FantasySavvy 2012: Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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

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

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

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Tony Romo vs Washington

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

Colin Kaepernick @ New Orleans

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

Update: Kaepernick named starter.

Chad Henne vs Tennessee

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

Sit ‘Em

Cam Newton @ Philadelphia

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

Eli Manning vs Green Bay

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

Matthew Stafford vs Houston

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

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Marcel Reece @ Cincinnati

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

Ronnie Hillman @ Kansas City

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

Jalen Parmele vs Tennessee

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

Sit ‘Em

James Starks @ NYG

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

Reggie Bush vs Seattle

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

Chris Ivory vs San Francisco

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

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Michael Crabtree @ New Orleans

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

Justin Blackmon vs Tennessee

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

T.Y. Hilton vs Buffalo

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

Sit ‘Em

Santana Moss @ Dallas

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

Mike Wallace @ Cleveland

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

Jeremy Maclin & DeSean Jackson vs Carolina

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

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Vernon Davis @ New Orleans

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

Brandon Myers @ Cincinnati

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

Dwayne Allen vs Buffalo

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

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ San Diego

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

Heath Miller @ Cleveland

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

Kyle Rudolph @ Chicago

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

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Wesley Woodward vs Kansas City

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

Charles Johnson @ Philadelphia

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

Sit ‘Em

Tamba Hali @ Denver

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

Jonathan Joseph @ Detroit

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

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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 9 Player Rankings

     Quarterbacks

  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 7 Player Rankings

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees @ Tampa Bay
  2. Eli Manning vs Was
  3. Aaron Rodgers @ STL
  4. RG3 @ NYG
  5. Tom Brady vs NYJ
  6. Tony Romo @ CAR
  7. Ben Roethlisberger @ CIN
  8. Cam Newton vs DAL
  9. Andrew Luck vs Cleveland
  10. Andy Dalton vs PIT
  11. Carson Palmer vs JAC
  12. Jay Cutler vs DET
  13. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs TEN
  14. Matt Schaub vs BAL
  15. Matt Hasselbeck @ BUF
  16. Mark Sanchez @ NE
  17. Josh Freeman vs NO
  18. Joe Flacco @ HOU
  19. Matt Stafford @ CHI
  20. Brandon Weeden @ INDY
  21. Christian Ponder vs ARI
  22. Sam Bradford vs GB
  23. John Skelton @ MIN
  24. Blaine Gabbert @ OAK
  25. Tim Tebow @ NE

Running Backs

  1. Arian Foster vs BAL
  2. Ray Rice @ HOU
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Oakland
  4. Darren McFadden vs Jacksonville
  5. Adrian Peterson vs ARI
  6. Matt Forte vs DET
  7. Trent Richardson @ IND
  8. Stevan Ridley @ NYJ
  9. Ahmad Bradshaw vs Washington *questionable
  10. Alfred Morris @ NYG
  11. C.J. Spiller vs TEN
  12. Darren Sproles @ TB
  13. Chris Johnson @ BUF
  14. Doug Martin vs NO
  15. Felix Jones @ CAR
  16. Fred Jackson vs TEN
  17. Steven Jackson vs GB
  18. Vick Ballard vs CLE
  19. Mikel LeShoure @ CHI
  20. Shonn Greene @ NE
  21. Jonathan Stewart vs DAL
  22. DeAngelo Williams vs DAL
  23. Jonathan Dwyer @ CIN
  24. BenJarvus Green Ellis vs PIT
  25. Alex Green @ STL
  26. Daryl Richardson vs GB
  27. Ben Tate vs BAL
  28. Phillip Tanner @ CAR
  29. William Powell @ MIN
  30. Andre Brown vs WAS * Bump up 12 Spots if Bradshaw is OUT
  31. LeGarrette Blount vs NO
  32. David Wilson vs WAS
  33. Pierre Thomas @ TB
  34. Mark Ingram @ TB
  35. Danny Woodhead vs NYJ
  36. Brandon Batch @ CIN
  37. Cedric Pearman vs PIT
  38. Chris Rainey @ CIN
  39. James Starks @ STL
  40. Toby Gerhart vs ARI

Wide Receivers 

  1. Victor Cruz vs WAS
  2. A.J. Green vs PIT
  3. Marques Colston @ TB
  4. Wes Welker vs NYJ
  5. Percy Harvin vs ARI
  6. Calvin Johnson @ CHI
  7. Vincent Jackson vs NO
  8. Hakeem Nicks vs WAS
  9. Brandon Marshall vs DET
  10. Larry Fitzgerald @ MIN
  11. Jordy Nelson @ STL
  12. Reggie Wayne vs CLE
  13. Dez Byrant @ CAR *questionable but expected to play
  14. Steve Johnson vs TEN
  15. Mike Wallace @ CIN
  16. Denarius Moore vs JAC
  17. Andre Johnson vs BAL
  18. Brandon Lloyd vs NYJ
  19. James Jones @ STL
  20. Kenny Britt @ BUF
  21. Miles Austin @ CAR
  22. Antonio Brown @ CIN
  23. Lance Moore @ TB
  24. Steve Smith vs DAL
  25. Torrey Smith @ HOU
  26. Randall Cobb @ STL
  27. Mike Williams vs NO
  28. Anquan Boldin @ HOU
  29. Donnie Avery vs CLE
  30. Jeremy Kerley @ NE
  31. Nate Washington @ BUF
  32. Justin Blackmon @ OAK
  33. Stephen Hill @ NE
  34. Josh Gordon @ IND
  35. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs JAC
  36. Greg Little @ IND
  37. Andrew Hawkins vs PIT
  38. Nate Burelson @ CHI
  39. Santana Moss @ NYG
  40. Domenik Hixon vs WAS
  41. Andre Roberts @ MIN
  42. Kendall Wright vs BUF
  43. Jerome Simpson vs ARI
  44. Leonard Hankerson @ NYG
  45. Josh Morgan @ NYG
  46. Devery Henderson @ TB
  47. Brandon LaFell vs DAL
  48. Devin Hester vs DET
  49. Donald Jones vs TEN
  50. Emmanuel Sanders @ CIN
  51. Brandon Gibson vs GB
  52. Kevin Ogletree @ CAR
  53. Chris Givens vs GB
  54. T.Y. Hilton vs CLE
  55. Cecil Shorts @ OAK
  56. Kevin Walter vs BAL
  57. Michael Floyd @ MIN
  58. Mohammad Massaquoi @ IND
  59. Early Doucet @ MIN
  60. Brian Quick vs GB

Tight Ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski vs NYJ
  2. Jason Witten @ CAR
  3. Aaron Hernandez vs NYJ
  4. Jimmy Graham @ TB *gametime decision
  5. Owen Daniels vs BAL
  6. Kyle Rudolph vs ARI
  7. Greg Olsen vs DAL
  8. Martellus Bennett vs WAS
  9. Heath Miller vs CIN
  10. Scott Chandler vs TEN
  11. Brandon Pettigrew vs CHI
  12. Jermichael Finley @ STL
  13. Jermaine Gresham vs PIT
  14. Fred Davis @ NYG
  15. Dennis Pitta @ HOU
  16. Jared Cook @ BUF
  17. Dustin Keller @ NE
  18. Dwayne Allen vs CLE
  19. Coby Fleener vs CLE
  20. Jordan Cameron @ IND
  21. Kellen Davis vs DET
  22. Marcedes Lewis @ OAK

FantasySavvy 2012: Week Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

As seen from my article on FP911.com. Make sure to check there for tons of great info. My Rankings will be out late Saturday Night. Everyone enjoy the game tonight. Also make sure to check our radio show tonight at 12:30 est at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy.

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 SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com 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.

Quarterbacks

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.

IDP’s

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 6, Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Fantasy Football can be great at times but also depressing, either way you need to keep grinding. Keep active on that wire. Keep following us here at FP911. Even if you have a losing record there is plenty of time to dig your way out. One good pickup or trade can change the direction of your team. If you have a winning record don’t sleep, always look for ways to improve your team. Think ahead, think outside the box. I wish you guys the best and hope you finish strong. If you guys have any questions feel free to email me at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com. I will respond and help you the best I 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

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger @ Tennessee

Big Ben put up a doughnut in the TD department last week at home against Philly (correction, today he was awarded a TD on the Mendenhall lateral!), but that was a tough matchup. That’s kind of the way Big Ben is, some good weeks, some bad, that is why he’s taken later in Fantasy Drafts. But this is a week to use him against the Titans and their swiss cheese D which is allowing the 26th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Christian Ponder excelled pretty well against them last week so Ben and his trio of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller should as well. Start Ben tonight with full confidence and expect around 250 yards with 2-3 TD’s.

Kevin Kolb vs Buffalo

Man, I am really thinking about starting Kevin Kolb over Tony Romo in one of my leagues this week. Just how do you justify that? Kevin Kolb? But looking at the matchups, Romo faces Baltimore, hasn’t looked good so far this season and Kolb is going against the team that is allowing the most points to Fantasy QB’s in Buffalo. The Cards have allowed the most sacks so far this year and we saw Kolb get dropped at least eight or nine times last week, but this is just a great matchup at home against an inferior defense. Sad to say, but it looks like I will be rolling with Kolb over Romo! I know my brother, who is my partner in that league and a Cowboy fan won’t be happy about that!

Christian Ponder @ Washington

We rolled with Ponder last week and he paid off, of course Percy Harvin continues to make look Ponder better than he is, but Christian is getting the job done. He should remain fantasy relevant for another week at least as they matchup with the Skins and their brutal secondary which is allowing the the 4th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Ponder should be throwing quite often in this one and as long as he has Percy to pick up that cognYAC for him, Ponder stats should be solid again this week. Look for 230-260 yards throwing with at least 2 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Arizona

I think Fitzpatrick is starting to head towards his typical mid to late season slide. Either way you can’t use him against Arizona who are allowing just 16 points a game to Fantasy QB’s. With five Int’s in his last two games, stay away from Fitz especially on the road in this tough matchup.

Matt Stafford @ Philly

Stafford has yet throw for two TD’s in a game this season and has just three TD’s overall. Something is going on in Detroit and it probably won’t improve against Philly who are allowing just 14 points a game to Fantasy QB’s. Maybe they figured some things out during their bye week, but if you have a better option I would pass on Stafford in Week 6.

Joe Flacco vs Dallas

After a hot start, Flacco has slowed the last two weeks with just one TD and was held under 200 yards passing against Kansas City last week. Dallas’ secondary had a bit of a setback against the Bears, but I think their corners will match up well with Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin and help slow down this Ravens passing attack. Look for Flacco to finish with modest numbers against the Cowboys who are allowing the 5th fewest points to Fantasy QB’s.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

Michel Turner vs Oakland

Turner is undervalued every season, but continues to stay healthy, go over 1,000 yards and finish with double digit TD’s every year. He is obviously never a threat in the pass game and doesn’t offer much upside, but this guy is great when the matchup is right. Just expect a few duds during the year when he faces a good defense. Against Oakland, this is a matchup he can exploit. The Falcons will be moving the ball all day and Turner will have plenty of chances to churn out yards. He will also most likely find the endzone once or twice.

Willis McGahee @ San Diego

McGahee had a game to forget last week with a big drop on a 4th and one and then a fumble late just as the Broncos were ready to make it a game against the Patriots. This week I believe he puts it behind him and gets the job done against the Chargers. San Diego is allowing the 20th most points to Fantasy Backs and I expect Willis to finish near 100 yards and find the endzone on Monday night.

Rashard Mendenhall @ Tennessee

Mendenhall returned last week from his ACL injury and looked impressive running for 68 yards on 13 carries while catching three passes for 33 yards. His receiving TD was taken away today, which should impact a ton of fantasy scores, hopefully not yours! But If he looks anything like he did last week, expect a very nice performance on Thursday night. The Titans are brutal at defending every fantasy position and are allowing a 144 yards a game on the ground. Get Mendy in your lineups and expect him to produce.

Sit ‘Em

C.J. Spiller/Fred Jackson @ Arizona

Another week another tough matchup for these two talented backs. Not are only they both hurting each other’s value, these matchups are killing them as well. Arizona boasts the 4th best defense in points allowed to Fantasy Backs, so keep Spiller and Jackson on your benches again this week.

Steven Jackson @ Miami

Did you trade him yet? Or are you still suffering? This guy doesn’t score! And will likely not find paydirt against Miami either. Keep him benched. This is the last time Jackson will be on my sit ‘em list. Go trade this guy now!

Ahmad Bradshaw vs San Francisco

Bradshaw had a joyous game against the Browns last week, going over 200 yards rushing, but you need to bench him this week if you can. As we all know the 49ers are elite against the run. This team allowed 3 rushing TD’s last season and are number one against the run again this year. Bradshaw will likely be held under 50 yards rushing and without a score, don’t be tempted, bench him.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Mike Wallace @ Tennessee

Just two catches for 17 yards last week for Wallace, but don’t let that deter you from starting Wallace this week. This is basically one of my few reminders, Wallace is a no brainer this week against the Titans.

Andre Roberts vs Buffalo

Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

If I like Kolb this week, that means I am going to like his Wides. Andre Roberts has been impressive this year with 4 TD’s so far this season. Roberts also has seen 19 targets in his last two games as his chemistry with Kolb is improving. The Cards run game is a mess so look for Kolb to pass plenty (threw it 52 times last week) and for Roberts to be a good play this week.

Jeremy Kerley vs Indianapolis

With Santonio Holmes out and Stephen Hill questionable again this week, look for Kerley to remain Sanchez’ best target. Kerley saw nine targets last week and caught five of them for 94 yards in a tough matchup against an elite secondary in Houston. He should produce again in a much easier matchup against the Colts who are allowing the 5th most points to Fantasy WR’s.

Sit ‘Em

Denarius Moore @ Atlanta

I like Moore and think he will end up finishing with a pretty good fantasy season, I just don’t trust Carson Palmer against Atlanta on the road. The Falcons are are allowing the fewest points to Fantasy WR’s at just 24 points per game. Moore will probably be targeted a lot in this game, I just don’t expect those passes to come very close to Moore. You are probably looking at a five catch 40 yard game from Moore, something along those lines.

Torrey Smith vs Dallas

I believe Flacco is going to struggle in this game as he is coming back down to earth a bit and that will mean tough sledding for Smith. The Cowboys secondary had one off game so far against Chicago, but Corners Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne will be up and ready for this matchup coming off the bye.

Vincent Jackson vs Kansas City

I trust Vincent Jackson, I just don’t trust Josh Freeman. This matchup also isn’t as good as it would have appeared a few weeks ago. The Chiefs defense is starting to play and their secondary has allowed just 34 points to Fantasy WR’s the last two weeks. They shut down Flacco and his passing attack and they will at least contain the Bucs passing attack. Brandon Flowers is one of the of the best corners in the league and has started to show why the past few weeks. Vjax likely struggles in this game.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Heath Miller @ Tennessee

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Get all your Steelers in tonight and Heath Miller is no exception. Ben has been targeting Miller a ton this year and the Heath Bar Crunch should enjoy a nice game Thursday Night against the Titans who are allowing the most points to Fantasy TE’s.

Brent Celek vs Detroit

Celek has been kind of quiet the past few weeks with just around 100 yards in his last three games and has only scored once this year. But the matchups haven’t been fully favorable and Vick has been struggling as a result. This week it eases up a bit against Detroit who are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy TE’s. I expect Celek to catch around five or six passes for 60-75 yards and a possible score.

Kyle Rudolph @ Washington

Rudolph hasn’t been racking up a lot of yards but he does have four TD”s in his last four games as Ponder loves to look for the guy in the endzone. The matchup is right here to use Rudolph against the Skins who are allowing an average of 20 points per game to the Tight End position.

IDP

Start ‘Em

William Moore, Atlanta Falcons

William Moore vs Oakland

Moore is having a breakout year for Atlanta in 2012 with 26 tackles, two Int’s, a fumble forced, a fumble recovery and four pass deflections. He should rack up the tackles against Oakland as they run Darren Mcfadden a bunch and has a good chance to pick off the inaccurate Carson Palmer. Oakland has given up the 8th most fantasy points to Safety’s this season so get Moore in your lineups.

Kyle Williams @ Arizona

Good spot to start the Defensive Tackle here against Arizona who have allowed the most sacks in the league. Williams also has 3.5 sacks this season and five tackles for a loss. Williams should get you favorable fantasy numbers as he should drop Kolb at least once.

Sit ‘Em

Antoine Cason vs Denver

Cason has been one of the better Fantasy DB’s this season with 21 tackles, seven pass deflections and two int’s. I just hate starting any corner against Peyton Manning who is starting to return to the top of his game. I don’t believe Cason will have many opportunities to produce, so keep him reserved.

Justin Houston @ TB

Houston now has 11.5 sacks in his last nine regular-season games after sacking Joe Flacco twice last week. The Bucs however  are not allowing many sacks because Greg Schiano loves to run the football. Houston’s sack chances will be limited this week.

FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em 2012

As seen on FP911.com, make sure to check there for tons of excellent info.

Sometimes I glance over different sites’ Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em articles out of curiosity just to see who they are recommending or not recommending. This week I stumbled upon a particular site and I really just shook my head in amazement of how obvious a lot of these players were. I try to do my best to provide you with the not so obvious selections, because that is what this article should be about. Otherwise, what is the point of reading? Anyway, this particular site had recommended starts such as Julio JonesJordy NelsonDemaryius ThomasReggie Wayne and then at QB, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. I mean, do we really need to be advised that these guys should start? Most of these guys were drafted within the first 5 rounds of our drafts and should be started every week regardless. Maybe the author is just trying to make us feel good about our teams? Or maybe he is just thinks the majority of his readers are dumb? If you are a supposed “expert” then give me some expert advice, not something I could get from a 10 year-old! At Fp911 we recognize our readers are passionate, knowledgeable owners and we try to provide them with the best information we possibly can. We hope that you recognize the difference between our site and others and continue to stick with us throughout this season and into the future.

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

Andrew Luck vs Green Bay

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck has averaged 282 yards passing over his first three games in the NFL and should keep it rolling against Green Bay. It’s not a ideal matchup, but the Colts should be passing early and often as they try to keep up with the Packers. Look for Luck to approach 300 yards passing once again and to throw at least 2 TD’s in what should be a high scoring affair in Indy.

Andy Dalton vs Miami

Dalton is emerging in his Sophomore campaign and has 8 TD’s in his last 3 games while going over the 300-yard mark twice. Miami’s Defense has been tough against the run, but inferior against the pass ranked 19th in points allowed to Fantasy QB’s. Dalton is a guy who is out there on waivers in a lot of leagues and a QB I would look to play matchups with if my number #1 option wasn’ t the strongest. This is one of those weeks as I look for Andy to keep it rolling at home.

Christian Ponder vs Tennessee 

Could be a good week to play Ponder if you are a Romo owner and looking for a bye week replacement. The Titans defense is allowing 26 points per game to Fantasy QB’s, tied for last in the league with Oakland and have allowed 10 passing TD’s as well. The Vikings should be moving the ball all game and Ponder will have opportunities to score. I can see Ponder throwing a TD and possibly running one in as well. The matchup is right here, so I believe it’s safe to play Ponder if you need to.

Sit ‘Em

Sam Bradford vs Arizona

Don’t get giddy and try to start Bradford tomorrow night. If you haven’t recognized by now, you should have noticed that Arizona’s defense is legit. Yes, Ryan Tannehill threw for 400 yards against them last week, but that was only because of the man, the myth, the legend, Brian Hartline! Bradford hasn’t thrown a TD in two games and now goes against the Cardinals who are allowing the 6th fewest points to Fantasy QB’s. Keep Sammy benched in all leagues.

Matt Schaub @ NYJ

The Jets did lose Darelle Revis, but their secondary did a nice job against Alex Smith last week holding him under 150 yards passing and without a TD. The Jets were embarrassed last week at home, so I expect them to have an inspired effort back in their building on Monday Night Football. They also still rank 7th best against Fantasy QB’s. Schaub may have a decent day, but will most likely be held under 250 yards passing and could be limited to just one passing TD.

Michael Vick @ Pittsburgh

Not crazy about this matchup for Vick as he goes on the road to Heinz Field with the Steelers coming off a bye week after the loss to the Raiders. This was a Pittsburgh secondary that was the toughest against Fantasy QB’s last year and I think if you have a better option you should bench Vick this week. Vick’s matchups have been brutal so far going against Arizona, Baltimore, the Giants and now Pittsburgh. Things will get easier for Vick, but this is a week to be cautious with him.

Running Backs 

Start ‘Em

Frank Gore vs Buffalo

Gore hasn’t been great this year, but has been his usual steady self, finding the endzone in three out of his four games. The matchup is right here against Buffalo who are allowing the 27th most points to Fantasy Backs.

Ryan Mathews @ New Orleans

I have always felt Mathews was a little overrated, mostly because he’s always getting hurt and never lives up to expectations. Yet every year owners take him high only to be disappointed. There is some concern again this season with the emergence of Jackie Battle and him taking the goal line carries. After recommending Mathews last week, I hope he doesn’t burn us again this week in what is the best matchup he might face all year. We all know the Saints have been brutal against the run and Mathews should get it going, but even if he can’t find running room he should be a factor in the passing game. Either way he should produce for your fantasy teams, if he doesn’t and Jackie Battle continues to steal the show, be worried!

Alfred Morris vs Atlanta

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

This guy just continues to beast, running through holes and through defenders. So far in 2012, Morris is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has 4 TD’s. Atlanta’s secondary has been top notch but their Run Defense is a different story, allowing the 25th most points to Fantasy Backs. It doesn’t look like Morris is going anywhere in the near future and he looks to be a legit option for the rest of the season. Props to all owners who snatched him up.

Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson vs Arizona

Why did you draft him? I’m sorry but that was a donkey move! Move him if you can or else he will continue to frustrate you! No TD’s and a 3.3 YPC, turrible! This guy is fool’s gold every season.

DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart vs Seattle

When both are on the field, they can be considered flex plays at times, but this is a week to avoid them. The Seahawks have been stout against the run, allowing the 7th fewest points to Fantasy Backs.

Chris Johnson @ Minnesota

Johnson broke out in the unlikeliest of matchups against Houston, but I still want to see more. I would continue to try and see what you could get for him. If Johnson has another good game against Minnesota and their No.2 Rush D, then I may be a believer, but I am banking against Johnson in this game.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Brian Hartline @ Cincinnati

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Hartline is Fo’ Real and Tannehill loves him. Now, he’s not going to produce 200-yard games, but he should get a good amount of catches and come close to 100 yards often. Hopefully you landed him on the wire this week. I would even go out and try to trade for the guy, his value couldn’t be that high. Tannehill loves to hit this guy on comeback routes, which Hartline seems to have perfected. Stick ‘em in your lineups this week and expect production.

Dwayne Bowe vs Baltimore

Don’t be discouraged by the matchup. This guy is the ideal fantasy play week to week because Casselconstantly looks his way and Bowe just reels the passes in. Bowe has seen 43 targets the past three weeks! I kind of feel kind of cheap owning Bowe in Fantasy, because he plays for such a poor team and most of his stats come in garbage time!

Eric Decker @ New England

After a slow start to the season Eric Decker has picked the pace up the last two weeks catching 15 balls for over 200 yards and a TD. Decker could start to distance himself from Demaryius Thomas in the coming weeks, at the very least stay neck to neck. Either way, Decker is for real and needs to be in your lineups this week and pretty much every week going forward. This might be the last time you see him on my Start ‘em list.

Sit ‘Em

Pierre Garcon vs Atlanta

Garcon owners are finally glad to have him back healthy and ready to emerge with RGIII. But he had a slow return last week with just one catch for 20 yards and he gets a tough matchup this week in Atlanta who have been the best against Fantasy Wideouts.  Garcon will start producing soon, but avoid him in this matchup.

Anquan Boldin @ Kansas City

Boldin looked great last Thursday night popping off for 131 yards on 9 catches, but don’t be confident in him in Week five. The Chiefs defense is starting to return to prominence now that they are getting healthier and are ranked 7th best in defending Fantasy WR’s. Brandon Flowers will be a tough matchup for Boldin, so look forFlacco to connect with his other options. Dennis Pitta time?

Andre Roberts @ St. Louis

Andre Roberts along with Brian Hartline were hot pickups this week, but unlike Hartline who I am suggesting to start, consider sitting Roberts. The Rams have been 4th best against Fantasy WR’s, so expect Roberts to be limited somewhat. I do like Roberts outlook for the entire season however and believe the guy is going to remain consistent.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph vs Tennessee 

Rudolph along with Dennis Pitta both burnt me last week, but Rudolph at least should bounce back this week. The Titans have been brutal against all offensive players and are the worst at defending the Tight End position. Rudolph should provide for your fantasy squads in Week five.

Scott Chandler @ San Francisco

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

The matchup doesn’t look good at first, but if you dig deeper you will see that the 49ers haven’t been great at defending the Tight End ranked 26th overall. Chandler is going to remain Fitzpatrick’s favorite target around the goaline as Chandler continues to have a bit of breakout season in 2012. Look for Chandler to either finish with a TD or have a good game yardage wise.

Jacob Tamme @ New England

Tamme hasn’t lived up to his draft day hype, but this might be the week to plug him back into your lineups. This game will be a shootout and the Pats have been bad against Tight Ends ranked 2nd worst in points allowed. If Tamme doesn’t get it done this week or if we see Joel Dreessen cutting into his production, he could be waiver wire material.

Sit ‘Em

Heath Miller vs Philly

Miller has been one of Ben‘s favorite targets this season, but consider sitting him this week against Philly who are ranked 4th best at defending the Tight End.

Martellus Bennett vs Cleveland

Bennett had a slow game against Philly last week with just one catch and might be in for another off performance against the Browns who are ranked 3rd best in points allowed to Tight Ends.

Jermichael Finley @ Indianapolis

If Greg Jennings is out with the groin injury that helps Finley, but this guy still only has one TD all season and drops way too many passes. The Colts are also are giving up the fewest points to Fantasy Tight Ends, so look to bench Finley.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Akeem Ayers @ Minnesota

Akeem Ayers, Tennessee Titans

The young Titans LB has been emerging this season with 29 tackles a sack and three pass deflections. He should continue to rack up the tackles this week as the Vikings will run Peterson a ton and Ponderwill also take off from time to time. Continue to put the talented youngster out there and pick him up and start him if he’s available in your league.

Lance Briggs @ Jacksonville

We saw Briggs pick of Romo, pull of a juke move and take it to the house on Monday Night against Dallas and he should keep the stats pumping against Jacksonville. MJD will be running often which means plenty of tackle opportunities for Briggs, plus Blaine Gabbert could toss him a INT as well. The Chicago Defense is going to dominate the Jags, get Briggs in your lineups.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall vs Atlanta

Hall preys upon bad QB play and bad WR’s, but he won’t have that luxury this week against Atlanta. Hall won’t do much guarding Julio Jones and Roddy White, keep him benched.

Devin McCourty vs Denver

Don’t like this matchup for McCourty facing  Peyton Manning. Keep him reserved.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 4 Player Rankings

Updated as of 1:30 Sunday Morning. Have a great day everyone! God Bless.

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers vs NO
  2. Drew Brees @ GB
  3. Matt Ryan vs CAR
  4. Tom Brady at BUF
  5. Peyton Manning vs OAK
  6. RG3 @ TB
  7. Mike Vick vs NYG
  8. Eli Manning @ Philly
  9. Matthew Stafford vs MIN
  10. Matt Schaub vs TEN
  11. Tony Romo vs CHI
  12. Andy Dalton @ JAC
  13. Cam Newton @ ATL
  14. Phillip Rivers @ KC
  15. Christian Ponder @ DET
  16. Carson Palmer @ DEN
  17. Alex Smith @ NYJ
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs NE
  19. Matt Cassel vs SD
  20. Josh Freeman vs WAS
  21. Jake Locker @ HOU
  22. Kevin Kolb vs MIA
  23. Russell Wilson @ STL
  24. Jay Cutler @ DAL
  25. Sam Bradford vs SEA
  26. Mark Sanchez vs SF
  27. Blaine Gabbert vs CIN
  28. Ryan Tannehill @ ARI

Running Backs

  1. Arian Foster vs TEN
  2. Jamaal Charles vs SD
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs CIN
  4. LeSean McCoy vs NYG
  5. Darren McFadden @ DEN
  6. Ryan Mathews @ KC
  7. Marshawn Lynch @ STL
  8. Adrian Peterson @ DET
  9. Frank Gore @ NYJ
  10. Doug Martin vs WAS
  11. Stevan Ridley @ BUF
  12. Cedric Benson vs NO
  13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ JAC
  14. Darren Sproles @ GB
  15. Reggie Bush @ ARI *questionable
  16. DeMarco Murray vs CHI
  17. Matt Forte @ DAL *questionable
  18. Willis McGahee vs OAK *probable
  19. Michael Turner vs CAR
  20. Mikel LeShoure @ MIN *questionable
  21. Alfred Morris @ TB
  22. C.J. Spiller vs NE *questionable
  23. Fred Jackson vs NE *questionable
  24. Andre Brown @ Philly
  25. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philly *probable
  26. Ryan Williams vs MIA
  27. Ben Tate vs TEN
  28. DeAngelo Williams @ ATL
  29. Jonathan Stewart @ ATL
  30. Chris Johnson @ HOU
  31. Shonn Greene vs SF
  32. Pierre Thomas @ GB
  33. Jaquizz Rodgers vs CAR
  34. Danny Woodhead @ BUF
  35. Juran Bolden @ BUF
  36. Daniel Thomas @ ARI
  37. Mark Ingram @ GB
  38. Bilal Powell vs SF
  39. Mike Tolbert @ ATL
  40. Kendall Hunter @ NYJ
  41. Lamar Miller @ ARI
  42. Mike Goodson @ DEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Johnson vs MIN
  2. Andre Johnson vs TEN
  3. A.J. Green @ JAC
  4. Greg Jennings vs NO
  5. Larry Fitzgerald vs Miami
  6. Percy Harvin @ DET
  7. Vincent Jackson vs WAS
  8. Julio Jones vs CAR
  9. Roddy White vs CAR
  10. Demaryius Thomas vs OAK
  11. Victor Cruz @ Philly
  12. Brandon Lloyd @ BUF
  13. Jordy Nelson vs NO
  14. Wes Welker @ BUF
  15. Eric Decker vs OAK
  16. Steve Johnson vs NE
  17. Dwayne Bowe vs SD
  18. Steve Smith @ ATL
  19. Marques Colston @ GB
  20. Jeremy Maclin vs NYG *probable
  21. DeSean Jackson vs NYG
  22. Miles Austin vs CHI
  23. Dez Bryant vs CHI
  24. Lance Moore @ GB
  25. Danny Amendola vs SEA
  26. Malcolm Floyd @ KC
  27. Santonio Holmes vs SF
  28. Brandon Marshall @ DAL
  29. Denarius Moore @ DEN
  30. Andrew Hawkins @ JAC
  31. Nate Burleson vs MIN
  32. Michael Crabtree @ NYJ
  33. Nate Washington @ HOU
  34. Sidney Rice @ STL
  35. Randall Cobb vs NO
  36. Brandon LaFell @ ATL
  37. Kevin Ogletree vs CHI
  38. Andre Roberts vs MIA
  39. Ramses Barden @ PHI
  40. Domenik Hixon @ PHI
  41. James Jones vs NO
  42. Titus Young vs MIN
  43. Mike Williams vs WAS
  44. Brian Hartline @ ARI
  45. Brandon Stokley vs OAK
  46. Kenny Britt @ HOU
  47. Jeremy Kerley vs SF
  48. Justin Blackmon vs CIN
  49. Golden Tate @ STL
  50. Santana Moss @ TB
  51. Alshon Jeffery @ DAL
  52. Leonard Hankerson @ TB
  53. Pierre Garcon @ TB * Doubtful
  54. Randy Moss @ NYJ
  55. Julian Edelman @ BUF
  56. Jon Baldwin vs SD
  57. Donald Jones vs NE
  58. Brandon Gibson vs SEA
  59. Josh Morgan @ TB
  60. Cecil Shorts vs CIN * CECIL!!!!!!

Tight Ends

  1. Vernon Davis @ NYJ
  2. Jimmy Graham @ GB
  3. Tony Gonzalez vs CAR
  4. Antonio Gates @ KC
  5. Rob Gronkowski v@ BUF
  6. Owen Daniels vs TEN
  7. Kyle Rudolph @ DET
  8. Brent Celek vs NYG
  9. Martellus Bennett @ PHI
  10. Jermichael Finley vs NO
  11. Brandon Pettigrew vs MIN
  12. Greg Olsen @ ATL
  13. Jermaine Gresham @ JAC
  14. Jacob Tamme vs OAK
  15. Jason Witten vs CHI
  16. Fred Davis @ TB
  17. Jared Cook @ HOU
  18. Tony Moeaki vs SD
  19. Scott Chandler vs NE
  20. Brandon Myers @ DEN
  21. Marcedes Lewis vs CIN
  22. Dallas Clark vs WAS
  23. Anthony Fasano @ ARI
  24. Joel Dreessen vs OAK
  25. Lance Kendricks vs SEA