FantasySavvy 2016: TE Tiers

Reed and Olsen join Gronk in the 1st Tier because of Gronk’s injury history. Delanie will keep it up and Kelce should only continue to get better. Ertz came on last year and I think he continues the production.

People are underrating Jason Witten, even with the Romo news, I like Witten again this year. Barnridge is talented but will Griffin get him the ball? Jessie James looks like the new Heath Miller, big target and Ben targeted him often in yesterdays preseason game.

The 4th Tier all consists of guys who are big question marks with big upside.

Watch out for Pats TE A.J. Derby, he’s talented and I think he produces at some point this year.

Does Dennis Pitta return this season? Stay tuned.

1st Tier

Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen

2nd Tier

Delanie Walker, Travis Kelce,

3rd Tier

Zach Ertz, Antonio Gates, Gary Barnridge, Jessie James, Jason Witten.

4th Tier

Tyler Eifert, Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen

5th Tier

Austin Seferian Jenkins, Eric Ebron, Jared Cook, Will Tye, A.J. Derby, Julius Thomas

6th Tier

Charles Clay, Jace Amaro, Virgil Green, Zach Miller, Jordan Cameron

7th Tier

Dennis Pitta, Richard Rodgers, Clive Walford, Vance McDonald


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 Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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

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

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


Start ‘Em

Tony Romo @ Carolina

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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

Carson Palmer vs Jacksonville

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

Josh Freeman vs New Orleans

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

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder vs Arizona

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

Matt Stafford @ Chicago

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

Joe Flacco @ Houston

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

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley vs New York Jets

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

Chris Johnson @ Buffalo

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

Felix Jones @ Carolina

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

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

Sit ‘Em

Mikel LeShoure @ Chicago

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

Frank Gore vs Seattle

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

Marshawn Lynch @ San Francisco

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

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Stevie Johnson vs Tennessee

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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

Vincent Jackson vs New Orleans

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

Lance Moore @ Tampa Bay

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

Sit ‘Em

Andre Roberts @ Minnesota

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

Michael Crabtree vs Seattle

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

Steve Smith vs Dallas

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

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jason Witten @ Carolina

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

Martellus Bennett vs Washington

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

Heath Miller @ Cincinnati

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Houston

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

Jermichael Finely @ St. Louis

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

Fred Davis @ New York Giants

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


Start ‘Em

Chandler Jones vs New York Jets

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

Malcolm Jenkins @ Tampa Bay

Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints

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

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ New York Giants

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

Cortland Finnegan vs Green Bay Packers

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


FantasySavvy 2012: Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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Week two was a bit nutty, and we definitely went through some peaks and valleys.C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush had monster weeks and as a result you will not see them in my start ‘em list any longer. They should be started regardless of matchup. Brent Celekwho we advised to sit against the tough Baltimore Defense burned us and should be started regardless of matchup as well. Other misses were Peyton ManningJames JonesRandall Cobb and Tony Moeaki, while we hit on Brandon LaFellAndrew Luck, Matt Cassel and Fred Davis. So, pretty much a 50/50 week. Not bad, but let’s shoot for 75% this weekend. Feel free to email me at or hit me up on twitter @FantasySavvy with any specific questions.

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

Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Alex Smith @ Minnesota

In his last nine games Alex Smith has 12 TD’s and zero INT’s, displaying accuracy and poise. That success should continue this week against a Minnesota secondary that has allowed 480 yards and four TD’s toBlaine Gabbert and Andrew Luck through the first two weeks. Look for a another typical, efficient game from Alex Smith as he finishes with close to 300 yards passing and throws at least two TD’s.

Andy Dalton @ Washington

The Washington secondary looked very spotty last week especially after losing key defensive components Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo for the season. Sam Bradford lit them up for 310 yards and 3 TD’s and I expect Dalton to have similar success. DeAngelo Hall cannot keep up with A.J. Green and Dalton now has two emerging targets in Andrew Hawkins and Brandon Tate. This should be a high scoring affair, so look for Dalton to put up some gaudy numbers.

Andrew Luck vs Jacksonville

Luck looked solid last week in his home opener even though it came against the porous Minnesota secondary. Jacksonville and their lackluster offensive attack comes to town this weekend and with that should mean plenty of possessions for the Colts. Luck may not have a huge yardage day, but I expect him to be very efficient and toss 2 or 3 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Carson Palmer vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Palmer is much better in Fantasy Football than he is in real life because he does put up a lot of yards, but if you play him on the wrong week he can destroy your team. This is one of the weeks as the Raiders host the Steelers. Palmer moves like my 75 year-old Aunt Bloopie and the Steelers and their pass rush are going to terrorize him. Yes, Palmer may throw for 250 and possibly 1 or 2 TD’s in this game, but I also expect him to toss at least 2 or 3 interceptions as well. The odds are Palmer has a very ugly game on Sunday, stay away.

Sam Bradford @ Chicago

As noted before, Bradford had a monster game at home against the beat up Washington defense. This week it gets a little tougher on the road at Soldier Field in Chicago. I love what Danny Amendola has done and it looks like he’s in for a big season, but the Skins D was just letting him go whatever he wanted. Not sure that will be the case against the physical Bears defense who have two solid CB’s in Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. The Bears slowed Aaron Rodgers last week and I expect them to slow Bradford down as well.

Peyton Manning vs Houston

I like the fact that Manning returns home against a team he historically has had good success against, but this a new and improved Texans Defense, a far cry from what Manning use to face when he was a Colt. Manning will be facing a Texans defense that was 4th best against Fantasy QB’s in 2011 and in 2012 thus far, are the best. I think Peyton is in for a very solid season, this is just a week to consider benching him.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Trent Richardson vs Buffalo

After Week 1 many Richardson owners had doubts about the Rookie back. But  he put a lot of those doubts to rest last week with his performance against the Bengals as he finished with over 140 total yards with two TD’s. Richardson ran with force, power and speed, and looked to be past his knee injury. Against Buffalo this week, the Browns should keep pace with the Bills and Richardson will  be heavily involved. Look for another very strong performance from the Rook.

Michael Bush vs St. Louis

Matt Forte has already been listed as “OUT” for this Sunday, so Mike Bush will get all he can handle against the Rams. Bush is an excellent goal line option and I expect him to find the endzone at least once if not twice against the Rams. You drafted Bush now go plug him into your lineup.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Washington

The “LawFirm” has been fairly solid to start the season averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has been heavily featured in the Bengals offense averaging 19 carries per game. I expect the Bengals to be in the redzone often against the Skins, so look for Green-Ellis to punch the ball into the endzone at least once.


Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson @ Chicago

I never really understood the infatuation with Steven Jackson. I’m sure he would have been much more successful had he not played for the lowly Rams all these years, but still year after year, owners draft him fairly early and their expectations are always too high. Jackson always gets a good amount of touches and gets a decent amount of yards, but he has only finished with over 10 TD’s once in his career which was in 2006.

Anyway I digress, I will never understand the Jackson love, but for owners who are considering to start him this week he needs to be benched. Chicago is a rough matchup and Jackson didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a groin injury. There were also some talk that Jeff Fisher benched Jackson after he spiked a ball in frustration, and that wouldn’t be the first time we saw Fisher do that to one of his players. To make matters worse, Jackson’s new backup Daryl Richardson ran well in Jackson’s absence and could now earn a bigger role regardless of Jackson’s health. Look to trade Steven Jackson if you can, but if your still a believer in the guy, keep him benched this week.

Shonn Greene @ Miami Dolphins

Greene was predictably stuffed up against the Steelers last week running for just 23 yards on 11 carries and I expect more disappointment against the Dolphins who shut down Darren McFadden last week. Miami was 6th best against Fantasy RB’s last year and look to be solid once again in 2012.

Adrian Peterson vs San Francisco

Against any other defense I would say Peterson is a must-start, but the 49ers are just so dominate against the run. We are talking about a team that allowed just three rushing TD’s all of last season and just 77 yards per game. If you have better options, keep Peterson benched.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe @ New Orleans

The Chiefs have been a pretty miserable bunch, but at least Dwayne Bowe hasn’t been. Bowe, looking to return to 2010 form when he had 15 TD’s, began that treck with 100 yards and 2 TD’s against the Bills last week. The Chiefs should be playing catch up in this one and will be airing it out, so Bowe should once again be the benefactor.

Dez Bryant vs Tampa Bay

I’m a little hesitant to put Dez here, but I don’t think it can get any worse than it got last week. Bryant had multiple drops and also lost a fumble, but I’ll chalk it up as a bad game and look for him to have his best game of the season so far against the Bucs. Hakeem Nicks absolutely abused Aqib Talib not even playing full strength, so Dez should also find some success. I expect Romo and the Cowboys to bounce back at home and for Bryant to finish with around 100 yards with a possible score.

Brandon LaFell vs New York Giants

LaFell was good to us last week finishing with 6 catches for 90 yards as it looks like he’s starting to emerge as a legitimate 2nd option behind Steve Smith. I expect him to keep it rolling in what should be a high scoring affair (Vegas has the total set at 51) in Carolina on Thursday Night.

Sit ‘Em

Eric Decker vs Houston

Decker was supposed to be Peyton Manning’s go to guy, but it’s been Demaryius Thomas. There is a chance Decker could still be that guy, but it won’t start this week against Houston. Wade Phillips has this Defense playing top notch and they will slow down Peyton Manning and Eric Decker. Decker is a solid buy-low candidate right now as he will start paying dividends eventually.

Vincent Jackson @ Dallas 

Jackson has been Josh Freeman’s favorite target so far and should remain so throughout the season. I am a little weary of Jackson in this matchup however going against Mo Claiborne and Brandon Carr. The Dallas secondary has been very solid through two weeks and I expect them to hold Jackson under 60 yards.

Torrey Smith vs New England

The potential breakout candidate has had a very slow to start to the season with just four catches for 100 yards through two games.  I expect Smith to get going eventually, but he may not have the breakout season that many predicted. This isn’t a great matchup against an improved New England Defense that’s allowed the 8th fewest points to Fantasy WR’s so far this season. The Pats also shut down Larry Fitzgerald last week holding him to just four yards.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Owen Daniels @ Denver 

Fairly steady production for Daniels in 2012 as he has caught 10 balls for 130 yards while seeing 17 targets through two games. Good matchup for him in Week 3 as he gets the Broncos who have struggled defending the Tight End. Heath Miller and Tony Gonzalez both found paydirt against the Broncos, so there is a good chance that Daniels finds it. Even if he doesn’t get there I expect him to finish with enough yards and catches to make him worthy of a fantasy start in Week 3.

Jason Witten vs Tampa Bay

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

This is more of a “gut” pick than anything but I look for Witten and Romo to finally get on track in Week 3. Martellus Bennett found success against Tampa Bay last week with five catches for 72 yards and a TD and I expect his ex-teammate to flourish also.

Greg Olsen vs New York Giants

Trying to leave off the obvious choices here, I am going with another “gut” pick in Olsen. While Olsen was mostly silent last week against New Orleans with just 1 catch for 13 yards, I believe he fares much better against the Giants. Newton and Eli will be airing it out all night and I look for Olsen to get into the mix finishing with close to 60-70 yards receiving with a possible score.

Sit ‘Em

Jermaine Gresham @ Washington

Gresham has just been simply uneventful and until he proves he can produce you need to leave him benched.

Kyle Rudolph vs San Francisco

Rudolph found the endzone last week, but hasn’t seen many targets or produced many yards. Don’t like the youngster against the 49ers who finished 2011 ranked 6th best against defending the Tight End.

Jacob Tamme vs Houston

Despite his two-catch 13-yard game against Atlanta last week, Tamme is still the Tight End to own in Denver. But, this is a game you probably want to sit him going against the Texans and their stout Defense which ranked 4th overall in defending the Tight End in 2011.


Start ‘Em

Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis Rams

Cortland Finnegan @ Chicago

Finnegan has taken his talents to St. Louis and has been great with 14 tackles, 2 INT’s, 3 pass deflections and a Defensive TD. Playing against Jay Cutler there is always a solid chance for an INT, at the very least he should rack up a couple pass deflections.

Sean Lee vs Tampa Bay

Greg Schiano loves to run the Football so expect a heavy dose of Doug Martin and for Sean Lee to rack up the tackles. He has 14 through two games.


Sit ‘Em

DeMarcus Ware vs Tampa Bay

As I’ve mentioned the Bucs will be running a ton, so don’t know how effective Ware will be with his sack chances being limited. This could be a slow week for Ware.

Brandon Browner vs Green Bay

Browner is a talented CB, but I hate this matchup against Aaron Rodgers who rarely gives the ball to the defense.

Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings (Week 11)

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


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

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

3. Chris Johnson vs Washington

4. Adrian Peterson vs GB

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

6. Peyton Hillis @ Jacksonville

7. Maurice Jones-Drew vs Cleveland

8. Rashad Mendenhall vs Oakland

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

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

11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philly

12. Lesean Mcoy vs NYG

13. Cedric Benson vs Buffalo

14. Michael Turner @ STL- Will struggle here.

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

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

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

18. Shonn Greene @ Houston

19. Knowshon Moreno @ SD

20. LeGarrette Blount @ SF

21. Fred Jackson @ Cincy

22. Jahvid Best @ Dallas

23. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis vs Indy

24. Thomas Jones vs Arizona

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

26. Keiland Williams vs Titans

27. Mike Tolbert vs Denver

28. Mike Goodson vs Baltimore

29. Brandon Jackson @ Minnesota

30. Danny Woodhead vs Indy

31. Tim Hightower @ KC

32. Beanie Wells @ KC (questionable)

33. Donald Brown @ New England

34. Willis McGahee @ Carolina

35. Darren Sproles vs Denver

36. Marion Barber vs Detroit

37. Justin Forsett @ NO

38. Brandon Jacobs @ Philly

39. Cadillac Williams @ SF

40. Jason Snelling @ STL


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

Tight Ends

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

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

3. Vernon Davis vs Tampa Bay

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

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

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

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

7A. Chris Cooley @ Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Heath Miler vs Oakland

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

19. Jeremy Shockey vs Seattle

20. Kevin Boss @ Philly

Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings- Week 9

By Mike Cannici (QB’s, WR’s) and Steve DeAngelo (RB’s, TE’s)





1.    Phillip Rivers @ HOU
2.    Peyton Manning @ PHI
3.    Drew Brees @ CAR
4.    Aaron Rodgers vs. DAL
5.    Tom Brady @ CLE
6.    Ben Roethlisberger @ CIN– Should bounce back after a lackluster performance last wk against the Saints.
7.    Eli Manning @ SEA– It’ll be tough in Seattle against the 12th man, but the Hawks’ can be passed on and Eli will get it done.
8.    Mike Vick vs. IND– Vick’s first game back, he’ll be just fine and maybe even pick up a rushing score.
9.   Matt Ryan vs. TB
10.    Matt Schaub vs. SD– Tough matchup against the league’s best pass D, but Schaub is at home and will still put up QB1 numbers.
11.    Joe Flacco vs. MIA
12.    Brett Favre vs. ARI
13.    Jay Cutler @ BUF
14.    Mark Sanchez @ DET- The Lions are much improved, but can still be scored on and Sanchez should have a solid game.
15.    Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. CHI
16.    Carson Palmer vs. PIT
17.    Josh Freeman @ ATL-Good matchup against the secondary that is susceptible to the big play.
18.    Matthew Stafford vs. NYJ- This kid is going to be a star and soon, but not this week in a tough matchup at home vs. the Jets.
19.    Matt Cassel @ OAK- The Raiders have been great lately, outscoring their opponents the last two weeks but a total of 92-17. They may be without Asomugha which could mean another decent day for Cassel.
20.    Jon Kitna @ GB
21.    Jason Campbell vs. KC
22.    Chad Henne @ BAL
23.    Colt McCoy vs. NE
24.    Matt Moore vs. NO
25.    Charlie Whitehurst vs. NYG-Hasselback isn’t going to play and we’ll finally get to see what Whitehurst has against one of the league’s best defenses.
26.    Derek Anderson @ MIN




1. Adrian Peterson vs Arizona– Moss gone, Harvin banged up, great matchup all means tons of work for Peterson as Childress tries to save his job, Peterson could see 35 touches.

2. Jamaal Charles @ Oakland– I’m expecting Charles to build on his season high 240 total yard effort last week  as the Chiefs will run heavily in this and Charles leads the way.

3. Michael Turner vs TB– Fresh off the bye, Turner is rested and ready to go off against TB and their weak Run D

3A. Arian Foster vs San Diego– Foster will be effective against San Diego and their #1 Rush D, his O-line is one of the best in the league when it comes to run blocking.

4. Ray Rice vs Miami- Rice needed the bye week, he’s ready for a big role against Miami

5. Lesean Mcoy vs Indy– Will continue to be a factor in the pass and run game and will rack up over 100 total yards.

6. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Seattle– Seattle’s run D has taken a bit of a backseat of late and is banged up, Expect the Giants to pound the ball early and often.

7. Rashad Mendenhall @ Cincy– Cincy’s Run D has been getting burnt lately, but expect them to play more inspired on Monday night. Mendenhall should still find his way into the endzone once or twice.

8. Matt Forte vs Buffalo– Here’s hoping Martz isn’t as stubborn as I think he is and actually puts the ball in Forte’s hands this week against Buffalo and their dead last Run D.

9. Darren Mcfadden vs Kansas City– With Zach Miller doubtful for this game, Louis Murphy out, K.C. will stack the box. Mcfadden still will probably go over 100+ total yards he just might not find the endzone.

10. Ladainian Tomlinson @ Detroit– Jets will get back to what they do best against Detroit and their 27th ranked Run D.

11. Peyton Hills vs NE- Hills had the bye week to rest and is healthy. He will get a gigantic workload against NE in the run game and pass game.

12. Thomas Jones @ Oakland– Chiefs will run the ball at least 35 times, so plenty of opportunity for Jones to succeed alongside Charles.

13. Legarrette Blount @ Atlanta– Is now the #1 back for TB and running well thus far.

13A Brandon Jackson vs Dallas– Running much better of late and will be playing against an uninspired defense. Should have a couple of scoring opportunities.

14. Jahvid Best vs NYJ- Not a good matchup here.

15. Felix Jones @ GB– Still the #1 Option in Dallas, but not playing well and Tashard Choice will cut into Jones time this week. Jones is better for PPR.

16. Jonathan Stewart  vs NO– Oline is not opening up any holes and Stewart has been struggling. Will get all the touches with DeAngelo Williams out again, but don’t expect a breakout for Stewart.

16A. Donald Brown @ Philly– With Addai and Mike Hart both out, Brown will get the carries, but he hasn’t been playing well.

17. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis @ Cle– Big game last week and although he may not get a lot of yards, I think he will have a lot of opportunities to punch the ball in the endzone this week, as Brady will move the ball.

17A. Cedric Benson @ Pit– Rough matchup, but still gets all the carries. Don’t expect yards but a TD is possible.

18. Ryan Matthews @ Houston– Getting healthier , but Sproles and Tolbert are hurting his potential

18A. Bradon Jacobs @ Seattle– Good chance to find the endzone and rack up about 40-50 yards.

19. Darren Sproles @ Houston–  With Gates doubtful, Naanee, Davis and Floyd all out, Sproles will play a big role in the passing game Solid play in PPR leagues.

19A. Danny Woodhead @ Cleveland– Woodhead gets enough catches and carries to be productive as a flex.

20. Shonn Greene @ Detroit– Should get at least 10-15 carries this week, should find some room to run, but has to hit the edge and run away from Suh.

21. Beanie Wells @ Minnesota– Beanie is questionable so , but looks like he’ll play.

22. Ronnie Brown @ Baltimore– Williams and Brown continue to hurt each other

23. Ricky Williams @ Baltimore– Decent flex play

24. Marshawn Lynch vs NYG– Lynch is finding nowhere to run (2.8 ypc as a Seahawk) rough matchup against the Giants Run D.

24. Fred Jackson vs Chicago– C.J. Spiller needs to get more carries, Jackson has been getting a lot of carries but hasn’t produced, tough matchup this week.

25. Mike Tolbert @ Houston – Good chance to find the endzone.

26. Chester Taylor vs Buffalo– Should be a factor as the Bears should run the ball a lot this week

27. C.J. Spiller vs Chicago– Can’t wait to rank this guy in the Top 5, Give him the Ball BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 Carries!!!!!!!!

28. Michael Bush vs K.C.– Don’t see him doing much.

29. Julius Jones/Chris Ivory/Ladell Betts @ Carolina– Who knows?

30. Willis McGahee vs Miami– McGahee takes a back seat this week

31. Tashard Choice @ GB– Might get 10 touches this week as Barber could take a lesser role

32. Marion Barber @ GB

33. Justin Forsett vs NYG

34. Derek Ward vs SD

35. Cadillac Williams @ Atlanta



1.    Roddy White vs. TB
2.    Reggie Wayne @ PHI
3.    Greg Jennings vs. DAL
4.    Hakeem Nicks @ SEA- The last time I ranked Nicks in the top five, he finished with 8 yards, won’t happen again.
5.    Miles Austin @ GB
6.    Andre Johnson vs. SD
7.    Anquan Boldin vs. MIA
8.    Calvin Johnson vs. NYJ-Tough matchup but won’t be blanketed by Revis which means he’ll break out for at least one score.
9.    Marques Colston @ CAR
10.    Desean Jackson vs. IND– If he plays (concussion) he’s definitely a top ten finisher this week with Vick back under center.
11.    Brandon Marshall @ BAL
12.    Mike Williams(TB) @ ATL
13.    Pierre Garcon @ PHI- Great matchup and is now Manning’s # 2 guy.
14.    Larry Fitzgerald @ MIN- Two touchdowns in week 8, good for at least one this week.
15.    Terrell Owens vs. PIT
16.    Jeremy Maclin vs. IND
17.    Hines Ward @ CIN
18.    Steve Smith(CAR) vs. NO
19.    Mike Wallace vs. CIN
20.    Percy Harvin vs. ARI- Great matchup if he can go (ankle) but Coach Childress not so sure now after missing practice all week. I’m still ranking him as if he’ll play.
21.    Dwayne Bowe @ OAK-Scored in three straight, no Nnamdi could mean another solid day
22.    Dez Bryant @ GB
23.    Johnny Knox @ BUF
24.    Braylon Edwards @ DET- Great matchup for him if he can only catch Sanchise’s passes.
25.    Steve Smith(NYG) @ SE
26.    Steve Johnson vs. CHI
27.    Steve Breaston @ MIN- 8-147 last week, look for around 6-100 this week, becoming solid WR 3.
28.    Wes Welker @ CLE
29.    Chad OchoCinco vs. PIT
30.    Lance Moore @ CAR
31.    Patrick Crayton @ HOU- River’s number two target after Gates against league’s worst pass defense.
32.    Santonio Holmes @ DET
33.    Davone Bess @ BAL- Could be a big time PPR guy this week catching a lot of underneath stuff from Henne against the Ravens pass rush.
34.    James Jones vs. DAL
35.    Lee Evans vs. CHI
36.    Derrick Mason vs. MIA
37.    Robert Meachem @ CAR
38.    Mike Williams(SEA) vs. NYG
39.    Nate Burleson vs. NYJ
40.    Bernard Berrian vs. ARI- Not a huge fan of the guy, but he’s the #2 now at worst and # 1 if Harvin sits.
41.    Jordy Nelson vs. DAL
42.    Roy Williams @ GB
43.    Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. KC- Had his best game of his short career last week, might be coming into his own now.
44.    Deion Branch @ CLE
45.    Michael Jenkins vs. TB
46.    Mario Manningham @ SEA
47.    Earl Bennett @ BUF
48.    Anthony Gonzalez @ PHI
49.    Jacoby Jones vs. SD
50.    Saje Arijotutu @ HOU-I’m sure you’ve never heard of him but he’s the # 2 receiver in San Diego now.
51.    Kevin Walter vs. SD
52.    Mohammed Massaquoi vs. NE
53.    Brandon LaFell vs. NO- Scored in two straight, I’m starting to like this kid opposite Smith.
54.    Devin Hester @ BUF
55.    Jericho Cotchery @ DET
56.    Brian Hartline @ BAL
57.    Deon Butler vs. NYG
58.    Josh Cribbs vs. NE
59.    Jason Avant vs. IND- Move up about 15 spots if Desean can’t go.
60.    Devery Henderson @ CAR- This guy always comes out and surprises right when you least expect it, and this week, I least expect it. Don’t take the gamble though.





1. Jason Witten @ GB– Kitna’s favorite target

2. Antonio Gates @ Houston (Game-Time Decision)

3. Aaron Hernandez @ Cle

4. Dustin Keller @ Detroit

5. Jacob Tamme @ Philly

6. Visanthe Shiancoe vs Arizona

7. Ben Watson vs NE

8. Tony Gonzalez vs Tampa Bay

9. Tony Moeaki @ Oakland

10. Heath Miller @ Cincy

11. Kellen Winslow @ Atlanta

12. Brent Celek vs Indy

13. Todd Heap vs Miami

14. Jermaine Gresham vs Pitt

15. Brandon Pettigrew vs NYJ

16. John Carlson vs NYG

17. Owen Daniels (questionable) vs Indy

18. Greg Olsen vs Buffalo

19. Jeremy Shockey @ Carolina

20. Anthony Fasano @ Baltimore







4 O’clock Breakdowns + Sunday and Monday Night- Week 9

By: Rick Findura

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks
Prediction: Giants 24, Seahawks 10. The Giants D is playing lights out right now, and with Matt Hasselbeck out for Sunday because of a  concussion last week) and no real proven performer at receiver, it won’t be easy for Seattle, despite their recent successes against the G-men at home.  Mike Williams has been the best option for the Seahawks, but isn’t explosive. Williams may get some late grabs in what I expect to be a game the Giants keep well in hand throughout.  Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett shouldn’t see much room to run.  The Giants have completely shut out the likes of DeAngelo Williams, Arian Foster, and Matt Forte.  Lynch isn’t as established as any of them, and shouldn’t be in your starting lineup this week.  For the Giants, expect a balanced effort.  Ahmad Bradshaw again will get the ball between the 20’s, and as he’s shown, he’ll do some damage.  Brandon Jacobs has a good shot at getting in the end zone in this one.  I see the big points however coming from the Giants receivers.  Hakeem Nicks has shown himself to be a terrific red zone target and deep threat and it is rare to be both in this league.  I think the guy to look for this week though is Steve Smith.  Going against his former college coach in Pete Carroll, you know he’ll be looking to impress.  With the Giants getting out to an early lead, I see the Giants looking at Smith often to pick up first downs and keep the chain and the clock moving. Smith has been picking it up of late and is a solid start in PPR leagues as well as Standard.

Kansas City Chiefs at  Oakland Raiders
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Raiders 20.  This is a matchup of the number 1 and number 2 ranked rushing teams in the NFL.  With the Chiefs being the number 1 rushing team in the league.  I give the edge to the Chiefs running game due to the fact that the Raiders are 26th in stopping the run. (The Chiefs D is 7th).  I expect Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones to run the ball all over Oakland on Sunday.  As is the usual for the Chiefs, Jones will get the bulk of the carries early and on short yardage.  Charles will get the ball often between the 20’s.  Charles is averaging an astounding 6.5 yards per carry, giving him the title of “Breakout Player of the Week”  possibility.  Charles is also great catching the ball out of the backfield.  Charles and Jones should both get the start in your league.  Dwayne Bowe has caught 5 TD’s in the past 3 games, but with only 6 catches combined the past 2 weeks, consider anything he does this week to be a bonus.  Don’t rely on him to but up big numbers, even with Nnamdi Asomugha doubtful to play for the Raiders.  The only player worth starting for the Raiders is Darren McFadden.  McFadden has been a great Fantasy back when not out of the lineup due to injury (twice this season).  He’s gone over 100 yards in 4 of the 6 games he’s played. (95 yards in another).  In the 2 games he didn’t break 100 yards rushing he caught 6 balls out of the backfield in each.  Expect Jason Campbell to struggle.  Darius Heyward-Bey had a breakout game last week, but Brandon Flowers is one of the best, and most underrated corners in the league.

Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles
Prediction: Colts 31, Eagles 17.  This is a tough game to predict.  The Eagles are getting Michael Vick back for the first time since week 4.  And I don’t know how much he’s going to give you.  The Colts pass rush is excellent, so expect a lot of hits and a lot of pockets collapsing, forcing Vick to run…and take some more hits. DeSean Jackson is expected to play, but might be tentative in his first game back.  LeSean McCoy could be in for a nice day though.  The Colts don’t stop the run, and even if they do, McCoy is dangerous out of the backfield. I don’t see the Colts attack slowing down Mcoy this week.  Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning.  Expect him to find Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Jacob Tamme most of the day. Joseph Addai and Mike Hart are both most likely to be out Sunday, leaving duties to Donald Brown and Javarris James but don’t expect much too much from them.  This will be a game that will be won through the air…surprise!

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Prediction: Packers 31, Cowboys 13. Ok, well, this much I know…don’t look for the Cowboys to break out of their funk this week.  The Packers battled their way to a 9-0 win against the tough Jets D.  They should have no problem moving the ball against the Cowboys.  Expect most of the damage to be done by Aaron Rodgers, obviously.  He’ll pick apart the Cowboys injured secondary all night.  Greg Jennings is a must-start.  And if Donald Driver doesn’t start, you may want to give James Jones a chance as well.  Though Brandon Jackson hasn’t been getting in the end zone, I think he’ll have the ball in his hands enough times to put up decent numbers.  I really don’t see anyone worthy of a must-start against the Packers D for the Cowboys.  Jon Kitna has been getting a lot of yardage in mop up duty when the Cowboys are already out of the game, and that’ll be the case again.  Dez Bryant has been coming on of late, but Miles Austin is still their number 1.  Only 1 of them can really be expected to have a good game, and it’s a coin flip really as to which one.  Jason Witten figures to be Kitna’s security blanket, and he’d be the only Cowboy I’d want in my lineup.  I wouldn’t touch any Cowboy RB with a 10 foot pole this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Prediction: Steelers 28, Bengals 14. Straight up and down the Steelers lineup I like in this matchup.  Ben Roethlisberger should be able to hit Mike Wallace down the field, and hit Hines Ward to move the chains.  Rashard Mendenhall should get some yards against the Bengals 23rd ranked D against the run.  For the Bengals it’s another story.  Carson Palmer could put up a ton of yards in garbage time.  I don’t know how often those drives will end up in the end zone however.  I do know that if they do, they’ll be in the hands of Terrell Owens.  Chad Ochocinco is known for not playing well against the Steelers.  Terrell Owens has been a revelation this year though.  TO has averaged over the past 4 games, almost 8 catches for nearly 120 yards, and he’s scored in each game. (5 TD’s total).  Ride the wave while it’s still going.  Cedric Benson should be resting nice and easy on your bench this week.