Start ’em Sit ’em is our weekly look at favorable and unfavorable match-ups and how they might affect lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Other than a few elite players, no one should be classified as a must start every week, and analyzing match-ups can go a long way to giving your team a weekly edge. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Chad Henne MIA vs. NE: Spot Start

New England got lit up last week by a weak Bills offense which put 30 points on the scoreboard. The Fins have a better overall attack but the Patriots know to beat them they will have to stop the run. Henne did finally have his breakout game but we still believe that New England will dare Henne to throw the ball often. If you need one more reason to like Henne this week there is a good chance that the Patriots will be putting up a good amount of points therefore making this game a shoot-out and shoot-outs equal good fantasy stats for everyone involved.

Joe Flacco BAL vs. PIT: Risky Start

Finally Flacco had a good game last week so his owners might be wacko for flacco yet again. This week however, Flacco will probably look more like the Flacco in weeks one and two then the one we saw in week three. The Steelers have been the best defense in the NFL thus far and we expect a low scoring affair between these two division rivals.

Bruce Gradkowski OAK vs. HOU: Pick-up and Play

As stated on the weekly show FantasySmackTalk is all in on the Raiders passing attack this week and yes that is a very scary thing to say. The fact of the matter is the Texans are terrible against the pass and we expect them to be burned again this week. Gradkowski played well last week and seems to have the trust and respect of his teammates so that confidence paired with this great match-up means you should expect a very solid day out of Gradkowski. For all Romo owners out there (he is on a bye) go get Gradkowski.

Donovan McNabb WAS vs. PHI: Start’em

Sure a big factor of this selection is the fact McNabb is going back to Philly and he wants to prove to that entire organization he has ton left in the tank. The other reason is that fact he has been playing quite well this season. The Redskins have had much more success passing the ball than running it and if they are going to beat a tough Eagles team they will have to do so through the air.

Running Backs

Beanie Wells ARZ vs. SD: Start’em

Wells looked great last week in a limited role. This week Wells should be the featured back and is a must start in all leagues. The Cardinals need to use the run to set-up the pass and Wells is the perfect back for that scheme. Sure Hightower has been good fantasy wise due to two long runs for touchdowns but in real life he has been very unreliable for the Cardinals. We expect Wells not only to be the featured back but get almost 80% of the carries this week.

Peyton Hillis CLE vs. CIN: Risky Start

Hillis went nuts last week against a tough Ravens defense; he broke the Browns single game rushing record vs the Ravens by almost 50 yards. He has scored in every game this season as well. With all that being said he faces another tough run defense that is certainly going to focus almost exclusively on Hillis. The only reason he is a risky start is if you are thinking of benching on of your studs for him. Due to the byes he is a great spot start but don’t bench any of your studs for his just yet.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs. MIA: Pick-up and Play

Green-Ellis is a tough runner and loves to run between the tackles, this week he faces a Fins team that is tough against the run but certainly will have to focus on Brady and all of his weapons. Green-Ellis is a great player to pick-up if you are having bye week issues because he will get some chances to produce.

Wide Receivers

Austin Collie IND vs. JAC: Start’em

Peyton Manning against a secondary that is ranked almost dead last in all defense passing categories means anyone he throws the ball to could have a monster day. Collie has been a favorite target and could find the end zone again. On a side note once Collie has another nice day, trade him high. Real high…..

Mike Wallace PIT vs. BAL: Risky Start

Last week Wallace was benched by almost 75% of his owners. This week they will all want to put him in the starting line-up simply since it was so painful to see all of those points on their bench. We are saying do not expect the same type of game out of him this week. Wallace only had three catches last week and two deep balls that could have easily been broken up. This is more us not trusting Batch then not trusting Wallace. If you have better options wait for Big Ben to get back then start Wallace the rest of the way out.

Michael Crabtree SF vs. ATL: Spot Start

It’s sad that Crabtree is now considered a spot start but if the bye weeks were not here he would be considered a must bench until otherwise noted. We are not expecting a monster game out of Crabtree but the Falcons should focus on stopping Frank Gore and making Alex Smith beat them. We believe that the new offense coordinator will ensure that Crabtree is targeted more than three times this week.

Danny Amendola STL vs. SEA: Pick-up and play

If you are in a point per reception league and hurting due to the byes it is time to look at Danny Amendola. It is doubtful he is going to be beat anyone long but he will certainly targeted more than a few times and will get some catches. Only in a ppr format should you consider Amendola since Bradford looks for him as a safety net but never in the red zone.

Tight Ends

Zack Miller OAK vs. HOU: Start’em

Houston has given up 1,106 yards in the air, enough said.

Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. CLE: Spot Start

Gresham came crashing down to reality after starting off at an amazing pace. This week he faces a Browns team that looked confused most of the time against the Ravens a week ago. We expect the Browns to focus on the wideouts and Benson leaving the middle open all day for Gresham.


New Orleans NO vs. CAR: Spot Start

Lets put it this way we have zero faith in the Jimmy Clausen and we have zero faith in the Panthers offense. The Saints love to gamble and create turnovers and we would not be surprised to see the young QB throw a few picks.

San Diego SD vs. ARZ: Start’em

The Chargers face a Cardinals team that loves to turn the ball over. Sure we believe that Wells will have a good day against the Chargers running the ball but rest assumed Derek Anderson will certainly throw a few picks. Already a troubled passing attack the Cardinals lost Steve Breaston this week which does not bold well for the Cardinals but does for the Chargers Defense.

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