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Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Snag ‘Em for Week 11


Start ’em

1. Mark Sanchez – QB – NY Jets – vs. Denver: His numbers were surprisingly decent despite losing to the Patriots last Sunday. Say what you want about his rock star status despite lack of ability, but with the weapons around him, he always has the possibility to put up a big game. This week against the Broncos poses a great chance for that scenario.

2. Mario Manningham – WR – NY Giants – vs. Philadelphia: He’s matched up against the Eagles defense this week, is there another reason that’s more relevant? It seems that there is consistently an opposing wide receiver that has a career day against the Eagles secondary.

3. David Nelson – WR – Buffalo – @ Miami: The Bills were shellacked last week. What better way to put that behind them than playing the Dolphins? Fitzpatrick has made a habit of looking for David Nelson in the red-zone given his size. There should be plenty of opportunities for him to haul down a touchdown or two this week, but he’s only starting in a quarter of fantasy leagues, and only owned in a little less than half.

Sit ‘em

1. Cam Newton – QB – Carolina – vs. Detroit: Not playing one of the better fantasy options at quarterback this year seems silly, but Carolina’s offensive line looked downright awful against the Titans. Detroit boasts one of the best defensive lines in the league, making time for Newton to look downfield a near impossibility.

2. Jeremy Maclin – WR – Philadelphia – @ NY Giants: He is currently questionable but reports are that he will try to play this Sunday. However, coupling his injuries with the fact that Michael Vick may not be on the field either, playing Maclin does not look to be a safe option.

3. Eric Decker – WR – Denver – @ NY Jets: He has been a solid contributor in deep leagues all season, mainly because all he seems to do is catch touchdowns. However, with Tebow under center the Broncos pass offense has dropped every week, to a season low 8 attempts last Sunday. Not good odds for Decker to be an impact player.

Snag ’em

1. Lance Ball – RB – Denver – @ NY Jets: Knowshon Moreno is out for the year with an ACL tear, and Willis McGahee is highly questionable, thanks in large part to a short week before Thursdays game. You can call it the veer, the option, or Timmy’s offense, but the Broncos run the ball nearly 50 times a game, and Lance Ball is currently their top running-back on the depth chart.

2. Laurent Robinson – WR – Dallas – @ Washington: Last weeks blowout win against the Buffalo Bills was a coming out party for Robinson, who scored two touchdowns in the affair. Don’t expect an effort like that every week, but while he fills the void left by injured Miles Austin he will continue to put up decent numbers.

3. Matt Leinart – QB – Houston – bye: Picking up Leinart is not a move that will help you this week, but Houston sports an exceptional offensive line, two great running-backs, and one of the best wide receivers in the league. This explosive offense could help Leinart produce big time come fantasy playoff season. Pounce on him now, before he’s gone.

Week 10 Fantasy Insider


Sleeper Starters

1. Joe Flacco – QB – Baltimore – @ Seattle: The Ravens are still flying high after a last second victory over their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. The game-winning drive, highlighted by a touchdown throw from Flacco, will surely boost his confidence and translate into solid play versus a Seattle secondary that is beaten and bruised from a week prior.

2. Jacoby Ford – WR – Oakland – @ San Diego: With a rusty Carson Palmer waiting to show signs of consistency Ford could see a considerable amount of throws go his way. With a match-up against the Chargers all but guaranteeing a high scoring affair Ford is a great option.

3. Willis McGahee – RB – Denver – @ Kansas City: If you ask Willis, he’s the greatest running back in the NFL. Last week he backed up his mouth with some quality production. The Kansas City Chiefs sport a lackluster run defense, enabling McGahee another chance to shine for his team and yours.

Bench ‘em

1. Jay Cutler – QB – Chicago – vs. Detroit: Cutler lit the Eagles secondary up this week thanks to one necessity; he was not sacked. The Detroit Lions sport a harrowing defensive line that has the ability to shut down the run, forcing Cutler to obvious passing situations. It could be a long day for the Vanderbilt product.

2. Early Doucet – WR – Arizona – @ Philadelphia: The Eagles were torched last week against the Bears and will work diligently to turn things around. With most of the attention placed on Larry Fitzgerald the school of thought is that Doucet will be open, but with a 2nd string QB and a lackluster offensive line Doucet won’t get the chance to produce.

3. Rashard Mendenhall – RB – Pittsburgh – @ Cincinnati: His production this year does not justify his relatively high selection in many leagues. The Bengals strength this year is their defense, which will surely look to make the Steelers one-dimensional. If Mendenhall can’t find the cracks in the line there is an ample backup that coach Mike Tomlin is not afraid to replace him with.

Free Agent Frenzy

1. Earl Bennett – WR – Chicago – vs Detroit: Bennett emerged as Cutler’s favorite target last Monday versus an underwhelming Eagles defense. The match-up does not bode well for his QB to get much time in the pocket, but Bennett may become Cutler’s failsafe option.

2. Roy Helu – RB – Washington – @ Miami: Playing anyone on the Redskins offense is a gutsy call, but with a glowing endorsement from his coach, and the understanding that Ryan Torain won’t be seeing the field much, if at all, Helu, who can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as run, is a decent option in a deep league.

3. Matt Moore – QB – Miami – vs. Washington: The reigning NFC Offensive player of the week, Moore will look to compound his efforts last week with another solid performance. He’s still available in nearly 95% of most fantasy leagues, and is as promising an option as Tim Tebow with absolutely no risk.