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.

Quarterbacks

Rex Grossman WAS vs. ARZ | Pick-up and Play

Sexy Rexy threw for over 300 yards and two scores last week and proved the Skins made the right decision starting him over John Beck week one. This week he plays a Cardinals team that got lit up by Cam Newton in his first ever pro game. Newton rarely had to make more than one read since their secondary was getting burned all over the field. This week we figure Grossman will have his pick of targets and have another great game.

Cam Newton CAR vs. GB | Sit’em

Well Newton came into the NFL with a bang throwing for over 400 yards, two scores, and even rushed one in. This week however, we feel will be a different story. Green Bay had the Thursday night game so they have had 10 days to prepare for Newton, they have a much better defense than the Cards, and will not be taken by surprise since they saw what he did. If you grabbed Newton off waivers this is not the week to start him.

Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. JAC | Start’em

The Jags had one of the worse secondarys in the league last season and did not do much in the off season to improve it. With that said this is not just a match-up thing. The Jets have been giving more and more freedom to Sanchez to throw the ball and that was seen again last week against the Cowboys. We expect Sanchez to put up solid numbers right from the start of the game.


Running Backs

Peyton Hillis CLE @ IND Start’em

Indy will not have Gray Brackett this week and after the performance the Colts run defense put on last week against a Texans team that was missing Foster Hillis should have a field day. We expect Hillis to catch a ton of balls out the backfield and he is as close as you can get to a lock to find the endzone. Start Hillis with a ton of confidence this week.

LeGarrette Blount TB @ MIN | Start’em

We can understand why one would be nervous about starting Blount this week. After all he only touched the ball five times week one. Blount was very vocal about not being happy about it and we believe the Bucs we appease him by getting him the ball more this week. We expect the Bucs to use the run to set-up the pass and once they get a lead they will lean heavily on Blount. Don’t let one bad performance make you send Blount to the bench.

Mark Ingram NO vs. CHI | Sit’em

The Bears defense looked great against the Falcon last week and they get another home game this week against the potent offense of the Saints. We know that anyone that is a pass catcher is always a tough start since Brees throws the ball all over the place but after week one we see that it will be the same issue with the running backs. Ingram, Thomas, and Sproles all got into the mix and the touches were spread pretty evenly.  We believe that Ingram is still the goal line back but this week is a tough match-up and with the touches at a premium we say leave him on your bench if you have better options.

Wide Receivers

Jeremy Maclin PHI @ ATL | Sit’em

Maclin did not have a great week one but after the game the coaching staff said they need to get the ball to Maclin much more. So one would think that is a positive but after his medical condition this off-season he just seems not ready to go full speed quite yet. Maclin looked slow off the line which makes sense since he is still in early pre-season mode based on missing so much time. Of course he has the talent to blow up but we would rather see him have a productive game before putting him in our line-up.

Santana Moss WAS vs. ARZ | Start’em

As stated in our QB section we are fans of Grossman this week based on this match-up. Moss was underrated going into the season after have a 90 catches last year. He is still a productive player and the best target on the Redskins so the fact he faces a terrible secondary means great things for his owners.

Nate Burleson DET vs. KC | Pick-up and Play

We are really starting to believe in the Lions this year, week one they looked great and as long as Stafford stays healthy they could put a ton of points each week. Kansas City is there opponent this week and they just look sophomore star Eric Berry for the season with a torn ACL. Berry was their best player in the secondary and without him a weak secondary goes to one of the worst in the league. We expect the Chiefs to focus on Calvin as best they can leaving Burleson single covered all day long. Stafford should spread the wealth a little more this week and take advantage of the Chiefs misfortune.

Tight Ends

Aaron Hernandez NE vs. SD | Start’em

Hernandez looked great Monday night. He is scary quick for his size making him a match-up nightmare. Corners are too small for him and linebackers are too slow. The Pats used him split out on numerous occasions and Brady looked for him early and often. This week we expect more of the same and San Diego is historically bad against Tight Ends. Since the Pats decided to run a ton of two Tight End sets we are not too concerned about a time share since they are both on the field all the time.

Scott Chandler BUF vs. OAK | Sit’em (or drop’em)

Chandler came into the league in 2007 and before this season he had exactly one career catch. Week one he caught two touchdowns and people went nuts picking him up off the wire. If you watched the game you would know he is a huge Tight End and used almost exclusively for blocking. It was a fluky thing that he caught two touchdowns last week and if he even catches two balls we would be surprised.

Defense

New York Giants DEF vs. STL | Pick-up and Play

Sure they are banged up, sure they somewhat got lit up by the Skins but the Rams are dealing with a ton of injuries. Bradford has a hurt finger, Jackson is going to sit, and Danny Amendola is going to miss the next five game. So we like picking up the Giants (since they were dropped in a ton of leagues) to start this week. The Rams will have troubles moving the ball down the fields with so many key pieces either hurt or out of the line-up.

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