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Running Backs – Wide Receivers and Team Defenses
Start That Quarterback – Warzecha
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick has started 4 games for the Bills this season. In those four weeks he has averaged 20 fantasy points, most among all quarterbacks over that stretch. Kansas CIty has a pretty good defense, but its better against the run than the pass…and the Jets and Ravens have pretty good defenses too, but it didn’t matter. This guy isn’t a gimmick anymore.
2. Jon Kitna – Sure he looked pathetic last week for most of his three quarters of action against the Giants. But the guy hadn’t seen real action since 2008 and the Giants can play defense. This week he’ll get all the first-team reps and he gets to play the most generous defense to fantasy QBs, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has history with Roy WIlliams, looked last week like he already has a rapport with Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin and Jason Witten should be easy enough to get the ball to. Kitna will put up Top 12 numbers this week at least.
3. Chad Henne – Henne has been pretty up and down this season as a fantasy QB, but this is a week where you want to have him in your lineup. He’ll be facing the Cincinatti Bengals who will be without both of their talented starting corners, Michigan alum Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph. Look for him to hook up with Brandon Marshall all day and get Davone Bess heavily involved as well.
Sit That Quarterback
1. Drew Brees – Brees has really only had a couple really good fantasy performances all year, so it should come as no surprise that I’m not high on him against the Steelers defense this week. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are still out with injuries, so this will be another week with no help from the running game. I know it’s hard to sit a guy you used a 1st or 2nd round pick on, but you can probably pick up all, or at least one, of the guys listed above and they will all have better days. Mark it down.
2. Brett Favre – Favre is still acting as if he is going to play this weekend. Maybe he won’t. Either way, don’t even think about playing him. I told you not to start him at Lambeau last week, when everyone was sure the old man was going to come up with a vintage performance. He was pathetic. Even though it’s New England’s secondary we’re talking about, he’ll be a bad start again this week too. He’s done.
3. The Texas Rangers’ Bullpen – They probably aren’t eligible in your league, but just in case they are, for the love of God leave them on the bench…
Matthew Stafford – This is Stafford’s first week back since getting injured in the season’s first game. Don’t be shocked is he is a tad rusty in the first quarter, but if Shaun Hill could do it (and he did), then Stafford will be able to put up numbers throwing to Johnson, Burleson, Pettigrew, and Best out of the backfield. He’s at home facing a Washington defense that is in the bottom quarter of the NFL against the pass. I’d feel fine playing him if I needed a bye-week fill-in, and I’ll be ready to snatch him up as an elite back-up for the rest of the way if he has a good game.