Fantasy Football Week 11 Start Em, Sit Em Lineup Advice and Projections

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I knew that if I stuck with Jamaal Charles long enough that he would come through for me; and come through he did. Not that it should be all that surprising, but Charles carved up the Raiders’ D for 100+ yards and a touchdown.

The question now becomes whether or not Charles is a must-start on a go forward basis. Most weeks he may be, but you certainly have to wonder about him this week with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the schedule.

I’ll tell you one guy I wouldn’t question in Week 11: Ricky Williams. He should be a guy you’re playing most weeks anyway, but with Ronnie Brown’s status in doubt for Thursday night, Ricky’s value skyrockets.

As I try to do every week, I’ll make my best attempt to steer you in the right direction about Charles, Williams, and a host of other players. That’s what this post is all about, so let’s get to it.

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And now, a quick look back at the hits and misses from Week 10:

  • Start ’em hits: Brett Favre, MIN; Jamaal Charles, KC; Calvin Johnson, DET; John Carlson, SEA (thanks to his TD!); Baltimore Ravens D/ST
  • Start ’em misses: Calvin Johnson and John Carlson weren’t great, but I think they did enough to stay out of the miss category. But just so you know, I know they weren’t slam dunks.
  • Sit ’em hits: Julius Jones, SEA; Austin Collie, IND; Fred Davis, WAS; Indianapolis and New England D/ST units
  • Sit ’em misses: David Garrard, JAX;

Okay, time to jump right into the Week 11 start ’em, sit ’em picks. Remember that the byes are over, so everyone is fair game for a start…unless they play for the Browns.

(Random thought: since the Lions and Browns are playing this week, does it actually make someone not named Calvin Johnson playable? Tempting right?)

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Week 11 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice

Week 11 Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Picks: Quarterbacks

Start ‘em: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at Denver Broncos)

My affection for Philip Rivers continues to grow by the week. He was brilliant in Week 10 against Philadelphia, going 20-25 for 231 yards, two TDs, and no interceptions. On the season, he’s averaging 275.1 yards per game and almost two TDs per game, while only tossing six INTs thus far.

So then why does Yahoo have Rivers listed as only the 10th best QB for Week 11? And behind Eli Manning? Really?

The reason is probably the matchup, which comes against Denver and its 5th rated defense. And while the Broncos will provide a greater challenge than Rivers’ last four opponents (Eagles, Giants, Raiders, Chiefs), I don’t think it’s enough that it should scare you from starting Rivers.

Consider this: Champ Bailey has been in Denver for a long time; still, Rivers has a career QB rating of 110.7 against Denver, throws for almost 250 yards per game, and has thrown 13 TDs against only four INTs in eight career games against the Broncos.

By this point, unless you have Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, I think Philip Rivers has to be a weekly must-start. Don’t blow it and outthink yourself just because Denver’s on the schedule. Rivers has succeeded against Denver before, and he’ll do it again this week.

Philip Rivers Week 11 fantasy projection: 260 yards passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Other start ‘em QBs for Week 10

  • Matt Schaub is back and going against one of the NFL’s worst pass defenses in Tennessee. He has to be in your lineup.
  • The Chicago Bears have given up the 5th most TD passes in the NFL. Donovan McNabb is already licking his chops for Sunday night; start him!
  • Ben Roethlisberger was slowed by Cincinnati on Sunday and did not look good, but he should get back on track against Kansas City. In 12-team and other deeper leagues, Big Ben makes a good start.

Sit ‘em: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at New York Giants)

I love Matt Ryan long-term (even for later on this season) and he’s my starting QB in a couple of leagues. I just won’t have him starting this week.

The reason is that Ryan is really struggling right now. He has thrown eight INTs in the last four games against only five TDs. Granted, he’s faced some pretty good pass defenses, and three of them on the road (@DAL, @NO, WAS, @CAR), but something still feels off. At this point, I want to see him have a solid outing before I trust him enough to throw him out there in a 1-QB league.

Now, you might wonder if the Giants present a good matchup for Ryan. Yes, they have given up 15 TD passes this year (7th worst) and are on a huge slide. However, they are at home, coming off of their bye week, and getting CB Aaron Ross back.

In a week that is make-or-break for many of us, there are about 15-16 QBs I’d rather have starting this week than Matt Ryan. Hopefully you have one of them.

Matt Ryan Week 11 fantasy projection: 215 yards passing, 1 TD, 2 INT

Other sit ‘em QB for Week 11:

  • Tony Romo has only thrown one TD pass in each of his last two games and faces Washington’s top-ranked pass D this week.
  • Jay Cutler is playing a prime-time game. Uh oh…
  • David Garrard is facing Buffalo, a team that cannot stop the run but that is pretty good against the pass. Good week to sit David.

Week 11 Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Picks: Running Backs

fantasy football week 11 start em, sit em lineup advice, projections - rivers - ryan - ricky williams - charles - jennings - berrianStart ‘em: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins (vs Carolina Panthers)

This one should go without saying considering Williams’ nose for the end zone this year (6 TDs) and the fact that Ronnie Brown is unlikely to play Thursday night, but I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Ricky is averaging 5.3 yards per carry on the season and is coming off a tremendous 20-carry, 102-yard effort last week against Tampa Bay. He also has a nice matchup this week as Carolina is only 25th against the run (128.1 yards per game) and has given up 9 rushing TDs.

We know that Miami is committed to the run and committed to Ricky as being a major part of their attack. With Ronnie Brown out, Ricky should again get 20+ carries and should grab at least one TD. Start him with confidence.

Ricky Williams Week 10 fantasy projection: 105 yards, 2 TDs, 3 rec, 25 yards

Other start ‘em RBs for Week 11:

  • Steve Slaton. Surprised to see him here? Call it a hunch. Gary Kubiak says he will base playing time on how his guys practiced during the bye week. With Slaton’s 2008 draft classmate Chris Johnson coming to town Monday night, I have a feeling Slaton will be a little extra motivated to get out there and play well.
  • Beanie Wells is averaging 5.3+ yards per carry the last two weeks and scored two TDs last week. He’s also getting 13-16 touches per game. With St. Louis on the Week 11 docket, it’s a good time to start Wells.
  • LeSean McCoy will most likely be starting this week with Brian Westbrook likely out with another concussion. This guy plays well when he starts. I think he should be in your lineup.

Sit ‘em: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)

fantasy football week 11 start em, sit em lineup advice, projections - rivers - ryan - ricky williams - charles - jennings - berrianLast week I was right about Jamaal Charles as a start. He had a splendid game against Oakland Raiders.

But let’s repeat who the game was against. Say it with me now: the Oakland Raiders.

This week, Charles gets to walk into a stirred-up hornets nest. The Steelers are coming off a loss to the Bengals that dropped them to 6-3. Mike Tomlin was not happy and something tells me Pittsburgh will be fired up and ready to go.

The Steelers give up only 69.3 yards per game on the ground, which is almost 15 yards less than the 2nd best team. For KC to have any chance, Matt Cassel is going to have to take advantage of Troy Polamalu’s absence and get it done through the air.

While Charles does provide some value as a receiver (seven catches the last two weeks) it is not enough, nor is Charles proven enough, to be a start against Pittsburgh.

Jamaal Charles Week 11 fantasy projection: 35 yards rushing, 4 rec, 20 yards, 0 TDs

Other sit ‘em RBs for Week 11:

  • I am not a big Cadillac Williams fan this week. He is averaging less than 50 yards per game, less than 4.0 yards per carry, and has scored only 3 TDs. Plus, he is facing New Orleans this week, which means the Bucs will likely be behind and forced to throw.
  • Felix Jones remains an emphatic sit as he has all of seven touches the last two weeks. So much for my preseason sleeper.
  • Justin Forsett had a great week last week against Minnesota, but I’m wary. The Vikings have a great defense and the Seahawks have to go to Minnesota. I’d rather wait a week and see if Forsett can repeat his Week 10 success.

Week 11 Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Picks: Wide Receivers

Start ‘em: Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (vs San Francisco 49ers)

If you’re like me, a Jennings owner, this has been a frustrating season for you. After scoring 21 TDs the last two seasons, Jennings has scored a whopping two this year. The main reason why is that his yards per catch has gone from 17.4 in 2007 to 16.2 in 2008 to 14.3 this year.

I think, however, that this weekend could be a breakout of sorts of Jennings. Call it wishful thinking if you like, but there are numbers to back it up.

San Francisco is outstanding against the run, giving up only 87.7 yards per game and allowing just 8 rushing TDs on the season. Against the pass, however, San Francisco is 29th in the league (248.3 yards per game). More importantly, they have given up the 7th most plays of 20+ yards and the 9th most plays of 40+ yards.

That means there could be some big plays available for Greg Jennings, if Aaron Rodgers can get some protection and get rid of the ball in a timely fashion. San Francisco is only 21st in the league in sacks, so Rodgers very well could find the going a bit less rough this week.

Greg Jennings Week 11 fantasy projection: 6 rec, 110 yards, TD

Other start ‘em WRs for Week 11:

  • Lee Evans continues to be undervalued. He has 15 catches over the last four games, but more importantly has four TDs during that span. Jacksonville is susceptible to the deep ball.
  • Sidney Rice has at least 136 yards receiving in three of his last four games. He has a whopping 786 yards receiving on the season. Start him, without question, as the TDs will be coming.
  • Kevin Walter is coming around…finally. He has nine catches over his last two games and gets Tennessee’s woeful pass D this week. If there’s a matchup to start him, this is it.

Sit ‘em: Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings (vs Seattle)

It is pretty clear that Bernard Berrian is no more than the third option on the Vikings’ offense (behind Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice). He may even be the 4th option considering the production the Vikings have gotten from Percy Harvin this season. And around the goalline, as we know, Berrian is barely even an option, and certainly nowhere near the option that Visanthe Shiancoe is.

So do you really want a 4th or 5th option starting for you at WR? Even for a team as good as Minnesota, in a matchup as good as this week’s against Seattle, I want to see some production from Berrian before I feel comfortable starting him.

Remember folks, this is Week 11. For many of you, it’s boom or bust this week in terms of the playoffs. I don’t want to put one of my spots in the hands of such a boom or bust player if I can help it. Find someone more consistent.

Bernard Berrian Week 11 fantasy projection: 3 rec, 45 yards, 0 TD

Other sit ‘em WRs for Week 11:

  • I’m not buying Roy Williams. I know his numbers have been up the last two weeks, but the Cowboys are facing Washington next week and Wade Phillips already said that they relied too much on Tony Romo last week. Back to the running game (and more Miles Austin, I bet).
  • I know that Terrell Owens had 85 receiving yards in Week 10, but he still only has one receiving TD on the year. Don’t be fooled into starting him.
  • Michael Crabtree remains a sit until he proves he’s a red zone threat, which is what I’ve said about him all along. His receptions have dwindled over the last two weeks (three and four in weeks 9 and 10, respectively).

Week 11 Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Picks: Tight Ends

Start ‘em: Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs New Orleans)

It is clear that K2 is a favorite of rookie QB Josh Freeman. Over the last two weeks, since Freeman took over the starting QB job, Winslow has 11 catches, 159 yards, and a TD.

With New Orleans coming to town, the Bucs will likely be down early and down a lot, forcing Freeman to take to the air. That is a terrific recipe for Kellen Winslow to have a successful week.

(And you all know that I don’t like Kellen Winslow, so you know I really mean it to put him here.)

Kellen Winslow Week 11 fantasy projection: 6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em TEs for Week 11:

  • Greg Olsen remains a guy you have to start. 12 receptions and 146 yards over the last two games.
  • I know that Visanthe Shiancoe’s reception and yardage numbers aren’t great, but 13 TDs over the last 25 games are pretty nice. Seattle should provide plenty of opportunities for Minnesota to score.

Sit ‘em: Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens (at Indianapolis Colts)

If you’re starting Todd Heap, you are doing so based on reputation only. He has only six TDs since the beginning of the 2007 season and has to face Indianapolis this weekend. You can find better options at TE.

Todd Heap Week 11 fantasy projection: 3 rec, 21 yards

Other sit ‘em TEs for Week 11:

  • Zach Miller has to be a sit. I know there is the potential there for a big week every now and then, but you have to wade through 1-catch efforts like last week to get to it. Not worth it.
  • John Carlson is talented, but has only 12 catches over the last four games and will undoubtedly be used more as a blocker this week to slow down Minnesota’s pass rush.

Week 11 Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Picks: Defense / Special Teams Units

Start ‘em: Green Bay Packers D/ST (vs San Francisco)

The Packers would have had a shutout last week against Dallas were not for a garbage TD late. I know that the Packers’ O has struggled at times this year, and that their D has given up points at times, but this D has playmakers (namely, Charles Woodson) and is still worthy of starting most weeks.

A matchup this week against San Francisco is very advantageous. Sure, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis scare you, but I’ll take my chances against a team quarterbacked by Alex Smith.

Green Bay Packers D/ST Week 11 fantasy projection: 17 pts or less, 3 sacks, 2 INTs

Other sit ‘em D/ST units for Week 11:

  • I’d feel bad stating the obvious and telling you to start Cincinnati (@Oak), Pittsburgh (@KC), and New Orleans (at TB) this week because it seems too obvious…but start ‘em all.
  • Don’t you have to like Philly’s D knowing that they are going up against Jay Cutler in a primetime game? Get ready for some INTs!

Sit ‘em: Miami Dolphins D/ST (vs Carolina)

Miami has a solid defense, but they are missing the impact that Joey Porter made last year. Also, Carolina has its running game rolling again and Jake Delhomme is starting to protect the football. I think that these two strong running teams could put up more points than you might expect this Thursday.

Miami Dolphins D/ST Week 11 fantasy projection: 21 pts or more, 2 sacks, 1 INT

Other sit ‘em D/ST units for Week 11:

  • I’m also not a big fan of Carolina. They are much better at stopping the pass than they are at stopping the run.
  • Sit the Jets until further notice. They are really struggling defensively and now face the Patriots. Not a good mix.

Good luck in Week 11 everyone. I may get behind answering questions early in the week, but I promise to try my best to be totally caught up by Friday.

Thanks to everyone for their support of our fantasy content. It’s fun to write on a weekly basis, and hopefully it’s helping your teams into the playoffs.


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  1. Hey Jerod,

    Thanks for all your help in weeks past.

    Need to start 3 out of:
    C. Benson, DeAngelo Williams, Tim Hightower, Jamaal Charles, Jamal Lewis, Schnelling and LaDell Betts (sad to report that Betts and Charles were on my bench this week for Benson, Williams and Hightower and was gonna sit Benson and Williams b/c matchup and injury but put 'em back in at the last minute – thankfully I still won).

    Allright, similar question – need 3 out of:
    Stephen Jackson, Pierre Thomas, Marion Barber, Jonathan Stewart and Justin Forsett.

    Lastly, couple receiver questions
    WR3 – Mike Wallace or Hakeem Nicks.

    WR3 – Manningham or Roy Williams

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    • At RB, you have to go with DAW…no brainer.

      After that, you clearly play Benson if he's healthy against Oakland…but right now that's up in the air.

      I think your second choice has to be Ladell Betts because of his history of production. And I like Hightower because he's still getting 15+ touches a game even with Wells' emergence and the Cardinals have a tasty matchup against the Rams.

      I'm not sold on Snelling yet because he's proven nothing and I fear the Giants off their bye. Obviously I'm scared of Charles for the reasons stated in the post.

      You're going to have to track injuries throughout the week.

      As for the second group:

      SJax, PT, and Barber (but check the injury reports on Barber, who apparently had some thumb issues last week. I think the Cowboys stick more to their ground game this week against Washington's tough pass D).

      I still want to see more from Forsett, and Stewart has been playing well every other game…this week could be a little slower for him.

      WR I like Wallace and Manningham.

  2. Jerod,

    Need a little help this week. At QB: Flacco, Vince Young, or Hasselbeck? Leaning a little toward VY this week.

    I'm thinking Maclin over Burleson and Braylon Edwards for my WR #3. Agree? Donovan probably won't throw all of his TDs to Desean. But the Jets will probably have to throw it a lot, so Edwards may have some value.

    I'm also thinking Winslow over Vernon Davis. Think that's a good call? GB shut down a Dallas offense that's much better than SF. And Davis was a dud last week.

    Thanks as always.

    • I may surprise you with this one: Vince Young. He's produced at least one TD in each of his three starts and I think the Texans' D could provide some opportunities for him in the air and on the ground. Plus, we know Houston will score a lot, forcing VY to try and match him. And I like his matchup much more than Flacco against Indy or Hasselbeck against Min.

      I would not start the rookie Maclin over a vet like Burleson, who is still getting solid catch/yardage totals.

      I am not yet ready to start Winslow over Vernon Davis. With a rookie QB there is a lot of potential for volatility there and New Orleans has a very good D. I'd rather have Davis. If your gut says Winslow though, I wouldn't argue too much. Davis is just my personal preference but they are close.

      • I think I'm probably going to start Vince Young. I'm not expecting huge numbers, just a decent day as he's done in his first 3 starts. I think he has a better shot at the decent day than my other two options. But, if I decide against it, who do you like out of Hasselbeck vs Flacco?

        Along the same lines, I'm not sure I'm ready to trust Burleson again after the flop last week. So, who do you like out of Maclin vs Edwards?

        I'll probably make my mind up at about 12:55 Sunday as to whether I start Davis or Winslow.

        The rest of my team is R Moss, H Ward, Peterson, R Rice, Bironas, and New Orleans. I'm just trying to get the most out of the positions that aren't as clear.


        • I like Flacco because BALT will have to throw to keep up with the Colts, who will be able to pass on Baltimore's D. Don't let the Browns' offense fool you…BALT has trouble against the pass.

          Personally, I like Burleson. SEA won't be able run against Minnesota and will have to throw. Burleson has been more productive and consistent than Maclin and Edwards. If you must have one of them, I'd go with Maclin. But don't give up on Burleson yet.

          Winslow apparently ran his mouth about Jonathan Vilma this week…so something tells me the NO defense will be ready for him. As I said before, I like Davis…but it's close.

  3. Hi Jerod,
    Im telling you, you have taken my team from worst to first within the past couples of weeks. You are always right on target when it comes to your picks. So to continue the streak, need your help:

    I already know Rice is a definete starter: Need to start 2:
    Hester, MSW, Bowe

    Defense = Arizona, Cincinnati

    • Glad to be able to help!

      I think Hester and MSW have vaulted themselves into must-start category, with their upside being better than Bowe's (especially with KC playing PIT this weekend).

      Give me Cincy's defense against Oakland all day long. STL at least has SJax to give Arizona problems.

  4. steven hixson says:

    hi jerod, sorry about the confusion last week. i know im stickin with sims-walker this week. i think i have a pretty good team i just cant seem to win im 4-6. Heres my team id like to know how youd line it up. peyton manning, joe flacco, donald driver, sims-walker, austin collie, santonio holmes, maurice jones-drew, marion barber, jon stewart, ladell betts, antonio gates, david ackers, Ravens DEF, 49rs DEF

  5. Jerod,
    Who do I start for my team at QB: A. Rodgers, J. Cutler or Flacco?
    I am a little nervous with Rodgers getting sacked too much.

    • I think you have to go Rodgers. The 49ers are good against the run but not so much against the pass. Flacco is struggling and Cutler has been awful in primetime games this year. Rodgers may well get sacked a lot, but he still finds a way to put up pretty decent numbers. And if Cutler has a good week, don't kick yourself. The guy is so up and down, but this late in the season you need to make sure you get positive production from your QB. Rodgers will provide that.

  6. Hey Jerod! Well I thought I had a pretty easy week setting my lineup, then Bowe gets suspended..ugh! So now I'm starting Smith NYG and Austin as my starting WR but I need 2 RB and a flex spot. CJ is obviously 1 RB start but I'm a bit perplexed about the rest:

    Caddy Williams

    Need 2

    Also, I notice your recommending sitting Romo, my other option is E. Manning. I'm still leaning Romo just because Manning has been horrible and is typically horrible the 2nd half of the season. I'm open to debate though!

    Thanks again. I've gone from 11th in a 12 team league to 4th in the last 3 weeks I've been reading your blog so…RIGHT ON!!!

    • Hello-
      Nearly 5 weeks ago i went running on an uneven surface and rolled my ankle. There was minor bruising just under the ankle nob(it looked just like the lateral ankle sprain diagram above). It was very painful to walk but i did so because i was on my own and had to make it home. I went to the doctor and there is no fracture but it stayed swollen nearly 4 weeks. I started wrapping it 2 weeks after the initial injury and the swelling has decrease but the pain fluctuates. I can always walk on it some times not without limping and the pain is sharp,(this usually happens after a while of laying down or sitting). At other times i can walk well with moderate discomfort and soreness but only for limited time. I do beleive i have overextended it because at first i thought it would heal previous injuries have while running…and i walked a lot on it without a brace. Would it be advisable for me to get crunches or do exercises? It is the outside of my ankle that hurts the most around the joint. How should i rap it? Right now I am using an ankle brace. Should i ice it and elevate this long down the line? Should i take an anti-inflammatory?

  7. Hey, can you please help me out… I need to start 2 RB's between Kevin Smith, Lesean McCoy, and Beanie Wells. Any thoughts?

    • Kevin Smith is tempting against the Browns' D, but I'd still go McCoy and Wells. Westbrook looks like a safe bet to sit and Wells has really been playing well lately. Yes, matchups are important, but some might say Cleveland's D gets a breather this week facing Detroit's running game. I trust McCoy and Wells more at this point than Smith, facing CLE or not.

  8. Hey Jerod, I followed your last week advice, but didn't wake up in time to put Jamaal Charles in and it cost me the game.
    I am facing my trash talking rival this week, and I need this win.
    Here is my lineup and bench players, any input would be great.
    QB- Schaub
    RB- DAW
    RB- Ricky Williams
    WR- Andre Johnson
    WR-Miles Austin
    Flex- Derek Mason
    TE- Dallas Clark
    D/ST- Vikings
    K- Ryan Longwell

    LT (burned me last week, but at least he is scoring now)
    Jerricho Cotchery
    Jamaal Charles
    Tony Romo
    Kurt Warner

    I know its better to have a RB at the flex, but is it worth risking LT against Denver?

    • You missed out on Charles??? Ouch. Just make sure you don't try to make amends this week…that matchup against PIT does not look good.

      I would probably start Warner over Schaub. Tennessee's cumulative stats aren't good, but their pass D is improving. I'm not sold on St. Louis yet even though they played well against NO.

      Yes, I'd start LT at the flex. Last week could be a sign of things to come and Denver is not playing well right now. Trust that the offense he's in will at least give him chances for TDs.

  9. trade question….

    i have at RB

    And at WR

    i was offered M.Austin or Breaston For L.McCoy are my running backs strong enough to go through without McCoy

    (Bowe suspended… R.Brown Hurt…. Westbrook out at least 3 games… ) does this work in my favor??

    • My first instinct was to do it. Now I'm changing my mind. Here's why:

      Brown is likely out for the year and Buckhalter is nothing more than an emergency fill-in. Forsett was great last week, but his long-term value is still up in the air.

      With Westbrook appearing done for a while, you have a TERRIFIC 3-headed RB monster of McCoy, SJax, and MJD that gives you a chance to compete every week. Plus, you already have studs at WR in Fitz and VJax. I assume that you can only start two WRs and then have a flex spot. I'd rather have McCoy than Austin or Breaston in my flex spot, and there is a bigger difference between McCoy and Buckhalter/Forsett than there is between Austin/Breaston and Moss in my mind.

      I'd stand pat. McCoy is going to provide a lot of value with Westbrook out. Don't miss out on it.

      • yea its actually 2 rbs 3 wr no flex (TE count as WR as well)

        heres a good one

        what 2 rbs do i start?

        WR im gonna sit bowe and santana moss and start shockey fitz and vjax

        • Oh, you can only play two RBs at a time? I'm not sure I like the deal quite as much, as Fitz, VJax and Austin is a pretty formidable trio when you can't get McCoy in your lineup with your other two great backs. That said, I think you have to start SJax and MJD. And personally, I'd start Moss over Shockey. The Cowboys have a banged up secondary and Moss has had some big games against Dallas in the past.

  10. Help …just crept up to 8th from last & need to hold on to make playoffs.
    Need to start 2 RB my choices are, Jacobs, McCoy & Beanie Wells.
    Needs to start 3 WR my choices are Steve Smith, Manningham, Breaston, B Mashall

    • I think you have to go with McCoy and Wells this week, don't you? I still like Jacobs, but he and the Giants offense need to prove they are back. Wells should dominate St. Louis and McCoy becomes the new Brian Westbrook…and you never sit Westbrook, so don't sit McCoy.

      WR: Smith (either Giants or Panthers), Breaston, Marshall

      Want to see how Manning and the Giants' O do before I trust throwing Manningham out there over your other options.

  11. knowshon moreno or ladell betts?

  12. Jerod,
    A little WR help please.
    I need to pick 3 from this group: Steve Smith(car), Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin, Steve Breaston
    If Orton is hurt, I think it's an easy decision to bench Marshall. Who would you bench if Orton is active?
    Thanks for the assistance.

  13. Hey Jerod, i am in a non ppr league i need help we start 1 QB, 2-3 RB, 3-4 WR, and 1-2 TE. This is my starting lineup right now.

    QB-Schaub (Favre on bench)
    RB-Slaton, Jacobs, and Stewart (Moats, and White on bench)
    WR- Berrian, Evans, Breaston ( Hester, Knox, Chambers on bench)
    TE- Shiancoe ( Vernon Davis on Bench)

    What do you think?

    • I think I'd start Favre. He is just playing so well and has been so consistent. Plus, Seattle's Pass D is ranked 22nd in the NFL. Tennessee's is 31st, but improving (and remember their numbers are skewed by that one game against New England). It's close, and I wouldn't fault you for starting Schaub…I'd just go Favre myself.

      I think you're making the right choices at RB, but I'd start Hester over Berrian at WR.

      DEFINITELY get Vernon Davis in there over Shiancoe at TE. Vernon struggled last week but is still among the top 2 or 3 TEs in all of football right now statistically.

    • can anybody help me out?

      • Not sure if this posted, but I tried to answer yesterday:

        I think I'd start Favre. He is just playing so well and has been so consistent. Plus, Seattle's Pass D is ranked 22nd in the NFL. Tennessee's is 31st, but improving (and remember their numbers are skewed by that one game against New England). It's close, and I wouldn't fault you for starting Schaub…I'd just go Favre myself. I think you're making the right choices at RB, but I'd start Hester over Berrian at WR. DEFINITELY get Vernon Davis in there over Shiancoe at TE. Vernon struggled last week but is still among the top 2 or 3 TEs in all of football right now statistically.

  14. hi jerod,

    as you will see i have quite a brain-teaser for my RB positions (i need to start 2 RB + 2 FLEX out of the following on my roster):

    Ladanian Tomlinson
    Marion Barber
    Pierre Thomas
    Rashard Mendenhal
    Jamaal Charles
    Beanie Wells
    Justin Forsett

    i know it should be a no-brainer with the first 4, but im playing a tough opponent this week and need to maximize my points! i sat LT and Wells last week and lost by 3 points :(

    also, which DEF to start? PIT or CIN?

    thank you!

    • I would start Pittsburgh's D against KC. It was a good matchup anyway and no Bowe is gone. Slam dunk.

      As for the RBs, I'd go with PT, Mendenhall, Beanie Wells, and Marion Barber. Yes, it's hard to sit LT, but he has the worst matchup out of those five. I like Forsett, but I'd like to see him do it another week. I've been burned by guys like Jerome Harrison before who explode and then fall back to being invisible.

      If you REALLY want to get LT in there, I'd start him over Mendenhall…but that matchup against the Chiefs run D looks pretty tasty to me.

      • do you think NO might give the ball more to Reggie Bush/Mike Bell this week since they're almost assured of clinching playoff and might want to rest PT? thats my only concern. also, LT is up against the run defense of denver that hasnt been able to stop runs for the past 3 games now. what do you think?

        • You always have to be concerned about the carry split in NO, but they are still gunning for homefield and an undefeated season. They aren't resting guys yet.

          I'd rather have Pierre Thomas than LT, but I'd start LT over Bush/Bell.

  15. Hey Jerod,

    I have four running backs right now: S.Jackson(starter), Lynch(bench), C.Benson(Questionable) and R.Brown(Out).

    I need two but I don't really want to start Lynch. On waivers I can pick up Bernard Scott (Cin vs Oakland) or Beanie Wells(Ari vs StL). Of course if Benson is able to go this week he'll get the play but which of those two would be a better 'just-in-case' option?

    I'm worried about Wells losing carries to Hightower although that didn't seem to be a problem last week.


  16. Hi Jerod,

    I'm looking for advice on my flex this week. I'm in a 12-team ppr league. Who is the best option – Devery Henderson, Mike Wallace or Justin Forsett this week? Also, available on the waiver are Jason Snelling, Bernard Scott and Sammy Morris. Who would you pick up and would you start that person over the others mentioned?

    Thank you for all the help.


  17. All right Jerod, this is a must win week for me………………..Need QB advice

    Ryan, Cutler, Hasselbeck – I am leaning toward Ryan……… waiver wire – Garrard, Campbell, Stafford, Delhomme, Henne, V.Young

    Also Pitt or Philly D – leaning towards Pitt………………….

    • Man, that is a tough one. Cutler sucks in primetime, but Ryan has really been struggling…and Hasselbeck has a tough matchup and has been inconsistent. I'd probably go with Ryan too and cross my fingers. The loss of Turner should put more load on Ryan's shoulders. Hopefully he can reverse his INT trend.

      I'd play PITT's D.

  18. Jerod,

    I'm looking to add some depth to my bench. I have Correll Buckhalter and Kolby Smith at RB and Mike Wallace and Devery Henderson at WR. Wire options are Snelling, Avant, Nate Washington, Knox, Sammy Morris and Garcon. Shyould I drop one or both for any of these names?


    • I think you have to like Snelling right now, especially if Turner is out for a significant period of time. I'm not a big fan of either Smith or Henderson, and in fact would rather have Garcon than Henderson as well.

  19. Hello Jerod,

    Trying to decide who to start at WR: Derrick Mason, Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker or Greg Olsen?
    I know it may seem like a no brainer, but Welker hasn't been dependable for big points since he doesn't score often. Mason seems to be declining(that big catch against Cleveland should have been a TD but he was slow) Calvin Johnson and Olsen are sketchy since they lack good QB's.

    For RB: Maroney, Forsett, Hightower or Betts for my RB2? Only solid RB I have is Gore.

    Thanks mate

    • You should not ever take Wes Welker out of your lineup, especially this week when the Patriots will need him on the quick passes against the Jets blitz. Remember earlier in the season when they talked about how big a loss Welker was? I think he has a really big week. Second choice would be Calvin Johnson, but then you have to trust Stafford.

      I think you have to play Maroney. He's scoring every week and seems to be the #1 option right now. I'd go with Betts if you have any reservations about using a NE running back.

  20. Kurt Warner vs Matt Schaub?

  21. Hey Jerod,
    I don't have very good RB so I need to choose between Ahmad Bradshaw, L. Maroney and J. Charles.
    I need to choose just one because I also have MJD but I'm leaning towards Maroney because he has scored a TD in his last 4 games but Charles plays a terrible Detroit defense and I'm just afraid that Jacobs will get the majority of the carries.

  22. Hi Jerod,
    Below is how my line up is set today. Let me know what you think. As always, Thanks!! Mary

    QB: Drew Brees vs. TB
    RB: DeAngelo Williams vs. MIA – assuming he is healthy
    RB: Thomas Jones vs. NO
    RB/WR: Miles Austin vs. Was – the person I am playing against has Tony Romo….
    WR: Vincent Jackson vs. Den
    WR: Roddy White vs. NYG
    TE: Brent Celek vs. Den
    D/ST: Colts vs. Bal – I am trying to get the Cowboys on Waivers.
    K: Nate Kaeding vs. Den

    RB: Joseph Addai
    RB: Ahmad Bradshaw
    RB: Correl Buckhalter
    WR: Mike SIms-Walker – I am really close to putting him in instead of Roddy White
    WR: Laverneus Coles
    QB: Flacco
    D/ST: Jets

    • Check DAW's injury status before tonight and don't hesitate to play Addai in his spot. Addai has been providing solid value lately.

      I would start Sims-Walker over Roddy White.

      Otherwise, looks good. And I'd start the Cowboys over the Colts D if you get them.

  23. Hey Jerod,
    Back again. Is there any sense in playing Derek Mason over MSW or Greg Jennings this week? Or in putting DM in my flex spot over one of my three RBs; Brandon Jacobs, LT and Steven Jackon? You'd have to do some heavy selling to get me to bench SJAX. Ever. But for the purposes of full disclosure I threw him in there. Cheers, and thanks again.

    P.S. PPR league

    • No, I'd start GJ and MSW. Let Flacco and Mason prove they are back on the same page. Maybe I'm being too stubborn in my support of Jennings, but I just feel like he's ready to bust out and he has a great matchup this week.

      Never bench SJax. I would, however, play Mason over Jacobs or LT, both of whom are inconsistent. It's a toss-up as to which one to sit. Jacobs is coming off a bye and facing Atlanta's porous D, but LT is coming off a good game. Eenie-meanie-miney-mo…I'd sit Jacobs, because of the PPR aspect.

  24. Jerod: Thanks for all of your help. Another win last week with your suggestions.

    This week: Pick one: Steve Smith (NYG), Collie or Donald Driver ? or pick up and play Avant or Garcon.

    And is Deangelo ok for Thursday night?

    • also Lee Evans available for pick up and play

    • Steve Smith, no doubt. He is still getting catches and should find the end zone a few more times this season. He's simply more consistent and gets more targets than the other two.

      Not sure on DAW. You're going to have to track it up until kickoff. If someone MADE me set my lineup right now, he'd be in it. But you have to watch what unfolds before kickoff.

  25. Ok,

    Here's a conundrum …

    Matt Cassell or Chad Henne (for league where I have to start 2 QBs … oh lucky day, my "no.1 QB is Garrard)?
    Any chance for lemonade out of these lemons?

    • I'd go Henne. The Dolphins will have to throw more with Ronnie Brown out, plus it will make tonight's game more fun! Just kidding…never a valid reason to start someone. But I am not a fan at all of Cassell going against PIT without Bowe. Just an ugly matchup all around there.

  26. Jerod,

    For your consideration: pick 5 in a standard league, either 2RB/3WR or vice versa from among:

    MJD, Ricky Williams, Justin Forsett, MSW, Derrick Mason, Roddy White, Vincent Young.

    I think the no-brainer starts are MJD, Ricky Williams, and Vincent Young.

    MSW has been hot and cold, but certainly more hot at home against meager defenses, but BUF seems to be a competent pass defense.

    Mason has been even more hot and cold, but his best games seem to come against competent teams, and I have to believe Baltimore is going to throw against a Colts team that scores at will.

    While the Giants are not the team they were at the beginning of the season, it seems their receiving defense is still pretty darned good.

    I'm leaning towards benching Forsett and Mason, but think it's ultimately a crapshoot among which receiver to sit. Should I instead sit 2 receivers and start Forsett in the Flex spot?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Whoops, wrong Vincent. I meant WR Vincent Jackson of San Diego, but you probably figured that out.

    • In order…

      Roddy White

      I usually like playing a RB in flex, but Forsett worries me and reminds me a little bit of Jerome Harrison. He may have a good week, but against a good D like Minnesota, I'd rather go with your very solid WR options. You can't sit Roddy White, who will have to shoulder more of a burden with Turner out. And I like Mason over MSW because Buffalo has been good against the pass and terrible against the run, and I think the Ravens will have to throw to stay up with Indy, which means good things for Flacco/Mason owners.

  27. Hey Jerod-Need a little help in my playoff run this week. I think D Williams is playing tonight, so he's one RB. I need another out of Jacobs and R Bush. At WR I've got Marshall(should I start w/o Orton?) Smith NYG, Breaston, Garcon and Cotchery and need 3 of them. And who do you think has a better chance at scoring as a kicker, Crosby or Bironas? Thanks for your help.

    • Reggie Bush is such an explosive presence…but he's just not getting the touches to make me trust him. I'd start Jacobs.

      I would start him with Smith and Cotchery even if Orton is out. He's too talented and Breaston will always be a bit up and down when Fitz and Boldin are healthy.

      Kicker…ugh. I'd go Bironas because the GB-SF game could be low scoring if SF is allowed to dictate tempo.

  28. Hey Jerod,

    Need a little help this week. I've definitely locked up a playoff spot, but I would like to keep the number 1 seed. I'm in a non-ppr league with 2RB/2WR/1 Flex.

    With Benson and Turner both going down, I'm now down to 1 RB in Chris Johnson unless Benson plays this week which is more likely than Turner due to the extent of his injury. I can pick up Snelling, Bernard Scott, Forsett, Cadillac Williams, or Betts off waivers which I figure is a better option than trying to trade for a quick fix. Which pickup would you suggest?

    At WR I have Wayne and Colston as must starts. Since my RB core is down, would you suggest starting Sidney Rice over Miles Austin or MSW?

    Which TE would you start this week? Vernon Davis or Celek?

    Which D would you go with this week? Saints or Bengals?

    Thanks for the advice this season!!

    • I like Betts the best for this week, but Forsett the best for the rest of the season.

      Yes, Sidney Rice is a must-start right now. Your WRs are great, but he's been more consistent that MSW or MA.

      I'd go with Vernon Davis.

      I like NO's D against a rookie QB.

  29. Corey Beck says:


    Eli Manning or Joe Flacco?
    2 WR/ 2 RB/ 1 Flex out of
    Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Hines Ward, D. Williams, Laurence Maroney, Ryan Grant, Ladell Betts, and Johnny Knox.
    Return yards do count in my league. 1 point for 10 yards, the same as rushing and recieveing.


    • This isn't by any chance the same Corey Beck that played bball at Arkansas is it?

      I'd go with Flacco. The Ravens are going to have to throw to keep up with Indy, who is still having to employ a very young secondary because of injuries.

      RB – DAW (assuming he plays tonight…track it…he should be out there)
      RB – Grant
      WR – AJ
      WR – Hines Ward
      Flex – Betts

      Maroney is solid, but worries me because you never know what Belichick will do with his backs week-to-week. ANd it's hard to sit Roddy White, but I like going RB at flex if there is a good option available and I love HInes Ward's matchup against KC.

  30. Jason Cromeans says:


    QB= peyton Manning
    TE= dallas clark
    2 RB, 2WR and flex out of
    MSW, sidney rice, derrick mason, nate burleson, jacoby jones, steve smith, tim hightower, LT, jamaal charles, portis?

    phili defense or NE

  31. Hi Jerod, need some advice on which RB to start. I can only start 2. My option are as follows

    Frank Gore
    Beenie Wells

    I know Gore is a nobrainer, but i am hearing that his role will be more of a pass blocker this week.

    • Look, Gore is going to be counted to pick up blitzes…but on passing downs. Make no mistake, the 49ers will still try to pound the ball 25-30 times. He is everything in their offense and, as you said, is a no-brainer.

      I'd start Forte if it's a PPR league, otherwise I'd go with Mendenhall, only because he role seems to be more defined than Beanie Wells and I like the matchup against KC.

  32. Hey Jerod,
    Below is my starting lineup for the week and I was wondering what you thought. I feel pretty confident except with WR Im having a tough time making up my mind. I have Randy Moss, Mike Sims-Walker, Austin Collie, Devin Hester, and Jerricho Cothery. I start 3 WR and was wondering what the great Jerod would do.
    QB – Matt Schaub
    QB – Eli Manning
    WR – Randy Moss
    WR – Mike Sims-Walker
    WR – Jerricho Cotchery
    RB – Chris Johnson
    RB – Ricky Williams (GO FINS!!!!!)
    TE – Jermichael Finley
    DEF – Baltimore

    Just wanted to let you know I love reading your stuff and look forward to your response.


    • Well, I don't know what the "great Jerod" would do. Here at MSF we only have the "praying-he's-decent Jerod". But I will still attempt to answer your question…

      Moss is a no-brainer and I like Cotchery because the Jets will have to throw to keep up with NE. Between MSW and Hester, I actually like Hester because he's more consistent on a week-to-week basis, MSW just has the higher ceiling because he scores more touchdowns, but is far more volatile.

  33. I just picked up Chris Chambers, and the question now is whether or not to play him this week against Pitt. I know it's Pitt, but with Palamalu injured their secondary might be a little less impenetrable. Chambers would play in the flex spot over Derek Mason or Brandon Jacobs, if he played. Thoughts?

    • I would not play Chambers over either. This guy has good games against good Ds and plays terribly against bad D's and everything in between…you NEVER know. I would only play him in the absence of a decent alternative and Mason and Jacobs are both more than decent alternatives.

    • another fun thought to consider. I have Niner D and Houston D. Niners are far better ranked, but I am going to play Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings this week. Am I shooting myself in the foot to play these guys against my own D?

      • Nick, consider every position independently, not based on if they are playing your D.

        Do you think Houston's D or SF's D will have the better day? Whoever you think, pick that one. (Personally, I'd go with SF).

  34. Hey there! I'm feeling like I need to throw in the towel. My starting RBs were Ronnie Brown and Michael Turner, which are both out now! My back-up is Clinton Portis and he's still out with a concussion. I can pick up any of the following: Jason Snelling, Jamaal Charles, Jamal Lewis, Correll Buckhalter, Bernard Scott (if Cedric is out), & Chester Taylor. That's basically the best of the worst. Any advice? Or should I just throw in the towel now? :)

    The rest of my team consists of
    QB Drew Breese
    WR Marques Colston, DeSean Jackson, Mike Sims-Walker, Percy Harvin, Robert Meachem
    TE Visanthe Shianco, K Lawrence Tynes, D Vikings
    I need 2 RBs/2WR/1 Flex. Please help. Thanks!

    • There is some decent value there.

      I would rank them as follows for the rest of the season: Charles, Snelling, Lewis, Taylor, Buckhalter, Scott. If you can get Jamaal Charles, do so. No, he's not a great start this week against Pitt, but the schedule softens some after that (and he still gets to face the Browns!) And he though his matchup isn't perfect this week, who is to say he doesn't spring for a cheap 4th Q TD? You never know!

      Grab he and Snelling and start them. I bet they give you better value this week than you think.

      NEVER, EVER THROW IN THE TOWEL! Your leaguemates and pride are counting on you!

      RB – Charles
      RB – Snelling
      WR – Colston
      WR – DJax
      Flex – MSW

      • I thought I already replied but I dont see it here. Thanks for the advice! I have picked up Charles & Snelling.

        Also, I was just propositioned with a trade: Mike Sims-Walker for Marshawn Lynch, Knowshon Moreno or Laurence Maroney. I'm not sure that I'm willing to part with MSW. What are your thoughts?

        • Just to be sure this goes through…

          Snelling and Charles should at least provide touches for you, so that's good.

          As for MSW, I'm a big fan, but with your RB woes it might make sense. Besides, you have three really solid WRs and an emerging guy in Meachem even without MSW.

          Look at Knowshon Moreno's schedule in Weeks 13-15: @KC, @IND, vs Oakland. KC and Oakland are great matchups and Indy is always susceptible to the run. I know Moreno's been inconsistent, but I think he'll play better down the stretch.

          If you feel like you need to roll the dice and take a chance or two, I'd strongly consider that trade. No, I don't think Moreno provides more value straight up this season than MSW, but the question is will Moreno in your lineup, over whatever other RB you'd have to use, plus the WRs you have left, provide more value. I think they might.

    • Thanks for the advice!! I picked up Jason Snelling & Jamaal Charles.

      Also, I have just been propositioned with a trade: Mike Sims-Walker for Marshawn Lynch, Knowshon Moreno or Laurence Maroney. I'm not sure that I want to part with MSW. What do you think?

      • Snelling and Charles should at least provide touches for you, so that's good.

        As for MSW, I'm a big fan, but with your RB woes it might make sense. Besides, you have three really solid WRs and an emerging guy in Meachem even without MSW.

        Look at Knowshon Moreno's schedule in Weeks 13-15: @KC, @IND, vs Oakland. KC and Oakland are great matchups and Indy is always susceptible to the run. I know Moreno's been inconsistent, but I think he'll play better down the stretch.

        If you feel like you need to roll the dice and take a chance or two, I'd strongly consider that trade. No, I don't think Moreno provides more value straight up this season than MSW, but the question is will Moreno in your lineup, over whatever other RB you'd have to use, plus the WRs you have left, provide more value. I think they might.

  35. Andy Piraino says:

    should I start L. Tynes or Carpenter as my kicker ? Thnks Andy from the 'Cuse

    • You're better of flipping a coin that asking…BUT…if it were me, I'd go with Tynes. Miami could struggle to move the ball with no Ronnie Brown and a pretty hot Carolina team playing at home.

  36. just realized you have mcnabb and rivers in your must starts what should someone do if they have both qbs and dont know who to start im most likely going mcnabb would u agree or try and talk me out of it?

    • Yes, I would go Rivers. He is more consistent, is red hot right now, and typically plays well against Denver. I'm a big McNabb fan, but my trust is higher with Rivers.

  37. Last minute help please…
    of the four, which two should I start?
    LT, Miles Austin, or T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

  38. Discovered your posts through random Google searches. All I can say is, "Wow! Very impressive." Just added the site as a favorite. Accordingly, I could use your advice like the other commenters.

    Who should I start at Flex this week?

    -Maroney vs. Jets;
    -Lynch vs. Jags;
    -Forsett vs. Vikings?

    I also have T.O. as an option, who you said pass on this week, but isn't the Jags' D (especially their secondary) porous? Do you think the Bills' change at coach and QB will help their O any, or is their O-line just that bad?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

    PS: Following you on Twitter now too.

    • Thanks! Always appreciate the kind words.

      I begrudgingly go with Maroney…he's scored in four straight weeks, but it's always a dice roll with NE running bacs. Still, Lynch has done nothing this year and Forsett is still somewhat unproven and facing a really good Minnesota D.

      If it's a PPR league though, I'd probably throw Forsett out there because he will most likely get receptions that could offset a tough day on the ground.

      No telling with the Bills. I'd rather take a wait and see approach and not risk a starting spot on their offensive players.

  39. Hey Jerod,

    I need WR3 and RB 2 help. Here are my options:

    WR1 Steve Smith (Car)
    WR2 Sidney Rice
    WR3 (options Hakeem Nicks, Roy Williams, Mike Wallace)

    RB1 AP
    RB2 (options Jamal Lewis, Betts, Bradshaw, Forsett)

    Any advice would be appreciated!!

    • Well, hopefully you started Steve Smith on Thursday night. I'm not a huge fan, but I'd go with Roy Williams as your third option, mainly because there are fewer obstacles in the way of his getting targets in comparison with Nicks and Wallace. Plus, Williams is hotter right now.

      As for the RB2 slot, I'd start Forsett if you're in a PPR league. My opinion of him is rising as the week moves along and I think he'll get plenty of opportunities on Sunday. He might not run all that well against MIN, but he can provide value out of the backfield. If it's not PPR then I'd go with Betts. I know Jamal Lewis is playing Detroit, but I trust no one on the Browns offense.

  40. Hi Jerod~
    I am in a bit of a slump. I need to fill my flex position and not sure who will give me the most points in a non PPR league. Ricky Williams rocked on Thursday.. he was in my line I have 31 points just for him. My other RB is Gore. My 2 WR are Fitz and Brandon Marshall. My question for flex is between, RB Mendenhall, WR- MSW or Lee Evans, who do you think I should use?
    Also, your advice on QB I have Eli or Palmer? Thanks.. alway appreciated:) Tasha

    • I would go with Mendenhall. Great matchup and I almost always side with RBs over WRs for flex.

      I'd start Carson Palmer. I know they're playing Oakland, but he may have to throw more with Benson out.

  41. Hey Jerod,

    I, too, discovered this blog by accident, but I'm glad that I did. Your insights have been very helpful! Ok…here's my question…should I start WR Steve Smith(North) or MSW?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Thanks Max, much appreciated. I would start the GIants' Smith. The Bills have a pretty good pass D and Smith has been more consistent this year. I think MSW's ceiling is higher, but there is more risk of a 1 or 2 catch day as well.

  42. i dont know who to start Matt Schaub or Drew Brees and then should i go with Marion Barber or Tim Hightower/Beanie Wells??? i want to start schaub because he destroyed the titans early this year but then i have drew brees going against the shitty ass BUCS please give me some advice

    • I'd go with Brees. Much safer. I'm not a big fan of TB's defense and we have yet to see how Schaub will perform on Monday night with the pressure of a playoff drive. With an option like Brees, you can afford to take a wait and see with Schaub.

      Not sure what you're asking on the running backs. I would start Beanie Wells, Marion Barber, TIm Hightower, in that order, so you can pick and choose depending on if you need 1 or 2.

  43. Hi Jerod,
    Who should I start as RB and WR in week 11?
    For RB, I'm picking between Thomas, Pierre and Smith, Kevin

    For WR, I'm picking between Crayton, Patrick DAL or Driver, Donald GB

    Thanks for your input. Great site by the way.

    • I'd start Thomas and Driver.

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Jerod, I had another i've been thinking on. I have Portis, Clinton RB WAS and he's been making none/poor numbers. Do you think it would be good to drop him and sign Maroney, Laurence (NE) or somebody like Snelling, Jason (ATL)? I also have the choice of picking Mike Bell.

        • Portis will have some value if he returns…but that's the question, will he return and when? Considering he has TDs in five straight games, I'd rather have Maroney than Portis. Snelling's value is all based on Michael Turner's health. He is hoping to return by this week or next, so you don't want to count on Snelling for too long.

  44. Hey Jerod,

    Should I start Schaub or Rivers this week? I feel pretty good about both, but some reason, I feel that Denver's "D" might show up in their desperation to stop the hemoraging.

  45. Mad Rebels says:

    I would like to know if I should start Pierre Thomas or Jerricho Cotchery as my RB/WR this week. Reggie Bush is not making trip with Saints. Which would be the better choice? I am in ppr league.

    • I'd go with PT. Thomas will get more touches against Tampa Bay's D with Bush out. Cotchery is a solid player, but playing with a rookie QB always worries me.

  46. who should i start as my number 2 RB, Hightower, Slaton, or Betts

  47. Any tips on starting lineup? I'm thinking about possibly starting VY instead of Cutler I might want to put in Breaston in a WR or W/R slot.. Let me know what you think on that and anything else. Thanks!


    QB Jay Cutler
    WR Steve Smith
    WR Marques Colston
    RB Frank Gore
    RB Chris Johnson
    TE Heath Miller
    W/R Laurence Maroney
    K David Akers
    DEF Green Bay



    QB Vince Young
    WR Brandon Gibson
    WR Steve Breaston
    RB Derrick Ward
    TE John Carlson
    RB Fred Jackson

    • As crazy as it sounds, I'd trust VY more than Cutler right now. Cutler has the higher upside because he can pop for 3-4 TDs any week, but he also has the potential for 3-4 INTs. If you think you might need 20+ pts from your QB to win, you have to go Cutler. But if you're going to be in a tight matchup and just need to make sure yet get 8-10 pts while reducing risk, VY is your man.

      I wouldn't argue with you about playing Breaston over Maroney. Sammy Morris might be back to steal some carries away from Maroney and Breaston has been more consistent than you might think. Close to a toss-up in my mind so I say go with your gut.

  48. I'm needing some help and quick. I have to decide between Rashard Mendenhall and Ray Rice. Rice is an every week guy that I can count on. But I can't help but think that they'll be throwing the ball late in the game as opposed to running with Rice. Mendenhall is probably going to get a lot of work today running the clock out against the weak Chiefs D. Help me out, man.

    • I’d still go with Ray Rice. I like your thinking, but Rice is really playing well right now, is more consistent that Mendenhall, and stays involved in the passing game. They both should have big weeks but I trust Rice more.

    • Thanks a lot, man. I love your site and your advice. I try to do all of this on my own, but sometimes, like this week, I struggle a lot between 2 players. Thanks again from myself and everyone else who reads your site.

  49. Hey Jerod,
    You moved my team up from 8 to 3 in 3 weeks thanks for that. I'm just wondering if you have any advice for week 12. I need 1 QB 2 WR 2RB 1 TE 1 FLEX 1 DEF and 1 K. This is my team:
    A.Rodgers (QB) (GB)
    R.Moss(WR) (NE)
    D.Jackson(WR) (PHI)
    MJD (RB) (JAX)
    L.Maroney (RB) (NE)
    J.Witten (TE) (DAL)
    MSW (FLEX) (JAX)
    D. Carpenter (K) (MIA)
    PIT (def)

    Thanks a lot!

    • Happy to provide whatever assistance I can…but remember, I'm just typing words on a screen…you my friend are the one making the tough choices and hitting the SUBMIT button. So YOU moved your team from 8 to 3 and I congratulate you.

      As to your lineup for this week, my advice would be to play Boss over Witten and that's about it. Tony Romo has not been looking for Witten in the redzone and he is banged up anyway. Boss will not get as many catches, but is a favorite of Manning's in the red zone. Are you in a PPR league? That would certainly even it a bit in Witten's favor if he's healthy.

      Otherwise, your lineup is on point. Best of luck in Week 12!

  50. Hey Jerod,
    I've been hearing a lot of talk about this Arian Foster. Is he worth a start over L.Maroney. And also I have R.Meachem who has impressed me over the passed few weeks and should I start him over R.Moss because of his bad chemistry with his team. I'm in a PPR league.

    • No, Foster should not start over Maroney. New England faces the Bills, who has the worst run D in the league. Start Maroney. Foster has proven nothing.

      No, I would not start Meachem over Moss. I like Meachem a lot, and the Bills defend the pass well, but for me Randy Moss is Randy Moss and I'm not sitting him in the biggest matchup of my season. For more on this:


  51. who do I start?? v. young, garrard, freeman?

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