2013 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings

It’s been a long time coming- Sam Cooke, but we are back and ready to rock from here on in. We kicked off our first radio show of the year on Wednesday night and this is our first Rankings of the season. We apologize for the delay but reality got heavily in the way of fantasy. However, every week our radio show will be active at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy full with player discussion, game previews and of course our NFL picks. Every Saturday night the Rankings will be released in time for Sunday morning. Also stay tuned for film review breakdown of the previous week and more! Now for some rankings you need to follow.

QB’s

  1. Peyton Manning @ DAL
  2. Drew Brees @ CHI
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs DET
  4. Cam Newton @ AZ
  5. Matt Ryan vs NYJ
  6. Tom Brady @ CIN
  7. Tony Romo vs DEN
  8. Phillip Rivers @ OAK
  9. Eli Manning vs PHI
  10. Russell Wilson @ IND
  11. Michael Vick @ NYG
  12. Colin Kaepernick vs HOU
  13. Matt Stafford @ GB
  14. Andrew Luck vs Seattle
  15. Terrelle Pryor vs SD
  16. Jay Cutler vs NO
  17. Joe Flacco @ MIA
  18. Alex Smiith @ TEN
  19. Andy Dalton vs NE
  20. Matt Schaub @ SF
  21. Ryan Tannehill vs BAL
  22. Sam Bradford vs JAC
  23. Carson Palmer vs CAR

RB’s

  1. LeSean McCoy @ NYG
  2. Jamaal Charles @ TEN
  3. Marshawn Lynch @ IND
  4. Reggie Bush @ GB
  5. Frank Gore vs HOU
  6. Arian Foster @ SF
  7. David Wilson vs PHI- Breakout game, no guts no glory
  8. Ray Rice @ MIA
  9. Matt Forte vs NO
  10. DeMarco Murray vs DEN
  11. Trent Richardson vs SEA
  12. Darren Sproles @ CHI
  13. Eddie Lacy vs DET
  14. Maurice Jones-Drew vs STL
  15. Giovani Benard vs NE
  16. Knowshon Moreno @ DAL
  17. LeGarrette Blount @ CIN
  18. Danny Woodhead @ OAK
  19. DeAngelo Williiams @ AZ
  20. Lamar Miller vs BAL
  21. Chris Johnson vs KC
  22. Rashad Jennings vs SD
  23. Chris Johnson vs KC
  24. Bilal Powell @ ATL
  25. Jaquizz Rodgers vs NY
  26. Benard Pierce @ MIA
  27. Pierre Thomas @ CHI
  28. Jonathan Franklin vs DET
  29. Zac Stacy @ JAC
  30. Kendall Hunter vs HOU
  31. Joique Bell @ GB
  32. Ben Tate @ SF
  33. Jason Snelling vs NYJ
  34. Rashard Mendenhall vs CAR
  35. Bryce Brown @ NYG
  36. Ronnie Hillman @ DAL
  37. Montee Ball @ DAL
  38. Daryl Richardson @ JAC
  39. Isiah Pead @ JAC
  40. Andre Ellington vs CAR

WR’s

  1. Calvin Johnson @ GB
  2. Julio Jones vs NYJ
  3. Brandon Marshall vs NO
  4. Demaryius Thomas @ DAL
  5. Victor Cruz vs PHI
  6. Dez Bryant vs DEN
  7. Randall Cobb vs DET
  8. Wes Welker @ DAL
  9. Reggie Wayne vs SEA
  10. Torrey Smith @ MIA
  11. A.J. Green vs NE
  12. Andre Johnson @ SF
  13. Jordy Nelson vs DET
  14. Larry Fitzgerald vs CAR
  15. Marques Colston @ CHI
  16. Anquan Boldin vs HOU
  17. Eric Decker @ DAL
  18. Steve Smith @ AZ
  19. DeSean Jackson @ NYG
  20. James Jones vs DET
  21. Hakeem Nicks vs PHI
  22. Roddy White vs NYJ *questionable
  23. Danny Amendola vs CIN *questionable
  24. Julian Edelman @ CIN
  25. Mike Wallace vs BAL
  26. T.Y Hilton vs SEA
  27. DeAndre Hopkins @ SF
  28. Dwayne Bowe @ TEN
  29. Tavon Austin vs JAC
  30. Keenan Allen @ OAK
  31. Alshon Jeffrey vs NO
  32. Brian Hartline vs BAL
  33. Cecil Shorts vs STL
  34. Justin Blackmon vs STL
  35. Kendrell Thompkins @ CIN
  36. Terrance Williams vs DEN
  37. Denarius Moore vs SD
  38. Sidney Rice @ IND
  39. Ruben Randle vs PHI
  40. Nate Washington vs KC

TE’S

  1. Jimmy Graham @ CHI
  2. Tony Gonzalez vs NYJ
  3. Jason Witten vs DEN
  4. Vernon Davis vs HOU
  5. Antonio Gates @ OAK
  6. Owen Daniels @ SF
  7. Julius Thomas @ DAL
  8. Greg Olsen @ AZ
  9. Mychal Rivera vs SD
  10. Martellus Bennett vs NO
  11. Jermichael Finley vs DET
  12. Jermaine Gresham vs NE
  13. Charles Clay vs BAL
  14. Dallas Clark @ MIA
  15. Jared Cook vs JAC
  16. Coby Fleener vs SEA
  17. Brandon Myers vs PHI
  18. Brandon Pettigrew @ GB
  19. Tyler Eifert vs NE
  20. Garrett Graham @ SF
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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 4 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

As seen on FP911.com. Make sure to check there for tons of great information. Also make sure to check our radio show tonight at 12 est directly following the game at blogtalkradio.com/fantasysavvy. Or you can download the show and listen on any apple device or directly from the site.

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

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

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

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Peyton Manning vs Oakland

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

Joe Flacco vs Cleveland

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

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

Andy Dalton @ Jacksonville

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

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler @ Dallas

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

Jake Locker @ Houston

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

Cam Newton @ Atlanta

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

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley @ Buffalo

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

Ryan Mathews @ Kansas City

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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

Cedric Benson @ New Orleans

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

Sit ‘Em

Chris Johnson @ Houston

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

Steven Jackson vs Seattle

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

Ryan Williams vs Miami

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

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Vincent Jackson vs Washington

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs

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

Brandon Lloyd @ Buffalo

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

Torrey Smith vs Cleveland

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

Sit ‘Em

Nate Washington @ Houston

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

Brandon Marshall @ Dallas

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

Danny Amendola vs Seattle

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

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph @ Detroit

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

Dennis Pitta vs Cleveland

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

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

Owen Daniels vs Tennessee

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

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook @ Houston

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

Jason Witten vs Chicago

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

Fred Davis @ Tampa Bay

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

IDP

Start ‘Em

Chris Clemons @ St. Louis

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

Ed Reed vs Cleveland

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens

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

Sit ‘Em

Cliff Avril vs Minnesota

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

Derrick Morgan @ Houston

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

 

 

 

 

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 SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com 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.

Quarterbacks

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.

IDP

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 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 15 Semifinals Edition

This season has officially flown by. I really cannot believe we are in Week 15 already. But this is the most exciting time of the year for us fantasy players. This is the playoffs and now we are in the Semifinal round, one victory away from the glorious Fantasy Superbowl.  Let’s face it, It’s time to get REAL SERIOUS!

I thank everybody again for reading and I hope you have found great value in these articles over the course of the season. If you need any additional advice and have any specific questions feel free to email me at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com .

Disclaimer: Kickers and defenses left out each week and we try to leave the most obvious players out. Start Jordy Nelson!!!

Note: From top to bottom, the players listed below are in order of effectiveness. If they are ranked first in the start category they are the best option, if they are ranked first in the sit category they are the worst option and so on and so forth.

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QB’s Start ‘Em

Matt Ryan @ Jacksonville



Mr. Ryan has been excellent of late throwing another 4 TD’s last week. Julius Jones looks to be almost completely healthy now, Roddy White has picked it up,  and Tony G is still playing like a 20 year old. This passing game has been outstanding of late. Keep Ryan going here against the severely banged up Jacksonville secondary that has lost its top 4 cornerbacks to injury.

Tim Tebow @ New England

If you haven’t seen The Year of The Quarterback on featuring Tim Tebow, you need to see it. It’s a must watch. The guy is a workout warrior. He defines work ethic. Watching this verified my belief that Tebow will do everything in his power to make himself the best QB he can possibly be. There are no shortcuts and he puts no limits on himself. He truly is an inspiring figure.

Getting back to the matchup, obviously it’s a great one for Tebow and an interesting one as well. How many times will he throw it in his game? The Pats will put up at least 24 points in this game and Tebow is going to have to throw to move the ball and when he does he should find success. Again, Tebow has no downside, the guy scores at least 18 points every week and this could be his best matchup of the year.

Andy Dalton @ St. Louis

Dalton has been on my sit list the last 3 weeks because he has had tough matchup after tough matchup. But this week it eases up against St. Louis. Dalton is battle tested after going through that rough patch. He is going to have a nice game here and is a fairly solid start if you need to turn to him. Look for close to 300 yards passing and 2-3 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Alex Smith vs Pittsburgh

Just steer clear if you can, terrible matchup on Monday Night Football against the Steelers. The 49ers are going to struggle to score.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Buffalo

Fitzy has been stinky after the hot start. Maybe it’s that wicked beard he’s been rocking? He really needs to cut that horribleness. Seriously what is he doing with that thing? Stay away.

Phillip Rivers vs Baltimore

Rivers has been hot the last few weeks but he’s had some juicy matchups vs Jacksonville and Buffalo. Those guys can’t get to the QB like Baltimore can. I see Rivers struggling in this game. He may hit Jackson or Floyd deep once or twice in this game, but the big plays will be limited. If you have better options sit Rivers against the Ravens who are allowing the LEAST amount of points to QB’s.

RB’s Start ‘Em

Roy Helu @ NYG


Make it three straight 100 yard games for Helu. This guy really has impressed me, he is talented and should be around for a while. Almost reminds me of aRay Rice/Ryan Mathews mix. No reason to think he doesn’t hit 100 yards against the Giants. If he did it against the Jets and Seattle, he can do it against the G-Men.

Beanie Wells vs Arizona

Beanie is banged up, but he’s playing through the injuries and has showed toughness this season. Good matchup here against Cleveland who are strugglingagainst the run ranked 20th in points allowed to RB’s. Beanie will see over 20 carries in this matchup and should find the endzone at least once.

Cedric Benson @ St. Louis

I have hated on Benson since the start of the year, but he has been pretty helpful to fantasy owners. Gotta start him here against St. Louis, we all know how bad they are vs the run. Dalton is also going to be moving the ball through the air leaving scoring opportunities for Cedric. A two TD game is possible.

Sit ‘Em

Rashard Mendenhall @ San Fran

No.1 Run D in all thee land. NO RUSHING TD’s ALLOWED ALL YEAR! Don’t even think about starting Mendy.

Ryan Mathews  vs Baltimore

Tough to sit Mathews since he’s been so good lately, but this is a matchup where you have to think about it. PPR I say go with him, if not make sure he’s on your bench.

Frank Gore vs Pittsburgh

Coach Harbaugh admitted Gore is not really healthy right now and he’s partly to blame. He overworked Gore when he had the talents of Kendall Hunter on his bench.  The 49ers really want to win this game since they are still battling for the first-round bye. They may still pound Gore, but this is a rough matchup against Pittsburgh even with Polamalu and Harrison both out. Harbaugh may end up using Hunter a bit more in this game as well.

WR’s Start ‘Em

AJ Green @ St. Louis


Normally I would not put a player of Green’s caliber in this article, but I think you may need to be reminded of how good this guy is. Green currently has 891 yards receiving and 7 TD’s this season. I think he reaches 1,000 yards and adds another TD after this game. This is just a great matchup here, you have to go with Green. If it comes down to Vincent Jackson against Baltimore or Green this week, I’m going with AJ.

Nate Washington @ Indianapolis

After being questionable all of last week, Washington played against the Saints and had two TD’s. If rookie Jake Locker draws the start again this week which is likely, look for him to find his favorite target against the Colts D allowing the 7th most points to fantasy wideouts.  Even if Hasselbeck starts, Washington still is a solid play.

Santana Moss @ New York Giants

Santana did not catch his TD from Rex Grossman last week, it came on a reverse pass from Brandon Banks. But him and Rexy still have shown good rapport dating back to last year and it should show again in the Meadowlands. The Giants secondary has been torched of late and they are ranked 30thwhen it comes to defending the WR position. I can see Santana having a nice game here. I’m thinking 5-6 catches with 100 yards.

Sit ‘Em

DeSean Jackson vs New York Jets

Jackson stepped up last week with 59 yards and a score but the Jets should contain him. Revis will most likely be covering him and if not I think Cromartieor Kyle Wilson can handle him. Jets have been stout against the pass ranked 3rd best in points allowed to WR’s.

Michael Crabtree vs Pittsburgh

Alex Smith is going to have a hard time finding his wideouts this week, so that means be weary of Crabtree. Ike Taylor is a legit corner and should contain Crabtree. Look for other options.

Steve Smith (Carolina) @ Houston

Smith has slowed down the stretch here, although he did have a 100 yard game last week. But this matchup is tough against one of the best secondaries in the league. Texans star CB Jonathan Joseph will be matched up with Smith and I think he contains Stevie. Don’t expect much from Smith, he might be held under 50 yards.

TE’s Start ‘Em

Tony Gonzalez vs Jacksonville


Just a reminder if you are thinking about sitting Tony G this week. Jacksonville is allowing the 31st most point to Tight Ends. The savvy veteran could be in line for a monster game.

Owen Daniels vs Carolina

With Andre Johnson likely out another week, look for TJ Yates to connect with Daniels again this week after Daniels went off for 100 yards last Sunday. Daniels is Yates best receiving option right now.

Anthony Fasano @ Buffalo

The Jersey Boy has been better down the stretch with three 50 yard games in his last five outings. Buffalo is allowing the 23rd most points to Tight Endsand I think Fasano stays involved regardless if Matt Moore plays or not. Not a bad play if you are desperate at the Tight End position this week.

Sit ‘Em

Heath Miller @ San Fran

Miller has been very quiet of late after a mid-season hot streak.  He needs to be benched in this matchup. The 49ers are letting up a lot of points to wideouts, but have been stingy to Tight Ends allowing the 6th fewest points to TE’sBig Ben will be looking downfield to Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace in this matchup.

Jermaine Gresham @ St. Louis

For whatever reason the the Rams can defend the Tight End, ranked No.1 in that department. Avoid Gresham.

Greg Olsen @ Houston

Olsen has failed to go over 50 yards in four out of his last five games and only has one TD in that span. Houston has allowed the 3rd least amount of points to Tight Ends, so Olsen is not due for a rebound game here.

IDP’s Start ‘Em

James Anderson, LB, Carolina Panthers @ Houston

Carolina can’t stop the run and that is what Houston will be doing plenty of this week, running the football. The Texans are running it even more now thatSchaub and Johnson are both out. Anderson will have plenty of opportunities to add to his tackle total.

Brandon Browner, CB, Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago

Browner has been red-hot of lately picking off four passes in his last three games and he could snatch another against the inept Caleb Hanie. The Bears will also be running a lot so Browner should have a nice amount of tackles. The Bears are giving up the 30th most points to Cornerbacks.

Curtis Lofton, LB, Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville

A lot of carries from MJD means a lot of tackle chances for Lofton.

Sit ‘Em

Brandon Flowers, CB, Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay

Rodgers does not have to challenge Flowers, he can spread the ball around to any one of his options. Plus even when Rodgers does challenge Flowers the ball most likely will be right on the money to his target. Flowers deflection, interception, and tackle opportunities will be limited this week.

Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns @ Arizona

Not sure how I feel about Haden matching up with Larry Fitzgerald here. Skelton or Kolb whoever plays will be challenging Haden for sure, I’m just not sure if he can handle Fitzgerald. AJ Green fared pretty well vs him a few weeks ago. I would look for other options.

Fantasy Savvy Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 14 Playoff Edition

We are finally here, Week 14, The Playoffs! Playoffs? Yes the Playoffs! And if you are reading this most likely you have made it this far. Congratulations. The playoffs have already started in a couple of leagues that I am in, but for the majority of owners crunch time begins now. By now your rosters should pretty much be set and you should have a good feel for your team. But there will always be that one or two decisions each week that can make ya or break ya. So this week we go a little further. Each player, from top to bottom will be ranked in order of their effectiveness or ineffectiveness depending on which category they are in. Again, if you have any specific questions you can email me directly at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com.

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QB’s Start Em

Matthew Stafford vs Minnesota


Stafford shed the splint and took off the gloves last week and finished with a fairly solid game at New Orleans throwing for 400 yards with one TD. This week it gets even better vs Minnesota and their Swiss cheese defense which is giving up the most amount of points QB’s. Stafford is an excellent start this week, at home, in a game where Detroit needs to win.

Phillip Rivers vs Buffalo

With Malcolm Floyd returning on Monday night, Rivers tore up the Jaguars by throwing for just under 300 yards with 3 TD’s. Floyd give Rivers another deep threat and opens things up for Gates, Jackson and Matthews. With his full arsenal healthy, look for Rivers to keep it going at home in a must win game against Buffalo.

Matt Ryan @ Carolina

Ryan had started to heat up of late, but hit a bit of rough patch last week against a solid Houston secondary. But this week I think he picks it back up again at Carolina in what should be a fairly high scoring game. Michael Turner will be getting a lot of carries in this game as he matches up with the porous Carolina run D, but that means Atlanta will be moving the chains and Ryan will see plenty of scoring chances. Look for Ryan to finish with around 250 yards passing with 2-3 TD’s.

Sleeper/Desperation Play- Rex Grossman @ New England, Carson Palmer @ GB

Both these guys are facing teams that will dictate their offense to throw early and often. Also the Patriots and Green Bay both have been giving up a lot of yards through the air all year. It’s playoff time and it’s hard to trust these guys, but if you have to rock with them, then go for it. I give Palmer the slight edge over Grossman.

 

Sit ‘Em

Mark Sanchez @ Kansas City

Have to avoid Sanchez in this matchup if you can. This will most likely be another ground it out, defensive, low scoring battle. The Jets will be looking to pound the rock once again with Shonn Greene and win it with defense. When Sanchez is throwing he will have a tough time vs an improved Kansas City pass D giving up the 6th least amount of points to QB’s. 

Andy Dalton vs Houston

Dalton hasn’t thrown for more than one TD in his last three games. Granted they were all tough matchups against Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but the matchup is tough once again against Houston allowing the 4th fewest amount of points to QB’s. Don’t sit AJ Green, that guy is matchup proof, but Dalton’s most likely needs to be on your bench.

Ben Roethlisberger vs Cleveland 

Playoffs have started, you own Big Ben, he’s playing tonight and your are itching to get a player in your fantasy lineup! I feel you, I’ve been there before and made some stupid starts just because I wasn’t patient and wanted to see my player perform right away. But If you have better options, you need to sit Ben this week. Cleveland’s secondary is for real, they have been all year and teams attack them on the ground. The Steelers will control this game, so you will see a heavy dose of Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman. Ben will probably have a subpar game, so keep him reserved.

Possible Benching- Tim Tebow @ Chicago

I’m a Tebow fan, I love this dude and I have defended him all year, but this might be a spot you want to sit him. The Bears have the defensive speed with Urlacher, Briggs, and Peppers to contain Tebow’s running and slow down the Broncos run game. Tebow really hasn’t had a bad game all year scoring 18 points or more every week, but this could possibly be his worse game of the year. If you have stronger options, consider benching Tebow this week and if you advance get ready to start him next week against New England.

 

RB’s Start ‘Em

Rashard Mendenhall vs Cleveland


After a slow start, Mendenhall comes into Thursday night’s game with 5 TD’s in his last three games. The Steelers will be giving him the rock early and often in this one and Mendenhall should find the endzone at least once if not a couple of times. Cleveland has been struggling against the run giving up the 24th most points to the RB position so get Mendy in your lineups tonight.

Michael Turner @ Atlanta Falcons

Turner usually always produces when the matchup is right, so this week should be no different against Carolina. Last week vs the Panthers, Legarrette Blount put up an absolute stinker, but that was mostly because the Bucs were forced to throw early. The Falcons will be in this game and Turner will have his chances to score and will reach the 100 yard mark. Get him in your lineups.

Marshawn Lynch vs St. Louis

Lynch has been in absolute beast mode the past seven weeks as he has four 100 yard games and is averaging a TD per game. On Monday night, Lynch has a perfect matchup against the Rams who have been giving up chunks of yardage to RB’s all year. The Rams will be focused on Marshawn, but that doesn’t mean they can stop him, Lynch has been running through guys with ease. He should come close to 100 yards and find paydirt at least once.

PPR Specials- Ryan Matthews vs Buffalo, Reggie Bush vs Philly and CJ Spiller @ SD

All three of these guys will have solid games this week. Bush didn’t catch any passes last week, but still had 100 yards and TD, he has been great of late and is a must-start. Spiller had an impressive game finishing wth 83 yards on the ground on just 14 carries. He ended up with one TD and could of had another on a 41 yard run, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Get Spiller in your lineups. Ryan Matthews also enjoyed a nice game against Jacksonville rushing for 112 yards on just 13 carries with a TD. He now has back to back 100 yard rushing games. He will go up against a Buffalo defense that is allowing the 4th most points to RB’s. I would rank them Matthews, Bush, Spiller, but it’s close between the three and all should be in your lineups if possible.

 

Sit ‘Em

Jonathan Stewart/DeAngelo Williams vs Atlanta

Williams was supposed to be a nice play last week going against the Bucs, but he was terrible, proving you can never trust this guy. Stewart has been a little more reliable and actually had a good game last week, but he needs to be benched this week as well. Atlanta has been stout against the run, allowing the 6th fewest points to RB’s. 

Beanie Wells vs San Francisco

49ers Stud MLB Patrick Willis could miss this game, but you still need to bench Beanie. The 49ers D hasn’t allowed a TD all season and are No.1 against the run. Beanie has been good, but he needs to benched here.

Cedric Benson vs Houston

Benson will get the carries, but don’t expect much yardage. He did fare well in a tough matchup against Baltimore with 2 TD’s, but that was kind of a fluky performance. If you have better options, sit Benson against Houston who is allowing the 2nd fewest amount of points to RB’s.

 

WR’s Start ‘Em

Santana Moss @ New England


Fred Davis just got suspended for the remainder of the year for smoking the chronic, so Moss instantly becomes the No.1 target on the Skins. This really is an ideal matchup for Moss. Him and Rexy have showed rapport in the past and he should find Moss open against the Pats struggling secondary. Moss still has good speed, runs good routes and knows how to find the open areas in zone defenses. He’s a nice little start this week as the Skins will be throwing the football a ton. Moss had 13 targets last week. 

Damien Williams @ New Orleans

Williams has been the most targeted wideout on the Titans of late and for good reason. The Titans will be forced to throw and Williams should benefit.The Saints have been allowing the 2nd most points to WR’s just in front of New England. 

Mike Williams, TB @ Jacksonville

Williams has been rock solid of late with three straight games over 80 yards and 2 TD’s in his last three. As we saw on Monday night, the Jaguars secondary has been decimated by injuries losing their top three corners to injury. Josh Freeman has been bad, but he is finding his favorite target, so expect Williams to produce.

 

Sit ‘Em

DeSean Jackson @ Miami

After watching Jackson drop two TD’s against the Patriots, get benched in the 4th quarter of that game and then follow it up with his sideline pouting and blank stare on the sidelines against Seattle last Thursday night, I can’t trust this guy. His head is just not on the game right now and it’s really hard to give him a chance at this point. Stay away.

Dwayne Bowe vs New York Jets

Revis Island time. Steer clear.

Pierre Garcon @ Baltimore

Colts QB Dan “The Polish Plumber” Orlovsky came in and revived Garcon last week as Pierre went off for two TD’s, but Garcon can’t be started against Baltimore.

 

TE’s Start ‘Em

Kellen Winslow @ Jacksonville

Beautiful spot for Winslow owners to use him here. Jacksonville is giving up the 2nd most points to Tight Ends, get Winslow in there.

Brent Celek @ Miami

Before Vick’s injury he was hitting Celek consistently. Even Vince Young was getting the ball to Celek. Brent had five straight games over 50 yards before last week, so he should get back on track this week against Miami who are allowing the 10th most points to Tight Ends. 

Anthony Fasano vs Philly

Tony Sporano is getting all his playmakers involved during Miami’s resurgence and Fasano has been apart of that plan. His numbers have been mediocre overall, but Fasano has started to come alive some with two 60 yard outings in his last four games. If you were a Fred Davis owner and need a tight end this week, he’s not a bad option.

 

Sit ‘Em

Brandon Pettigrew @ Minnesota

This appears to be a good matchup on paper, but Pettigrew has been brutal of late with six straight games of being held under 40 yards with just one TD in those six games. Last week, the frustration seemed to be getting to Pettigrew as he drew a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and also had two terrible drops. Avoid.

Owen Daniels @ Cincy

Daniels has also been ice cold of late as he hasn’t found the endzone in his last eight games and hasn’t gone over 40 yards in his last four. The offense is focused on running more than ever now with TJ Yates under the helm and when they do throw, Yates likes to get it down the field.

Jermaine Gresham vs Houston

Dalton will be slowed, Benson will be slowed and so will Gresham. Houston is 3rd best at defending the Tight End.

 

IDP’s Start ‘Em

Chris Clemons, DE, Seattle Seahawks vs St. Louis Rams

Rams giving up the most sacks in the league, 3rd String QB Tom Brandstater possibly playing in this game, Clemons is a very solid start this week as he looks to add on to his eight sacks this year.

Earl Thomas, S vs St. Louis Rams


Thomas should enjoy a nice game, not only will he rack up the tackles from the Rams run heavy approach, he could end up with a interception with how bad the Rams QB play has been.

Lance Briggs vs Denver

Urlacher is a must-start this week, but Lance Briggs also warrants a start here. Briggs will rack up the tackles against the run-heavy Broncos.

 

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins @ New England

No interceptions or pass deflections for Hall this week. Tom Brady will be on his “A” game, per the usual.

Kameron Wimbley @ Green Bay

Don’t like this matchup for the talented Wimbley. Aaron Rodgers will be ridding of that ball throwing lasers all over the field. Wimbley’s sack chances will be limited.

Fantasy Savvy Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 13

As the Fantasy regular season gets ready to close, I want to thank everyone who has followed this column each week. I hope my information and insight has helped your Fantasy squads perform at a higher level.

Onto Week 13, an extremely important week whether you are trying to get into the playoffs or are already in the playoffs and just trying to improve your seeding.

Disclaimer: Defenses and Kickers are left out each week, we trust you can handle that on your own. Also try to leave the obvious choices out, Start Victor Cruz!!!

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QB’s Start ‘Em

Vince Young @ Seattle

Vince Young threw for 400 yards and a TD last week against the Patriots in what proved to be a very fine fantasy performance. Some argue, it was “garbage time” stats and yes the part of that is true. However, people seem to forget that DeSean Jackson dropped two TD’s, one which was about a 60 yard pass. Add those two TD’s and that is a MONSTER fantasy performance. Vince also added 40 rushing yards, despite the fact he is now staying in the pocket more than ever and only really running when he has to. He is getting it done, he is showing good pocket presence, making good reads and looking accurate on deep balls. So stick with Vince once again as I make it the 3rd consecutive week of recommending him.

Tim Tebow @ Minnesota

Tebow is getting it done each week, averaging around 18 fantasy points per game. The running stats will always be there, but he is starting to throw a bit better each week. This week Tebow matches up against the Vikings who have the WORST pass D in the NFL. Look for Tebow to get the usual running stats, but find Eric Decker, Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas more often on Sunday. Trust Tebow, he hasn’t let his owners down yet.

Matt Stafford @ New Orleans

Stafford didn’t look all that great on Thanksgiving and some are concerned about this finger injury. However reports are he shed the splint and the gloves he has been wearing since the injury. Look for Stafford to get it going against New Orleans as he will be slinging the ball left and right in order to keep up Drew Brees. He is going to finish with at least 2 TD’s in his matchup with close to 300 yards passing.

 

Sit ‘Em

Joe Flacco @ Cleveland

Can’t trust Flacco here. He’s been underwhelming all year and now goes against the best pass defense in the NFL.

Andy Dalton @ Pittsburgh

Dalton, very talented Rookie, but not a very good matchup here. Yards could be there, but TD’s will be limited, may only end up throwing one in this game. Look for other options.

Matt Ryan @ Houston

After a faulty start to the year, Ryan has officially turned it around with two 300 performances and 9 TD’s in his last four games. But this is a tough matchup for Ryan against the much improved Texans defense which ranks 2nd against the pass. Don’t expect a big game from Ryan this Sunday.

 

RB’s Start ‘Em

LeGarrette Blount vs Carolina


We all know how bad Carolina’s run D is, WORST IN THE LEAGUE! Blount is pretty much a must-start in this game.

Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis vs Indianapolis

You never really know what Bill Belichick is going to do with his running backs from week to week, but I think Green-Ellis will get enough burn here to be effective. New England will have plenty of scoring possessions early and that means the Lawfirm will be getting goal line opportunities. He may eventually make way to Steven Ridley, Shane Vareen or Danny Woodhead in the 2nd half, but Ben-Jarvus should finish with enough overall fantasy points to be worthy of the start.

Reggie Bush @ Oakland

Props to Bush for silencing some of the haters. He has started to hit the hole, run hard and has proved to be durable throughout the season. He has been pretty steady the last 4 weeks and I wouldn’t expect it to be any different this week against Oakland who has been struggling against the run all year giving up the 27th most points to opposing Running Backs.

 

Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson @ San Francisco

49ers D, No.1 Rush D in the league, no TD’s allowed all year! Forget about Jackson this week, he will produce little.

Peyton Hillis vs Cleveland

The Madden curse has been in full affect this year and even though Hillis returned last week he still only averaged 3.4 YPC on 19 carries. He will fare worse this week against the stifling Baltimore D. Stay away.

Michael Turner @ Houston

Turner never has fared well against good defenses and he will face one this week in Houston, allowing the 3rd fewest points to opposing RB’s. Also expect this Houston D to step up even more, since their QB situation is so dire.

 

WR’s Start ‘Em

Riley Cooper/Jason Avant @ Seattle

Chances are one of these guys has a nice game. Two weeks ago it was Cooper, last week it was Avant who had over 100 yards. Cooper still had a decent game as well with 71 yards receiving. I would give Riley the slight edge, just because I think he has a little more rapport with Young, but with Maclin out again, both could be effective.

Eric Decker @ Minnesota

Decker is easily Tebow’s favorite and best target right now. He also deserves some credit for finishing these games late as he keeps catching big TD’s. Look for Decker to add more in the yards department against this Minnesota secondary and possibly find the endzone once again.

Reggie Wayne @ New England


This just has been a rough season for Reggie Wayne and the Colts. Peyton Manning’s injury has ruined both of their seasons. But at least last week, coming off his bye, Wayne showed some life going over 100 yards and catching a TD. Dan Orlovsky takes over for Curtis Painter this week, but he can’t be any worse than Painter, can he? The matchup is sound enough to use Wayne in this spot. The Colts will be passing all game, so Wayne should at least put up serviceable numbers with a chance to go over 100 yards again against this poor New England secondary.

 

Sit ‘Em

Anquan Boldin @ Cleveland

I’ve been picking against WR’s who match up with Joe Haden and the Cleveland secondary all year. AJ Green fared well by going over 100 yards, but that kid is a very special talent while Boldin isn’t the player he used to be. Avoid Boldin this week in a harsh matchup.

Santana Moss vs New York Jets

Stevie Johnson surprised all of us with this performance against Darelle Revis last week and it actually burnt me in one of my leagues. But it’s very hard to suggest starting somebody when they face the Jets secondary led by Revis. If Moss starts to get hot, the Jets will just put him on the island and it will most likely be all over from there. I don’t think you can be confident in Moss against the Jets.

Julio Jones @ Houston

Jones returned from his hammy injury last week, but didn’t have a catch. No denying Jones talent and ability to have a strong game out of the blue, but I think you need to sit him against this strong Houston secondary allowing the 5th fewest points to fantasy wideouts.

 

TE’s Start ‘Em

Fred Davis vs New York Jets


If your a Jets fan like me you know they can’t cover Tight Ends. Davis has been Washington’s main go to guy pretty much all year, look for Davis to have a solid game as he exposes the Jets Safeties in coverage.

Brent Celek @ Seattle

Celek now has five straight games with over 50 yards receiving and in four of those games he has five catches or more making him a very solid start in PPR leagues. Seattle is 5th worst at defending the Tight End, so gotta roll with Celek again.

Dustin Keller @ Washington

Can Mark Sanchez have another late season revival like we have seen the last two years? Well, regardless he’s going to try and Dustin Keller will be his safety net. Last week Keller had 60 yards and 2 TD’s on 4 catches and Keller has been serviceable with four 50 yard performances in his last six games. When the Jets play well Keller is usually involved. Give Keller a shot, I think he does well down the stretch here.

 

Sit ‘Em

Owen Daniels vs Atlanta

Daniels has been disappointing all year and now it gets even worse with Schaub and Leinart both out for the season. At least Leinart would throw underneath a bunch, while the new starter TJ Yates likes to go downfield a bit more. Plus they will probably run the ball more than ever now. Keep Daniels on your bench.

Vernon Davis vs St. Louis

Davis was held in check last week against Baltimore with just 4 catches for 38 yards. This week an even tougher matchup on paper against the No. 1 defense in defending the Tight End. Keep Davis reserved.

 

IDP’s Start ‘Em

Kyle Arrington, CB, New England Patriots vs Indianapolis

Arrington has had a pretty solid year fantasy wise with 12 pass deflections and 7 Int’s. Those deflections and Int’s could increase this week against the Colts new starter Dan Orlovsky. Who knows how Dan the Man will perform, but it probably won’t be pretty. Good spot to go with Arrington here.

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings

Here come the Denver Broncos and their run heavy offense. Greenway will have plenty of chances to rack up tackles which makes him a safe start.

Aldon Smith, DE, San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis

Smith has had a pretty solid year so far with 8 sacks. He should add onto that total against Sam Bradford and his offensive line who have allowed the most sacks in the league. This should be a dominating performance by the 49ers and Smith.

 

Sit ‘Em

Jabrari Greer, CB, New Orleans Saints vs Detroit

Never like starting a corner who will be matched up against Calvin Johnson. Greer has been on of the best in the pass deflection category ranked 2nd overall, but don’t like the matchup this week.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, DE, Detroit Lions @ New Orleans

Drew Brees will be slinging a ton, but Vanden Bosch chances of getting sacks will be limited. The Saints are allowing the sixth fewest sacks so far this season and a big part of that is Drew Brees getting the ball out quick enough and getting out of the pocket to make plays.

Fantasy Savvy Start Em’ Sit Em’ Week 12

Week 12, playoffs right around the corner, it’s time to step up! Hopefully you are in the hunt for the playoffs, if not it can be a very depressing feeling with your season coming to an end. But don’t give up, at least play to be a spoiler. If you are in the playoffs, let’s finish strong and as always we are here to help. If you have any specific questions for me you can send them to SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com and I will answer them as fast as I can.
Disclaimer: Kickers and Defenses are left out each week and we always try to leave the obvious choices out! Start DeMarco Murray!!!

 

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QB’s Start Em’

Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs Minnesota

After a pretty horrid start to the year, Matt Ryan is starting to heat up of late. Ryan has back to back 300 yard games with 6 TD’s in his last three outings. Ryan can now be trusted again. He is playing to the caliber that was expected when Owners drafted him. This week, an EXCELLENT matchup vs the Minnesota secondary who are dead last in points allowed to Fantasy QB’s.

Vince Young, Philadelphia vs New England

Vince Young just wins games. He did it yet again with a eight minute winning drive against the Giants on Sunday night. I suggested Vince last week, I thought he perform a bit better, but he was serviceable with 250 yards and 2 TD’s. However the three interceptions decreased his numbers a bit. Vince also isn’t really running all that much anymore. He really is committed to sticking in that pocket. It’s now to the point where Vince only really runs if he has to. But Vince, after a rough 1st half, shook off the cobwebs and made some big throws in that game. I think he performs even better in this game against New England whose secondary is still extremely poor. It really looks like Vick will be out again, so stick with Vince again this week and expect around 18-25 fantasy points.
Tim Tebow, Denver @ San Diego 

Do you still doubt Tebow? In a very tough matchup against the Jets, he still managed to put up around 18 fantasy points. Well it’s gonna be Tebow Time once again in San Diego as he will finish with around 18-25 points in this one. Norv Turner could be fired after this game, if Tebow devastates the Chargers. Expect a bit more in the passing game from Tebow this week with his usual 40-80 yards rushing.
Sit Em’

Andy Dalton, Cincy vs Cleveland 

Dalton had a rough one last week tossing three picks against Baltimore, although he did throw for 345 yards and a TD. But he was missing AJ Greenand could be missing him again this week. Cleveland has been the best secondary against QB’s all year led by CB Joe Haden. Green possibly out again, tough matchup, keep Dalton on the bench this week.
Josh Freeman @ Tennessee

Freeman probably had his best game last week against Green Bay, but that was kind of expected since we knew it would be a shootout and Green Bay’s secondary has been allowing a lot of points to Fantasy QB’s. This week the game will be slowed down and Tampa will use LeGarette Blountmore often to attack the Titans weak run defense. The Titans also have been fairly stout against the pass allowing the eighth least amount of points to QB’s.
Joe Flacco vs 49ers

Joe cool played pretty well against the Bengals last week throwing for 270 and 2 TD’s. But keep in mind Cincy was without their best corner Leon Hall. The 49ers come to town this week and they are going to limit Flacco and this pass game. Ray Rice will be bottled up by the 49ers #1 Rush D and that will in turn affect Flacco’s performance.
RB’s Start Em’

Reggie Bush @ Dallas

Reggie now has 4 TD’s in his last three games and is playing very well. Miami has turned to him in recent weeks and it’s paying off. Matt Moore has also been playing much better and this offense can now move the ball consistently. Gotta stick with Reggie here on Thanksgiving and hope he keeps it rolling, I think he will.
Rashad Mendenhall vs Kansas City

This is the perfect game to use Mendenhall. The Steelers will have a commanding lead in this game and that means plenty of carries for Mendy. Look for around 100 yards and 1-2 TD’s in this game.
Willis McGahee @ San Diego

Willis had plenty of time to rest his injured hammy and should be fine in this matchup. Expect the zone read with Tebow to open holes for Willis in this game. McGahee is going to get plenty of burn and should find the endzone.
Sit Em’

Toby Gerhart @ Atlanta

The beast that is Adrian Peterson is OUT for this week so the Great White Hope Toby Gerhart will step in. But unless you have to start Gerhart, you really want to keep him on the bench. Atlanta has been pretty nice against the run all year ranked 6th in defending RB’s. Don’t think Gerhart really has the skillset to get it done in this matchup, keep him benched.
CJ Spiller @ New York Jets

Fred Jackson OUT FOR THE YEAR! WOW! First we thought it was just a calf strain, but now word is it’s a broken leg. Until recently Jackson was one of the best backs in Fantasy this season. But now the young, talented Spiller will get a chance to show his skills. I like Spiller a lot going forward, just not in this matchup against the Jets run D who have been playing extremely well of late. Plus Ryan Fitzpatrick has been so brutal and will do nothing to help Spiller’s cause. Spiller has a ton of talent, it’s just not really going to show this week.
Ray Rice @ San Francisco

I’m not saying to definitely bench Rice, but if you have other options to go with you’re going to have to think about it. This 49ers D just has been so good all year and I don’t see Rice scoring in this matchup. I think the only way you consider Rice is in a PPR league, other than that you keep him benched. I wouldn’t expect any more than 80 total yards.
WR’s Start Em’

Percy Harvin @ Atlanta


The Vikings made it a point to get Harvin more touches coming off the bye week and Harvin has responded with back to back games with six catches and over 50 yards receiving. With Adrian Peterson out, the Vikings will look to Harvin even more this week, making him a very solid play at Atlanta.
Antonio Brown @ Kansas City

Brown is going to be a staple in this offense the rest of the way. The Steelers pass game has gotten much better in recent weeks and Brown has been apart of that success. Brown should be a solid start from here on out.
Riley Cooper @ New England

Pay attention to the statuses of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, if one of them is out, Cooper is a nice little start against New England. Cooper ran some good routes and made some nice catches while being heavily targeted by Vince Young against the Giants on Sunday night. Vince will look Cooper’s way again if Maclin or Jackson end up being out.
Sit Em’

Steve Johnson @ New York Jets

Once again two words: Darrelle Revis

Jerome Simpson vs Cleveland

Bad matchup here against Cleveland and their top secondary. I like Simpson, but this is just a bad matchup, stay away.
Anquan Boldin vs San Francisco

Don’t trust Boldin in this game. I love that 49ers D and they are going to make Flacco look silly, Flacco has looked silly against much lesser defenses. Boldin will produce little here.
TE’s Start Em’

Heath Miller @ Kansas City
Miller has returned to fantasy prominence once again and I love this guy the rest of the way. He is fully healthy now and it shows, he’s running good routes and getting open. Mike Wallace is also opening up things for him underneath and Ben is finding him.
Jacob Tamme vs Carolina

Carolina loves to play in shootouts, it’s like watching a game of Madden. Newton will be slinging and that means Painter will have to sling. How successful can he be? Probably not too much, but Tamme will benefit because Carolina is one of worst at defending the Tight End ranked 21st. Look for Tamme to have a solid game.
Owen Daniels vs Jacksonville

Matt Leinart will be looking for security blankets in his first game in over a year and Owen Daniels will be one of the blankets. Jacksonville also can’t defend the Tight End ranked 30th. Start Daniels.
Sit Em’

Vernon Davis @ Baltimore

Might want to consider sitting Davis this week against the Ravens who are ranked 2nd in points allowed to Tight Ends. Davis has been heating up with two TD’s in his last two games, but if you have another possible option go with that.
Jake Ballard @ New Orleans

The Jake Ballard show is slowing down of late with Ballard only having four catches in his last two games for just 48 yards. I think he starts to decline from here on in, just like the Giants will.
IDP’s Start Em’

Jabari Greer, CB vs New York Giants

Eli is going to be tossing on Monday night and Greer will be deflecting and possibly intercepting. It’s never a good thing when Eli is throwing the ball more than 40 times and that could be the case on Monday night.
Eric Weddle, S vs Denver

Here comes Tim Tebow and the extremely run heavy Denver Broncos. That means plenty of opportunities for Weddle to rack up tackles. He’s a nice IDP start this Sunday because of the style of play of Denver.
Sit Em’

Darrelle Revis vs Buffalo 

Fitzpatrick will not be throwing to Johnson much and that is who Revis will be covering. Little opportunity for Revis to be a fantasy factor here.
Chris Houston, CB vs Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers will be throwing darts all day to his wideouts and Houston won’t have much chance of deflecting passes or getting an interception. Look for other options.