Start Em Sit Em Week 14

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Good luck to all fantasy football owners battling in the playoffs in Week 14. This week could be critical to making them, or winning them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Start Em and Sit Em Week 14 recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 14 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start IND QB Andrew Luck at home vs #14 ranked Houston defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 14 Byes: None

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 14

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs SD )– Neither team playing for anything but pride. ( Start SD QB Rivers as well.)

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs CHI )- A win Week 14 could mean the division.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( vs NO)- A fantastic match up for you and your playoffs.

ARI QB Carson Palmer ( at MIA)- Important game for the Cardinals.

GB QB Aaron Rodgers ( vs SEA)- Should be throwing plenty in Week 14 but a risky play vs Seattle.

Sleeper…. SF QB Colin Kaepernick ( vs NYJ )-  Great game to start next year’s resume.

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at DET )- Lots of momentum, and the Lions are 25th vs the run.

SD RB Melvin Gordon ( at CAR )- Only under 20+ touches twice in 2016.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( vs PITT )- Running great, solid play Week 14.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( at CLEV)- The Browns now with the worst defense in the NFL.

SF RB Carlos Hyde ( vs NYJ )- Saying the Jets defense stinks…is an understatement.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs OAK )- Not a great match up but Ware should fair well.

SEA RB Thomas Rawls ( at GB)- I prefer a better match up but running well.

Deep League Sleeper PPR..GB RB Ty Montgomery ( vs SEA)- Packers are not happy with RB J Starks.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

IND WR TY Hilton / D Moncrief ( vs HOU )-  Start em both this week.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( vs BALT )- QB Brady’s favorite target will get plenty of looks, with BALT ( #1 vs the run) shutting down the Pat’s running game.

CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs CINN )- A week of rest, and Cincy 20th ranked defense.

NOP WRs B Cooks/ M Thomas ( vs TB )- QB Brees will throw a lot in this one.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at GB)- Must start Week 14.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs ATL)- 33 targets in the past 4 games. Atlanta 28th ranked defense.

Sleeper CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr ( vs SD )- Pouring it on late in the season, just like 2015.

Sleeper ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( at TB )- WR M Sanu likely OUT and WR Julio Jones less than 100% with turf toe.

Sleepers CINN WRs T Boyd/ B LaFell ( at CLEV)– The Browns now with the worst defense in the NFL.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at CAR )-  Only DET & CLEV have given up more points to opposing Tight Ends than the CAR Panthers. SD A Gates strong play Week 14 despite 2 poor weeks.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs NO )– Tasty, tasty match up.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NYJ )-  I repeat…Saying the Jets defense stinks…is an understatement.

PHIL TE Z Ertz ( vs WASH)- Playing well at the end of the season, just like 2015.

No Brainer- KC TE T Kelce ( vs OAK)-

Sleeper CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs CINN)- QB RG3 wants a good outing, and TE Gary Barnidge is one way to do it.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 14 2016

SF ( vs NYJ )- The 49ers are salivating at this one.

TB ( vs NO )- Brees 3 picks Week 13. Bucs 9th vs the pass. It’s a DEF to seriously consider.

CINN ( vs CLEV )- Can the Bengals make RG3’s first game back a rough one?

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

CLEV QB RG3 ( vs CINN)- First game back…do not expect much.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( vs DEN )- Broncos currently the #1 pass defense.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs ARI )- Bad match up, and few weapons.

NYG QB Eli Manning ( vs DAL )- I prefer a better match up.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs MINN )- Really a no-brainer.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

JACK RBs ( vs MINN )- Avoid.

MINN RB Jerick McKinnon ( at JACK )-  Jags 10th overall defense… and McKinnon doesn’t get enough touches..

TENN RB DeMarco Murray ( vs DEN )- I prefer a better match up.

Sit Em if you can…….IND RB Frank Gore ( vs HOU )-  WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at PHIL)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 14 2016

ALL TENN WRs ( vs DEN )- I prefer a better match up.

JACK WR Allen Robinson ( vs MINN )- He’s killed you all year….this week vs the Vikings will not be any different.

NYJ WR Brandon Marshall ( at SF )- New QB Petty won’t be any better than QB Ryan FitzPutrid.

BALT WR Steve Smith ( at NE )- Tough match up vs the Pat’s defense.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

DET TE Eric Ebron ( vs MINN )- He’s done nothing…don’t trust him.

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( vs BALT )- Has been involved in the Pat’s offense at all. He could break out one week, but you can’t gamble on it now.

Sit Em if you can…..TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs DEN )- The Broncos have only given up 2 TDs to opposing tight ends all season.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 14 2016

NYG ( vs DAL ) –The Giants won’t slow down Dallas.

MIA (vs ARI )- I prefer a better match up.

GB ( vs SEA )- The Packers are not playing very well.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( vs MINN )…NO ( at TB)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 13

Start Em Sit Em Week 13  by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Most fantasy football leagues are heading into the playoffs either, so this week could be critical to making them. Here are Utter-Fantasy’s Week 13 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 13, 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NO QB Drew Brees at home vs #31 ranked Detroit defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 13 Byes: Tennessee and Cleveland

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 13

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 13

ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs KC )– Solid weapons on offense.

SD QB Philip Rivers ( vs TB )– Good week despite an improved Buc’s defense.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at CAR )- Should not disappoint on Prime time Sunday night.

DET QB Matt Stafford ( at NO )- Ought to be a great game for both offenses.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs IND)- Colts now have the worst defense in the NFL.

Sleeper…. CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs SF )- 

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 13

CHI RN Jordan Howard ( vs SF )- 49ers 30th vs the run.

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( vs IND )- Forte will be a borderline RB1 in this great match up.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( at OAK )- Been saving his best play for the end of the season?

DET RB Theo Riddick ( at NO )- Limited in practice this week, but primed for a nice game against the Saints.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at ATL )- If Ware cannot produce in Week 13, he can’t be counted on for fantasy playoffs.

No Brainer…. SD RB Melvin Gordon ( vs TB )-  Locked-in RB1 next week against the Bucs.

Sleeper PHIL RB Darren Sproles ( at CINN)- RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Bengals.

Deep League Sleeper PPR…JACK RB Denard Robinson ( vs DEN)- Chris Ivory (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Broncos. Allen Hurns (hamstring) has also been ruled out.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 13

NOP WRs B Cooks/ M Thomas ( vs DET )- Lions #32 worst vs the pass.

GB WR Davante Adams ( vs HOU )-  Fixed the drops from 2016, and scoring on a weekly basis.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( vs IND)- TD Week 12, should get another Week 13.

Sleeper CHI WR Marquess Wilson ( vs SF )- Chemistry with new QB M Barkley. 125 yards and 1 TD in Week 12.

Sleeper ATL WR Taylor Gabriel ( vs NYG )- Likely have his 5th nice week in a row.

Sleeper NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at PITT )- Zero targets in Week 12. Expect a correction this Sunday. Prior to Week 12, Shepard had drawn at least six targets in each of his past nine games.


Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 13

SD TE Antonio Gates ( vs TB )-  His no-catches in Week 12 won’t happen again in Week 13.

WASH TE Vernon Davis ( at ARI )– Tough match up but TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) remained sidelined Thursday. Reed was never likely to practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Should see lots of targets.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )-  Currently the #15 TE in the NFL.

No Brainer- KC TE T Kelce ( at ATL)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 13

CHI ( vs SF )- Both of these defenses should fair well in Week 12.

NYJ ( vs IND )- IND QB Andrew Luck (concussion, shoulder) was officially “limited” on Thursday.

NE ( vs LAR )- LAR QB Goff’s day will be a lot harder vs NE, than it was in Week 12 vs the Saints.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 13

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs DEN )- Really a no-brainer.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( at BALT )- Ravens currently the #1 defense.

CINN QB A Dalton ( vs PHIL )- Few weapons.

Very risky… OAK QB Derek Carr ( vs BUFF )- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 13

ATL RB Devonta Freeman ( vs KC )- Play him if you must, but sharing time with RB Coleman and I prefer a better match up.

IND RB Frank Gore ( at NYJ )- Jets #3 vs the run.

JACK RBs ( vs DEN )-  Trust no Jag in Week 13.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.

Sit Em if you can…….SEA RB Thomas Rawls ( vs CAR )-  WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at ARI)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 13

ALL CINN WRs ( vs PHIL )- I prefer a better match up.

CAR WR Kelvin Benjamin ( at SEA )- Nicked up (shoulder) but returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

SF WRs ( at CHI )- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.

MIA WR Jarvis Landry ( at BALT)- Tough match up and hasn’t topped 53 yards a month.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 13

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( vs LAR )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett hopefully rebounds from Week 11 & Week 12, but tough match up.

DET TE Eric Ebron ( at NO )- Even against the Saints, too unreliable. Only TD reception in 2016 came in week 1.

Sit Em if you can……IND TEs ( at NYJ)-

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 13

LAR ( at NE ) –Pats will score regardless of who they are facing.

CINN (vs PHIL )- Still without WR AJ Green and RB Gio.

OAK ( vs BUFF )- Buffalo doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

No Brainer DEF sits: DET ( at NO)…NO ( vs DET)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 12 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs Washington ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

 

Week 12 Byes: None

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( vs WASH )– I expect a high scoring game for both of these teams.

NO QB Drew Brees ( at LAR )– Another tough match up for the Saints, but Brees will still produce.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at CHI )- The Bears will likely be without QB Jay Cutler.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- Capt. Kirk is full of confidence.

SD QB P Rivers ( at HOU)- Fresh off a “Bye” week, Rivers should throw a lot in this one. Houston 11th vs the pass, 18th vs the run.

No Brainers…. PITT QB Big Ben ( at IND )- 

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at DAL )- Don’t worry about his game just Thursday. He had virtually no work the first 7 games of the season. He has fresh legs, and hungry for more success.

NYG Rashad Jennings ( at CLEV )- RB Jennings did this last year. Everyone is tired and beat up except for him. 129 total yards and 1 TD in week 11.

HOU Lamar Miller ( vs SD )- He’s running well, just not into the endzone much. One time in Week 11, and he should again in Week 12.

BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( vs JACK )- Hand surgery, but he’s actually looking like he’s going to play. If so, a great match up.

RB Sleepers Week 12…PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB )- RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are dinged up, so Smallwood could take over Week 12 vs a BAD Packer’s defense.

RB Sleepers Week 12…MINN RB J McKINNON ( at DET)- Last place NFL defense will try stop McKinnon, but I betcha he pops a long one.

No Brainer…. TENN RB D Murray ( at CHI )- 

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at TB)- The #12 WR in the NFL has a great match up.

WASH WR Jamison Crowder ( vs DAL)-  Quickly becoming QB Cousins favorite target after TE J Reed, and he gets down the field deep….fast.

BALT WR Steve Smith ( vs CINN )- The old man is coming strong this late in the season. I love it.

SD WR Tyrell Williams ( at HOU )- Chargers #1 wide out and it isn’t close.

NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews/ Tajae Sharpe ( at CHI )- I like both of these guys this week, but Rishard the most.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at DET )- Should piggy back off his success last week. DET #32 worst defense.

CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs NYG )- Expect plenty of yards, but hasn’t scored a TD in a long time. Probably won’t in Week 12.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at NYJ )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett should rebound from Week 11.

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at HOU )-  In their past 3 games prior to their “Bye” in Week 11 SD TE Antonio Gates 27 targets…171 yards & 1 TD in EACH game.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( at DET)– The Lion’s defense is the worst vs opposing tight ends.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks now. Currently the #17 TE in the NFL and only 10 tight ends have more TDs than McDonald has (4).

Sleeper….DET TE Eric Ebron ( vs MINN)- It took long enough for this 1st rounder to start paying dividends.

Sleeper….CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 12 2016

PITT ( at IND )- A massacre is coming.

NYG ( vs CLEV )- Any team vs CLEV.

NE ( at NYJ )- QB R Fitz stinks and so does the Jet’s secondary .

TENN (vs CHI )– CHI QB Jay Cutler is OUT.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

KC QB Alex Smith ( at DEN )- Really a no-brainer.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at BUFF )- No one on the Jag’s team is a “start” this week, except for WR Allen Robinson who will will likely score in junk time.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- Tannehill barely squeaked out a decent game last week. I doubt he does it again.

KC QB Trevor Siemian ( vs KC )- Broncos won’t need to throw a lot to win this game.

Very risky… ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs ARI )- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at DEN )- In good match ups this guy has done NOTHING for weeks. This is a tough one.

IND RB Frank Gore ( vs PITT )- With QB A Luck likely out, all Pittsburgh has to do is shut down Gore , and they will.

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs NYG )- Crowell is getting worn out and has very little help.

JACK RB Chris Ivory ( at BUFF)-  Even with a chance of RB Yeldon sitting in Week 12, this match up is brutal for Ivory.

GB RB James Starks ( at PHIL )- Tough seeing Starks in the endzone Week 12.

Sit Em if you can…….TB RB Doug Martin ( vs SEA )-  NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs LAR)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 12 2016

ALL CHI WRs ( vs TENN )- CHI QB Matt “Who?” Barkley will be under center for the Bears.

ALL IND WRs ( vs PITT )- IND QB Scott “Who?” Tolzien will be under center for the Bears.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( at DEN)- Broncos only have to shut down 3 players. WR Hill, TE Kelce and RB Ware.

SF WRs ( at MIA)- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

IND TEs D Allen/ Jack Doyle ( vs PITT )- QB A Luck OUT.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs SEA )- Playing well, but won’t against Seattle.

Sit Em if you can……DAL TE J Witten ( vs WASH)-

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016

IND ( vs PITT ) – A blow out likely coming.

CINN ( at BALT )- Without WR AJ Green and RB Gio, the Bengals will struggle mightily.

NYJ ( vs NE )- The Jets won’t slow down the Pats, at all.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( at BUFF)…DEN ( vs KC)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 11 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr at home vs the Bears ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 11 Byes: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets and San Diego.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs JACK)– Mouth watering match up at home vs the Jags.

NO QB Drew Brees ( at CAR )– If Brees can produce vs the Broncos ( which he did)…Carolina shouldn’t be a problem.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at IND )- The Colts are the 2nd worst defense in the NFL.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( vs GB)- Packers #18 vs the pass, and Cousins should get WR DeSean Jackson back.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at DET )- Having much better weeks of late, with 7 TDs in past 3 games, and playing the Lions ( #32 defense in the NFL)

DAL QB Dak Prescott (vs BALT)- At least 2 TDs in every game since Week 1.

No Brainers…. PITT QB Big Ben ( at CLEV )-   IND QB A Luck ( vs TENN)-  CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs NO)-

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs TB )- Ware needs a great game like he had in Week 6 at Oakland…this should be that game.

CAR RB Jon Stewart ( vs NO)- Should have an impressive game for fantasy football owners vs the 4th worst defense. He didn’t practice earlier this week with a short week ahead of the Thursday night game.

OAK RB Lat Murray ( vs HOU)- Fresh off a “Bye” week.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs BUFF )- Probably not a ton of yardage, but he should have at least one TD. Buffalo is #22 vs the run.

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at GB )- RB Matt Jones likely sits again, with Kelley getting 20+ carries and lots of opportunities.

NE RB L Blount ( at SF)- 3 TDs in Week 10. 49ers #31 vs the run.

RB Sleepers Week 11…DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs JACK )-

No Brainers…. TENN RB D Murray ( at IND )-  DAL RB Z Elliott ( vs BALT)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

DET WR Golden Tate ( vs JACK)-  Fresh off a “Bye” week.

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( vs BALT )- Finally having chemistry with QB Prescott.

IND WR TY Hilton ( vs TENN )- Should be a high scoring game.

GB WR Davante Adams ( at WASH)- Over 300 receiving yards and 3 TDs past 4 games.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( at IND)- 6 touchdowns over his last 6 games and Colts #31 vs the pass.

WR Sleepers Week 11… CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs PITT)-….OAK WR WR Seth Roberts ( vs HOU )-.

No Brainer GB WR Jordy Nelson ( at WASH )-

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at SF )- With TE Gronk less than 100%, Bennett should have a huge game.

TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs KC )-  Brate is playing Grate ( Great) but note: KC has allowed only 1 TD to opposing tight ends in 2016.  ( Brate: 8th ranked TE in the NFL…and has 3 straight games with a TD reception.)

Sleeper….WASH TE Vernon Davis ( vs GB)- Had as many targets as TE J Reed in Week 10, and the Packers are not very good defending opposing tight ends.

Sleeper….PITT TE Jesse James ( at CLEV )- The Browns have allowed 9 receiving TDs to opposing tight ends…most in the NFL.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( at IND )- Colts 4th worst defending opposing tight ends.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 11 2016

MIA ( vs LAR )- RB Todd Gurley isn’t playing very good and new LAR QB Goff should have plenty of growing pains with his 1st start ever.

PITT ( at CLEV)- Shouldn’t be too difficult for the Steelers Week 11.

OAK ( vs HOU)- HOU QB B Osweiler is playing better, but still not very good.

NYG (vs CHI )– CHI QB Jay Cutler throws as many INTs as TDs……always.

No Brainer DEF starts:  SEA ( vs PHIL )

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CHI QB Jay Cutler ( at NYG)- The Giants are #5 vs the pass, and Cutler is now without WR Alshon Jeffery. ( 4 game susp.)

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( vs ARI )- Likely a low scoring game. The Cardinals should be able to shut down both phases of this offense Week 11.

CINN QB Andy Dalton ( vs BUFF)- I prefer a better match up.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( vs PHIL)- Start him if you must, but the Eagles are #1 vs the pass. I prefer a better match up.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs PITT )- Crowell hasn’t topped 63 yards since Week 5 and hasn’t had a TD in weeks either.

MINN RBs Asiata/McKinnon ( vs ARI )-  The Cardinals are the 4th best NFL defense.

 SF RB Carlos Hyde ( vs NE )–  Hyde had an awful game in Week 10 in his return, totaling just 14 yards on 13 carries. I prefer a better match up.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are #6 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….TB RB Doug Martin ( at KC )-  The Chiefs are #7 vs the run

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 11 2016

MINN WR St Diggs( vs ARI )- Diggs was an Utter-Fantasy “Sit” last week, but he actually had a break out game. Very unlikely this week…the Cardinals are far better defending the pass than Washington is.

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews ( at SEA)- Tough week to start Matthews vs the Seahawks.

ARI WR Michael Floyd ( at MINN)- I would only trust WR Larry Fitz this week to have a decent game.

LAR WRs ( vs MIA)- Trust no LA Ram’s wide out in QB Goff’s 1st game.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

PHIL TE Z Ertz ( at SEA)- Few teams are better defending opposing tight ends than the Seahawks.

NO TE C Fleener ( at CAR )- 4 dud games in a row.

Sit Em if you can……DAL TE J Witten ( vs BALT)-  The Ravens have allowed only 1 TD to opposing tight ends in 2016.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 11 2016

CLEV ( vs PITT ) – A blow out likely coming.

CINN ( vs BUFF)- Buffalo playing efficient football. I prefer a better match up.

CAR ( vs NO )- I doubt this 2016 CAR defense will slow down Brees & Co.

No Brainer DEF sits: SF ( vs NE)…TB ( at KC)

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Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy’s Week 10 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start NE QB Tom Brady at home vs Seattle ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 10 Byes: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

TB QB J Winston ( vs CHI )- Good match up and hopefully he has WR Mike Evans for Week 10.

ARI QB C Palmer ( vs SF )- Every QB does well vs San Francisco.

NO QB Drew Brees ( vs DEN )–  Tough match up but Brees will still produce.

CAR QB Cam Newton ( vs KC)- Should have a nice game at home.

DAL QB Dak Prescott (at PHIL)- QB Romo isn’t taking over without an injury to Dak.

No Brainers…. GB QB A Rodgers ( at TENN )-   ATL QB Matt Ryan ( at PHIL)-

 

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( at NO )- Should have a rebound week despite getting carries vultured by RB Bibbs.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( at SD )-  Chargers are 20th vs the run.

HOU RB Lamar Miller ( at JACK )- Great match up and rested after week 9 Bye.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( at NYG)- Primetime Minday Night.

SD RB M Gordon ( vs MIAMI )- Currently NFL’s #1 RB.

RB Sleepers Week 10…Terrance West ( vs CLEV )-

TB RB Peyton Barber ( vs CHI )- With RB Antone Smith now on IR, who else is there? RB J Rodgers isn’t back and RB D Martin isn’t ready. Barber generated 31 yards on 11 carries and caught 4/5 targets for 24 yards in Week 9 loss to the Falcons.

RB Sleepers Week 10…WASH RB Rob Kelley ( vs MINN )- Coach Jay Gruden called the Washington’s RB Kelley the ‘ “1st-string” running back. Tough match up but at home with opportunities.

 

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

PHIL WR Jordan Matthews ( vs ATL)-  Should see plenty of targets in Week 10.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at BALT )- Main weapon in Cleveland. Not a great match up but it’s Thursday Night Prime Time.

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( at PITT )- Finally having chemistry with QB Prescott and the Steeler’s secondary isn’t very good.

ARI WR JJ Nelson ( vs SF)- Go to guy in Arizona for the past 2 weeks.

SD WR Tyrell Williams ( vs MIA)- WR Travis Benjamin (knee) didn’t practice Wednesday. Williams is the #1 WR in San Diego.

TENN WR Rishard Matthews ( vs GB)- 5 touchdowns over his last 5 games and is playing the most snaps in Tennessee’s wide receiver corps.

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( at NYJ)-

No Brainer NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr ( vs CINN)-

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

PHIL TE Zach Ertz ( vs ATL )-  Ertz caught 8 passes for 97 yards in Week 9 against the Giants.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at WASH )- START EM SIT EM WEEK 9 2016 RECOMMENDATION. Start him again Week 10.

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at TB)- Back from their “Bye” Week, Zach Miller caught 7/10 targets for 88 yards in Week 8 vs the Vikings.

No Brainer: DAL TE Jason Witten ( at PHIL )- Very tough match up but playing too well with QB Prescott to sit.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 10 2016

CHI ( at TB )- The Bucs are without so many weapons due to injuries, and QB J Winston will likely try to do too much and make mistakes.

GB ( at TENN )– QB M Mariota isn’t 100%.

No Brainer DEF starts:  HOU ( at JACK )….BALT ( vs CLEV )

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs HOU )- Bortles is really struggling in 2016.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( vs LAR )- The Rams are the 12th ranked defense in the NFL.

TENN QN Marcus Mariota ( vs GB)- The Packers are #4 vs the run, and 16th vs the pass.

Start Em if you must…….SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at NE)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

SEA RB C Michael ( at NE )- In a decent match up Week 9, Michael did nothing and RB Prosise was the preferred back.

JACK RB C Ivory ( vs HOU )-  The unpredictable Jags and the match up makes Ivory one to avoid.

NYG RB R Jennings ( vs CINN )Never gets enough touches. Rashad Jennings rushed 11 times for 26 yards and caught 3 passes for 13 yards in Week 9.

Sit Em if you can…….NO RB M Ingram ( vs DEN )-   NE RB L Blount ( vs SEA)- Seahawks #2 vs the run.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 10 2016

All JACK WRs ( vs HOU )- The Texans are 8th vs the pass and the Jags are playing poorly.

MIA WR Jarvis Landry ( vs SD)- The Chargers are #6 vs the pass, Jarvis Landry is day to day with a shoulder injury and has only 1 TD in 2016.

WASH WRs ( vs MINN )- The only fantasy football receiver I want in this game is TE Jordan Reed.

MINN WR St Diggs( at WASH )- Nobody is reliable from this Viking team fantasy wise.

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

NO TE C Fleener ( at DEN )- 3 dud games in a row.

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( at BALT )- The Ravens have allowed 0 TDs to opposing tight ends this season.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 10 2016

PITT ( vs DAL ) – The Cowboys are playing their best football in years.

PHIL ( vs ATL )- I prefer a better match up.

DAL ( at PITT )- The Steelers will score points on Dallas.

No Brainer DEF sits: KC ( vs CAR )

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Week 9 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at CLEV vs the Browns ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, New England and Houston.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at KC )- Should throw a lot in Week 9.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( vs BUFF )- Wilson has had a slow start due to injuries, but this game is what you have been waiting for.

TB QB J Winston ( vs ATL )- This is a shoot out that I want lots of fantasy football players in.

SD QB P Rivers ( vs TENN )- TENN defense ranked #24 vs the pass.

DAL QB Dak Prescott ( at CLEV )–  Likely not a close game.

No Brainers….ATL QB Matt Ryan ( at TB)-  GB QB A Rodgers ( vs IND )-  PITT QB B Roethlisberger ( at BALT )…if he indeed plays.

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- DEN CJ Anderson may be OUT for a few weeks.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs NYJ )-  Even with the Jets sporting the #3 run defense in the league, the Dolphins O-Line is under-estimated and should give Ajayi a few opportunities.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs PITT )- West is worth starting in Week 9, facing a struggling Pittsburgh run defense.

KC RB Char West ( vs JACK )- Looks like RB Spencer Ware won’t make Week 9.

No Brainers…..ATL RB D Freeman ( at TB )…..SD RB M Gordon ( vs TENN)-

RB Sleepers Week 9...NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF )- In Week 8, RB Mark Ingram was benched and Hightower showed the Saints what he showed them in 2015 when Ingram was out with injuries….tough running and good gains.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DAL WR Dez Bryant ( at CLEV )- Good Week 8 and great match up Week 9.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( at SF)– We know WR B Cooks will get his targets, but Thomas has become QB Brees’ 2nd favorite targtet.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( vs BUFF )- Due for a big week. Buffalo is #18 vs the pass.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( vs DAL )- Main weapon in Cleveland. Not a great match up but Dallas is #17 vs the pass.

MINN WR St Diggs ( vs DET)- QB S Bradford made an effort to get Diggs the ball in Week 8, and should in Week 9 vs #32 Detroit defense.

WR Sleepers Week 9…

BALT WR Mike Wallace ( vs PITT)-

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs JACK)- WR Maclin hasn’t been practicing.

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

KC TE Travis Kelce ( vs JACK)-  Especially good week to start Kelce. WR Maclin hasn’t been practicing, and QB N Foles can get the ball downfield, whereas QB A Smith ( concussion) can’t/ won’t.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( vs DET )- Had 3 weeks in a row with a TD reception before the MINN Bye Week, should get back on track Week 9.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( at SD )-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 9 2016

DAL ( vs CLEV)- Good match up for DAL defense.

GB ( vs IND)– IND QB A Luck makes mistakes in games like this.

KC ( vs JACK)– JACK QB Bortles had 0 INTS in Week 8, but has 9 INTs on the season.

No Brainer DEF starts:  DEN ( at OAK )….MINN ( vs DET)

 

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

PHIL QB C Wentz ( at NYG)- Tough to start him this week vs #10 NYG defense.

BALT  QB Joe Flacco ( vs PITT )- The PITT defense isn’t very good this year, but hopefully you have other options at QB.

Start Em if you must…..DET QB M Stafford ( at MINN)….BUFF QB T Taylor ( at SEA)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs DAL )- RB Crowell has had an admirable season so far considering, but I prefer a better match up.

OAK RB L Murray ( vs DEN)-  RB Murray will likely get plenty of touches, but likely not get plenty of yards.

IND RB F Gore ( vs GB )Packers #4 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….LAR RB T Gurley ( vs CAR )- Panthers #5 vs the run.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 9 2016

All TENN WRs ( at SD )- The only Titans you can trust to start is RB D Murray and TE D Walker.

NYG WR O Beckham Jr ( vs PHIL)- Tough to recommend sitting this guy….but…the Eagles are #1 vs the pass and WR Beckham does have his bad games. This is likely one of them.

LAR WRs ( vs CAR )- Should be low scoring game.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( vs DEN )- Soaring all year, but this is a brutal match up.

I also do not like any ALL CAR WRS ( at LAR )- 

 

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

JACK TE Ju Thomas ( at KC )- Not playing at 100% and KC is #3 vs the TE position.

PITT TE Jesse James ( vs BALT )- Ravens are #5 defense vs the TE position.

No Brainer Sit- CLEV TE G Barnidge (vs DAL )- 0 TDs in 2016.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 9 2016

IND (at GB ) – The Colts won’t slow QB A Rodgers down.

OAK ( vs DEN )- DEN QB T Siemian has almost been mistake-free ( only 1 INT since Week 2)

BUFF ( at SEA)- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainer DEF sits: CLEV ( vs DAL)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 8

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Week 8 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy.  Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs the Eagles) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. :) Good Luck this week!

Week 8 Byes: Baltimore, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs HOU )- Stafford is currently the #4 QB in the NFL….a must “Start” at home vs the Texans.

SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at NO)- Wilson has had a slow start due to injuries, but this game is what you have been waiting for.

TB QB J Winston ( vs OAK)- Winston is the #13 QB in the NFL, and he may climb some on this list after Week 8. Start him!

MINN QB Sam Bradford ( at CHI)- Bradford has a rough Week 7, but now he plays Chicago in an easier match up, and you may not have many options with 6 teams on a Week 8 bye.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at CLEV ) – As I mentioned above, you may not have options with 6 teams on a bye, and Fitz may be a decent start against a bad Brown’s defense.

No Brainers….NE QB Tom Brady ( at BUFF)-  IND QB A Luck ( vs KC)-  OAK QB D Carr ( at TB )

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- DEN CJ Anderson may be OUT for a few weeks. Expect RB Booker to start Week 8. Going forward, HC Gary Kubiak expects to continue using a 1-2 punch at running back going forward. Booker needs to be added in all formats and has a great match up in Week 8.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs WASH)-   START EM SIT EM WEEK 7 2016 RECOMMENDATION.  Hill’s match ups of late have been horrendous, but this week it’s as good as the one in Week 7 where Hill had 192 total yards and 1 TD . Washington is 31st vs the run..

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( vs OAK)- Also “Recommended in Week 7″ The Bucs are in no hurry to get RB Doug Martin on the field, because RB Rodgers is doing the job just fine. 20+ carries every time he has started.

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( at CLEV)- 154 total yards and 1 TD for fantasy football owners in Week 7.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it again in Week 8.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( at IND)- In Week 7, Ware had 77 yards on 17 carries and added 2 catches for 54 yards. He also had 1 touchdown in Week 7. RB J Charles fantasy football owners don’t like it, but Ware is a big part of this offense likely for the rest of the season.

No Brainers…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs JACK)…..HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs DET)- if healthy enough to play, The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!

RB Sleepers Week 8...MINN RB Matt Asiata ( vs CHI)- RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is just now out of his walking boot Friday. Even if McKinnon plays, he’ll be limited, leaving Matt Asiata as the preferred fantasy play.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- Whether he’s a WR in your fantasy football league, or now considered an RB…QB A Rodgers likes having Montgomery as one of his weapons right now.

DET WRs Golden Tate/ Marvin Jones ( vs HOU ) – The Lion’s running game only had 17 carries in Week 7, vs 29 passes by QB M Stafford. Both of these wide outs should get a ton of targets in Week 8.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( at TB )- Likely a high scoring game, with both of these guys getting at least 1 TD.

SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at NO)- The Saints are still one of the worst defenses, so this is a game for both QB R Wilson and WR D Baldwin to have a 2015 type game.

NO WRs B Cooks/ Michael Thomas ( vs SEA )- The Seahawks will shut down the Saint’s running game and force QB D Brees to throw 30+ times. Just the volume of passes make both of these receivers a decent start in Week 8.

No Brainers….IND WR TY Hilton ( vs KC)-  DEN WR Dem Thomas ( vs SD)

WR Sleepers Week 8…

DAL WR Cole Beasley ( vs PHIL)- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes WR Cole Beasley.

HOU WRs D Hopkins/ Will Fuller ( vs DET)- The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

IND TE Jack Doyle (vs KC)-  WR Donte Moncrief is likely to return, but TE Doyle is still a great weapon for QB A Luck. How is Doyle still only owned in 53% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues?

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NO )- If you haven’t noticed, QB R Wilson is targeting Graham a lot lately, and it will continue in Week 8.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs JACK)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 8 2016

NYJ (at CLEV) – The Jets are 3rd vs the run, so the Brown’s will likely be forced to throw plenty in Week 8, which could lead to a few turnovers for New York.

TENN ( vs JACK)- JACK QB Blake Bortles is playing very poorly, so the Titans will likely force him to make a few mistakes in this one.

ARI (vs CAR) – The Panther’s offense, nor their defense, are playing like the team that went to the Super Bowl in 2015.

No Brainer DEF starts:  DEN (vs SD)….MINN ( at CHI)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

ARI QB Carson Palmer ( at CAR)- Palmer only has 2 touchdown passes in his last 4 starts. With so many teams off on this Week 8 Bye, start him if you must, but do not expect a lot. ( Palmer also has only one healthy receiver- WR Larry Fitz)

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at CINN)- The Bengal’s defense isn’t playing great, but this game is in Cincinnati and Cousins is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. I would prefer a better match up.

I also do not like…..KC QB A Smith ( at IND)….BUFF QB T Taylor ( vs NE)

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

Any DET RBs ( at HOU )– If the Lion’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB M Stafford.

NO RB  Mark Ingram ( vs SEA)– If the Saint’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB Drew Brees.

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews ( at DAL)- What has Mathews done for you in 2016….? Not much.

CHI RB J Howard ( vs MINN) – This game won’t be pretty for the Bears.

Sit Em if you can…….IND RB F Gore ( vs KC)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

All SD WRs ( at DEN)- QB P Rivers will spread it around, trying to do anything vs the great Denver defense, but I do not see any Charger getting into the end zone in Week 8.

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery ( vs MINN)-  Jeffery caught just 3/11 targets for 33 yards Thursday in the Bears’ Week 7, and with QB Cutler back, the targets will go up but the Vikings won’t allow much.

WASH WRs DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon ( at CINN )- QB Cousin’s is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. Versus the last place defense in Week 7 ( Detroit Lions) DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon had a combined 57 receiving yards. ( QB Cousins prefers WR Crowder)

I also do not like any ALL CAR WRS ( vs ARI )- 

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 8 2016

DEN TE Hunter Henry( at DEN)- TE A Gates return to the line up plus the Denver defense makes TE Henry a tough start in Week 8.

DAL TE Jason Witten ( vs PHIL )- The Eagles are allowing only 2 catches per week to opposing tight ends, and have allowed only 1 TD catch so far in 2016.

No Brainer Sit- BUFF TE Ch Clay ( vs NE)- Almost non-existent in the Buffalo offense.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016

WASH (at CINN) – The Bengals are the #6 offense while Washington is the #22 defense. Not a good combination.

OAK ( at TB)- I do not see either defense slowing the opposing offense down.

No Brainer DEF sits: SD ( at DEN)….NO ( vs SEA)

 

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Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 7 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start the NFL #1 QB Matt Ryan at home vs the Chargers) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 7 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs WASH )- Although Washington is better against the pass than the run, the Lions do not rush the ball much. 31 passes Week 6 vs 19 carries. Stafford should have a very good day.

SD QB Philip Rivers ( at ATL)- The Falcons defense is near the bottom as usual, and this has the makings for a shoot out. Currently the #8 QB in the NFL.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs OAK ) – Bortles was the #12 QB for Week 6, and this week he is at home vs the Raiders, who have the 4th WORST defense in the NFL.

TB QB Jameis Winston ( at SF)- The 49ers haven’t been able to slow anyone down. Winston is playing better since his Week 5 Bye.

NO Brainers….NE QB Tom Brady ( at PITT)-  NO QB Drew Brees ( at KC)-

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

ATL RBs D Freeman/Tevin Coleman ( vs SD)- Both should have a very good day vs the #21 San Diego run defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at NYJ)- The Jet’s defense is pretty good vs the run, but QB Geno Smith is starting for New York, and will likely struggle against the #6 BALT defense. West should get lots and lots of opportunities.

LAR RB Todd Gurley ( vs NYG)- the Rams running game needs this one to get back on track. The Giant’s defense is only average, and Gurley has been getting TDs in every other week. This is the week he is suppose to score again.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers. You saw in Week 6 that the Bucs do not mind giving Rodgers 25 touches in a game.

KC RB Spencer Ware ( vs NO)- Although RB Jamaal Charles is playing again, Week 6 proved that Ware is still a big part of this offense.

No Brainer…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs IND)

RB Sleepers Week 7...

CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs CLEV) – Hill’s match ups of late have been horrendous, but this week it’s actually a good one. He may be ready to bust out in one.

SF RB Mike Davis ( vs TB)- Coach Chip Kelly said he’ll use a running back rotation due to Carlos Hyde (shoulder) OUT Week 7 against the Bucs.

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- Montgomery “will get the majority of the running back reps” Thursday night against the Bears with GB RBs E Lay and Starks OUT. Montgomery caught 10-of-12 targets for 98 yards and rushed three times for six yards Week 6 against the Cowboys.

DET WRs Golden Tate/ Marvin Jones ( vs WASH ) – This is another game that could be a shoot out. At home, both Tate and Jones could have big games.

NO WRs B Cooks/ Michael Thomas ( at KC )- The Chief’s secondary can give up big plays, and we know Brees loves Cooks, but Thomas has also been a favorite of Brees’ over the past couple weeks.

OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( at JACK)- Another wide receiver duo where both could have big games vs a bad Jag’s defense.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( vs NYG)- The Giant’s are 19th vs the pass, and LAR QB Case Keenum and Britt are on the same page of late.

WR Sleepers Week 6…MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL)- Not a great match up, but before their Week 6 Bye, MINN QB Sam Bradford clearly had chemistry with WR Thielen. ( 7 catches/ 127 yards and 1 TD Week 5)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

SD TE Hunter Henry ( at ATL )- I have been banging the drums on this guy for 4 weeks now, and still only owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues. Currently the #3 tight end in the NFL, and has 16 targets, 218 receiving yards and 3 TDs in the past 3 weeks.

IND TE Jack Doyle (at TENN)-  QB A Luck raves about TE Doyle and TE Dwayne Allen has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is considered week to week.

No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs IND)-

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 7 2016

NE (at PITT) – PITT QB B Roethlisberger is OUT, and QB Landry Jones is starting. The Pat’s defense should feast.

BUFFALO (at MIA) – QB Ryan Tannehill has only 1 touchdown pass in the past 3 weeks, while throwing 3 INTS.

No Brainer DEF starts: BALT (at NYJ)….MINN ( at PHIL)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs BUFF)- Tannehill is struggling badly over the past 3 weeks. Tannehill has only 1 touchdown pass in the past 3 weeks, while throwing 3 INTS.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs MINN)- This will be a tough one for Wentz, facing the #2 defense in the NFL. The Vikings defense is relentless.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at DEN)- Although Osweiler redeemed himself in Week 6 with a late 4th qtr victory, he struggled badly in Week 6, and there’s no doubt he will at Denver.

ARI QB C Palmer ( vs SEA)- Palmer only had 213 passing yards and 1 TD in Week 6, and he could see similar numbers facing Seattle’s #1 defense.

NOTE: I’m also little worried about IND QB A Luck ( at TENN) The Titans have the 10th best DEF and Luck’s receiving corps are a MASH unit.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

NYJ RB Matt Forte ( vs BALT )– SO many reasons to sit Forte week 7. He is not playing particular well of late and he’s facing the #1 run Raven’s defense. QB Geno Smith is starting.

MINN RB Jerick McKinnon ( at PHIL)– McKinnon’s match up is not a good one, and RB M Asiata get the goal line carries. Hopefully you have an RB with a better match up.

PHIL RB Ryan Mathews ( vs MINN)- Same reason as above with McKinnon. Mathew’s match up is a tough one, and hopefully you have an RB in a better situation. The Vikings are the #2 defense in the NFL.

CHI RB J Howard ( at GB) – Howard will get plenty of opportunities in Week 6 but I really think Chicago struggles badly in this. Start Howard if you must, but I would like a better match up. The Packer’s are #3 vs the run.

Sit Em if you can…….DEN CJ Anderson ( vs HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

MIA WRs J Landry/ Stills and Parker ( vs BUFF)- Maybe in a PPR league you start Landry, but QB Tannehill is playing poorly and Buffalo has the #12 defense vs the pass.

HOU WRs De Hopkins/ Fuller/ Strong- It’s not easy recommending fantasy football owners to “Sit” WR Hopkins, but against INDY last week, Hopkins only had 71 receiving yards. It gets EVEN harder in Week 7 at Denver. Start Hopkins happily Week 8 vs the Lions.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at CINN )- Pryor has a tough match up and he is not playing healthy. Browns HC Hue Jackson said he’s “very hopeful” Terrelle Pryor (hamstring).

KC WR Jeremy Maclin ( vs NO )- Even in this sensational match up, Maclin is undependable. Maclin hasn’t had a TD reception since Week 1, and the Raiders were a sensational match up in Week 6 ( only 3/ 49 yards )

I also do not like any ALL TENN WRS ( vs IND )- 

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 7 2016

PITT TE Jesse James ( vs NE)- New QB Landry Jones MAY be forced to lean on TE James, but the Pat’s are great against the tight end position. Find a better match up and a more reliable QB at the helm.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at ARI )- Start him if you must, as Graham is playing well…BUT…Arizona is the #1 defense against tight ends playing against them.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( at PHIL)- Rudolph was shut down in Week 5, and Philadelphia is #2 defense against tight ends playing against them.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 7 2016

PITT (vs NE) – With PITT QB B Roethlisberger out, the Steelers will have a tough time trying to slow down the Pats, because Pittsburgh’s defense will be on the field a lot, and they will get tired.

CHI ( at GB)- Even with the Packer’s struggling to find anyone to run for them in their backfield, the Bears defense is not a good start in week 7.

JACK (vs OAK) – I would not start either of these teams.

No Brainer DEF sits: SD ( at ATL)….NO ( at KC)

 
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Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for fantasy football players in your fantasy league, based on Week 6 match ups. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Tom Brady at home vs the Bengals) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 6 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

JACK QB Blake Bortles (at CHI) – With a Week 5 Bye, Bortles is rested and faces a mediochre pass defense.

OAK QB D Carr ( vs KC)- Currently the #6 passer in the NFL. Fantasy football owners who waited to draft a QB and Carr are delighted.

NO QB Drew Brees ( vs CAR)- The Panthers are not the same defense without DB Josh Norman, and have been torched by other offenses.

DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs LAR)- This is not a great match up for Stafford, but he will likely be forced to pass a ton in this game. Detroit’s running game has been stagnant (of course under HC Caldwell) so the Lions will have to win thru the air.

NO Brainers….CAR QB Cam Newton ( at NO)-  Newton (concussion) was upgraded to “full” in Thursday’s practice.   PITT QB B Roeth ( at MIA)….IND QB A Luck ( at HOU)

 

Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs IND)- If Miller can’t get it done in the spot light Sunday night vs the Colts, it may never happen.

CHI RB J Howard ( vs JACK) – 160+ total yards and 1 TD in Week 5, he should be able to do that Week 6 vs Jacksonville no problem.

CAR RB Jon Stewart ( at NO)– Back from a hammy injury, and the Panthers may FINALLY have realized that QB Cam Newton should not be taking the punishment of an RB by running it himself.

ATL RB Tevin Coleman ( at SEA)- The running game for Atlanta running backs may be difficult against the Seahawks, but the passing to them may not be, and that’s what Coleman excels at.

BALT RB Terrance West ( at NYG)- Giant’s defense is average at best and West has a strangle hold right now on the Raven’s backfield.

No brainer…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs CLEV)

RB Sleepers Week 6...OAK DeAndre Washington/ J  Richard ( vs KC)- the Chiefs are 27th vs the run

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

JACK WRs Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns ( at CHI ) – I like both of these receivers after a “Bye Week” and battling the #18 Chicago defense.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs JACK)- Injuries have thrusted 6’3″ Meredith into the starting line up and QB Hoyer likes him.

NO WR Chris Hogan ( vs CINN )- The deep threat that the Pats have been missing for a while.

OAK WRs ( vs KC)- QB D Carr is finding both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper ( and even Seth Roberts) every week.

WR Sleepers Week 6…GB WR Davante Adams ( vs DAL)….ARI WR John Brown….LAR WR T Austin ( at DET)…IND WR P Dorsett ( at HOU

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs CLEV)- Finally healthy again ( 66 yards and 1 TD) in Week 5- his schedule next 4 weeks is SO INVITING.

IND TE D Allen (at HOU )- It’s not like QB A Luck has a lot of weapons to begin with. ( 50 yards and 1 TD in Week 5)

PITT TE Jesse James ( at MIA)- 3 TDs in his past 4 games.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 6 2016

TENN (vs CLEV) – Beat up QB C Kessler will try it under center again for the Browns.

BUFFALO (vs SF) – QB C Kaepernick has not started a regular season game in a long time!

No Brainer DEF starts: PHIL (at WASH)….ARI ( vs NYJ)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

WASH QB K Cousins ( PHIL)- INTs in 4 of his 5 games so far and this Eagles defense is pretty good. Cousins may be without TE J reed.

NYG QB Eli Manning ( vs BALT)- Few QBs are struggling as bad as Eli. He has ONLY 2 TD passes  in his last 4 games. BALT is the #5 NFL Defense and #1 vs the run.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs IND)- 6 touchdown passes in 5 games, and 7 INTs in 5 games. ( Brock has at least one INT in every game so far.)

NYJ QB Ryan Fitz ( at ARI)- 5 TDs, 10 INTs and no WR Eric Decker…that’s all you need to know.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota (vs CLEV)- The Browns defense has not been playing well, but until Week 5, neither has Marcus Mariota. Play him if you must, but I’d like to see him with one more decent game before I am starting him over another QB.

I also hate CINN QB A Dalton this week at New England.

 

Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

SF RB C Hyde ( at BUFF)– The Bills are the #11 defense and they won’t be afraid of QB C Kaepernick. Stack the box! ( Hyde has found a way each week, hard to see it Week 6 however)

CINN RBs J Hill/ Gio Bernard ( at NE )– NE HC B Belichick knows there are only 2 things to stop with the Bengals…WR AJ Green and their running game.

NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs CAR)– The Panthers give up a ton through the air ( #22 pass defense) but not much on the ground ( #6 run defense)

WASH RB Matt Jones ( vs PHIL)- Eagles are the #2 Defense in the NFL. Jones has had only one game this season rushing over 65 yards, and that was against Cleveland.

Other RBs I don’t like in Week 4- NYJ RB M Forte ( at ARI)

Sit Em if you can…….IND Frank Gore ( at HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

CHI WR Alshon Jeffery ( vs JACK)- You drafted him high, and have been starting him. Zero TDs in 2016. Even in this great match up, I’d start someone else, until I know that he’ll be valuable to me ( and he’s injured)

DAL WRs Terrance Williams/ Brice Butler ( at GB )- The Cowboys have too many weapons to start one of them and hope to have guessed right. WR Dez Bryant may be back, and may not be.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( at TENN )- Pryor may end being a one-week wonder, because Week 3 is all we have really had to be excited about. The horrible merry-go-round at QB in Cleveland has not helped. TENN is the #7 defense in the NFL and 8th vs the pass.

MIA WRs K Stills/ D Parker ( vs PITT )- WR J Landry is great for PPR leagues, but these other two cannot be counted on to win your Fantasy football HD2HD this week.

ALL SF WRS ( at BUFF )- I would not start any of them, not even WR Kerley who has been hot lately.

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 6 2016

DAL TE J Witten ( vs GB)- Start him if you must…..but….Zero TDs so far in 2016, why would you think Week 6 will be any different?

NYG TE L Donnell and Will Tye ( vs BALT)- Larry Donnell (concussion) was upgraded to “full” on Thursday. Donnell will be returning against the Ravens, along with Will Tye, but neither should be started.

ATL J Tamme ( at SEA)- Even with WR Julio Jones injured ( but still playing), Tamm’es targets have decreased every single week, getting only 1 target in Week 5.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 6 2016

CINN (at NE) – Bengals won’t slow down Brady & Co.

KANSAS CITY (at OAK) – The Raiders are playing at a high level and QB Carr has only 2 picks on the season.

No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( at CHI)….SF ( at BUFF)….ATL ( at SEA)

START EM SIT EM WEEK 5 2016
START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Aaron Rodgers at home vs the Giants) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

Start Em Sit Em Week 5 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

SD QB Philip Rivers (at OAK) – The Raiders are the #28 defense in the league, 28th vs the pass. Should be a big day for Rivers and his receiving corps.

PHIL QB C Wentz ( at DET)- Detroit is the WORST passing defense in the NFL.

TB QB J Winston ( at CAR)- In Week 4, ATL QB M Ryan threw for over 500 yards ( 4 TDs) vs Carolina. The Panther’s defense isn’t the same without DB Josh Norman.

CINN QB A Dalton ( at DAL)- This is not a great match up for Dalton, but he will likely be forced to pass a ton in this game. Dallas is 16th vs the run, but 24th vs the pass.

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CINN)-

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

ARI RB David Johnson – HC Bruce Arians must be successful in the running game. He should be feeding RB David Johnson all night.

SF RB Carlos Hyde – Hyde has a tough match up …BUT….he also did in Week 1 ( LA Rams….88 yards rushing with 2 TDs) and Week 3 ( Seattle Seahawks….103 yards rushing with 2 TDs). He finds a way.

CHI RB Jordan Howard ( at IND)- Howard had his first 100+ yard game in Week 4, he’ll likely get his 2nd vs a bad INDY defense.

BALT RB Terrance West ( vs WASH)- If HC Harbaugh commits to West like he did in Week 4, which I think he will, West has an opportunity for a big game.

IND RB Frank Gore ( vs CHI)- Running well and has a good match up.

others I like very much…- NE L Blount (at CLEV.)…PHIL R Mathews ( at DET)….SD RB GM Gordon ( at OAK)

No brainer…..DEN RB CJ Anderson ( vs ATL)

RB Sleepers Week 5..OAK DeAndre Washington ( vs SD)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

NE WRs Ju Edleman/ Chris Hogan ( at CLEV ) – QB Tom Brady’s first game back should be a good one.

IND WRs TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( vs CHI)- Both should have a very decent game vs a bad Chicago team.

SD WRs D Inman ( vs OAK)- WR Travis Benjamin should also have a good game in Week 5 at Oakland, but he did lose a costly fumble last week, and has been only lining up in 3 receiver sets. I put WR Tyrell Williams as a WR3.

MIA WRs J Landry/ Kenny Stills ( vs TENN)- Weather permitting, both of these wide outs should be on the receiving end of many passes from QB Tannehill.

No Brainers: WRs Demaryius Thomas/ Emmanuel Sanders ( vs ATL)…CINN A J Green ( vat DAL)

WR Sleepers: BALT Steve Smith ( vs WASH)….PHIL Jordan Matthews (at DET)….NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at GB)…DAL WR Brice Butler ( vs CINN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

CHI TE Zach Miller (at IND )- Miller has been QB Brian Hoyer’s go-to-guy for TDs.

MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( vs HOU)- Rudolph has a TD pass in 3 straight games. likely be 4 straight games.

PITT TE Jesse James ( NYJ)- Neither New York NFL team ( Giants nor the Jets) are very good defending the TE position.

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 5 2016

NEW ENGLAND (at CLEV) – This Pat’s will be furious about the shut out in Week 4, and they’ll be taking it out on the Browns.

GREEN BAY (vs the NYG) – QB Eli Manning has 4 INTs in 4 games so far, and has been held without a passing touchdown in two of those games.

No Brainer DEF starts: PHIL ( at DET)….ARI ( at SF)

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

ARI QB Drew Stanton- QB C Palmer is OUT on concussion protocal. Stanto may surprise because the Bengals secondary has been vulnerable, but more than likely, he’ll be a game-manager. Stanton only scompleted 5 passes in the NFL in 2015.

SF QB Blaine Gabbert- The Cardinals are 1-3 and that is NOT sitting well in Arizona. Expect tons of pressure on Gabbert, with the other priority…shutting down RB Carlos Hyde.

TENN QB Marcus Mariota (at MIA)- His sophomore slump is real, and he has only 4 TD in the first 4 games. Hopefully you have better options until he gets his groove back.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at MINN)- This Viking’s defense is shutting teams DOWN! Rough week for Osweiler and the Texans coming up.

NYJ QB Ryan Fitz ( at PITT)- Until Fitz gets back into NFL form, I can’t start him…can you? ( Doesn’t help having WR Eric Decker injured either)

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at LAR)- I prefer a better match up.

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs NE)– The Pats will shut down any Brown’s running game and force rookie QB C Kessler to beat them thru the air, which he won’t be able to do.

WASH RB Matt Jones ( at BALT)– Jones surprised most fantasy football owners with a good game in Week 4, but he faces the Raven’s #1 run defense in the NFL. Very unlikely he surprises in Week 5.

DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs PHIL)– The #2 Eagle defense will give up some yardage to Riddick in Week 5, but I do not see a lot, nor a TD from him.

Other RBs I don’t like in Week 4- NYG Orleans Darkwa ( at GB)

Sit Em if you can…….MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)….Decent match up but I want to see HC Gase stop using RBBC like he said he would do, before I sit anyone for Ajayi.

 

Wide Receivers NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

ALL ARI WRs- I do not like QB Drew Stanton as the starter this week, and although you are sitting talented wide outs, I have to think you have better options this week.

ALL SF WRS ( at NE )- I would not start any of them.

MINN WR Stefon Diggs ( vs HOU)- The Texans are 5th vs the pass and so far in QB Sam Bradford’s Viking career, Diggs hasn’t been one of the guys that he’s leaned on. I’ll wait until he does. UPDATE: Stefon Diggs didn’t practice today due to groin injury.

CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor ( vs NE)- NE Hc Bill Belichick likes to eliminate a team’s big threats, and currently those 2 guys are RB I Crowell and WR Terrelle Pryor.

HOU WR Will Fuller ( at MINN)- I realize that Fuller is hard talent to Sit, but the Vikings defense did not allow a passing touchdown from CAR QB Cam Newton in Week 3 or a passing touchdown from NYG QB Eli Manning in Week 4. ( only 1 passing touchdown from GB QB A Rodgers in Week 2). I don’t even like WR DeAndre Hopkins in Week 5.

 

Tight Ends NFL  Sit Em Week 5 2016

CLEV TE Gary Barndge ( vs NE)- He’s done nothing and this is too tough a match up to start him.

IND TE Dwayne Allen ( vs CHI)- Start him if you must, but so far he’s averaging 2 catches a game. QB A Luck just isn’t looking for him.

ATL TE J Tamme ( at DEN)- He’s been invisible for a couple weeks now, and the match up says “Sit Em”

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 5 2016

CHICAGO (at IND) – This will likely be the game that fantasy football owners have been waiting for from QB A Luck.

CINCINNATI (at DAL) – RB Zeke Elliott will have a good day, as will QB Dak Prescott with all his weapons and that O-Line.

No Brainer DEF sits: PHIL ( at DET)….ARI ( at SF)

START EM SIT EM WEEK 4 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start WR Antonio Brown at home vs Kansas City) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 4 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

SD QB Philip Rivers (vs NO) – DC Rob Ryan wasn’t the only problem in 2015 for the Saint’s defense. New Orleans D is so bad, every offense is a must start against them.

WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( vs CLEV )- Capt. Kirk is the #2 QB in the NFL for yardage, only behind NO QB D Brees. If the TDs were there, he’d be one of the biggest steals so far in fantasy football drafts.

JACK QB Blake Bortles ( vs IND in London)- The Colts will get DB Patrick Robinson back this week, but they are still bad. Outstanding week for QB Bortles to look like 2015 QB Bortles.

BALT QB Joe Flacco (at BALT ) – Flacco had a great match up Week 3 and did very little with it. At home vs OAK ( #28 vs the pass and run)..if he doesn’t produced, he can’t be recommended again.

I also like HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs TENN)

No Brainers….IND A Luck  (at JACK in London)

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

NE RB Le Blount ( vs BUFF) – Start the #1 running back in the NFL so far at home.

CINN RB Jeremy Hill (vs MIA) – Hill had 97 rushing yards and 2 TDs vs a very tough Denver defense Week 3. He can do that against Miami Week 4.

SD Melvin Gordon (vs NO) – Few players I wouldn’t recommend Week 4 vs the Saints.

CHI RB Jordan Howard (vs DET) – The rookie fills in for injured RB J Langford and has a good match up vs the #27 Detroit run defense.

NO Brainer: HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs TENN) and he had better deliver!…DAL Zeke Elliott ( at SF)….PITT RB LeVeon Bell ( vs KC)

I also like NO RB Mark Ingram ( at SD)- IND RB F Gore ( vs JACK in London)

Start Em if you must…….WASH Matt Jones ( vs CLEV)

RB Sleeper: CLEV RB I Crowell ( at WASH)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

 WASH WR DeSean Jackson ( vs CLEV ) – Still has the speed to break a deep one at anytime. Currently the #15 WR in the NFL.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (vs IND ) – One has to be concerned about the slump QB Blake Bortles is in, although at this time last year, he had only thrown 5 TD passes as well. He has to capitalize on this bad INDY secondary.

HOU WR Will Fuller (vs TENN) – 3/7 targets for 31 yards in Week 3, but it would have been more if not for the “drops”. WR Braxton Miller is likely out, so the targets will be there. Great week for Fuller to get back on track.

IND WRs TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( at JACK in London)- Both should have a very decent game vs a bad Jacksonville defense.

SD WRs T Benjamin/ Tyrell Williams ( vs NO)- Great match up vs a terrible defense.

No Brainers: NO B Cooks ( at SD)…CINN A J Green ( vs MIA)

WR Sleepers: ARI John Brown( vs LAR)….CLEV Terrelle Pryor (at WASH)….NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at MINN)…DAL WR Brice Butler

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

CHI TE Zach Miller (vs DET )- Huge game in week 3 ( 78 yards and 2 TDs). QB Cutler didn’t look for TE Miller, but QB B Hoyer does. DET is one of the worst NFL teams defending the TE position.

NO TE Coby Fleener ( at SD)- QB D Brees said that he would get Fleener involved in the offense, and he did just that in Week 3.

SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NYJ)- Seeing is believing, and we are seeing the old Jimmy Graham producing finally for fantasy football owners.

DAL Jason Witten ( at SF)- With WR Dez Bryant likely out for 3+ weeks, Witten’s ( and everyone else’s) targets can only go up.

other notable TE starts: IND TEs Allen ( at JACK in London)….SD TE Hunter Henry (5/5 targets for 76 yards Week 3)

No Brainers: )…WASH J Reed ( vs CLEV)…CAR G Olson ( at ATL)

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 4 2016

NEW ENGLAND (vs BUFF) – This Pat’s defense is for real, and QB Tyrod Taylor isn’t very good.

LAR (at ARI) – ARI QB C Palmer is “off his game” of late, throwing 4 INTs in Week 3. I would not be surprised if he threw 3 INTs Week 4.

No Brainer DEF starts: SEA at NYJ….HOU vs TENN

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 4 2016

MIA Ryan Tannehill ( at CINN)- The Bengals are still stinging from the whooping they took in Week 3 from the visiting Broncos. I expect the CINN DEF to step up and make it one rough night for MIA Ryan Tannehill.

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( at NE )- I know he had two long TD throws in Week 2, but I would not start a QB based on two busted-coverage passes. Tough, tough match up.

TN QB J Winston (vs DEN ) – Winston is struggling and he’ll struggle some more vs the pat’s staunch defense.

ARI QB C Palmer (vs LAR) – Palmer is not playing very well…I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: NYJ Ryan Fitz (at NE)

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

MIA RBs  J Ayayi/ K Drake/ D Williams (at CINN) – Too many getting touches. Can’t start any of them at Cincinnati.

TB Ch Sims/ Jacq Rodgers ( vs DEN) – They are talented but…I prefer a better match up.

WASH RB Matt Jones (vs CLEV) – He may surprise because of the match up, but he has disappointed so far, and I do not expect anything different.

Others I don’t like in Week 4- BALT RBs ( vs OAK)-….J Forsett- T West- K Dixon- Buck Allen ( maybe)…too many to be success for any fantasy football owner but hey, the Ravens are 3-0 so good for them.

Sit Em if you can…….SF RB C Hyde ( vs DAL)….NYJ RB M Forte ( vs SEA)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

NYJ WR Brandon Marshall  (at SEA) – Marshal is not 100% and WR Eric Decker is likely OUT….and…QB Ryan Fitz is playing terrible. Add all that to a decent Seattle defense and you get a Sit Em.

NE WRs ( vs BUFF) – The Pat’s defense will likely be able to win this one. Whoever is under center for New England will hit WRs Edleman, Amendola, Hogan, TEs Gronk and/or Bennett, and RBs out of the backfield. I am not going to try to figure out which one.

PITT WR Sammie Coates/ Eli Rogers/ M Wheaton (vs KC ) – Of course WR Antonio Brown will have a good game, and TE Jesse James may get a TD reception, but so far in 2015, Coates/Rogers/Wheaton cannot be counted on by fantasy football owners.

KC WR  Jeremy Maclin ( at PITT)- Currently the #40 wide out in the NFL, and you didn’t draft him to be that. ( Only averaging 50 yards- has only 1 TD). The conservative offense in KC just doesn’t give Maclin very many opportunities to put up big games. Start him if you must.

Sit Em if you can…….WR Mike Evans ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

NE Martellus Bennett (vs BUFF) – Defense and the running game will win this game for the Pats. Buffalo is #2 in the NFL defending the TE position.

PITT TE Jesse James (vs KC)- I put TE James here because KC is so good vs the other tight ends, but James could get a TD reception without many yards to go with it. ( only 2 catches for 10 yards in Week 30

HOU TE  Ryan Griffin ( vs TENN)- Still not a weapon in this offense.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 4 2016

ATL (vs CAR) – They couldn’t slow down New Orleans and won’t stop Carolina.

BUFF ( at NE )- This is going to be a very safe game for the Pats, who have already won 3 games in a row without QB Tom Brady.

MIAMI ( at CINN )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: Don’t start INDY, JACK, or OAK

 

Good Luck Week Four!

START EM SIT EM WEEK 3 2016
START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Aaron Rodgers at home vs Detroit) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

SD Philip Rivers (at IND) – The Colts secondary is in tatters. Rivers will air it out all day Week 3.

ATL Matt Ryan ( at NO)- Your sister could throw 200+ yards against this Saints defense.

BALT Joe Flacco (at Jack ) – What was suppose to be an improved JACK DEF……isn’t. Pass Defense currently ranks 25th. -LINK-

TENN Marcus Mariota ( vs OAK)- Oakland’s pass defense is ranked last according to the Football Insiders. It’s bad!

I also like DAL Dak Prescott ( vs CHI)-

No Brainers….IND A Luck  (vs SD) even without Moncrief  , NO Drew Brees (vs ATL)

Start Em if you must…….MIA Ryan Tannehill ( vs CLEV)

 

Running backs NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

TENN DeMarco Murray (vs OAK) – Really like Murray at home this week.

LAR Todd Gurley (at TB) – Fantasy football owners have been waiting for weeks for Gurley to payoff for their 1st round selection….this is the match up to do it.

IND Frank Gore ( vs SD) – Gore showed why he still belongs in NFL starting line ups last week at Denver. Tasty match up Week 3.

NO Mark Ingram (vs ATL) – Another match up to good to pass up.

NYG Shane Vereen ( vs WASH)- NYG RB Shane Vereen is expected to draw the start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.

other notable RB starts: ATL D Freeman/ Tevin Coleman (at NO) – Can both of these guys have good day, or will they steal too much from each other?

NO Brainer: DAL Zeke Elliott ( vs CHI)

I also like DET Theo Riddick ( at GB)-

Start Em if you must…….NE L Blount ( vs HOU)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

SD Travis Benjamin. Tyrell Williams (at IND) – Playing a very bad INDY defense.

ARI Larry Fitz ( at BUFF ) – QB Carson Palmer’s go-to-guy in the redzone….and his on a roll…keep riding it.

IND TY Hilton/ P Dorsett ( vs SD)- Without WR D Moncrief ( out 4-6 weeks) these two should see a ton of targets.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (vs BALT ) – Running is going to be almost impossible for the Jags, so expect QB B Bortles to throw Sunday 40-50 times.

BALT Mike Wallace ( at JACK)- QB Joe Flacco was OUT last year when WR Kamar Aiken was putting up big numbers near the end of the season. So far they don’t seem to have chemistry. Wallace and Flacco do.

No Brainers: NO B Cooks ( vs ATL)…PITT A Brown ( at PHIL)

I also like OAK Michael Crabtree ( at TENN)

WR Sleepers: ATL M Sanu ( at NO)….NE J Edleman (vs HOU)

 

Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

TENN Delanie Walker (at DET )- Walker’s 3/5 targets for 42 yards Week 1 against the Vikings won’t happen in Week 2. Detroit is the worst team right now vs the TE position.

PITT Jesse James ( at PHIL)- Not the best of match ups, but 7 targets in Week 1 and a TD reception in Week 2.

BALT D Pitta ( at JACK)- We will see if Week 2 was an abberation with a decent match up at Jacksonville.

DAL Jason Witten ( vs CHI)- A must win for Dallas on Primetime TV. QB Dak should lean on TE Witten and WR Bryant plenty, unless a solid running game proves all they need.

other notable TE starts: IND TEs Allen/ Jack Doyle- Should see even more targets without WR Moncrief.

No Brainers: TENN Delanie Walker ( vs OAK)…WASH J Reed ( at NYG)…CAR G Olson ( vs MINN)

 

Defenses NFL Start Em Week 3 2016

 

MIAMI (vs CLEV ) – The Browns will start third-round QB Cody “who” Kessler Week 3 against the Dolphins. I hope the Browns get some good news soon.

DALLAS (vs CHI) – How many times will the Dallas DEF pick off QB B Hoyer?

LAR (at TB) – TB QB J Winston has throw 5 INTS in just the two games this season.

No Brainer DEF starts: SEA vs SF….CAR vs MINN

 

 

Quarterbacks NFL  Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( vs ARI )- I know he had two long TD throws in Week 2, but I would not start a QB based on two busted-coverage passes. Tough, tough match up.

KC Alex Smith (vs NYJ ) – Capt. Deacon Dunk will likely post in Week 3 what he posted in Week 2. Around 200 yards and 0 TDs. ( Even one TD won’t help much)

TB J Winston (vs LAR) – Winston looked REALLY bad in Week 2 throwing 4 INTS vs a tough Arizona defense. Tough defense this week as well.

Sit Em if you can…….A Dalton ( vs DEN)…HOU B Osweiler ( at NE)

No Brainers: Sit SF B Gabbert ( at SEA)

 

 

Running backs NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

MINN  J McKinnon/ M Asiata (at CAR) – A nice waiver wire pick up but this isn’t the week to start him. ( or Asiata)

TB CH Sims/ Jacq Rodgers ( vs LAR) – More interesting waiver wire pick ups but as above….not the week to start either of them.

JACK TY Yeldon (vs BALT) – The Ravens are 4th best against the run and RB Chris Ivory is due back for a few carries.

Others I don’t like in Week 3- BUFF L McCoy ( vs ARI)…SEA T Rawls ( vs WASH)

Sit Em if you can…….RB J Hill ( vs DEN)…HOU L Miller ( at NE)….SEA T Rawls/ C Michael ( vs SF)

 

Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

SF ALL WRS (at SEA) – Low scoring game for the 49ers. A lot of RB C Hyde.

TENN Rishard Matthews ( vs OAK) – Currently the #86 wide out in the NFL with only 7 receptions on 10 measly targets.

CHI Alshon Jeffrey (at DAL ) – If I’m Dallas, the only player I am really worried about is Alshon Jeffrey, so I am going to shut him down.

BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs ARI)- He says his foot is OK. It’s still not.

Sit Em if you can…….AJ Green ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

CHI Zach Miller (at DAL) – There is no one in Chicago I recommend in Week 3.

CLEV G Barnidge (at MIA)- Talented Barnidge couldn’t put any points w/ QB RG3 or QB McCown. Very doubtful he does with whoever Cleveland throws out there Week 3.

BUFF Charles Clay (vs ARI) – What have you done for me lately- Nothing!

KC T Kelce (vs NYJ)-  Always a tight end drafted too soon, only 34 receiving yards in Week 2- zero TDs in 2016.

SD A Gates ( at IND)- Gates is dealing with a hamstring injury, He may not even suit up.

 

Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 3 2016

 

ATL (at NO) – Should be high scoring game.

PHIL ( vs PITT)- The Steelers are playing so well, they can probably put up nice points on anyone,

TENN ( vs OAK )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainer Sits: CLEV ( at MIA)

 

Good Luck Week Three!

 

START EM SIT EM WEEK 2 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start QB Cam Newton this week at home vs San Francisco ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Start Em Sit Em Week 2 2016

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

NYG Eli Manning (vs N.O.) – QB start of the week. Manning has lots of weapons, and plays at home vs one of the worst defenses ( still) in the NFL.

DET Matt Stafford (vs TENN) – Now that QB Stafford doesn’t feel compelled to feed Megatron, he is passing it around plenty.

BALT Joe Flacco (at CLEV ) – It’s all about the match up, and this one is a tasty one for the Ravens. Flacco needs to get WR K Aiken involved, and go to his healthy tight ends.

SD Philip Rivers (vs JACK ) – QB Rivers is going to miss WR Keenan Allen over the course of the season, but not in this game.

other notable QB starts: NE J Garropolo ( vs MIA), HOU B Osweiler (vs KC)

No Brainers….OAK D Carr (vs ATL), ARI C Palmer (vs TB)

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

DEN CJ Anderson (vs IND) – Anderson proved he’s the man for HC Kubiak and the Colts defense is bad.

SD Danny Woodhead (vs JACK) – Fantasy football owners of Woodhead should be licking their chops at this match up.

PITT DeAngelo Williams ( vs CINN) – Not as tasty a match up as in Week 1, but he should find the endzone at least once, and yardage to go with it.

KC Spence Ware (at HOU) – Ware won’t match what he did in Week 1, but he’ll will get lots of touches, rushing and receiving and the goal line attempts.

DET Theo Riddick (vs TENN) – A PPR machine who found the endzone twice in Week 1. QB Stafford trusts Riddick plenty.

other notable RB starts: NE L Blount ( vs MIA), TENN D Murray ( at DET), MINN AP (vs GB), NYJ M Forte (at BUFF)

NO Brainer: ARI David Johnson (vs TB), AP ( vs GB)…you have to start him!)

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

OAK A Cooper/ M Crabtree (vs ATL) – The Saints lit up the hideous Falcon defense, and so will the Raiders.

JACK Allen Robinson/ Allen Hurns (at SD ) –Neither of these two receivers had a TD in Week 1, but I would be shocked if both don’t have at least one each in Week 2.

ARI Larry Fitz ( vs TB ) – QB Carson Palmer’s go-to-guy in the redzone….and this match up has them both drooling.

HOU De Hopkins/ Will Fuller (vs KC ) – This is going to be a great game to watch, with QB Osweiler airing it out often.

ATL M Sanu ( at OAK)- The Raiders will put up lots of points in this one, so QB M Ryan will have to throw it 30-40 times. Sanu had an impressive TD reception in Week 1.

No Brainers: CINN AJ Green ( at PITT)- The Steeler defense may give you second thoughts about starting Green, but Pittsburgh’s secondary can be burned.  NYG OBJ ( vs NO)

I like….A rebound week for WR Emmanuel Sanders ( vs IND)- WR Demaryius Thomas is less than 100% and the Colts are without three of their starting corners. 

WR Sleepers: NYG Stering Shepard ( vs NO), TENN Tajae Sharpe ( at DET), PITT Eli Rogers

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

TENN Delanie Walker (at DET )- Walker’s 3/5 targets for 42 yards Week 1 against the Vikings won’t happen in Week 2. Detroit is the worst team right now vs the TE position.

DEN Virgil Green ( vs IND)- At home, WR Demaryius Thomas is hurting, and the best safety blanket for a new QB is a talented tight end like Green. Indy is 5th worst defending TEs.

JACK Julius Thomas ( vs SD )- The Chargers are 6th worst defending TEs, and Thomas found the endzone in Week 1.

IND TEs Allen/ Jack Doyle- The INDY WRs are “Sits” for me this week, so if QB Luck has any chance, I think it is with his TEs.

other notable TE starts: PITT Jesse James ( vs CINN). NYG L Donnell ( vs NO)

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

BALT (at CLEV ) – QB J McCown’s first start since QB RGIII is out. The Ravens are #3 vs the run, #3 vs the pass in 2016.

NE (vs MIA) – The Pats gave the Cardinals all they could handle in Week 1, now they are home.

PHIL (at CHI) – The Eagles are currently the #4 defense, and the Bears are not very good.

No Brainer DEF starts: DEN vs IND

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

BUFF Tyrod Taylor ( vs NYJ )- I probably wouldn’t recommend starting Taylor even if  WR Sammy Watkins were healthy ( which he isn’t)

SF Blaine Gabbert (at CAR) – The Panthers are fighting mad after what happened last post-season, and in Week 1. They will take it out on Gabbert Week 2.

MIA Ryan Tannehill (at NE) – Another “Sit’ week for Tannehill, and most of the weapons in Miami.

CHI Jay Cutler (vs PHIL) – Jay Cutler was the #22 quarterback in Week 1, with only 216 yards passing. Another tough week for him.

WASH Kirk Cousins ( vs DAL)- I am not starting him until he proves he’s better than that hideous performance in Week 1.

No Brainers: CLEV Josh McCown (vs BALT)- McCown may surprise this week, but you have better options to start.

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

IND F Gore (at DEN) – RB “Sit” of the Week. The Colts simply don’t give this guy enough opportunities, and it’s DENVER!

WASH Matt Jones ( vs DAL) – A better receiving RB than a rushing RB, but unfortunately, QB Kirk Cousins won’t look for him out if the backfield. Very frustrating.

MIA A Foster (at NE) – RB Arian Foster is likely the one guy the HC Belichick is worried about breaking one, so he will game plan against him.

Others I don’t like in Week 2- BUFF L McCoy ( vs NYJ),

ATL D Freeman ( at OAK)- Atlanta HC Quinn likely won’t have a job very long. Lost at home vs TB for crying out loud…..lost with a RBBC…and announced..”still doing it.”

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

SF ALL WRS (at CAR) – Low scoring game for the 49ers. A lot of RB C Hyde.

MIA Kenny Stills ( at NE) – WR Jarvis Landry will likely help PPR owners, but Stills needs a TD to help fantasy football owners, and that’s probably not coming in Week 2.

MINN St Diggs (vs GB ) – 103 yards in Week 1, but this Packer defense is pretty good, and we don’t know who the Vikings quarterback is yet, but not sure it matters. ( IF QB Shaun Hill starts again, then maybe)

WR Tavon Austin (vs SEA) – ONLY 13 yards receiving in Week 1, and with SEA QB Russell Wilson less than 100%, the Seahawks defense will be asked to do a lot.

BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs NYJ)- He says his foot is OK. ( I doubt it)

Others I don’t like in Week 2- IND WRs, CLEV WRs

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

ATL Jacob Tamme (at OAK) – QB Matt Ryan hasn’t looked at TEs way since Tony Gonzalez. The Raiders are currently 2nd best vs the TE.

TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs ARI)- He found the endzone in Week 1, but tough seeing him do it at Arizona. ( 6th best team vs the TE.)

BUFF Charles Clay (at NYJ) – What have you done for me lately- Nothing! ( and he’s hurt.)

SEA TE Jimmy Graham-  One catch for 11 yards in Week 1

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

MIA (at NE) – The Dolphins won’t slow down the Pats in Week 2, even with QB J Garropolo in only his 2nd game.

NYG ( vs NO)- The Giants will likely win this game, but they will give up plenty of yardage to the Saints.

MINN ( vs GB )- I prefer a better match up.

No Brainers: SF ( at CAR)

Good Luck Week Two!

NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers

NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Sleepers by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations. Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, which we include in our weekly “Waiver Wire” reports, but for the time leading up to the NFL Week 1 regular season game, here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 1 with injuries concerns (such as WR Will Fuller in  Houston, RB Jamaal Charles in Kansas City or WR Kevin White in Chicago)

 

Fantasy Football RB Sleepers

KC RB Spencer Ware- RB Jamaal Charles isn’t playing and Ware is only owned  in 73% of Yahoo Leagues.

SEA RB Christine Michael- HC Pete Carroll said that he was going to “take RB Thomas Rawls slowly through th first few games. that means plenty of carries for Christine Michael, so why is only owned in 60% of Yahoo Leagues?

DET Theo Riddick- A 3rd down back who could have some value in PPR leagues. Only owned in 33% of Yahoo Leagues.

PHIL RB Darren Sproles- A 3rd down back that the fantasy football community has forgotten, could have some value in PPR leagues.

WASH RB Rob Kelley- was the star of the preseason, while Matt Jones barely touched the ball. Don’t be surprised if Kelley is the lead back sooner rather than later. Deep League Pick up

 

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

BALT WR Kamar Aiken- This wide receiver came on strong at the end of last year, and very likely is the #1 wide out for the Ravens. WR Smith Smith hasn’t had one minute of action, and Mike Wallace disappoints year after year. Only owned in 60% of Yahoo Leagues.

HOU WR Braxton Miller- WR Will Fuller is dealing with a hamstring injury, and they don’t go away over night. HOU WR Braxton Miller is next up in the depth chart, after Houston released WR Cecil Shorts. Only owned in 5% of Yahoo Leagues.

SD WR Travis Benjamin- QB Philip Rivers told reporters that Benjamin was the fastest wide out that he had ever played with. Benjamin will be a nice deep ball threat all season.

PITT WR Eli Rogers- Ben Roethlisberger believes slot WR Eli Rogers can help take pressure off Antonio Brown. Rogers will open the year in three-receiver sets, kicking Markus Wheaton outside and Sammie Coates to the bench.

CHI WR Eddie Royal- Hardly a surprise….Kevin White (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 1 vs HOU. Will we be writing this about White every year? QB Jay Cutler’s days with WR Royal go back to Denver. PPR sleeper.

 

Fantasy Football TE Sleepers

 

BALT TE Dennis Pitta- TE Dennis Pitta (dislocated finger) will not only play but start. We know QB Joe Flacco likes to throw to his tight ends, especially in the redzone.

NE TE Martellus Bennett- Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 1. Gronk was originally listed as questionable despite not traveling with the team to Arizona.

SF TE Vance McDonald- The best security blanket for QB Blaine Gabbert is the tight end. McDonald made some nice plays in the preseason, and with journeyman WR J Kerley listed now as the #1 receiver, Vance may be QB Gabbert’s best option.

PITT TE Jesse James- Pretty surprising to see that he is only owned in 19% of Yahoo Leagues. TE L Green isn’t playing, he was targeted in the preseason and even had a TD reception.

DEN TE Virgil Green- Like McDonald in SF, the best security blanket for an inexperienced like QB Trevor Siemian is a tight end. Green helped Siemian in preseason, and he be targeted in the regular season. Carolina around the middle of the pack defending the TE position.

CINN TE Tyler Kroft- Practicing in full for Week 1. Kroft missed almost all of camp with a sprained knee but appears to be 100 percent for Sunday’s opener against the Jets. He’s locked in as the starter with Tyler Eifert still recovering from ankle surgery.

 

Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

Cleveland Defense– 67% of fantasy football owners do not believe that PHIL QB Carson Wentz is ready to face an NFL defense, and I am one of them.

 

Start Em Sit Em 2016 Week 1

Start Em Sit Em 2016 Week 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start RB Todd Gurley this week at home vs San Francisco ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours :) Good Luck this week!

 

NFL Week 1

 

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

OAK Derek Carr (at N.O.) – Even with DC Rob Ryan ousted, Saints have to prove that they have improved. Carr has weapons and will post nice numbers Week 1

PITT Ben Roethlisberger (at WASH ) – Big Ben is dependable regardless of the match up. Be interesting to see who he prefers in his receiving corps after Antonio Week 1 ( WR Eli Rogers climbed into starting line up)

TB Jameis Winston (at ATL ) – These two teams currently rank at the bottom of defenses, so both quarterbacks should make fantasy football owners happy

ATL Matt Ryan (at TB ) – These two teams currently rank at the bottom of defenses, so both quarterbacks should make fantasy football owners happy

other notable QB starts: DET Matthew Stafford @ IND

 

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

KC Spence Ware (vs SD) – Ware scored a TD in each of the 3 preseason games he played, and Week 1 will be 4 in a row. ( RB J Charles likely won’t even dress)

PHIL Ryan Mathews (vs CLEV) – Facing perhaps the worst defense in the NFL, Mathews should get plenty of opportunities even with QB Carson Wentz at the helm

TB Doug Martin (at ATL) – Likely a high scoring game with two of the worst defenses facing each other

ATL Devonta Freeman (vs TB ) – Likely a high scoring game with two of the worst defenses facing each other

PITT DeAngelo Williams (at WASH) – This guy produced every time he asked to at the end of 2015

NO Brainer: HOU Lamar Miller vs CHI

other notable RB starts: OAK L Murray, GB Eddie Lacy, MINN AP, IND F Gore

 

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

KC Jeremy Maclin (vs SD) – Maclin and QB A Smith have always been on the same page

GB Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb (at JACK ) – The Jags tried to drastically improve their defense, but if preseason was any indication, it did not improve much. We’ll see

DET Golden Tate ( at IND ) – QB Stafford and WR Tate should burn the IND Def at least once

IND TY Hilton (vs DET) – QB Luck and WR Hilton should burn the DET Def at least once. Many fantasy prognosticators think WR Moncrief could take over as Luck’s favorite target, but I think it will remain Hilton

HOU WR Will Fuller ( vs CHI)- QB Brock Osweiler loves all three of his WRs, and we know WR D Hopkins will do well, but Osweiler raves about Fuller- ( UPDATE: Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday’s practice)

No Brainers: OAK Amari Cooper at N.O., TB Mike Evans at ATL, JACK Allen Robinson

other notable WR starts: WASH DeSean Jackson vs PITT

sleepers: CAR Ted Ginn Jr, BALT Kamar Aiken, TENN Tajae Sharpe, HOU WR Braxton Miller IF Fuller is limited or doesn’t play

 

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

PHIL Zach Ertz (vs CLEV) – The best security blanket for a rookie QB is a tight end as talented as Zach Ertz

SF Vance McDonald ( vs LAR)- McDonald made some nice plays in the preseason, and with journeyman WR J Kerley listed now as the #1 receiver, Vance may be QB Gabbert’s best option

TENN Delanie Walker ( vs MINN )- Targeted 133 times in 2015. Walker is the #1 target in TENN

other notable TE starts: PITT Jesse James at WASH

 

Defense
Start ‘Em

LA Rams (at SF ) – QB Blaine Gabbert

Houston (vs CHI) – QB Jay Cutler can’t help but throw 2 picks a game. ( betcha one goes for a DEF TD)

Dallas (vs NYG) – The Giants O-Line looked atrocious in the preseason, and I think it is the worst in the NFL. Dallas will give QB Eli Manning fits and will likely shut down RB R Jennings

other notable DEF starts: PHIL vs CLEV

 

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

DEN Trevor Siemian ( vs CAR)- True test for the Bronco QB, but it will be rough on him….Game Plan- hand off!

MIA Ryan Tannehill (at SEA) – You might have to start him and Tannehill might put up some decent stats, just from the volume of passes that he is likely to make, but I’d prefer another option at QB this week

CHI Jay Cutler (at HOU) – Cutler’s INTs and fumbles vs a good defense, will likely wash out a lot of his positive stats in this game. JJ Watt due back

CLEV RG3 (at PHIL) – Let’s see how he does in the regular season before we start RG3, and it’s an away game

No Brainers: MINN Shaun Hill at TENN, NE Jimmy Garoppolo at ARI, SF Blaine Gabbert vs LAR

 

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

BALT RBs  ( at BUFF) – Justin Forsett was released, then resigned, but this is a murky backfield and I wouldn’t start any of them until it shakes out- RBBC

MIA A Foster/ Jay Ajayi (at SEA) – The match up is terrible, but Foster might get something, but I wouldn’t sit many running backs for either of these guys Week 1

CAR Jonathon Stewart (at DEN) – Barely touched the ball in the preseason, and he’ll be rusty. Two of the best defenses face each other

WASH Matt Jones (vs PITT) – Better receiver out of the backfield, than he is a power runner…maybe he scores that way?? ( Note: Matt Jones (shoulder) practiced without his yellow non-contact jersey Wednesday )

JACK RB Chris Ivory- Ivory (calf, questionable) is expected to play Week 1 against the Packers but will be on a snap count. With this injury and limited action, Ivory is a Sit Em candidate-

 

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

CHI Kevin White (at HOU ) – Talented young wide receiver out all of 2015, and we do not know if there is chemistry with QB Cutler yet

NE Ju Edleman & Chris Hogan (at ARI) – We don’t know how HC Belichick plans to try and win this game, but I doubt either of these 2 WRs end up with great stats

DEN Dem Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders (vs CAR ) – I’d wait a week for DEN Trevor Siemian to get real reps, and face IND Colts Week 2

N.O. WRS (vs OAK) – This is a pretty good OAK secondary, and someone will emerge for the Saints with good stats for Week 1….but who?

 

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

MIA Jordan Cameron (vs Seattle) – He’s done nothing since becoming a Dolphin in 2015

TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs ATL)- Some websites are listing him as #1 on the TE depth chart, but the Bucs like TE Cameron Brate alot better, and so do I

BUFF Charles Clay (at BALT) – The Ravens were 3rd best at defending the tight end position in 2015

SEA TE Jimmy Graham- NFL Network reports Jimmy Graham (knee) will play Sunday versus Miami, but will not play a full complement of snaps.

 

Defense
Sit ‘Em

WASH (vs PITT) – Steelers will score plenty in this game IMO

SD ( vs KC )- The Chiefs will run a lot, and do high percentage passes all day

No Brainers: ATL vs TB, TB at ATL

Good Luck Week One!

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 17 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start all your Bronco players vs the spiraling San Diego Chargers in Denver ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 17

NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at BUFF )- QB R Fiz is on fire and faces a Buffalo passing defense that is ranked 10th worst in the NFL

ATL Matt Ryan (vs N.O.)–  In Week 16, we saw that QB Matt Ryan still has some fight in him, throwing for over 300 yards and 1 TD vs a very tough Carolina defense. In Week 17, he gets a very easy Saint’s defense

NYG Eli Manning ( vs PHIL ) –Embarrassed in Minnesota Week 16, the Giants play their finale at home vs the 4th worst defense in the NFL, and Eli gets WR Odell Beckham Jr, ( who will likely want to make a big statement before the season ends)

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs SD )- QB B Osweiler ended his slump of not scoring in the 2nd half  of games Week 16, and has over 300 total yards in his past 3 games- Denver clinches AFC West division with: 1. DEN win or tie OR 2. KC loss or tie

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )- Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to clinch a 1st round bye

Start Em Week 15 No Brainers- QB Blake Bortles (at HOU )…..Tom Brady (at MIA)…..N.O. Drew Brees ( at ATL)

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 17

DAL Darren McFadden (vs WASH )- Having his best season…it seemingly forever…McFadden has now rushed for at least 90 yards in three straight weeks and will want to end 2015 on a very high note

ARI David Johnson ( vs SEA )-Even against the tough run defense of the Seahawks, RB Johnson has been a scoring machine and a must start Week 17

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper- IND Frank Gore (vs TENN )- It could be tough for RB Gore if the quarterback for the Colts is Josh Freeman, but we know he’ll get a ton of carries and in Week 3 at Tennessee, Gore had 94 total yards and 2 TDs. UPDATE: RB Gore made it clear reaching 1,000 rushing yards this season is important to him. Gore knows exactly how many yards he was away (109) and HC Chuck Pagano also seemed interested in getting Gore to the mark

Start Em Week 17 Sleeper NYG Rashad Jennings (vs PHIL)- A “Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 16″-LINK– Jennings is finally getting the bulk of the carries for the Giants- 52 in the past 3 games

Start Em Week 17 NFL No Brainers- N.O. T Hightower ( at ATL )….MINN AP ( at GB)….ATL Devonta Freeman ( vs N.O.)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 17

Jeremy Maclin ( vs OAK )- Kansas City clinches AFC West division with: 1. KC win + DEN loss…and both games are late games Sunday so both will fight hard to win Week 17

N.O. Brandon Cooks/ Willie Snead- Like the JACK/ HOU game Week 17, this has “shoot out” written all over it. I like all the players in this game, even WR Roddy White for Atlanta as a “Sleeper” (  White nabbed 5/6 targets for 67 yards Week 16)

GB Randall Cobb and James Jones (vs MINN)- Green Bay clinches NFC North division with a win or tie, so expect QB Aaron Rodgers to “air it out” Week 17. The Packers are not going to win this game running RB Eddie Lacy or James “Butter fingers” Starks

Sleepers Start Em Week 17- CINN Marvin  Jones & M Sanu (vs BALT)QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

Sleeper Start Em Week 17- HOU Nate Washington (vs JACK)-WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- Emmanuel Sanders ( vs SD)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( at HOU)….CINN AJ Green( vs BALT)……SEA Doug Baldwin ( at ARI)

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 17

PHIL Zach Ertz (at NYG)-A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15 and Week 16- LINKand a Recommendation again this week. Ertz has a whopping 30 targets in the past 2 weeks!!!- Amazingly only owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues

HI Zach Miller (vs DET)- A Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 15- LINK–  Injuries to the Bears entire receiving corps (WR Alshon Jeffrey placed on IR) puts TE Miller’s fantasy football value high, and in Week 16 he had 8 targets from QB Jay Cutler ( 6 targets in Week 15)

Sleeper DEN Owen Daniels ( vs SD )- Week 16 turned around for the Broncos late in the game when QB Osweiler decided to look for TE Daniels. Many of the Broncos 1st downs came from the Osweiler/ Daniels’ connection and it also helped open up the play-action and the running game for Denver ( i.e. CJ Anderson 39-yard touchdown run)

Caution starting WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 3 TD receptions in the past 2 games. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback, however, HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters in a meanless Week 17 game

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 17

PITT ( at CLEV)- The Brown’s have yet another party video this past week to go with idiot Manziel’s embarrassing growing collection, but they don’t have to publicly sit him Week 17. He apparently is in concussion protocol, so that is that- CLEV QB Austin Davis will start. Cleveland was already a bad team, so the Steeler defense should have a field day vs the back-up, back-up CLEV QB & company

NE ( at MIA)- Miami is not playing very good, MIA QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is “day to day,” and the Pats were embarrassed by the Jets Week 16

TENN ( at IND)- The Titan’s defense is probably licking their chops with the Colts forced to start either Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley at quarterback Week 17

Start Em Sleeper WASH (at DAL)– Even though Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, they still have to play Week 17, and I don’t think they will have much trouble taking on DAL QB Kellen Moore and the Dez-less Cowboys

Start Em Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- PITT Defense vs CLEV….ST L Defense at SF

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 17

DAL Kellen Moore (vs WASH)- Although QB Kellen Moore faired pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15, Buffalo will come prepared and I do not like any of the Cowboys players Week 16…except perhaps Dez

KC Alex Smith ( vs OAK )– Even in mouth-watering match ups, QB A Smith disappoints any fantasy football owners who make the mistake of starting this QB. The guy who I have named “Deacon Dunk” is averaging only 162 yards in every game in the past 4 weeks

MINN Teddy Bridgewater ( at GB)- Bridgewater could not have asked for a better match up Week 16 vs the #32 worst NYG defense. Although the Vikings won the game, Bridgewater did not help fantasy football owners win any championships with only 168 passing yards. He cannot be trusted to put up good stats vs the Packers in Green Bay

WASH Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- WASH HC Jay Gruden hinted his starters could be active but play limited snaps Week 17 against the Cowboys

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers-DAL Kellen Moore ( vs WASH )…….CLEV Austin Davis (vs PITT)

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 17

MIA Lamar Miller ( vs NE )- Playing behind a decimated O-Line, Miller is now splitting carries with RB Jay Ajayi, and the team seems to have thrown in the towel weeks ago. Miller has just 45 rushing yards in the past 2 weeks

NYJ Chris Ivory (at BUFF)-  A “Recommended Sit Week 16″ -LINK- and hopefully fantasy football owners paid attention (only 38 rushing yards week 16) RB Ivory’s numbers have dropped drastically ever since the Jets started involving RB Bilal Powell more in the offense. The Jet’s are #1  defending the run

WASH Alfred Morris ( at DAL)- RB Morris is so undependable, even in great match ups and HC Gruden has hinted at sitting starters

Alfred Blue ( vs JACK)- Despite getting 35 carries in the past 2 weeks, Blue doesn’t have good fantasy football stats in those games and only rushed for 45 yards Week 16. Hopefully you have better options than Blue Week 17 vs the Jags

Sit Em Week 17 No Brainers- SF DuJuan Harris (vs STL)….Donald Brown ( vs DEN)

 

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 17

IND TY Hilton ( vs TENN)- The Colts don’t even know who their starting quarterback is going to be! It could be Josh “He’s still around?” Freeman or Ryan “Who?” Lindley. Oh. and the Titans are 8th best vs the pass

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs CINN )- Even though he’s been one of the hottest wide receivers over the past 3 weeks, I do not like him Week 17 vs one of the best defeneses in the NFL, and against the Bengals who need this win to clinch a 1st round bye

OAK Amari Cooper ( at KC)- If WR A Cooper were healthy, He’d be in the “Start Em’ section, but he clearly isn’t, spending more time on the sideline Week 16, than the field, battling a foot injury

Sit Em No Brainers Week 17- SF WRs Torrey Smith ( s STL )…..ALL STL WRs not named Tavon Austin…..ALL SD WRs ( vs DEN)

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 17

IND Coby Fleener (vs TENN)- Since we don’t even now who the starting quarterback for will be Week 17, the only player the Colts I’d even consider starting is RB Frank Gore

SD Antonio Gates (at DEN)- In the ” What have you done for me lately department” the answer is “not much” for TE Gates. No touchdowns since Week 12 and only 11 receiving yards in Week 16. The Chargers are another team aching to have this season end

NYG Will Tye (vs PHIL)- I think the Giants will make a big effort to get WR Odell Beckham Jr the ball in Week 17 and the Eagles are one of the best teams vs the TE position

Sit Em No Brainer Week 17 MIA Jordan Cameron ( vs NE)- Jordan Cameron is one of the biggest fantasy football busts in 2015

 

Defense Sit Em Week 17

OAK Defense ( at KC )– The Chief’s offense is so ultra conservative that few defenses have done much against them, so find a better match up week 17

MIA Defense (vs NE)- The Dolphins just want the season over, and the Pat’s were embarrassed Week 16 by the Jets. Miami won’t slow New Endgand down Week 17

SD Defense ( at DEN)- QB Osweiler ended his 2 game skid at not being score in the the game’s 2nd half, and Denver won’t have to do a lot to win this game

Sit Em Defense Week 17 No Brainers- NYG ( vs PHIL)…..N.O. (vs ATL)….CLEV ( vs PITT)

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 16 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start all your Pittsburgh players vs the #26 worst Baltimore defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 16

SD Philip Rivers ( at OAK )- QB P Rivers was great for fantasy football owners for the first 8 weeks of the season, then tanked for them….until Week 15. Home against the Dolphins Rivers put up 311 yards and 3 TDs. Oakland is the 5th worst passing defense in the NFL

WASH Kirk Cousins (at PHIL)–  If you read my team reports in the preseason, in my Washington report- LINK– I was a clear believer in QB Cousins over QB RG3 and now it’s reported that the team and staff are as well. QB Cousins had 330 total yards Week 15 and 4 TDs. He has a nice match up week 16. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

MINN Teddy Bridgewater ( vs NYG) –I didn’t suddenly fall in love with QB Bridgewater because of his impressive Week 15 ( 248 total yards and 5 TDs)…but I do love his match up Week 16 vs the Giants. The New York Giants are the worst passing defense in the NFL!

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- SF Blaine Gabbert ( at DET )- QB Blaine Gabbert has put up surprisingly good numbers in the 5 games that he’s started, especially Week 15 vs a very tough Cincy defense- 305 total yards and 1 TD. He will want to impress for next year, vs a subpar Detroit defense

Start Em Week 16 No Brainers- QB Matt Stafford (vs SF )…..Cam Newton (at ATL)…..NYG Eli Manning (at MINN)…..JACK Blake Bortles (NO)

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 16

TB Doug Martin (vs CHI )- Bucs HC Lovie Smith said RB Doug Martin winning the rushing title is “important.” Currently with a 6-8 record, Lovie Smith can feel good about his rookie QB fairing pretty well in this first year, and getting Martin the rushing title. Chicago is 7th worst vs the run

SD Danny Woodhead/ Donald Brown (at OAK)- I like both of these backs this week at Oakland. Fantasy football owners who didn’t start Woodhead last week won’t make the same mistake twice, and RB Melvin Gordon’s season ending injury gives the RB D Brown the start as the lead running back

HOU Alfred Blue (at TENN )- Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Alfred Blue “ran with a purpose” Week 15 against the Colts. Blue should continue his recent success against a bad Titans defense

ARI David Johnson ( vs GB )-RB David Johnson was by far the #1 running back in Week 15- 187 yards and 3 TDs. Now he’s at home vs a subpar GB running defense

Start Em Week 16 Sleeper- SEA Christian Michael (vs CLEV )- Any running back facing Cleveland’s 31st worst rushing defense has to be started

Start Em Week 16 Sleeper and caution- NO Tim Hightower (vs JACK )- A lot of RB Hightower’s success Week 16 will depend if QB D Brees (foot) plays or not

Start Em Week 16 NFL No Brainers- KC C West ( vs CLEV )….MINN AP ( vs NYG)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 16

Jeremy Maclin ( vs CLEV )- In the AFC wild-card chase has the New York Jets looking to bump either Pittsburgh or Kansas City for a playoff spot so the Chiefs will want to win this easy one

DET Golden Tate ( vs SF )- It appears that the Lions really want to end the season on high notes, and are playing their best football. QB Stafford’s go-to-guy is WR Tate right now, and SF has the 26th worst defense vs the pass

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs PITT)- A favorite Waiver Wire mention of mine during the season -LINK– and the clear cut favorite target in Baltimore now, and for the rest of the season

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- TENN Dorial Green-Beckham (vs HOU) Coming on strong of late, DGB had 6-of-9 targets for 113 yards in Week 15, and his 100-yard day was his second in three weeks. He is probably the wide receiver that new QB Zach Mettenberger has practiced with the most

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- NYG Rueban Randle (at MINN)-WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension automatically lifts the fantasy value of all NY Giant’s offensive options

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- TB Mike Evans ( vs CHI)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( vs ATL)….BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs DAL)……SEA Doug Baldwin ( vs STL)

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 16

NYG Will Tye (at MINN)- WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension automatically lifts the fantasy value of all NY Giant’s offensive options- TE Tye has 2 TD receptions in his past 2 games with OBJ playing

TENN Delanie Walker ( vs JACK )- On fire of late ( 30 targets in the past 3 games and 3 TDs) and it makes sense that he’ll be targeted often as a safety valve receiver by new QB Z Mettenberger

WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 3 TD receptions in the past 2 games. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback

PHIL Z Ertz ( vs WASH)- 20 targets in the past 2 games ……2 TD receptions in his past 3 games

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 16

BUFF ( vs DAL)- New QB Kellen Moore did pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15. Many QBs have good days against defenses that did not prepare for them. Buffalo will come prepared

HOU (at TENN)– With no running game to speak of, and a new QB Z Mettenberger under center, JJ Watt and company should be more than rwdy for this one. Houston’s record will go to under .500 if they lose this game

Start Em Sleeper JACK ( at N.O.) – QB Drew Brees ( foot) is really hurting and may not play this game. Whoever starts will be under great pressure from the Jag’s defense

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- KC Defense vs CLEV….CAR Defense vs ATL

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 16

DAL Kellen Moore (at BUFF)- Although QB Kellen Moore faired pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15, Buffalo will come prepared and I do not like any of the Cowboys players Week 16…except perhaps Dez

KC Alex Smith ( at CLEV )– Even in mouth-watering match ups, QB A Smith disappoints any fantasy football owners who make the mistake of starting this QB. The guy who I have named “Deacon Dunk”, has only 2 TD passes in the past 2 games, and that was against SD & BALT

ATL Matt Ryan ( vs CAR )- Even if QB M Ryan wasn’t having a disastrous season ( which he is)….I would not recommend starting vs this Carolina defense

Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers-CLEV J Manziel ( at KC )…….ST L Case Keenum  vs SEA

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 16

BALT Javorius Allen (vs PITT)- It is a whole easier to pass against Pittsburgh than it is to run against them. ( PITT #5 vs the run)- Additionally, RB Allen seems to have hit an offensive wall, rushing for only 32 yards in his past 2 gamess

NYJ Chris Ivory (vs NE)-  RB Ivory’s numbers have dropped drastically ever since the Jets started involving RB Bilal Powell more in the offense. The Pat’s are 10th best defending the run, and Ivory has only scored 1 TD since Week 9

Caution on ATL Devonta Freeman (vs CAR)– QN Matt Ryan’s poor play and a Great Panther defense makes RB freeman a very risky play Week 16 for fantasy football owners. These 2 teams played each other just 2 weeks ago, and RB Freeman was held to only 40 yards rushing on 12 attempt

Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- TENN Antonio Andrews( vs HOU)….NO CJ Spiller ( vs JACK)

 

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 16

NE Danny Amendola (at NYJ )- Any Patriot player can surprise you any given week with a monster stat line, but with only 1 TD reception since Week 7, with only 1 reception Week 15, fantasy football owners can’t risk starting Amendola Week 16 in their championship playoff

CINN Marvin Jones (at DEN )- If you have WR AJ Green, you have to start him week 16, even against the #1 pass defense of the Denver Broncos and hope he does an “Antonio brown” on them. I wouldn’t start WR Marvin Jones however

N.O. Brandon Cooks/ Willie Snead (vs JACK) – If QB D Brees doesn’t play ( Asked when he’ll make clear Drew Brees’ (foot) status, N.O. HC Payton replied, “Before I let you guys know, it’ll be Sunday morning.”)…his back up is QB Matt “Ugh” Flynn

CLEV Travis Benjamin (at KC)- The only Cleveland offense player you can realistically start is TE Gary Barnidge

Sit Em No Brainers Week 16- SF WRs Torrey Smith ( at PHIL )…..STL WRs not named Tavon Austin

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 16

BALT Crockett Gillmore ( vs PITT )- Although Pittsburgh is one of the easier teams to throw against, Gillmore’s numbers have tanked since QB M Schaub’s injury

PITT Heath Miller (at BALT)- QB Ben Roethlisberger likes TE Miller, but he isn’t looking for him in the red zone at all…..zero TDs since Week 2. Also, Baltimore is the the #2 NFL defending the TE position

Caution on CLEV Gary Branidge (at KC )- TE G Barnidge will probably have a good Week 16 regardless, but the caution is: The Chiefs are the #1 NFL defending the TE position

 

Defense Sit Em Week 16

SF Defense ( at DET )– The 49er defense isn’t very good to begin with, and the Lions seem to be finally playing well, (albeit too late too save their season)

CLEV (vs KC)- The Chiefs play too safe of football to start a defense against them, especially a bad Cleveland defense

GB Defense ( vs ARI )- The Cardinals are playing too good, and the Packer’s defense is in the bottom half of the NFL statistically

Sit Em Defense Week 16 No Brainers- NYG ( vs MINN)…..N.O. (vs JACK)

Start Em Sit Em Week 15 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 15 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 15 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start Seattle’s QB Russell Wilson & most Seahawk players vs the #31 worst Cleveland defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 15

SD Philip Rivers ( vs MIA )- QB P Rivers was the #1 fantasy quarterback for the first half of 2015, and now ( albeit due plenty to alot of team injuries), Rivers may be one of the worst now. Only 2 TD s in the past 2 games. Miami however gave up 4 TD passes to QB Eli Week 14- Rivers could throw 3 in this one

JACK Blake Bortles (vs ATL)–  QB Bortles is a must start with a great schedule and great weapons the rest of the season

NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at DAL) –Did you know that QB Fitz only has 2 games this season where he has thrown only 1 TD pass? Even in tough match ups Fitz finds a couple receivers for TD passes

Sleeper Start Em Week 15- MIA Ryan Tannehill ( at SD )- The Dolphins lost Week 14 to the #32 worst pass defense in the NFL, with QB Tannehill only passing for 234 yards and 1 TD. They were embarrassed at home and want to do the same to the Chargers in San Diego

Sleeper Start Em Week 15- CINN AJ McCarron ( at SF )- In a game where he didn’t even expect to play, QB McCarron came in for injured QB A Dalton and threw for 28 yards and 2 TDs. He’ll be more than prepared Week 15 and has plenty of weapons- SF 6th worst vs the pass

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 15

MIA Lamar Miller (at SD)- New OC Zac Taylor started his new job by announcing that the Dolphins would be “re-committed” to the run. Miller rushed for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 14, and should have that many in Week 14- fired HC Philbin was an idiot not running Miller

GB Eddie Lacy (at OAK )- Who hates to be in the doghouse? Lacy does. Week 14 he was out, and had 148 total yards and 1 TD. Oakland is only average vs the run, and in deeper leagues, RB James Starks can be started as well

JACK Denard Robinson (vs ATL )- RB D Robinson is one of those players who you can just tell, that he loves to play football. When given the opportunity, Robinson almost always comes thru for his team, and fantasy football owners. He came in Week 14 and had 87 total yards and 1 TD

ARI David Johnson ( at PHIL)- Since getting the Start after RB Chris Johnson went down, Johnson has had 41 carries in 2 weeks, and slotted for another 20+ day vs at Philadelphia ( who are 5th worst vs the run)

N.O. Tim Hightower ( vs DET)- Well, we know the #1 back in New Orleans isn’t RB CJ Spiller (figures)- RB Hightower had 29 touches to Spiller’s six Week 15 and faces the Lions Week 15

Start Em Week 15 Sleeper- SEA Bryce Brown (vs CLEV )- Newly acquired RB Bryce Brown would be a full-fledged “Start Em” Week 15, but as we know, only the coaching staff knows 100% right now who the #1 running back will be. Seattle cut RB DuJuan Harris, but have RBs Fred Jackson & C Michael also ready to run in RB Marshawn Lynch’s absense

Start Em Sit Em Week 15 NFL No Brainers- STL Todd Gurley ( vs TB )….MINN AP ( vs CHI)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 15

MIA Jarvis Landry & Devante Parker ( at SD)- Embarrassed in a loss Week 14 in a game they should have won, the Dolphins will “bring it” Week 15 vs a bad Charger team

DET Calvin Johnson ( vs N.O.)- I know…I know…you’ve been burned before. But thanks to poor play and even worst coaching, the Lions are now playing for nothing but pride, so I expect QB Matt Stafford to now make Calvin happy by including him in the offense before the season is completely over- ( P.S. HC Jim Caldwell should be fired)

CAR Ted Ginn Jr (at NYG)- Even though I do not expect QB Can Newton or WR Ted Ginn Jr to play the whole game Week 15, I do expect Ginn to burn the Giants lousy pass defense at least once in this game

KC Jeremy Maclin (at BALT)- WR Maclin had 2 great games in Weeks 12 & 13, then put up a dud Week 14 at vs the Chargers. He has a good opportunity to get back on track again vs a sieve of a pass defense in Baltimore

Sleeper Start Em Week 15- Malcolm Floyd ( vs MIA)- WR Floyd is the only healthy wide receiver in San Diego right now, and had 9 targets in Week 14. One was a “drop” that would have gone for a long touchdown

Start Em Sit Em Week 15 No Brainers- NYJ Brandon Marshall ( at DAL)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( vs ATL)

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 15

CHI Zach Miller (at MINN)- TE Martellus Bennett is OUT for the season, and CHI QB Jay Cutler always likes to hit his tight ends, which is Zach Miller now. Week 14, 5 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD- Only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

GB Richard Rodgers ( at OAK)- A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK– TE Rodgers only had 1 reception Week 14, but it was for a touchdown- 2 TDs in his past 2 games, and the Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL defending tight ends

WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 120 yards and 1 TD. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback

Start Em Sleeper NYG Will Tye (vs CAR)- A “Recommended Sleeper” Week 14- LINK– 30 yards and 1 TD pass. TE Larry Donnell (neck) hasn’t seen the field since Week 8, so TE Tye has filled in for him. Tye has 30 targets from QB Eli Manning in the past 5 games

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

 

Defense Start Em Week 15

STL ( vs TB)- Rookie QB Jameis Winston has run into a tough patch of late, throwing only 3 TD passes in his last 3 games. This week he is without WR Vincent Jackson, so he’s going to be in trouble

KC (at BALT )– The Ravens are just playing out the season, and they aren’t even sue who the starting QB will be Week 15. The Chiefs defense will have a fun day in this one

MIA (at SD)Although I expect QB Philip Rivers to rebound a little from his zero TD passes in 3 of his last 4 games, his going to make mistakes Week 15 and Miami will capitalize on them

Start Em Sleeper JACK ( vs ATL) – The Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are playing as bad as any team in the NFL right now. QB M Ryan only has 2 TD passes in his past 3 games

Start Em Sit Em Week 15 No Brainers- SEA Defense vs CLEV….NE Defense vs TENN

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 15

PHIL Sam Bradford (at ARI)- Although QB Bradford doesn’t tend to throw a lot of interceptions, he also tend to throw a lot of TDs either- only 6 in his past 6 games. The Cardinal defense ranks #7 overall

TENN Marcus Mariota ( at NE )– The Patriots pass defense ranks #7 and QB Mariota is also running into a “rookie” wall….throwing zero TDs in 3 of his last 6 games

ATL Matt Ryan ( at JACK)- Now isn’t the time for fantasy football owners to start a quarterback playing as bad as Ryan is, even against a Jaguar pass defense that isn’t very good

Sit Em Week 15 No Brainers-CLEV J Manziel ( vs SEA)…….ST L Case Keenum  vs TB

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 15

HOU RB Alfred Blue (at IND)- Another team that has decided to run 4 different backs in games

CAR Jonathon Stewart (at NYG)– Can’t see why the Panthers would risk getting RB Stewart hurt in a meaningless game? I like “Sleeper” CAR Cameron Artis-Payne better this week

WASH Alfred Morris/ Matt Jones (vs BUFF )-  Neither of these backs are playing well, averaging less than 3 yards per carry, and they split too much of the work to pay off for fantasy owners

IND Frank Gore (vs HOU )-  RB Gore is averaging only 40 yards per game over the past 4 games. The Houston defense will not let him “up” his average

SD Melvin Gordon (vs MIA)– Same write up as Week 13, just playing a different team. A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety. ZERO TDs in 2015…….I repeat….ZERO TDs in 2015

Sit Em Week 15 No Brainers- DAL D McFadden( vs NYJ)….NO CJ Spiller ( vs DET)

 

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 15

PHIL Jordan Matthews (vs ARI)- It’s tough enough to start a wide out who hasn’t topped 60 receiving yards since Week 9, but also one who is facing the #6 Arizona Cardinals pass defense

DAL Dez Bryant (vs NYJ )- Another big name roster guy that i am recommending you to sit, but truthfully, what ha he done for you lately? He’s only averaging 30 yards in his past 3 games ( zero TDs) because QB M Cassel doesn’t even try to get him the ball

PITT M Bryant/ M Wheaton (vs DEN) – WR Antonio Brown is just too darn talented to sit in any game, even vs the #1 Denver pass defense, but I would not trust Bryant or Wheaton this week

GB Davante Adams (at OAK)- Even in a tasty match up, Adams is no longer trustworthy as a starter, dropping more than he catches it seems. He has only 83 total receiving yards in past 4 games

Sit Em No Brainers Week 15- SF WRs A Boldin/ T Smith ( vs CINN )…..CLEV T Benjamin ( vs SEA)

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 15

DAL J Witten ( vs NYJ)- Since QB Tony Romo went down, I have advised against starting TE Witten, and he hasn’t topped 45 yards in any of the games- zero TDs

NE Scott Chandler (vs TENN)- With GRONK’s return, TE Chandler’s role plummeted to zero receptions Week 15. He will still be involved in the Pat’s offense, but not enough to start anymore

PITT Heath Miller (vs DEN)- 2 of the 3 wide receivers in Pittsburgh are getting sits from me Week 14, and so is TE Miller

 

Defense Sit Em Week 15

PHIL Defense ( vs ARI )- The Cardinals are playing too good, and the Eagle’s defense is playing too bad to start Week 15

TENN Defense ( at NE )– The Titans won’t be able to slow the Pats down, especially with GRONK back and maybe even WR J Edleman

DET Defense ( at N.O.)– The Lions couldn’t stop RB Todd Gurley Week 14, when the Rams were starting QB Case Keenum. They won’t stop QR Brees and company

Sit Em Defense Week 15 No Brainers- CLEV (at SEA)…..SD ( vs MIA)

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 14 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start Seattle’s QB Russell Wilson vs the sieve that is the Baltimore pass defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 14

MIA Ryan Tannehill ( vs NYG )- New York is the worst team vs the pass, but average vs the run, so Miami should throw a lot if they want to beat the Giants

JACK Blake Bortles (vs IND)–  QB Bortles is proving to be “match-up” proof. He had a tough match up Week 13, but still threw for over 300 yards and tossed 5 touchdown passes. He is playing at a very high level

TB Jameis Winston (vs N.O.) –QB Winston has plenty of good weapons around him, and the Saints can’t cover any of them

Sleeper Start Em Week 14- DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs OAK )- The Raiders are better defending the run than they are defending the pass. QB Osweiler is getting more comfortable with his receivers every week, especially Demaryius Thomas, who has 2 TD passes in the past 3 games

Sleeper Start Em Week 14- KC Alex Smith ( vs SD )- 1st time he’s been here! The Chargers are playing terrible and barely have a team, after so many key injuries to their roster. Also, Smith won’t hurt you with INTs. He hasn’t thrown one since Week 3

Start Em Week 14 No Brainers- Cam Newton vs ATL…..PITT B Roethlisberger vs IND

 

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 14

MIA Lamar Miller (vs NYG)- New OC Zac Taylor started his new job by announcing that the Dolphins would be “re-committed” to the run. Miller rushed for 100+ yards in Week 13, and should have that many in Week 14

Thomas Rawls (vs BALT )- I bet RB Marshawn Lynch would have liked to play in this game! The Seahawks will have the ball a lot, so Rawls will probably get as many carries as he can take

SF Shaun Draughn (at CLEV )- RB S Draughn played well the past 3 games, even though he was facing 3 tough defenses. Now he gets an easy one- The Cleveland Browns- 2nd worst defending the run

Start Em Week 14 Sleeper- DET Ameer Abdullah (at STL )- This one is a stretch I’ll grant you, but the Rams are awful right now, and maybe….just maybe…that DET head coach has figured out to give the ball to Abdullah more

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 NFL No Brainers- PHIL LeSean McCoy ( at PHIL )….CAR Jonathan Stewart ( vs ATL)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 14

TB Mike Evans & Vincent Jackson ( vs N.O.)- The New Orleans Saints are dead last in total defense, and only the New York Giants are worst at defending the pass

MIA Jarvis Landry & Devante Parker ( vs NYG)- With the injury to WR Rishard Matthews, gave WR D Parker the start opposite WR Landry Week 13, and his TD catch in the 2nd qtr made highlight reels. The New York Giants are LAST defending the pass

CAR Ted Ginn Jr (at N.O.)- The Panthers announced that they are sitting anyone, despite having a 12-0 record. If they are true to their word, then WR Ginn should get plenty of targets and score for you Week 14

SEA Doug Baldwin (vs BALT)- With TE Jimmy Graham going down (OUT for the season), Baldwin has stepped it up in a big way- 240 yards and 5 TDs, in the past 2 games

KC Jeremy Maclin (vs SD)- I think WR Maclin is finally having fun this season ( 255 yards and 3 TDs, in the past 2 games) and the Chargers are the perfect team to help him have even more fun

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 No Brainers- JACK Allen Robinson vs IND…..A J Green (vs PITT)

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 14

NE Scott Chandler (vs PHIL)- If you read Utter-Fantasy’s “Start Em” Week 13- LINK-, you would have scored  TE Scott Chandler on your fantasy football team. With Gronk OUT again Week 14, Chandler is a must start again

GB Richard Rodgers ( vs DAL)- Even before his “Hail Mary” 61 yard TD reception which ended the game Week 13 vs Detroit Lame-os…TE Rodgers had 85 receiving yards on 7 receptions. QB Aaron Rodgers will continue to look for TE Rodgers, especially with WR Davante Adams dropping almost every pass thrown his way lately

WASH Jordan Reed (at CHI)- 25 targets from QB Kirk Cousins in the past 3 games. Note however, that the Bears are 4th best at defending the TE position

Start Em Sleeper TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins ( vs N.O.)- In his 1st game back from injury, TE Seferian-Jenkins immediately got 6 targets from QB J Winston, and that was from just playing 21-of-71 snaps Week 13. He will get even more Week 14

Start Em Sleeper NYG Will Tye (at MIA)- TE Larry Donnell (neck) hasn’t seen the field since Week 8, so TE Tye has filled in for him. If you saw the game Week 13, you saw that Tye has some pretty good hands, hauling in 3 receptions for 70 yards- He has 25 targets from QB Eli Manning in the past 4 games

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 No Brainer- G Olsen (vs ATL)…JACK Julius Thomas ( vs IND)……KC T Kelce (vs SD)

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 14

DET ( at STL)- Over the last 4 weeks, the Rams have averaged just 9.0 points per game and have 10 turn overs in the same span as well. QB Nick Foles is playing as bad as anyone at the position right now- (completing 15/35 passes for 146 yards and 1 INT in Week 13) so all defenses have to do is stack the box against RB T Gurley

KC (vs SD)– Few teams are as beat up as the Chargers are right now, and QB Rivers has gone from being the top fantasy passer for fantasy football owners to 0 TD passes in 2 of his past 3 games

SF (at CLEV)The Browns are starting Manziel this week, and as usual, there are those who think this guy is already great, even though his on-field and off-field record has been anything but. The 49res defense is better than it gets credit for

Start Em Sit Em Week 14 No Brainers- SEA Defense at BALT….CAR Defense vs ATL

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 14

MINN Teddy Bridgewater (at ARI)- The easy part here is because the Vikings are playing the Cardinals, but regardless of who Minnesota is playing, QB Bridgewater is not playing very good. He is not a quarterback that will help you win in fantasy football Week 14. Only 3 TD passes in the past 6 games

SD Philip Rivers ( at KC )– The Chiefs defense is playing at a high level again and Rivers has gone from being the top fantasy passer for fantasy football owners to 0 TD passes in 2 of his past 3 games- UPDATE: Reports out of San Diego has Rivers with sever flu symptoms- He’ll likely play, but he won’t do much

OAK Derek Carr ( vs DEN)- Now isn’t the time for fantasy football owners to start a quarterback against the #1 pass defense in the NFL

ATL Matt Ryan ( vs CAR)- The Falcons have lost 5 straight and QB Ryan is one of the reasons for certain. Ryan has thrown more INTs ( 3) in the past 2 games than TD passes (2)

Sit Em Week 14 No Brainers- BALT Matt Schaub ( vs SEA)…….ST L Nick Foles  vs DET…..CLEV Manziel vs SF

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 14

HOU RB Alfred Blue (vs NE)- Here’s what HC Belichick does….he takes away your #1 RB ( A Blue)…your #1 WR ( D Hopkins) and forces you to beat them with whoever is left

OAK Latavius Murray (at DEN)– To start with, Murray has under 60 yards rushing in 3 of his past 4 games, and has scored only 5 touchdowns all season. The Broncos are the 2nd overall defense and 5th vs the run

STL Todd Gurley (vs DET )-  A “Sit Em” Week 13- LINK– and a “Sit Em” again Week 14. Gurley has only 18 carries over the past 2 games for 60 yards- 0 TDs

BALT Javorius Allen (vs SEA )-  You have to love what RB Allen has done since getting the starting gig, but that was against the Rams, Browns and Dolphins. You won’t love him against the Seahawks defense

SD Melvin Gordon (vs KC)– Same write up as Week 13, just playing a different team. A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety. ZERO TDs in 2015…….I repeat….ZERO TDs in 2015

Sit Em Week 14 No Brainer- NYG R Jennings ( at MIA)….NO CJ Spiller ( at TB)

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 14

OAK Amari Cooper (at DEN)- The #1 pass defense will shut down Cooper Week 14

TENN Dorial Green-Beckham ( at NYJ )- Fantasy Football owners likely took notice of DGB’s Week 13 stat-line…..5/119 yards and 1 TD, and made him a hot waiver wire commodity. I myself, would have to see more than one flukey week and DGB is playing the Jets this week with Darrelle Revis (concussion) back practicing Thursday. You should look elsewhere

SD Malcolm Floyd ( at KC) – As practically the only healthy wide receiver left on the Chargers roster, the Chiefs won’t have a hard time deciding who to shut down

NOTE: I am also concerned about ATL Julio Jones Week 14- QB Matt Ryan is playing his worst football ever, and Atlanta plays in Carolina vs the red hot Panthers

NOTE: I am also concerned about HOU DeAndre Hopkins– see notes on- Running Backs Sit Em Week 14- HOU RB Alfred Blue

Sit Em No Brainers week 14- MINN St Diggs/ Mike Wallace ( at ARI)…..BALT Kamar Aiken ( vs SEA)

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 14

BALT Crockett Gillmore( vs SEA )- It’s just going to be a tough day for all the Ravens Week 14, especially playing for nothing but pride

DAL J Witten ( at GB)- When QB Tony Romo is starting, TE Witten is a good fantasy football option. When QB Matt Cassel is starting, TE Witten is a bad fantasy football option

CHI Zack Miller ( vs WASH) Maybe with TE Martellus Bennett OUT for the season….Miller steps it up and produces, but Washington is one of the best team vs the TE position.

Sit Em No Brainer Week 14 DEN Vernon Davis ( vs OAK)

 

Defense Sit Em Week 14

SAN DIEGO Defense ( at KC )-This page is riddled with Sit Em Chargers, so why shouldn’t their defense be here as well. Besides, QB Alex Smith hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 3

ATL Defense ( vs CAR)– The Panthers are 12-0 ecasue they are playing great, the Falcons are not

CLEV Defense ( vs SF )– Despite playing a team that isn’t very good ( the 49ers), the Browns shouldn’t be started Week 14. They are ranked #31 worst defense regardless of who they playing

Sit Em Defense Week 14 No Brainers- ATL (at CAR)……BALT ( vs SEA)

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 13 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start Pittsburgh Steeler players at home vs the Vikings ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 13

DET Matt Stafford (vs GB)–  The Lions are on a 3 game winning streak and the Packers are looking bad, losing to a “not-so-good” Bears team week 12. The Packers may well end upwinning this game, but Stafford is finally full of confidence…he’s a Start Em

TB Jameis Winston (vs ATL) –The Falcons are losers of their last 4 games and only a fair defense vs the pass.

CHI Jay Cutler ( vs SF )- The 49ers are 29th vs the pass, and Cutler has WR A Jeffrey and RB Matt Forte back. He should have a great week

Sleeper Start Em Week 13- OAK Derek Carr ( vs KC)- The new and improved KC defense was anything but new and improved Week 12, when they let BUFF QB Tyron Taylor throw all over them for 291and 3 TDs. Carr will be comfortable playing in his own stadium

Start Em Week 13 No Brainers- NE Tom Brady vs PHIL…..PITT B Roethlisberger vs IND

 

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 13

BALT J “Buck” Allen (at MIA)- The Dolphins are currently the worst team in the NFL defending the run, and RB Buck Allen showed Monday Night Week 12 that he is fresh, and capable of handling the #1 running back position for the Ravens

CAR Jonathon Stewart ( at N.O. )– The firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan didn’t make the Saints defense any better, they still stink. RB Stewart hasn’t had a rushing touchdown in the 2 past games, but that should change Week 13

DEN C J Anderson (at SD)- Bronco fans are likely hoping that it snows in San Diego this weekend, because Anderson is a monster when it’s white and slippery ( 153 total yards and 2 TDs)- It looks like he might have gotten the starting gig back

Start Em Week 13 Sleeper- IND Dan Herron (at PITT )- It’s a lot easier to pass on the Steelers, than it is to run on them, so beat up RB Frank Gore should have a another bad week, while RB Herron might do well, with receptions and screen passes out of the back field

Start Em Week 13 Sleeper- PPR- SF Shaun Draughn (at CHI )- RB S Draughn is here because he is the lead back in San Francisco and the Bears run defense is near the bottom is the NFL. He’ll has fantasy value just on volume of touches this week

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 NFL No Brainers- PITT DeAngelo Williams ( vs IND)

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 13

NYJ Eric Decker/ Brandon Marshall ( vs NYG )- Regardless whether or not the Jets win this game, the wide receivers are almost guaranteed of having good games for fantasy football owners. The Giants are LAST in the NFL defending opposing wide receivers

IND Donte Moncrief ( at PITT)- Moncrief has 17 targets from Hasslebeck in past 2 games- easier to pass on PITT than run on them- only owned in 60% of Yahoo leagues

CAR Ted Ginn Jr (at N.O.)- It just makes sense to start any wide receiver against the hideously bad Saints defense

MIA Jarvis Landry/ DeVante Parker ( vs BALT)- The Ravens are far better defending the run than the are the pass. WR Rishard Matthews suffered “multiple fractured ribs” in the Dolphins’ Week 12 loss to the Jets, so even more targets for Landry and new starter DeVante Parker

Sleeper- SEA Doug Baldwin (vs MINN)- With TE Jimmy Graham going down (OUT for the season), alot more targets for the wide receivers in Seattle- He does play the Vikings however, who are 4th best vs receiving yards

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 No Brainers- DET Calvin Johnson vs GB…..TB Mike Evans vs ATL…..OAK A Cooper vs KC

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 13

NE Scott Chandler (vs PHIL)- If you read Utter-Fantasy’s “Sleepers” Week 12, you could have already had TE Scott Chandler on your roster. With Gronk OUT likely a couple weeks, Chandler will be asked to do alot

KC Travis Kelce ( at OAK)- TE Kelce is usually a good fantasy option, but against the Raiders who 3rd worst vs the TE position, Kelce is a great fantasy option

JACK Julius Thomas ( at TENN)- A tougher match up Week 13 than his tasty match up Week 12 vs San Diego ( 116 yard and 1 TD) but WR Allen Hurns may not play ( concussion protocal) so a lot of those targets will go to Thomas this week

WASH Jordan Reed (vs DAL)- TE Reed, when he’s healthy, always gets a lot of targets from QB Kirk Cousins. He is healthy, and In Week 12, Reed had 9 targets, hauling in 8 of them for 98 yards

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 No Brainer- G Olsen (at NO)

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 13

WASH (vs DAL)- I am not confident that new starting QB Matt Cassel can go into Washington and be “mistake-free”

BUFF (vs HOU)– I like Houston’s QB Brian Hoyer, but I like the Buffalo defense more. If I was Buffalo, I’d stop RB A Blue ( not too hard), double team WR Hopkins and make QB Hoyer beat me with whoever is left

NE (vs PHIL)The Pats are stinging from their loss vs the Broncos and NFL officials, so they will be in a mood to win this one- QB Sam Bradford is expected to start for Philly after being out from injury since Week 10

Start Em Sit Em Week 13 No Brainers- ARI Defense at SF…DEN Defense at SD

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 13

MINN Teddy Bridgewater (vs SEA)- The easy part here is the Vikings are playing the Seahawks, but regardless of who Minnesota is playing, QB Bridgewater has only thrown 3 TD passes since Week 7. He is not a quarterback that will help you win in fantasy football Week 13

 JACK B Bortles (at TENN )– The Titans seem to have QB Bortles number, giving him all kinds of pressure Week 11. In Week 13 they at Tennessee and QB Bortles may not have WR Allen hurns (concussion)

SD Philip Rivers ( vs DEN)- Week 11 proved that even QB Rivers can put up a real stinker now and then, and Week 13 is a match up for another one…..vs the #1 Denver defense

Sit Em Week 13 No Brainers- Sit Case Keenum ( vs ARI)…….CLEV Austin Davis (named the starter) vs CINN…..PHIL Sam Bradford vs NE

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 13

N.O. Mark Ingram (vs CAR)– The Panthers are 3rd against the run in the NFL and the Saints do not look like they interested in winning any more games. QB Drew Brees is far more concerned about not getting hit, than running an offense

STL Todd Gurley (vs ARI )-  The Rams are losers of 4 straight and who knows who is going to be the starting QB. One week its Foles, then Case Keenum, then Foles. Whoever it is Week 13, the Cardinals won’t be afraid of him, and will stack the box against RB Gurley like all the teams have already been doing for weeks

SD Melvin Gordon (vs DEN)– A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety. ZERO TDs in 2015…….I repeat….ZERO TDs in 2015

Sit Em Week 13 No Brainer- NYG R Jennings ( vs NYJ)….Any/All DET RBs who have the 32nd-ranked rushing attack ( vs GB)

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 13

CLEV Travis Benjamin (vs CINN )- The Browns are starting QB Austin Davis because QB Josh McCown is OUT for the season and because QB J Manziel is an immature idiot. I wouldn’t start any Brown Week 13

SD Stevie Johnson/D Inman/ M Floyd (vs DEN)–  The Broncos are #1 against the pass. Since QB Rivers is in my Sit Em pile, his wide receivers should be as well

PHIL Jordan Matthews ( at NE )- Not a good match up at all for Matthews Week 13. As a matter if fact, the next 3 games of the season looks brutal for the Eagle’s players. NE Week 13….BUFF Week 1 and ARI Week 15

MINN St Diggs/ Mike Wallace ( vs SEA)- These wide receivers haven’t done much anyway, and it’s a good bet they won’t vs the Seahawks

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 13

DAL J Witten ( at WASH)- When QB Tony Romo is starting, TE Witten is a good fantasy football option. When QB Matt Cassel is starting, TE Witten is a bad fantasy football option

NO Ben Watson ( vs CAR )- My theme of no Saints players continues with a Sit Em for TE Watson. Hopefully you have better options than watson against a good Panther defense, and someone with a QB that wants to win ( Brees doesn’t care at all)

DEN Vernon Davis ( at SD)- The match up is great, but I am a “I’ll believe it when I see it” kind of fantasy football guy. In 3 full games with the Broncos, TE Davis is averaging only about 30 yards per game

 

Defense Sit Em Week 13

JACK Defense ( at TENN )- This will be a controlled, low scoring, grind it out game, with the team making the fewest mistakes as the winner

MINN Defense ( vs SEA )– The Seahawks are going to run the ball, play controlled football and QB Russell Wilson has only thrown 7 interceptions all season

CLEV Defense ( vs CINN )– The Bengals don’t have to do a lot to win this game. Cincinnati will get a lead early, and run RBs Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard until time runs out

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start ATL WR Julio Jones at home vs the Vikings ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week and…..a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 12

DET Matt Stafford (vs PHIL)–  In Week 11, rookie QB Jameis Winston threw for 5 TDs against an exposed Philly defense (that looked more like a NO Saint’s defense)- The Bucs set franchise records with 283 rushing yards and their 521 yards of total offense were second in franchise history. QB Stafford should have very nice day Week 12 for fantasy football owners

HOU Brian Hoyer (vs NO) –Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans makes every quarterback look like he belongs in the HOF

SEA Russell Wilson ( vs PITT )- Pittsburgh is 5th best at defending the run, but 5th worst at defending the pass. Recommended Week 11-LINK- Wilson had his best game with 260 passing yards and 3 TDs

 JACK B Bortles (vs SD )– After playing a Thursday Night Game in Week 11, the Jags are well rested with 10 days off and face a bad Charger team

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- TENN Markus Mariota- The Titans face the Oakland Raiders who are the 3rd worst NFL team defending the pass. Also, QB Mariota expects to get WR Kendall Wright back

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- WASH Kirk Cousins- Capt. Kirk faces the NY Giants, who give up more passing yards than any other NFL team

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- C Palmer at SF…..A Rodgers vs CHI

 

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 12

GB Eddie Lacy ( vs CHI)- Fantasy football owners of Lacy will be very happy to see the GB running back finally hitting Start Em Sit Em lists for Week 12. IIn Week 11, Lacy got back on track with 22 carries for 100 yards. Detroit is not a top NFL team defending the run, and Lacy will try to shine in Thanksgiving Prime Time

HOU Alfred Blue ( vs N.O. )– Blue proved in Week 11 ( 92 total yards and 1 TD) that when given enough opportunities, he can be viable fantasy Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL option for fantasy football owners. Blue faces the hideously bad Saints defense Week 12

BALT “Buck” Allen (at CLEV)- Allen shouldn’t even be considered a “sleeper” Week 12 facing THE WORST NFL Team defending the run….the Cleveland Browns. Despite having new QB Matt Schaub as the BALT starter, Allen should do well on the number of touches he gets, which should be on the 20+ side

Sleeper- PHIL Darren Sproles (at DET)- A “Sleeper Recommendation Week 11-LINK- and produced with 59 total yards and 1 TD.  RB Ryan Matthews (concussion) will likely sit out Week 12, so Sproles role should increase significantly again

Sleeper- IND Ahmad Bradshaw (vs TB)- An Utter-Fantasy NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 recommendation- LINK- new QB M Hasselbeck is very comfortable playing with both IND running backs Gore and Bradshaw. In Week 11, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 9/32 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards and two TDs

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Chris Ivory vs MIA…..T Rawls vs PITT…….AP vs ATL

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 12

WASH DeSean Jackson ( vs NYG )- Finally healthy and getting plenty of targets from QB Capt. Kirk- Jackson had his best week of the 2015 season in Week 11, with 87 yards and 1 TD. He faces the the Giants who give up more receiving yards to opposing players than any other NFL team

ARI John Brown ( at SF )- Brown had a bit of a health scare in Week 10, and although he started, he had zero receptions. He came back stronger in Week 11 and had 52 total yards and 1 TD. With WR Michael Floyd having a multiple-week injury, Brown should see plenty of targets in a very winnable game

All GB WRs- R Cobb/ J Jones/D Adams (vs CHI)- Anyone of these wide receivers could have a huge day against a Chicago, in a game the Packers desperately want to win to keep on top of the NFC North division

CLEV Travis Benjamin ( vs BALT)– QB McCown will start Week 12 and has a pretty nice match up a Baltimore pass defense that has been the “proverbial sieve” for wide receivers

Sleeper- HOU Nate Washington (vs NO)- Washington has a nice matchup this week against a hapless Saints secondary, but must battle WR Cecil Shorts (back from injury) for targets

Sleeper- TB Vincent Jackson (at IND)– In Jackson’s 1st game back since Week 7, he looked very strong and rested and finished Week 11 with 56 yards and 1 TD

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 12

PITT Heath Miller (at SEA)- The Seahawks are surprisingly the 4th worst NFL team defending the TE position – heres a nice helpful LINK

WASH Jordan Reed (vs NYG)- Although TE J Reed suffered a sprained MCL late in the Redskins’ Week 11 loss to the Panthers, he played through it and is expected to play Week 12. The Giants are one of the worst NFL team defending the TE position. IF Reed cannot go this week, WASH TE Derek Carrier is a nice fantasy football “Sleeper”

DAL J Witten ( at MIA)- Before QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2, Witten had 17 targets/ 116 yards and 2 TDs. After QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2……..329 yards and 0 TDs

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- G Olsen (at DAL)

 

Defense Start Em Week 12

CLEV (vs BALT)- BALT QB Joe Flacco (ACL) is OUT for the season so back up QB Matt Schaub takes over under center. Schaub has not thrown a pass in the NFL this season and will likely throw more than one costly INT

DET (vs PHIL)– The Lion’s are on a bit of a roll right now winning 2 games in a row. If QB Mark Sanchez starts as expected, he’s always good for at lat INTS a game

Sleeper MIA (at NYJ) The Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing so many interceptions in the past 2 games, that there was talking of benching him

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- ARI Defense at SF

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 12

BUFF Tyrod Taylor (at KC)- Early in the season, everyone was throwing on the Chiefs. Lately however, they are shutting down everyone. Additionally, QB T Taylor is injured but expected to play

OAK Derek Carr ( at TENN)- The Titans are the 3rd best NFL team defending the pass. In Week 11, they held JACK QB B Bortles to 246 yards and only 1 TD and not many teams have done that

CHI Jay Cutler (at GB)– The Packers always seem to have “Cutler’s number.” In Week 1 they held Cutler to 225 passing yards/ 1 TD/ 1 INT. Hopefully you have better options at quarterback in Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Sit Case Keenum ( vs CINN)…….SF B Gabbert vs ARI……KC A Smith vs BUFF

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 12

DEN R Hillman/ CJ Anderson (vs NE)– One of the best kept secrets in the so far this season is that the Pats have moved up to the 2nd best run defense in the NFL. HC Belichick will stop the run again and force new QB B Osweiler to beat the Pats

MIA Lamar Miller (at NYJ)-  First, I think RB Miller is very worn down. He’s carried the ball a lot over the past 3 years, often carrying the Miami offense. Miller hasn’t topped 44 rushing yards since Week 7, he has to share now with RB Jay Ajayi AND….The Jets are 3rd best NFL team defending the run

SD Melvin Gordon (at JACK)– A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety.A little over 3 yards a carry and ZERO TDs in 2015. The Jaguars are 9th in the NFL vs the run

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- Sit Shaun Draughn ( vs ARI).

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 2

 

BUFF Sammy Watkins (at KC)- A “Sit Em” recommendation last week -LINK– and a good one- Watkins had only 39 receiving yards- A Sit Em again this week vs a very much improved KC pass defense. Like the Pats in Week 11, the Chiefs will take Buffalo’s #1 play maker out of this game

CINN A J Green (vs STL)–  You may not like seeing Green here, and you may have to start him, but not only is this a bad match up for him ( STL is 8th best vs the pass) but other teams have shown how to shut down Green, who only has topped 100 receiving yards in a game once since Week 3 and hasn’t had a TD pass since Week 8

OAK Amari Cooper ( at TENN)- Although Cooper will always get lots of targets, good defenses this season ( CINN/ Week 1…..DEN/ Week 5….NY JETS/ Week 8…. MINN/ Week 10 and DET/ Week 11 have shut Cooper down!)   The Titans are 4th best vs the pass

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- All SF 49er receivers

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 12

KC T Kelce ( vs BUFF )- Kelce has only one TD reception since Week 1 and Buffalo will make sure that streak continues

SD Ladarius Green ( at JACK )- Green has been a huge disappointment for fantasy football owners, going back to the preseason hype and one decent game in Week 1. QB P Rivers doesn’t even look in his direction anymore

 

Defense Sit Em Week 12

STL Defense ( at CINN)- CINN QB Andy Dalton isn’t making many mistakes.  He only has 5 INTs this entire season. The Bengals run the ball and are playing smart

BUFF Defense ( at KC )– 2 tough defenses equates to low scoring and few opportunities for both sides. KC QB Alex Smith hasn’t thrown an INT since Week 3

PITT Defense ( at SEA )– The Seahawks at home aren’t going to give away anything to the Steelers in a game they must win to keep up with Arizona

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 11 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start Atlanta Falcon players at home vs the Colts and their subpar defense- ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!

Bye Week 11- CLEV- NO- NYG- PITT

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 11

ATL Matt Ryan (vs IND) – The Colts rank near the bottom for passing defense and giving up receiving yards. The Falcons are rested from coming off their bye week and are at home in a very nice match up

DET Matt Stafford (vs OAK)–  The Lions should have some confidence after having beaten Green Bay Week 10, in Green Bay, for the first time since 1991. The Raiders are 30th vs the pass so Stafford should go off

SEA Russell Wilson ( vs SF )- Another team playing at home vs one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. Wilson hasn’t done much for fantasy football owners this season….perhaps he makes up for it in Week 11

Deep league Option: JACK B Bortles (vs TENN )– Although the Titan’s defense is one of the better teams vs the pass, Bortles has proven to be match up proof by passing for at least 2 TDs in every game since Week 4

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 No Brainers- T Brady vs BUFF…..P Rivers vs KC

 

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 11

PHIL DeMarco Murray ( vs TB)- RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) was not spotted on the practice field Tuesday, and he might not be cleared to play this week. If that is the case, Murray’s carries and goal line opportunities should go way up

CAR Jonathon Stewart ( vs WASH )– Washington is far better defending the pass, than they are defending the run. This is a great week for the Panthers to give RB Stewart 20+ carries

DAL Darren McFadden (vs MIA)- QB Tony Romo is due back this week, and he will likely be a bit rusty, so handing off to RB McFadden a ton, makes a ton of sense especially against a bad Miami run defense

NYJ Chris Ivory (at HOU)- The Jets face another team that is is far better defending the pass, than they are defending the run. QB R Fitzptrick had surgery on his hand but coach Todd Bowles is optimistic he’ll start against the Texans. Even if he starts, the Jets probably won’t ask him to pass a lot

Sleeper- Darren Sproles (vs TB)- The Eagles have mixed in RB Murray and RB Ryan Matthews all season. If RB Ryan Matthews (concussion) sits out Week 11, Sproles role should increase significantly

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 No Brainers- Charcandrick West at SD…..M Lynch vs SF…….AP vs GB

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 11

SD Steve Johnson ( vs KC )- The Chiefs pass defense looked good Week 10 but that is because they were playing against an injured Peyton Manning. The Chiefs pass defense won’t look good vs QB P Rivers

NE Danny Amendola ( vs BUFF)- The Pats lost WR J Edleman ( broken foot) for at least the rest of the regular season, but WR Amendola is very quite capable of handling the top spot

GB Davante Adams (at MINN)- Adams was targeted a whopping 21 times in Week 10 by QB Aaron Rodgers. This week the Packers play the #1 team in their division….the Vikings. It’s a critical game for the Packers to win, so expect 30-40 passes by QB Rodgers in this one

TENN Harry Douglas– Injuries to WRs K Wight and J Hunter has thrusted WR Douglas into the #1 WR spot in TENN. The Titans face the Jaquar’s #23 worst pass defense

Sleeper- ATL Leonard Hankerson (vs IND)- Before going out with an injury Week 6, Hankerson was a favorite target for QB Matt Ryan. In the first 4 games of the season, Hankerson had 17 receptions for 241 yards and 2 TDs

Sleeper- DET Golden Tate (vs OAK)-This match up vs the bad pass defense of Oakland is perfect for QB Stafford and WR Golden Tate to build on the success they had in Week 11 beating Green Bay

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 11

WASH Jordan Reed (vs CAR)- 24 targets from Q K Cousins in the past 3 games along with 5 TDs. 39 yard sand 2 TDs Week 10 vs NO

ATL J Tamme (vs IND)- 43 targets/ 30 receptions and 1 TD from QB Matt Ryan since Week 5- The Colts are the 9th worst team at defending the tight end position

DAL J Witten ( at MIA)- Before QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2, Witten had 17 targets/ 116 yards and 2 TDs. After QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2……..329 yards and 0 TDs

Sleeper- IND C Fleener- A new quarterback’s best friend is a tight end that he can look for when he’s pressured- When QB M Hasselbeck took over in Week 4, Fleener had 9 receptions for 83 yards and 1 TD

Sleeper- DET Eric Ebron (vs OAK)- The Raiders have had trouble covering TEs all season, and have given up the most TDs to opposing TES…..10

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 No Brainer- G Olsen (vs WASH)

What teams are good/bad defending opposing TEs? Here’s a great link w/ informative stats- LINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 11

ARI (vs CINN )- The Houston Texans completely shut down the Bengal offense in Week 10, holding them to only 2 field goals, I expect the Cardinals to do the same

MINN (vs GB)– If a bad Lion’s defense and keep the Packers in check in Lambeau, a better Viking’s defense ought to be able to in Minnesota

 Sleeper BALT (vs STL) The Rams HC J Fisher is not happy with QB Nick Foles, so he announced thatQB Case Keenum was the new starter. The Ravens won’t make it easy on him

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 11

BUFF Tyrod Taylor (at NE )- HC Bill Belichick and the Pats are great at shutting down the star players on opposing teams. Since Buffalo hasn’t many star players, this shouldn’t be close

TB J Winston ( at PHIL)- This is going to be a tough for the rookie quarterback, going to Philadelphia and playing against the 10th best defense in the NFL

TENN M Mariota (at JACK)– The Jaguars do not have a great defense, but the Titans have lost WRs K Wright and WR J Hunter. Mariota’s just doesn’t have a lot of passing options

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 No Brainers- Sit Case Keenum ( vs BALT)….HOU B Hoyer/TJ Yates vs NYJ….SF B Gabbert at SEA

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 11

HOU Alfred Blue (at NYJ)– RB Blue is barely averaging 3 yards a carry this season, and has only 1 TD run. It doesn’t get easier in Week 11 vs the Jets

WASH M Jones/ A Morris (at CAR)-  These guys looked good Week 10 vs the Saints, but the Panthers defense doesn’t stink the #32 ranked Saint’s defense does ( i.e. DEF coordinator Rob Ryan fired)

JACJ TJ Yeldon( vs TENN)–  The Titan’s run defense isn’t impressive, but RB Yeldon impresses me even less

CINN Jeremy Hill ( at ARI)- Hill hasn’t had a rushing TD since Week 4, and faces the 4th best NFL team defending the run in the Arizona Cardinals

Start Em Sit Em Week 11 No Brainer- Sit Shaun Draughn ( at SEA).

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 11

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs STL)–  Aiken had a nice match up in Week 10 at home vs the Jaguars and only had 73 yards on 14 targets. ST L will make it even less in Week 11

ALL SF WRs (at SEA)- QB Blaine Gabbert is starting, in Seattle, against the Seahawks who are #2 vs the pass

WASH P Garcon/ DeSean Jackson ( vs CAR)- This will likely be a defensive battle and a very low scoring game

BUFF Sammy Watkins (at NE )- The Pats will take Buffalo’s #1 play maker out of this game

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 11

CINN T Eifert ( at ARI)- Not the best week to start the star tight end. Houston shut him down Week 10, and Arizona is the 4th best NFL team defending the TE position

DEN Owen Daniels ( at CHI )- 1st…..I don’t even know if new QB Brock Osweiler has any chemistry with TE Daniels and 2nd….the Bears are 3rd best at stopping opposing tight ends

MIA Jordan Cameron ( vs DAL)- Only 21 receptions this entire season. ( Think he wishes that he was back in CLEV?) …The Cowboys are 8th best best at defending the TE position

 

Defense Sit Em Week 11

MIA Defense ( vs DAL)- QB Tony Romo should energize this Cowboy offense and the Dolphins will struggle to slow them down

BUFF Defense ( at NE )– The Patriots and QB Tom Brady, despite lossing some key offensive players, are playing at too high a level for Buffalo right now

IND Defense ( at ATL )– The Falcon’s are fresh off a bye week, and fired up playing at home vs the Colts

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 10 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em & Sit Em Week 10 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start Denver players at home vs the KC Chiefs- ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!

Bye Week 10- ATL- IND- SD- SF

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 10

NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs BUFF) – Fitz is averaging 250 yards and 2 TDs a game this season. The BUFF DEF also isn’t great

OAK Derek Carr (vs MINN)–  Carr isn’t a top 10 QB, but he didn’t miss it by much. He is currently ranked #12 in the NFL with 2094 passing yards/ 19 TD passes vs 4 INTs

WASH Kirk Cousins ( vs N.O. )- This is match up Capt. Kirk has been waiting for. If you can’t put up nice stats at home vs the leagues WORST passing DEF, then you don’t belong in the NFL. I hope the Academy recognizes Rob Ryan in February for the best performance of acting like a DEF Coordinator

Deep league Option: PITT Landry Jones (vs CLEV )– If you are missing ATL QB M Ryan, SD Rivers  or IND A Luck, you could do worst than L Jones. He’s only thrown 2 picks in the 3 games that he’s played in, he has the best WR in the game and is playing CLEV

No Brainers- A Rodgers vs DET…..D Brees at WASH

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 10

James Starks ( vs DET)- RB E Lacy hasn’t been Lacy all year and Coach Mike McCarthy said James Starks is “our No. 1 back right now” heading into Week 10 against the Lions. Also ESPN is reporting that the Packers are starting RB James Starks over RB Eddie Lacy because ” Lacy is way over weight”

BALT J Forsett ( vs JACK )– With WR Steve Smith on IR, the Ravens will need to lean on RB Forsett even more. The running back is rested from a Week 9 Bye and take on the Jags at home ( Jags are #7 vs the run, but Forsett will still score)

DeMarco Murray (vs MIA)- Recommended Week 9– Murray had his best game vs his old team. (funny what a great a motivation that is for NFL players) That was on the road. Now he’s at home vs a bad MIA run DEF and he is full of confidence

Jonathon Stewart (at TENN)- This is my least favorite start of the bunch, but TENN is far better defending the pass than it is defending the run, so CAR should give Stewart plenty of touches. QB Cam newton is playing at very high level, so moving the ball down the field and giving Stewart red-zone opportunities should be there Week 10

Sleeper- Matt Jones (vs N.O.)- Jones had 11 carries Week 9 vs RB A Morris’ 4 carries. Jones did fumble in the 3rd qtr Week 9, but WASH can ill-afford to punish the more talented RB for it, because the NFC East Division is anyone’s to win

No Brainers- DeAngelo Williams vs NO…..T Gurley vs CHI

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 10

WASH Pierre Garcon ( vs N.O. )- The Saints can’t cover anyone and their DEF ranks at the bottom

PHIL Jordan Matthews ( vs MIA)- Getting this guy involved in their offense is a big reason they beat DAL Week 9 ( 12 targets/ 1333 yards and 1 TD)

GB Davante Adams (vs DET)- The Packers are stinging from 2 straight loses, and QB A Rodgers looked plenty ticked off about it after the game Week 9. He’ll take his anger out on the dreadful Lions- Bet on it

Sleeper- HOU Nate Washington (at CINN)- QB B Hoyer is going to have throw a ton to keep up with the high scoring CINN offense. In the 2 games Washington played before the Week 9 HOU Bye, he had 201 yards a 3 TDs. Even w/ WR Cecil Shorts returning soon, Washington is sure-handed and QB B Hoyer likes throwing to him

Sleeper- DAL Cole Beasley (vs TB)– TE Jason Witten was QB Romo’s safety valve, and WR Beasley is QB Cassel’s. 9 catches/ 112 yards and 2 TDs Week 9

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 10

WASH Jordan Reed (vs N.O.)- 20 targets from Q K Cousins in the past 2 games along with 3 TDs

CLEV G Barnidge (at PITT)- Fantasy owners might be put off with Barndge’s 2 catches/ 35 yards Week 9 and only 53 yards Week 8. Hopefuly QB McCown (practicing) comes back. PITT is 4th worst at defending opposing TEs

Sleeper- GB Richard Rodgers ( vs DET)- 9 targets/ 19 yards and 2 TDs Week 9

Sleeper- DET Eric Ebron (at GB)- Week 7 Ebron was targeted 5 times for 89 yards and 1 TD reception. The Packers are near the bottom at defending opposing TEs

No Brainers- G Olsen (at TENN)…..T Eifert (vs HOU)

What teams are good/bad defending opposing TEs? Here’s a great link w/ informative stats- LINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 10

PITT (vs CLEV)– If Manziel starts, this a no-brainer….if McCown starts he’ll be rusty from not playing since Week 8

ST L (vs CHI )- QB J Cutler’s INT week 9 went for a pick 6. He’ll likely be good for another again battling the Rams in ST L

Sleeper NE ( at NYG )– QB Eli Manning was pressured into throwing 2 INTs by the TB DEF Week 9. Pretty sure the Pats can as well

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 10

BUFF Tyrod Taylor (at NYJ )- The Jets are #1 vs the run. So now all they have to do is keep WR Sammy Watkins in check, which I think they can do

STL Nick Foles (vs CHI)- The Bears rank #5 vs the pass, and QB Foles has become nothing more than game-manager. He hasn’t passed for 200 yards since Week 1

TENN M Mariota (vs CAR)– The rookie is playing great, but the Panther DEF is very good, so another option is advised

No Brainers- Sit Matt Cassel ( vs DEN)

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 10

BUFF LeSean McCoy (at NYJ)– Two things going against McCoy Week 10….facing the #1 Jets run defense and RB Karlos Williams taking too many carries away

DET Joique Bell & the Rest (at GB)-  Unfortunately the Detroit brass didn’t get rid of HC Jim Caldwell when they cleaned house, so the WORST rushing attack in the NFL will continue

CLEV I Crowell ( at PITT)–  Crowell is averaging 37 yards per game

JACK TJ Yeldon ( at BALT)- The Ravens can stop the run, and not so good at stopping the pass. QB B Bortles is playing very well, so let him try and win the game

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 10

KC Jeremy Maclin (at DEN)–  If you haven’t heard, DEN is #1 vs the pass and Maclin hasn’t had more than 85 yards since Week 4

CAR Ted Ginn Jr (at TENN)- He’s too inconsistent, hasn’t had TD reception since Week 4 and facing the 3rd best passing DEF

TENN WRS ( vs CAR)- WR K Wright is injured and likely OUT. That leaves J Hunter, Harry Douglas and rookie DGB to take on the CAR pass DEF

SEA Doug Baldwin (vs ARI)- Only 8 receptions for 77 total yards and 0 TDs since Week 5

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 10

DEN Owen Daniels ( vs KC)- Did You Know That….the KC Chiefs are the #1 NFL team defending opposing TEs

JACK Julius Thomas ( at BALT)- Only 4 receiving yards Week 8 and only 14 receiving yards Week 9. The Jags are at BALT Week 10, and only the Chiefs are better at defending the TE position

MIA Jordan Cameron ( at PHIL)- Only 20 receptions this entire season. ( Think he wishes that he was back in CLEV?) …The Eagles are one of the best teams. vs the TE position

 

Defense Sit Em Week 10

DET DEF ( at GB)- Even if the Packers haven’t been playing well of late, the Lions are the worst DEF in the league

TB Defense ( vs DAL )– QB M Cassel is capable and has Dez back. Look for a managed game and a lot of RB McFadden

CHI Defense ( at STL )– QB N Foles isn’t playing great but he isn’t making a lot of mistakes either. Only 1 INT since Week 5. Well coached team by HC Fisher and the Bears won’t be able to slow down RB T Gurley

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 9 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em & Sit Em Week 9 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start a lot of Cincinnati players vs a bad CLEV team and who are starting QB Manziel Week 9 ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!

 

Bye Week 9- DET- KC- BALT- SEA- ARI- HOU

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 9

TENN Marcus Mariota (at N.O.) – Great week to start the rookie vs a ridiculously bad Saint’s Defense ( Ever wonder if Rob & Rex Ryan had a different last name, if they could get any job in the NFL?)

OAK Derek Carr (at PITT)–  333 yard and 4 TDs last week vs the Jets. Brother that ain’t easy! This week the Raiders visit PITT. Easier to throw on PITT than it is to run on them

CHI Jay Cutler ( at SD )- A shoot out is coming Monday night in San Diego. Cutler will end with nice stats vs a bad Charger Defense ( hopefully not too many INTs)

Deep league Option: TB J Winston (vs NYG )– Winston won’t throw for over 500 yards and 7 TDs like QB D Brees did last week against the Giants, but it will be a good day for the rookie

No Brainers- P Rivers vs CHI…..D Brees vs TENN

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 9

Dion Lewis ( vs WASH)- Washington’s secondary is pretty good but Lewis is proving match up proof. 560 yards and 4 TDs already this year, and he sat out a game

PITT DeAngelo Williams ( vs OAK )– While RB L Bell was on suspension Weeks 1 & 2, DeAngelo Williams proved he could fill in more then adequately ripping off 224 total yards and 3 TDs

TB Doug Martin (vs NYG)– Giants can’t stop the run or the pass

SD Danny Woodhead (vs CHI)- RB Melvin Gordon has been in the San Diego doghouse for weeks and the Chargers just put RB  B Oliver on IR- Woodhaed should see a lot of touches Week 9

Sleeper- DeMarco Murray (at DAL)- I like when players face their old team ( WR Andre Johnson’s best game this year was when he went to Houston Week 5….77 yards and 2 TDs

Sleeper- Jeremy Langford (at SD)- The Bears believe that rookie RB Jeremy Langford is talented enough to be the feature back in Matt Forte’s (knee) absence

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 9

N.O. Willie Snead ( vs TENN )- This game won’t be as exciting as the Saint’s battle with the NY Giants week 8 because the Titans offense isn’t as potent, but this will be a fun one watch and have fantasy players in

OAK Amari Cooper (at PITT)- The Steelers are 6th vs the run- 13th vs the pass, so OAK and the Raiders with QB D Carr will likely have to win this game thru the air

MIA Jarvis Landry (at BUFF)- This guy is averaging over 9 targets a game this season. WR Landry and RB L Miller are the only players I trust to start

Sleeper- CHI Marquess Wilson (at SD)- With WR Eddie Royal injured ( knee) Wilson gets thrusted into the starting line up again with a great match up. 6 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD week 5 vs KC

Sleeper- CAR Ted Ginn Jr (vs GB)- The once tough Packer defense was exposed by the dominating Broncos Week 8, and #1 WR Demaryius Thomas had 168 yards . Ginn is the #1 WR in CAR, and has 18 targets in the past 2 games

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 9

N.O. Ben Watson (vs TENN)- QB Drew Brees likes to throw to his tight ends, so why it took so long for him to discover Ben Watson is confusing. In Week 6, Watson had 127 yards and 1 TD on 12 targets- In Week 8, Watson had 147 yards and 1 TD on 10 targets

PITT Heath Miller (vs OAK)- Picking once again on the worst team vs the TE position….the Raiders. Also, Big Ben loves him some TE Miller. 1st game back, Roethlisberger targets Miller 13 times ( for 105 yards)

BUFF Charles Clay ( vs MIA)- Week 3 vs MIA, Clay had 82 yards and 1 TD. Can he do it again?

Sleeper-WASH Jordan Reed ( at NE)- Tough, tough match up, but QB K Cousins is going to need a safety valve most of the game, and that will be TE Reed

What teams are good/bad defending opposing TEs? Here’s a great link w/ informative stats- LINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 9

CINN (vs CLEV)- With Manziel starting, this should be a field day for the Bengals pass rushers and secondary. I’m looking forward to this one

ATL (at SF)- The 49ers are starting QB Blaine Gabbert…..(that’s all I need to write)

Sleeper CAR ( vs GB)– IF the Panthers use last’s week game as a blue print ( DEN crushed GB)…then CAR could have success against QB A Rodgers. The GB O-LIne is looking very shaky lately

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 9

CLEV Manziel (at CINN)- This is going to get ugly

STL Nick Foles (at MINN)- Foles is a Sit Em, not because MINN has such a stingy defense, but because Foles has become basically a game manager. Did you know that Foles hasn’t thrown for over 200 yards since Week 1

WASH K Cousins (at NE)– The Pats are playing great and trying to come back from way behind early won’t help QB Cousins

No Brainers- Sit QB B Gabbert (vs ATL)- Matt Cassel ( vs PHIL)

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 9

IND Frank Gore ( vs DEN)- Gore has struggled all year ( The Colts have struggled all year)….it doesn’t get easier vs the #1 DEN defense

JACK TJ Yeldon (at NYJ)-  Facing the #1 run defense doesn’t bode well for a big game by Yeldon

CLEV I Crowell ( at CINN)–  Crowell only rush for 14 yards on 10 attempts Week 8 in the Brown’s loss to the Cardinals. The CINN is pretty good too, and they will stack the box daring Manziel to throw the ball

NYG R Jennings ( at TB)- Too many other RBs getting touches and TB is 8th vs the run

 

Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 9

WASH Pierre Garcon ( at NE)–  HC Belichick is perhaps the best at eliminating opposing #1 WRs from games

GB  Davante Adams (at CAR)- I wanted you to wait last week to see Rodgers and Adams are clicking yet before we risk our fantasy week on him. Hopefully you waited- only 1 catch for 8 yards. I want you to wait again

SF WRs Torrey Smith/ A Boldin ( vs ATL)- QB C Kaepernick stinks….QB B Gabbert is worst

IND TY Hilton (vs DEN)- #1 Reason- Hilton (foot) missed practice WED & THURS… #2- QB A Luck is struggling …#3- DEN has the best Pass Defense in the NFL right now

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 9

JACK Julius Thomas ( vs NYJ)- I haven’t been high on this guy anytime this year. Week 5 he came back and only had 20 yards receiving. “Ah-ha…I was RIGHT”. Week 6 he had 78 yards and 1 TD. “Oh-no…I’m WRONG”. Week 7 Thomas had only 4 yards. Pick a better TE option if you have one

DAL J Witten ( vs PHIL)- Hasn’t had a TD reception since Week 1 ( Romo went down in Week 2)…and the Eagles are one of the best teams. vs the TE position. If Witten is your only choice, then you obviously have to start him, but I doubt that  he does much

Defense Sit Em Week 9

WASH DEF ( at NE)- QB Tom Brady only has 1 INT this entire 2015 season so far

NYG Defense ( at TB )– QB J Winston hasn’t thrown a pick since Week 4. Ball security will help TB win this game

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start RB T Gurley at home vs #32 ranked San Francisco defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!

Bye Week 8- BUFF- PHIL- WASH- JACK

 

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 10

 

SD P Rivers (at BALT) – Start Rivers every week regardless of the match up, he is the #1 ranked QB in the NFL

DET M Stafford (vs KC in UK)–  Since his benching back in Week 6, Stafford has thrown for 661 yards/ 6 TD and only 1 INT. Teams are throwing all over KC this season

HOU B Hoyer ( at MIA)- Hoyer was recommended last week and he threw for 273 yards and 3 TDs. He has 8 TDs in the past 4 games vs 2 INTS

CHI Jay Cutler ( vs MINN )- Cutler comes back rested from a bye, and with his best weapon back in WR Alshon Jeffery

Deep league Option: STL Nick Foles (vs SF )– The Rams couldn’t ask for a better match up Week 8, vs the league’s worst 49er defense. Expect a lot of STL RB Gurley, and an OK day out of Foles

 

Running Backs Start Em Week 10

 

KC Charcandrick West ( vs DET in UK)- If West can rush for 110 yards and 1 TD vs the Steelers Week 7, he should have a day vs a dreadful Detroit team

BALT J Forsett ( vs SD )– Forsett has faced 2 very stingy run defenses in a row Weeks 6 & 7, but now he gets the 31st worst SD run defense. At home vs CLEV Week 5 (another bad run defense) Forsett had 170 total yards and 1 TD

CAR Jon Stewart (vs IND)– OK I will admit it…..Stewart is playing better than I thought he would. Somehow he is staying pretty healthy, which hasn’t been the case with this guy in the past. I’m glad. 44 carries in the past 2 weeks is almost unheard of anymore ( i.e. RBBC )- so start Stewart vs the Colts

N.O. Mark Ingram (vs NYG )- Did you know that Ingram is currently the #2 fantasy RB? Impressive considering that he has to share carries with RBs K Robinson and Spiller. Start him vs a so-so NYG defense

Sleeper- Alfred Blue (vs TENN)- RB Arian Foster is OUT for the season, and in the past, Blue has been the man to fill in. Week 3 this season, 31 carries for 139 yards and 1 TD

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 10

 

KC Jeremy Maclin ( vs DET in UK )- Maclin (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 8 against the Lions. If healthy enough to play, Maclin should have a big day

ARI Michael Floyd (at CLEV)- There are reports that the Cardinals may hold John Brown (hamstrings) out this week. They don’t need Brown to beat CLEV, and if he sits, Floyd’s number of targets could be huge. Floyd has TD receptions in the past 2 games

HOU Nate Washington (vs TENN)- This guy isn’t a one week wonder ( Week 7- 127 yards and 2 TDs) Granted, Week 7 was especially good as Miami double teamed WR D Hopkins all day, but Washington has 8 or more targets in every game (4) he’s played this year

Sleeper- DET Golden Tate (vs KC)- MIA RB L Miller took off after the Dolphins fired terrible HC Philbin. The Lions fired OC Joe Lombardi, so hopefully a fresh start with a new OC will get the talented G Tate back on track

Sleeper- ATL Roddy White (vs TB)- WR L Hankerson was stealing targets from White, but now Hankerson is questionable to play Week 8 with a bad hammy

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 10

 

N.O. Ben Watson- QB Drew Brees likes to throw to his tight ends, so why it took so long for him to discover Ben Watson is confusing. In Week 6, Watson had 127 yards and 1 TD on 12 targets

MINN K Rudolph (at CHI)- He’s not getting any yards (19 total yards in past 2 weeks) but he is getting TDs ( 2 in past 2 weeks)

SD Ladarius Green ( at BALT)- TE A Gates came out of the Gates with a with a 92 yard-2 TD game Week 5. He is now shelved (MCL) so TE Green will see all of the action with this   great match up- One bit of caution however- Statistically, the Ravens are the 2nd best team vs the TE position in the NFL

Sleeper Gillmore Crockett ( vs SD)- Before his injury Week 3 (calf), Gillmore had become a favorite target of QB Flacco and in Week 2 had 88 yards and 2 TDs

What teams are good/bad defending opposing TEs? Here’s a great link w/ informative stats- LINK

 

Defense Start Em Week 10


CAR (vs IND)- Luck has thrown 9 INTs this season. The Panthers will try to force a couple more out of him Week 8

GB (at DEN)- Did you know that QB P Manning is tied with PHIL QB S Bradford with the most INTs so far in the NFL (10)

Sleeper  ATL( vs TB)- at home vs a rookie QB

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 10

 

CLEV J McCown/ Manziel- Who ever starts Week 8 is going to have a very rough time vs the #3 Arizona Defense

STL Nick Foles (vs SF)- Even vs the worst team in the NFL, I don’t see Foles doing much more than being a game manager, like he’s been doing. He’s averaging only 186 yards/ 1 TD a game

TENN M Mariota (at HOU )– Less than 400 yard total in his past 2 games, 1 TD pass vs 3 INTs. Mariota (knee) isn’t 100%, but should play Week 8

No Brainers- Sit QB Colin Kaepernick (at STL)- Matt Cassel ( vs SEA)

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 10

 

NYG R Jennings/ Orleans Darkwa ( vs N.O.)- The match up is great, but HC Coughlin is now rotating 4 RBs. Can you trust that any of them are going to get enough carries/yards to help you win in Week 8? If you are in a deep league, maybe Darkwa is a nice sleeper for you this week, but if I have other options this week, I want to see how the back field shakes out one more week

DAL D McFadden ( vs SEA)- Yes, he had his best game ( in like 4 years!) last week playing the Giants, but the Seattle Seahawks are not the Giants

ALL DET RBs ( vs KC)–  Same as last week….A team with 4 RBs is a team with none for fantasy owners- NO DET RB has scored a rushing TD since Week 1- Joique Bell due back

SD Melvin Gordon ( vs BALT)- This guy isn’t getting out of HC M McCoy’s doghouse by running 29 yards on 7 carries Week 6 and by running 29 yards on 7 carries Week 7

 

Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 10

 

CLEV T Benjamin ( vs ARI)–  Injured McCown or Manziel….plus the Arizona Defense…..equals a bad day for Benjamin. He hasn’t had a TD reception since week 3 anyways

GB  Davante Adams (vs DEN)- Adams ( ankle) is expected back this week, but let’s see of Rodgers and Adams are clicking yet before we risk our fantasy week on him. In Weeks 1 & 2 when Adams was playing, he didn’t do much. DEN is #1 vs the pass BTW

DAL Terrance Williams ( vs SEA)- Sherman will shut Williams down

SF WRs Torrey Smith/ A Boldin ( vs STL)- QB C Kaepernick stinks

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 10

 

IND TEs Allen & Fleener ( vs CAR)- Same as last week, except this week IND is playing a much better DEF vs TEs. ( In only one game this season, has the INDY TEs been a factor, and that was when QB Hasselbeck was starting)

DET Eric Ebron ( vs KC in UK)- Statistically, the Chiefs are the best team vs the TE position in the NFL, giving up only 214 total yards and only 2 TDs

 

Defense Sit Em Week 10

 

CLEV Defense ( vs ARI )- QB C Palmer and RB C Johnson are playing great right now. The Brown’s won’t slow down the Cardinal’s offense

NYG Defense ( at N.O.)– The Saints will be playing with plenty of confidence after having whipped the Colts last week in Indy