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.


Michael Vick PHI vs. IND: Start’em

Vick returns this week and says he feels 100%. He gets a good match-up week one due to his legs not his arm. The Colts have a tough time stopping anyone on the ground and if they blitz Vick he should see some nice running lanes. Owners might be hesitate to start him since he is just coming off the injury but we say if you leave him on your bench you will be disappointed you did.

Tom Brady NE vs. CLE: Start’em

In the forums there have been a few questions from frustrated Brady owners asking if they should bench him. Sure he misses Randy Moss but this week is too good of a match-up to pass up. The Browns have given up a ton of big plays and we figure Brady to come alive this week. Leave him in your starting line-up and rep the benefits from a solid day.

Jason Campbell OAK vs. KC: Pick-up and Play

It is Jason Campbell so don’t go too crazy here but with six teams on a bye and two quarterback leagues out there he is not the worst start. Campbell has had two solid outings in a row (combined 500 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no picks) and is playing in front of the home crowd this week. We do not expect a huge day but 250 yards and touchdown seems to be very realistic numbers.

Running Backs

Matt Forte CHI vs. BUF: Start’em

Forte has been disappointing for a few weeks now but should have a good bounce back game this week. Jamaal Charles had a great deal of success catching screens and running wild after the catch last week and that is all Forte really does in the Bears offense. That means he should be in a line for a big day against the leagues worst run defense.

Jahvid Best DET vs. NYJ: Sit’em

If it is not scary enough to start Best since he is facing the Jets but last week we saw Kevin Smith get some work. Against the Washington Redskins Smith looked healthy and was running with a purpose. It is certainly treading towards a time share and less carries plus facing this Jets tough defensive line can only mean bad things for Best owners.

Shonn Greene NYJ vs. DET: Spot Start

The Lions are giving up 130 yards on the ground and have given up the third most rushing touchdowns this season. Sure LT is still starting for the Jets but Greene has been getting a little more work lately and has a great chance to find the endzone this week.

Wide Receivers

Steve Johnson BUF vs. NE: Start’em

Five games in a row Johnson as found the endzone and this week he faces a secondary that has been burned numerous times. There is a very good chance the Bills are playing from behind so Johnson is certainly going to get a ton of targets. We feel he will produce again with all of those targets and make it six weeks in a row he finds the endzone. Note how he is a start’em and not a pick-up play this week. That is because he needs to be universally owned, if he is available in your league what are you waiting for?

Steve Smith NYG vs. SEA: Spot Start

Seattle is ranked 26th against the pass and everyone is expecting (including us) that Nicks will have a monster day but do not forget about Smith. He has been quietly having a solid year and should see single coverage for the entire game. He might not crack 100 yards but if you are in a ppr league five to eight catches is more than in reason.

Patrick Crayton SD vs. HOU: Spot Start

Crayton has stepped up with all the injuries in San Diego and Rivers is having an MVP season thus far. Add Houston to the mix and Crayton could be a top ten receiver this week. Remember always start anyone that throws or catches the football against Houston, who is allowing roughly 300 yards in the air per game.

Tight Ends

Owen Daniels HOU vs. SD: Pick-up and Play

I know he was disappointing last week on Monday night football but the Colts are number one at defending the tight-end. Daniels has been dropped in ton of leagues and if you need a bye week replacement we think you could do a lot worse. He is healthy and he faces the Chargers who are one of the worst at defending the tight-end. This game should be a high scoring one and we believe Daniels will be a part of that scoring.

Brent Celek PHI vs. IND: Sit’em

As stated above the Colts are number one at defending the tight-end so that is reason enough to sit Celek. When you add Vick coming back into the mix he is even worse. Vick never looked Celek’s way in the first few games and Celek even knows that. Celek is probably happy for the team but knows he has to spend a little more time blocking with the return of Vick.


New York Giants NYG vs. SEA: Start’em

Dustin wrote about this in his week 9 waiver wire post. If you do not have time to click above here is the short version. Seattle allows a ton of sacks and the Giants sack the QB a ton of times.

New Orleans NO vs. CAR: Spot Start

The Saints looked great blitzing Big Ben all game last Sunday Night and this week should be no different. The Saints need a win to keep pace with the division leading Bucs and the Falcons so they will certainly be motivated to keep sacking the QB and creating those turnovers. Oh yeah and Carolina is a bad football team so those turnovers should be easy to come by.

If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.