The fantasy football season is in full swing, and many of you are 3-0. Congratulations, but if you are not there is still plenty of time to catch up with about 11 weeks left until fantasy playoffs. Do not go crazy and trade everyone if you are 0-3, as many people seem to do. These people usually end up in the basement while the players they traded turn into fantasy stars.
Here are the Starts and Sits for the week!
QB Terrelle Pryor vs. Washington
QB Robert Griffin III vs. Oakland
QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Minnesota
If Pryor is healthy, he becomes almost a must-start against a porous Redskins defense. RG3 will try to play a consistent complete game this week, and if he does he will be a top five option. Roethlisberger is likely available in many leagues, but Brian Hoyer threw for three touchdowns last week against the Vikings.
QB Sam Bradford vs. San Francisco
QB Eli Manning vs. Kansas City
QB Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay
Bradford is competing against a good defense on a short week, Eli Manning goes against arguably the best defense he has seen this year, which means multiple interceptions are likely. Carson Palmer has not been great this year, and the Bucs secondary is amongst the best in the NFL.
RB Trent Richardson vs. Jacksonville
RB Bilal Powell vs. Tennessee
RB Giovani Bernard vs. Cleveland
Richardson has a great matchup and will get acclimated to that offense in a big way this week. Bilal Powell has over 220 yards on the ground this season, and will be the feature back as Chris Ivory is nursing a hamstring injury. Giovani Bernard is finally being “freed” and will get plenty of opportunities this week.
RB C.J. Spiller vs. Baltimore
RB Ryan Mathews vs. Dallas
RB Ray Rice vs. Buffalo
Spiller and Rice may be back this week, but each of them will likely still be “hurt”, so stay away from the two until they prove to be healthy. Mathews is slowly losing snaps to Danny Woodhead and it will not be long until he is either hurt, or ineffective.
WR Pierre Garcon vs. Oakland
WR DeSean Jackson vs. Denver
WR Stevie Johnson vs. Baltimore
Garcon has been one of the better fantasy starts this season, especially in PPR, and that will continue this week against the Raiders. Jackson and Johnson will likely see a ton of targets as both teams will be trying to score a ton of points in order to be competitive this week.
WR Cecil Shorts vs. Indianapolis
Normally, Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson should be started each and every week. But as aforementioned, the two best corners in the NFL have the assignments this week. Not to mention Johnson is nursing a leg injury. Cecil Shorts is a very talented player, but Blaine Gabbert is back and throwing the ball, or trying to at least.
TE Rob Gronkowski vs. Atlanta
TE Antonio Gates vs. Dallas
TE Martellus Bennett vs. Detroit
Rob Gronkowski is back this week, and should not see the bench for the rest of the season (except for bye). Gates has shown great consistency so far this season, and will do it yet again this week. Martellus Bennett has a good matchup against the Lions who do not have anyone who can match up against him.
TE Jordan Cameron vs. Cincinnati
TE Jared Cook vs. San Francisco
TE Vernon Davis vs. St. Louis
All three of these tight ends are top starters at their position. But this week, the matchups are tough. Cameron goes against a very athletic Bengals defense who will slow the big man down. Cook and Davis play tonight, and Thursday’s have not been too kind to the fantasy community, not to mention the two defenses are well above average.
DST Kansas City Chiefs
DST Indianapolis Colts
The Chiefs have established themselves as a top fantasy defense this year, and going against Eli Manning will play right into their hands, literally. The Colts face off against the Jaguars this week, and Blaine Gabbert will turn the ball over at least once.
DST Denver Broncos
DST Houston Texans
The Broncos will try to stop Chip Kelly who has had 10 days to prepare, and the Texans will try to slow down the Seahawks, who have been clicking on offense lately. These two defenses should be sat for other options this week.
Josh is a fantasy football writer for ProFootballFocus as well as here for PFC. Give him a follow and ask any questions on Twitter @PFF_JCollacchi