FantasySavvy 2012: Week 16 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em (Super Bowl Edition)

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Congratulations, you made it to your Super Bowl, this is what it is all about. All the research, pickups, lineup decisions, etc, come down to this moment. Regardless of what happens this week, you have had a very successful season and have done a great job managing your team. I hope you all of you that are reading this take care of business this week and finish the deal. Thanks for reading everybody and I hope to see you all back next season. Also, I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is truly the best time of the year.

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

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


Start ‘Em

Andrew Luck @ Kansas City

Luck has been held under 200 yards passing in his last two games, but he’s going to break out of that against the Chiefs. The Colts are going to get a ton of opportunities with the ball since the Chiefs offense is so inept. Look for Luck to approach 250 yards with at least two TD’s.

Colin Kaepernick @ Seattle

Tough matchup here, but Kaepernick still is worthy of starting. He may be held to just one passing TD, but Kaep will likely approach at least 40 yards rushing and should be able to pass for over 200 making him a solid fantasy play.

Sam Bradford @ Tampa Bay

Danny Amendola returns and Bradford throws for 377 yards and three TD’s. Bradford should continue to wheel and deal against the Bucs horrible secondary, ranked dead last in points allowed to QB’s. Expect around 250 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler @ Arizona

The Cards are third best against QB’s and Jay Cutler is having a very mediocre season. While the Bears may get a ton of possessions in this game, Cutler can not be trusted.

Josh Freeman vs St. Louis

Freeman fooled all of us, it appears he is the average QB he has always been. I didn’t want to believe in this guy, but after he went on such a hot stretch mid-year I thought he had turned a corner. However, after last week where he could not even manage to produce a single point for the Bucs offense against the Saints defense, it is pretty apparent this guy does not have what it takes to take that next step. You can not turn back to this guy this week, not in the Fantasy Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson vs San Francisco

Wilson is having a stellar rookie season with 21 TD’s, just nine interceptions and nearly 3,000 yards passing. It’s pretty hard to recommend benching him this week after he accounted for four TD’s last week, but this isn’t the Bills, it’s the 49ers. Last time he faced them he struggled completing just nine passes, throwing for just 123 yards with no TD’s. He most likely will play better this time around, but there is a chance he could be held without a TD once again.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

DeMarco Murray vs New Orleans

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Murray being out for several weeks may have been a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys with Murray now being fresh and running hard as ever. This is just an excellent matchup for DM this week and I really forsee a monster game from him. His physical style matches up perfectly against this Saints defense. Murray should easily go over 100 yards and finish with at least 1 TD.

Vick Ballard @ Kansas City

Ballard now has the starting job all to himself and is taking full advantage of it. He is a fairly talented back and he should enjoy a nice game against the Chiefs. I expect him to find the endzone and approach and possibly have over 100 yards rushing. He ran for 100 yards against the Texans; he can easily do it against the Chiefs.

DeAngelo Williams vs Oakland

After years of just pure Fantasy Horribleness, DeAngelo Williams has once again returned to Fantasy relevancy. He is actually starting to run with purpose and is getting the job done for Fantasy Owners. Well, with Oakland coming up, you really can’t ask for a better matchup. Now, DeAngelo does still have the potential to burn you, but I think it’s safe to say he should finish with around 100 total yards in this game and has a decent chance to find the endzone. The Panthers offense is rolling right now and DeAngelo is going to continue to benefit.

Sit ‘Em

Bryce Brown vs Washington

LeSean McCoy owners, such as myself, wish he had come back sooner after Brown threw up two duds in a row; but with the news McCoy will in fact return this week, Brown needs to be on benches. I wouldn’t expect any more than 10 touches, but he may not even get that, the fumbling problems are going to cost him playing time in this game.

Beanie Wells vs Chicago

Beanie went off for three TD’s last week against Detroit, but please don’t start him against the Bears. This has 15 carries for 40 yards written all over it. Stay away.

Jonathan Dwyer vs Cincinnati

Dwyer is still technically the starter, but isn’t seeing many carries with just 15 in his last two games and is not playing at a high level. He has scored in two of his last three games, but against the Bengals tough front four he needs to be avoided.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Steve Smith vs Oakland

Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith

After a extremely slow start to the season, Steve Smith has been heating up the last few weeks as Cam Newton’s play has stepped up. Smith has two 100-yard games and two TD’s in his last three games and has an excellent matchup against Oakland. Smith could have his best game of the season.

Cecil Shorts & Justin Blackmon vs New England

Both are strong options in a game where the Jags are going to be throwing the ball all day long. Cecil Shorts is the better option from Blackmon, but both should be able to put up respectable numbers and get it done for your Fantasy Squads. Look for Shorts to hit 100 yards and Blackmon to near that mark as well.

Michael Crabtree @ Seattle

Crabtree continues to be targeted heavily by Kaepernick every week and he needs to be in your lineups in the Fantasy Super Bowl. Crabtree has 23 targets, two 100-yard games and two TD’s in his last three games.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Gordon & Greg Little @ Denver

I would steer clear from both of these guys this week, especially Little, with the Browns facing Champ Bailey in coverage and the Broncos pass rush. After a slow start, Denver has creeped it’s way all the way to seventh best at defending the WR position.

Larry Fitzgerald vs Chicago

Tip for next year: Avoid WR’s who play with horrible QB’s. Fitzgerald has been a disaster this season with the likes of John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley throwing him the ball. Despite the name and although you may be desperate this week, try to steer clear from Fitz against the Bears.

Danario Alexander @ New York Jets

Danario killed owners last week by putting up the infamous doughnut, but if you were lucky enough to advance despite his performance, you need to look at benching him this week. Antonio Cromartie has done an excellent job all season on No. 1 WR’s and he should be able to contain Alexander.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Greg Olsen vs Oakland

Like they do with every other position, the Raiders also let up a ton of points to Tight Ends, ranked 4th worst. Olsen has been extremely steady the past six weeks with four 50 yard games and and four TD’s. Start him with confidence.

Dennis Pitta vs New York Giants

I faced Dennis Pitta in two leagues last week who went off for 100 yards and two TD’s and you can guess how that turned out. Unbelievable. But Pitta needs to stay in your lineups as Flacco will continue to look his way, especially in the redzone. Pitta has 19 targets and three TD’s in his last two games.

Antonio Gates @ New York Jets

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates

Being a Jet fan, I know how bad they have been historically at covering Tight Ends. Their LB’s just don’t have the speed or athleticism to keep up with the athletic Tight Ends of the league. Gates finally got back into the endzone last week and I expect him to put up respectable numbers against the Jets. Look for around 60-70 yards with a possible score.

Sit ‘Em

Joel Dreesen & Jacob Tamme vs Cleveland

These guys hurt each other’s value and it’s hard to predict which one will have the bigger impact each week. Regardless, both have been mediocre all year. The Browns are also 5th best at defending the Tight End position.

Kyle Rudolph @ Houston

After scoring in three consecutive games, Rudolph hasn’t scored and has just 23 yards receiving in his last two games. Christian Ponder is playing pretty awful at this point in the season and Rudolph isn’t going to contribute for you team unless he scores. He’s way too risky to use, look for something more consistent.


Start ‘Em

London Fletcher @ Philadelphia

London Fletcher, Washington Redskins

Fletcher has had another strong season with 52 tackles for the Skins and now faces the Eagles who are allowing the most points to LB’s.

Wesley Woodward vs Cleveland

Woodward has been a force for the Denver defense all season and is a great play against the Browns who are allowing the 8th most points to Fantasy LB’s.

Sit ‘Em

Cortland Finnegan @ Green Bay

Bad matchup for Finnegan who will be squaring off against the talented Packers WR’s and Aaron Rodgers who is extremely smart with the football.

Richard Sherman vs San Francisco

Sherman will be limited this week as the 49ers aren’t turning the ball over much and are allowing the 2nd fewest amount points to CB’s.


FantasySavvy 2012: Week 15 Player Rankings (Playoff Edition)


  1. Cam Newton @ SD
  2. Drew Brees vs TB
  3. Peyton Manning @ BAL
  4. Tom Brady vs SF
  5. Eli Manning @ ATL
  6. Aaron Rodgers @ CHI
  7. Colin Kaepernick @ NE
  8. Matt Ryan vs NYG
  9. Andrew Luck @ HOU
  10. Josh Freeman @ NO
  11. Matthew Stafford @ AZ
  12. Tony Romo vs PIT
  13. Ben Roethlisberger @ DAL
  14. Carson Palmer vs KC
  15. Matt Schaub vs IND
  16. Russell Wilson @ BUF
  17. Phillip Rivers vs CAR
  18. Joe Flacco vs DEN
  19. Brandon Weeden vs WAS
  20. Jay Cutler vs GB
  21. Sam Bradford vs MIN
  22. Jake Locker vs NYJ
  23. Chad Henne @ MIA
  24. Ryan Tannehill vs JAC
  25. Mark Sanchez @ TEN
  26. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs SEA
  27. Brady Quinn @ OAK
  28. Christian Ponder @ STL
  29. Kirk Cousins @ CLE
  30. Ryan Lindley vs DET

Running Backs

  1. Adrian Peterson @ STL
  2. Arian Foster vs IND
  3. Jamaal Charles @ OAK
  4. Doug Martin @ NO
  5. Marshawn Lynch @ BUF
  6. C.J. Spiller vs SEA
  7. Ray Rice vs DEN
  8. Trent Richardson vs WAS
  9. Alfred Morris @ CLE
  10. David Wilson @ ATL
  11. Matt Forte vs GB
  12. Frank Gore @ NE
  13. Reggie Bush vs JAC
  14. Steven Jackson vs MIN
  15. Darren Mcfadden vs KC
  16. Chris Johnson vs NYJ
  17. Stevan Ridley vs SF
  18. Knowson Moreno @ BAL
  19. DeMarco Murray vs PITT
  20. Shonn Greene @ TEN
  21. Jonathan Dwyer @ DAL
  22. Montell Owens @ MIA
  23. Darren Sproles vs TB
  24. Ryan Mathews vs CAR
  25. Mikel Leshoure @ AZ
  26. Vick Ballard @ HOU
  27. DeAngelo Williams @ SD
  28. Michael Turner vs NYG
  29. Joique Bell @ AZ
  30. Bilal Powell @ TEN *questionable
  31. Beanie Wells vs DET
  32. Jaquizz Rodgers vs NYG
  33. Alex Green @ CHI
  34. Mark Ingram vs TB
  35. Danny Woodhead vs SF
  36. Ben Tate vs IND
  37. Dujuan Harris @ CHI
  38. Shane Vereen vs SF
  39. Marcel Reese vs KC
  40. LaMichael James @ NE
  41. Mike Tolbert @ SD
  42. Peyton Hillis @ OAK
  43. Lamar Miller vs JAC
  44. Benard Pierce vs DEN
  45. Ronnie Hillman @ BAL
  46. Kregg Lumpkin @ ATL

Wide Receivers 

  1. Vincent Jackson @ NO
  2. Brandon Marshall vs GB
  3. Calvin Johnson @ AZ
  4. Andre Johnson vs IND
  5. Demaryius Thomas @ BAL
  6. Victor Cruz @ ATL
  7. Marques Colston vs TB
  8. Reggie Wayne @ HOU
  9. Julio Jones vs NYG
  10. Wes Welker vs SF
  11. Danario Alexander vs CAR
  12. Steve Smith @ SD
  13. Randall Cobb @ CHI
  14. Hakeem Nicks @ ATL
  15. Eric Decker @ BAL
  16. Dez Bryant vs PIT
  17. Roddy White vs NYG *questionable, I expect to him to play
  18. Mike Wallace @ DAL
  19. Michael Crabtree @ NE
  20. Larry Fitzgerald vs DET
  21. Josh Gordon vs WAS
  22. Stevie Johnson vs SEA
  23. Danny Amendola vs MIN
  24. Lance Moore vs TB
  25. Cecil Shorts @ MIA
  26. Greg Jennings @ CHI
  27. Denarius Moore vs KC
  28. Sidney Rice vs BUF
  29. T.Y. Hilton @ HOU
  30. Brandon Lloyd vs SF
  31. Pierre Garcon @ CLE
  32. Mike Williams @ NO
  33. Justin Blackmon @ MIA
  34. Kenny Britt vs NYJ
  35. Brian Hartline vs JAC
  36. James Jones @ CHI
  37. Antonio Brown @ DAL
  38. Golden Tate vs BUF
  39. Donnie Avery @ HOU
  40. Anquan Boldin vs DEN
  41. Torrey Smith vs DEN
  42. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs KC
  43. Jeremy Kerley @ TEN
  44. Malcom Floyd vs CAR
  45. Chris Givens vs Min
  46. Andre Roberts vs DET
  47. Greg Little vs WAS
  48. Jon Baldwin @ OAK
  49. Brandon LaFell @ SD *questionable
  50. Rod Streater vs KC
  51. Nate Washington vs NYJ
  52. Kendall Wright vs NYJ
  53. Randy Moss @ NE
  54. Alshon Jeffrey @ GB
  55. Kris Durham @ AZ
  56. Donald Jones vs SEA
  57. Louis Murphy @ SD
  58. Emmanuel Sanders @ DAL
  59. Brandon Stokley @ BAL

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs TB
  2. Aaron Hernandez vs SF
  3. Jason Witten vs PIT
  4. Tony Gonzalez vs NYG
  5. Heath Miller @ DAL
  6. Greg Olsen @ SD
  7. Owen Daniels vs IND *questionable
  8. Vernon Davis @ NE
  9. Martellus Bennett @ ATL
  10. Brandon Myers vs KC
  11. Antonio Gates vs CAR
  12. Kyle Rudolph @ STL
  13. Dallas Clark @ NO
  14. Dennis Pitta vs DEN
  15. Tony Scheffler @ AZ
  16. Jermichael Finley @ CHI
  17. Marcedes Lewis @ MIA
  18. Scott Chandler vs SEA
  19. Joel Dreeseen @ BAL
  20. Jacob Tamme @ BAL
  21. Tony Moeaki @ OAK
  22. Dwayne Allen @ HOU
  23. Jeff Cumberland @ TEN
  24. Coby Fleener @ HOU
  25. Ben Watson vs WAS

FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 14 (Playoff Edition)

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Well, we are finally here, Week 14, and for the majority of us that means it’s playoff time. The prepping, the drafting, the pickups, the trades, the agonizing over lineup decisions, the ups, the downs, all have led to this moment. I wish you all the best in your playoff runs and as always if you have any questions hit me up @FantasySavvy on Twitter.

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

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


Start ‘Em

Andrew Luck vs Tennessee 

This kid continues to impress more and more as the season goes on and is starting to show a true chemistry with T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery not just Reggie Wayne. The Colts will be at home against a weak Titans secondary; Luck needs to be in your lineups.

Josh Freeman vs Philly

The Eagles are suffering devastating loss one after another and it begs the question of how much life this team has left. Their defense has been shredded the last three weeks by Newton,Griffin and Romo and Freeman should join the party this week. Start him with confidence and expect close to 300 yards with at least two TD’s.

Matt Schaub @ New England

Schaub has thrown for over 1,000 yards and has 8 TD’s in his last three games and against New England he should keep the gaudy numbers up. Look for a good amount of points to be scored in this game and for Schaub to be slinging the rock around. Expect around 250 yards with at least two TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Phillip Rivers @ Pittsburgh

The Steelers will be without their best CB in Ike Taylor, but Rivers still needs to be benched against the Steelers who are allowing the least amount of points to Fantasy QB’s. Rivers has been up and down all year and with just one TD in his last two games he can’t be trusted in this spot.

Russell Wilson vs Arizona

Wilson has been playing better as the season has went on and has really started to connect with Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, but this is a tough matchup vs Arizona. The Cards have been pretty stout against QB’s, allowing the third fewest points to the position.

Carson Palmer vs Denver

Palmer is the king of “Garbage Time” as he constantly pads onto his stats late in games. He turns the ball over a good amount and his defense couldn’t stop your Grandma, so he is constantly chucking. Palmer has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his last five games, but he is still hard to trust. He could throw three to four interceptions at any time and throw up a dud game for you. In the Fantasy Playoffs you need trust and against Denver and their D who haven’t allowed a QB to score over 20 points in their last seven games, you can’t trust Palmer.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Ahmad Bradshaw vs New Orleans

Bradshaw has a great matchup against the Saints who are allowing the most points to Fantasy RB’s and will continue to get a full array of carries with Andre Brown out. The Giants Coaches still aren’t giving the ball to David Wilson despite them saying they would. Look for Bradshaw to get around 20 carries once again, most likely top 100 yards and find the endzone.

Alfred Morris vs Baltimore

The Ravens defense has been banged up with injuries all season and this is just not D we are all used to. The Run D is allowing the 12th most points to Fantasy Backs and this is a matchup that Morris can exploit. He has gone over 100 yards the last two weeks and he should be in for another productive game.

Vick Ballard vs Tennessee 

Ballard isn’t the most talented back, but was talented enough to take the starting gig from Donald Brown. With Brown OUT for Sunday, Ballard will get a good amount of carries and could be in for a nice game against the Titans who are allowing the third most points to Fantasy Backs. Look for around 80-100 total yards with a possible TD, making him a decent flex play.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Mathews @ Pittsburgh

A lot of Fantasy Experts have been pumping this guy up for years but Mathews just continues to disappoint. It’s pretty simple, he’s not that good of a back and he was always overrated. He hasn’t rushed for 100 yards all season, keep this guy benched and don’t even think about using him against Pittsburgh who are giving up the fewest points to Fantasy Backs.

Beanie Wells @ Seattle

Beanie looked like he was showing some promise with two TD’s against St. Louis in Week 12, but last week against the Jets he reverted back to his old ways rushing for just 22 yards on 15 carries. The Seahawks will not give him much breathing room and he will most likely put on another terrible performance.

Stevan Ridley vs Houston

Ridley has scored in five consecutive weeks but that could come to an end on Sunday against Houston who have allowed just two Rushing TD’s all season and are giving up the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy RB’s. Ridley most likely will be stifled in this game and could be held under 50 yards rushing. With the way the Pats move the ball he could find the endzone, but Ridley doesn’t offer a lot of upside this week. Don’t be afraid to sit Ridley if you have the luxury of doing so.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Greg Jennings vs Detroit

Jennings should have most of the rust shaken off by now and with Jordy Nelson expected to be OUT on Sunday there is more opportunity for Jennings to contribute. Most of you have been waiting on him all year and instead seeing him on the field we have been seeing him on those stupid Old Spice commercials. It’s time for Jennings to start paying off on our investment in him and this is a good spot for him to do so. The Lions secondary has been obliterated the last two weeks against the Texans and Colts and there is no reason that Jennings and company can’t do the same.

Donnie Avery & T.Y. Hilton vs Tennessee 

Hilton has been hot for for four straight weeks now and is safer option than Avery, but Donnie boy got his last week with two TD’s to get back into the mix. Both are solid plays against the Titans, but Hilton is the better option of the two because of his consistency.

Danario Alexander @ Pittsburgh

Alexander has bumped Antonio Gates to become Phillip Rivers’ favorite target and is turning into a must-start. Alexander has 29 targets in his last three games and has went over 80 yards in every one, finding the endzone twice. WithIke Taylor OUT for Sunday, Alexander should have another productive game. Look for over 80 yards with a possible score.

Sit ‘Em

Justin Blackmon vs NYJ

Blackmon has risen with the insertion of Chad Henne into the lineup, but reverted to his old ways last week with just one catch for 9 yards in a good matchup at Buffalo. The Jets and Antonio Cromartie have been stingy against WR’s all year allowing the third fewest points so it’s best to keep Blackmon reserved.

Denarius Moore vs Denver

Moore has just five catches for 60 yards in his last three games and in a tough matchup against Champ Bailey and the Broncos he should be  benched.

Dwayne Bowe @ Cleveland

Bowe hasn’t scored or had a 100-yard game since Week 4 and runs into a tough matchup with Cleveland and Joe Haden in Week 14. I especially don’t trust Brady Quinn under center and the Chiefs are finally starting to give the rock to Jamaal Charles which is limiting the passing game even more.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Brandon Myers vs Denver

Palmer’s Go-to-guy

Myers had his best game of the year against the Browns who were best against Tight Ends, so he should succeed against Denver who are one of the worst against Tight Ends and will be without LB Wesley WoodwardPalmer should help Myers (his older brother) rack up some nice “garbage points”.

Heath Miller vs San Diego

All signs are pointing to Big Ben returning this Sunday and that bodes extremely well for Miller who was having a career season before Ben got hurt. As long as Ben is playing, Miller is a very solid option.

Dennis Pitta @ Washington

It’s hard to trust Pitta at this point in this season, but he has picked up his pace a bit with two TD’s in his last four games. Against the Skins who are giving up the most points to Tight Ends, he’s worth taking a shot on if you need a Tight End this week.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook @ Indy

Cook has back to back 50-yard games and has been targeted 20 times but Indy has been tough against Tight Ends this season ranked 4th best. Don’t expect much production.

Dustin Keller @ Jacksonville

The Jets have chosen to go back to Mark Sanchez in Week 14 after he was benched last week and Keller will continue to suffer as a result. The Jags have also been fairly tough against Tight Ends this year ranked 10th best.

Antonio Gates @ Pittsburgh

Unless he absolutely goes off in the Fantasy Playoffs, which is highly unlikely, it’s pretty much official that Gates has been a fantasy bust this year. Look for more disappointment from Gates when he squares up against the Steelers who are 2nd best against Tight Ends.


Start ‘Em

D’Qwell Jackson vs Kansas City

The talented Jackson has been a force for the Browns this season and is a good play against a run-heavy Chiefs squad. The Chiefs are allowing the 2nd most points to Fantasy LB’s so Jackson most likely will have a good fantasy day.

London Fletcher vs Baltimore

The aged ‘ol veteran continues to get it done and continues to be the leader of this Washington Defense. The Ravens are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy LB’s and Fletcher has been a tackle machine all season.

Sit ‘Em

Antoine Winfield vs Chicago

Cutler is prone to interceptions, but Brandon Marshall is just a rough matchup for Winfield. The Bears are also allowing the 9th fewest points to Fantasy CB’s.

Jason Pierre-Paul vs New Orleans

Paul’s sack totals have been down this season with 6.5 and going against Drew Brees who is very crafty in the pocket, you should consider benching Paul this week.


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

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

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


Start ‘Em

Phillip Rivers @ Tampa Bay

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

Josh Freeman vs San Diego

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

Joe Flacco vs Oakland

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

Sit ‘Em

Sam Bradford @ San Francisco

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

Michael Vick vs Dallas

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

Matt Schaub @ Chicago

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

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Michael Turner @ New Orleans

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

Willis McGahee @ Carolina

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

Vick Ballard @ Jacksonville 

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

Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson @ San Francisco

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

Shonn Greene @ Seattle

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

Jamaal Charles @ Pittsburgh

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

Wide Receivers 

Start ‘Em

Torrey Smith vs Oakland

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

Brian Hartline vs Tennessee 

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

Malcom Floyd @ Tampa Bay

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

Sit ‘Em

Jeremy Maclin vs Dallas

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

DeSean Jackson vs Dallas

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

Sidney Rice vs New York Jets

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

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Vernon Davis vs St. Louis

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

Brandon Myers @ Baltimore

Carson Palmer’s Brother, Oakland Raiders

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

Dwayne Allen @ Jacksonville

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

Sit ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph vs Detroit

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

Scott Chandler @ New England

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

Brent Celek vs Dallas

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


Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith vs St. Louis

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

Ed Reed vs Oakland

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

Sit ‘Em

Greg Hardy vs Denver 

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

Jarius Byrd vs New England

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

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8 Player Rankings


  1. Peyton Manning vs NO
  2. Drew Brees @ DEN
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs JAC
  4. RG3 @ PIT
  5. Tom Brady vs STL (London)
  6. Ben Roethlisberger vs WAS
  7. Tony Romo vs NYG
  8. Michael Vick vs ATL
  9. Eli Manning @ DAL
  10. Matt Ryan @ PHI
  11. Andrew Luck @ TEN
  12. Phillip Rivers @ CLE
  13. Cam Newton @ CHI
  14. Jay Cutler vs CAR
  15. Sam Bradford vs NE
  16. Matt Hasselbeck vs IND
  17. Brandon Weeden vs SD
  18. Matthew Stafford vs SEA
  19. Carson Palmer @ KC
  20. Mark Sanchez vs MIA
  21. Ryan Tannehill @ NYJ
  22. Russell Wilson @ DET
  23. Alex Smith @ ARI
  24. John Skelton vs SF
  25. Chad Henne @ GB
  26. Brady Quinn vs OAK

Running Backs

  1. LeSean McCoy vs ATL
  2. Jamaal Charles vs OAK
  3. Chris Johnson vs IND
  4. Matt Forte vs CAR
  5. Alfred Morris @ PIT
  6. Willis McGahee vs NO
  7. Frank Gore @ ARI
  8. Marshawn Lynch @ DET
  9. Darren McFadden @ KC
  10. Ryan Mathews @ CLE
  11. Reggie Bush @ NYJ
  12. Darren Sproles @ DEN
  13. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL
  14. Stevan Ridley vs STL
  15. Trent Richardson vs SD
  16. Jonathan Dwyer vs WAS
  17. Michael Turner @ PHI
  18. Shonn Greene vs MIA
  19. Rashad Jennings @ GB
  20. Mikel LeShoure vs SEA
  21. Jonathan Stewart @ CHI
  22. Steven Jackson vs NE
  23. Felix Jones vs NYG
  24. Daryl Richardson vs NE
  25. Donald Brown @ TEN *questionable
  26. Pierre Thomas @ DEN
  27. Alex Green vs JAX
  28. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs SF
  29. Phillip Tanner vs NYG
  30. Vick Ballard @ TEN
  31. Shane Vereen vs STL
  32. Kendall Hunter @ ARI
  33. Danny Woodhead vs STL
  34. Michael Bush vs CAR
  35. Andre Brown @ DAL
  36. James Starks vs JAC
  37. Montario Hardesty vs SD
  38. William Powell vs SF
  39. David Wilson @ DAL
  40. Mark Ingram @ DEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Demaryius Thomas vs NO
  2. Marques Colston @ DEN
  3. Victor Cruz @ DAL
  4. Reggie Wayne @ TEN
  5. Mike Wallace @ WAS
  6. Brandon Marshall vs CAR
  7. Eric Decker vs NO
  8. Roddy White @ PHI
  9. Randall Cobb vs JAC
  10. Dez Byrant vs NYG
  11. Calvin Johnson vs SEA
  12. Jeremy Maclin vs ATL
  13. Wes Welker vs STL
  14. Julio Jones @ PHI
  15. Lance Moore @ DEN
  16. Jordy Nelson *questionable
  17. Brandon Lloyd vs STL
  18. Desean Jackson vs ATL
  19. Antonio Brown vs WAS
  20. Larry Fitzgerald vs SF
  21. Miles Austin vs NYG
  22. Denarius Moore vs KC
  23. Kenny Britt vs IND
  24. James Jones vs JAC
  25. Hakeem Nicks @ DAL
  26. Dwayne Bowe vs OAK
  27. Josh Gordon vs SD
  28. Jeremy Kerley vs MIA
  29. Brian Hartline vs NYJ
  30. Malcolm Floyd @ CLE
  31. Michael Crabtree @ ARI
  32. Andre Roberts vs SF
  33. Darrius Heyward-Bey @ KC
  34. Nate Washington vs IND
  35. Santana Moss vs PIT
  36. Greg Little vs SD
  37. Stephen Hill vs MIA
  38. Brandon Stokley vs NO
  39. Chris Givens vs NE
  40. Davonne Bess @ NYJ
  41. Donnie Avery @ TEN
  42. Brandon Gibson vs NE
  43. Leonard Hankerson vs PIT
  44. Robert Meachem @ CLE
  45. Kendall Wright vs IND
  46. Cecil Shorts @ GB
  47. Devery Henderson @ DEN
  48. Titus Young vs SEA
  49. Emmanuel Sanders vs WAS
  50. Brandon LaFell @ CHI
  51. Justin Blackmon @ GB
  52. Ryan Broyles vs SEA
  53. Domenik Hixon @ DAL
  54. Jon Baldwin vs OAK
  55. Josh Morgan vs WAS

Tight Ends

  1. Antonio Gates @ CLE
  2. Rob Gronkowski vs STL
  3. Jimmy Graham @ DEN *questionable
  4. Jason Witten vs NYG
  5. Heath Miller vs WAS
  6. Tony Gonzalez @ PHI
  7. Brent Celek vs ATL
  8. Dustin Keller vs MIA
  9. Martellus Bennett @ DAL
  10. Vernon Davis @ ARI
  11. Joel Dreessen vs NO
  12. Jacob Tamme vs NO
  13. Brandon Pettigrew vs SEA
  14. Jermicael Finley vs STL
  15. Greg Olsen @ CHI
  16. Brandon Myers @ KC
  17. Jared Cook vs IND
  18. Dwayne Allen @ TEN
  19. Coby Fleener @ TEN
  20. Anthony Fasano @ NYJ

FantasySavvy 2012: Week 7 Player Rankings


  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 5 Player Rankings


  1. Aaron Rodgers @ IND
  2. Matt Ryan @ KC
  3. Drew Brees vs SD
  4. Tom Brady vs DEN
  5. Peyton Manning vs NE
  6. Phillip Rivers @ NO
  7. RG3 vs ATL
  8. Cam Newton vs SEA
  9. Eli Manning vs CLE
  10. Joe Flacco at KC
  11. Andrew Luck vs GB
  12. Ben Roethlisberger vs PHI
  13. Jay Cutler @ JAC
  14. Andy Dalton vs MIA
  15. Michael Vick @ PIT
  16. Matt Schaub @ NYJ
  17. Christian Ponder vs KC
  18. Alex Smith vs BUF
  19. Ryan Tannehill @ CIN
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ SF
  21. Matt Hasselbeck @ MIN
  22. Brandon Weeden @ NYG
  23. Matt Cassel vs BAL
  24. Russell Wilson @ CAR
  25. Mark Sanchez vs HOU
  26. Blaine Gabbert vs CHI
  27. Tim Tebow vs HOU

Running Backs

  1. Marshawn Lynch @ CAR
  2. Adrian Peterson vs TEN
  3. Ray Rice @ KC
  4. Matt Forte @ JAC
  5. Arian Foster @ NYJ
  6. LeSean McCoy @ PIT
  7. Jamaal Charles vs BAL
  8. Ryan Mathews @ NO
  9. Alfred Morris vs ATL
  10. Reggie Bush @ CIN
  11. Maurice Jones-Drew vs CHI
  12. Frank Gore vs BUF
  13. Trent Richardson @ NYG
  14. Willis McGahee @ NE
  15. Stevan Ridley vs DEN
  16. Darren Sproles vs SD
  17. Cedric Benson @ IND
  18. Michael Turner @ WAS
  19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs CLE
  20. Brandon Bolden vs GB
  21. Chris Johnson @ MIN
  22. Donald Brown vs GB
  23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs MIA
  24. Rashad Mendehall vs PHI
  25. Fred Jackson @ SF
  26. C.J. Spiller @ SF
  27. Andre Brown vs CLE
  28. DeAngelo Williams vs SEA
  29. Jonathan Stewart vs SEA
  30. Shonn Greene vs HOU
  31. Ben Tate @ NYJ
  32. Michael Bush @ JAC
  33. Kendall Hunter vs Buffalo
  34. Pierre Thomas vs SD
  35. Issac Redman vs PHI
  36. Jaquizz Rodgers @ WAS
  37. Mark Ingram vs SD
  38. Danny Woodhead vs DEN
  39. Chris Rainey vs PHI
  40. Mike Tolbert vs SEA
  41. Daniel Thomas @ CIN
  42. Knoshon Moreno @ NE
  43. Dexter McCluster vs BAL
  44. Toby Gerhart vs TEN
  45. Bilal Powell vs HOU
  46. Jonathan Dwyer vs PHI
  47. Lamar Miller @ CIN
  48. David Wilson vs CLE
  49. Vick Ballard vs GB
  50. Joe McKnight vs HOU

Wide Receivers

  1. Roddy White @ WAS
  2. A.J. Green vs MIA
  3. Percy Harvin vs TEN
  4. Wes Welker vs DEN
  5. Julio Jones @ WAS
  6. Victor Cruz vs CLE
  7. Jordy Nelson @ IND
  8. Demaryius Thomas @ NE
  9. Eric Decker @ NE
  10. Brandon Marshall @ JAC
  11. Andre Johnson @ NYJ
  12. Brandon Lloyd vs DEN
  13. Marques Colston vs SD
  14. Mike Wallace vs PHI
  15. Antonio Brown vs PHI
  16. Dwayne Bowe vs BAL
  17. Reggie Wayne vs GB
  18. Steve Smith vs SEA
  19. Jeremy Maclin @ PIT
  20. Torrey Smith @ KC
  21. DeSean Jackson @ PIT
  22. Steve Johnson @ SF
  23. Brian Hartline @ CIN
  24. Malcolm Floyd @ NO
  25. James Jones @ IND
  26. Domenik Hixon vs CLE
  27. Pierre Garcon vs ATL
  28. Michael Crabtree vs BUF
  29. Andrew Hawkins vs MIA
  30. Nate Washington @ MIN
  31. Anquan Boldin @ KC
  32. Randall Cobb @ IND
  33. Sidney Rice @ CAR
  34. Greg Little @ NYJ
  35. Donnie Avery vs GB
  36. T.Y. Hilton vs GB
  37. Justin Blackmon vs CHI
  38. Jeremy Kerley vs HOU
  39. Brandon LaFell vs SEA
  40. Jerome Simpson vs TEN
  41. Leonard Hankerson vs ATL
  42. Donald Jones @ SF
  43. Jon Baldwin vs BAL
  44. Emmanuel Sanders vs PHI
  45. Davonne Bess @ CIN
  46. Brandon Stokley @ NE
  47. Kendall Wright @ MIN
  48. Santana Moss vs ATL
  49. Joseph Morgan vs SD
  50. Randy Moss vs BUF
  51. Mario Manningham vs BUF
  52. Robert Meachem @ NO
  53. Josh Gordon @ NYG
  54. Josh Morgan vs ATL
  55. Jason Avant @ PIT
  56. Cecil Shorts vs CHI
  57. Golden Tate @ CAR

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs SD
  2. Tony Gonzalez @ WAS
  3. Rob Gronkowski vs DEN
  4. Antonio Gates @ NO
  5. Vernon Davis vs BUF
  6. Owen Daniels @ NYJ
  7. Kyle Rudolph vs TEN
  8. Dennis Pitta @ KC
  9. Greg Olsen vs SEA
  10. Brent Celek @ PIT
  11. Scott Chandler @ SF
  12. Jacob Tamme @ NE
  13. Jermichael Finley @ IND
  14. Heath Miller vs PHI
  15. Martellus Bennett vs CLE
  16. Fred Davis vs ATL
  17. Jermaine Gresham vs MIA
  18. Jared Cook @ MIN
  19. Marcedes Lewis vs CHI
  20. Tony Moeaki vs BAL
  21. Jordan Cameron @ NYG