Each week during the NFL season, FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. It is often a difficult decision to sit your studs, but depending on the match-up, it can be a smart move. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Darren McFadden OAK VS. PIT

McFadden had an eye injury last week against Miami that slowed him down. I’m going to side-step any numerous jokes that could be poked at that eye so instead I’ll just say the Steelers will probably give him headaches. This promises to be a hard-hitting game and McFadden might be taking the hardest of those if he can’t start finding running lanes and space against a superior defense.

Adrian Peterson MIN VS. SF

Peterson is on the way back to stardom and I love him going forward, just not this week. San Francisco straight up kills ground games. That’s this team’s MO and if any team can put up solid running numbers against San Francisco I would say it’s AP, but this offensive isn’t explosive enough to stop San Francisco from staking the box and daring Ponder to throw it. All Day = No Way this week.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer OAK VS. PIT

Back to the Raiders, I might as well put sit all Raiders offensive weapons not named Janokowski. Not much confidence in Oakland from the small sample size this season. Palmer needs to stay upright to have a shot at hitting his speed demons at wide out. I doubt that upright is in D Coordinator Dick Lebeau’s vocabulary, so expect several exotic blitz packages and Palmer on his butt.

Peyton Manning DEN VS. HOU

Rough one for Peyton on Monday night. I don’t expect this to be a trend and despite rumors I don’t foresee this as a fall from grace for him. However, I don’t like the matchup versus a Texans Defense that will have many teams in fits this year. Really intrigued to watch this game but not particularly hopeful of a field day for Peyton in this one. Leave this Bronco in his stall.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald AZ VS. PHI

Fitzgerald saw 1 catch for 4 yards last week against the statistically worst defense from last defense. So NO confidence this week would be an understatement. Not sure if selling low is a good idea for him but starting sure isn’t. So in another battle of the birds for the Eagles this weekend, expect Fitz to play pigeon on a wire unless one of Kolb’s errant throws accidently hits him.

Justin Blackmon JAC VS. IND

Was last week’s blackout for Blackmon without any catches or yards a cause for concern? Do the Baltimore Orioles have a chance at winning the AL East? Remarkably the answer is YES. So based on this simple logic let’s just say sit this guy until he proves otherwise.

Tight Ends

Fred Davis WAS VS. CIN

Such high expectations for Davis coming into this season, as he took the proverbial reigns from Chris Cooley at TE in the nation’s capital. Well so far it’s been RGIII using his legs and not dumping the ball off to Davis across the middle. Davis can be a factor, but it probably won’t show up until later this season.

Defense

Washington Redskins WAS VS. CIN

After two shootouts to open the season and losing 2 key players on defense last week, including All-Pro Brian Orakpro, there’s cause for concern this week and beyond. The Bengals have a balanced attack and can hit the Skins D with a number of quick plays. Redskins will rise up probably towards the start of the game as it’s the home opener, but don’t bank on it lasting the whole game.