Each week during the season, deciding on who to start for your fantasy football 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 feel free to contact me on twitter @JamesMaguire21 where I would be happy to answer all questions.

Quarterbacks

QB Start of the Week

Colin Kaepernick (SF)

Kaepernick has been performing to a fairly high level over the past few weeks and has actually been better away from home. This weeks matchup is also favourable as he will need to throw often to keep up with Manning and the high powered Broncos offense. The Broncos give up almost 20ppg to opposing signal callers.

QB Sit of the Week

Matthew Stafford (DET)

Stafford is a player who I want to recommend caution with this week. He just isn’t as productive without Megatron and only has one game with over 20 points in his past 5 games. If you have a Quarterback with a better matchup it might be advisable to use them (for example one of the 13 QB’s I’ve ranked ahead of him this week) as he is a risky play without Megatron. Having said that the Saints defence has been allowing a lot of points to QB’s, so it Is possible he can still be productive. However, I would play it safe until Johnson returns.

Rankings:

[columnize]1              Aaron Rodgers GB  (vs. CAR)

2              Andrew Luck IND (vs. CIN)

3              Peyton Manning DEN (vs. SF)

4              Philip Rivers SD (vs. KC)

5              Jay Cutler CHI (vs. MIA)

6              Tom Brady NE  (vs. NYJ)

7              Colin Kaepernick SF  (@DEN)

8              Tony Romo DAL  (vs. NYG)

9              Cam Newton CAR  (@GB)

10           Carson Palmer ARI  (@OAK)

11           Russell Wilson SEA (@STL)

12           Drew Brees NO  (@DET)

13           Matt Ryan ATL (@BAL)

14           Matthew Stafford DET  (vs. NO)

15           Joe Flacco BAL  (vs. ATL)

16           Eli Manning NYG  (@DAL)

17           Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs. HOU)

18           Kirk Cousins WAS  (vs. TEN)

19           Andy Dalton CIN (@IND)

20           Alex Smith KC (@SD)

21           Ryan Tannehill MIA  (@CHI)

22           Charlie Whitehurst TEN  (@WAS)

23           Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU (@PIT)

24           Austin Davis STL (vs. SEA)[/columnize]

 

Running Backs

RB Start of the Week

Andre Ellington (ARI)

Even though Ellington has been dealing with an injury all season he has still been fairly productive as a dual threat back. I feel that his true breakout game will come this week as he faces an Oakland defences that is awful against the run. I expect him to be a top 5 back this week, as the Raiders give up an average of over 150yards to RB’s at home this season.

 RB Sit of the Week

Frank Gore (SF)

Gore has been gradually losing more and more touches to Hyde as the season has progressed, and I see him as a risky start this week. Gore has been very bad away from home and if you factor in that the 49ers will probably have to throw the ball a lot in this game, it all adds up to a sub-par performance from Gore.

Rankings:

[columnize]1              Matt Forte CHI (vs. MIA)

2              Arian Foster HOU  (@PIT)

3              DeMarco Murray DAL  (vs. NYG)

4              Andre Ellington ARI  (@OAK)

5              Jamaal Charles KC (@SD)

6              Giovani Bernard CIN (@IND)

7              Marshawn Lynch SEA  (@STL)

8              Le’Veon Bell PIT  (vs. HOU)

9              Eddie Lacy GB  (vs. CAR)

10           Ben Tate CLE  (@JAC)

11           Justin Forsett BAL  (vs. ATL)

12           Alfred Morris WAS  (vs. TEN)

13           Branden Oliver SD  (vs. KC)

14           Lamar Miller MIA  (@CHI)

15           Fred Jackson BUF  (vs. MIN)

16           Shane Vereen NE  (vs. NYJ)

17           Ronnie Hillman DEN  (vs. SF)

18           Ahmad Bradshaw IND (vs. CIN)

19           Jerick McKinnon MIN  (@BUF)

20           Isaiah Crowell CLE  (@JAC)

21           Andre Williams NYG  (@DAL)

22           Reggie Bush DET  (vs. NO)

23           Pierre Thomas NO  (@DET)

24           Darren McFadden OAK  (vs. ARI)

25           Frank Gore SF  (@DEN)

26           Joique Bell DET (vs. NO)

27           Jonathan Stewart CAR  (@GB)

28           C.J. Spiller BUF  (vs. MIN)

29           Bernard Pierce BAL (vs. ATL)

30           Bishop Sankey TEN  (@WAS)

31           Mark Ingram NO  (@DET)

32           Trent Richardson IND (vs. CIN)

33           Antone Smith ATL  (@BAL)

34           Storm Johnson JAC  (vs. CLE)

35           Chris Ivory NYJ  (@NE)

36           James Starks GB (vs. CAR)

37           Benny Cunningham STL  (vs. SEA)

38           Jeremy Hill CIN (@IND)

39           Steven Jackson ATL (@BAL)

40           Dexter McCluster TEN (@WAS)

41           Roy Helu WAS (vs. TEN)

42           Zac Stacy STL  (vs. SEA)

43           Matt Asiata MIN  (@BUF)

44           Alfred Blue HOU (@PIT)

45           Carlos Hyde SF (@DEN)

46           Joseph Randle DAL  (vs. NYG)

47           Tre Mason STL  (vs. SEA)

48           Brandon Bolden NE  (vs. NYJ)[/columnize]

Wide Receivers

WR Start of the Week

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

Fitzgerald has been having a disappointing season so far, but with the return of Carson Palmer last week he finally posted a good stat line again. I would expect that trend to continue this week as they have a good matchup against the Raiders defence.

WR Sit of the Week

Wes Welker (DEN)

Welker has been awful this season and inly caught one pass in last weeks game. He isn’t being targeted by Manning and while it’s possible that he will eventually have a rebound game, it is just impossible to trust him in your lineup when there is the potential for a zero.

Rankings:

[columnize]1              Jordy Nelson GB (vs. CAR)

2              Antonio Brown PIT (vs. HOU)

3              Demaryius Thomas DEN (vs. SF)

4              Dez Bryant DAL  (vs. NYG)

5              Steve Smith BAL  (vs. ATL)

6              Brandon Marshall CHI  (vs. MIA)

7              Julio Jones ATL  (@BAL)

8              Randall Cobb GB  (vs. CAR)

9              Michael Floyd ARI  (@OAK)

10           T.Y. Hilton IND  (vs. CIN)

11           Alshon Jeffery CHI  (vs. MIA)

12           Emmanuel Sanders DEN  (vs. SF)

13           Larry Fitzgerald ARI  (@OAK)

14           Golden Tate DET  (vs. NO)

15           Mohamed Sanu CIN (@IND)

16           Kelvin Benjamin CAR  (@GB)

17           Michael Crabtree SF (@DEN)

18           DeSean Jackson WAS (vs. TEN)

19           Brian Quick STL  (vs. SEA)

20           Sammy Watkins BUF  (vs. MIN)

21           DeAndre Hopkins HOU  (@PIT)

22           Andre Johnson HOU  (@PIT)

23           Mike Wallace MIA (@CHI)

24           Keenan Allen SD  (vs. KC)

25           Julian Edelman NE  (vs. NYJ)

26           Reggie Wayne IND  (vs. CIN)

27           Andre Holmes OAK  (vs. ARI)

28           Brandin Cooks NO (@DET)

29           Anquan Boldin SF  (@DEN)

30           Roddy White ATL  (@BAL)

31           Marques Colston NO  (@DET)

32           Malcom Floyd SD  (vs. KC)

33           Torrey Smith BAL (vs. ATL)

34           Terrance Williams DAL (vs. NYG)

35           Cecil Shorts JAC  (vs. CLE)

36           Pierre Garcon WAS  (vs. TEN)

37           Rueben Randle NYG  (@DAL)

38           Eric Decker NYJ  (@NE)

39           James Jones OAK  (vs. ARI)

40           Robert Woods BUF (vs. MIN)

41           John Brown ARI  (@OAK)

42           Kendall Wright TEN (@WAS)

43           Eddie Royal SD  (vs. KC)

44           Jermaine Kearse SEA (@STL)

45           Odell Beckham NYG  (@DAL)

46           Justin Hunter TEN (@WAS)

47           Davante Adams GB  (vs. CAR)[/columnize]

 

Tight Ends

TE Start of the Week

Jordan Cameron (CLE)

Cameron finally had a good game last week and showed what his owners expected of him when they drafted him I would expect his success to continue this week as he has a fantastic matchup against a Jaguars team that is very weak at defending TE’s. In fact the Jags defence gives up the 4th most fantasy points to the position.

TE Sit of the Week

Heath Miller (PIT)

Miller has been very poor so far this season and only has one game with more than 6 targets as the Steelers seem to be ignoring him in the passing game. I don’t see his stats improving anytime soon and his matchup this week is a poor one as he faces a Texans defence that has only allowed 2 TD’s to the position so far this season.

[columnize]1              Julius Thomas DEN (vs. SF)

2              Jordan Reed WAS (vs. TEN)

3              Greg Olsen CAR  (@GB)

4              Jordan Cameron CLE (@JAC)

5              Martellus Bennett CHI (vs. MIA)

6              Antonio Gates SD (vs. KC)

7              Rob Gronkowski NE  (vs. NYJ)

8              Delanie Walker TEN (@WAS)

9              Vernon Davis SF  (@DEN)

10           Dwayne Allen IND (vs. CIN)

11           Travis Kelce KC (@SD)

12           Larry Donnell NYG  (@DAL)

13           Coby Fleener IND (vs. CIN)

14           Jason Witten DAL (vs. NYG)

15           Jace Amaro NYJ  (@NE)

16           Timothy Wright NE  (vs. NYJ)

17           Heath Miller PIT (vs. HOU)

18           Owen Daniels BAL  (vs. ATL)

19           Benjamin Watson NO  (@DET)

20           Eric Ebron DET  (vs. NO)

21           Josh Hill NO  (@DET)

22           Clay Harbor JAC  (vs. CLE)

23           Jermaine Gresham CIN (@IND)

24           Mychal Rivera OAK (vs. ARI)[/columnize]