FantasySavvy 2012: Week 16 Player Rankings (Super Bowl Rankings)

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


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

Running Backs

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

Wide Receivers

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

Tight Ends

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

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 16 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em (Super Bowl Edition)

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Congratulations, you made it to your Super Bowl, this is what it is all about. All the research, pickups, lineup decisions, etc, come down to this moment. Regardless of what happens this week, you have had a very successful season and have done a great job managing your team. I hope you all of you that are reading this take care of business this week and finish the deal. Thanks for reading everybody and I hope to see you all back next season. Also, I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is truly the best time of the year.

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

Andrew Luck @ Kansas City

Luck has been held under 200 yards passing in his last two games, but he’s going to break out of that against the Chiefs. The Colts are going to get a ton of opportunities with the ball since the Chiefs offense is so inept. Look for Luck to approach 250 yards with at least two TD’s.

Colin Kaepernick @ Seattle

Tough matchup here, but Kaepernick still is worthy of starting. He may be held to just one passing TD, but Kaep will likely approach at least 40 yards rushing and should be able to pass for over 200 making him a solid fantasy play.

Sam Bradford @ Tampa Bay

Danny Amendola returns and Bradford throws for 377 yards and three TD’s. Bradford should continue to wheel and deal against the Bucs horrible secondary, ranked dead last in points allowed to QB’s. Expect around 250 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler @ Arizona

The Cards are third best against QB’s and Jay Cutler is having a very mediocre season. While the Bears may get a ton of possessions in this game, Cutler can not be trusted.

Josh Freeman vs St. Louis

Freeman fooled all of us, it appears he is the average QB he has always been. I didn’t want to believe in this guy, but after he went on such a hot stretch mid-year I thought he had turned a corner. However, after last week where he could not even manage to produce a single point for the Bucs offense against the Saints defense, it is pretty apparent this guy does not have what it takes to take that next step. You can not turn back to this guy this week, not in the Fantasy Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson vs San Francisco

Wilson is having a stellar rookie season with 21 TD’s, just nine interceptions and nearly 3,000 yards passing. It’s pretty hard to recommend benching him this week after he accounted for four TD’s last week, but this isn’t the Bills, it’s the 49ers. Last time he faced them he struggled completing just nine passes, throwing for just 123 yards with no TD’s. He most likely will play better this time around, but there is a chance he could be held without a TD once again.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

DeMarco Murray vs New Orleans

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray being out for several weeks may have been a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys with Murray now being fresh and running hard as ever. This is just an excellent matchup for DM this week and I really forsee a monster game from him. His physical style matches up perfectly against this Saints defense. Murray should easily go over 100 yards and finish with at least 1 TD.

Vick Ballard @ Kansas City

Ballard now has the starting job all to himself and is taking full advantage of it. He is a fairly talented back and he should enjoy a nice game against the Chiefs. I expect him to find the endzone and approach and possibly have over 100 yards rushing. He ran for 100 yards against the Texans; he can easily do it against the Chiefs.

DeAngelo Williams vs Oakland

After years of just pure Fantasy Horribleness, DeAngelo Williams has once again returned to Fantasy relevancy. He is actually starting to run with purpose and is getting the job done for Fantasy Owners. Well, with Oakland coming up, you really can’t ask for a better matchup. Now, DeAngelo does still have the potential to burn you, but I think it’s safe to say he should finish with around 100 total yards in this game and has a decent chance to find the endzone. The Panthers offense is rolling right now and DeAngelo is going to continue to benefit.

Sit ‘Em

Bryce Brown vs Washington

LeSean McCoy owners, such as myself, wish he had come back sooner after Brown threw up two duds in a row; but with the news McCoy will in fact return this week, Brown needs to be on benches. I wouldn’t expect any more than 10 touches, but he may not even get that, the fumbling problems are going to cost him playing time in this game.

Beanie Wells vs Chicago

Beanie went off for three TD’s last week against Detroit, but please don’t start him against the Bears. This has 15 carries for 40 yards written all over it. Stay away.

Jonathan Dwyer vs Cincinnati

Dwyer is still technically the starter, but isn’t seeing many carries with just 15 in his last two games and is not playing at a high level. He has scored in two of his last three games, but against the Bengals tough front four he needs to be avoided.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Steve Smith vs Oakland

Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith

After a extremely slow start to the season, Steve Smith has been heating up the last few weeks as Cam Newton’s play has stepped up. Smith has two 100-yard games and two TD’s in his last three games and has an excellent matchup against Oakland. Smith could have his best game of the season.

Cecil Shorts & Justin Blackmon vs New England

Both are strong options in a game where the Jags are going to be throwing the ball all day long. Cecil Shorts is the better option from Blackmon, but both should be able to put up respectable numbers and get it done for your Fantasy Squads. Look for Shorts to hit 100 yards and Blackmon to near that mark as well.

Michael Crabtree @ Seattle

Crabtree continues to be targeted heavily by Kaepernick every week and he needs to be in your lineups in the Fantasy Super Bowl. Crabtree has 23 targets, two 100-yard games and two TD’s in his last three games.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Gordon & Greg Little @ Denver

I would steer clear from both of these guys this week, especially Little, with the Browns facing Champ Bailey in coverage and the Broncos pass rush. After a slow start, Denver has creeped it’s way all the way to seventh best at defending the WR position.

Larry Fitzgerald vs Chicago

Tip for next year: Avoid WR’s who play with horrible QB’s. Fitzgerald has been a disaster this season with the likes of John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley throwing him the ball. Despite the name and although you may be desperate this week, try to steer clear from Fitz against the Bears.

Danario Alexander @ New York Jets

Danario killed owners last week by putting up the infamous doughnut, but if you were lucky enough to advance despite his performance, you need to look at benching him this week. Antonio Cromartie has done an excellent job all season on No. 1 WR’s and he should be able to contain Alexander.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Greg Olsen vs Oakland

Like they do with every other position, the Raiders also let up a ton of points to Tight Ends, ranked 4th worst. Olsen has been extremely steady the past six weeks with four 50 yard games and and four TD’s. Start him with confidence.

Dennis Pitta vs New York Giants

I faced Dennis Pitta in two leagues last week who went off for 100 yards and two TD’s and you can guess how that turned out. Unbelievable. But Pitta needs to stay in your lineups as Flacco will continue to look his way, especially in the redzone. Pitta has 19 targets and three TD’s in his last two games.

Antonio Gates @ New York Jets

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates

Being a Jet fan, I know how bad they have been historically at covering Tight Ends. Their LB’s just don’t have the speed or athleticism to keep up with the athletic Tight Ends of the league. Gates finally got back into the endzone last week and I expect him to put up respectable numbers against the Jets. Look for around 60-70 yards with a possible score.

Sit ‘Em

Joel Dreesen & Jacob Tamme vs Cleveland

These guys hurt each other’s value and it’s hard to predict which one will have the bigger impact each week. Regardless, both have been mediocre all year. The Browns are also 5th best at defending the Tight End position.

Kyle Rudolph @ Houston

After scoring in three consecutive games, Rudolph hasn’t scored and has just 23 yards receiving in his last two games. Christian Ponder is playing pretty awful at this point in the season and Rudolph isn’t going to contribute for you team unless he scores. He’s way too risky to use, look for something more consistent.


Start ‘Em

London Fletcher @ Philadelphia

London Fletcher, Washington Redskins

Fletcher has had another strong season with 52 tackles for the Skins and now faces the Eagles who are allowing the most points to LB’s.

Wesley Woodward vs Cleveland

Woodward has been a force for the Denver defense all season and is a great play against the Browns who are allowing the 8th most points to Fantasy LB’s.

Sit ‘Em

Cortland Finnegan @ Green Bay

Bad matchup for Finnegan who will be squaring off against the talented Packers WR’s and Aaron Rodgers who is extremely smart with the football.

Richard Sherman vs San Francisco

Sherman will be limited this week as the 49ers aren’t turning the ball over much and are allowing the 2nd fewest amount points to CB’s.

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 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.


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.


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.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 14 Player Rankings (Playoff Edition)


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

Running Backs

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

Wide Receivers 

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

Tight Ends 

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

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Happy Thanksgiving to all. Everybody enjoy and be grateful for Family, Food, and of course, Fantasy Football. We have just two weeks left until the Fantasy Playoffs, so it is truly crunch time. I hope you all have done everything in your power to get your teams where they need to be. If you guys have any questions you can email me at or @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 vs Washington

Romo is starting to pick it up of late and despite the fact he only has one multi touchdown game in his last four outings he does have one 400-yard and two 300-yard performances to his credit. Romo and Dez Byrant also seem to finally be getting on the same page. At home, on Thanksgiving, against the Washington Redskins and their poor defense allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy QB’s, Romo can be trusted and should be in your lineups.

Colin Kaepernick @ New Orleans

Technically there has been no starter named for Sunday’s game against the Saints, but I think there is no doubt that the 49ers will go with Kaepernick. I highly doubt that Alex Smith would have had the type of performance Kaepernick had against the Bears throwing for 243 yards with two TD’s. Expect Harbaugh to go with Kaepernick on Sunday and once Kaepernick succeeds against the Saints, and he will, the 49ers will keep going with him. If you are in need of QB help and he is still available in your league, do not hesitate to snatch him up. Look for over 300 total yards and at least two TD’s.

Update: Kaepernick named starter.

Chad Henne vs Tennessee

Blaine Gabbert was simply not the answer for the Jacksonville Jaguars and he was killing the entire teams Fantasy value. After Gabbert went down against the Texans, Chad Henne came in and completely ignited this offense and specifically Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis. All this against a very tough Houston Texans defense. Start Henne in Week 12 as the Jaguars welcome the Titans into town, who have allowed the 9th most points to Fantasy QB’s.

Sit ‘Em

Cam Newton @ Philadelphia

Just a disappointing season overall for Cam, throwing for over 300 yards just once and having just 12 TD’s overall. I have been waiting for him to break out and have a big time performance but it still hasn’t come. If you have Andy Dalton, or Kaepernick, I would start them both over Cam this weekend. At this point Cam really doesn’t offer much upside, he’s going to give you his usual 230 yard passing, 30 yards rushing, one TD game.

Eli Manning vs Green Bay

Eli Manning might very well turn it around coming off the bye week, but after three straight brutal games where he didn’t throw even one touchdown, he needs to show his owners he can be trusted again.

Matthew Stafford vs Houston

Here is another guy who has been inconsistent all season and is hard to trust on a week to week basis. Stafford put up another dud last week throwing two INT’s with just one TD, although he did throw for over 250 yards. Yes, Chad Henne did just torch the Texans secondary, but they are still ranked 10th best against Fantasy QB’s and will be much more focused than they were last week. I want two to three TD games from my starting QB, not one TD, two interception performances. I think that is most likely what we will see from Stafford this week.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Marcel Reece @ Cincinnati

Keep Marcel Reese going as Darren Mcfadden continues to sit out. Reece has totaled 151 rushing yards and 146 receiving yards in his last two games and the Bengals are allowing the 7th most points to Fantasy backs. Expect another 100+ total yard game and a possible score.

Ronnie Hillman @ Kansas City

With McGahee on injured reserve, Hillman steps into a great situation playing with Peyton ManningLance Ball will get some carries, but Hillman should get the majority and be the the Broncos goal line option. There should plenty of opportunities to score against the Chiefs who are ranked 10th worst against Fantasy RB’s so look for Hillman to approach 100 total yards and possibly find the endzone.

Jalen Parmele vs Tennessee

Rashad Jennings has lost the starting job and Parmele is next in line. He runs harder than Jennings and is the more talented back. With Chad Henne the Jaguars will be able to move the football which bodes well for Parmele. Look for him to have a nice game against the Titans who are allowing the 4th most points to Fantasy Backs.

Sit ‘Em

James Starks @ NYG

Starks, Alex Green it doesn’t matter, neither one of these guys is talented enough to get the job done. Starks is still the better runner but McCarthy was not happy with his performance last week and it looks like he will go back into more of a timeshare with Green now.

Reggie Bush vs Seattle

Bush has just not been the same since his week three injury to the Jets. Ever since then his YPC has decreased and his touches have went down. At this point, it looks like the Dolphins are intentionally not using him because they don’t want to bring him back next year. They do not give him enough carries and they use him horribly in the pass game.Daniel Thomas is playing more than Bush, it’s pathetic. This is just a rough matchup and you can not trust Bush at all right now, his playoff schedule is very light however, but at the same time he couldn’t get it done against the Bills last week. Keep Bush reserved until this coaching staff shows that they want to feature him in the offense again.

Chris Ivory vs San Francisco

Besides the horrid matchup against the best Run D in the league, Darren Sproles should also be returning this week which kills Ivory’s value.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Michael Crabtree @ New Orleans

Kaepernick provides legitimacy to this passing game again and Crabtree will get it going against the Saints and their horrible defense. Start him comfortably.

Justin Blackmon vs Tennessee

Finally! We have been waiting for this game all year, it just sucks it took 11 weeks to finally come. Chad Henne knows how to get this man the ball and Blackmon had 13 targets last week with over 200 yards receiving. He should also be able to exploit the Titans defense so stick with JB.

T.Y. Hilton vs Buffalo

T.Y. Allday long! Love this little guy. Donnie Avery could be out with a concussion which means a ton of targets for Hilton as Luck throws it up and down the field against the Bills. Hilton has two 100-yard games in his past three and needs to be in your lineups this week.

Sit ‘Em

Santana Moss @ Dallas

While Moss has four TD’s in his last four games he has just 150 yards receiving which is less than 40 yards per game. Besides all that, I do not like this matchup against the Cowboys and their secondary who have been tough against fantasy WR’s all year, ranked 9th best.

Mike Wallace @ Cleveland

Do you trust Charlie Batch tossing the rock to Wallace? Didn’t think so. Making matters worse, Joe Haden has a good shot to return for this game. No matter, Wallace is just too risky to rely upon this week.

Jeremy Maclin & DeSean Jackson vs Carolina

These two guys couldn’t get it done in a plus matchup against the Skins last week with a combined two catches for five yards, therefore I do not trust them this week against Carolina. Nick Foles looked pretty bad and until he proves he can get the ball to these guys, you need to sit em down. Two catches for five yards?

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Vernon Davis @ New Orleans

Vernon has been freed! Finally they throw this guy the dang football. I guess Alex Smith just was not looking his way? Just another reason for the 49ers to start Kaepernick this weekend against the Saints. Look for Vernon to go over 60 yards and potentially find the endzone once again.

Brandon Myers @ Cincinnati

Myers, aka Carson Palmer‘s older brother has been extremely steady of late with 27 targets in his last three games with three TD’s and over 150 receiving yards. The Bengals are 4th worst against defending the Tight End so look for Myers to continue his success.

Dwayne Allen vs Buffalo

Coby Fleener will be OUT once again so get Allen in your lineups as he has 20 targets in his last three games going over the 60-yard receiving mark twice.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ San Diego

Pitta left last weeks game early after suffering a concussion and although he did practice Wednesday and should pay Sunday, he cannot be trusted. Flacco has regressed, Pitta has regressed and you can feel pretty comfortable letting Pitta loose if you need to.

Heath Miller @ Cleveland

Same story with Mike Wallace, without Big Ben Miller can not be trusted. It’s a shame because he was one of the best producers at the position with Ben back there. Cleveland is also 2nd best at defending the Tight End, so just not a good look all around.

Kyle Rudolph @ Chicago

After being abused by the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick last week, the Bears are going to take their anger out onChristian Ponder. Ponder will struggle meaning Rudolph will likely be limited as well.


Start ‘Em

Wesley Woodward vs Kansas City

 The Denver Broncos defense has been on fire of late and Wesley Woodward has been a huge reason why. Woodward leads the Broncos in tackles with 54, has three sacks and also three interceptions. The Chiefs have allowed the 2nd most points to Fantasy LB’s this year so Woodward is a must start this week.

Charles Johnson @ Philadelphia

Johnson who has 8.5 sacks this season steps into a nice matchup against the Eagles who have allowed the third most sacks this season. Look for Johnson to get to Foles at least twice.

Sit ‘Em

Tamba Hali @ Denver

Hali has been one of the bright spots on the KC defense with six sacks, but against Peyton Manning and the Broncos who have allowed the 3rd fewest sacks, Hali’s sack chances will be minimal.

Jonathan Joseph @ Detroit

Joseph’s hamstring has hindered him all season and he now has has to play on a short week against Calvin Johnson. Keep him reserved.