This segment is designed to help you decide which of the "lower end" or more "questionable" players to start or 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!
Guys to Start:
Jamal Charles (MUST START): Charles has been a fantasy monster this season. If the Chiefs want to win a game against the Denver Broncos, Charles will need to be in charge of this game (Sorry about the pun, I have been resisting it all year). This game could lead to career high in touches for Jamal, whether they are carries or catches. This will be a fun game to watch.
Nick Foles: Seriously, who is this guy? The Redskins have given up the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Foles may be due to throw an interception this game, but he has been a very consistent fantasy quarterback the past few weeks. In a favorable match-up, this guy is a good one to start for your fantasy team.
Giovanni Bernard: The Browns have given up the 14th most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Bernard as an electric playmaker. He is a home run hitter who gets an awful lot of catches. And with Andy Dalton on a cold streak, dump off pass plays should be plentiful.
Victor Cruz: The Packers have only given up the 14th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but the Packers do not look very impressive without the threat of Aaron Rodgers. The Eagles receivers had big days last week, and Cruz can hit a home run at the receiver position. Cruz was not great last week against the Raiders, but that was a very odd game filled with weird special teams plays. I would not hold that game against him.
DeSean Jackson: The Redskins have given up the 7th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Even with DeAngelo hall on him, DeSean is a playmaker and the Redskins defense will likely have a hard time containing him. Jackson may not have another big play touchdown, but he could still have an efficient day and find his way into the end zone.
Antonio Gates: The Dolphins have given up the 10th most fantasy points to Tight Ends this season. Miami’s offense is also in shambles with their inability to run the football. Gates is still a great starting option in fantasy in favorable match-ups. The Chargers passing offense is effective with Gates, Woodhead, and Allen. Gates should have a good week, and hopefully a chance at a touchdown.
Guys to Sit:
Fred Jackson: The Jets have given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. This is a nightmare match-up. Jackson has had a high volume of touches this season, but owners should be concerned with Spiller working his way back into the offense. Look elsewhere for a running back this week if you can.
Ray Rice: While I think it has been obvious that playing Rice is a bad idea, some may be tempted because the Bears have given up the 8th most fantasy points to running backs this season. As my favorite Admiral always says: IT’S A TRAP. Rice is injured and awful this year. Do not be tempted by the favorable match-up.
Roddy White: The Bucs have given up the 15th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but White still has not been productive this season. I would avoid Roddy until he has a good game under his belt this season. Darrell Revis is also looking more like his old self again, so this is a really bad week to start Roddy White.
Golden Tate: While the Vikings have given up the 8th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, I do not trust the Seahawks receivers to be consistent. Especially when Percy Harvin is supposed to play. Tate has been good the past few weeks, but the good times may stop soon. He is a risky play when the Seahawks offense may change very soon.
Vernon Davis: The Saints have given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to Tight Ends this season and Davis was injured with a concussion last week against the Panthers. Bad match-ups and poor health are not great situations to be starting people in. There are not many good tight end options this season, but I would look elsewhere if you can.
Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)
Andre Brown (NYG-RB): I should have listed him sooner.
Brian Leonard (TAM-RB): I guess he is the guy now.
Chris Ogbonnaya (CLE-RB): Willis is very bad now. Sad.
Tim Wright (TAM-WR/TE): You could have a worse TE option
Ted Ginn Jr. (Car-WR):
Mike Tolbert (CAR-RB): Could be a good guy to have, he has hands.
Montee Ball (DEN-RB): Probably want this guy if you have Moreno.
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU-WR): Keenum is a baller
Case Keenum (HOU-QB): Seriously, I love this guy.
Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR): When healthy, he is a great match-ups guy.
Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR): If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.
Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE)
Marlon Brown (Bal-WR): He has looked pretty good.
Coby Fleener (Ind-TE): Could be a good no 2 guy with upside.