Sorry about the piece going up a little incomplete, folks. I do want to pass along the info that we’re No. 1 (of about 30 different sites) in a very comprehensive rankings comparison done by independent site FantasyXPERT.com. It’s great to see that we’ve had such a successful year already! Mad props to Dan Lambskin, utility-hook, WWM, and the entire ranking team!
Terpfan will hopefully be along in a few to give you guys a little in-depth analysis on a few Start/Sit choices.
…and here I am. Great job by the rankers! Let’s see what we have this week…
|2||Aaron Rodgers||GB||at TB||90.75|
|6||Philip Rivers||SD||at NYG||81.75|
|7||Matt Schaub||HOU||at IND||81.25|
|8||Kurt Warner||ARI||at CHI||80.00|
|11||Joe Flacco||BAL||at CIN||78.25|
|14||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||at DEN||75.25|
|15||Matt Cassel||KC||at JAC||74.75|
|17||Tony Romo||DAL||at PHI||71.50|
|T-20||Jason Campbell||WAS||at ATL||66.75|
|22||Matthew Stafford||DET||at SEA||58.93|
|23||Chad Henne||MIA||at NE||55.50|
|24||Jake Delhomme||CAR||at NO||55.00|
|25||Vince Young||TEN||at SF||53.75|
Start: Donovan McNabb, Eagles. Hiccup against the Raiders aside, McNabb and the Eagles have been humming along since their Week 4 bye week. McNabb has seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in that time. This week they host Dallas at home in a big divisional matchup. The Cowboys are 22nd in the league in passing defense, and have allowed 12 passing touchdowns this season. Keep McNabb in your lineup this week.
Start: Joe Flacco, Ravens. Despite only passing for 175 yards against Denver last week, Flacco looked as cool and collected as ever, and should be ready for his rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco had his worst game of the season last time he faced the Bengals, but having seen them once should help him improve this time around. The Bengals are ranked 30th in the NFL by passing yards allowed, so a big day for Flacco and the Ravens would not be a surprise.
Sit: Eli Manning, Giants. Manning’s three touchdowns to six interceptions in his last three games are not what his fantasy owners want to see. San Diego is ranked 6th in passing defense, and is not the great matchup that Eli needs to get back on track. Leave Manning on your bench for now.
Sit: Matt Ryan, Falcons. Ryan had a rough game last week against the Saints, throwing three interceptions. Despite all their problems, the Redskins’ pass defense is actually quite good. The Skins are ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards, with six touchdowns allowed. While Matt Ryan will certainly be hoping for a bounce back game his matchup is not a favorable as it might seem.
|2||DeAngelo Williams||CAR||at NO||83.75|
|4||Ronnie Brown||MIA||at NE||82.25|
|5||Ray Rice||BAL||at CIN||81.50|
|T-5||Chris Johnson||TEN||at SF||81.50|
|7||Ryan Grant||GB||at TB||80.75|
|13||Ricky Williams||MIA||at NE||75.75|
|14||Kevin Smith||DET||at SEA||75.50|
|16||Clinton Portis||WAS||at ATL||72.50|
|17||Steve Slaton||HOU||at IND||71.75|
|18||Marion Barber||DAL||at PHI||71.00|
|T-20||Jamaal Charles||KC||at JAC||69.75|
|23||LaDanian Tomlinson||SD||at NYG||68.75|
|26||Tim Hightower||ARI||at CHI||67.00|
|27||Jonathan Stewart||CAR||at NO||66.00|
|T-28||Rashard Mendenhall||PIT||at DEN||64.00|
|30||Beanie Wells||ARI||at CHI||63.75|
|31||Ryan Moats||HOU||at IND||63.00|
|34||Felix Jones||DAL||at PHI||60.50|
|36||Darren Sproles||SD||at NYG||58.00|
|40||Willie Parker||PIT||at DEN||51.50|
|41||LenDale White||TEN||at SF||51.00|
|42||Maurice Morris||DET||at SEA||49.25|
|43||Chris Brown||HOU||at IND||46.25|
|47||Tashard Choice||DAL||at PHI||43.50|
|50||Kolby Smith||KC||at JAC||35.63|
|51||LeRon McClain||BAL||at CIN||33.25|
|T-51||Willis McGahee||BAL||at CIN||33.25|
|53||Ahman Green||GB||at TB||29.50|
|55||Ladell Betts||WAS||at ATL||27.75|
|57||Mewelde Moore||PIT||at DEN||25.50|
Start: Deangelo Williams, Panthers. Williams ran all over the Cardinals last week, while the Saints were torched by Michael Turner of the Falcons for 151 yards. That combination of results make it clear that Williams should be a sure-fire start against the Saints this week. He should be one of the week’s top rushers.
Start: Brandon Jacobs, Giants. Brandon Jacobs has yet to really break out this year. He’s yet to top 100 yards and has only scored twice. This week he has a pretty solid matchup in San Diego (27th ranked rush defense) though. Both Jacobs and his backup Ahmad Bradshaw are solid, if unspectacular, starts this week.
Sit: Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers. Going to Denver is a tough task for opposing offenses this season. The Broncos are in the top five in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, and have given up only three touchdowns on the ground. This could be a game in which Mendenhall, as well as backups Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore, all get a few touches, but don’t produce much on the ground.
Sit: Knowshon Moreno, Broncos. On the other side of the ball, Moreno will probably find yards about as hard to come by as the Steelers’ various running backs. Unsurprisingly, the Steelers have the best rush defense in the NFL, both in terms of yards allowed and touchdowns allowed. That should mean tough sledding for the Broncos’ rookie rusher.
|2||Larry Fitzgerald||ARI||at CHI||90.50|
|5||Andre Johnson||HOU||at IND||86.25|
|7||Vincent Jackson||SD||at NYG||85.75|
|9||Dwayne Bowe||KC||at JAC||84.00|
|10||Donald Driver||GB||at TB||82.50|
|14||Greg Jennings||GB||at TB||80.75|
|19||Steve Smith||CAR||at NO||76.25|
|20||Miles Austin||DAL||at PHI||75.00|
|22||Santana Moss||WAS||at ATL||74.25|
|25||Calvin Johnson||DET||at SEA||71.86|
|26||Derrick Mason||BAL||at CIN||71.50|
|31||Mark Clayton||BAL||at CIN||63.75|
|33||Bryant Johnson||DET||at SEA||62.75|
|35||Kevin Walter||HOU||at IND||62.50|
|38||Steve Breaston||ARI||at CHI||61.56|
|40||Malcom Floyd||SD||at NYG||61.00|
|41||Nate Washington||TEN||at SF||60.75|
|43||James Jones||GB||at TB||58.25|
|44||Kenny Britt||TEN||at SF||57.25|
|45||Roy Williams||DAL||at PHI||55.80|
|46||Mark Bradley||KC||at JAC||55.75|
|49||Hines Ward||PIT||at DEN||54.50|
|52||Justin Gage||TEN||at SF||53.75|
|T-53||Antwaan Randle El||WAS||at ATL||53.50|
|55||Patrick Crayton||DAL||at PHI||52.75|
|57||Ted Ginn||MIA||at NE||49.75|
|58||Santonio Holmes||PIT||at DEN||48.50|
|59||Devin Thomas||WAS||at ATL||48.25|
|62||Mike Wallace||PIT||at DEN||44.75|
|64||Anquan Boldin||ARI||at CHI||41.21|
|65||Malcom Kelly||WAS||at ATL||40.75|
|66||Davone Bess||MIA||at NE||40.50|
|71||Kelley Washington||BAL||at CIN||36.25|
|74||Jerheme Urban||ARI||at CHI||32.75|
|75||Jacoby Jones||HOU||at IND||31.75|
|76||Greg Camarillo||MIA||at NE||31.25|
|77||Brian Hartline||MIA||at NE||27.75|
|78||Sam Hurd||DAL||at PHI||27.25|
|79||Dennis Northcutt||DET||at SEA||25.25|
Start: Desean Jackson, Eagles. We are predicting a big game for Donovan McNabb this week, which would imply a big game for his #1 target, Desean Jackson. Jackson has appeared uncoverable at times this season, getting behind defenses with ease. I would almost be surprised if the speedy wideout did not beat the Cowboys deep at least once this week.
Start: Donald Driver, Packers. Driver has been old reliable for the Packers this season (and in pretty much every season he’s been there). His quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been spectacular this year, and Driver is one of the main beneficiaries. The Pack play one of the NFL’s worst teams this week, Tampa Bay, and so Driver should put up some big numbers.
Sit: Earl Bennett, Bears. Bennett showed some potential earlier this season, but just has not been productive. As a result he is clearly behind Devin Hester and Johnny Knox on the depth chart, and that’s not even mentioning pass catching tight end Greg Olsen. Bennett is a risky play in any league format.
Sit: Roy Williams, Cowboys. Much was made of Williams’ comments this week, in regards to Tony Romo throwing “better” passes to “#2″ wide receiver Miles Austin. Well, forever reason, Austin is getting the passes thrown his way, and he’s making the most of them. Williams, meanwhile, still struggles to make any impact on the offense. He did score last week for only the second time, but that was one of only two catches for 19 yards. Williams has caught four passes or more only once this season.
|3||Antonio Gates||SD||at NYG||87.75|
|T-4||Jason Witten||DAL||at PHI||84.00|
|10||Fred Davis||WAS||at ATL||74.25|
|12||Todd Heap||BAL||at CIN||72.50|
|16||Donald Lee||GB||at TB||69.50|
|18||Brandon Pettigrew||DET||at SEA||59.75|
|19||Sean Ryan||KC||at JAC||58.75|
|20||Joel Dreessen||HOU||at IND||57.00|
|21||Heath Miller||PIT||at DEN||56.50|
|22||Anthony Fasano||MIA||at NE||56.00|
|23||Bo Scaife||TEN||at SF||55.25|
|24||Stephen Spach||ARI||at CHI||55.00|
Start: Fred Davis, Redskins. Davis surprised a lot of people when he caught 8 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in relief of the injured Chris Cooley in Week 7. Davis has now had a bye week to prepare for his first start against the Falcons, and will likely be the recipient of quite a few dumpoffs from Jason Campbell. If you are in need of a replacement tight end this week, Fred Davis could be worth a look.
Sit: Brandon Pettigrew, Lions. The rookie tight end has been far from a consistent fantasy player this season. His matchup this week on the road against Seattle is not particularly favorable. You can probably do better even if you are in desperate need for a tight end this week.
|4||Mason Crosby||GB||at TB||81.50|
|5||Kris Brown||HOU||at IND||81.00|
|7||Neil Rackers||ARI||at CHI||80.25|
|8||Rob Bironas||TEN||at SF||79.75|
|9||Nick Folk||DAL||at PHI||78.50|
|12||Nate Kaeding||SD||at NYG||76.25|
|15||Steven Hauschka||BAL||at CIN||75.50|
|20||Shaun Suisham||WAS||at ATL||67.75|
|21||John Kasay||CAR||at NO||66.25|
|22||Dan Carpenter||MIA||at NE||65.75|
|23||Jason Hanson||DET||at SEA||64.00|
|24||Ryan Succop||KC||at JAC||62.50|
|25||Jeff Reed||PIT||at DEN||49.25|
Start: Josh Scobee, Jaguars. The Jaguars offense has been far from explosive this season, but Kansas City has been a defense to cure all ills. Even if the Jaguars stall against the Chiefs, they should at least be able to get into the redzone and get Scobee a few field goal attempts.
Sit: Shaun Suisham, Redskins. Suisham has yet to miss a field goal this season (9/9) but his abysmal offense hasn’t given him many chances either. The Redskins could very easily get behind early on the road in Atlanta, meaning that once again, Suisham’s role would be minimal.
Start: Atlanta Falcons. Well, the Browns are on a bye this week, so I’ll pick on the Redskins this week. It’s no secret that the Redskins are having trouble on offense this year. A makeshift offensive line is the root of the problems, meaning that sacks and turnovers are up for grabs for the opposing defense. Atlanta has one of those middle of the road defenses that may be available to those owners that play a different defense each week based on matchups. Don’t hesitate to pick the Falcons up if they are available.
Sit: Miami Dolphins. The Patriots have scored 94 points in their last two games and are coming off their bye week. That should mean bad things for Miami’s defense. Did I mention that the Dolphins start two rookies in the secondary? Ouch.
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