Each week during the season, deciding on who to start for your fantasy team is the most pivotal decision. Each week in my Rankings, Starts and Sits article, I will list the players at each position. This will show you who the best play at each position is. I will also recommend a less obvious player at each position who is primed for a big week, and a player at each position who you should avoid. If you have any start/sit questions fell free to contact me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 where I would be happy to answer all questions.

Quarterbacks

jake lockerQB Start of the Week
Jake Locker (TEN)
Outside of the elite QB options, Locker is an excellent start this week. He had a great game last week against the Chiefs, and this week he has a brilliant matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. As we saw last week, the Cowboys defence is atrocious and I would fully recommend starting anyone who plays against them. Locker scored over 20 points last week and I would expect him to do the same again this week.

 

RGIII

QB Sit of the Week
Robert Griffin III (WAS)
Coming off a disappointing 2013 season, many expected RGIII to bounce back this season. However, after seeing him in the 1st game of the season, it is becoming hard to trust him. He just doesn’t look like the same player who was so explosive in his rookie season. I do have hope that he will get back to his best, but until we see some evidence of this, you need to keep him on your bench. This is especially true this week as he faces a decent Jaguars defence who could put him under a lot of pressure.

Quarterback Rankings:
[columnize]1 Peyton Manning DEN (vs. KC)
2 Andrew Luck IND (vs. PHI)
3 Aaron Rodgers GB (vs. NYJ)
4 Matthew Stafford DET (@CAR)
5 Nick Foles PHI (@IND)
6 Drew Brees NO (@CLE)
7 Matt Ryan ATL (@CIN)
8 Tom Brady NE (@MIN)
9 Jake Locker TEN (vs. DAL)
10 Tony Romo DAL (@TEN)
11 Russell Wilson SEA (@SD)
12 Andy Dalton CIN (vs. ATL)
13 Colin Kaepernick SF (vs. CHI)
14 Carson Palmer ARI (@NYG)
15 Jay Cutler CHI (@SF)
16 Cam Newton CAR (vs. DET)
17 Ben Roethlisberger PIT (@BAL)
18 Ryan Tannehill MIA (@BUF)
19 Philip Rivers SD (vs. SEA)
20 Eli Manning NYG (vs. ARI)
21 Matt Cassel MIN (vs. NE)
22 Robert Griffin III WAS (vs. JAC)
23 Josh McCown TB (vs. STL)
24 Joe Flacco BAL (vs. PIT)[/columnize]

Running Backs

bernardRB Start of the Week
Giovanni Bernard (CIN)
Bernard is coming off a good week 1 performance, where we were able to see that the Bengals are going to give him the bulk of the carries. I would expect him to capitalise on those carries this week as he faces a Falcons team who were the worst in the league against RB’s last season. They looked just as bad against the run when playing the Saints last week, and I would expect Bernard to be one of the top scoring players in the league this week

 

joique

RB Sit of the Week
Joique Bell (DET)
The Lions do a good job of getting both Bush and Bell involved in their offense, and most weeks they are both good starts. However, this week Bell faces a Carolina defence that is very good against the run. They only gave up 75yards on the ground in week 1 and Bell could struggle to produce this week. Bush could benefit from some screen passes, but I could see Bell having a down week
Running Back Rankings:
[columnize]1 LeSean McCoy PHI (@IND)
2 Montee Ball DEN (vs. KC)
3 Giovani Bernard CIN (vs. ATL)
4 Matt Forte CHI (@SF)
5 Adrian Peterson MIN (vs. NE)
6 Jamaal Charles KC (@DEN)
7 Arian Foster HOU (@OAK)
8 Le’Veon Bell PIT (@BAL)
9 DeMarco Murray DAL (@TEN)
10 Marshawn Lynch SEA (@SD)
11 Shane Vereen NE (@MIN)
12 Knowshon Moreno MIA (@BUF)
13 Eddie Lacy GB (vs. NYJ)
14 Alfred Morris WAS (vs. JAC)
15 Andre Ellington ARI (@NYG)
16 C.J. Spiller BUF (vs. MIA)
17 Frank Gore SF (vs. CHI)
18 Rashad Jennings NYG (vs. ARI)
19 Terrance West CLE (vs. NO)
20 Chris Johnson NYJ (@GB)
21 Toby Gerhart JAC (@WAS)
22 Zac Stacy STL (@TB)
23 Carlos Hyde SF (vs. CHI)
24 Mark Ingram NO (@CLE)
25 Pierre Thomas NO (@CLE)
26 Ryan Mathews SD (vs. SEA)
27 Reggie Bush DET (@CAR)
28 Fred Jackson BUF (vs. MIA)
29 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK (vs. HOU)
30 Lamar Miller MIA (@BUF)
31 Justin Forsett BAL (vs. PIT)
32 Bernard Pierce BAL (vs. PIT)
33 Shonn Greene TEN (vs. DAL)
34 Danny Woodhead SD (vs. SEA)
35 Doug Martin/Bobby Rainey TB (vs. STL)
36 Ahmad Bradshaw IND (vs. PHI)
37 LeGarrette Blount PIT (@BAL)
38 Joique Bell DET (@CAR)
39 Stevan Ridley NE (@MIN)
40 Steven Jackson ATL (@CIN)
41 Darren Sproles PHI (@IND)
42 Chris Ivory NYJ (@GB)
43 Trent Richardson IND (vs. PHI)
44 DeAngelo Williams CAR (vs. DET)
45 Isaiah Crowell CLE (vs. NO)
46 Dexter McCluster TEN (vs. DAL)
47 Jeremy Hill CIN (vs. ATL)
48 Benny Cunningham STL (@TB)[/columnize]

Wide Receivers

fitzWR Start of the Week
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)
Fitzgerald is coming off a terrible week 1 performance where he only had 1 catch for 22 yards. This will probably tempt some of his owners to bench him; however I would keep him in your line-ups this week as I expect a huge bounce back performance. This week he faces a Giants defence that was torched by the Lions in week one, allowing the 2nd most points to opposing WR’s. Both Fitzgerald and his teammate Floyd are fantastic starts this week.

Bonus Start: Two more great starts this week are Tennessee’s two WR’s Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright. I expect big games from both.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars-Training CampWR Sit of the Week
Allen Hurns (JAC)
Hurns exploded into the NFL last week with a brilliant performance where he caught 2 TD’s and had over 100 yards. I would advise you to pick him up off your waiver wire, however I would also advise you to keep him on your bench. There have been many relatively unknown WR’s who have had huge week 1 performances over the years, but the majority of them have not continued that production into the season. I would advise you to keep him on your bench until we see if it was just a flash in the pan or if he will be the next star WR.

Wide Receiver Rankings:

[columnize]1 Calvin Johnson DET (@CAR)
2 Demaryius Thomas DEN (vs. KC)
3 A.J. Green CIN (vs. ATL)
4 Dez Bryant DAL (@TEN)
5 Julio Jones ATL (@CIN)
6 Jordy Nelson GB (vs. NYJ)
7 Brandon Marshall CHI (@SF)
8 Antonio Brown PIT (@BAL)
9 Randall Cobb GB (vs. NYJ)
10 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN (vs. NE)
11 Mike Wallace MIA (@BUF)
12 Andre Johnson HOU (@OAK)
13 Emmanuel Sanders DEN (vs. KC)
14 Michael Floyd ARI (@NYG)
15 Vincent Jackson TB (vs. STL)
16 Larry Fitzgerald ARI (@NYG)
17 Justin Hunter TEN (vs. DAL)
18 Alshon Jeffery CHI (@SF)
19 Julian Edelman NE (@MIN)
20 Brandin Cooks NO (@CLE)
21 Percy Harvin SEA (@SD)
22 Roddy White ATL (@CIN)
23 Marques Colston NO (@CLE)
24 Kendall Wright TEN (vs. DAL)
25 Eric Decker NYJ (@GB)
26 Kelvin Benjamin CAR (vs. DET)
27 Jeremy Maclin PHI (@IND)
28 T.Y. Hilton IND (vs. PHI)
29 Pierre Garcon WAS (vs. JAC)
30 Reggie Wayne IND (vs. PHI)
31 Michael Crabtree SF (vs. CHI)
32 Torrey Smith BAL (vs. PIT)
33 DeSean Jackson WAS (vs. JAC)
34 Victor Cruz NYG (vs. ARI)
35 Keenan Allen SD (vs. SEA)
36 Anquan Boldin SF (vs. CHI)
37 Golden Tate DET (@CAR)
38 DeAndre Hopkins HOU (@OAK)
39 Hakeem Nicks IND (vs. PHI)
40 Markus Wheaton PIT (@BAL)
41 Terrance Williams DAL (@TEN)
42 Steve Smith BAL (vs. PIT)
43 Greg Jennings MIN (vs. NE)
44 Allen Hurns JAC (@WAS)
45 Andrew Hawkins CLE (vs. NO)
46 Marqise Lee JAC (@WAS)
47 Jarrett Boykin GB (vs. NYJ)
48 Rod Streater OAK (vs. HOU)[/columnize]

Tight Ends

Ertz could be a good to open the floodgates against the Jags

TE Start of the Week
Zach Ertz (PHI)
I recommended Ertz as one of the best starts last week, and he rewarded his owners with a TD and 77 yards. This week he is a fantastic start again, as he faces a Colts team who gave up 3 TD’s to Broncos TE Julius Thomas last week. Keep him in your lineups.

Martellus Bennett

TE Sit of the Week
Martellus Bennett (CHI)
Bennett is comin off a great week 1, but it could be difficult for him to repeat those numbers this week. He faces a 49ers defence who have been quite good against opposing TE’s and managed to shut down Jason Witten last week.

Tight End Rankings:
[columnize]1 Jimmy Graham NO (@CLE)
2 Julius Thomas DEN (vs. KC)
3 Rob Gronkowski NE (@MIN)
4 Zach Ertz PHI (@IND)
5 Greg Olsen CAR (vs. DET)
6 Vernon Davis SF (vs. CHI)
7 Kyle Rudolph MIN (vs. NE)
8 Dennis Pitta BAL (vs. PIT)
9 Delanie Walker TEN (vs. DAL)
10 Dwayne Allen IND (vs. PHI)
11 Jason Witten DAL (@TEN)
12 Charles Clay MIA (@BUF)
13 Martellus Bennett CHI (@SF)
14 Heath Miller PIT (@BAL)
15 Travis Kelce KC (@DEN)
16 Antonio Gates SD (vs. SEA)
17 Larry Donnell NYG (vs. ARI)
18 Levine Toilolo ATL (@CIN)
19 Andrew Quarless GB (vs. NYJ)
20 Jared Cook STL (@TB)
21 Ladarius Green SD (vs. SEA)
22 Coby Fleener IND (vs. PHI)
23 Mychal Rivera OAK (vs. HOU)
24 Niles Paul WAS (vs. JAC)[/columnize]