Good morning Razzians.  Here are some sitters and some starters for your perusal.  While you’re perusing you might find some guys that you could play in our Fanduel Super League!



Josh Freeman: There are quite a few guys that would/will make good starts this week not named Vick/Brees/Rivers and so on, but I like Freeman’s matchup quite a bit.  In their last 6 games Atlanta has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.  I see LaGarrette Blount slowed up which should push Freeman to throw more.

Jay Cutler: He is by no means a lock with that offensive line, but they have been getting their shizz together lately and the Lions defensive backfield likes giving up touchdowns.   I’ve been getting a lot of Cassel or Cutler start/sit questions and I can say I don’t have a huge inclination (does size really matter?) either way, but my tiny inclination goes with Cutler.


Ben Roethlisberger: the Ravens pass defense isn’t all world anymore, but with his foot ailing and the Ravens still a top end defense, I have to recommend sitting him.  With a rivalry game like this one it’s hard to predict, but I’m afeared.

Matt Ryan: The numbers for the Falcons’ passing game against Tampa Bay are abysmal.  Ryan especially has not fared well statistically against them, but the numbers are a bit skewed due to two bad games his rookie season and getting injured against them last season.  The problem is that even when he does well against them he doesn’t put up big numbers. His best game was 233 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.  I think that is about his ceiling.

Running Backs


Jonathan Stewart: The Seahawks have just been God-awful at stopping the run recently and Stewart showed some life last week.  He should get the start this week along with more carries.  I like him as a Flex/RB3.

Matt Forte: Mr. Martz is finally learning that when you run the ball it’s much more difficult to get your quarterback sacked.  This unMartzian strategy should keep Forte on pace for his 120 total yards and a touchdown average against Detroit.


LaGarrette Blount: The Falcons haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown or 100 yards rushing since week 2.  Add that cad Caddy to the mix and I worry about Blount lagging behind.

Cedric Benson: The Saints have been better against the run lately and Benson has been better at running poorly lately.  Add to that the probability that the Bengals will be playing from behind and you’ve got yourself a start for T.O. not C.B.

Wide Receivers


Johnny Knox: He finally got into the end zone last week and gets the Lions who have been burned the last two weeks.  I’ve liked Knox all season and he’s on pace for 1,000 yards, but his lack of touchdowns still hurt.  I think with Cutler getting more time via better line play and a more balanced attack, J.K. has a shot at finishing the season strong.

Danario Alexander: Even though he doesn’t see the field enough for my liking, his skill set is too good to ignore.  Add that to the pitiful product the Cardinals put out defensively and you have a lot of upside. He’s still for the risk takers out there, but I know you are out there!


Brandon Marshall: Even though Henne and he will be teaming up again there isn’t much positive to go on.  I would let him prove to you that he’s worth a start coming off his hamstring injury.

Wes Welker: It will be interesting to see how the Jets play Welker, but whatever they do they will have him in their sights.  The Jets have improved tremendously with Revis healthy and you just have to steer away from starting the opposing team’s best receiver.

Tight Ends


Kevin Boss: After Smith and Nicks come back it might be harder to start Boss, but they are out and Boss led the Giants in targets last week.  He should continue to see those targets.

Tony Gonzalez: Gonzo had 8 receptions against Tampa earlier in the year and with Talib and extra help on White, we should see him get a lot of targets once again and that is all you can hope for with tight ends this season.


Vernon Davis: The Packers are very tough on tight ends (I won’t go there) and Troy Smith is not doing much for VD’s numbers.  He could always grab a touchdown to make himself useful, but recently he’s been playing fake football as if he had VD (on his fantasy team).

Zach Miller: He has a nice matchup, but you just can’t start him the way his foot has been acting up during games.  Maybe if he had Philip Rivers instead of Jason Campbell throwing his way he could be useful at least while he was hobbling around out there, but he doesn’t.

  1. emceeperiod says:

    Cassel or Cutler…ppr? Ha. Just kidding.

  2. emceeperiod says:

    Btw, while I’m up too here, couple grammatical errors on the Knox blurb. But for real, thanks in large part to your columns and advice I have first round byes in 5 of 6 leagues and I anticipate a fifth of Jaime headed your way come January…Next time you’re in Seattle we’ll share another one as well. Much appreciation, however I’ll try not to count my chickens…

  3. emceeperiod says:


  4. Eric says:

    what about sitting Calvin Johnson? His QB is Drew Stanton and they’re going up against a tough Bears D.

  5. barker says:

    sit white and goodson for ronnie brown and welker or mason or gaffney

    or is that ridiculous??

    the guy im playing has woodhead and brady going on monday and idk know why but i want a dog (welker) in that fight for monday

    dont know why but i like playing the guys on mondays

  6. cruisinkc says:

    Cutler or Orton?

  7. Wilsonian says:

    Is it time to drop Big Ben now? I’m kind of worried about his foot, and he’s only my backup to Rivers. Any of these gentlemen a better Rivers backup:

    Fitz, Garrard, Freeman, Kitna, Romo (if and when he’s healthy), Palmer, Bradford, Henne?

  8. TheTinDoor

    JTin says:

    I’ve been rotating 3 QB’s all year:

    One of them seems to go off for 20+ points every week, but I’ve been picking the wrong guy (Cutler on the bench last week). How would you play it this week/rest of the season? The rest of my team is great, I don’t need a huge score from my QB most weeks.

  9. Neck Beard says:

    Out of these 3 WRs; who do I start in my 0.5PPR League…W. Welker, M. Thomas (Jac), Legedu Naanee…thanks doc.

  10. Nate says:

    Carried over from the last thread:

    In a PPR league, should I drop Keiland Williams? You never really know what’s going on in the ‘Skins backfield, but he’s a good runner and pass catcher. Plus, I know as soon as I drop him he’s suddenly Shannahan’s feature back.

    My options for a replacement are new Shannahan favorite James Davis, Christopher Ivory, Tashard Choice, Anthony Dixon, Ladell Betts, Maurice Morris and Bernard Scott.

  11. TonyD says:

    @ Doc

    Should I start Naanee vs (Oak) since Jackson and Gates are out or should I start Steve Breaston vs (STL)? I also have Sidney Rice vs (Buf).

  12. Like says:

    Who would you start? Pick 2 RB’s & 2 WR’s:
    RB’s- Ricky Williams, Maurice Morris, L.Blount and B. Green-Ellis.
    WR’s- Denario Alexander, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Mike Thomas and Jacoby Ford.

  13. ArtVandelay says:

    Playing for a playoff spot – win and I’m in! Start Welker, Goodson, or Crabtree at my flex?

  14. Cole says:

    Pick 2, 1 pt ppr. Gafney, Felix, Mason, Branch. I think a few are listed as questionable and after getting pitchforked by Javid last week as Branch dominated my bench, I am weary.

  15. Jason says:

    My head hurts. This is ridiculous. Win=In.

    NON-PPR TD heavy i guess (+1pt every 25 ruYd/reYd +6pt TD)

    Looking for a RB2 and Flex(rb-wr-te)

    Could go with Goodson, Choice, R. Williams, Wells.
    Flex could go with Obo, D. Alexander, Sid Rice or one of the above RB’s.

    Thank you kind sir, in advance, for your wisdom.

  16. FlyinHawaiianPizza says:

    Hey Doc –

    Who ya like: Heap or Winslow for the playoffs?

  17. Tom Brady says:

    Ridiculous. Freeman and Culter over Big Ben and Ryan? Almost as bad as the suggestion to sit me a few weeks ago.

  18. nick m. says:

    16-team PPR. I’m in the playoffs as #3-5 seed and they start next week with no byes (Austin, Nicks, and James Jones are my other WR’s), do I drop VJax for for Denario Alexandar? And if so, would you plug him in to the Flex spot over Kellen Winslow?

  19. Frank Rizzo says:

    Damnit. I’m afeared about Big Ben too but my other option is Garrard and he’s not healthy either. I’m thinking of sticking with Ben hoping he pulls out a SNF miracle for me.

    Is Ben over Garrard so close that it’s a coin toss or is one a much better start than the other? I can’t tell.

  20. Wilsonian says:

    Also, still liking Boss over Winslow and Colston over Buc Williams for the week (0.5 ppr)?

  21. Mike says:

    I need to start one of these bums at my flex spot, .5 PPR. Any ideas?

    B. Wesbrook
    B. Jackson
    B. Marshall
    S. Greene
    M. Crabtree

  22. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Eric: It’s a possibility, but Stanton did target him a lot when he was in. It all depends on who you would sit him for.

    @barker: I would still lean Goodson and White, but if you’ve got a gut feeling that should always trump everything in my opinion.

    @cruisinkc: Close, but I’m leaning Orton

    @Wilsonian: He has a tough matchup this week. If he looks good I’d keep him. You have plenty of options if he looks hurt out there.

    @JTin: I’d go with Cutler this week.

    @Neck Beard: I’d lean Thomas now that MSW is ruled out.

    @Nate: I like Choice a little more, but it’s still a bit of a crapshoot.

    @Like: Blount/Ellis/Thomas/Alexander

    @TonyD: I’d lean Naanee

    @ArtVandelay: Goodson

    @Cole: Felix/Mason

    @Jason: That’s a tough one. I am leaning Goodson and DA

    @FlyinHawaiianPizza: That’s a bit of a toss up. I like Winslow’s schedule, but Heap is a little safer. I would lean Heap.

    @Tom Brady: Go endorse some Uggs.

    @nick m.: That is tempting, but since you are in I’d stick with VJax.

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d go with Ben.

    @Wilsonian: Yep

    @Mike: If Westy is a go I’m leaning his way

  23. Don Tom says:

    .5 ppr Pick 1 flex

    Westbrook @GB
    Brandon Jacobs vs Was
    Beanie vs StL
    Pierre @Cincy
    Crabtree @GB

    .5ppr Pick 1 Flex
    Obamanu vs Car
    K. Williams @NYG
    Reggie Bush @Cincy
    Beanie vs StL
    Crabtree @GB
    or blount

  24. nick m. says:

    I also have the Giants D and the Chargers D. Would dropping the Giants D (since they face Min, Phi, GB in the fantasy playoffs) for Denario Alexander be a wise move since I hate carrying two D’s?

  25. Randy says:

    Need to start 2 of these 3 WR’s.
    Tampa Williams, Knox, Ford
    1 pt for 20 return yards.
    Ford if returning kicks faces the suspect Chargers special teams

  26. Gary says:

    Brady or Casell?

  27. scott says:

    ppr, pick one of these guys to sit

    Fred Jackson
    Mike Williams TB

  28. Caprice says:

    Oy, WR headache. Which WR has the highest upside this week? Crabtree, Garcon, or R. Moss. I don’t care about consistency, just looking for the home run.

  29. Hey Doc –

    Standard format, gotta pick my receivers… Def starting Colston, but need two more out of:

    TO, Johnny Knox, Dez, Manningham, TB Mike Williams, Malcom Floyd.

    Thinking Knox & Williams, but there are a lot of good things to pick from.

  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Caprice: Garcon

    @scott: Ugh, McFadden

    @Gary: Very close. Brady is safer/Cassel has more upside. I would find it hard to sit Brady.

    @Randy: Always tough in return yardage leagues, but I really like Williams and Knox this week.

    @nick m.: I sure wouldn’t start them against Phi/GB, but would against Minny. I could see dropping them.

    @Don Tom: Jacobs/Crabtree

  31. Mike F says:

    rest of the season back…..Anthony Dixon, Tashard Choice, or Ryan Mathews?

  32. Mike F says:

    (cont.) or Chris Ivory? choose 2 please

  33. Ian says:

    Need to start one at flex:

    Donald Brown

  34. Ian says:

    For what its worth, I also have Choice.

  35. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Ian: I would actually start Choice.

    @Mike F: I like Dixon’s chances of being the guy.

  36. Wilsonian says:

    0.5 ppr…right now I have Austin in the flex, per your advice. If Westy is a go, would you play him instead? Mo Morris and Gerhart are also available and I could drop the Blair White Project for one of them if you like either one of them in that flex spot (or bench spot). Thanks.

  37. D Gross says:

    Who to start at flex:
    Donald brown,
    Randy Moss,
    Ronnie Brown
    ryan matthews
    Shonne Green

  38. Damion says:


    With Tolbert being somewhat injured AND matthews coming back, should I still play him? or should I start blount???

  39. Damion says:

    or should I pick up mike thomas to fill in

  40. Eric says:

    hey doc,

    Back to that question of Calvin Johnson earlier…

    Would you play Davone Bess (vs Cle) over Calvin Johnson?

  41. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Eric: I wouldn’t

    @Damion: I think Tolbert will still be the guy

  42. barker says:

    for flex spot bradshaw jacobs mike wallace or ronnie brown

    and tolbert over all those guys for my rb2 spot?

  43. Doc

    Doc says:

    @barker: Tolbert and Jacobs

  44. Joel says:

    Doc: my rbs are currently Westbrook (Gore’s replacement on my roster — ugh), Arian, Bradshaw and Blount. I have roster space for one additional “emergency back” — should I roster Bush, Mike Hart or Torain?

  45. Joel says:

    or Choice?

  46. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Joel: I like Choice’s upside. I’d drop Hart for him.

  47. Max says:

    Pick 2 (+1 PPR):

    Austin @ IND, S Johnson @ MIN, Manningham vs WAS?

  48. Dan says:

    Pick 2, ppr/pt per 5 rush league
    Danny Woodhead, Hines Ward, Derrick Mason, Danario Alexander

  49. B-Real says:

    I need to start 2 RBs.
    Unfortunately, I have Blount, B. Jackson, M. Goodson, M. Lynch, T. Gerhardt, and M. Morris.

    Which two should I start?


  50. B-Real says:


    I also could pick up R. Williams off waivers?
    What do you think?

  51. Overpaid Felons says:

    Thanks for your help in the past. Need help to make playoffs. Can you help?

    1)Pick 1 WR: S.Rice, Meachum, Steve Smith (CAR)
    2)Pick 1 RB: Ricky Williams, Blount, M.Morris, J.Best
    3)Pick 1 WR and 1 FLEX(WR/RB) D.Branch, Harvin, Blount, Goodson, M.Austin, J.Knox

  52. Leroy says:

    hey doc, who you like better for this week in ppr? i need to choose 2: royal, jacoby ford, obomanu, hartline

  53. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Leroy: Obomanu

    @Overpaid Felons: Meachem/Blount/Austin/Knox I like Harvin, but worried about him missing practice

    @B-Real: Blount and Goodson

    @Dan: Woodhead,DA

    @Max: Johnson/Manningham

  54. Matt says:

    Mike Wallace or Marques Colston?

  55. Josh says:

    Great site… I’m in a non-ppr need to choose 2 WR and a Flex: Floyd, T.O., Big Mike Williams, Keiland W., A. Dixon and I can snatch Danario from the WW.
    Playoffs or bust this weekend. Thanks!

  56. you answered the cutler or orton question so i will stay with orton..need wr help…
    Obomanu, Danario Alexander or Danny Amendola ? need 1 to score big
    harvin is my other wr.unless you have a different combination in mind i am playing for my life this week and it does not look good…here is the rest:
    s.jax and a.peterson rb’s
    hillis is flex
    witten te
    giants d
    akers k
    law firm on bench..and thinking about picking up gerhart

  57. sorry doc..left off that m.williams(seattle) and j.knox are avaliable

  58. B-Real says:

    Hartline, Bennett, Amendola, Obomanu, Gibson?
    I need two.

  59. B-Real says:

    Mike Thomas or Meachem?

  60. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Matt: Colston

    @Josh: I’d go with T.O., Alexander, Dixon

    @brian b: I’d go with J Knox

    @B-Real: Bennett, Obo

    @B-Real: Thomas

  61. harvin or knox

  62. Doc

    Doc says:

    @brian b: Knox

  63. HUSK says:

    hey doc should i start mike tolbert or thomas jones or possibly brandon jacobs in a ppr league none of them are big time receiving threats but need 1 of them need it to win my fantasy league


  64. Doc

    Doc says:

    @HUSK: I’d lean Tolbert

  65. B-Real says:

    Sidney Rice or Toby G. in my flex? Also, I have A.P. as RB 1.

  66. Doc

    Doc says:

    @B-Real: Rice

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