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2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 13

The second installment of this weeks Starts and Sits.   We have a full complement of games this week so you will have your whole roster.  Lots of decisions this week.  If you have questions or hate mail hit us up on Twitter ArtOfScore

Good luck this week!  The playoffs are decided this week. If you are out of it, play spoiler and piss off your buddy.

Buccaneers at Panthers

Start ’em – RB Jonathan Stewart:  With D-Willy’s quad in question, its looks like Stewart is in line for the carries this week.  Tampa’s D is no joke and are playing well, but its hard to sit anyone thats set up to get 15 carries.

Jaguars at Browns

Start em – Browns Defense: The Jaguars have been playing better lately and I think they have a chance to win this game, but they are not very good on offense. They are last in points and last in yards.  They are also playing in Cleveland and Cleveland has had a very good season on defense 4th in yards allowed.

Sit ’em – WR Cecil Shorts III:  Joe Hayden has had a great season, but he got beat   fairly regularly last week by Antonio Brown last week.  I think he comes back and has a game against Mr. Shorts.

Patriots at Texans

Start ’em – RB Shane Vareen: He is going to be a must start from here on out.   The Texans still have a very formidable defense ranked first in yards allowed.  Vareen transcends this and has a good game running and receiving.  He had 11 targets and 8 catches last week. Vareen also had 10 carries.

Titans at Colts

Start ’em – TE Colby Fleener:  He got a lot of garbage time yards and a score last week at Arizona.   I am not in love with him this week, but I think they can attack the Titans in the middle of the field.   This is a low TE1 start this week.  Starting Fleener will all depend on who else you have at TE.

Sit ’em – RB Trent Richardson: There is no reason to start him at all.  He is not playing well, he is not reading his blocks well.  He has shown me nothing at all.  I am sure you have better starts as a flex on your roster.

Bears at Vikings

Start ’em – RB Adrian Peterson: Of course you are going to start him.  He is A.P.  We usually stray away from obvious starts,  I just want to point out that he could run for 200 yards in this game if his groin is healthy.   The Bears run defense is laughable.

Dolphins at Jets

Start ’em – Dolphins Defense:  Man, the Jets offense has been bad.  Really bad.  I am not sure it gets much better at home this week.  The Dolphins defense hasn’t been great, but neither has the Jets offense.  It would depend on what you have as another defense, but they are worth a match up start this week.

Sit ’em – RB Lamar Miller: Mr. Miller has 27 yards rushing his last 3 games.  27 yards rushing total!  He has been a little better in the passing game as of late, but that isn’t saying much when you are comparing it to 27 yards.   Say what you want about the Jets.  Their defense is stout.  You never know, but I see him as a low level flex this week until he snaps out of this funk.  If you have to start him, I get it. I just don’t like the match up or production as of late.

Cardinals at Eagles

Start ’em – WR Michael Floyd:   With 13 catches and nearly 300 yards the past 2 weeks combined, Michael Floyd is having the season the Cardinals expected when they drafted him in the first round last year.  In addition, Carson Palmer is playing better.   No reason to not start him this week against an so-so Eagles secondary.

Falcons at Bills

Start ’em – Bills Defense: Man oh man.  What happened to the Falcons?  One play away from the Super Bowl last  year and now, they are circling the drain.  Sure they are playing in Toronto, but I just don’t seem them coming out and playing well against a Bills defense that is a top 10 scoring defense in most formats.

Start ’em – Buffalo Running Backs:  I would feel good starting either Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller this week against the Falcons.  I feel that they will pound the rock against the Falcons porous and poor defense.

Rams at 49ers

Sit ’em – WR Tavon Austin:  He is a really exciting player, but he doesn’t get many touches.  He only had 3 non-special teams touches last week.  Yes, is one rush was for a 65 yard touch down, but that can not be counted on week to week.  I think the 49ers defense has a plan for him.  If you don’t have a better play as a flex, go for it, but he is extreme boom or bust.

Broncos at Chiefs

Sit ’em – Chiefs Defense:  I know they are at home and all that, but Houston and Hali are both nicked up.  They are also playing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and these guys have a pretty great offense.   Its just not a good match up.

Bengals at Chargers

Start ’em – RB Giovanni Bernard: Gio has been pretty consistent this year points wise.  I see this game as a shoot out and Gio will be in the middle of it.  Both teams need this game badly. Gio will continue to be used more and more as the season goes on.

Start ’em – TE Ladarius Green:  After his big game last week,  the secret is out.  If Antonio Gates is out or limited this week, Green might be a sneaky TE play depending on your roster and health.  A great pick up in dynasty if he is sitting out there for some unknown reason.

Giants at Redskins

Start ’em – RB Andre Brown: The Giants are running the ball better the past five games or so, that much is certain.  What else is certain is that the Redskins defense is just not that good.  They play hard, but they don’t have the horses.  I would start Brown this week and not think twice about it.

Saints at Seahawks

Start ’em – Wr Marques Colston:   As a Seahawks fan, I am pretty certain that Sherman will be on Jimmy Graham.  With that Colston will be matched up against one of the young Seattle corners.  Colston is a wily veteran and should have a productive night.

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2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week – Thanksgiving Edition – Week 13

Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving.

Here are some Starts and Sits for todays games.  The rest will follow later tonight and Friday.

Packers at Lions

Sit ’em – WR Kris Durham:  He was a nice story, but now that Nate Burleson is back and getting targets, his value takes a huge hit.  There are plenty of WR options out there and this is the time to employ one of them.

Sit ’em – : Packers Defense- They aren’t the worst start of the week, certainly. As a defense they get to the QB, but they give up a good amount of yards and points.  They are a Def2 at best.  If you have that other defense, this is the time to play them. Oh, and they are playing the Lions with the 7th ranked offense in Detroit.

Raiders at Cowboys

Start ’em RB Rashard Jennings – Ride the hot hand!  This Dallas defense is terrible and gave up over 200 yards to a Giants team that is average at running the ball.  The Raiders are 4th in the league  in rushing.  Dallas is 30th in defending the run.  I still can’t believe I am writing this, but start Jennings and feel good about it.

Steelers at Ravens

Start ’em – Steelers Defense:  This is a bit of a sneaky play this week, but let me explain.  The Ravens are 27th in the league in Rushing and 29th overall in offense.  They are inconsistent at best.  The Steelers are playing much better as of late.  The Steelers are a match up play.  If you have another defense with a great match up, go with that.  If you have the Steelers and are debating on what to do, consider this match up today.

Football Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

– The Art of Score

2013 – Week 13 Waiver Add/Drop

Listen, if you read this blog, you know we know our stuff. Go back and look at our track record.  We have called out waiver wire picks weeks before those “other sites.”  We do not state the obvious.  We do the work and you get the results.

The wire is thin as usual at this time of the year, but there are always opportunities.  Even if you are out of it, pick up a player to screw a playoff bound owner.  Play Spoiler, remember fantasy football is supposed to be fun!

 

WR Tiquan Underwood – Last week’s game came out of nowhere as Underwood had games of 8, 6 and 2 points the past three weeks since Mike Williams has gone down.  I am not really sure how much you can expect out of him moving forward, but he is a pick up that can fill out the back end of your roster for the play off push.  Hopefully his 3 catch 108 yard and 2 TD performance spurs him on to bigger and better games.

RB Dennis Johnson – Ben Tate has been banged up and last week those injuries may have caught up with him.  He ran only 7 times for a whopping one yard. Johnson’s 87 all-purpose yards and 15 touches last week should get him more carries moving forward.  Who knows, with a little luck, maybe he carries your team into the playoffs.  As of now, he is a low level Flex, but watch him.

QB Mike Glennon – I am always leery of adding rookie QB’s to my fantasy rosters.  They are wildly inconsistent and I don’t like dealing with their ups and downs.  However, Glennon is bucking that trend. He has played remarkably consistent and is giving solid production.  He is viable QB2 in most leagues and even worth a spot start moving forward.

WR Michael Crabtree – I have no idea what he is going to provide you moving forward.  He is all the way back from that Achilles injury? Will he and Kaepernick have the same chemistry as last year?  I know none of this.  I do know that he is active and he is returning to a WR needy team.  He is worth the risk to pick up. Hopefully you grabbed him already if not grab him now and sit him.  Wait a week.  If he looked good, you can evaluate him based off of that.

WR Julian Edleman – Buyer beware here.  I am only recommending this as a desperation pick up. He is too inconsistent to be relied upon week to week, but he has the ability to blow up.  He is a boom or bust play every week.

RB Benny Cunningham – I can’t help but think of the show “Happy Days” when I hear Benny’s name. However, Ron Howard, Tom Bosley and Henry Winkler cannot carry the ball as well as Benny Cunningham has. Mike has been on him all offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State.  Zac Stacy went down and Benny stepped up.  13 carries and 107 yards.  Impressive, but it was against the horrendous Bears run defense. If he gets the start for Stacy, he is a flex start depending on match ups.  If he is a backup, he is worth rostering, but carries substantially less value. If he starts, it will be happy days for you as an owner.

 

-Ron

Podcast: 2013 Playoff Push

The playoff push is upon us and we are there for you.   Here is a ton more content.   We review strategy. We reveal how our personal teams are doing.  We review waiver wire pickups for redraft and dynasty. We also give a stock up or stock down for several players.  Comment below, or comment on Twitter or on Facebook.

Intro music – Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery of Chessboxin’

Outro Music – Pixies – Where is My Mind?

-Ron, Mike, and Tim

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 12

The playoff pushes for fantasy football have already begun, and now more than ever the pressure to decide who’ll be in your starting lineup weekly is going to build exponentially.  We’ve had a pretty good start and sit record this season -especially considering all of the players that have come out of nowhere (some who have faded equally as quickly).

So we present the following recommendations with the hopes that you’ll find something useful for your stretch runs.  We’ll try to avoid the more obvious decisions and give you options that maybe you weren’t thinking about, or steer you away from emotional decisions based on all too recent streaks.   As always if you have a question about a specific start/sit, get ahold of us we’ll be happy to help you out.

Saints at Falcons

Start ’em WR Marques Colston – Earlier in the season Colston was hurt and playing so terrible, that not only did he make Robert Meachem relevant,  but we here at the Art of Score suggested it might be time you cut him.  Well, Colston is back…sort of, over his last 2 games he’s produced 187 yards and 1 TD.  More importantly his targets have been at 6 or higher for 3 straight weeks now- and this means that he’s firmly back on the Brees’ radar.  Colston’s days as a #1 fantasy WR are probably over, but he makes a nice low end WR2 or Flex play tonight against a Falcons team that is mailing it in.  I’m not advocating stardom for the rest of Colston’s 2013, but he does appear to be a fantasy starter you can use down the stretch.  80 and a Td could be well within his reach this game.

Sit ’em QB Matt Ryan – Ryan’s team has been disappointing, and he has very few healthy weapons – so it’s likely not the type of year you, or he thought he would have.  Ryan’s last 3 games have produced 4 TD’s against 5 interceptions and he has cracked 250 yards just once in that time.   Without Julio Jones, even a recovering Roddy White isn’t enough to guarantee Ryan produces weekly – and against the Saints’ 3rd overall pass defense he’s too risky to start.   I’m not advocating you do something crazy like starting QB Matt McGloin over him this week, but if you have a reasonable backup QB like Big Ben or Eli – I would yank Mr Ryan from your starting lineup.

Jets at Ravens

Sit ’em RB Ray Rice: I know, I know we advised this last week and he had his best game of the season with 131 yards rushing and a TD.   That was also against the Bears’ 31st ranked rushing defense, and the ONLY time Rice has even had his combined yardage go over 100 on the season!  You want to try and sell me on the fact that he’s healthier now than he was earlier in the year, fine I’ll bite – a little, more like a nibble, more like a sample bite that I spit in a napkin really – but I’ll go with you at least as far as to say maybe they’ll be a week or 2 down this stretch that Rice will reward you for your pick.  But, it’s not going to be this week folks.  The Jets have the best run defense in the NFL, they just played a game where they limited fellow disappointment RB CJ Spiller to 6 yards on 13 carries, and for the 2nd time this season held him under 10 yards!!  They grounded the Bills rushing game under 80 yards total – and that was in a blowout that they lost.   If you have a RB on your bench that can get you 5 points or over, that guy is the call this week over Ray.   Now is not the time to get caught up in a feel good rebound week, bench him and look at it again next week.

Start ’em WR Santonio Holmes: This can be your risky upside Wr3 play this week, or potentially desperation flex play.  Before his injury in Week 4, Holmes looked to have developed real chemistry with Geno Smith and showed glimpses of his old WR1 potential.  Holmes had 71 yards last week in what was probably Smith’s worst game as a pro, so he’s clearly got the potential to produce even in this ramshackle offense.  It’s true those 71 yards came on only 2 catches, but it’s also true he was targeted 8 times.  He’s a much better play than Dolly Parton sized bust Stephen Hill, and with Kerley (arguably the team’s best WR this year) sidelined with his own injury issues – Holmes is the only game in town.  My bet is the Ravens’ 11th ranked run defense loads up to slow Ivory and Powell – and Geno is forced to throw.  It could still be ugly for Geno, but good for Holmes – like it was last week.  Take a chance as I’m betting on Holmes for 7-10 points this week in standard Non-PPR leagues.

Steelers at Browns

Sit ’em TE Jordan Cameron: Cameron has had a nice year, well above expectations, but the shine is starting to come off your new TE toy.   In his last 5 games Cameron’s targets have dropped from an average of about 10 targets a game to about 5 targets.  Granted some weeks like 2 weeks ago his 4 targets for 81 yards can still be very productive – but the truth is QB Jason Campbell does not have Jordan on his mind the same way Weeden and Hoyer did earlier in the season.  You want to tell me Pittsburgh has a bad pass defense, and that maybe the Browns will refocus Cameron into the offense this week?  That’s fine and perfectly plausible, but I think fringe guys like Coby Fleener, Garret Graham, and Delaine Walker could all outproduce him this weekend.

Start ’em RB Chris Ogbonnaya: I didn’t really believe the Browns would feature Ogbonnaya last week when I bet against him.  But against a tough Bengals’ defense he did manage to get 99 combined rushing and receiving yards.  Now he also had a costly fumble, which was returned for a TD – so I don’t know how long his leash will be (get it? Browns = Dawg Pound = leash?  eh, eh?), but there’s no denying his 14 total touches last game is a positive sign.   Pittsburgh’s defense is leaky, and their offense scores – so points may fly in this one, you’re going to want a RB that catches passes.  Ogbonnaya makes a high level flex play this weekend.

Buccaneers @ Lions

Start ’em RB Bobby Rainey: Be careful here, I’m saying that as much to myself as to any of you.  I liked Rainey coming out, and I thought his big chance would come when he was traded to Cleveland.  But the Browns thought waking Willis McGahee up from his crypt was a better idea, and when Rainey wound up in Tampa well I figured that was the end of it. 2 injuries later and we’re talking about him coming off a 30 carry 163 yard 2 Td performance!!  Rainey is talented no question, and hopefully the Bucs are smart enough to ride the hot hand here.  However, don’t get yourselves too worked up about Rainey in the short term, or the long term.  Long term the Bucs are not a great landing place for him with Martin and James ahead of him, and short term – he really will be a matchup play I think.  Now the Lions are 5th in the NFL against the run, but that can be a little misleading because Rainey is capable of participating in the passing game where the Lions are a pathetic 30th.  I think you have to start Rainey, but as much as I want to sound the horn to charge like a late season DeAngelo Williams circa November of 2008…I can’t recommend him yet as anything more than a low Rb2, or solid flex, until I see proof the Bucs won’t screw this up with Brian Leonard.  Start him over a disappointing player like Ray Rice this weekend – but let’s wait and see if he returns to earth a little.

Panthers at Dolphins

Start ’em – Panthers D: They are playing well and going against a depleted Dolphins line.  I don’t think they go crazy, but there is no need to bench them this week.  Don’t overthink it.  Play the Panthers D and expect positive results.

Sit ’em – RB Daniel Thomas: Thomas is a power back and this type of running doesn’t match up well with the strong front 7 of the Panthers.  Lamar Miller is the better play but only marginally better.  If you start him it’s out of pure desperation.

Bears at Rams

Start ’em – RB Zac Stacy:  The Zach Attack is back.  Follow my logic here.  Ravens were last in the league in rushing last week.   Last week they ran for 174 yards against the Bears.  They are God-awful against the run.   That might change once Briggs gets back, but as of now start any running back against the Bears.  Anyone that says their D is playing well is living of the myth of yesteryear.

Colts at Cardinals

Sit ’em – RB Trent Richardson:   He is averaging 2.8 yards a carry since coming over from Cleveland.  2.8 yards a carry!  He has no vision.  He runs into the line.  I mean he runs hard, but there is a lot more to an NFL RB than just running hard.  Trent your trend is bent; downward.

Sit ’em – RB Rashad Mendenhall:  He has done nothing all season.   Yes, he gets 10 carries a game.  I get it.  He does nothing with those carries.  Start someone else.

Titans at Raiders

Start ’em – RB Rashad Jennings:  Am I crazy?  Maybe.  Consider this, Titans have the 19th best rushing defense.  The Raiders have the 5th best rushing Offense.    He will also still get carries even if McFadden plays.  He also ran well the past two weeks.  That smells like a Flex start to me.

Cowboys at Giants

Start ’em –  WR Ruben Randle: He has been playing well.  The Dallas defense is one of the worst…things… I have ever seen.  It’s embarrassing.   Dallas will play and has been playing a lot of cover 3.  Underneath routes should be open and Randle has a game worthy of a WR2.

Sit ’em – RB Demarco Murray:  Giants run D has been playing well.  Look at the past 4 games and you will see that.  The Cowboys can’t/don’t want to run the ball.  Bombs away.  Start Murray if you have to, but be forewarned.  In reality you don’t need a warning.  If you have owned him all season, you know how disappointing he has been.

Broncos at Patriots

Start ’em –  RB Shane Vereen:  Bye week Troubles?  Start Vereen in your flex and you will be cured.  He will tear up PPR leagues the rest of the year.   No reason to sit this guy at all.  He is the kind of guy who can get on a role and carry your RB2 or Flex through out the playoff push.

49ers at Redskins

Sit ’em – QB Colin Kaepernick:  Colin, buddy, I know the ‘Skins defense isn’t very good.  But, the reality of the situation is that you are playing terrible.   This is a get right game for you.  There is no reason you should have a bad game here, but I don’t trust you.   I’ll take the sure points with another QB.  As I said, he should have a big game, but there is a lot of risk here.

*more to come*

-Mike and Ron

2013 – Week 12 Waiver Add/Drop

Listen, if you read this blog, you know we know our stuff. Go back and look at our track record.  We have called out waiver wire picks weeks before those “other sites.”  We do not state the obvious.  We do the work and you get the results.

This time of year the waiver wire is thin.  This much is certain.  However, there are opportunities for you. At his point in the season, there are team owners in your league that have given up.  This will reduce the number of teams in play for waiver wire transactions. I can’t say this for all leagues, but for some, this is very possible.  Our view is to never give up. Be a spoiler. Beat your friends.  It’s fun to steal a player or knock your buddy out of the playoff race. Some don’t subscribe to this idea.

Did you pick up Bobby Rainey like we told you last week?  If you did you would have been rewarded.

FYI if you didn’t see “A Football Life – The Forward Pass” on the NFL network.  Watch it.  I am no slave to hyperbole, but it’s amazing.

Reread previous weeks post in the Waiver Wire section.  There may be players still sitting out on your leagues waiver wire that we talked about weeks ago.

WR Michael Floyd – He has probably been on and off rosters all season.  He had a monster last week, over 190 yards.  He is wildly inconsistent and is nowhere near a sure thing.  However, if you are searching for a WR.

WR Jericho Cotchery – Here is another guy that has been sitting out in your league on and off all season.  Recently, he has garnered more consistent playing time.  This has resulted in increased productivity. If Emmanuel Sanders is dinged up this week, he could be a sneaky WR3 play.

QB Matt McGloin – This guy torched a pretty good Texans secondary.  He is  an undrafted rookie.  In fact, he wasn’t even signed after the draft, he had several tryouts just do get into a camp.  He was 18 for 32 for 197 yards and 3 TD’s No ints.  I wouldn’t get crazy here. He is a low level injury or bye week replacement, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Buffalo Bills Defense- Crazy right?  Depending on your scoring format, they are around 10th in the league in points.  At this point in the season, they can be a great matchup play if you choose wisely.  Get ready for this. They are leading the  league in interceptions with 16 and have 37 sacks that leads the league.   They are probably better than one or both of the defenses you are carrying.

-Ron

2013: Start ‘em or Sit ‘em Week 11

As always we try to stick away from the obvious “start Calvin Johnson” etc, but we are always open to fielding specific lineup questions if you leave them in the comments below.  In the same breathe, we aren’t going to tell you to sit Frank Gore because they are playing a team that has a strong defense.  That would be a waste of everyone’s time.

This week.  Two parts.  Thursday and then an update Friday.

Colts at Titans

Start ’em – Colts D: You think they are embarrassed after the egg they laid at home last week?  You’re damn right they are. I think they get after Ryan Fitzpatrick in this game big time.

Sit ’em Ryan Fitzpatrick: He’s a turn over machine. He is average at best. He is Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Sure he went to Harvard, but he’s still illiterate when it comes to reading a defense.

Jets at Bills

Start ’em RB Chris Ivory: The Bills are 22nd in the league in run D.  The Jets will pound the rock all game.  Ivory gets enough carries in this one to grab a starting spot in this week’s lineup

Sit ’em WR Stevie Johnson: After watching last week’s game, he and E.J. Manual are just not in sync.  The latest reports are that he may not even suit up for this one as he is struggling with a groin injury. I think there are better options at this point.  Keep an eye on this because if they start clicking, Johnson could be a WR3 down the stretch.

Sit’em RB CJ Spiller: Spiller is going to be a matchup guy for the rest of 2013.  It’s the disappointing reality you have to face with him,  and fooling yourself will only damage your fantasy team.  When the Bills played the Jets earlier in the season Spiller managed under 11 total yards of offense. He’s a little healthier now, but the Jets rush defense is just as formidable.  Plus Buffalo coaches were quoted this week as saying they view both Spiller and Fred Jackson as #1 RB’s.   Umm…nothing is good about CJ this week.

Ravens at Bears

Sit ’em RB Ray Rice: So here’s the deal.  The Bears are second worst in the league in Run Defense.  The Raven are 30th in run offense.  Something has got to give.  There is no way I am starting this guy anymore unless I have to, but if you have to, this is the week to do it.

Start ’em WR Alshon Jeffery:  In 5 of his 6 games, Jeffery has gone over 10 fantasy points in both standard PPR and non-PPR leagues, he’s topped 100 yards in 4 of the 6, and he was targeted an insane 18 times last weekend.  Dude is red hot, and now that Cutler will miss at least another week – that means Jeffery should remain high in the mix because Cutler sometimes only has eyes for Brandon Marshall…welp not this week.  Jeffery is a Wr2 this weeks and this is our little shout out for him maturing into the weapon we thought he was.

Browns at Bengals

Start ’em WR Marvin Jones:  Look up what Joe Hayden did to AJ Green the last time these teams met.  See? (7 catches for only 51 yards)  That is why you are starting Marvin Jones.  He will see an uptick in targets this week and is a WR3 start.

Sit ’em RB Chris Ogbonnaya: Word is the coming out of their bye the Browns would like to shift more of their workload to Obonnaya.  It makes sense since Willis McGahee is breaking down, and Chris can in theory catch passes out on the edge. Ogbonnaya isn’t bad perse, painfully average maybe, but the real problem here is the Bengals rush defense has a way of smothering players.  Obonnaya represents a very low flex play option this weekend – very low.

Raiders at Texans

Start ’em –  Texans D:  If Matt McGloin starts, Texans D all day.  If Pryor starts then the Texans are still an above average play – IF the team hasn’t quit amid all the turmoil (Kubiak stroke, Foster injury, terrible record etc) to me this is a fairly big sized IF…but you can’t anticipate them quitting until it actually happens so ride them this week and see how they play.

Sit ‘em – RB Rashard Jennings: He has had 2 good games in a row against bad Defenses.  Regardless of rankings, the Texans front is formidable.   I don’t think he gets the yards needed for an effective start in this one.

Cardinals at Jaguars

Start ‘em – Cardinals Defense:   OK.  Ya, I am recommending another defense, but let’s be real here.  The Jags O-line is average on their best day and the Cardinals can really bring the heat.   If the Cards get up by a 2 scores in this game look out.  They will pin their ears back and blitz like hell.

Start ‘em – RB Andre Ellington:  He is a virtually an every week flex start.  If he got in the end zone more, he would be surefire starter in all formats.  Mendenhall has been struggling all season, maybe finally Ellington gets the lion share of the carries.

Lions at Steelers

Start ‘em – Joique Bell: Now I don’t love this play at all.  It all has to do with injuries to the Lions WR’s.  Johnson has said he’ll play this Sunday and his knee issues are just maintenance, but Bell could be a nice flex option if the Lions get up early and need to control the clock. As Burleson won’t play this week either, the Lions could decide to keep it conservative with the lead.  This is a tepid flex start that could become hot if Megatron suffers a setback and can’t transform into a football player on Sunday.   

Redskins at Eagles 

Start ‘em – Yes, TE Jordan Reed and WR Pierre Garcon are every week starts from here on out.  Watch some of the games.  These are the only 2 guys that RG3 looks for. 

Start ’em QB Nick Foles: I called WR Riley Cooper last week, and this week I’m fully endorsing Nick Foles.  My Foles love was unrequited b/c the Eagles kept jerking him in and out of the lineup, and his concussion slowed things down. But you simply cannot argue with 16 TD’s and 0 Int’s….even the most skeptical of fans have to open their eyes at this point.  Foles is an every week starter as a top 10 fantasy QB the rest of the season.  Against a terrible Redskins’ pass defense he may very well be the highest scoring QB in week 10.   So if you’re someone choosing between “Nick Foles or”this week…it’s Nick Foles.  No question.

Falcons at Buccaneers 

Start ‘em – RB Brian Leonard:  I don’t love Brian Leonard’s talent at all, but he will get the majority of the carries at home vs an iffy Falcons D.  The Bucs Oline did some work last week against the Dolphins and Seahawks back to back.  Let’s make that three straight.

Sit ‘em – RB Steven Jackson: They say when RB’s lose it, they just lose it.  There is nothing gradual about it.   Steven, you have been awesome for many years, but I am afraid, you might have lost it.  If the line play improves there is hope Steven, I haven’t given up on you fully, but you aren’t a start until you show me something.

Chargers at Dolphins

Start ’em WR Rishard Matthews: A lot of people will look at last week’s 120 yard 2 Td performance by Matthews out of no where and think that they’ve missed their chance to hit that lotto ticket.   It’s true that Matthews has been virtually invisible since he was drafted 2 years ago.  But it’s my bet that Matthews is a better player than his limited playing time warranted, and now with the season ending injury to WR Brandon Gibson, I’m hoping that last week is the start of Tannehill looking for him often.  Matthews should be viewed as a very risky play week to week, but I like him here against a Chargers defense that is terrible against the pass.  (28th in the league).  I think Matthews could post another 100 yard effort – but the TD’s seem optional this week.

Start ’em WR Keenan Allen: Miami is not as bad as San Diego against the pass, but they have their holes.  In his last 5 games, Allen has broken 100 yards 3 times and has 3 TD’s – and this is more about saluting his effort than telling you something you don’t know: while a 40 yard dud like last weekend is possible every now and then, Allen has worked his way to low level WR2 at this point – and he seems an advisable start here.

Niners at Saints

Sit ’em QB Colin Kapernick: This isn’t an overreaction in my mind to last week’s disaster with Carolina.  Kap will probably have better #’s against a weaker Saints’ defense, but consider the Saints pass defense is ranked 3rd in the NFL right now.   Then consider TE Vernon Davis is still not taking contact in practice after suffering a concussion last week.  If Davis can’t go, or is limited – it takes an anemic pass offense and puts it on life support.   Kapernick will be able to get some of it back for you with rushing yards, but if the Saints say break the 20 point mark…how will the Niners try to keep up?   It’s fashionable to be down on Colin this season, and while it may not be his fault, and it may be overblown….I think this week you put him on your fantasy bench.   Hopefully brighter days are ahead with Davis getting healthier and maybe Michael Crabtree returning.

Packers at the Giants

Start ’em WR Jarrett Boykin: You may think that advising a WR from a team with its 3rd string QB on the road in his 1st full NFL start is risky.  Consider however, that QB Scott Tolzein managed to target Boykin over and over again vs the Eagles for a total of 8 catches for 112 yards.  The Giants defense is still awful, don’t let games against Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, and Terrell Pryor fool you – they haven’t faced an NFL QB in a month.  Tolzein will probably get beat and beaten up, because he’s not any good at this point in his career – but just like against the Eagles last week there’s nothing stopping Boykin from juicy garbage fantasy time points.

Start ’em RB Andre Brown: In the preseason I was adamant that Brown was the better player than RB David Wilson – and here we are 11 weeks later- the Giants having gone through nearly that many RB’s, and it’s Andre Brown’s time.  Brown may never be durable, he may never break off a long TD run, but he can simply put his head down and move the chains.  Hopefully you followed our advice and picked him up off of waivers before last week when he came out for a 30 carry 118 yard 1 TD season debut.   The Packers have an above average run defense, but the Giants have to try and ride Brown because their passing game is just not clicking.  Brown will have even bigger days to come, but you can consider him a very high end flex play/low end RB2 this weekend.

 Chiefs Broncos

Sit ‘em –  WR Dwanye Bowe:   Regardless of the arrest, he was going to be on my sit list.  He has shown NOTHING all year.  Aside from some garbage yards, if the Chiefs are down early, I don’t see him producing much at all.  He hasn’t done it all year.  He isn’t going to start now.

Vikings Seahawks

Sit ‘em – TE John Carlson:  He had a career game last week.  He also played a Redskin D that is having problems with their pass D.   If you need to start him, I get it.  Times are tough in TE land.  Pursue other options unless you are stuck.   Last year Christian Ponder played in Seattle and he through for under 100 yards.   I don’t see why this game is going to be any different.

Start ‘em – WR Golden Tate:  Tate has been playing great the past few weeks.  He seems to have Russell Wilson’s confidence.  He is great after the catch and high points the ball as well as anyone in the league.  Regardless of Harvin coming back, Tate will be the #1 in Seattle for the rest of the year.

Pats Carolina

Start ‘em – RB Deangelo Williams:   Carolina is going to pound the rock all game.  DeWilly is going to end up splitting carries in this game, but he has the most speed of any of the backs in the Panthers backfield.   I would expect a game similar to last week.  Which is good for a flex start.


:By Ron & Mike