FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 10

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

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


Start ‘Em

Phillip Rivers @ Tampa Bay

Rivers will get it done against Tampa Bay; this secondary has been horrendous all year and Rivers has the experience and tools to succeed against them. Rivers will step up for your fantasy squads.

Josh Freeman vs San Diego

I doubted Freeman this season, but he has proved me wrong with 11 TD’s in his last four games and overall has had a successful season. Freeman should stay hot against San Diego who are just average against Fantasy QB’s ranked 15th in points allowed to QB’s.

Joe Flacco vs Oakland

After early excitement with Flacco and the Ravens no huddle offense, Flacco is now playing like the QB most of us thought he was. With no multiple TD games in his last five games it’s hard to trust the guy. But Oakland presents a favorable matchup as they are ranked 23rd in points allowed to QB’s. Look for Flacco to finally get a two TD game and approach 300 yards passing.

Sit ‘Em

Sam Bradford @ San Francisco

Don’t even think about starting Bradford this week, even in two QB leagues.

Michael Vick vs Dallas

After failing to really produce against New Orleans it is almost impossible to trust Michael Vick from here on in. Vick hasn’t played well, but his offensive line needs to take a lot of the blame, they have been atrocious. Every week he is getting crushed play after play. With Dallas and their top secondary coming to town, don’t even think about putting Vick in your lineups.

Matt Schaub @ Chicago

Chicago is 2nd best in points allowed to Fantasy QB’s and will no doubt frustrate the Texans passing game. Keep Schaub reserved.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Michael Turner @ New Orleans

You know the drill, start any and all fantasy players against the Saints Defense. Turner excels in good matchups so expect him to score at least once in this game.

Willis McGahee @ Carolina

McGahee and the Broncos arguably have the most favorable schedule of any team in the weeks ahead. He didn’t come through last week in a solid matchup but you have to keep putting him out there because more times than not he will prosper in these types of matchups. Carolina has been 6th worst in points allowed to Fantasy RB’s.

Vick Ballard @ Jacksonville 

The Jags are allowing the 4th most points to Fantasy RB’s and got torched last week by Mikel LeShoure and Joique BellDonald Brown is most likely OUT for tonight’s game so Ballard will get a ton of burn. Great spot to start him.

Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson @ San Francisco

You trade this guy yet? You know my feelings on this dude.

Shonn Greene @ Seattle

The Seahawks Run D has been vulnerable the last three weeks, but as a Jets fan I don’t trust Shonn Greene in these types of matchups. I foresee a 16 carry 50-yard scoreless game from Greene.

Jamaal Charles @ Pittsburgh

This is so hard for me to put Charles in this spot, this is my favorite player in the NFL. I will be starting him, because I don’t have better options, but if you have the luxury, think about it. The Steelers are giving up 2nd fewest points to Fantasy Backs and the Chiefs passing game and Defense have been killing Charles’ value. They are constantly playing from behind and Charles just doesn’t get enough chances to contribute. The coaching staff has also completely misused him. It’s really frustrating. Hopefully he proves me wrong this week and runs all over Pittsburgh.

Wide Receivers 

Start ‘Em

Torrey Smith vs Oakland

As Joe Flacco should get it going, look for Torrey Smith to get it flowing as well. Smith hasn’t played up to many owners expectations, but he should return provide a nice return of investment going against the Raiders and their average defense.

Brian Hartline vs Tennessee 

After a few quiet weeks from his 243-yard explosion, Hartline had himself another solid game against the Colts catching eight balls for 107 yards. The Titans are ranked 23rd in points allowed to Fantasy WR’s so Hartline has a great chance to succeed in this matchup.

Malcom Floyd @ Tampa Bay

Floyd has just two TD’s all season, but this is a spot you have to think about plugging him in. The Bucs secondary has been brutal giving up the 3rd most points to Fantasy WR’s and Rivers will be chucking. Look for Floyd to have a productive game.

Sit ‘Em

Jeremy Maclin vs Dallas

Maclin has been a disappointment all season, mostly due to Vick’s inability and the Eagles porous offensive line and he will continue the struggles this week against Dallas.

DeSean Jackson vs Dallas

Just like Maclin you can’t trust Jackson this week either. Dallas is giving up the 6th fewest points to Fantasy WR’s andMo Clairborne and Brandon Carr are one of the better CB tandems in the league.

Sidney Rice vs New York Jets

Just a bad matchup for the Seattle Seahawks and Sidney Rice against the Jets who are allowing the fewest points to Fantasy WR’s despite the loss of Darelle Revis. Antonio Cromartie has played better than I have ever seen him and has been routinely giving #1 WR’s fits.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Vernon Davis vs St. Louis

Davis has been stagnant in his last two games with just five catches for 60 yards but should get it going against the Rams the week. St. Louis is giving up the 8th most points to Fantasy Tight Ends and the 49ers know they need to start finding more creative ways to get this stud the ball.

Brandon Myers @ Baltimore

Carson Palmer’s Brother, Oakland Raiders

Myers broke out with two TD’s last week prompting many owners to snatch him from the waiver wire this week. Myers had been fairly steady with 4 to 5 catches and around 40-50 yards every week until finally getting his first two TD’s of the year. Myers kind of looks like Carson Palmer’s fatter older brother maybe that is why Palmer has targeted him 23 times in his last three games.  Keep Myers in lineups against Baltimore who can’t defend Tight Ends, ranked 22nd overall.

Dwayne Allen @ Jacksonville

The Jags have been pretty good against Tight Ends ranked 4th best, but I like Allen’s talent and the fact that Coby Fleener is out for another week. Look for Luck to target Allen a good amount in this game and for Allen to finish with around 50-70 yards receiving. I will take that from a Tight End not named GronkowskiGates or Graham.

Sit ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph vs Detroit

Rudolph has been ice cold since a hot start, so keep him reserved until he proves he can produce again.

Scott Chandler @ New England

If Chandler doesn’t score he doesn’t produce. This is another guy that you really can’t trust. Stay away.

Brent Celek vs Dallas

As noted, the Eagles offense has been a huge disappointment. Celek is no exception. Dallas is 7th best at defending Tight Ends so you need to keep Celek reserved.


Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith vs St. Louis

Smith has been heating up in his last few games and now has 7.5 sacks on the year. The Rams are allowing the 7th most sacks and are giving up the 8th most points to Fantasy DE’s, so this is a juicy matchup for Smith.

Ed Reed vs Oakland

With Carson Palmer and his pass chucking, turnover prone ways coming to town, you need to get Reed in your lineups. I always envision a Reed pick six versus a QB like this.

Sit ‘Em

Greg Hardy vs Denver 

Peyton Manning has been the 2nd least sacked QB this year, mostly because of his doing. Therefore there will be limited sack opportunities for Hardy and this Carolina pass rush.

Jarius Byrd vs New England

Byrd is averaging just 3 tackles a game this season, but does have three interceptions. However, going against Brady and Gronkowski his interception opportunities will be limited. Keep him benched.


FantasySavvy 2012: Week 9 Player Rankings


  1. Cam Newton @ WAS
  2. Peyton Manning @ CIN /2A Mike Vick @ NO
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs ARI
  4. Drew Brees vs PHI
  5. Tony Romo @ ATL
  6. RG3 vs CAR
  7. Eli Manning vs PIT
  8. Ben Roethlisbeger @ NYG
  9. Matthew Stafford @ JAC
  10. Matt Ryan vs DAL
  11. Josh Freeman @ OAK
  12. Carson Palmer vs TB
  13. Matt Schaub vs BUF
  14. Andrew Luck vs MIA
  15. Jay Cutler @ TEN
  16. Ryan Tannehill @ IND
  17. Joe Flacco @ CLE
  18. Andy Dalton vs DEN
  19. Brandon Weeden vs BAL
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ HOU
  21. John Skelton @ GB
  22. Matt Hasselbeck vs CHI
  23. Russel Wilson vs MIN
  24. Christian Ponder @ SEA
  25. Blaine Gabbert vs DET

Cam Newton takes the number one spot this week. I have been telling you guys to trade for him, his schedule gets very easy from here on out.

I like Mike Vick to have his best game of the year and to prove worthy of the #2 ranking this week.

Tony Romo plays bold  in Altanta, while Matt Ryan doesn’t do as well as expected against a tough Dallas secondary.

Running Backs

  1. LeSean McCoy @ NO
  2. Arian Foster vs BUF
  3. Ray Rice @ CLE
  4. Willis McGahee @ CIN
  5. Trent Richardson vs BAL
  6. Matt Forte @ TEN
  7. Adrian Peterson @ SEA
  8. Alfred Morris vs CAR
  9. Marshawn Lynch vs MIN
  10. Reggie Bush @ IND
  11. Doug Martin @ OAK
  12. Darren McFadden vs TB
  13. C.J. Spiller @ HOU
  14. Ahmad Bradshaw vs PIT *questionable (foot)
  15. Pierre Thomas vs PHI
  16. Jonathan Stewart @ WAS
  17. Michael Turner vs DAL
  18. Chris Johnson vs CHI
  19. Fred Jackson @ HOU
  20. Rashad Jennings vs DET
  21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs DEN
  22. Mikel LeShoure @ JAC
  23. Joique Bell @ JAC
  24. Donald Brown vs MIA *questionable
  25. Issac Redman @ NYG
  26. Felix Jones @ ATL *questionable
  27. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ GB
  28. Vick Ballard vs MIA * move up to Brown’s spot if Brown is OUT
  29. James Starks vs ARI
  30. Alex Green vs ARI
  31. Daniel Thomas @ IND
  32. Michael Bush @ TEN
  33. Phillip Tanner @ ATL
  34. Andre Brown vs PIT * move up 10 slots if Bradshaw is OUT
  35. Mark Ingram vs PHI
  36. Ronnie Hillman @ CIN
  37. Chris Ivory vs PHI
  38. Tavaris Cadet vs PHI
  39. DeAngelo Williams @ WAS
  40. William Powell @ GB
  41. David Wilson vs PIT * Move up 5 spots if Bradshaw is OUT
  42. Montario Hardesty vs BAL
  43. LeGarette Blount @ OAK
  44. Robert Turbin vs MIN

Reggie Bush really needs to get it done this week against Indy. He has been frustrating ever since his knee injury against the Jets. If he struggles again this week, it’s time to be very worried about how he finishes the year. 

Look for Ray Rice to get a big workload and for James Starks to outplay Alex Green against the Cards if given the opportunity.

Wide Receivers

  1. Demaryius Thomas @ CIN
  2. Steve Smith @ WAS
  3. Eric Decker @ CIN
  4. Andre Johnson vs BUF
  5. Brandon Marshall @ TEN
  6. Vincent Jackson @ OAK
  7. Marques Colston vs PHI
  8. Percy Harvin @ SEA
  9. Victor Cruz vs PIT
  10. A.J. Green vs DEN
  11. Reggie Wayne vs MIA
  12. Denarius Moore vs TB
  13. Larry Fitzgerald @ GB
  14. Randall Cobb vs ARI
  15. Roddy White vs DAL
  16. Hakeem Nicks vs PIT
  17. Mike Wallace @ NYG
  18. DeSean Jackson @ NO
  19. Jeremy Maclin @ NO
  20. Julio Jones vs DAL
  21. Antonio Brown @ NYG
  22. Dez Bryant @ ATL
  23. Miles Austin @ ATL
  24. Calvin Johnson @ JAC *questionable (knee)- could be limited to 3rd downs
  25. Jordy Nelson vs ARI *questionable (hammy)
  26. James Jones vs ARI
  27. Steve Johnson @ HOU
  28. Lance Moore vs PHI
  29. Titus Young @ JAC
  30. Brian Hartline @ IND
  31. Andre Roberts @ GB
  32. Torrey Smith @ CLE
  33. Kenny Britt vs CHI
  34. Mike Williams @ OAK
  35. Josh Gordon vs BAL
  36. Santana Moss vs CAR
  37. Anquan Boldin @ CLE
  38. Sidney Rice vs MIN
  39. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs TB
  40. Cecil Shorts vs DET
  41. Greg Little vs BAL
  42. Justin Blackmon vs DET
  43. Nate Washington vs CHI
  44. Donnie Avery vs MIA
  45. Leonard Hankerson vs CAR
  46. Kendall Wright vs CHI
  47. Andrew Hawkins vs DEN
  48. Ryan Broyles @ JAC
  49. Kevin Walter vs BUF
  50. Davonne Bess @ IND
  51. Jerome Simpson @ SEA
  52. Kevin Ogletree @ ATL
  53. Brandon Stokley @ CIN
  54. Devery Henderson vs PHI
  55. Emmanuel Sanders @ NYG
  56. Golden Tate vs MIN
  57. T.Y. Hilton vs MIA
  58. Harry Douglas vs DAL
  59. Josh Morgan vs CAR
  60. Ramses Barden vs PIT

Steve Smith should have his best game of the year against Washington. He can absolutely abuse DeAngelo Hall

I am very weary on Calvin Johnson as you see in my rankings. Hasn’t practiced all week, could be OUT and if he does play could be limited to 3rd downs.

I think the Cowboys corners do a nice job on Roddy and Julio that is why they are both bumped down a bit. Dallas is giving up the fewest points to WR’s. Titus Young could very well play much better there where I have him ranked, especially with the Jags secondary banged up and possibly Megatron being out. Don’t be afraid to notch him up a few spots if you want. I have him there because he has to show me a bit more still as well as Stafford.

Denarius Moore has a great matchup especially with Bucs former CB Talib shipped off to New England.

Demaryius Thomas might be in my top five every week. In one of my leagues a guy just stole Thomas in a trade as well as Forte and that trade could easily get him into the title game. Thomas is going to finish extremely strong as will Eric Decker

Tight Ends

  1. Jason Witten @ ATL
  2. Jimmy Graham vs PHI
  3. Tony Gonzalez vs DAL
  4. Owen Daniels vs BUF
  5. Heath Miller @ NYG
  6. Greg Olsen @ WAS
  7. Jermaine Gresham vs DEN
  8. Brent Celek @ NO
  9. Kyle Rudolph @ SEA
  10. Jermichael Finley vs ARI
  11. Brandon Pettigrew @ JAC
  12. Martellus Bennett vs PIT
  13. Brandon Myers vs TB
  14. Dwayne Allen vs MIA
  15. Dallas Clark @ OAK
  16. Dennis Pitta @ CLE
  17. Logan Paulsen vs CAR
  18. Scott Chandler @ HOU
  19. Jacob Tamme @ CIN
  20. Joel Dreessen @ CIN
  21. Jared Cook vs CHI
  22. Zach Miller vs MIN

Witten takes the number one spot after last week’s performance. Greg Olsen should enjoy a very nice game being the second option with Brandon LaFell out. Dwayne Allen, Brandon Myers and Dallas Clark all are decent plays this week  if you plug them in for Vernon Davis or Rob Gronkowski who are on their bye week. 

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 3 Player Rankings

Updated as of 2am Sunday Morning. Enjoy your Sunday fellas and God Bless. 


  1. Drew Brees vs K.C.
  2. Tony Romo vs TB
  3. RG3 vs Cincy
  4. Matthew Stafford @ Ten
  5. Matt Ryan vs SD
  6. Aaron Rodgers @ Sea
  7. Tom Brady @ Balt
  8. Mike Vick @ Ari
  9. Phillip Rivers vs ATL
  10. Ben Roethlisberger @ Oakland
  11. Jay Cutler vs STL
  12. Andy Dalton @ Washington
  13. Matt Cassel @ NO
  14. Alex Smith @ Min
  15. Andrew Luck vs Jac
  16. Peyton Manning vs HOU
  17. Matt Schaub @ Den
  18. Joe Flacco vs NE
  19. Sam Bradford @ Chi
  20. Jake Locker vs Det
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Cle
  22. Russell Wilson vs GB
  23. Carson Palmer vs Pitt
  24. Mark Sanchez @ Miami
  25. Ryan Tannehill vs NYJ
  26. Kevin Kolb vs Phi
  27. Josh Freeman @ Dallas
  28. Blaine Gabbert @ Indy
  29. Brandon Weeden vs Buf
  30. Christian Ponder vs SF

Running Backs

  1. Arian Foster @ Denver
  2. C.J. Spiller @ CLE
  3. Trent Richardson vs BUF
  4. DeMarco Murray vs TB
  5. LeSean McCoy @ Ari
  6. Ray Rice vs NE
  7. MJD @ Indy
  8. Reggie Bush vs NYJ
  9. Michael Bush vs STL
  10. Ryan Mathews vs ATL
  11. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Was
  12. Jamal Charles @ NO
  13. Steven Ridley @ BAL
  14. Frank Gore @ Min
  15. Marshawn Lynch vs GB
  16. Darren Sproles vs KC
  17. Doug Martin @ Dal
  18. Darren McFadden vs Pit
  19. Willis McGahee vs Houston
  20. Alfred Morris vs Cincy
  21. Adrian Peterson vs SF
  22. Chris Johnson vs DET
  23. Michael Turner @ SD
  24. Donald Brown vs JAC
  25. Ben Tate @ Denver
  26. Kevin Smith @ TEN
  27. Mikel LeShoure @ Ten
  28. Cedric Benson @ Sea
  29. Shonn Greene @ Mia
  30. Mark Ingram vs KC
  31. Pierre Thomas vs KC
  32. Steven Jackson @ Chi *questionable
  33. Daryl Richardson @ Chi
  34. Beanie Wells vs Philly
  35. Peyton Hillis @ NO
  36. Issac Redman @ Oak
  37. Jonathan Dwyer @ Oak
  38. Dexter McCluster @ NO
  39. Kendall Hunter vs Min
  40. Roy Helu vs Cincy
  41. Kahlil Bell vs STL
  42. Ryan Williams vs Philly
  43. Danny Woodhead @ Balt
  44. Knowshon Moreno vs Houston

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Johnson @ Ten
  2. A.J. Green @ Was
  3. Roddy White @ SD
  4. Julio Jones @ SD
  5. Andre Johnson @ Den
  6. Reggie Wayne vs Jac
  7. Dwayne Bowe @ NO
  8. Steve Johnson @ Cle
  9. Antonio Brown @ Oak
  10. Mike Wallace @ Oak
  11. Percy Harvin vs SF
  12. Brandon Marshall vs STL
  13. Greg Jennings @ Sea * questionable
  14. Jordy Nelson @ Sea
  15. Marques Colston vs KC
  16. DeSean Jackson @ Ari
  17. Larry Fitzgerald vs Philly
  18. Dez Byrant vs TB
  19. Demaryius Thomas vs Hou
  20. Brandon Lloyd @ Bal *questionable
  21. Wes Welker @ Bal
  22. Malcolm Floyd vs Atl
  23. Lance Moore vs KC
  24. Michael Crabtree @ Min
  25. Danny Amendola @ Chi
  26. Miles Austin vs TB
  27. Donnie Avery vs Jac
  28. Eric Decker vs Hou
  29. Torrey Smith vs NE
  30. Andrew Hawkins @ Was
  31. Justin Blackmon @ Indy
  32. Randall Cobb @ Sea
  33. Vincent Jackson @ Dal
  34. Greg Little vs Buf
  35. Brandon Gibson @ Chi
  36. Nate Washington vs Det
  37. Kenny Britt vs Det
  38. Santonio Holmes @ Mia
  39. Austin Collie vs Jac * questionable
  40. Dexter McCluster @ NO
  41. Randy Moss @ Min
  42. Denarius Moore vs Pit
  43. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs Pit
  44. Kevin Ogletree vs TB
  45. Sidney Rice vs GB
  46. Brian Hartline vs NYJ
  47. Leonard Hankerson vs Cin
  48. Santana Moss vs Cin
  49. Jason Avant @ Ari
  50. Donald Jones @ Cle
  51. Mike Williams @ Dal
  52. Emmanuel Sanders @ Oak
  53. Nate Burelson @ Ten
  54. Titus Young @ Ten
  55. Jon Baldwin @ NO
  56. Stephen Hill @ Miami
  57. Alshon Jeffrey vs STL
  58. Jeremy Kerley @ Miami
  59. Robert Meachem vs ATL
  60. Devery Henderson vs KC
  61. Andre Roberts vs Phi
  62. James Jones @ Sea
  63. Anquan Boldin vs NE

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs KC
  2. Rob Gronkowski @ Balt
  3. Vernon Davis vs Minn
  4. Antonio Gates vs ATL
  5. Brent Celek @ Ari
  6. Tony Gonzalez @ SD
  7. Dennis Pitta vs NE
  8. Jermichael Finley @ Sea
  9. Jason Witten vs TB
  10. Owen Daniels @ Den
  11. Brandon Pettigrew @ Ten
  12. Scott Chandler @ Cle
  13. Coby Fleener vs JAC
  14. Jacob Tamme vs Hou
  15. Jared Cook vs Det
  16. Heath Miller @ Oak
  17. Dustin Keller @ Miami
  18. Fred Davis vs Cin
  19. Brandon Myers vs Pit
  20. Jermaine Gresham @ Was
  21. Marcedes Lewis @ Indy
  22. Tony Moeaki @ NO
  23. Dallas Clark @ Dal
  24. Kyle Rudolph vs SF
  25. Anthony Fasano vs NYJ