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Week 5: Eagles Will Fly High Again - 18 comments

By R.J. White

It’s time for another Start and Sit column, where multiple Cafe members rate all fantasy-relevant players in an attempt to help you with your tough lineup decisions. Much was made of the last column, where we had the gall to rank Vincent Jackson and Terrell Owens close, giving Owens the edge. It turns out Owens outperformed Jackson last week, though neither did particularly well. That’s not to say that our system is foolproof by any means; rather, it’s to point out that when you see something so off-kilter with your own line of thinking, take a second to review why we may have preferred the seemingly worse choice. It takes a lot of time to produce this tool each week, and by the time it reaches your eyes, we’ve put a lot of thought into it.

1Peyton ManningINDat TEN99.60
2Kurt WarnerARIHOU85.80
3Matt SchaubHOUat ARI84.84
4Ben RoethlisbergerPITat DET84.80
5Brett FavreMINat STL81.40
6Tom BradyNEat DEN80.60
7Donovan McNabbPHITB80.43
8Tony RomoDALat KC80.40
9Joe FlaccoBALCIN79.40
10Matt RyanATLat SF74.20
11Carson PalmerCINat BAL72.60
12David GarrardJACat SEA70.20
13Eli Manning (Q)NYGOAK68.98
14Mark SanchezNYJat MIA68.20
15Trent EdwardsBUFCLE65.60
16Shaun HillSFATL65.00
17Jason CampbellWASat CAR64.80
18Kyle OrtonDENNE63.80
19Matt CasselKCDAL63.60
20Derek AndersonCLEat BUF62.80
21Jake DelhommeCARWAS62.12
22Kerry CollinsTENIND57.80
23Chad HenneMIANYJ53.60
24Matt HasselbeckSEAJAC52.64
25Josh JohnsonTBat PHI50.80
26JaMarcus RussellOAKat NYG46.40
27Seneca WallaceSEAJAC45.30
28Daunte CulpepperDETPIT42.90
29Kyle BollerSTLMIN39.50
30Brady QuinnCLEat BUF23.75

Start: Donovan McNabb, Eagles. No hangover here — we’re throwing McNabb right back into the fire after his three-week layoff. I am actually slightly worried about him. I remember in the past when he’s had to wear a protective vest, and it really seemed to cause his throws to be off. That being said, his matchup is great, as he should have no problem finding DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek for scores.
Start: Matt Schaub, Texans. Schaub has led the explosive Texans offense to eight passing touchdowns this year, all in the last three games. Against a Cardinals’ passing defense that hasn’t exactly been stout against the pass, Schaub makes a great start. — Nick Hopkins
Sit: Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks. Conversely, we’re sitting Hasselbeck in his return from injury, even though he has an easy matchup. If I’m in a two-QB league, I’m actually pretty happy with Hasselbeck as my second guy if I have a good first option. In one-QB leagues though, you have to wait to see how Hasselbeck looks before inserting him — the passing offense wasn’t exactly running on all cylinders when he was under center earlier in the season.
Sit: JaMarcus Russell, Raiders. You guys and gals in one-QB leagues can obviously skip this section, but this is for my peeps in two-QB leagues that are entertaining the thought of ever starting JaMarcus Russell. In fact, if you play in a league where you can play a QB at flex (which is almost always the right decision), you still shouldn’t play Russell. If you play in an eight-QB league, then maybe, maybe I’d think about it, but only if Brian St. Pierre is already picked up.
Update: Eli Manning looks good to go for Sunday.
RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat STL96.00
2Maurice Jones-DrewJACat SEA91.20
3Chris JohnsonTENIND86.20
4Marion BarberDALat KC83.81
5Brandon JacobsNYGOAK83.60
6Fred JacksonBUFCLE80.00
T-6DeAngelo WilliamsCARWAS80.00
8Steve SlatonHOUat ARI78.20
9Michael TurnerATLat SF77.60
10Rashard MendenhallPITat DET77.40
11Ronnie BrownMIANYJ77.20
12Marshawn LynchBUFCLE74.80
13Ray RiceBALCIN74.40
14Willis McGaheeBALCIN73.60
15Clinton PortisWASat CAR73.50
16Steven JacksonSTLMIN73.00
17Knowshon MorenoDENNE72.00
T-17Ahmad BradshawNYGOAK72.00
19Tim HightowerARIHOU71.60
20Beanie WellsARIHOU69.20
T-20Tashard ChoiceDALat KC69.20
22Jerome HarrisonCLEat BUF68.60
23Jonathan Stewart (Q)CARWAS67.20
24Glen CoffeeSFATL66.80
25Chester TaylorMINat STL65.60
26Cedric BensonCINat BAL65.20
27Kevin SmithDETPIT64.80
T-27Julius JonesSEAJAC64.80
29Brian WestbrookPHITB64.40
30Joseph Addai (Q)INDat TEN64.00
T-30Thomas JonesNYJat MIA64.00
32Donald BrownINDat TEN63.20
33Leon WashingtonNYJat MIA62.00
34Cadillac WilliamsTBat PHI61.42
35Ricky WilliamsMIANYJ60.80
36Larry JohnsonKCDAL60.40
37LenDale WhiteTENIND59.80
38Michael BushOAKat NYG59.60
39Laurence MaroneyNEat DEN54.20
40Mewelde MoorePITat DET52.40
41Justin FargasOAKat NYG52.00
T-41LeSean McCoyPHITB52.00
43Jamaal CharlesKCDAL51.60
44LeRon McClainBALCIN50.80
45Kevin FaulkNEat DEN45.80
46Ladell BettsWASat CAR44.00
47Justin ForsettSEAJAC43.20
48Derrick WardTBat PHI42.59
49Correll BuckhalterDENNE35.38
50Edgerrin JamesSEAJAC33.60
51Chris BrownHOUat ARI32.40
52Maurice MorrisDETPIT32.00
53Peyton HillisDENNE29.60
54Earnest Graham (Q)TBat PHI28.80
55Jamal Lewis (Q)CLEat BUF26.87
56Sammy MorrisNEat DEN25.80
57Bernard ScottCINat BAL24.59
58Ryan MoatsHOUat ARI23.80
59Jerious NorwoodATLat SF21.90
60Rashard JenningsJACat SEA18.20

Start: Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers. Where did that superb Sunday night game come from? I’ve been a big believer in the guy since his college days, and I would have figured he’d be one of the best young backs in the NFL by this point. Unfortunately, it’s taken longer for the light to come on for the second-year player, but it finally looks like he’s coming into his own. Willie Parker isn’t expected to play, so Mendenhall should run roughshod over the Lions in Week 5.
Start: Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, Bills. Our guys love the Buffalo duo this week. We figure the Bills are going to control the pace of the game all day, and with the passing offense showing no signs of life, that’ll mean oodles of carries for these two backs. We like Jackson a little bit more, so look for him to get about 20 touches, with Lynch earning about 15 touches, and both reaching the end zone on Sunday.
Sit: Kevin Smith, Lions. I know, we ranked him low last week and it burned you. But can you really count on two short-yardage TDs from the Lions week in and week out? Take out those trips to the end zone and Smith looked awful in Week 4, rushing for 30 yards on 19 carries. It looks like he could have another one of those types of days this week, with the defending champion Steelers coming to town. Don’t bank on the TDs this week — you might be sorely disappointed.
Sit: LenDale White, Titans. The big guy isn’t going to score a lot of points unless the Titans are moving the ball well, as most of his fantasy relevance comes from the goal line. For an 0-4 team, that’s a scary prospect for a back on your team. Will the Titans be able to keep up with the undefeated Colts? I wouldn’t count on it, especially with my RB2 slot on the line. Look to guys like Ahmad Bradshaw, Jerome Harrison, and Glen Coffee instead.
Update: Jonathan Stewart practiced and should play. Joseph Addai is listed as questionable, but should also play, yet makes for a poor start against Tennessee. Both Jamal Lewis and Earnest Graham are also questionable, yet shouldn’t play a big role in their offenses.
RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Reggie WayneINDat TEN96.40
2Andre JohnsonHOUat ARI95.40
3Larry FitzgeraldARIHOU91.80
4Anquan BoldinARIHOU87.80
5Calvin JohnsonDETPIT87.00
6DeSean JacksonPHITB86.80
7Randy MossNEat DEN84.20
8Roddy WhiteATLat SF81.80
9Hines WardPITat DET81.20
10Santonio HolmesPITat DET80.40
11Dwayne BoweKCDAL79.68
12Terrell OwensBUFCLE78.80
13Steve SmithNYGOAK78.60
14Steve SmithCARWAS78.00
15T.J. HoushmandzadehSEAJAC77.20
16Mike Sims-WalkerJACat SEA76.60
17Chad OchocincoCINat BAL76.00
18Derrick MasonBALCIN75.60
19Nate BurlesonSEAJAC74.80
20Bernard BerrianMINat STL74.60
21Pierre GarconINDat TEN74.40
22Jerricho Cotchery (Q)NYJat MIA73.20
23Brandon MarshallDENNE73.00
24Lee EvansBUFCLE72.40
25Santana MossWASat CAR70.80
26Percy HarvinMINat STL70.60
27Patrick CraytonDALat KC70.20
28Kevin WalterHOUat ARI69.55
29Mario ManninghamNYGOAK68.00
30Sidney RiceMINat STL67.80
31Wes Welker (Q)NEat DEN67.44
32Roy WilliamsDALat KC66.26
33Steve Breaston (Q)ARIHOU65.40
34Mark ClaytonBALCIN64.40
35Torry HoltJACat SEA63.80
36Mohammed MassaquoiCLEat BUF63.20
T-36Justin GageTENIND63.20
38Nate WashingtonTENIND63.08
39Kevin Curtis (Q)PHITB62.80
40Antonio Bryant (Q)TBat PHI62.54
41Josh MorganSFATL62.00
42Austin CollieINDat TEN61.60
43Michael JenkinsATLat SF60.60
44Chansi StuckeyCLEat BUF58.00
45Isaac BruceSFATL57.60
46Kenny BrittTENIND56.00
47Bryant JohnsonDETPIT55.00
48Eddie RoyalDENNE54.80
T-48Antwaan Randle ElWASat CAR54.80
50Donnie Avery (Q)STLMIN54.60
51Michael ClaytonTBat PHI54.40
52Josh CribbsCLEat BUF53.60
53Davone BessMIANYJ53.40
54Ted GinnMIANYJ53.00
55Laveranues ColesCINat BAL52.40
56Mark BradleyKCDAL51.60
57Muhsin MuhammadCARWAS51.20
58Louis MurphyOAKat NYG50.40
59Jason AvantPHITB50.00
60Braylon EdwardsNYJat MIA48.60
61Miles AustinDALat KC48.00
T-61Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKat NYG48.00
63Keenan Burton (Q)STLMIN47.40
64Chris HenryCINat BAL46.80
65Andre CaldwellCINat BAL45.80
66Bobby EngramKCDAL45.40
67Brandon StokleyDENNE43.60
68Johnnie Lee HigginsOAKat NYG39.40
69Joey GallowayNEat DEN38.20
70Jeremy MaclinPHITB37.80
71Deion BranchSEAJAC37.40
72Jacoby JonesHOUat ARI34.80
73Hakeem NicksNYGOAK34.65
74Domenik HixonNYGOAK34.22
75Josh ReedBUFCLE33.00
76Sam HurdDALat KC31.60
77Andre DavisHOUat ARI31.40
78Limas SweedPITat DET30.40
79Kelley WashingtonBALCIN29.00
80David ClowneyNYJat MIA27.40
81Mike ThomasJACat SEA26.20
82Malcom KellyWASat CAR25.80
83Greg CamarilloMIANYJ24.60
84Julian EdelmanNEat DEN23.60
T-84Mike WallacePITat DET23.60

Start: DeSean Jackson, Eagles. McNabb is back, but the speedy Jackson has been doing just fine without him, gaining 250 yards and scoring two TDs in his last two games with Kevin Kolb under center. If he’s facing a bad secondary, Jackson will be a great play in most weeks, and the Buccaneers’ secondary has been pretty bad. Again, my only concern will be McNabb’s accuracy as he deals with the extra layer of protection.
Start: Pierre Garcon, Colts. Mais oui! Garcon has went from fantasy afterthought, to new Colts starter, to every-week player in the span of a few short weeks. This week he’s facing a Tennessee secondary that has been awful all season, consistently giving up big play after big play. You know the attention is going to be on Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, so look for Garcon to get behind the defense once, and for Peyton Manning to make the Titans pay.
Sit: Ted Ginn, Dolphins. After an 11-catch game against the Colts in Week 2, Ginn has disappeared over the last two weeks, catching just one pass (four a whopping four yards) in that two-week span. If that’s not enough of a deterrent, he draws the Jets this week, who feature shutdown cornerback Dwight Lowery. To be honest, I wouldn’t even waste Lowery’s talent guarding Ginn at this point if I was pulling the strings for New York.
Sit: Braylon Edwards, Jets. Now now, you Jets fans probably have visions of TDs dancing in your head after acquiring the former third-overall draft pick. While it’s entirely possible, I’d take a wait-and-see approach with the punch-happy receiver before inserting him into my lineup. If it was me, I’d use him as a decoy as much as possible, because there’s a danger of dropped passes with him at this point. Coach him up, and get back to me in a few weeks, Braylon.
Update: Jerricho Cotchery didn’t practice on Saturday, and it’ll be hard waiting on him for his Monday night game. If you have other options, use them. Roy Williams is completely out, so he belongs on the bench. Give the other Cowboy WRs a bump up. I’ll assume Wes Welker plays again this week, but who knows what Bill Belichick will do. Steve Breaston should play — hopefully, since the matchup is sweet. Odds are Kevin Curtis is out, since he didn’t practice on Friday. In the same game, Antonio Bryant will need to play for the Bucs to have any chance. The Rams WRs will probably play, but you’re not playing them anyway.
RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Dallas ClarkINDat TEN99.40
2Jason WittenDALat KC94.40
3Tony GonzalezATLat SF87.80
4Brent CelekPHITB87.00
5Chris CooleyWASat CAR85.00
6John CarlsonSEAJAC84.80
7Owen DanielsHOUat ARI81.80
8Vernon DavisSFATL78.80
9Dustin KellerNYJat MIA77.80
10Heath MillerPITat DET74.80
11Visanthe ShiancoeMINat STL73.00
12Zach Miller (Q)OAKat NYG72.60
13Todd HeapBALCIN71.00
14Kellen WinslowTBat PHI70.40
15Tony SchefflerDENNE67.20
16Kevin Boss (D)NYGOAK65.24
17Robert RoyalCLEat BUF62.60
18Marcedes LewisJACat SEA62.40
19Anthony FasanoMIANYJ60.20
T-19Randy McMichaelSTLMIN60.20
21Ben WatsonNEat DEN59.80
22Stephen SpachARIHOU56.60
23Brandon PettigrewDETPIT55.65
24Derek FineBUFCLE54.80
25Sean RyanKCDAL53.20
26Daniel CoatsCINat BAL51.20
27Bo ScaifeTENIND49.40
28Dante RosarioCARWAS46.40
29Martellus BennettDALat KC41.80
30Alge CrumplerTENIND20.00

Start: Dustin Keller, Jets. When I’m having trouble deciding whether or not to roll with my TE or snag a one-week play off the wire, I like to look at how many points a defense is giving up to players at a particular position. For the Dolphins, Keller’s Monday night opponent, they’re allowing the fourth-most points to tight ends on a per-game basis. Now, their first three games were against Tony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark, and Antonio Gates, so use that information however you like.
Start: Vernon Davis, 49ers. Davis now has three touchdowns in his last two games. The Falcons gave up over 60 yards and a touchdown to a rotation of tight ends against both the Patriots in their last game (Chris Baker, Ben Watson) and the Panthers the week before (Jeff King, Donte Rosario). Davis is reliable every-week starter anyway, so get him in your lineup this week. — NH
Sit: Zach Miller, Raiders. I really can’t believe Miller is ranked as high as he is, considering the ineptitude of the Raiders offense. Our group is choosing to have faith that the passing game of the Raiders will get things fixed. The only positive sign I see on the horizon is the eventual return of receiver Chaz Schilens, with whom JaMarcus Russell has displayed great chemistry in the past. He won’t be back this week, and I’d bench Miller as a result.
Sit: Anthony Fasano, Dolphins. Most people had Fasano in the top 20 or so of tight ends before the season, but he certainly hasn’t lived up to even that modest billing so far this year. The Miami tight end has only managed four catches total this season, and hasn’t gone over 10 yards in any game. He’s nothing more than waiver-wire fodder at this point. — NH
Update: Zach Miller practiced and should play, but I still recommend not starting him unless you have to. Kevin Boss isn’t going to play, and you should have dropped him already.
1Ryan LongwellMINat STL92.00
2Lawrence TynesNYGOAK88.00
3Nick FolkDALat KC83.60
4Stephen GostkowskiNEat DEN83.00
5Neil RackersARIHOU82.40
6Rob BironasTENIND81.00
7Kris BrownHOUat ARI80.60
8Adam VinatieriINDat TEN80.00
9Joe NedneySFATL79.00
10Rian LindellBUFCLE78.20
11Jeff ReedPITat DET77.00
12Josh ScobeeJACat SEA75.20
13Jason ElamATLat SF75.00
14Matt PraterDENNE72.80
15David AkersPHITB72.60
16Shayne GrahamCINat BAL71.00
T-16Shaun SuishamWASat CAR71.00
18Steven HauschkaBALCIN70.80
19John KasayCARWAS70.20
20Billy CundiffCLEat BUF69.80
T-20Jay FeelyNYJat MIA69.80
22Jason HansonDETPIT68.40
23Olindo MareSEAJAC68.20
24Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat NYG64.80
25Dan CarpenterMIANYJ64.40
26Josh BrownSTLMIN64.20
27Shane AndrusTBat PHI60.80
28Ryan SuccopKCDAL59.40

Start: Ryan Longwell, Vikings. Good kicker in a dome against a bad defense? Yes, please!
Start: Josh Scobee, Jaguars. Scobee may not be the league’s most reliable kicker (three misses in 2009 so far) but the Jaguars are giving him plenty of chances. Scobee has made at least one field goal in each game this year, including three in last week’s offensive explosion against Tennessee. If you are scouring free agency for a replacement kicker this week, Scobee may be your best option. — NH
Sit: Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders. The Giants have allowed just three field-goal attempts in the first three weeks of the season (along with seven extra points). They’re the only teams currently allowing less than one FG attempt per game.
Sit: Jason Hanson, Lions. Constantly overlooked in Detroit, Hanson is having another good season (7-7 so far). However, this week the Lions play a tough Pittsburgh defense that has only allowed three field goals on the year. Not a good matchup for Hanson. — NH
2VikingsMINat STL93.80
T-3SteelersPITat DET92.00
6JetsNYJat MIA80.60
9CowboysDALat KC76.20
12PatriotsNEat DEN73.60
13RedskinsWASat CAR73.20
14ColtsINDat TEN72.00
19BengalsCINat BAL65.80
20FalconsATLat SF65.00
21JaguarsJACat SEA64.60
22TexansHOUat ARI63.40
23BrownsCLEat BUF60.40
24RaidersOAKat NYG58.20
26BuccaneersTBat PHI52.80

Start: Buffalo Bills. Of the potential FA defenses in your league, we’re head-over-heels for the Bills this week. Despite being banged up all season, the Buffalo defense has done a solid job of scoring fantasy points, sitting in the middle of the pack this season. After a six-sack game in Week 4, they’re taking on the Browns, who’ve given up the third-most points to fantasy defenses this year.
The Browns are about as good a matchup as you could want for your fantasy defense. The Browns offense is a mess after switching quarterbacks and trading away their best wide receiver. Cleveland has allowed the third most sacks this year (13) and thrown the second most interceptions (8). This would be a good week to grab the Bills’ defense off free agency and plug ‘em in. — NH
Sit: Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are tied for 10th among fantasy defenses this year, doing a great job of racking up sacks in the first two weeks and turning turnovers into touchdowns the last two weeks. However, they face a multi-faceted Baltimore offense that has been beating teams through the air and on the ground this season. Tackle Jared Gaither will miss the game for the Ravens, moving dominant rookie Michael Oher to the blind side (Michael Lewis fans appreciate that one).
Sit: Tennessee Titans. You probably don’t have to be told this, but the Titans’ defense has experienced a sharp drop-off from last season. The winless Titans are giving up 27 points per game, and only have six turnovers through four games. And, of course, it doesn’t help that they are playing one of the league’s best offenses this week, the Indianapolis Colts. — NH

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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18 Responses to “Week 5: Eagles Will Fly High Again”

  1. drgonzo71 says:

    This is the last site i check (and most trusted) when setting my line up but i’m seriously lost now… I have Portis and Harrison starting ahead of Lynch and Jackson (do i even think of playing the 2 bills???) and then Marshall and Garcon!!! ohh the stress of being 0-4!!! Thanks for all the help, I’ve cashed every year since i started following you cats (’06(this year will be tough though)).

  2. User avatar RBManiac says:

    not to knock the rankings here, but some of them i totally agree with, and others are just asinine.

    certain advice i agree with and other advice given out is just plain silly. im not even going to begin with what i mean…ivebeen playing fantasy for 14 years, and some things are just off the wall. Rankings zach miller above Todd heap and lewis, then turning around and telling to sit him makes no sense. Yes…sit zach miller, i agree, but tod heap and lewis need to be ranked above him along with Pettigrew. Jaguars and panthers need to be ranked much higher too. jonnie lee higgins above maclin , hicks, wallace, and edelman??? wow…hicks will have a better game then manningham, but i do understand the shut down corners in oakland.

    Roy williams breston,holt above massaquoi is off the wall. Williams isnt even going to play. andre caldwell should be 1 ahead of coles. Then..problythe best one of them all…TJ housh above Marshal, sims walker, chad johnson and others…lol wow..let me guess…big name, weak pass def? no…bureleson will have probly have better game then him. Dwayne bowe and TO above both steve smiths huh? cool….you guys just got done talking about it will be all about the run by ranking fred jackson tied with D williams.

    and that fred jackson…pfft thats going to be a very close game..closer then you think. the Rb rankings are a complete mess…looks like a person with 1 yr experience put it together.

    I know you guys will hate me for my rude comments, but hey…im honest, and i really think alot of those ranking need to change completely.

    I tried to help with the rankings, but when i click the page that says help us…i get a page popup that says im not authorized to veiw that page.

  3. User avatar RBManiac says:

    you have sweed ranked above mike wallace!!!! good luck with that

  4. GirthyOne says:

    Among the listings there RJ, I see Marion Barber way up there. Wow. I am figuring you did these before Roy Williams was listed as out.

  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    The rankings are an average of several Cafe members’ opinions, while the write-ups are obviously done by one person. There’s a lot in there I don’t agree with either, but calling them asinine is little much.

  6. User avatar RBManiac says:

    no silly…i never called anyone asinine…i said there is a few rankings that are just plain asinine. well opinions or not…its misleading and people look at it as serious advice while following it the way it is will make you lose games…rankings are very important. meanwhile the post above us is trying to figure out why he is 0-4 and questioning himself if he should start both bills RBs…lol

    i would never start both bills RBs. this whole page needs to be completely deleted

  7. User avatar WWM says:

    I’m one of the folks that contribute and as daullaz stated its opinion just like everything else. You want them to be as educated and unbiased as possible but some folks just have man crush’s on players just like professional prognosticators. Its unfortunately not in the the homosapien DNA to be completely non bias. I agree TO isnt worth a damn but it sounds like your smart enough to figure that one so…no harm no foul.

  8. User avatar WWM says:

    “you have sweed ranked above mike wallace!!!! good luck with that” If your counting on either guy for wins your problems are allot worse than a bad ranking.

    just say’n ;)

  9. User avatar RBManiac says:

    im not counting on mike wallace to win a game, just saying he should be ranked higher then sweed, and some people in 12team leagues do count on mike wallace cause they have no choice…that said, a person could drop wallace for sweed thinking its a good move.

    Also if your saying its cause people have a crush on 1 guy is why they are ranked so high, then they shouldnt be pushing him up that high at all, you cant bring favs in it to judge real rankings.

  10. RBWhore just wants to help out with the rankings, someone get this guy directions on how to help you guys!!!

  11. There are going to be listings that you dont agree with no matter how they end up. I mean I dont agree with Westbrook against TAMPA BAY being ranked lower than Kevin Smith against PITTSBURGH. But hey, whatever!

  12. User avatar WWM says:

    “Also if your saying its cause people have a crush on 1 guy is why they are ranked so high, then they shouldn’t be pushing him up that high at all, you cant bring favs in it to judge real rankings.” I’m not sure what planet you just landed from but, welcome. Even professional who do these ranking for a living get favorites and their ranking leave you scratching your head. To expect perfection or every weeks ranking to make absolute 100% sense to you is ridiculous. On espn rankings right now they have Lynch ranked way jackson. I completely disagree with it and posted just as you did sayn as much. Its an imperfect science and an imperfect world. With that being said, good luck this week with your teams.

    I also agree that KSmith ranked Higher than westy against TB is another anomaly. Hell, McCoy should be ranked higher than smith in my opinion.

  13. User avatar WWM says:

    “Also if your saying its cause people have a crush on 1 guy is why they are ranked so high, then they shouldn’t be pushing him up that high at all, you cant bring favs in it to judge real rankings.” I’m not sure what planet you just landed from but, welcome. Even professional who do these rankings for a living get favorites and their ranking leave you scratching your head. To expect perfection, or every weeks ranking to make absolute 100% sense to you is ridiculous. On espn rankings right now they have Lynch ranked way higher than jackson. I completely disagree with it and posted just as you did sayn as much. Its an imperfect science and an imperfect world. With that being said, good luck this week with your teams.

    I also agree that KSmith ranked Higher than westy against TB is another anomaly. Hell, McCoy should be ranked higher than smith in my opinion.

  14. i was one of them who got a auto drafted team.. an most of my players that i got were injured in the first week.. but right now i have some running backs that are always hit or miss.. any advice on startin or sittin these guys… julius jones, thomas jones, donald brown, kevin smith and ahmad bradshaw.. dam i have 2 many RB’s but every1 in my league is sitting on all the good WR’s

  15. User avatar daullaz says:

    Zach Miller — 69 yards
    Todd Heap — 41 yards
    Marcedes Lewis — 13 yards
    Brandon Pettigrew — 27 yards

    Good call on Mike Wallace. I had him ranked above Sweed also, even if the composite didn’t.

    You were right that Burleson was better than Housh (another ranking that was reflected in my personal rankings), but Housh did pretty darn good himself.

    Marshawn Lynch had a solid day (125 total yards), but Jackson was a miss. So was Massaquoi on your end, who did just a little bit better than Roy Williams. All in all, I think we did pretty good on the rankings you called asinine.

    Some didn’t like our low ranking of Westy and McCoy. Both received only eight touches (a TD saved Westy’s day).

    I bring these up not to say that we’ll always be right. There’s plenty that went wrong with the rankings after the games were concluded. I bring these up to point out that it’s harder than you think forecasting these games. Things that look like absolute certainties to you might not to others, and there’s really no telling who will be right. Take these rankings each week as an average opinion of our rankers, that’s all. Some of it will be right, some of it will be wrong. We’ll try to be more right than wrong, but no guarantees.

    I encourage discussion about what you agree and disagree with each week, but refrain from comments like “this whole page needs to be completely deleted.” That’s pretty insulting to the guys that volunteer their time each week to work on the Start & Sit.

    Now, with all that said, if you truly do want to help out, PM me your e-mail address and I’ll get you set up.

  16. User avatar terpfan says:

    Apparently you should just start whatever tight end I say to bench. This is the third week in a row my “sit” tight end has scored a TD.

  17. User avatar Navyseal says:

    Howsabout, from NOW on, start Miles “Steve” Austin whenever RoyWills is out or whenever Camp Counselor Wade Phillips says he is in the starting lineup, which SHOULD be from now on… Miles breaks tackles and has that extra, rare gear for WRs, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s 6ft 3in and goes about 220…

  18. User avatar WWM says:

    You definitely saw Austins punt return abilities in the open field. He runs with purpose when he has the ball.


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