Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Arian Foster and Calvin Johnson fall into that category, to name a few.
There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit.
Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictate one way or the other.
Matt Hasselbeck at Buffalo
Hasselbeck may be over the hill—or past his prime or have one foot in the grave or whatever else you want to say about him—but one thing he’s not is too old to put up big-time fantasy numbers against this Buffalo Bills defense.
Kenny Britt looks like he’s back, or if he isn’t quite all there yet, then it will certainly pissed him off enough to go ballistic in this one.
With that being the case, I fully expect the old man to get him the ball and put up some real nice fantasy numbers because of it.
Others with QB1 Potential:
- Andy Dalton (vs. Pit., Sunday night)
- Ben Roethlisberger (at Cin., Sunday Night)
- Andrew Luck (vs. Cle,)
- Carson Palmer (vs. Jax.)
- Joe Flacco (at Hou.)
- Josh Freeman (vs. NO)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Ten.)
- Brandon Weeden (at Ind.)
- Mark Sanchez (at NE)
Trent Richardson at Indy
It turns out Richardson is just fine and will play this Sunday after a little scare last week when he got nailed in the ribs.
Is it possible the injury hinders him a bit during this next game? Sure, but not likely against weak Colts defense that allows 5.2 yards per carry to opposing RBs.
Injured or not, the kid is a beast and will surely make his presence known in a game that could actually end up being one of the higher-scoring games of the week.
Trent knows he needs to improve on his yards per carry (3.6 YPC) if he wants to be considered one of the elite backs, and there’s no better place than Indianapolis to do just that.
Others with RB1 Potential:
- Stevan Ridley (vs. NYJ)
- Alfred Morris (at NYG)
- Fred Jackson (vs. Ten.)
- Doug Martin (vs. NO)
- Felix Jones (at Car).
- Chris Johnson (at Buf.)
- Alex Green (at StL)
- Vick Ballard (vs. Cle.)
- Jonathan Dwyer (at Cin., Sunday Night)
- Ben Tate (vs. Bal.)
- LeGarrette Blount (vs. NO)
- David Wilson (vs. Was)
Start 'Em: Wide Receivers
Kenny Britt at Buffalo
It’s time for Kenny Britt to explode, my friends, so congratulations to those of you who have stuck by him this long because your patience is about to pay off in spades.
I know, this is quite a ballsy call putting Britt as a "must-start" without seeing a breakout game from him first. But if you saw how angry he was after last week’s game against the Steelers and heard the things he was saying, you’d know that this isn’t the game you want him sitting on your bench.
Besides him promising to make up for his self-admitted horrible performance, the Buffalo Bills pass defense is downright awful.
Bigger receivers tend to have nice games against them as well, so even though it may be a stretch thinking so high of Kenny at this point, believe me, you’ll understand why come Sunday.
One receiver this week, your choice, who do you take?
Others with WR1 Potential:
- Vincent Jackson (vs. NO)
- Marques Colston (at TB)
- Hakeem Nicks (vs. Was.)
- Denarius Moore (vs. Jax.)
- Torrey Smith (at Hou.)
- Dez Bryant (at Car.)
- Stevie Johnson (vs.Ten.)
- Donnie Avery (vs. Cle.)
- Mike Williams (vs. NO)
- Anquan Boldin (at Hou.)
- Kendall Wright (at Buf.)
- Lance Moore (at TB)
- Randall Cobb (at StL)
- Jeremy Kerley (at NE)
- Brandon Gibson (vs. GB)
- Justin Blackmon (at Oak.)
- T.Y. Hilton (vs. Cle.)
- Kevin Walter (vs. Bal.)
Jared Cook at Buffalo
Cook is a beast of a man and a downright scary specimen to face as a tight end. He’s a lot like Vernon Davis in that he can run like a wide receiver yet is far stronger and harder to bring down than any WR you’ll ever see.
He needs to be used more in this offense, and if Matt Hasselbeck loves him as much as he says he does, he will be.
This week, he faces a Buffalo squad that has been atrocious against wide receivers but actually not too shabby against the tight end.
Well, they HAVE given up two 100-yard games to tight ends this season (Gronkowski and Vernon Davis), but they’ve only allowed one TD (Gronk) as well.
With this game looking like 100 points could be scored before the final whistle, I’m liking Cook’s chances of pulling through with some top-10 fantasy numbers.
Others with TE1 Potential:
- Jason Witten (at Car.)
- Martellus Bennett (vs. Was.)
- Heath Miller (at Cin., Sunday night)
- Scott Chandler (vs. Ten.)
- Dennis Pitta (at Hou.)
- Fred Davis (at NYG)
- Rob Housler (at Min.)
- Dustin Keller (at NE)
- Marcedes Lewis (at Oak.)
- Kellen Davis (vs. Det., Monday night)
Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks
Cam Newton (vs. Dal.)
Matthew Stafford (at Chi., Monday night)
Sam Bradford (vs. GB)
- Jake Locker (at Buf): OUT (shoulder), could return in Week 8.
- Kevin Kolb (at Min): OUT (sternum, ribs, shoulder), out at least 6-8 weeks.
- Atlanta: Matt Ryan
- Denver: Peyton Manning
- Kansas City: Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn
- Miami: Ryan Tannehill
- Philadelphia: Michael Vick
- San Diego: Philip Rivers
Sit 'Em: Running Backs
Mikel Leshoure (at Chi., Monday night)
Steven Jackson (vs. GB)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Pit., Sunday night)
William Powell (at Min.)
Shonn Greene (at NE)
- DeMarco Murray (at Car): OUT (foot), questionable to return in Week 8.
- Rashard Mendenhall (at Cin., Sunday night): OUT (achilles).
- Isaac Redman (at Cin., Sunday night): OUT (ankle).
- Brandon Bolden (vs. NYJ): OUT (knee).
- Donald Brown (vs. Cle.): OUT (knee), underwent a knee scope on Oct. 9 and was projected to be out 2-3 weeks.
- Bilal Powell (at NE): OUT (shoulder), questionable to return in Week 8.
- Joe McKnight (at NE): OUT (ankle), looks to be out for a while with a high ankle sprain.
- Atlanta: Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers
- Denver: Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman
- Kansas City: Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn, Peyton Hillis
- Miami: Reggie Bush, Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas
- Philadelphia: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown
- San Diego: Ryan Mathews, Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle
Sit 'Em: Wide Receivers
Steve Smith (vs. Dal.)
Brandon Lloyd (vs. NYJ)
Nate Burleson (at Chi, Monday night)
Greg Little (at Ind.)
- Greg Jennings (at StL): OUT (groin).
- Pierre Garcon (at NYG): DOUBTFUL (foot), week-to-week.
- Julian Edelman (vs. NYJ): QUESTIONABLE (hand).
- Laurent Robinson (at Oak.): OUT (concussion).
- Alshon Jeffery (vs. Det., Monday night): OUT, (hand).
- Atlanta: Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas
- Denver: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley
- Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Dexter McCluster
- Miami: Brian Hartline, Davone Bess
- Philadelphia: Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Riley Cooper
- San Diego: Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal
Sit 'Em: Tight Ends
Jermichael Finley (at StL)
Brandon Myers (vs. Jax.)
Coby Fleener (vs. Cle.)
- Jimmy Graham (at TB): OUT (ankle).
- Atlanta: Tony Gonzalez
- Denver: Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen
- Kansas City: Tony Moeaki
- Miami: Anthony Fasano
- Philadelphia: Brent Celek
- San Diego: Antonio Gates
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