It’s frustrating to draft a solid team and then have to sweat over who you start and bench. It gets worse when you bench a guy who goes off for a huge game while your fantasy team loses because you made the wrong choice. I’ve always written a start/sit column to solve those problems, but this year I don’t care about you. Okay I’m just kidding, but I am doing things a bit differently.
All start/sit questions will be addressed on twitter (@Jared_TSP), so make sure you get involved. Another thing I am doing is giving you a few sleepers you need to keep your eye on every week. If your team is struggling and you need to find a way to solidify it, look no further.
Eli Manning, NYG
Manning’s struggles have been well documented over the last 3 weeks, but he will get a chance to get the engine running against a lackluster Philadelphia Eagles defense. He is no stranger to turnovers, but he is also able to thrive while throwing multiple interceptions a game. He may throw a few, but his numbers will be closer to his Week 1 total rather than Weeks 2-4.
Chris Johnson, TEN
Chris Johnson is killing me. He is killing everybody. The only people he isn’t hurting is the defenses he is playing. I like how active he is on Twitter, but at some point, you just have to shut up and pound the rock. I believe this is going to be that game. Kansas City is very tough, but they can’t shut down the run as well as they make you believe. Bold prediction: CJ2K will break the 100 yard barrier Sunday.
Danny Woodhead, SD
As I mentioned in my Tuesday Morning Fantasy Owner segment, the Chargers finally figured out how to utilize Woodhead's particular skill set. As you most likely know, he is a small, shifty back who is very good with his hands. He also brings a certain toughness to every run that you usually don’t see from a guy his size. Woodhead is every PPR owner’s best friend.
Lamar Miller, MIA
If I am telling you Lamar Miller is a sleeper, the Free Agent pool must be pretty thin. To be honest, I am being a little hard on Miller. He showed me a little something the last few games, so his value is on the rise.
The most important piece of information leading me to this conclusion is that he is finally seeing the carries. He is cementing his role as RB 1 and this is great news for the fantasy world. He plays a tough Baltimore Ravens defense, but even they are giving up over 100 yards a game. All he needs to do is keep working hard in practice and he should get all the work he can handle.
Kenbrell Thompkins, NE
I’ll be the first one to warn you about the diluted targets when Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola come back, but we can cross that bridge when we get to it. As it stands right now, Thompkins is getting just under 10 throws a game. That is plenty by any standard in the NFL, so that is half the battle. He caught some tough balls, but dropped some easy ones Sunday night, which just shows the green nature of a rookie receiver. His one constant is Tom Brady, and that means the ball will be thrown perfectly nearly every time.
Eric Decker, DEN
I would call Denver a fantasy point free for all, but it’s not like there is one guy hogging all the points. Manning is averaging four touchdown passes a game, which means everyone is getting in on the action. Decker has been the forgotten man since Wes Welker showed up, but you can count on him for a great performance pretty much week in and week out.
Chris Givens, STL
Someone on the St. Louis Rams has to step up and be the guy and I think Givens has what it takes. Bradford likes to spread the ball around, but they will get plenty of scoring chances against the worst team in the NFL.
Colby Fleener, IND
Most of you wouldn’t dare start an offensive player against the Seattle Seahawks unless he was a superstar. The good news is that the corners won’t be covering Fleener, so he has it easier than the rest of his teammates. What that means for you is more receptions and more yards.
Their 1-3 record does not accurately reflect their talent level. I’d love to say the same about most of my fantasy teams, but I would be lying. I’d also be lying if I said their talent level matters a whole lot against the New York Jets, who have become experts on how to turn over the ball. Their rookie quarterback isn’t doing them any favors, and the Falcons are going to take advantage of him easily.
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