Quarterbacks:
Good Starts:
Tony Romo (DAL)- 6 TD in 2 games vs SEA, easy matchup, team will score a lot
Matt Ryan (ATL)- could have biggest game of the year so far vs weak IND defense
Drew Brees (NO)- he’s a monster at home, expect another typical good day
Matt Schaub (HOU)- will explode IF Johnson returns, still a good matchup vs CLE
Tom Brady (NE)- 356/2 last game vs NYG, and he’s angry, never anger Tom Brady
Eli Manning (NYG)- 251/4 last game vs NE, he’s looked more like Peyton lately
Aaron Rodgers (GB)- amazing QB+bye week= big #s
Phillip Rivers (SD)- about time he breaks out, 306/3 last gm vs GB, hit 300 yds last gm
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)- over 300 yds last 2 games + at home + rivalry game
Michael Vick (PHI)- 333/2/1 last game vs CHI, he’s on fire

Decent Starts:
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF)- tough matchup vs NYJ, puts up decent #s every week
Mark Sanchez (NYJ)- too inconsistent to trust but I bet he puts up good enough #s
Matt Cassel (KC)- 416/3/1 last game vs MIA, team is playing better, will throw a good bit
Josh Freeman (TB)- been throwing 2 TD each week plus it’s a divisional rivalry game
Colt McCoy (CLE)- he’s always mediocre, will have to throw a lot
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN)- CIN can be thrown on, pretty good career #s against them
Andy Dalton (CIN)- nothing special, nothing great, but nothing poor
Tim Tebow (DEN)- he has to perform to keep his job and he will, lots of rushing too
Kevin Kolb (ARI)- has been mediocre all year, not a bad matchup vs STL
Sam Bradford (STL)- Questionable, decent if he plays with plenty of weapons now
Joe Flacco (BAL)- rivalry will elevate his game, not a bad option
Jay Cutler (CHI)- 247/4 last game vs PHI but that wont happen again, cut that in half

Bad Starts:
Tarvaris Jackson (SEA)- don’t expect him to do much on the road @DAL
Curtis Painter (IND)- doesn’t produce enough to ever start
Matt Moore (MIA)- not producing, find someone else
Alex Smith (SF)- the last QB in the league you should ever start
John Beck (WAS)- he looks lost, bad matchup vs upper tier SF defense
Carson Palmer (OAK)- don’t do it, he will not explode out of the gate, hasn’t been good
AJ Feeley (STL)- bad start regardless of whether or not Bradford plays

 

 

Wide Receivers:
Good Starts:
Dez Bryant (DAL)- will come back with a vengeance after being shut down last week
Miles Austin (DAL)- 61/1 last game vs SEA, team will throw a lot early
Roddy White (ATL)- 104/1 last game vs IND, could have big day
Julio Jones (ATL)- looks like he will play, big game if he does
Reggie Wayne (IND)- 66/1 last game vs ATL, 2 TD in 3 games vs ATL, should score
Brandon Marshall (MIA)- 6 TD in 7 games vs KC
Marques Colston (NO)- 118/1 last game vs TB
Michael Crabtree (SF)- he’s finally arrived, I see WAS having trouble stopping him
Andre Johnson (HOU)- IF he plays get him in there immediately
Kevin Walter (HOU)- 93/1 last game vs CLE, 3 TD in 5 games vs CLE, Johnson iffy
AJ Green (CIN)- solid consistent WR, TEN defense doesn’t scare me
Wes Welker (NE)- 122 yds last game vs NYG
Victor Cruz (NYG)- he’s their #1 guy with Nicks out, he’s been very good
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)- 12 TD in 14 games vs STL…enough said
Brandon Lloyd (STL)- has looked good in both games with STL
Greg Jennings (GB)- 82/1 last game vs SD and he’s great every week
Mike Wallace (PIT)- he will torch them this week, 107 yds last game vs BAL
Anquan Boldin (BAL)- 74/1 last game vs. PIT, 3 TD in 4 games vs PIT
Jeremy Maclin (PHI)- 47/1 last game vs CHI, I would always use and trust him

Decent Starts:
Stevie Johnson (BUF)- 72 yds last game vs NYJ, 2 TD in 4 games against them
Santonio Holmes (NYJ)- TD last game vs BUF, has been scoring more lately
Plaxico Burress (NYJ)- will be covered better than last game, still has a chance to score
Sidney Rice (SEA)- very inconsistent so you don’t know what you will get, risky start
Pierre Garcon (IND)- puts up good yardage even when he doesn’t score
Dwayne Bowe (KC)- bad #s vs MIA but gets good yards every week
Steve Breaston (KC)- good matchup vs MIA, might be a good week to use him
Jonathan Baldwin (KC)- was targeted a lot last week, could produce with easy matchup
Davone Bess (MIA)- expect another 50 yds
Lance Moore (NO)- the typical 50+ yards with the chance to score
Robert Meachem (NO)- 4 TD in 6 games vs TB, hasn’t been performing lately
Mike Williams (TB)- you can at least count on him for 60+ yds each week
Braylon Edwards (SF)- finally healthy, could get decent yardage
Jabar Gaffney (WAS)- you know exactly what he’s going to give you…and it’s mediocre
Greg Little (CLE)- someone has to catch the ball for CLE, he’s very risky though
Joshua Cribbs (CLE)- someone has to catch the ball for CLE, he’s very risky though
Nate Washington (TEN)- at least he’s their #1 guy
Damian Williams (TEN)- 60 yds 2 of the last 3 weeks
Jerome Simpson (CIN)- TD last week, good yardage the week before that
Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK)- getting his yards no matter who the QB has been
Eric Decker (DEN)- clearly their #1 WR and Tebow likes him
Deion Branch (NE)- risky because he hurts if he doesn’t score, targeted in endzone a lot
Mario Manningham (NYG)- I like him more with Nicks out
Jordy Nelson (GB)- he’s a guy you don’t think about, just start him
James Jones (GB)- expect at least 60 yards, a TD would be a great bonus
Vincent Jackson (SD)- 98/1 last game vs GB but he’s been bad the last 3 games
Hines Ward (PIT)- questionable, I like him in prime time
Antonio Brown (PIT)- good start if Ward is out, bad start if Ward plays
Torrey Smith (BAL)- the matchup vs PIT scares me
DeSean Jackson (PHI)- turned into the #2 guy behind Maclin but I like him this week
Jason Avant (PHI)- 83 yds last game vs CHI, 74 yds last week
Johnny Knox (CHI)- 68/1 last gave vs PHI, still getting yards each week
Roy Williams (CHI)- back from the dead the last 2 weeks with 50 yds

Bad Starts:
David Nelson (BUF)- wouldn’t trust him against NYJ
Laurent Robinson (DAL)- hopefully you didn’t add him, he will come back down to earth
Mike Williams (SEA)- he’s not good anymore
Ben Obomanu (SEA)- lightning won’t strike twice
Harry Douglas (ATL)- no more value with Jones returning
Austin Collie (IND)- has been playing better but I still can’t recommend him
Dexter McCluster (KC)- not worth taking the chance
Devery Henderson (NO)- he can’t still be on anyone’s team
Arrelious Benn (TB)- scored against them last game so they won’t let him beat them
Preston Parker (TB)- too inconsistent to trust, he could easily burn you
Anthony Armstrong (WAS)- don’t start him until he does something first
Jacoby Jones (HOU)- I don’t trust him, IF Johnson is back then Jones won’t do anything
Mohamed Massaquoi- can’t start a guy who was shut out last week
Jacoby Ford (OAK)- not until we see what Palmer does
Danarius Moore (OAK)- not until we see what Palmer does
Eddie Royal (DEN)- keep an eye on him but don’t start him yet
Chad Ochocinco (NE)- The End.
Hakeem Nicks (NYG)- expect him to be out this week
Early Doucet (ARI)- this won’t be one of those weeks where he gets Fitz’s yards
Danario Alexander (STL)- who knows if he will play or not he’s always hurt
Brandon Gibson (STL)- hasn’t done much in awhile
Malcolm Floyd (SD)- inconsistent, shut down last time vs GB
Devin Hester (CHI)- not this week

 

 

Running Backs:
Good Starts:
Fred Jackson (BUF)- doesn’t matter what the matchup is like, nobody can stop him
Shonn Greene (NYJ)- played well the last 3 games, 117 yds last game vs BUF
Michael Turner (ATL)- 113/1 last game vs IND, been on fire
Darren Sproles (NO)- gets too many combined yds to sit, role will increase again
LaGarrette Blount (TB)- back with a vengeance, with Graham out he gets all the carries
Frank Gore (SF)- runs all day long, way over 100 yds the last 4 games, another big day
Arian Foster (HOU)- unstoppable, always start him
Darren McFadden (OAK)- they will run a lot, 150 yds last game vs DEN
Beanie Wells (ARI)- he’s scored a lot of TD’s this year and STL is an easy team
Steven Jackson (STL)- ran great last week, 102/1 last game vs ARI
Ray Rice (BAL)- 149/2 last game vs PIT, 102/3 last game, what do you think?
LeSean McCoy (PHI)- best RB in the league, don’t care who he’s playing
Matt Forte (CHI)- his combined yards are through the roof right now

Decent Starts:
LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ)- great #s vs BUF, could get garbage yards or score
DeMarco Murray (DAL)- SEA run defense isn’t bad, he will get the full work load though
Marshawn Lynch (SEA)- he’s never a great start but at least he gets lots of carries
Jackie Battle (KC)- not putting up amazing #s but he is producing and getting carries
Daniel Thomas (MIA)- looks like he will play, too talented to let Bush effect his #s
Reggie Bush (MIA)- good start if no Thomas, if Thomas plays Bush will only get yards
Kregg Lumpkin (TB)- if your desperate I think he could get combined yds and steal a TD
Kendall Hunter (SF)- he’s very talented, could get garbage carries and score
Ryan Torain (WAS)- hasn’t looked good but he will get more carries this week
Ben Tate (HOU)- he always finds a way to put up decent fantasy #s each week
Chris Ogbonnaya (CLE)- IF Hillis is out he could be a sleeper, rushes + receptions
Chris Johnson (TEN)- can’t explain his decline, you gotta start him and keep hoping
Javon Ringer (TEN)- starting to take Johnson’s carries BUT Johnson is still starting
Cedric Benson (CIN)- back from suspension, good rest for him, decent RB
Knowshon Moreno (DEN)- he’s decent because he’s a starter, Tebow is a better runner
Brandon Jacobs (NYG)- will probably be starting, not sure he has much left in the tank
Ryan Mathews (SD)- questionable, good start if he plays but the vulture Tolbert returns
Mike Tolbert (SD)- really depends on Mathews, if he is out I move Tolbert to good start
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT)- gotta start your big guns but BAL run defense is tough
Marion Barber (CHI)- been vulturing TD’s from Forte each game, very very risky start

Bad Starts:
CJ Spiller (BUF)- as worthless as ever
Joseph Addai (IND)- even if he returns I wouldn’t trust him, role could be reduced
Delone Carter (IND)- unsure of Addai’s situation, not getting enough carries either way
Pierre Thomas (NO)- only a TD saved him last week, don’t start him
Mark Ingram (NO)- probably won’t play again this week
Roy Helu (WAS)- he’s going to start eventually but not yet
Peyton Hillis (CLE)- he’s questionable again so just plan on someone else
Montario Hardesty (CLE)- he’s out a few games
Bernard Scott (CIN)- officially take him off your radar and off your team
Michael Bush (OAK)- don’t count on receptions with Palmer, won’t get enough rushes
Benjarvus Green-Ellis (NE)- ugh don’t you have anyone else?
Stevan Ridley (NE)- he’s not touching the ball, why I don’t know
Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG)- questionable, probably won’t play, good start if he does
James Starks (GB)- splitting carries with Grant kills his value
Ryan Grant (GF)- he should just go away
Ricky Williams (BAL)- those of you who own him need to not touch him this week

 

 

Tight Ends:
Good Starts:
Dustin Keller (NYJ)- 2 TD last game vs BUF, been picking up good yardage lately
Jason Witten (DAL)- avg 64 yd/gm vs SEA, scores a lot
Tony Gonzalez (ATL)- 3 TD in 5 games vs IND
Dallas Clark (IND)- TD last game vs ATL, been picking up nice yardage recently
Jimmy Graham (NO)- will bounce back from his 1st bad week of the year
Owen Daniels (HOU)- he’s going to get 60+ yds regardless of whether or not he scores
Rob Gronkowski (NE)- big yards or TD every game
Aaron Hernandez (NE)- he scores a lot, like almost every game he plays
Antonio Gates (SD)- still the best TE in the league, 113 yds last gm vs GB, will be active
Brent Celek (PHI) 50/1 last game vs CHI, very active the last 2 games with TD’s in both

Decent Starts:
Scott Chandler (BUF)- 2 TD last week, playing better, if he doesn’t score he’s worthless
Kellen Winslow (TB)- everything about the matchup is just mediocre, poor #s vs NO
Vernon Davis (SF)- the definition of inconsistency, he is playing in his home town
Logan Paulsen (WAS)- #3 WAS TE who is a sneaky play if Davis is out
Benjamin Watson (CLE)- he’s always at least a decent option
Jared Cook (TEN)- 4 straight weeks of solid production
Jake Ballard (NYG)- he’s been decent every week
Jermichael Finley (GB)- where’s all his yards gone lately? I wouldn’t worry just yet
Heath Miller (PIT)- he’s looked good lately but this is a different kind of game
Ed Dickson (BAL)- 59/1 last game vs PIT

Bad Starts:
Zach Miller (SEA)- his career is over
Leonard Pope (KC)- look elsewhere
Anthony Fasano (MIA)- why would you start him?
Fred Davis (WAS)- injured, didn’t practice Wednesday, start him if he does play though
Jermaine Gresham (CIN)- shut out last week, don’t start him until he produces again
Kevin Boss (OAK)- don’t use him with Palmer at QB this week
Daniel Fells (DEN)- 5 yds last week, would you like those #s on your team?
Todd Heap (ARI)- hasn’t had a catch in ages
Michael Hoomanawanui- I just wanted to type it, but seriously don’t play him
Kellen Davis (CHI)- didn’t catch a ball last game

 

 

Defenses:
Good Starts:
Dallas- SEA offense doesn’t scare anyone
Atlanta- IND turns the ball over a lot and doesn’t score much
San Francisco- one of the best defenses in the league, great matchup vs injured WAS
Philadelphia- just seems like a good fit with them at home and on prime time

Decent Starts:
New York Jets- playing a tough offense but their defense always makes things happen
Kansas City- MIA turns the ball over and doesn’t have a good offense
New Orleans- talented defense but TB is a tough matchup
Washington- they do have a good defense and are facing Alex Smith
Houston- nothing too scary about CLE offense
Tennessee- nothing about this matchup vs CIN jumps out at me
Cincinnati- nothing about this matchup vs TEN jumps out at me
Oakland- I think they will give up points but Tebow turns the ball over
Denver- Palmer might turn it over a lot and be pretty rusty, sleeper start
Arizona- pretty good defense against a losing team…but SJax has looked good
Green Bay- SD is a very tough matchup but their defense is elite
Pittsburgh- you gotta expect the defense to make big plays in a big game
Baltimore- you gotta expect the defense to make big plays in a big game

Bad Starts:
Buffalo- their defense overachieved last week, NYJ can and will have to put up points
Seattle- DAL will destroy them after being embarrassed
Indianapolis- Atlanta will score a lot and they don’t produce turnovers
Miami- they are never a defense you can start and feel good about
Tampa Bay- I can’t think of a defense I’d start against NO
Cleveland- they will give up at least 30 points
New England- actually not a great fantasy defense and NYG can score
New York Giants- wouldn’t start a defense vs an angry Tom Brady
St. Louis- just don’t
San Diego- Green Bay is way too powerful
Chicago- PHI is on fire and scoring way too many points right now

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