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By Derek of The Sportmeisters

Welcome to the best time of the year, sports fans. Here is where I will tell you who I think you should start or who I think you should sit for your fantasy team.

This year, I will give you your obvious must starts (guys you start every week no matter who they play), a few players from each position who you should start, a sleeper start em’, and a must sit em’.

Also, I will be giving projections for those players. If you have more questions, don’t forget to join me for my Sunday Morning Start Em’/Sit Em’ Chat from 10:45am to 12:45pm. Go to www.Sportmeisters.com for more info.

Enough talk, let’s get down to business!

 

QB Obvious Must Starts

  • Drew Brees – NO vs. CAR —Projection: 275 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • Peyton Manning – IND vs. HOU —Projection: 300 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • Tom Brady – NE vs. MIA —Projection: 315 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • Philip Rivers – SD vs. NYG —Projection: 275 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • Aaron Rodgers – GB vs. TB —Projection: 300 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • Kurt Warner – ARI vs. CHI —Projection: 250 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

QB Start Em’

  • Donovan McNabb – PHI vs. DAL —Coming off a three touchdown game and facing the 22nd ranked pass defense this week—Start Em’. Projection: 275 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • Joe Flacco – BAL vs. CIN —Was extremely accurate last week and faces the 30th ranked pass defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 265 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • Matt Hasselbeck – SEA vs. DET —Threw two TD’s last week and faces the 27th ranked pass defense this week. Sleeper Start Em’. Projection: 255 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT


QB Sit Em’

  • Matt Ryan – ATL vs. WAS —Threw three INT’s last week and faces the second ranked pass defense this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 225 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Matt Schaub – HOU vs. IND —Failed to throw a TD and threw two INT’s last week and is facing the seventh ranked pass defense this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 245 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Kyle Orton – DEN vs. PIT —Only threw for 152 yards last week and faces the Steelers this week, which are better than their 16th ranked pass defense. Must Sit Em’. Projection: 175 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

 

RB Obvious Must Starts

  • Michael Turner – ATL vs. WAS —Projection: 70 Yards Rushing, 1 TD
  • Maurice Jones-Drew – JAX vs. KC —Projection: 120 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 3 Receptions, 25 Yards
  • DeAngelo Williams – CAR vs. NO —Projection: 105 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 20 Yards
  • Chris Johnson – TEN vs. SF —Projection: 95 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 20 Yards

 

RB Start Em’

  • Ryan Grant – GB vs. TB —Facing the 30th ranked run defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 100 Yards Rushing, 2 TD, 2 Receptions, 15 Yards
  • Brandon Jacobs – NYG vs. SD Had a decent game against a good run defense last week and faces the 27th ranked run "D" this week. Start Em’. Projection: 95 Yards, 1 TD
  • Joseph Addai – IND vs. HOU —Getting the majority of carries with Donald Brown out and showed something new by throwing a TD last week. This week he faces the 20th ranked run defense. Start Em’. Projection: 80 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 3 Receptions, 25 Yards
  • Julius Jones – SEA vs. DET – Quietly having a decent year and is facing the 21st ranked defense this week. Sleeper Start Em’. Projection: 80 Yards Rushing, 1 TD

 

RB Sit Em’

  • Cadillac Williams – TB vs. GB —With a rookie QB at the helm, the Packers will be stacking the box against the run and will show why they are ranked ninth in the NFL vs. the run. Sit Em’. Projection: 50 Yards Rushing, 2 Receptions, 10 Yards
  • Kevin Smith – DET vs. SEA —Lost carries last week due to injury and may lose more this week against the tenth ranked run "D". Sit Em’. Projection: 40 Yards Rushing, 3 Receptions, 25 Yards
  • Laurence Maroney – NE vs. MIA —Expect a heavy dose of Brady to Moss and Welker this week, which means less work for Maroney against the sixth ranked run defense in the NFL. Sit Em’. Projection: 60 Yards Rushing
  • Knowshon Moreno – DEN vs. PIT —Had a TD last week, but was still shut down for most of the game and is facing the best run defense in the NFL this week. Must Sit Em’. Projection: 35 Yards Rushing, 2 Receptions, 15 Yards

 

WR Obvious Must Starts

  • Randy Moss – NE vs. MIA —Projection: 8 Receptions, 105 Yards, 1 TD
  • Wes Welker – NE vs. MIA —Projection: 11 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD
  • Larry Fitzgerald – ARI vs. CHI —Projection: 7 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD
  • Reggie Wayne – IND vs. HOU —Projection: 9 Receptions, 105 Yards, 1 TD
  • Andre Johnson – HOU vs. IND —Projection: 9 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD
  • Greg Jennings – GB vs. TB —Projection: 7 Receptions, 95 Yards, 1 TD
  • Roddy White – ATL vs. WAS —Projection: 5 Receptions, 85 Yards, 1 TD
  • Marques Colston – NO vs. CAR —Projection: 7 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD

 

WR Start Em’

  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh – SEA vs. DET —Hasn’t been what we expected so far this year, but is facing the 27th ranked pass defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 8 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD
  • Mike Sims-Walker – JAX vs. KC —Was held in check last week, but should rebound against the 28th ranked pass defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 6 Receptions, 85 Yards, 1 TD
  • Devin Hester – CHI vs. ARI —Hester has been a fairly consistent fantasy starter this year and is facing the 20th ranked pass defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 7 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD
  • Michael Crabtree – SF vs. TEN —Has 11 receptions for 137 yards in his first two NFL games and is facing the worst pass defense in the NFL this week. Sleeper Start Em’. Projection: 6 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

 

WR Sit Em’

  • Mario Manningham – NYG vs. SD —Didn’t play due to a shoulder injury last week and is facing the sixth ranked pass defense this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 3 Receptions, 25 Yards
  • Roy Williams – DAL vs. PHI —Scored a TD last week, but is still complaining about his role in the offense. He and QB Tony Romo are not seeing eye to eye and they face the tenth ranked pass defense in the NFL this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 3 Receptions, 30 Yards
  • Kevin Walter – HOU vs. IND —May get more looks with TE Owen Daniels out for the year, but had just 29 yards receiving last week and faces the seventh ranked pass defense in the NFL this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 3 Receptions, 35 Yards
  • Antonio Bryant – TB vs. GB —Rookie QB against the ninth ranked pass defense in the NFL means Must Sit Em’. Projection: 2 Receptions, 25 Yards

 

TE Obvious Must Starts

Jason Witten – DAL vs. PHI —Projection: 6 Receptions, 65 Yards, 1 TD

Antonio Gates – SD vs. NYG —Projection: 6 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD

Tony Gonzalez – ATL vs. WAS —Projection: 5 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD

Dallas Clark – IND vs. HOU —Projection: 8 Receptions, 85 Yards, 1 TD

 

TE Start Em’

  • Vernon Davis – SF vs. TEN —Absolutely on fire this year and faces the worst pass defense in the NFL this week. Start Em’. Projection: 6 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD
  • Brent Celek – PHI vs. DAL —Found the end zone again last week and faces the 22nd ranked pass defense this week. Start Em’. Projection: 5 Receptions, 55 Yards, 1 TD
  • Ben Watson – NE vs. MIA —Brady will be throwing the ball a lot and Watson could find the end zone against the 21st ranked pass defense. Sleeper Start Em’. Projection: 3 Receptions, 35 Yards, 1 TD

 

TE Sit Em’

  • Tony Scheffler – DEN vs. PIT —Has only had one good game all year and is facing the 16th ranked pass defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Sit Em’. Projection: 3 Receptions, 40 Yards
  • Anthony Fasano – MIA vs. NE —Patriots are ranked fifth vs. the pass and have only allowed 226 yards to opposing TE’s all year. Sit Em’. Projection: 2 Receptions, 25 Yards
  • Kellen Winslow – TB vs. GB —Rookie QB against the ninth ranked pass defense in the NFL means Must Sit Em’. Projection: 4 Receptions, 30 Yards

 

D/ST Start Em’

  • Green Bay Packers vs. TB —In this case, rookie QB against the ninth ranked pass defense in the NFL means Must Start Em’.
  • New England Patriots vs. MIA —Belichick should have found a way to stop the Wildcat by now and I expect them to shut down Chad Henne and the Dolphins anemic Pass offense too. Start Em’.
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. DET —Matt Stafford has looked every bit like a Rookie QB this year and the Seahawks could rack up the fantasy points this week. Sleeper Start Em’.

 

D/ST Sit Em’

  • New York Giants vs. SD —The G-Men have looked absolutely horrible these past few weeks and it doesn’t help that Philip Rivers and the Chargers are coming to town. Sit Em’.
  • Miami Dolphins vs. NE —Anyone remember when Tom Brady threw for six TD’s against this same team back in 2007? I sure do! Sit Em’.
  • Carolina Panthers vs. NO —I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never start a fantasy Defense against the best Offense in the NFL. Must Sit Em’.

 

There you have it, sports fans. Any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com and don’t forget to join me for my weekly Sunday Morning Start Em’/Sit Em’ Chat from 10:45am to 12:45pm. Go to www.Sportmeisters.com for more info.

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