So now we have had a few of these columns, have they helped you out? You may have seen this named Start/Sit, Like/Dislike, or Love/Hate on other sites. I am going to stick with the Jack Daniels theme so I will toast the players you should start this week, and Roast the ones you should consider benching. NOTE: This column is not meant for your obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers or Arian Foster, but rather your mid-tier players you may have to make roster decisions with this week. Feel free to leave me a comment letting me know what you think, and follow me on Twitter @JD_Honeycutt. Let me know if you have any lineup questions for this weekend!
TOAST These Players!
Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos - A couple more solid weeks and Peyton will be a must start. In other news, you guys should check out the QB link I retweeted earlier. Beware that there is some language, but it is epic.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers - I know Rivers has had a slow start, but he is going up against a weak Saints defense this week. If he struggles this week, it may be time to find a replacement.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals - Dalton has quietly put up great numbers this season, and he has another great matchup this week against the Dolphins.
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens - I am not wacko for Flacco just yet, but give him the start against a struggling Chiefs secondary.
QB Sleeper of the Week: Christian Ponder, Vikings
Cedric Benson, RB, Packers – Benson has not been real consistent this season, but he is a nice play against the Colts.
Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos – Look for Peyton to get it in close against the Patriots, and for McGahee to punch it in from short yardage.
Michael Turner, RB, Falcons - I have been down on the Burner this year, but all indications are that he has some tread left on his tires.
RB Sleeper of the Week: Donald Brown, Colts
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers - Jordy has been a bit of a bust so far, but keep him in your lineup this week.
Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers - Crabtree has been quiet, but I expect this to be his bust out game.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles - Maclin has been injury plagued, but with all the bye weeks give him the start despite the tough matchup against the Steelers.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts - Reggie is clearly Luck’s favorite target, and after some rest expect him to be sharp against the Packers this week.
WR Sleeper of the Week: Domenik Hixon, Giants
Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens - Okay Pitta had a goose egg on Thursday Night Football, but give him another shot.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings - Rudolph is going up against a Titans defense that has allowed a ton on points to tight ends this season.
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans - Daniels is starting to cash in on his talent in the Texans offense.
Tony Gonzales, TE, Falcons - Not that you were thinking of benching him, but just in case!
TE Sleeper of the Week: Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
Vikings D/ST – The Vikings have a much better fantasy defense than you think.
Dolphins D/ST - It is defenses like the Dolphins why I always wait to draft a defense, because it changes so much year to year.
ROAST These Players!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills - Fitzpatrick always seems to do this to us where he has a great start, and then slows down towards the end. I don’t expect a great day from him against a stout 49ers defense.
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles – Vick has fallen out of the elite QB’s because of his lack of rushing production. It is not likely you have a better option, but if you do consider benching him.
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers - This is more of a gut call here, but Kapernick was so effective as the wildcat QB last week I could see him getting in the game more often from now on.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals - I like Green-Ellis this season, but the Dolphins are allowing just over 2 yards per carry.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers - With Jonathan Stewart back in the lineup against the Seahawks, this is back to being a crowded backfield.
Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, RB, Bills - Remember my rule about starting running backs against the 49ers?
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers – Mendenhall is back! Give him a week to get his legs back before putting him in your lineup.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins - Garcon is still dealing with a foot ailment, and reports are out that he is still not 100%.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins - Hartline has a big week every other week, so put him in your lineup NEXT WEEK.
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Bengals - Everyone seems really high on Hawkins this week, but I just don’t see it.
Heath Miller, TE, Steelers - Miller has had some nice stat lines, but expect him to slow down against the Eagles defense.
Coby Fleener, TE, Colts - Fleener is not having the hot season I thought he would with Luck this year.
Jets D/ST - This team needs a heavy dose of Tebow time!
Chargers D/ST - The Chargers have had some good weeks lately, but the Saints is a bad matchup for them.