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis and play ball control offense. The K.C. defense is also a young, and talented group who were very stout against Fantasy QB’s last year, ranking 7th best, allowing just 16 points per game.

Joe Flacco vs Baltimore

Like Matt Ryan, Flacco should improve on last season’s numbers, but he needs to be benched against the Bengals. In his last four games against Cincy, Flacco has thrown just four TD’s compared to five Int’s and is averaging a horrific 119 yards per game.  The Bengals were also the 5th stingiest in defending Fantasy QB’s in 2011. Cornerbacks Leon Hall, Nate Clements and newly added Terrence Newman will limit Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, capping Joe Flacco’s performance in Week 1.

Running Backs- Start ‘Em

Kevin Smith vs St. Louis

Pretty easy here, Lions will score a ton of points at home in this one and Smith will be a contributor. Mikel LeShoure is out two games with the suspension, Jahvid Best is still on the PUP list,  and so this is Kevin Smith’s job right now. When he’s healthy he produces and this is a great matchup against the Rams who allowed more than 150 yards rushing per game last season.

Shonn Greene vs Buffalo

In two games against Buffalo last season, Greene carried the ball 32 times for 154 yards, averaging five yards per carry. With L.T. gone, Greene could approach 20 carries in this game, reach 100 yards and possibly find the endzone against a Buffalo defense that gave up the third most points to Fantasy RB’s last season.

Michael Bush vs Indianapolis

Bush should make for a fairly solid flex play this week matching up with the Colts who allowed an average of 27 points per game to Fantasy RB’s last season, good for 4th most in the league. Matt Forte is still the main cog, but Bush should get a lot of the short yardage and goal-line carries. 40-50 yards rushing with a score is likely.

Sit ‘Em

Maurice Jones-Drew @ Minnesota

Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey has already announced Rashad Jennings will draw the start with MJD being mixed in, maybe getting 7-12 touches. Jones-Drew even stated this week that “he has to get his job back”.  Week 2 or Week 3 he should fully regain the reigns, but in the meantime keep him benched while he gets back into the groove of things.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Baltimore

Bernard Scott has ruled himself out for Sunday and the “Lawfirm” will be ready for a big workload, but don’t expect much production against the Ravens. Baltimore was 4th best in defending the RB position last year.

Cedric Benson vs San Francisco

The 49ers had the number one run defense last season and allowed the fewest points to Fantasy RB’s so steer far and clear from Benson this week. Even if they do punch it in from the one yard-line, we could be hearing the Kuhnnnnnnnnn as John Kuhn scores a TD. This could be a frustrating season overall for Benson owners.

Wide Receivers Start ‘Em

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

Santana Moss @ New Orleans

Moss will be in the slot this year for the Skins, a role I think he can excel in. If you guys have been following me, you know I have been bullish on Moss this year as a nice little sleeper pick. He should get things going in this high scoring affair with the Saints.

Reggie Wayne @ Chicago

Wayne and Rookie QB Andrew Luck showed a nice rapport in the preseason and I expect that continue all year. Wayne is no longer catching passes from Curtis Painter or Kerry Collins, he now has a legit, accurate QB tossing him the rock. Expect Luck to lean on Wayne early and often, in this matchup with the Bears secondary.

Justin Blackmon @ Minnesota

If Blaine Gabbert wants to keep his job, he will need to deliver the ball consistently to the vastly talented Blackmon. We saw it in the preseason with Blackmon and Gabbert hooking up for 136 yards and a TD in about 6 quarters. The Minnesota Defense should make it easy on the duo as they allowed the 2nd most to Fantasy WR’s last year. Blackmon was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, but should be fine for Sunday.

Sit ‘Em

Steve Johnson @ New York Jets

Recommending to sit Johnson here, even though Stevie J (don’t confuse with the producer) actually had his way with Revis last year finishing with 11 catches for 159 yards and a TD in two games. But I wouldn’t bank on Johnson this week, as he is still working his way back from groin surgery. Keep him reserved.

Brandon Lloyd @ Tennessee

We heard tons of hype about the Brady, Lloyd connection in training camp, but we didn’t see much of it in the preseason. This connection could take a few games to fully develop. In the meantime, Brady will be throwing to the usual suspects in Gronk, Hernandez and Welker. With Brady and Lloyd still working out some kinks and the the Titans ranking 5th best in points allowed to Fantasy WR’s last year, I am sitting Lloyd in Week 1.

DeSean Jackson @ Cleveland

No suspension as of yet for Browns CB Joe Haden, as he has appealed, so that means the Browns and their stout secondary should be in full force for the opener. Jackson may be in for a rebound season (I don’t see it), but either way, it would be wise to sit him against the Browns who ranked number one in defending Fantasy WR’s last year.

Tight Ends- Start ‘Em

Coby Fleener @ Chicago

Luck and Fleener (there’s that name again!!) have the Stanford connection working for them and it could show itself early  as both get accustomed to the NFL. It also helps that Brian Urlacher isn’t fully healthy and Chicago allowed the 26th most points to Tight Ends last season. If I had to pick between “Fantasy Sleepers” Kyle Rudolph and Coby Fleener in Week 1, I’m going with Fleener. I might just pick Fleener solely on the name. Fleeeeener!!!! To bad Gus Johnson left CBS.

Brent Celek @ Cleveland

Why no love for Celek? Brent finished the season strong last year finishing with 811 yards on 62 catches with 5 TD’s, but still was being under appreciated by Fantasy Owners in drafts this year. Vick loves to go to him and while the Browns are great against Fantasy WR’s, they can’t defend Tight Ends nearly as well, allowing the 16th most points to the position.

Vernon Davis @ Green Bay

After the 49ers kept Davis into block much of year last season which hurt his overall regular season numbers, they finally got the ball in Davis’ hands in the postseason. Davis exploded in his two postseason games finishing with 10 catches for 292 yards and 4 TD’s. I know that Jim Harbaugh is a smart man, so he should be looking Davis’ way even more this season. Davis should pop off in Week 1 against Green Bay who allowed the 2nd most points to Fantasy TE’s last year. Davis also has 308 yards and 13 catches in three career games against the Pack. Start with confidence.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook vs New England

Cook is a beast in size at 6’5 250 and could very well have a breakout season, but this a matchup to consider reserving him in. The Pats allowed the 2nd fewest points to Tight Ends last season with just around 10 points per game. Maybe give Locker and Cook a little more time to develop before fully trusting this connection.

Brandon Pettigrew vs St. Louis

Pettigrew should enjoy a nice season playing in this high-powered offense, but the Rams won’t make it easy on him in Week 1. St. Louis ranked numero uno in defending the Tight End last year, allowing a measly 8 points per game.

Jermaine Gresham @ Baltimore

Gresham is still questionable for Sunday, but even if he plays he should be on your bench going against the Ravens Defense. Ray Lewis has also reportedly dropped 20 pounds in order to keep up with the quicker Tight Ends. Gresham’s injury, Ravens Defense, not a good combo, stay away.

IDP Start ‘Em

Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions

DE, Cliff Avril vs St. Louis

Avril broke out for the Lions last year with 11 sacks. He should continue that surge this season and punish Sam Bradford who is being protected by one of the worst pass blocking offensive lines in the NFL. The Rams allowed a league-high 55 sacks last season.

DE, J.J. Watt vs Miami

Watt was one of leaders on Wade Phillips’ top ranked Texans defense last year and will enjoy playing against Miami who allowed 52 sacks in 2011.

Sit ‘Em

CB, DeAngelo Hall @ New Orleans

Don’t like this matchup for Hall who is better in Fantasy than he is in the NFL. Drew Brees will be throwing darts, leaving few chances for Hall to get deflections or an interception.

Cameron Wake @ Houston

The Texans will be running effectively and moving the chains all night. Their offense will be efficient and wear down this Miami defense. Keep Wake benched this week.

Fantasy Savvy Start Em’ Sit Em’ Week 11

Fantasy Playoffs are nearing and depending on the type of league you’re in they could start next week, in two weeks or like in most leagues in Week 14 which is just three weeks away. We hope you have continued to follow this article each week and have come away successful as a result. I strive to provide as much value as I can for our readers. If you ever want to contact me directly email me at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com if you want to me elaborate further on a particular player or situation.

 

Disclaimer: Kickers and Defenses are left out each week and I try to leave the obvious choices out, Start DeMarco Murray!!

 

QB’s Start Em’

Vince Young, Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

Michael Vick will probably do everything in his power to play Sunday, but just in case Vince Young starts, I am suggesting you stick him in your lineups. He should be added if you are a Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick owner or if you are just having QB trouble in general. Young has been waiting for his chance to show his talents again and it could come this Sunday in the Meadowlands where has has seen success before. Who remembers this game? That was Young’s rookie season in 2006 when he led the Titans back from 21-0 to beat the Giants. If you listen to the Naysayers many have given up on Young, despite the fact he has only been progressing as a QB. In his last 18 starts he has 20 TD’s to just 10 Int’s. The reason he is a backup isn’t because of his poor play, but because of his poor attitude. Him and Jeff Fisher just needed to be separated and Vince just had worn out his welcome in a Titans uniform. Vince knows this could be his only start of the year, this is his chance to showcase for teams to become a starter next year. I think Vince fares well, look for around 250 yards throwing, with 2 TD’s passing and around 30-40 rushing yards, making him a fairly solid start.

Tyler Palko, Kansas City Chiefs @ New England

Tyler Palko? Some of you might be laughing and I don’t blame you, but you could do worse this week. First New England as we know has been brutal against the pass all season, and second the Chiefs will be forced to pass in this game to keep up with New England. I also like Palko a bit, he can move around, make plays with his feet and in the end of that Bronco game last Sunday he looked pretty accurate. Dare I say it, that I saw a little bit of Steve Young in the young Palko? I’m serious!!! Haaa. Ok, let me calm down. But the point is, Palko will put up numbers in this game. I would expect around 250 yards passing with at least 2 TD’s. He also might run for another 20-30. I am going with my gut a bit on him and Vince Young, but I feel confident in both this week. Like Vince, give Palko a shot in Week 11.

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota

Carson Palmer has a terrific matchup in Week 11

After Palmer’s first game many believed the trade the Raiders made for him was moronic. It may still prove to be the wrong move giving up a 1st and 2 round pick, but what were the Raiders supposed to do? Play the rest of the season with Kyle Boller? I can see where they were coming from and last week Palmer made the Raiders Front Office look good by throwing for 299 yards and two TD’s leading them to victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Palmer will continue to toss interceptions, but he will also continue to throw TD’s as he has 5 of them in his last two starts. This is a great matchup for Palmer as he heads to Minnesota who are allowing the 2nd most amount of points to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Palmer to finish with close to 300-yards passing once again while tossing at least two TD’s.

 

Sit Em’

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 

Skelton had a great Fantasy performance last week throwing for three TD’s and 300-yards against the disappointing Eagles, but don’t think you can trust him. The 49ers are going to stifle this offense, yes the 49ers secondary hasn’t been great allowing the 20th most points to Fantasy QB’s, but Skelton is not going to do much in this game. I say around 220-yards and 1 TD tops. I expect the Cards to be held under 14 points in his matchup.

Andy Dalton, Cincinatti Bengals @ Baltimore 

I love the way Dalton has been playing this season. He has been very impressive as a rookie QB. But he needs to be avoided this week. AJ Green is banged up and might not play and the Ravens are allowing the 11th fewest points to Fantasy QB’s.

Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos vs New York Jets

I am a Tim Tebow fan, I am a defender and a believer of Tebow. I do feel he can be a competent QB in this league, I believe Tebow will give it everything he has to become a successful passer and I believe he will succeed, in the meantime his rushing skills will help him to get by. They are already helping him to get by, he is 3-1 as the starter this year and is the only QB to run for 100-yards this season. But I think he needs to be avoided on Thursday Night. I expect him to attempt more than two passes!, but he will be facing a Jets secondary that has been excellent against the pass all year. Tebow probably will rush for around 60 yards in this game, and may run one in, but I don’t think he throws a TD and is held under 100-yards passing. I like Tebow for the stretch run, just not this week.

 

RB’s Start Em’


Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo

That’s three solid games in a row for Bush who has three TD’s in his last three games. The Dolphins finally have smartened up and started to give the ball to Bush more often. It shouldn’t stop this week against Buffalo who has been brutal against RB’s ranked 25th in points allowed. Bush has always had the talent, injuries and lack of opportunity have held him back, but right now Bush is healthy and is getting the chance to shine. There is no reason to think he won’t continue to produce as long as he continues to get the rock and avoids the injury bug.

Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona

Hunter is one of the best backups RB’s in football and I believe his role will continue to expand in this offense as the season moves on. Frank Gore has been the focal point of this offense and I believe it’s starting to wear on him as injuries have started to mount up. Gore didn’t practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday. Even if he does play, Hunter is going to get a good amount of work in this game. I do expect Gore to miss a game or two down the stretch here, but even if he doesn’t, I believe you’re going to see Hunter start getting a bigger workload in order to keep Gore fresher. Look for that to start this week against Arizona in what is a great matchup for Hunter. Kendall could get into the endzone multiple times in this game or go over 100 total yards. If he is available in your league he is a must-add and a very good start this Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis

I have to give credit where credit is due and it goes to Marshawn Lynch who has proven me and a lot of other people wrong this season. Lynch has been running very well and it’s not just versus Swiss cheese defenses, he tore up the Ravens for 109 yards last week and a score. Can you believe Lynch has five-straight games with a TD. Lynch has been very impressive. There is no reason to believe he can’t do it again this week against St. Louis who has had trouble stopping the run all season. Stick Lynch in that lineup once again.

 

Sit Em’

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco

Wells was on his way to a very nice season, but injuries have slowed him. This week he runs into a complete roadblock against Patrick Willis and the 49ers #1 Rush Defense. Completely avoid Wells this week, he probably will be held under 50 yards rushing.

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta

I’ve been hitting it on the head all year with Johnson, knowing exactly when to sit and start him. Last week I said you have to give him a shot against Carolina’s weak Run D and he exploited it. But the challenge is much greater this week against Atlanta who is ranked 6th in points allowed to Fantasy RB’s. I think Johnson is held in check this week, avoid him.

LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay

Blount has done next to nothing since his return from injury and needs to be avoided in this matchup. Green Bay is going to blow Tampa away leaving little chance for Blount to contribute.

 

WR’s Start Em’


Damien Williams, Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta 

Williams has been the best wideout on the Titans the last couple weeks as him and Matt Hasselback have built a nice rapport. Williams has now scored in his last four games and has a good chance to find the endzone again this week in Atlanta. Williams has good speed, makes tough catches and Hasselback trusts him. I believe Williams could end up being a pretty valuable wideout for the rest of the year.

Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers @ Chicago

We’ve seen this before in San Diego, wideouts coming out of nowhere to produce. Whether it’s Legedu Nanee, Siry Arijitututututut, or Malcolm Floyd, San Diego and Phillip Rivers have a history of making these no name receivers relevant. But Brown is talented, showing off his talents last Thursday night with some very athletic catches. He finished the game with 97 yards and a TD. It looks like Malcolm Floyd will be out once again, leaving Brown as the second wideout. The Bears haven’t been great against wideouts ranked 20th, so Brown makes for a fairly decent start in this matchup. Rivers will be throwing the rock and with with Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates gathering a lot of attention, Rivers should find Brown open.

Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis Rams vs Seattle

I doubted Lloyd last week in what was a very tough matchup against a stout Cleveland secondary, but Lloyd came through by finding the endzone. It looks like Lloyd is going to be matchup proof for the rest of the year. Bradford is going to continue to target him consistently and Lloyd will respond. Get him in your lineups this week against Seattle.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota

Bonus start here, Moore’s burners will be in full effect on that Minnesota turf, should have another nice game, Love this dude, have all year, just now he will finally start to be relevant week to week, Start Em!

 

Sit Em’

Eric Decker, Denver Broncos vs New York Jets

Since Tebow has taken over Decker doesn’t have many yards, but he has scored in three straight games. But that streak will come to an end this week against the Jets. Tebow’s favorite wideout will most likely be covered by Revis and we know all know what that means.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs Tennessee

Really was hesitant putting White down here, but just having a tough time picking against wideouts this week. White hasn’t been what many owners expected, he’s really been hurt by Matt Ryan’s bad play. White only has one 100-yard game all year with just 3 TD’s. I would say so far White has been a fantasy bust. I’m still waiting for that breakout game for White, I think it will come and he will start to turn it around, but it won’t come this week against Tennessee and their secondary allowing the 6th fewest points to Fantasy WR’s. If you have better options, you might want to sit White in Week 11, I am expecting a scoreless 5 catch 60-yard type of game from White, which is similar to what he’s done all year.

 

TE’s Start Em’

Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati

Flacco has been been terrible this season, but at least Ed Dickson is having a fairly nice season. Last week Dickson had 10 catches 79 yards and 2 TD’s. Look for the struggling Flacco to find his safety net Dickson, once again.

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons vs Tennessee 

The Ol’ veteran is still getting it done in 2011 and it will continue this week against the Titans who are 27th worst in defending the Tight End. Gonzo will most likely find the endzone in this game.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings vs Oakland

Shiancoe has been a bit better with Ponder under the helm, but still has been underwhelming. However, let’s take a shot on him in Week 11 vs Oakland. Minnesota should be right in this game and have plenty of redzone opportunities, leaving a good chance for Shank to find the endzone.

 

Sit Em’ 

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore

In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Gresham found the endzone against Pittsburgh last week, but you need to avoid him against Baltimore who is #1 at defending the Tight End, allowing just eight points a game. 

Dustin Keller, New York Jets @ Denver

It happens every year, Keller starts out hot then dies out in the middle of the year only to pick it back up again towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. Well it’s the middle of the year and Keller is proving to be inconsistent once again, but the bigger issue is Denver being 4th best in guarding the Tight End. 

 

IDP’s Start Em

Earl Thomas, S, Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis

I noticed today that Thomas is owned in only 16% of Yahoo leagues, which is not really doing him justice. Thomas has been the Seahawks best defensive player in 2011 and needs to be added if available in your league. Give him the start this week against St. Louis and watch him play if you can.

Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions vs Carolina 

Avril picked up another sack and forced fumble last week against Chicago and now has 6 sacks in nine games this year. He’s been heating up the past two weeks and I expect him to continue it this week against Carolina. If he can bring Tim Tebow down which he did multiple times in Week 8, he can bring Cam Newton down as well.

David Harris, LB, New York Jets @ Denver

Harris is going to have plenty of chances to rack up tackles against Denver and their extremely run heavy offense. Harris will finish with 10+ tackles in this matchup.

 

Sit Em’

Darelle Revis, CB, New York Jets @ Denver

Tim Tebow has protected the ball pretty well this year throwing just one interception in four starts. He’s going to make sure to keep it that way by avoiding Darrelle Revis. Revis will rack up some tackles, but he won’t have any pass defelections or Int’s in this one.

Richard Seymour, DE, DT, Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota

Seymour is a bit banged up right now and has been ice cold the last few weeks, failing to do much of anything. Keep him on your bench until he shows he’s fully healthy and starts to produce again.

 

Fantasy Savvy- Start Em’ Sit Em’ Week 10

Playoffs are nearing, some are fine tuning their stud team(s), some are just trying to maintain and hold on, and some need a pure miracle. Whether your coasting to victory or are close to the edge of the cliff, I advise and remind you to not waiver, but stay focused. The best teams could go out early and the worst teams could end up getting hot at the right time. For in the end you want to know, just like in any other endeavor, that you gave it your all.

Disclaimer: Kickers and Defenses are left out each week, also I try to leave the most obvious choices out. Start Adrian Peterson!!!

 

QB’s Start Em’


Mark Sanchez vs New England

You know the drill, New England’s pass defense still hasn’t figured it out, still ranking dead last against the pass through 8 games. Sanchez and this offense have been playing much better since their Week 5 matchup @ New England where he threw for just 166 yards. Expect Sanchez to approach the 250-yard mark in this game and throw 2-3 TD’s.

Tim Tebow @ Kansas City

After his game against the Lions two weeks ago, most “experts” were bashing Tebow relentlessly. I heard things like, “He has no chance”, “The worst QB in the league” and that him starting was “A joke”. Talk about overreaction, I understand the guy has an ugly release and the odds are against him to fully succeed, but give the guy a chance. I have always maintained the position that Tebow will become a competent QB in his league. I believe Tebow won’t stop until he becomes a successful passer and do everything in his power to succeed. In the meantime, his running skills will help him to get by. We saw that last week against the Raiders, with the Broncos suiting the offense even more to Tebow with a bunch of zone read plays. Tebow erupted by rushing for over 100 yards, the first QB to accomplish that feat this year, before Vick or Newton. White Boy dominating!!!  So were riding with Tebow this week. Romeo Crennel will probably have something for the zone read this week, but I still think Tebow rushes for between 50-80 yards while finishing with 2 total TD’s. At this point, Tebow is a must-start every week because of the potential rushing yards and TD’s.

 

Christian Ponder @ Green Bay

Ponder has played pretty well in his first three games as a rookie QB. He played GB earlier this year and finished with 219 yards passing with 2 TD’s as well as 31 yards rushing. Ponder and the Minnesota offense will be playing catch up for the majority of this game, so expect Ponder to put up pretty respectable numbers once again.

 

Sit Em’


Jay Cutler @ Detroit

Cutler is doing the best he can with a weak wide receiver corps and inconsistent offensive line. The Bears have actually helped Cutler of late, by switching to 3-step drops and running the ball more often. But while Cutler has been efficient, his numbers have been average with just 11 TD’s. Cutler only has two 300-yard games this year and hasn’t thrown for 3 TD’s in a game yet. This week is a tough matchup for Cutler, the Lions are allowing the 6th fewest points to QB’s and as we know have an extremely good defensive line. I’m not sure how Cutler’s offensive line will hold up in this one, so your better off just sitting Cutler this week, I would rather give Christian Ponder the start.

 

Sam Bradford @ Cleveland

Rough matchup for Bradford in just his second game back from injury. Cleveland’s secondary led by CB Joe Haden has been excellent all year ranked 3rd best in points allowed to QB’s. Bradford’s favorite target from last year, Mark Clayton returns this week, but it doesn’t matter, you need to keep Bradford benched.

 

Josh Freeman vs Houston

Freeman has regressed in his Sophomore year with 8 TD’s and 10 Int’s through 8 games. Houston is ranked 4th in defending Fantasy QB’s. Keep Freeman benched.

 

Something To Think About: Sitting Tom Brady

The Jets have been great against the pass allowing just 11 pts a game to Fantasy QB’s. It’s still Tom Brady, but it’s something to consider. Maybe Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez over Brady this week? I think I would do it.

 

RB’s Start Em’

 

Willis McGahee @ Kansas City

McGahee has found new life in Denver, blasting through holes and running strong. Last week he rushed for 163 yards and 2 TD’s against Oakland and is becoming a very reliable starter with four 100-yard games on the season. It should only continue now with Tebow under the helm creating lanes for McGahee. The zone read opened up two of those big runs for Willis last week and I think we will continue to see more of that going forward. McGahee is a very good trade target right now and he needs to be in your lineup each week.

Reggie Bush @ Washington

I could probably write a 50 page column just about Reggie Bush. I was one who remained faithful to him year in and year out, only to be disappointed time and time again. Bush has cost me countless fantasy wins and probably a few fantasy titles as well. Even this year, he burned me a few times. But the last two weeks, Reggie has heated up, as Miami is smartly starting to use him more. It hasn’t been all Reggie’s fault, even Sean Payton towards the end of his Saints run wasn’t using him correctly. Sporano was doing the same, but the last two weeks he has woke up and gotten Reggie the ball. Miami realizes they need to increase his touches and hopefully they will continue to. With that, I am recommending Reggie Bush for the first time all year. The offensive line is playing better and Reggie is running well. Keep him in there while he’s hot and Sporano and Co. are wisely feeding him the rock.

 

Chris Johnson @ Carolina

Still not a fan of Johnson, still don’t think he’s the same back, but I gotta suggest him this week against Carolina. I did see some positive signs from Johnson last week and I think he can take some of that momentum into Carolina who is dead last in points allowed to Fantasy RB’s. I still would sell Johnson if you can, and maybe after a good performance this week, you can formulate a nice deal.

 

Sit Em’


Ahmad Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs @ San Francisco

Jacobs stepped up in Bradshaw’s absence last week and could get the nod again this week as Bradshaw’s status is in doubt. However, neither back is worth starting against the stellar 49ers Run D, keep em both on your bench.

 

LeGarrette Blount @ Houston

Under new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips, this Houston D has been much improved, especially against the run ranked 3rd in defending Fantasy RB’s. Blount just came back from injury last week and had 13 carries for 72 yards with no TD’s against New Orleans. I would expect something similar this week, not really making him worthy of a start. Blount only has one game over 100-yards this year and hasn’t been as good as owners had hoped, coming off a fairly good rookie season. Keep him on your bench this week.

 

Roy Helu vs Miami

Helu had an absolutely ridiculous stat line last week with 14 catches for 105 yards. John Beck just kept dumping off and dumping off to him. Really that is just pathetic offense by the Skins. Shanahan early this week said that Helu would now only come off the field when he was tired, but then changed that and said he needs to rest guys so they can stay fresh. Who knows what Shanahan is going to do, maybe he gives Tashard Choice 10 carries this week, or splits Choice, Helu and Torain. The point is, once you think you can trust Shanahan, he burns you. So even though Helu appears to be the back on this team, I suggest you take a wait and see approach.

 

WR’s Start Em’


Laurent Robinson vs Buffalo

Robinson was already out producing Miles Austin when Austin was healthy, it just seems Romo and Robinson have a nice rapport. So Robinson makes for a nice little start this week against Buffalo. Robinson has 10 catches for 135 yards and two TD’s in his last two games, give him a shot this week.

Julio Jones vs New Orleans

I can’t think of a corner on New Orleans that matches up with Jones, then again I can’t think of any corners who match up with his size and speed. Jones came back last week after his hammy injury which kept him out several weeks and exploded for 131 yards and two TD’s on just 3 catches. In a high scoring affair such as this should be, look for Jones to finish with around 5-6 catches with close to 100 yards and a possible score.

 

DeSean Jackson vs Arizona

Jackson has been brutal the past three weeks being held under 50 yards receiving without a score. But this week he will get behind the poor Arizona secondary. Andy Reid knows he needs to start getting the ball to Jackson more, so look for that to happen this week. Jackson will have a rebound game, get him in your lineups.

 

Sit Em’

 

Brandon Lloyd @ Cleveland

Lloyd has gotten off to a fast start with the Rams with three straight games over 50 yards receiving. But this week you need to sit him. Again we mention Cleveland CB Joe Haden who is an emerging as a shutdown corner. Bradford and Lloyd will both be contained by this impressive Cleveland secondary.

 

Reggie Wayne vs Jacksonville

What a disappointment the Colts and Reggie Wayne have been. Peyton Manning’s absence really has effected this whole team. Curtis Painter started out playing fairly well, but has just been pure brutal the last couple of weeks. You just can’t trust Wayne at this point and most likely for the rest of the year. Keep him benched, especially in this matchup against Jacksonville ranked 2nd best in points allowed to Fantasy Wideouts.

 

Pierre Garcon vs Jacksonville

Like Wayne, Garcon can’t be trusted right now with the way Painter is playing. That guy has been absolutely brutal. Again, Jags have one of the best pass defenses, Keep Garcon benched until Painter shows he doesn’t stink like your neighbor Gary’s feet.

 

TE’s Start Em’

 

Heath Miller @ Cincy

Love the way Miller has been playing of late. I told you to think about sitting him last week since he was facing Baltimore who was #1 against Tight Ends and he still tore em up for 5 catches and 73 yards. Miller is matchup proof, make sure he is in your lineups every week from here on in.

 

Fred Davis vs Miami

Davis had a bit of a slow week in Week 9 with just 45 yards, but he still remains the #1 target in Washington as of now. Unless of course Roy Helu catches 4887878 passes again. Look for Davis to rebound this week as Beck wants to prove he can throw the ball more than 3 yards downfield. Miami is also 27th worst in defending the Tight End.

 

Brent Celek vs Arizona

Celek is another Tight End who has come on the Fantasy Radar of late with 14 catches in his last two games for 154 yards and a score. As defenses are trying to take away the deep ball, Vick is finding Celek underneath. The Eagles are also starting to realize they need to utilize Celek. That will continue this week against Arizona, as Vick and the Eagles will shred this defense.

 

Sit Em’

 

Jacob Tamme vs Jacksonville

Tamme stepped in for Dallas Clark last year and was one of the best pickups, producing week in and week out. He will step in again this week with Clark out, but against you can’t trust any Colt with the way Painter is playing.

 

Dustin Keller vs New England Patriots

Keller was shut down in their Week 5 matchup against the Pats finishing with just 1 catch for 7 yards. I suspect that Belichick will try to take Sanchez’ safety blanket away once again.

 

Zach Miller vs St. Louis

Pete Carroll said he wants to get the talented Miller more involved in the offense. That’s a good plan, but they don’t have a reliable QB to get him the ball and this is a bad matchup against St. Louis ranked 2nd in defending the Tight End. Plus Miller has done zip all year.

 

IDP’s Start Em’

 

Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions @ Chicago

Avril played like a monster two weeks ago at Denver with a couple sacks, a forced fumble and a defensive TD. He was getting pressure on Tebow in less than 2.5 seconds consistently. I know the Broncos offensive line isn’t good, but I think Chicago’s offensive line has a tough time with him and the rest of the Detroit Lions defense just like the Broncos did.

Chris Long, DE, St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland

Long really has stepped up his game becoming a force on the D-line with four sacks in his last two games. Look for him to get to McCoy and have another strong game.

 

Yermiah Bell S, Miami Dolphins @ Washington

Bell has a nice matchup this facing John “I throw the ball 2 yards downfield” Beck and the Washington Redskins who will be running the ball often. Bell will get plenty of chances to rack up tackles in this game. He should finish with at least 8 tackles, making him a solid start.

 

Sit Em’

 

Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots @ New York Jets

Tough matchup for Wilfork this week against one of the best centers in the league in Nick Mangold. Plus the Jets should change their gameplan a bit and pass the ball more often then they did in the Week 5 matchup leaving less tackle opportunites for Wilfork.

 

Jabari Greer, CB, New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

Greer will have a tough time defending both Roddy White and Julio Jones, two wideouts who have a big size advantage over him. Greer has the 2nd most pass deflections with 13, but it will be a tough task getting in position against these two physical wideouts.