FantasySavvy 2012: Fantasy Playoff Schedule Analysis With Target Updates

When trying to win a Fantasy Championship you need to look at everything. You really can’t sleep and rest on your laurels if you want to win it all. You need to be constantly looking to improve your team anyway you can.Looking at Fantasy Playoff Schedules can help you identify which players on your team may have a really tough time producing when you get into the playoffs. You then may want to move a certain player or two in order to not risk having them in your lineup in those difficult matchups and trade for guys who have very nice matchups. This is just another way you can prepare for when it comes down to the come down.  Also included next to each relevant players name is their total targets for the year.  I am using the standard Fantasy Playoff schedule which is weeks 14, 15 and 16.

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Arizona Cardinals

Week 14 @ Seattle, Week 15 @ vs Detroit, Week 16 vs Chicago.

Bad news for Larry Fitzgerald (94 targets) and Andre Roberts (67 targets) going against Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman in Week 14 in what could also be a horrible weather game. Then if you do advance to the Superbowl you gotta deal with the Bears Defense. Also horrible news for Beanie Wells or LaRod Stephens-Howling (18 targets), whomever is carrying the rock at that time.

Atlanta Falcons

Week 14 @ Carolina, Week 15 vs New York Giants, Week 16 @ Detroit

Man, do the Falcons get it any better? Three very nice matchups and all will be in good weather most likely, playing in two warmer climates and in a Dome! Matt Ryan,  Roddy White (67 Targets)  Julio Jones (65 Targets) Tony Gonzalez (64 Targets) and even Michael Turner all got it good, none of these defenses are anything of note.  Go trade for these dudes.

Baltimore Ravens

Week 14 @ Washington, Week 15 vs Denver, Week 16 vs New York Giants

The weather might not be great in these games which works nicely for Ray Rice (44 Targets), but it’s not bad at all for Joe Flacco , Torrey Smith (58 Targets) and Anquan Boldin (57 Targets). These are very nice matchups especially against the Skins in the opening round of the playoffs. Dennis Pitta (53 targets) is off fantasy radars as of now, he had 31 targets through three weeks and they have died down dramatically of late.

Buffalo Bills 

Week 14 vs St. Louis, Week 15 vs Seattle, Week 16 @ Miami

Not a good stretch here for the Bills particularly for Fred Jackson (28 targets) and C.J. Spiller (27 targets). Although the St. Louis matchup isn’t bad the Seattle and Miami Run D’s will be tough. I think Spiller could do fine in these matchups if had the job to himself, but sharing it with Jackson hurts his value. Spiller or Jackson would need an injury to really be trusted in those matchups in Weeks 15 and 16. Although both aren’t bad options, they aren’t strong. Stevie Johnson ( 70 targets) looks like a safe play regardless, Scott Chandler (41 targets) cannot be trusted right now and hopefully you don’t have to rely on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Fantasy Playoffs.

Carolina Panthers

Week 14 vs Atlanta, Week 15 @ San Diego, Week 16 vs Oakland

If you been reading what I’m writing you know I have been saying trade for Cam Newton. Great weather and in all these matchups he can succeed. Plus in the weeks before the playoffs he gets Tampa Bay and Kansas City. Newton is going to have a strong second half of the season. Steve Smith (70 targets) will also excel and the Panthers run game with Jonathan Stewart has a chance to pick up. Greg Olsen (53 targets) has been very inconsistent, but he’s not a bad option down the stretch.

Chicago Bears

Week 14 @ Minnesota, Week 15 vs Green Bay, Week 16 @ Arizona

Nice end of the season for Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall (90 targets) and Matt Forte (28 targets). Although it’s hard to trust Cutler and he could put up a horrible game at any moment, Brandon Marshall still has a great chance to have a monster Fantasy Playoffs. Weather also will not be a factor besides the Week 15 game in Chicago.

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 14 vs Dallas, Week 15 @ Philadelphia, Week 16 @ Pittsburgh

Some of these matchups are tough for A.J Green (82 targets), but he’s matchup proof and can dominate any corner at any time. Doesn’t bode too well for Andy Dalton however and I don’t trust BenJarvus Green-Ellis in any of these games. Jermaine Gresham (51 targets) can have an impact, none of these teams are top five in terms of points allowed to Fantasy TE’s, the Eagles are highest at 7th best.

Cleveland Browns

Week 14 vs Kansas City, Week 15 vs Washington, Week 16 @ Denver

Trent Richardson (43 targets) is going to have a very strong fantasy playoffs facing the Chiefs, Skins and Denver. All games will likely be bad weather and the Browns will turn to their Rookie stud. Brandon Weeden could be a decent emergency start if you need to go to him. Greg Little (51 targets) and Josh Gordon (44 targets) are tough to count on, but these are solid matchups.

Dallas Cowboys 

Week 14 @ Cincinnati, Week 15 vs Pittsburgh, Week 16 vs New Orleans

Romo owners such as myself remember his Week 16 injury which killed their SuperBowl hopes, but he could payback his owners with a dream matchup against the Saints on SuperBowl week this year. The Bengals matchup is nice, Pittsburgh isn’t great but if Romo is playing to his potential he can succeed in that game. Dez Byrant (66 targets), Miles Austin (67 targets), and Jason Witten (81 targets-leads all Tight Ends) will all need to be in Fantasy lineups. When DeMarco Murray comes back he will enjoy a nice playoff schedule outside of the Pittsburgh matchup where you might want to keep him benched. The Steelers are currently allowning the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy RB’s. Felix Jones (24 targets), if starting, can only be somewhat trusted against New Orleans and not at all in the others.

Denver Broncos

Week 14 @ Oakland, Week 15 @ Baltimore, Week 16 vs Cleveland

Go Grab them Broncos, if you still can! These dudes are on fire and right now can be trusted regardless of matchup. Peyton Manning will eat up all three of these teams, although Cleveland was the number one team against Fantasy QB’s last year and have been playing at a high level since Joe Haden returned. Still no sweat for these guys, Demaryius Thomas (65 targets) and Eric Decker (70 targets) are stud options, while I trust Joel Dreeseen (29 targets) over Jacob Tamme (46 targets) at Tight End despite Tamme getting more looks. Joel has three more TD’s and is the better redzone option. Brandon Stokley (30 targets) is worth rostering in case of an injury and he could be used in deeper leagues if you need to go with him. Willis McGahee (25 targets- same as Reggie Bush) has good matchups all around and will have the opportunities to get it done. He’s a nice trade target and of the top Broncos he could probably be had the easiest in a trade.

Detroit Lions

Week 14 @ Green Bay, Week 15 @ Arizona, Week 16 vs Atlanta

Very nice for the Lions, just hope that Stafford can get back to a consistent level. He can thrive in all these matchups. Calvin Johnson (82 targets) will be fine and Titus Young (43 targets) and Ryan Broyles (16 targets) are decent options. Young could be nice if he can stay healthy. Brandon Pettigrew (60 targets) is frustrating and is hard to count on. Mikel Leshoure (27 targets) has a chance to really have an impact for fantasy teams in the playoffs. Joique Bell ( 30 targets) has also played nicely and isn’t a terrible flex option with all the looks he’s getting. Also a solid handcuff to Leshoure.

Green Bay Packers 

Week 14 vs Detroit, Week 15 @ Chicago, Week 16 vs Tennessee 

The Chicago matchup could be problematic, but you are never sitting Aaron Rodgers. Greg Jennings (22 targets) should be back for the playoffs and it will be interesting to see how it effects Randall Cobb (59 targets) and James Jones (63 targets). My bet would be Jones’ role diminishes more because of Cobb’s versatilty and big play ability. Jordy Nelson (58 targets) will be fine. Jermichael Finley (46 targets) is done as far as I’m concerned. Cedric Benson could be back by Week 14, but he remains a big question mark. He’s worth a pickup in a few weeks though. Forget about Alex Green he stinks, James Starks has a chance to be the top back come Playoff time but even he isn’t very talented, plus the Pack love to throw in the redzone. Hard to trust any of these backs.

Houston Texans 

Week 14 @ New England, Week 15 vs  Indianapolis, Week 16 vs Minnesota

Arian Foster (26 targets) is matchup proof, and he has a pretty good go here. Matt Schaub could be used as a starter in three very nice matchups and Andre Johnson (63 targets) and Owen Daniels (56 targets) are looking like very strong plays. The Colts are number one against Tight Ends but Daniels is too good to sit.

Indianapolis Colts 

Week 14 vs Tennessee, Week 15 @ Houston, Week 16 @ Kansas City

It’s looking pretty nice for Mr. Luck outside of the Houston matchup. There is a chance Kansas City could get there act together but I doubt it. Reggie Wayne (112 targets) is the most targeted player in the NFL and even Donnie Avery (75 targets) and T.Y. Hilton (45 targets) could be nice options in the playoffs as Luck continues to emerge. I like Dwayne Allen to have a Marcus Pollard type feel for the Colts down the stretch. Coby Fleener is going to see less snaps when he returns. Donald Brown is the starter but he can’t stay healthy, but either way Vick Ballard has earned a role regardless. Neither are strong options in the playoffs while in a timeshare with each other.

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Week 14 vs New York Jets, Week 15 @ Miami, Week 16 vs New England

Maurice Jones-Drew is talented enough to overcome tough matchups against the Jets and Miami and he should be involved regardless of the score in New England. Rashard Jennings (23 targets) can’t be trusted in any of these matchups. Justin Blackmon (59 targets) seems to be making progress, but it’s happening very, very, slowly. Blackmon, Laurent Robinson and Cecil Shorts (58 targets) can’t be started in Fantasy Playoffs as of now.

Kansas City Chiefs

Week 14 @ Cleveland, Week 15 @ Oakland, Week 16 vs Indianapolis

If Jamaal Charles (28 targets) struggles against the Steelers this Sunday, which is likely, make sure to put in some offers for him. This playoff schedule is perfect for the Charles. K.C. shouldn’t fall to0 far behind in any of these games and all are weak at stopping the run. Dwayne Bowe (82 targets) needs Matt Cassel to be his QB to be fully trusted, Brady Quinn or if they turn to Ricky Stanzi will kill his value. If Cassel is his QB the only time you would think of sitting him is versus the Browns and Joe Haden.

Miami Dolphins

Week 14 @ San Francisco, Week 15 vs Jacksonville, Week 16 vs Buffalo

Reggie Bush (25 targets) needs to be on benches in Week 14, but if you can advance he should thrive in the Semi’s and SuperBowl. Brian Hartline (70 targets) could be started in all these potential good weather matchups. Tannehill has some good matchups once past the 49ers, but isn’t putting up big enough numbers right now to be trusted.

Minnesota Vikings

Week 14 vs Chicago, Week 15 @ St. Louis, Week 16 @ Houston

Peterson (32 targets) also gets Chicago in Week 12, but he’s one of those guys that can run against anybody. The guy is a straight animal. It just sucks his matchups are so rough, the good news is that the Vikings should be able to stay in these games and get him the rock. Percy Harvin (85 targets) is another guy who is started regardless of matchup. Kyle Rudolph (49 targets) has fell off the map and Christian Ponder has been showing his true colors of late.

New England Patriots

Week 14 vs Houston, Week 15 vs San Francisco, Week 16 @ Jacksonville

Not ideal matchups for the Pats, the player this effects the most is Stevan Ridley . You might want to think about moving him, Houston and the 49ers are two very tough matchups and I don’t see him doing much. Brady, Gronkowski (64 targets), Hernandez (24 targets), Welker (83 targets), Lloyd (69 targets) are all a go, although they could be somewhat limited in the 49ers game, especially playing at home in a potential bad weather game. SuperBowl week will be a blowout.

New Orleans Saints

Week 14 @ New York, Week 15 vs Tampa Bay, Week 16 @ Dallas

Pretty nice for the Saints, Dallas isn’t a great matchup, but Brees will be fine. Marques Colston (74 targets), Lance Moore (55 targets), Darren Sproles (52 targets) when he returns all are fine. Once Sproles does return it’s tough to rely on Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram or Chris Ivory. They all offset each other. Jimmy Graham (63 targets) is a no brainer at all times.

New York Giants 

Week 14 vs New Orleans, Week 15 @ Atlanta, Week 16 @ Baltimore

Eli has went through a rough stretch, but should right it by the playoffs. He’s a good buy-low and has all good matchups in the playoffs. Nicks (47 targets) is another good buy-low. Cruz (100 targets, 2nd most) is fine, Martellus Bennett ( 49 targets) is off fantasy radars. If Ahmad Bradshaw (18 targets) is healthy Andre Brown is irrelevant. It looks like David Wilson won’t ever get a chance to make an impact.

New York Jets

Week 14 @ Jacksonville, Week 15 @ Tennessee, Week 16 vs San Diego 

These matchups bode very well for Shonn Greene (20 targets). He has a solid chance to have a very solid playoff run. Target him in trades, he can be had for cheap. Jeremy Kerley (51 targets) and Dustin Keller also look good, and keep an eye on if Stephen Hill starts to emerge over the next few weeks. Sanchez can’t be relied upon, he might even lose his job by this time. If Tebow starts, Shonn Greene gets an ever bigger boost.

Oakland Raiders

Week 14 vs Denver, Week 15 Kansas City, Week 16 @ Carolina

Now with a high ankle sprain, Darren McFadden (48 targets) could be had on the cheap. He can produce in these matchups, regardless of how bad he has looked. Denarius Moore (60 targets), Darrius Heyward-Bey (36 targets) and Brandon Myers (50 targets) all look good as well. Carson Palmer can definitely be a useful play come Fantasy Playoff time.

Philadelphia Eagles

Week 14 @ Tampa Bay, Week 15 vs Cincinnati, Week 16 vs Washington

These matchups are awesome for the Eagles, but it’s really hard to trust Michael Vick after he couldn’t even really produce against the Saints. His offensive line is just awful and he’s getting no time. If he starts to turn it around somehow, he arguably has the best matchups of any Fantasy QB in the Playoffs. LeSean McCoy (38 targets) should finish very strong, and DeSean Jackson (68 targets) and Jeremy Maclin (50 targets) could finally step up for Fantasy Owners. It all depends on Vick and that offensive line. Brent Celek (55 targets) has a chance to recover from his slump and bounce back in the Playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 14 vs San Diego, Week 15 @ Dallas, Week 16 vs Cincinnati

The Steelers enjoy a fairly nice playoff run, although the Dallas game is probably where you want to avoid Big Ben and probably Antonio Brown (66 targets). Again, the Dallas CB’s have been extremely tough on opposing QB’s and WR’s.  Mike Wallace, (63 targets) I think you stick him in there no matter what, same with Heath Miller (53 targets). By this time we could have a full rotation of Issac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer. It’s Mendy’s job to lose when healthy, but whoever is getting the rock come playoff time has some nice matchups.

San Diego Chargers

Week 14 @ Pittsburgh, Week 15 vs Carolina, Week 16 @ New York Jets

You could probably use Rivers in Week 15, but that’s if you get past the opening round against the Steelers. The opening round and  SuperBowl matchups are brutal and the San Diego boys are not going to like that brutal Northeast Weather. Pitt is # 3 and NY is #6 in points allowed to Fantasy QB’s. It’s time to start making other plans if you are a Rivers owner. This also hurts Antonio Gates (41 targets) and Malcom Floyd (49 targets) and with their inconsistency all year they are hard to rely upon. I don’t even like Ryan Mathews (29 targets). Overall it does not look good for San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers 

Week 14 vs Miami, Week 15 @ New England, Week 16 @ Seattle

With the way the 49ers have been run blocking I trust Frank Gore (20 targets) despite the tough matchups against the Phins and Seahawks. Kendall Hunter (9 targets) is still only a handcuff, but needs to be held onto. These matchups bode well for Vernon Davis (36 targets) and Michael Crabtree (55 targets) outside of the Seattle game. Against Miami and New England they should both get it going.  The 49ers just need to open their offense up like they did in the playoffs last year and throw the ball to Davis. Hopefully you don’t have to use Alex Smith, but the opening and semi round matchups are good.

Seattle Seahawks

Week 14 vs Arizona, Week 15 @ Buffalo, Week 16 @ San Francisco

Marshawn Lynch (17 targets) is fine even against the 49ers. Lynch has run for over 100 yards against the them in their last two games . Sidney Rice (48 targets)  and Golden Tate (40 targets) are risky options even against Arizona and Buffalo.

St. Louis Rams

Week 14 @ Buffalo, Week 15 vs Minnesota, Week 16 @ Tampa Bay

Maybe this is what Steven Jackson (15 targets) owners were looking at when they selected him on draft day? Three very nice matchups against three bad defenses. Sam Bradford is also very usuable along with Danny Amendola (49 targets) when he returns. Chris Givens ( 31 targets) and Brandon Gibson (42 targets) are decent options with these easy matchups. Only concern for Rams passing game is the weather in Buffalo a month from now. Daryl Richardson (19 targets) looks to have earned a role as well, and could pay off come playoff time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Week 14 vs Philadelphia, Week 15 @ New Orleans, Week 16 vs St. Louis

Josh Freeman should be able to keep up his solid play as he reaches the playoffs. None of these defenses scare you and the New Orleans matchup is golden. Vincent Jackson (70 targets) and Mike Williams (55 targets) are safe and Doug Martin (33 targets) is all systems a go as well. Dallas Clark (29 targets) is not involved enough in the offense yet, but could emerge.

Tennessee Titans

Week 14 @ Indianapolis, Week 15 vs New York, Week 16 @ Green Bay

Chris Johnson (30 targets) has got the job done against the Steelers, Texans and Bears, so at this point, you can trust him against any team. It looks like he’s finally turned a corner, although that doesn’t mean he won’t have some dud games. Jake Locker returns this week and as long as he stays healthy he will start. You don’t want to use him in the playoffs unless he starts to really go off in the next couple weeks. Kenny Britt (48 targets) doesn’t look like the same player we’ve seen in the past, but maybe he heats up over the next few weeks. The playoff matchups are solid, but against the Jets he needs to be benched. Nate Washington (48 targets) is a decent option against the Colts and Packers. Maybe Jared Cook (46 targets) starts to play better with Locker back, but I doubt it.

Washington Redskins

Week 14 vs Baltimore, Week 15 @ Cleveland, Week 16 @ Philadelphia

RG3 has regressed the past couple weeks, but as of now he’s matchup proof. That could change. Alfred Morris (9 targets) looks safe in all three games and outside of Morris and Griffin no other Redskin player can really be trusted. Santana Moss (38 targets) and maybe Leonard Hankerson (41 targets) would be the only wideouts worth using as of now. Possibly Aldrick Robinson ( 17 targets) emerges with his increased role, but it’s highly doubtful.


FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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There are only six or seven weeks left until the Fantasy Playoffs depending on when your league starts them up, but either way the time is soon approaching. If you are sitting there at 3-4 or 2-5, I wouldn’t give up hope yet. There is still enough time to right the ship and get into the postseason. For some owners you can not afford to wait for Cam Newton or Darren McFadden to get it going, you need solutions now! Waiting for these players to get back to Fantasy relevance again while you continue to rack up losses can destroy your team. At some point you might have to start playing matchups with lesser named players. For example, this week, Cam Newton faces the Bears on the road, whileSam Bradford takes on the Patriots. Nuts to start Bradford? I don’t think so. Even Brandon Weeden seems almost more attractive than Cam as he goes up against the Chargers. Cam Newton and the Panthers are a mess right now and if you have Cam on you fantasy squads your team is most likely suffering as a result.

So my advice to you is don’t give up, keep grinding, and don’t be afraid to play a good matchup over a high draft pick that just isn’t producing.  Stay on that waiver wire,  look to make a trade to shake things up and try your best to get your squads back into gear. As always if you guys have any questions, you are more than welcome to shoot me an email at 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.


Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger vs Washington

The Skins have allowed at least two passing TD’s to every QB this season except for Josh Freeman and Eli Manning . They also have allowed every QB they have faced to go over 300 yards passing with the exception of Freeman who threw for 299! The Steelers will move the ball and Ben has a great opportunity for a nice day here. Look for close to 300 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Andrew Luck @ Tennessee 

Although Luck ran for two TD’s last week, he does not have a passing TD in two weeks. Expect that to change Sunday against the Titans who are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Reggie Wayne faced off against Antonio Cromartie and Joe Haden the last two weeks, but the Titans have nobody who can cover him. Look for Luck to find his best target often and for Luck to get back on track throwing the football.

Sam Bradford vs New England (Game in London)

Like last season the Patriots secondary is once again one of the worst in the NFL. Only New Orleans is allowing more fantasy points to QB’s. In their last five games the Patriots have allowed 13 touchdowns and  four 300-yard passers. Normally I wouldn’t touch Sam Bradford with a ten foot cheesestick, but even he can take advantage of this matchup.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Freeman @ Minnesota

I am not buying Josh Freeman just yet. He tore up New Orleans last week, but everybody does. The week before he succeeded against Kansas City, but they have been putrid overall as well. Freeman has also struggled in his two road games this year averaging just 175 yards while throwing  just 3 TD’s with 3 Int’s. I think Minnesota will get pressure on Freeman and force him into a rough game. Also these Thursday Night games have been  low scoring all year as they are averaging eight points less than Sunday games. If Freeman gets it done this week, I MIGHT start to believe in him, but I doubt he does.

Matt Stafford vs Seattle

What is going on with this Detroit passing game that saw Stafford throw for 41 TD’s and and over 5,000 yards last season? First, Stafford isn’t getting much protection, second teams are now coming up with new gameplans to take away Calvin Johnson and third Stafford’s mechanics have been poor. I think eventually the Lions will pick up the pace, but it’s hard to expect it to start this week. Seattle is allowing an average of  just 14 fantasy points per game to QB’s.

Cam Newton @ Chicago

Last time I put Cam on this list, he proved me wrong against Atlanta, but I feel pretty secure in saying that he will struggle vs the Bears. Cam isn’t playing well, but at the same time he has faced Seattle and Dallas in his last two games, two teams who are top-five in pass defense. After this week, it may be time to buy-low on Cam as he goes onto face Washington, Denver and Tampa Bay in his next three games. His playoff schedule also looks good going against Atlanta, San Diego and Oakland in Weeks 14, 15 and 16. After facing the Bears this week Cam will have endured three of the roughest matchups a Fantasy QB can face, but the road gets much easier from there on out and I expect him to turn things around. Just think about sitting him this week.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Chris Johnson vs Indianapolis

Johnson exploded last week against the Bills for 195 yards with two TD’s and has been showing signs of life. The Bills defense was a swiss  cheese matchup, but Johnson also excelled against the Texans and Steelers defenses respectively. The Titans will be in this game and Johnson should get plenty of touches. The Colts rush D played well last week, but that was against a banged up Trent Richardson. The week before Shonn Greene gashed them and they have struggled most of the season so expect CJ to keep up his good play in Week eight.

Willis McGahee vs New Orleans

The Saints vs. Broncos game is going to be filled with a ton of points and all your players on these teams should be in your lineups. McGahee is no exception. Manning will be utilizing Willis often and I expect him to find the endzone this week. The Saints have been the worst at defending Fantasy RB’s allowing 34 points per game so get Willis in those lineups.

Doug Martin @ Minnesota

Martin ran fairly well last week against New Orleans and even though that was a dream matchup, he got the job done running for 86 yards and a score. The Vikings just allowed waiver wire Hall of Famer LaRod Stephens-Howlinggo over 100 yards on them and with a short week and little time to rest, facing Martin won’t be a easy task.LeGarrette Blount might of also played himself out of goal line carries after being stuffed three straight times on the goal line against the Saints. Blount ran with no attitude whatsoever and Martin will now most likely be called upon in all goal line situations in this game.

Sit ‘Em

LaRod Stephens-Howling vs San Francisco

Howling was one of the top pickups this week, but don’t expect to him to produce against the 49ers. Keep him benched. Kind of sucks when you pick a  guy up and then really can’t start him huh? You could be cutting him after this week!

Michael Turner @ Philadelphia

The defense wasn’t the problem in Philly so not sure why Andy Reid felt he had to fire Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo. Maybe he’s just looking for a scapegoat or maybe he really didn’t get along with the guy. Anyway, Turner always seems to struggle in tough matchups and the Eagles have been stingy against the run this season ranked 8th best in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. I see a very slow week for Turner, it could be one of those 16 carry, 40-yard, scoreless games.

Steven Jackson vs New England

Still have this guy? I told you to trade him six weeks ago! This is the last time he will be on this list. Daryl Richardson is now cutting heavily into his touches and will remain a factor. The Pats can’t stop the pass, but they have only allowed one 100-yard rusher all year and Jackson sure as schnikes won’t be the second!

Wide Recievers

Start ‘Em

Jeremy Kerley vs Miami

Kerley had the best game of his career against the Pats going over 100 yards receiving and I feel safe using Kerley against Miami who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to WR’s. Kerley is a good route-runner and Sanchez‘ play has picked up the past few weeks. Look for Kerley to produce again for your fantasy teams.

Josh Gordon vs San Diego

With 22 targets and 4 TD’s in his last three games, Gordon has to be in your lineups until proven otherwise. Weeden has the arm to get the speedster the ball deep and Gordon continues to get open. The matchup is also favorable as San Diego is allowing the the 6th most fantasy points to WR’s.

Kenny Britt vs Indianapolis

Britt failed in a good matchup against Buffalo last week, but let’s throw him out there again in another nice matchup. This week at home I say he gets the job done. As noted many times, Indy’s defense is not good!

Sit ‘Em

Steve Smith @ Chicago

Smith continues to underwhelm each week and as Cam goes he will go. With the Bears and Charles “Peanut” Tillman coming up, Smith needs to be on benches if you can afford to do so. Like with Cam, Smith is another good buy-low candidate.

Dwayne Bowe vs Oakland

Matt Cassel is healthy coming back from his concussion, but Romeo Crennel has chosen to go with Brady Quinn. I own Bowe in the FP911 staff league and I am going to bench him for Denarius Moore. I just don’t trust Brady Quinn, how can you, the guy has done nothing to earn our trust. Hopefully he doesn’t sap Jamaal Charles‘ value as well. Bowe and Cassel have had a nice chemistry, but we need to wait and see if Quinn can get him the rock. I am scared about the Chiefs altogether right now. Hopefully Quinn can be decent.

Hakeem Nicks vs Dallas

Nicks is finally feeling healthy and looks to be almost past his injuries, but I would be cautious about starting him against Dallas. The Cowboys are 5th best against Fantasy WR’s and contained Nicks in their Week 1 matchup holding him to just 38 yards on four catches.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Heath Miller vs Washington

Gotta stick with big Heath once again this week as he looks to keep it rolling against the Skins. Good chance for him to do so because the Skins are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to TE’s.

Dustin Keller vs Miami

I have a “gut” feeling that Keller is going to finish the year very strong. If he’s still available in your league go snatch him up. I know it was against the Pats and they can’t stop anything,  butI just liked the way Keller looked. He has always been one of the more athletic Tight Ends in the league and I believe Sporano is going to involve him heavily into the gameplan. I expect another quality game against Miami.

Joel Dreessen vs New Orleans

Suprisingly, New Orleans has been good against Tight Ends, ranked 4th best, but I like this spot for Joel. Again I am starting everybody I possibly can in this matchup betweeen these two teams. I even like Jacob Tamme, but of the two, I believe Dreessen will be the one to find the endzone and be the better play.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook vs Indianapolis

The Colts are having a tough time stopping any other position, but they are the best against Tight Ends allowing an average of just six points per game. Cook isn’t as good as advertised anyway, so don’t be hesitant to drop him.

Jermichael Finley vs Jacksonville

If I hear “Finley has all the talent in the world” one more time, I am going to blackout! No, the guy doesn’t have all the talent in the world. He has hands of stone and is vastly overrated. It’s almost time to give up on this guy. He’s droppable at this point. Finley does have some talent, but the Packers are just stacked with options and he will remain inconsistent.

Vernon Davis @ Arizona

Back to back horrid weeks for Davis and he wasn’t even targeted last week. Unfortunately we saw these types of performances last year from Davis. It’s not his fault, blame the offensive coordinator and Alex Smith. The 49ers will start getting the ball in their best receivers hands again eventually, but they may find it tough against Arizona who are allowing just eight points a game to Tight Ends. With Smith’s recent play and Arizona’s tough D on TE’s, consider sitting Davis in Week eight.


Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith @ Arizona

This is a great spot to start Smith who has 5.5 sacks on the year thus far. The Cardinals have allowed the most sacks in the league and Smith is a QB hunter. Get him in your lineups.

Mark Barron @ Minnesota

Barron has had a solid rookie campaign with 34 solo tackles and seven pass deflections. Expect Barron to rack up the tackles in this matchup as the Vikings pound the run.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ Pittsburgh

As I’ve stated before, Hall struggles against quality QB’s and WR’s. He won’t do much against Big BenMike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Cortland Finnegan vs St. Louis

Finnegan is most likely going to defend Wes Welker in this matchup and I don’t think he fares well. He may get a few tackles, but the interceptions and deflections opportunities will be limited. Keep him benched for one more week.

FantasySavvy 2012: Week Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Bad week in Week six, I over thought some things and went a little too stat heavy which is unlike me. I am anything but a stat dork! So I will mix back a little more intuition this week and that should clean things up. I received a lot of questions last week and I’m open to more, feel free to email me at or ask @FantasySavvy on Twitter.

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

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


Start ‘Em

Tony Romo @ Carolina

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Romo usually is an every week starter and really doesn’t belong on this list, but his rough start has his owners playing matchups. But despite him averaging just one TD a game in his last four, things will certainly improve. Jason Garrett talked about being more balanced on offense coming off their bye week and it showed last week as the Cowboys ran for over 200 yards against the Ravens. This obviously helps Tony Romo tremendously and the Cowboys despite DeMarco Murray being out should be able to move the chains on the ground again as Carolina has one of the worst rush defenses. Look for Romo to stay fairly consistent from here on out and for it to start this week. I expect around 250-280 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Carson Palmer vs Jacksonville

Palmer is a fairly decent Fantasy QB, let’s face it. The guy isn’t good outside of Fantasy Football anymore, but he can give you those 300-yard two TD type games from time to time. This is a good matchup vs Palmer as he comes home and faces Jacksonville who are giving up an average of 20 points per game to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Palmer to approach 300 yards once again and find the endzone once or twice. Let’s just hope he doesn’t throw over two interceptions if your league is subtracting minus two points per INT.

Josh Freeman vs New Orleans

I was impressed that Freeman threw for over 300 yards against Kansas City who had been improving recently. This week he faces New Orleans and should throw it over 35 times as he tries to keep pace with Drew Brees. The Saints have also been bad against the pass giving up 25 points a week to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Freeman to put up Fantasy worthy numbers.

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder vs Arizona

Ponder excelled the last two weeks in what were two great matchups against the Titans and Skins, but he faces a much tougher test against Arizona who are allowing the third fewest points to Fantasy QB’s. Ponder will come back to earth this week as he faces a legit Defense.

Matt Stafford @ Chicago

Stafford continues to frustrate owners every week and is still without a multi-TD game. It won’t turnaround on Monday Night in Chicago against the Bears who are allowing just 13 points a week to Fantasy QB’s, which is best in the league.

Joe Flacco @ Houston

The Texans defense hasn’t been as strong as last year, but they still have been good. And even though they allowed six passing TD”s to Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco is a far cry from Rodgers. Sorry Flacco but you are not elite! On the road, I expect Flacco to struggle a bit here and likely will be held to one TD, so explore other options.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley vs New York Jets

Because of his late game fumble in Week five against Denver, Ridley was getting less carries than Brandon Bolden last week before Bolden got hurt. When it comes to fumbling Bill Belichick does not play around. Fortunately for Ridley, Bolden did get hurt and might not play this week. Ridley has a great chance to restore his coach’s confidence against the Jets and should find running lanes against New York who are giving up 25 points per game to Fantasy Backs. He should find the endzone and finish with a nice game. Let’s just hope as Ridley owners he holds onto the ball!

Chris Johnson @ Buffalo

I still don’t like the way Johnson is running this season, going down easily and a little too much east to west, but he has started to pick it up a bit over the last few weeks. This has to be a matchup he can succeed in against Buffalo. The Titans should stay close in this game and Johnson should should find room against the Bills who are allowing 29 points a game to Fantasy Backs, sixth worst in the league. C’mon Chris don’t let us down this week, otherwise you will never be on this list again!

Felix Jones @ Carolina

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Jones was probably the number one waiver pick up this week with the news that DeMarco Murray will be out in Week seven. Also, with backs like Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles on a bye this week, Jones makes for a nice replacement. The stars have aligned to start Jones here, good matchup (Carolina 2nd worst in points allowed to Fantasy Backs) and Murray is out, allowing pretty much full reign for Jones, although we will see a little Phillip Tanner. You picked Jones up, so stick him in your lineups this week.

Sit ‘Em

Mikel LeShoure @ Chicago

Good news for LeShoure owners that Jahvid Best will not be returning this season, but bad news this week as he goes against the Bears who have allowed the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy Backs. LeShoure hasn’t succeeded in tough matchups before so no reason to think he will here. Keep him benched if you can.

Frank Gore vs Seattle

Going to be a slow physical game in San Fran tonight and Gore won’t find much running room against the Hawks who haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season and given up just two rushing TD’s.

Marshawn Lynch @ San Francisco

Lynch is one of the few who have went over 100 yards against the 49ers and Bradshaw did it last week, but I still am sitting Lynch if I can. Many of us might not have that luxury, but don’t expect another 100-yard game.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Stevie Johnson vs Tennessee

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

The Titans D has allowed 77 points to Fantasy WR’s the last two weeks and Stevie Johnson should burn them as well. Johnson is a must start this week.

Vincent Jackson vs New Orleans

Phillip Rivers looked like he could of used Vincent Jackson on Monday Night as he struggled mightily.  But unfortunately for Rivers, Jackson has taken his talents to Tampa Bay and has enjoyed continued success with Josh Freeman. Jackson had two TD’s last week and now has four on the year to go along with two 100-yard games. He will be targeted early and often against New Orleans and should easily produce. Even with ineptitude of Josh Freeman, Jackson is proving to be a every week starter regardless of matchup.

Lance Moore @ Tampa Bay

Outside of last week where Tampa faced Brady Quinn the Bucs have allowed over 37 points a game to Fantasy WR’s, including allowing a whopping 76 points to Giants WR’s in week two. Drew Brees will be tossing the rock all day and I look for Lance Moore and Brees to hook up on those back shoulder throws. Go outside Sunday and try to run a couple of those back shoulders throws 15 yards down the field with a defender on the receiver. These guys make it look easy! Moore should find the endzone at least once, at the very least approach 100 yards in this game.

Sit ‘Em

Andre Roberts @ Minnesota

Roberts is talented and it seemed like he was going to be in for a nice little season, but the last two weeks he has fizzed out. He won’t rebound against the Vikings on the road with John Skeleton now at QB. Let’s see how these two work together before reinserting Roberts back into our lineups. Andre could be a waiver candidate soon if he puts up a few more duds.

Michael Crabtree vs Seattle

This game is going to be a slugfest and both offenses will struggle. Keep Crabtree benched for this tough matchup on Thursday Night.

Steve Smith vs Dallas

My gut is telling me Smith may have a breakout game here, but the numbers say otherwise so I will stick with the numbers and logic here. Smith doesn’t have a TD all year and has been held under 100 yards in his last three games. Dallas has been 2nd best against Fantasy Wideouts so consider benching Smith if you have a more lucrative option.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jason Witten @ Carolina

Witten had a horrible start to the year, but he has returned to normalcy with two strong performances against Chicago and Baltimore. Last time you will see Witten here, he should remain an every week starter from here on in as he continues to be one of Romo‘s top targets.

Martellus Bennett vs Washington

This game should be a wild, high scoring affair in the Meadowlands and Bennett should play a nice role against the Skins who are allowing the 2nd most points to Fantasy Tight Ends. Bennett has slowed up after a fast start, but he should rebound in this game; it’s a good spot to plug him in.

Heath Miller @ Cincinnati

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Heath Miller is actually younger than me! That’s pretty scary as I just turned 30 years old and Miller is only 29. Actually looking at it I’m only eight days older than the guy! It seems like this guy has been playing in the league for 10 years.  So this guy definitely ain’t crusty, although I may have thought that a few times. I know I’m not crusty, although my knee has swelled up from consistently banging it while playing football on Sundays! But dang, being 30 blows. Oh well I made my mistakes, now it’s time to dominate. Ok, back to the youthful and vibrant Miller who started out his first three games with four TD’s, but has slowed down some. Still, he is being targeted often by Big Ben and will be a good play most weeks. This is a matchup he can thrive in against the Bengals who are allowing the 8th most points to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Houston

So much for Dennis Pitta. This guy was on fire to start the year and has done absolutely jack the last few weeks. I have him in a few leagues and will be holding him for a few more weeks just out of necessity, but he will probably be cut soon, unless he shows some signs. Keep him benched until he proves himself again.

Jermichael Finely @ St. Louis

Finley has been an absolute Fantasy Bust! Let’s face it, this guy is just simply overrated and always has been. Don’t expect a rebound, you will just be disappointed. Try to move him this week before it’s too late, it may already be. He’s going to do nothing again this week most likely. Even when he gets targets he drops the ball! Fughedaboutit!!!

Fred Davis @ New York Giants

I think Davis and Griffin will be a better combo as the season moves on, but right now Davis isn’t providing much (hasn’t scored a TD this season) and this is a tough matchup against the G-Men who are allowing the sixth fewest points to Tight Ends.


Start ‘Em

Chandler Jones vs New York Jets

The Jets have given up the 24th most points to Fantasy DE’s this season and Chandler has enjoyed a nice rookie season with five sacks and three forced fumbles. The Jets will be passing a ton in this game, so Jones will have plenty of shots on Sanchez and should get a sack or two.

Malcolm Jenkins @ Tampa Bay

Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints

Like this spot for Jenkins against Tampa who will be running a lot initially giving Jenkins a chance to rack up tackles. I look for around seven or eight tackles from Jenkins in this game.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ New York Giants

Hall sees this list a lot because I don’t trust him against good QB’s. Hall exploits bad QB’s not good ones and I think he will struggle to produce going against Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning.

Cortland Finnegan vs Green Bay Packers

Finnegan has been one of the better Fantasy Corners with 34 tackles, three picks and seven pass deflections. But I don’t think he gets any picks this week nor many pass deflections going against Aaron Rodgers. Tough matchup, I would look to bench him.


FantasySavvy 2012: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em 2012

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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.


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.


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 is back for 2012!

Hello Everyone, hope everybody is enjoying their summer, BBQ’s, Wiffleball, Beach, Pool, all that. But last night we got a glimpse of Football and I’m sure it got a lot of you pretty amped up. It definitely got me pretty excited. Julio Jones, Evan Royster, Doug Martin, tonight Tim Tebow goes off, which will cause a ton of hate/love and media hysteria. Tons of hype and news going on right now, including the big Dwight Howard trade.

But thanks for following the site over the past 2 seasons as we head into our third year. We are ready to rock and will start releasing a couple articles a week as well as bringing back our radio show once or twice a week. The Tab at the top of the page has the connecting link, our first show will be next week. so stay tuned for that. Make sure to follow us on Twitter as well @FantasySavvy.

Starting next week you can expect QB, RB, WR, TE Tiers, RB Breakdowns, Rookie Breakdowns, and other very valuable info. Check out my auction guide that I put up last year if you haven’t already, if you are still new to the auction/keeper game.

For now check out my RB Breakdowns that I have putting on once a week. You can find them here. I will be with throughout the season and will be putting my posts on here for you guys to follow. Also get on that site as well, Paul Greco and the rest of the guys do an excellent job providing  great info.

That’s it for now, if you guys have any questions or ideas for me, or if you want to possibly write for the blog send me an Email

-Steve D.