In this short post I go over the Sit ‘em & Start ‘em picks that I made before the weekend. I also go over players who had a breakout game and could be worth a waiver wire pickup.

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Start ‘em:

Hopefully Bradford can put up more consistent fantasy numbers after the be with Danny Amendola back in the line up

(STL) Sam Bradford vs. (NE): 22/30 205 yards, TD, INT – Opened up the game in London against the Patriots with a 50-yard touchdown pass to young wideout Chris Givens (Givens has now caught an NFL record 50-yard pass or larger in each of his last FIVE games!), the next 55 minutes of football however, didn’t yield a single point for Bradford and his Rams.

(CLE) Brandon Weedon vs. (SD): 11/27 129 yards – What an ugly game. The Chargers were coming off the bye and despite the Browns only scoring one touchdown on the game, that was all the needed to win the game 7-6. Weedon and Rivers were both awful, with Weedon completing barely more than 40% of his pass attempts; the two quarterbacks COMBINED for less than 300 yards. Weedon does have another seemingly god matchup next week against the Ravens struggling defense, though I don’t necessarily know that I would trust him in that game.

Having Peyton Manning playing so well opens up some serious running lanes for McGahee

(DEN) Willis McGahee vs. (NO): 23 rush 122 yards, TD, 2 catches 33 yards, Fumble Lost – Great game for McGahee despite the fumble. Cashed in on a touchdown run earl in the game and spent the rest of the game just piling on yards. I really like McGahee’s potential the rest of season, he has the Bengals and Panthers the next two weeks.

(MIA) Reggie Bush vs. (NYJ): 14 rush 59 yards, 1 catch 6 yards, Fumble Lost – A rather disappointing effort from Bush against one of the leagues worst rush defenses. Instead, it was second year running back Daniel Thomas who cashed in with a goal line carry. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of struggles to come for Bush, someone who has struggled as an every week starter before.

(IND) Vick Ballard vs. (TEN): 12 rush 55 yards, 1 catch 16 yards, TD – Ballard was on the verge of having a disappointing fantasy day on Sunday, but won the game for the Colts and greatly helped out fantasy owners by taking a short pass from Andrew Luck 16 yards for one of the best touchdown highlights of the weekend. Going to be hard to want to start Ballard in the future though with Donald Brown also back in the lineup; Brown was also able to run for over 5 yards per carry for 80 yards on the day.

(OAK) Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. (KC): 1 catch 32 yards, TD – Only had one catch on the day, but made it count for 32 yards and a score. Denarius Moore seems to be the preferred target of Carson Palmer, but with McFadden adjusting to a new running scheme and the team playing from behind at times, I think DHB should be a good flex option going forward.

(DEN) Brandon Stokley vs. (NO): 2 catches 19 yards – Peyton had a great game against the Saints as expected, but with the Saints not putting up much of a fight, Decker and Thomas were the only players needed. I had hoped that Brees and company would keep the game close and keep Peyton throwing for more of the game.

The Giants had no answer for TE Jason Witten, who set a career high with 18 receptions on Sunday.

(DAL) Jason Witten vs. (NYG): – 18 catches 167 yards – A personal best 18 catches on the day, adding up for 167 yards; the only disappointing this is the lack of a touchdown. With Romo struggling lately, I think he keeps on looking Witten’s way after a game like this.

(NYJ) Dustin Keller vs. (MIA): 7 catches 67 yards – Not the big game fantasy owners were looking for, but with Sanchez struggling as much as he is, it is still nice to see Keller catch seven passes. With tight ends rarely putting up massive numbers so far this season, Keller should continue to be a good option almost each week.

Sit ‘em: 

(DET) Matthew Stafford vs. (SEA): 34/49 352 yards, 3TD, INT, 4 rush 12 yards, TD –Looks like Stafford decided to break out one week early and against one of the best defenses in the league, and he did so while only throwing 40 yards to Calvin Johnson. Stafford wasn’t have a terrible season yardage wise before this, he just needed to throw some more touchdown passes; he has some more tough match ups before the end of the season but won’t be coming out of m lineup anytime soon.

(CHI) Jay Cutler vs. (CAR): 19/28 286 yards, TD, INT, 2 Fumbles Lost – Cutler was able to throw for almost 300 yards, but only added one touchdown while committing three turnovers. I would not feel confident with Cutler as my only quarterback at this point in the season.

(NYJ) Shonn Greene vs. (MIA): 15 rush 77 yards, 2 catches 29 yards – Considering his former struggles when playing Miami, totaling over 100 total yards was actually pretty solid for Greene in week eight. I have long disliked Shonn, but have to admit that his ball-catching abilities have greatly improved, helping him stay as part of the game plan even when the Jets are playing from behind.

(DET) Mikel Leshoure vs. (SEA): 10 rush 46 yards, 3 catches 9 yards – Another dud game from Leshoure, who ended up disappearing for sections of the game, allowing Joique Bell to get a good amount of work, and even getting Kevin Smith his first carry in a few weeks. There are some definite concerns with Leshoure now that he has two able running backs playing behind him and with possible injury issues.

Martin EXPLODED on the road against the Vikings, and has a wonderful schedule the rest of the season

(TB) Doug Martin vs. (MIN): 29 rush 135 yards, TD, 3 catches 79 yards, TD – Ugh, where do I start? I guess the Vikings run defense isn’t as stellar as I once thought, they have not been the shutdown unit they were in the first 4-5 weeks of the season. Also, I think Doug Martin is becoming a featured running back in this league quicker than I expected, it’s hard to argue with 29 carries. And finally, I expected the home team to play much butter on Thursday night under the lights and with everyone’s eyes on them. Doug Martin has a great schedule going forward, try to acquire this guy if you can, or just start him with confidence if ou already have him.

Despite sucking up until now, I am still holding out hope that he will be a second half star, perhaps when Jake Locker returns.

(TEN) Kenny Britt vs. (IND): 3 catches 34 yards – Another week of Kenny Britt on the field, another sub 50-yard effort; very disappointing. In the OT loss to the Colts it was rookie Kendall Wright who continues to impress by catching one more pass than Britt, one of them for a touchdown. Here is to hoping that Locker comes back soon and can help return Britt to his 2010 form.

(PHI) DeSean Jackson vs. (ATL): 5 catches 59 yards – The Eagles lost following a bye week for the first time with Andy Reid as head coach, and with Vick throwing for less than 200 yards in the game, there wasn’t a whole lot to go around. Jackson is yet to see more than 9 targets in the game, and hasn’t topped 75 yards since week four.

(ARI) Andre Roberts vs. (SF): 7 catches 65 yards – Roberts led his team in receptions and yardage in the Cardinal’s Monday night loss to the ‘49ers, but still came up with only 65 yards. With a very week running game at the moment, the Cardinals are going to need guys like Roberts to continued their improved play at the wide receiver position, meaning he will maintain some kind of fantasy value, but isn’t a guy to be trusted week to week.


Titus Young could be set to break out in 2012 the same way he did in 2011, with a bunch of touchdowns in the second half of the season.

Player Pickup of the Week: (DET) WR Titus Young – Young 100 yards even and a pair of touchdowns in the Lions dramatic win over the Seahawks. With teams paying so much attention to Calvin Johnson, Young looks like he might be emerging in the second half of the season. In 2011, as a rookie, Titus caught his first touchdown pass of the season on October 30th (week eight), he then proceeded to catch 5 more TDs before the end of the season.


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