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.


David Garrard JAC vs. NYG: Sit’em

Garrard has one of the most picked-up quarterbacks two weeks ago since he was playing the Texans and many owners doubled down on him last week against the Browns. He had an average day but now is the time to drop him for someone else as he faces a Giants defense that can still get to the quarterback and cause a ton of turnovers. Anything over 250 yards would be very surprising for Garrard this week as we expect a heavy does of the running attack.

Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. PIT: Start’em

You read that right, Fitzpatrick is a start’em this week. Now we do not expect a huge day out of him but if he is your number one option don’t go dropping him for a sub-par quarterback simply due to the match-up. The only way the Bills will move the ball is in the air and we expect them to be down big this week. Sure he might throw a pick or two but if the Steelers are in prevent defense the entire fourth quarter then it could lead to 300+ yards for Fitzpatrick this week.

Troy Smith SF vs. ARZ: Pick-up and Play

Smith is coming off his worst performance since becoming the starter the 49ers but this week he should bounce back against a terrible Cardinals Defense. We expect him to eclipse his total of 148 passing yards in the first half since the Cardinals will be committed to stopping Frank Gore leaving their under performing corners in one on one situations all game long.

Running Backs

Keiland Williams WAS vs MIN: Start’em

Williams is the only back standing after some more injury problems for the Redskins so he should touch the ball at least 25 times this week. That combined with the fact that the Viking are so longer a great run stopping defense means Williams should be played in all formats. He has good hands out of the backfield so it is not crazy to think he gets a rushing and receiver touchdown this week.

Marshawn Lynch SEA vs DEN: Pick-up and play

Lynch has been dropped in a bunch of leagues due to his terrible play but you are in need of a running back you could do a lot worse than Lynch this week. Denver has not shut down anyone on the ground this year and since the offense is so potent teams have decided to control the clock with the run against them. We expect Seattle to do the same and have success running the ball. Lynch should find the endzone this week making me a decent flex play.

Ronnie Brown MIA vs OAK: Spot Start

Brown has been less than stellar this season but the Raiders have been less than stellar at defending the run as well. The Fins need a win and it is not going to come off the arm of Thigpen so expect more Wildcat and more chances for Ronnie Brown to find his way into the endzone.

Wide Receivers

Nate Washington TEN vs HOU: Pick-up and Play

Sure, a kid by the name of Rusty Smith will be throwing him the ball but we love the match-up. The Texans have proved time and time again that they love to give up a ton of yards in the air and with all the focus on Moss and Johnson we like our chances with Washington facing single coverage all game long.

Michael Crabtree SF vs ARZ: Start’em

Cardinals have had troubles with bigger wideout especially ones who are good after the catch. The 49ers will ensure to get the ball to Crabtree on some slants and there is a very good chance he breaks a few tackles on his way to finding the endzone. On a bold prediction we like Crabtree to have his best game ever in his young career this week.

Brandon Marshall MIA vs OAK: Sit’em

Its sad but time to sit Marshall. He has not produced this year, has a third string QB throwing him the ball, and faces one of the top corners this week as Asomugha will be back in the line-up for the Raiders.

Tight Ends

Kevin Boss NYG vs JAC: Start’em

With Nicks out Eli Manning will need to find a new favorite red zone target and Boss just might be that guy. Before the emergence of Nicks, that was Boss’ role so one would figure he might fall right back into line. The fact the Giants face Jacksonville’s weak secondary is just an added bonus.

Health Miller PIT vs BUF: Start’em

We have written about this for the last few weeks but we are going to continue this trend. The Bills are terrible at defending the tight-end. If Miller can hold onto the ball this week he should be a near lock for scoring a touchdown.


Cleveland Browns CLE vs CAR: Pick-up and Play

The Ravens had a monster day last week against Carolina and we stated that whoever plays them will be in this section of the articles each week. So this week the Browns win the luck of the draw. Looking ahead if you have a roster spot you might want to Seattle as they get them next week.

Oakland OAK vs MIA: Pick-up and Play

After Oakland got destroyed by Pittsburgh you might think we are crazy for recommending them however, other than that game the Raiders have been a sneaky good fantasy defense. They have created turnovers and are one of the top teams in terms of sacks.

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