This segment is designed to help you decide which of the “lower end” or more “questionable” players to start of sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out. Good luck fantasy players!
BYES: Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins
Guys to Start:
Matt Forte: (MUST START): The Giansts defense is very bad. Their linebackers are forgettable. Forte could have an amazing day.
Dez Bryant: (MUST START): I hate saying this, but all signs point to Dez having a good day. While DeAngelo Hall has been able to contain Dez in the past (mostly with mind games), I doubt this week will be one of those games. The Redskins defensive back group has not played well this season and I think Romo will take advantage of that. Also, start Terrance Williams if you are short on wide outs. He could go off this week. Start your Cowboys this week.
Andrew Luck: The Chargers are a great match-up for quarterbacks. They have given up the 2nd most points to quarterbacks this season. The Chargers are starting to show that they are not as good as their 2-2 start implied after a brutal loss to the Raiders. Rivers looked bad in that game, but to be honest he does not have a lot of help. King Dunlap is the best Left Tackle on the Chargers roster. Yikes. I picked the Chargers to have the 1st overall pick next year for a reason, expect Andrew Luck to feast on them.
Maurice Jones-Drew: This start could go horribly wrong. But, Denver has given up the 6th most points to running backs this season and if Jackonsville wants to stay in this game at all, they would be smart to run the ball and try to dominate the time of possession. Mojo is a hit or miss guy so far this season, but I think he will do well this game. The Jaguars have to give their best player the football. Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon will likely have good games as well (Denver has given up the 3rd most points to fantasy receivers this season), keeping Mojo and the run game around on Sunday.
A.J. Green: Buffalo has given up the 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and their quarterback situation does not give me confidence in them. Green and the Bengals should be on the field a lot this game and hopefully Green will have a big play or two against a weak secondary group. With the Bills looking to trade their best defensive back, Jarius Byrd, I’m not too worried about their defensive backs.
Vincent Jackson: The Eagles have been awful against the pass this season. The Eagles Defense is giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. While the situation in Tampa is not great right now, Mike Glennon should be effective and get Jackson into double digit fantasy points.
Martellus Bennett: The Giants linebackers are in for a rough ride. Bennent is not pleased the Giants let him go and he will look to make a point about it on Thurdsay Night Football. The Giants have given up the 5th most fantasy points to Tight Ends this season. Bennett has been a bit inconsistent this season, but he is great in weak linebacker match-ups. I am inclined to believe he will get a touchdown this week.
Guys to Sit:
Tom Brady: Brady has been pretty bad this season, mostly due to his lack of receiving talent. The Saints have given up the 7th fewest points to quarterbacks this season and even with an expected Gronkowski return, I would start someone else if you can and hope that Tom Brady looks good this week.
Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller: I am not inclined to think either of these guys will play well this week. The Bengals have given up the 9th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, which is not a deal breaker for starting someone, but it is not a good sign. But after Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel left the Thursday Night game against the browns, C.J. and Fred had trouble getting more than two yards carry. I would avoid these two if you can.
Daryl Richardson: My dissapointment with Richardson has come full circle. My favorite fantasy sleeper is no longer the starter. His great numbers with Steven Jackson last season just are not going to happen this year, whether it is the Rams Offensive Coordinator’s fault or Richardson’s inability as a runner. I’m dropping him in formats where it is 10 teams or less for other guys (for his back-up Zack Stacey and others). I would not play any Ram running back against a Houston Defense that has been tough on the run this year. They could not stop the 49ers run game last week, but that game was a blow-out early because of Schuab’s record setting performance (let’s hope he can make it 5 games with a pick six). The Texans are due for a good game against the Sacraficial Rams…I mean St. Louis Rams.
Le'Veon Bell: The Jets are not a good match-up for running backs so far this season, giving up the 3rd fewest points to running backs. Bell has a lot of upside long term, but the Steeler’s offensive line is banged up and bad. Bell might just be a bye week filler for fantasy owners this season.
Anquan Bolden: The Cardinals are a tough match-up for wide receivers this season, giving up the 7th fewest points to wide receivers this season. The 49ers passing game has been far from prolific this season, and I don’t trust Kapernick to throw to Boldin with Patrick Peterson playing against him. However, Vernon Davis might have a great week because of this match-up. I always hope Davis plays so well he cries.
Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)
Terrelle Pryor (OAK-QB)à Best back-up fantasy qb.
Charles Clay (MIA-TEà FB/TE that racks up TD’s.
Garret Grahm (HOU-TE)à Schuab loves check downs
Denarius Moore (OAK-WR)à Good guy to play in good match-ups.
Alshon Jeffery (CHI-WR)à Not sure if this is legit, but I did think it was possible for him to benefit from Marshall.
Terrance Williams (DAL-WR)à RG3’s former receiver looks like a real no. 2 receiver, he’s my sleeper of the week.
Robert Woods (Buf-WR)à I really like this kid. Steve is hurt.
Donnie Avery (KC-WR)à Not consistent
Stephen Hill (NYJ-WR)à He looks like a no. 1 wideout, maybe he can play like one
Eddie Royal (SD-WR)à Week 3. That’s about right.
Marlon Brown (Bal-WR)à He has looked pretty good.
Coby Fleener (Ind-TE)à Could be a good no 2 guy with upside.
Ted Ginn Jr. (Car-WR)à Numbers can lie, but he is worth keeping an eye on
Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR)à When healthy, he is a great match-ups guy.
Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR)à If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.
Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE)à Really solid looking no. 2 TE. He could win that job soon.
Jordan Reed (Was-TE)à Could be great
Ronnie Hillmanà Could get junk yards. He is a good player, hand cuff with Moreno
Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR)
Percy Harvin (SEA-WR)