FantasySavvy 2012: Week 9 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

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


Start ‘Em

Cam Newton @ Washington Redskins

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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

Matt Schaub vs Buffalo

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

Michael Vick @ New Orleans

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

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder @ Seattle

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

Matt Hasselbeck vs Chicago

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

Joe Flacco @ Cleveland

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

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Jamaal Charles @ San Diego

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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

Willis McGahee @ Cincy

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

Joique Bell @ Jacksonville

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

Sit ‘Em

Alex Green vs Arizona

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

Donald Brown vs Miami

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

Chris Johnson vs Chicago

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

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Steve Smith @ Washington

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

Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego

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

Denarius Moore vs Tampa Bay

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

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

Sit ‘Em

Torrey Smith @ Cleveland

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

Malcom Floyd vs Kansas City

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

Kenny Britt vs Chicago

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

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jermaine Gresham vs Denver

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

Greg Olsen @ Washington

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

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

Dwayne Allen vs Miami

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

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Cleveland

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

Martellus Bennett vs Pittsburgh

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

Brandon Pettigrew @ Jacksonville

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


Start ‘Em

Chad Greenway @ Seattle

Richard Sherman vs Minnesota

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Akeem Ayers vs Chicago

Sit ‘Em

Antrel Rolle vs Pittsburgh

Greg Hardy @ Washington

Patrick Peterson @ Green Bay


FantasySavvy 2012: Week Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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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, Fantasy Five

By: Kevin Lewis,  @Klew24

Philadelphia @ Arizona

Start Vick with caution. He should have plenty of opportunities, as the Eagles defense will bottle up the Cardinals on Sunday. He also has been turnover prone, and the Cardinals do boast a good defense. And the Eagles lost 2 offensive linemen this past week. If you have a comparable backup option, I’d go with him.

Sit Larry Fitzgerald. I’m not saying his long term prospects this year look bleak. He will be fine. However, this week he’s going up against a good secondary. If you have a good option on your bench, go with it and feel comfortable. I know it’s hard benching a second round pick this early but it must be done.

Start Brent Celek. In this kind of game, against a good Arizona defense, I’d feel comfortable starting Vick’s safety blanket. Maclin is out which means there are targets to be had. Celek has had quite a start to the 2012 campaign and I’d expect that to continue.

Sit Desean Jackson. With Maclin out, I’d expect lots of rolled coverage to Jackson’s side. And with Patrick Peterson looming, I’d sit him out this week

Houston @ Denver

Sit Matt Schaub. I don’t think many people went into this season with Schaub as their starting QB but if you did, and you have a good bench option, go with him. Denver has actually done a fairly solid job against the pass.

Don’t be stirred by Peyton Manning’s performance last week. Yes he threw three picks but he’s also Peyton Manning. While his arm doesn’t look like what it once was, don’t overreact. While Houston is a tough matchup, I’d start Manning this week.

Start Willis McGahee. I know the Houston Texans defense is great, and Willis won’t get many yards on the ground. That being said, Peyton Manning led teams love running the ball inside the 10 yard line. I can see McGahee getting a TD or two this week on that account.

Stay patient with Eric Decker. A lot of people liked Decker over DeMaryius Thomas and I never really got why, but Decker should get better as the chemistry between him and Manning grows. He’s a solid WR.

St. Louis @ Chicago

Don’t be discouraged by Jay Cutler’s terrible performance last Thursday. He probably should have been a fringe starter/high end QB2 anyway, but if you have him, start him with confidence. The Rams defense isn’t particularly good.

Start Michael Bush. The Rams give up a robust 6+ YPC on runs up the middle. That is Michael Bush’s calling card. With Forte  OUT Sunday, Bush will likely have a big game.

Don’t get carried away with Danny Amendola. That being said, in PPR leagues, he’s an absolutely great flex play until proven otherwise. Start him with confidence. The Bears are a bend but don’t break kind of defense and Amendola will get a lot of looks.

Sit Stephen Jackson. He’s hurt, he may not play and if he does he’s playing against a very good run defense in the Bears. If you have comparable options, sit Jackson. Daryl Richardson could make for a sneaky flex play this week if Jackson is out, but the matchup isn’t great.

Green Bay @ Seattle

Sit Cedric Benson. Cedric Benson’s bread and butter is runs up the middle. Seattle stops them to the tune of a 2.2 YPC. Seattle’s defense is extremely tough and I think the Packers will do away with the run after realizing it isn’t going anywhere.

Start Randall Cobb. This seems like a game where the Packers will throw the ball 45+ times, and Cobb will see quite a few touches out of the backfield on 3rd down. If your league accounts for return yardage, that’s even better.

Sit Greg Jennings. Apparently he had a set back and he doesn’t have a good grasp on his groin injury. He plays Monday night so unless you have Randall Cobb on your bench, it’s best to bench him now and save yourself the headache.

Even with Aaron Rodgers coming in town, do NOT switch out the Seattle defense. They can play, and they will give Rodgers some trouble. Start them with confidence.

Kansas City @ New Orleans

Dwayne Bowe had 100+ yards and 2 touchdown scores last week. Start him again. Kansas City will likely be getting blown out and there will be plenty of garbage time minutes for Bowe to boost his numbers.

Mark Ingram isn’t a good RB, and he leaves a lot to be desired but he will have some chances to score on Sunday as NO will be marching against a struggling KC defense. If you need a flex and have him on your bench, give him a shot.

Start Lance Moore. Kansas City has struggled defending the pass as well. They weren’t really tested last week as CJ Spiller went nuts, but Brees and co will test them this week. Moore will be a good play this week.

KC will be down and KC will throw, so if you’re in need of a flex, or a RB in a pinch, start Dexter McCluster (PPR leagues). He will get 5-6 grabs and maybe sneak into the endzone. If you’re in need, take a chance and start him.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 2 Player Rankings

Updated as of 2am Sunday Morning. Enjoy your Sunday everybody.


  1. Tom Brady vs Arizona
  2. Peyton Manning @ Atlanta
  3. Cam Newton vs N.O.
  4. Drew Brees @ Carolina
  5. Tony Romo @ Seattle
  6. Eli Manning vs TB
  7. RG3 @ STL
  8. Matt Ryan vs Denver
  9. Matthew Stafford @ S.F.
  10. Joe Flacco @ Philly
  11. Matt Schaub @ Jacksonville
  12. Andrew Luck vs Minnesota
  13. Phillip Rivers vs Ten
  14. Matt Cassel @ Buffalo
  15. Michael Vick vs Baltimore
  16. Alex Smith vs Detroit
  17. Ben Roethlisberger vs NYJ
  18. Mark Sanchez @ Pittsburgh
  19. Jake Locker @ San Diego
  20. Carson Palmer @ Miami
  21. Kevin Kolb @ NE
  22. Christian Ponder @ Indy
  23. Andy Dalton vs Cleveland
  24. Russell Wilson vs Dallas
  25. Josh Freeman @ NYG
  26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs K.C.
  27. Blaine Gabbert vs Houston
  28. Sam Bradford vs Washington
  29. Ryan Tannehill vs Oakland
  30. Brandon Weeden @ Cincy


  1. Arian Foster @ Jacksonville
  2. Darren McFadden @ Miami
  3. LeSean McCoy vs Baltimore
  4. Ray Rice @ Philly
  5. C.J. Spiller vs K.C.
  6. Jamaal Charles @ Buffalo
  7. Adrian Peterson @ Indy
  8. DeMarco Murray @ Seattle
  9. Stevan Ridley @ Arizona
  10. Reggie Bush vs Oakland
  11. Maurice Jones-Drew vs Houston
  12. Darren Sproles @ Carolina
  13. Doug Martin @ NYG
  14. Frank Gore vs Detroit
  15. Chris Johnson @ San Diego
  16. Ahmad Bradshaw vs TB
  17. Marshawn Lynch vs Dallas
  18. Willis McGahee @ Atlanta
  19. Trent Richardson @ Cincy
  20. Alfred Morris @ STL
  21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Cleveland
  22. Steven Jackson vs Washington
  23. Michael Turner vs Denver
  24. Shonn Greene @ Pittsburgh
  25. Jonathan Dwyer vs NYJ
  26. Jonathan Stewart vs N.O.
  27. Donald Brown vs Minnesota
  28. Kevin Smith @ S.F.
  29. Pierre Thomas @ Carolina
  30. Ben Tate @ Jacksonville
  31. Peyton Hillis @ Buffalo
  32. David Wilson vs T.B.
  33. Mark Ingram @ Carolina
  34. Curtis Brinkley vs Ten * Ryan Matthews Doubtful
  35. Beanie Wells @ New England
  36. Dexter McCluster @ Buffalo
  37. Issac Redman vs NYJ
  38. Roy Helu @ STL
  39. Evan Royter @ STL
  40. Kendall Hunter vs Detroit
  41. Ryan Williams @ N.E.
  42. DeAngelo Williams vs N.O.
  43. Ronnie Brown vs Ten
  44. Knowshon Moreno @ Atlanta
  45. Jaquizz Rodgers vs Denver
  46. Toby Gerhart @ Indy
  47. Danny Woodhead vs Arizona

Wide Receivers

  1. Julio Jones vs Denver
  2. Andre Johnson @ Jacksonville
  3. Calvin Johnson @ S.F.
  4. Steve Smith vs N.O.
  5. A.J. Green vs Cleveland *Browns Stud CB Joe Haden out**
  6. Percy Harvin @ Indy
  7. Larry Fitzgerald @ N.E.
  8. Victor Cruz vs T.B.
  9. Dez Bryant @ Seattle
  10. Eric Decker @ Atlanta
  11. Demaryius Thomas @ Atlanta
  12. Reggie Wayne @ Minnesota
  13. Marques Colston @ Carolina
  14. Roddy White vs Denver
  15. Steve Johnson vs K.C.
  16. Hakeem Nicks vs T.B.
  17. Antonio Brown vs NYJ
  18. Mike Wallace vs NYJ
  19. Brandon Lloyd vs Arizona
  20. Jeremy Maclin vs Baltimore *Probable
  21. Wes Welker vs Arizona
  22. Dwayne Bowe @ Buffalo
  23. Kevin Ogletree @ Seattle
  24. Miles Austin @ Seattle
  25. Lance Moore @ Carolina
  26. Vincent Jackson @ NYG
  27. Brandon LaFell vs N.O.
  28. Torrey Smith @ Philly
  29. Justin Blackmon vs Houston
  30. DeSean Jackson vs Baltimore *Probable
  31. Santonio Holmes @ Pittsburgh
  32. Nate Washington @ S.D. *questionable
  33. Michael Crabtree vs Detroit
  34. Randy Moss vs Detroit
  35. Malcolm Floyd vs Ten
  36. Sidney Rice vs Dallas
  37. Danny Amendola vs Washington
  38. Andrew Hawkins vs Cleveland
  39. Denarius Moore @ Miami *Probable
  40. Anquan Boldin @ Philly
  41. Santana Moss @ St. Louis/Aldrick Robinson @ St. Louis
  42. Stephen Hill @ Pittsburgh
  43. Nate Burleson @ S.F/Donnie Avery vs Minnesota
  44. Titus Young @ S.F.
  45. Emmanuel Sanders vs NYJ
  46. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Miami
  47. Kenny Britt @ S.D. *15-25 snaps
  48. Mike Williams @ NYG
  49. Robert Meachem vs Ten
  50. Dexter McCluster @ Buffalo
  51. Jeremy Kerley @ Pittsburgh
  52. Brandon Gibson vs Washington
  53. Devery Henderson @ Carolina
  54. Davonne Bess vs Oakland
  55. LeStar Jean @ Jacksonville
  56. Andre Roberts @ N.E.
  57. Laurent Robinson vs Houston
  58. Donald Jones vs K.C.
  59. Greg Little @ Cincy
  60. Jon Baldwin @ Buffalo
  61. Steve Breaston @ Buffalo
  62. Domenik Hixon vs T.B.
  63. Harry Douglas vs Denver
  64. Braylon Edwards vs Dallas
  65. Mario Manningham vs Detroit
  66. Cecil Shorts vs Houston
  67. Rod Streater @ Miami
  68. Michael Floyd @ N.E.
  69. Kendall Wright @ S.D.** Bump up 10 spots if Washington is out.
  70. Doug Baldwin vs Dallas

Tight Ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski vs Arizona
  2. Jimmy Graham @ Carolina
  3. Aaron Hernandez vs Arizona
  4. Antonio Gates vs Ten
  5. Vernon Davis vs Detroit
  6. Jason Witten @ Seattle
  7. Tony Gonzalez vs Denver
  8. Jacob Tamme @ Atlanta
  9. Dennis Pitta @ Philly
  10. Brandon Pettigrew @ S.F.
  11. Owen Daniels @ Jacksonville
  12. Tony Moeaki @ Buffalo
  13. Coby Fleener vs Minnesota
  14. Greg Olsen vs N.O.
  15. Jared Cook @ S.D.
  16. Brent Celek vs Baltimore
  17. Martellus Bennett vs T.B./Fred Davis @ St. Louis
  18. Jermaine Gresham vs Cleveland
  19. Heath Miller vs NYJ
  20. Kyle Rudolph @ Indy
  21. Marcedes Lewis vs Houston
  22. Dallas Clark @ NYG
  23. Joel Dreessen @ Atlanta
  24. Lance Kendricks vs Washington
  25. Kevin Boss @ Buffalo
  26. Scott Chandler vs K.C.
  27. Anthony Fasano vs Oakland
  28. Ed Dickson @ Philly
  29. Zach Miller vs Dallas

Fantasy Savvy Week 14 Playoff Rankings

As promised our rankings are here. It’s Playoff week, and there is no time for amateur rankings, so we have to release ours. So follow closely and I hope your team comes out on top this week. Please check out our radio show at and follow us on twitter @fantasysavvy. Go Dominate!


1) Aaron Rodgers vs Oakland

2) Cam Newton vs Atlanta

3) Tom Brady at Washington

4) Drew Brees at Ten

5) Matthew Stafford vs Minnesota

6) Tony Romo vs NYG

7) Eli Manning @ Dallas

8) Matt Ryan @ Carolina

9) Phillip Rivers vs Buffalo

10) Michael Vick @ Miami

11) Tim Tebow vs Chicago

12) Matt Hasselbeck @ NO

13) Carson Palmer @ GB– Keep in mind, both Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are out

14) Rex Grossman vs NE

15) Joe Flacco vs Indy

16) Matt Moore vs Philly

17) Alex Smith @ Arizona

18) Josh Johnson/Josh Freeman @ Jacksonville

19) Andy Dalton vs Houston

20) Christian Ponder @ Det

21) Mark Sanchez @ KC

22) TJ Yates @ Cincy

23) Kevin Kolb vs SF

24) Tavaris Jackson vs St. Louis

25) Sam Bradford @ Seattle

26) Caleb Hanie @ Denver

27) Dan Orlovsky @ Balt

28) Blaine Gabbert vs TB

29) Tom Brandstater @ Seattle

30) Tyler Palko vs NYJ


1) Ray Rice vs Indy

2) Maurice Jones-Drew vs TB

3) LeSean McCoy@ Miami

4) Arian Foster @ Cincy

5) Ryan Matthews vs Buffalo

5A) Adrian Peterson @ Detroit** Very Questionable

6) Michael Turner @ Carolina

7) Marshawn Lynch vs St. Louis

8) Chris Johnson vs NO

9) CJ Spiller @ San Diego

10) Frank Gore @ Arizona

11) DeMarco Murray vs NYG

12) Reggie Bush vs Philly

13) Roy Helu vs NE

14) Darren Sproles @ Ten

15) Shonn Greene @ KC

15A) LeGarrette Blount @ Jax

16) Willis McGahee vs Chicago** questionable with tough matchup

17) Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis @ Washington

18) Michael Bush @ GB

19) Ahmad Bradshaw @ Dallas

19A) Steven Jackson @ Seattle

20) Pierre Thomas @ Ten**- Ingram ruled out

20A) Beanie Wells vs SF

21) Marion Barber @ Denver

22) Cedric Benson vs Houston

23) Maurice Morris vs Minnesota** Kevin Smith expected to be OUT

23) Toby Gerhart @ Detroit *** Only if Peterson is out, if not doesn’t even make list

24) Jonathan Stewart vs Atlanta

25) Ryan Grant vs Oakland

26) DeAngelo Williams vs Atlanta

26) Brandon Jacobs @ Dallas

27) Donald Brown @ Baltimore

27) Brandon Saine vs Oakland- James Starks OUT

29) Joseph Addai @ Baltimore

30) Ben Tate @ Cincy

31) Daniel Thomas vs Philly

32) Dexter McCluster @ NYJ

32) Mike Tolbert vs Buffalo

33) LaDainian Tomlinson @ KC

33A) Ricky Williams vs Indy

34) Danny Woodhead vs Washington

35) Kendall Hunter @ Arizona

36) Felix Jones vs NYG

37) Steven Ridley @ Washington

38) Thomas Jones vs NYJ

39) Backup dude for the Bears @ Denver- Insert here


1) Calvin Johnson vs Minnesota

2) Wes Welker @ Washington

3) Greg Jennings vs Oakland

4) Vincent Jackson vs Buffalo

5) Roddy White @ Carolina

6) Victor Cruz @ Dallas

7) Percy Harvin @ Detroit

8) AJ Green vs Houston

9) Hakeem Nicks @ Dallas

10) Steve Smith vs Atlanta

11) Jordy Nelson vs Oakland

12) Marques Colston @ Ten

13) Larry Fitzgerald vs SF

14) Dez Byrant vs NYG

15) Brandon Marshall vs Philly

16) Stevie Johnson @ SD

17) Mike Williams @ Jax

18) Laurent Robinson vs NYG

19) Michael Crabtree @ Arizona

20) Santana Moss vs NE

21) Julio Jones @ Carolina

22) Damien Williams vs NO

23) Jeremy Maclin @ Miami** Questionable

24) Anquan Boldin vs Indy

24A) Miles Austin vs NYG

25) Brandon Lloyd @ Seattle

26) Malcolm Floyd vs Buffalo

27) Plaxico Burress @ KC

28) Santonio Holmes @ KC

29) DeSean Jackson @ Miami

30) Pierre Garcon @ Baltimore

31) Reggie Wayne @ Baltimore

32) Lance Moore vs Ten

32A) Riley Cooper- **If Maclin is out

33) Dwayne Bowe vs NYJ

34) Eric Decker vs Chicago

35) Demaryius Thomas vs Chicago

36) Nate Burleson vs Minnesota

37) Deion Branch @ Washington

38) Nate Washington vs NO*** Questionable

39) Jabaar Gaffney @ NE

40) Golden Tate vs St. Louis

41) Donald Driver vs Oakland

42) Darrius Heyward Bey @ GB

43) Chaz Shitlens @ GB

44) Jerome Simpson vs Houston

45) Brad Smith @ SD

46) Torrey Smith vs Indy

47) Johnny Knox @ Denver

48) Steve Breaston @ NYJ

49) Doug Baldwin vs STL

50) Jason Avant @ Miami

51) Vincent Brown vs Buffalo

52) David Nelson @ SD

53) Earl Bennett @ Den


1) Rob Gronkowski @ Washington

2) Jimmy Graham @ Ten

3) Antonio Gates vs Buffalo

4) Jason Witten vs NYG

5) Tony Gonzalez @ Carolina

6) Aaron Hernandez @ Washington

7) Jermichael Finley vs Oakland

8) Kellen Winslow @ Jax

9) Vernon Davis @ Arizona

10) Brent Celek @ Miami

11) Dustin Keller @ KC

12) Anthony Fasano vs Philly

13) Ed Dickson vs Indy

14) Greg Olsen vs Atl

15) Owen Daniels @ Cincy

16) Dallas Clark @ Baltimore

17) Jake Ballard @ Dallas

18) Jared Cook vs NO

19) Jermaine Gresham vs Houston

20) Brandon Pettigrew vs Minnesota

21) Tony Scheffler vs Minnesota

22) Visanthe Shiancoe @ Det

23) Mercedes Lewis vs TB

Start Em Sit Em WEEK 4 Edition

By Mike Cannici

Start Em


Matt Ryan vs SF– Ryan is coming off a huge road win against the defending champs and division rival Saints. A knock on Matty “Ice” throughout his short career was that he didn’t play well on the road in big games but last week he answered that question with a 19-30 228yard and 2TD performance without a turnover. This week he draws the 49ers at home, which just got smacked around by Kansas City last week. San Fran has the 16th ranked pass defense and Matt Cassel threw for 250 yards and 3 scores against them. Start Matt Ryan this week, I promise it’ll be worth it.

Kyle Orton @TEN– Orton has now thrown for 295, 307 and 476 yards respectively through first 3 weeks of the season. He’s spreading the ball around and making all of his receiver’s fantasy relevant. The Titans coming into last Sunday’s contest against the Giants had ranked first against the pass, but allowed 386 yards through the air to Eli and the Giants.

Mark Sanchez @ BUF– Jets QB has produced two straight quality outings against division rivals and it should continue this week against the 18th ranked pass defense of the Bills.


Peyton Hillis vs CIN– Hillis exploded for 144 yards and a TD last week against the normally stout Baltimore run defense. Hillis appears to be the “guy” now in that Browns backfield and as a great matchup at home against the Bengals. The Bengals are allowing 104ypg on the ground and their run defense is not nearly as good as the Ravens and Hillis was able to expose them. Hillis makes for a great flex play in week 4.

Ronnie Brown vs NE– Brown didn’t have his best game during week 3(11rush-54yds) but that was against the Jets front seven and he should have a lot more success at home against the Patriots. The Pats are a currently ranked 20th against the run (119ypg) and this makes for an ideal matchup for Brown and even Ricky Williams for that matter. Brown is definitely the safer play however.

Beanie Wells @ SD– Wells made his 2010 debut last week against the Raiders and rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries. He is a great start this week and appears to be back to full strength. Get him in your lineup as he could go off this week. San Diego has held up pretty well against the run since opening night in KC, but Maurice Jones-Drew was held in check for the most part because they were getting blown out and Justin Forsett and the Seahawks just aren’t the ground and pound team that the Cardinals are. Wells is safe to get back into all lineups.


Louis Murphy vs HOU– This game can go one of two ways and regardless, Murphy will get his yards as Houston is horrific against the pass allowing a league worst 368.7 ypg. That number would be even higher had they not been blown out basically at Dallas last week. Bruce Gradkowski is also a decent matchup play this week at QB. Murphy put up 5 catches for 119 yards against the Cardinals and should at least match that this week with a score. Get him in your lineups even though he’s yet to practice this week with a bruised clavicle, all signs are pointing towards him starting.

Lance Moore vs CAR– Moore broke out this past weekend with a six catch 149 yard and 2TD performance. Moore’s most productive season to date came back in 2008 when Reggie Bush went down for a significant amount of time. Moore had a terrible 2009 but you can blame mostly injuries on that, as he appears to now be fully healthy. Grab him and start him in all leagues this week at home against the Panthers.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee vs ARI– Both these guys saw pretty consistent targets last weekend against the Seahawks and should both be viable #3WR or flex plays this week. I had stated a few weeks back you may want to stay away from these guys until one guy emerges, but after last week it would appear Rivers will spread the ball around pretty evenly between the two and even sprinkle in Buster Davis as well. The Cards pass defense is dreadful and I can see both these guys getting in the end zone. Start them both with confidence.

Sit Em


Joe Flacco @ PIT– Flacco finally stepped up and played very well last week, but it was against Cleveland and the Steelers have pretty much shut down everyone thus far. I don’t like Flacco’s matchup this week so hopefully you have other options to explore.

Alex Smith @ ATL– At this point Smith cannot be counted on as any more than a bye week filler. After his week 2 performance against the Saints it looked like he was beginning to turn the corner. Smith should be a decent matchup play at home, but until further notice do not start him on the road as he has been terrible in two road starts.


MarShawn Lynch vs NYJ– Not much to say here, Lynch has been the featured back the past two weeks for the Bills and will be once again, unfortunately he has a terrible matchup against the 4th ranked Jets pass defense. Keep him on your bench until next week against the Jaguars or until he gets traded to maybe the Packers? That would be a great fit.

Darren McFadden vs HOU– RUN DMC has been great thus far as the featured back, but sadly he draws the leagues 4th ranked run defense this week. I don’t think it’ll be a total dud performance, but don’t think he’s worth starting this week except in PPR formats. If he can stay healthy he should be in for a big year but not on the ground in week 4.

Laurence Maroney @ TEN– Maroney was a hot pick up last week after it was announced Knowshon Moreno would miss a few weeks. Maroney did not look very good though last week at home against a below average Colt defense. Playing at the Titans definitely doesn’t help either and I’d avoid Maroney this week like the plague.


Mike Wallace vs BAL– Wallace had 3 big catches last week resulting in 100yds and 2 TD. However, as suspect as people may think the Ravens secondary is, they are allowing the fewest passing yards per game and have allowed a long pass of 29yards this season. Wallace is a deep threat and if you can take that away from his, he has little to no value. Keep him on benches this week until Big Ben returns in week 6.

Derrick Mason @ PIT- Mason over the years has been a quality #2 or 3 WR but thus far Flacco and Mason have failed to get on the same page. he has just seven catches on the year and I don’t think he’s ready to get it rolling this coming Sunday in Pittsburgh. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, I believe is going to start eating into Mason’s targets. Don’t drop Mason just yet has he has been one of the most consistent receivers in the game the past 7-8 years, but leave him on your bench until he finds some continuity with his QB.

Nate Washington vs DEN– Washington had only 3 catches for 30 yds last week during their victory of the Giants, and have a tough matchup against Champ Bailey this week. Vince Young isn’t exactly lighting it up through the air and this team’s pace and tempo is determined by Chris Johnson. Kenny Britt is a possibility to break one deep or get a red zone target but Washington should be left on the bench in all leagues this week.

Those are my start em sit em’s for Week 4. Any questions concerning your particular team feel free to send me an email to and I will respond as quickly as possible.

Week 4 Waiver Adds (CBS, My Fantasy League(MFL), Yahoo! And ESPN percentage owned)

By Mike Cannici


Chad Henne(63%CBS, 69%MFL, 44%Y!, 66.2%ESPN)-  Henne finally had the type of game that most of us expected coming into the 2010 season. He threw for 363 yards and 2 TD’s. I know the Jets didn’t have Darrelle Revis but the last two weeks he didn’t face the best CB’s either and played subpar at best. He’s a decent option going forward and draws the hated Patriots at home in week 4. I like him as a quality backup or starter in 2QB leagues, especially with Brandon Marshall as his #1 option.

Sam Bradford(44%CBS, 52.4%MFL,26%Y!,20.5%ESPN)- The Rams rookie recorded his first win as a pro against a pretty good Redskin team. Bradford has been much better than expected through his first 3 games and has made for some viable WR options in St. Louis, which hasn’t existed for years.  They are tied for 3rd in the NFL in pass plays of 30 yards or more after having just six all of last year. Grab him in keeper leagues and as a backup in regular leagues as he draws the Seahawks, Lions, Chargers, Bucs and Panthers the next five weeks, all teams who struggle against the pass.

Bruce Gradkowski (9%CBS, 10.5%MFL, 5%Y!,2.1%ESPN)- Had it not been for gigantic kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s last second missed field goal, Gradkowski would have lead this team to a 2-1 start. Bruce has made this Raider receiving corp. very own able in all leagues. TE Zach Miller caught Gradkowski’s lone TD pass, while Louis Murphy (5-119) and Darrius Heyward-Bey finished with 3 catches for 49 yards, who lead the team in targets with 11. The Raiders draw two very good matchups the next two weeks with the Texans and Chargers, so Gradkowski is a terrific matchup play if your suffering from bye week or injuries.


Willis McGahee (63%CBS, 61.1%MFL, 32%Y!, 67.3 %ESPN) McGahee is a guy that is widely owned in most leagues because he is a TD vulture as well as the handcuff to one of the best backs in the league Ray Rice. Rice is currently suffering from a knee contusion and it isn’t known yet whether he will play this week against the Steelers. This is not a great matchup by any means but McGahee would be the guy If Rice couldn’t suit up. If he’s available in your league, take a shot on him as it could pay huge dividends if Rice were to miss any time.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (32%CBS, 20.3%MFL, 12% Y!, 2.1%ESPN)-BJE, as I like to call him for short, came on in relief of Fred Taylor last week and compiled 16 carries for 98 yds and a TD. Taylor’s status for this week is not yet known, but right now Green-Ellis looks the best out of their current trio of backs. He’s a solid gamble if for nothing else to add some depth to your roster. Grab him in all 12 team leagues now.

Dexter McCluster (32%CBS, 47.9%MFL, 37% Y!, 12%ESPN)- I just dropped this guy in one of my leagues last week for Louis Murphy, and yes it did work out to my advantage but this is a guy I really liked coming into the season. He posted 3-69-1TD numbers against the niners at home. He’s an explosive player who can make big plays in the run, pass and return game and is absolutely worth a add if he’s available for his upside. I’m trying to grab him back in that same league, but won’t be dropping Murphy for him, I’ll find someone else. McCluster is also WR eligible so that can really help having that roster flexibility.

Kenneth Darby (3%CBS, 4%MFL, 7% Y!, 0.2%ESPN)- Darby is the handcuff to Steven Jackson in St. Louis and ran pretty well finishing with 49 yards and a TD in relief of the injured Jackson. Jackson is questionable for week 4 as he tweaked his groin so Darby is a decent handcuff, especially against the Seahawks and Lions up next for the Rams. He’s worth a speculative pickup in most leagues and a must add for Jackson owners.

Ryan Torain (1%CBS, 2.9%MFL, 1%Y!, 0.3%ESPN)-In last week’s article , I said Keiland Williams was the backup to Clinton Portis and was a great pickup. I wake up Sunday morning and see the Redskins signed Ryan Torain from the practice squad and then notice he’s getting some carries (7 for 46yds) and Williams is sitting on the bench. Oh how Coach Shanahan loves to screw with us fantasy owners, I still believe Williams will get the job at some point based on talent and the fact that Portis and Torain haven’t been able to stay on the field for a whole season in quite some time, and in Torain’s case, never. Torain though right now is the #2 in Washington and is worth a roster spot at least for the time being.

LaGarette Blount (1%CBS, 4.7%MFL, 2% Y!, 0.6%ESPN)- The often troubled Blount, now has a legit chance in Tampa Bay to revitalize himself into a solid player in this league. We all know he can throw a punch, but last week he was able to punch the ball into the end zone during garbage time against the Steelers. The Buccaneers have now stated that Blount, not Kareem Huggins, everyone’s favorite preseason darling, will start to eat in to Cadillac Williams touches. Blount was a highly touted back until his antics his last year at Oregon and has a lot of potential. With Caddy’s injury history and Blount’s ability, he’s a very good speculative add in all leagues, especially for Williams owners. He’s a guy I’m targeting in all my leagues.


Davone Bess(9%CBS, 21.9%MFL, 8% Y!, 1.8%ESPN)- I’m guessing Bess is barely owned in ESPN “standard” leagues because apparently nobody on ESPN does PPR otherwise I don’t understand how he could be less than 2% owned. He’s a very good PPR play as a flex or WR3 on most weeks and had his best game of the season against the Jets (6 for 86yds). I like this guy a lot as a slot receiver, and if Henne can continue to grow so will this receiving corp. Bess can add very good depth to your roster and can put up some big games in PPR leagues.

Brandon Lloyd (36%CBS, 23%MFL, 34%Y!, 13.2%ESPN)-One of the biggest surprises thus far in 2010. Week 1  5 catches 117 yards, week 2 3 catches for 53yards and last week 5 catches for 162 and a TD. Oddly enough, Lloyd has been fairly consistent this year and it just might be his time. He has a lot of talent, just has never put it together or been consistent enough to stick on a team (fantasy or NFL) for too long. I think its time to jump on the bandwagon and see where it takes you. Kyle Orton has some weapons in Denver, and Lloyd looks like a good one. Pick him up in all 12 team and deeper leagues.

Danny Amendola (13%CBS, 15.4%MFL, 12%Y! , 2.1%ESPN)-Until this year, Amendola’s only value to fantasy footballers was his beautiful wife, but with Donnie Avery being lost for the season, and Laurent Robinson’s injury issues, he’s now a decent flex play in PPR leagues. In PPR leagues this year, he’s averaging  10.7 ppg, which is not mind blowing numbers, but pretty steady. I like him as a decent add right now in all 12 team leagues. Mark Clayton is obviously Sam Bradford’s go to guy at the moment, but after that it’s really only Amendola. He’s available in over 84% of leagues so go out and take a chance.

Lance Moore (16%CBS, 21.2%MFL, 14%Y!, 2.3%ESPN)- Do you guys notice a theme developing here? The ESPN percentage owned is drastically lower than any of the other sites, but my belief is that many of the ESPN leagues after drafts, teams are just left for dead, which is why the numbers seem to be so skewed. Lance Moore is now the #3 target for passes with the injury to Reggie Bush, and If you look back to 2008, when Bush last missed significant time, is when Moore had his best pro season to date. He finished Sunday’s loss to the Falcons with 6 catches for 149 yards and 2 TD. Moore is a must own in all formats no matter how shallow or deep at this point. Ride the wave, it’s going to be a great ride from this point forward if Lance can stay healthy.

Golden Tate (19%CBS, 43.8%MFL, 15% Y!, 3.8ESPN)-Tate, a highly touted rookie out of Notre Dame, finally got involved in the offense this week, with 4 catches for 33 yards. Now by no means is that considered a break out game, but it does show that the Seahawks want to get him more involved in the offense and this might be the last chance to grab him, if available without a hefty price tag. The kid has a lot of talent and very good hands. He caught all 4 of his targets from Matt Hasselback, and is probably a year away from being an every week starter, but definitely has enough value and upside to be worthy of a roster spot now. Grab him in all 12 team and deeper leagues, and in 10 team leagues you can probably take more of a wait and see approach.

Roscoe Parrish (3%CBS, 2.8%MFL, 2% Y!, 0.3%ESPN)- Roscoe Parrish, up until this point in his career, has only been fantasy relevant in return yardage leagues. However, in 2010, Parrish has been targeted 13 times, while making good on 9 of them while getting into the end zone once. Last week was his most productive thus far catching 5 passes for 83 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick seemed to look his way often, and with Trent Edwards now gone, this offense may provide a few assets to your fantasy bench. Lee Evans is obviously the most talented of this group, but Parrish, as of now is the QB’s favorite. Grab him in 12 team leagues, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Bills.


Jeremy Shockey (45%CBS, 54.3%MFL, 33% Y!, 34.9% ESPN) Shockey has been somewhat of an enigma the last few seasons. The talent and skill set is obviously there but his inability to stay healthy to go along with the plethora of weapons Drew Brees has seriously hurt his value.  Shockey’s targets and yardage numbers have increased with each passing week, including his best week Sunday against the Falcons finishing with 8 catches for 78 yards and a score. I wouldn’t say he’s an every week starter just yet, but to have on your bench as a backup and bye week filler, isn’t the worst thing you can do. If you’re in a league that starts 2TE’s then he’s a must add.

Martellus Bennett (1%CBS, 4%MFL, 1%Y!, 0.7%ESPN)- Bennett has struggled on the field and off the field since coming into the league, but with Pro Bowler Jason Witten having some injury concerns, he makes for a solid handcuff. Bennett during week 2 when Jason Witten left the game put up good numbers from the TE position and posted a 7 catch, 45 yard effort in relief. He’s more of a speculative add right now as Witten is a tough player and with the bye week this week should be a go for week 5. However, if you’re a Witten owner or looking to find that “potential” breakout TE, I think its either him or….

Tony Moeaki (15%CBS, 15.3%MFL, 9%Y!, 1.8% ESPN)- Tony Moeaki is the other potential breakout, who is higher in my mind than Bennett right now based on him being the starter in Kansas City. He has provided double digit fantasy points each week thus far while finding the end zone twice as well. QB Matt Cassel obviously likes this kid as he has 19 targets thus far, 5 more than receiver Dwayne Bowe. Moeaki is a big physical rookie out of Iowa who has a lot of potential and someone who I have covered in this article back in week 1. He should be owned in all leagues regardless of size at this point, he could finish as a top 8 TE in 2010.