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.


This is going to be a bit different this week, when Romo went down we have received a ton of questions on the forums about who to pick-up. Below is a list of decent QB options to pick-up and play this week.

Matthew Stafford DET vs. WAS: Pick-up and Play

Stafford rejoins his team this week after coming off an injury. He has gotten a full week of practice in and all reports are saying he is 100%. This week he will play a Washington team that certainly creates turnovers (just ask Mr. Cutler) but gives up a ton of yards. Playing at home we expect Stafford to have a solid day in his return and hook up with Calvin Johnson on at least one deep ball.

Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. KC: Pick-up and Play

This guy is apparently for real, in the four games he has started he has throw 11 touchdowns and almost has thrown for 1,000 yards. The Chiefs are ranked 25th against the pass and has an offense that is clicking on all cylinders as of late. This means the Bills will probably be coming from behind giving Fitzpatrick a chance to throw the ball over 40 times and a chance to add to his amazing totals as a starter this season. The one negative is that he will be playing in arrowhead which is one of the toughest places to play.

Josh Freeman TB vs. ARZ: Pick-up and Play

The Bucs are off to an impressive start this season and Freeman is certainly apart of that reason. He has been a little inconsistent but we fully expect a nice day this week as he faces a Cardinals secondary that has been beat on a ton of big plays. The biggest knock on Freeman is that he will take too many chances throwing the ball up for grabs but if there was a team where we like his chances to gamble this is the one.

Jon Kitna DAL vs. JAC: Pick-up and Play

No matter what quarterback plays Jacksonville they need to be on this list as a good start. This week Kitna is taking over a Dallas team that has a ton of weapons. We believe that the Cowboys will certainly focus more on running the football now that Romo is gone but when they review the game film they will see that the biggest holes on the Jacksonville defense are their corners. We don’t expect Kinta to throw the ball over 40 times like Romo was but, the handful of times he does take a shot down the field should produce big results.

Running Backs

Thomas Jones KC vs. BUF: Start’em

LT and Greene both rushed for over 100 yards against the Bills earlier in the season. This week we expect a similar game out of both Jones and Charles. Much like the Jets, the Chiefs know that the strongest part of their offense is their running game. We could see both backs getting close to 20 carries and both producing over 100 yards. Even with them splitting carries we expect top 15 performances out of both of them this week.

Jamaal Charles KC vs. BUF: Start’em

See above, the Bills run defense is terrible – on a side note we think Charles has the bigger day out of the two.

LeGarrette Blount TB vs. ARZ: Pick-up and play

Its about time the Bucs realized that Williams 2.5 yards a carry will not cut it this season. Last week Blount got the majority of reps in the second half and after the game it was stated that they would share carries going forward. That might what was said but Blount should see the majority from here on out. This week he could have a monster day. The Cardinals have holes in the middle of their defense line and Blount is downhill runner that should give them problems all day long. Two touches are not out of the question for Blount this week.

Brandon Jackson GB vs. NYJ: Sit’em

After taking over the starting job Jackson struggled and there was a time that it looked like John Kuhn was going to take over the starting gig. All of those thoughts are now behind us since Jackson has put together two solid games in a row. He has been used a ton in the passing game and even got a goal line carry last week. All of this is the good news but the bad news is he faces a Jets team that is coming off a bye and simply shuts down the run. Jackson will be have a tough time getting positive yardage let alone having a good day. Sit Jackson at all costs if you can.

Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon IND vs. HOU: Start’em

Clark out, Collie out, and Wayne being double covered has opened up the door for Pierre Garcon to have a huge day. One thing is certain the Texans secondary is terrible (ranked dead last against the pass) and the Colts will be looking for revenge after their week one loss. Manning and anyone he throws the ball to should be in line for a monster day.

Percy Harvin MIN vs. NE: Start’em

Randy Moss’ arrival has greatly helped the value of Percy Harvin and while the world expects Moss to be extremely motivated going against his former team Harvin could actually have the bigger day. The Pats will focus on shutting down Moss leaving Harvin singled covered all over the field, once he catches the ball his YAC (yards after catch) should be good. He has been getting a handful of carries which is a nice added bonus.

Mike Williams SEA vs. OAK: Sit’em

21 catches in two weeks is kind of ridiculous and that is exactly what Williams has done. In PPR formats he is becoming a stud but this week he has his hardest test yet since he faces Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha has shut down some of the leagues best and probably will do the same to Williams. Be happy you scooped Williams off waivers just leave him on the bench this week.

Tight Ends

Jason Witten DAL vs. JAC: Start’em

Witten owners might be a little nervous to start him since Romo is gone but Kitna looked for him as a safety net the entire second half last week. We discussed it when talking about Kinta the Jags are bad a defending the pass. Start Witten and expect close to double digit targets this week.

Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. WAS: Spot Start

Pettigrew is having a quite very solid year. He is almost getting as many targets a game as Calvin Johnson and has been averaging over 5 catches a game for four weeks in a row. If you are in a points per reception league strongly consider Pettigrew as a spot start.


Kansas City KC vs. BUF: Spot Start

Arrowhead is just a tough place to play and the Chiefs defense is vastly underrated. A few weeks back they held Peyton Manning without a touchdown. One huge factor when considering the KC defense is the fact that their special teams is one of the best in the league and could return a kick or punt for a touchdown anytime they get a chance.

Tampa Bay TB vs. ARZ: Pick-up and Play

This speaks more to how bad Arizona is then to how good the Bucs defense is. The Cardinals have zero passing game which gives defenses the chance to stack the box against Wells and Hightower. We doubt the Bucs will create many turnovers but we think they hold this offense to a low amount of points

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