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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em For Every Fantasy Football Position, Featuring Jay Cutler And Justin Blackmon


Jay Cutler

QUARTERBACKS

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Jay Cutler (Bears): People still have a negative perception of Cutler. Get over it. He will have a mistake-prone game from time to time, but he is playing much better in Marc Trestman’s offense. The improvement of Alshon Jeffery and addition of Martellus Bennett has enhanced the offense. Cutler has passed for at least 292 yards in three of five games and is averaging 273 passing yards per game to go with 10 TDs and six INTs. The Giants have allowed the third most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Andrew Luck (Colts): Luck has only topped 30 pass attempts in two games and has yet to throw for more than two TDs in a game. He has 229 passing yards or less in three games. He has been solid, but many expected more. This is the week Luck will have one of his best games. The Chargers allow the second most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Robert Griffin III (Redskins): Many label Griffin a disappointment so far, and while he’s not running as much as last season, he is averaging 300.5 passing yards per game and he looked better in Week 4 before the bye week. He has one TD the last two games, but will rebound against a Cowboys defense that has allowed the most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

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Colin Kaepernick (49ers): Kaepernick is really hurting Fantasy teams. He has passed for 167 yards or less in four consecutive games and has thrown 28 passes or less in the same span. Those expecting rushing yards aren’t getting it either. He has four carries for 25 yards the last two games. With three TDs and four INTs the last four games, it’s difficult to trust him with the offense being conservative. The Cardinals are a decent matchup, but until the 49ers offense is less conservative seek another option.

Andy Dalton (Bengals): The Bills have been vulnerable against the pass, but Dalton has shown nothing to instill confidence in using him. He has no TDs and two INTs the last two games. Until he starts throwing the ball better, matchups don’t matter.

Geno Smith (Jets): Smith is coming off an impressive game-winning drive and three TD passes on Monday night when everyone was watching. Don’t get too cute and start him. It came against a bad Falcons defense and Smith is prone to turnovers with eight INTs and three lost fumbles. The Steelers defense isn’t awful and has allowed the third fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

RUNNING BACKS

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Danny Woodhead (Chargers): After barely being involved in Week 1, Woodhead has been a fixture in the Chargers offense. He has 33 targets the last four games and caught 29 passes for 204 yards and three TDs. He doesn’t have more than nine carries in a game, but could see double-digits this week against the Colts if Ryan Mathews is sidelined with a concussion.

Knowshon Moreno (Broncos): Moreno has run very well the last few weeks and is the Broncos running back to own. The Jaguars rank last against the run, allowing an average of 160.6 rushing yards per game. Moreno has at least 78 yards rushing in three of the last four games and scored four rushing TDs on the season.

Willis McGahee (Browns): McGahee didn’t look great last week against the Bills, but any running back that gets 26 carries has value. He rushed for 72 yards with a TD and has little competition for touches. The Lions have allowed the sixth most Fantasy points to running backs. The Lions have allowed 5.3 yards per carry.

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Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals): While Mendenhall scored a TD last week, he doesn’t look good. Andre Ellington is running much better, and Mendenhall is losing snaps to him. He has 38 carries for 93 yards the last three games with a long run of seven yards.

Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars): If you can’t score against the Rams, there’s not much to get excited about. He rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and caught two passes for 16 yards against the Rams. He is averaging 41.6 rushing yards per game and 2.8 yards per carry. The Broncos will jump out to a huge lead and the running game will be nullified.

Joique Bell (Lions): People get excited about Bell, but when Reggie Bush is playing there aren’t enough touches for Bell. He has 12 carries for 33 yards and eight catches for 60 yards the last two games. He is a flex play in deeper PPR leagues at best.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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Justin Blackmon (Jaguars): Blackmon looked great in the preseason and it was no different in Week 5 after missing the first four games due to a suspension. Blackmon had five cacthes for 136 yards with a TD and if you can score with Blaine Gabbert throwing the football, you’re pretty good. The good news is Chad Henne will start and while the Jaguars will get blown out, they will throw plenty.

T.Y. Hilton (Colts): I am sure people had Hilton on the bench last week due to his inconsistency and he exploded for five catches for 140 yards with two TDs. The previous two games he had six catches for 58 yards. The Chargers have allowed the fourth most Fantasy points to wide receivers and 10 passing TDs.

Torrey Smith (Ravens): I am not sure many realize how good Smith has been. Those in non-ppr leagues may be disappointed since he has one TD, but he will score more. Smith has 85 yards receiving in all five games and has 27 catches for 556 yards, which is an average of 111.2 yards per game.

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Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs): Bowe has just 30 targets in five games. He has caught 17 passes for 183 yards and two TDs and is a major headache for owners. He has not produced more than four catches or more than 58 yards in any game.

Tavon Austin (Rams): People drafted Austin with high hopes, especially in PPR formats and the production has been lacking. There are a lot of receivers that see targets in St. Louis and the Rams have yet to find ways to get Austin in space. He has 11 catches for 68 yards the last three games.

Stevie Johnson (Bills): Johnson is dealing with injuries, will have Thad Lewis as his quarterback and the Browns defense is allowing the fifth fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers.

TIGHT ENDS

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Garrett Graham (Texans): Graham just saw a huge boost in Fantasy value with the news Owen Daniels is out at least eight weeks with a fractured leg. Graham has been productive even as the secondary tight end with 15 receptions for 141 yards with three TDs. He’s a good waiver wire add and he has a good matchup this week against the Rams. Matt Schaub loves to throw to the tight ends in the red zone.

Martellus Bennett (Bears): Check his status since will be a game-time decision Thursday night against the Giants. Bennett has three TDs and Jay Cutler looks for him in the red zone. Players tend to do well against their former teams and the Giants have allowed the fifth most Fantasy points to tight ends.

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Jared Cook (Rams): After 141 yards receiving and two TDs in Week 1, Cook has not topped 45 yards or scored. The Rams offense is a mess and the Texans are the top-ranked team against the pass.

Kyle Rudolph (Vikings): Rudolph has 27 yards receiving or less in three of four games and scored once. He is dependent on TDs and that’s a risky play.

KICKERS

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Mason Crosby (Packers): Crosby is available in quite a few leagues and he has connected on all nine field goal attempts and will get opportunities to score in a good offense.

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Greg Zuerlein (Rams): The Rams will have a tough time scoring against a very good Texans defense and it doesn’t help that the Rams offense is struggling.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

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Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals may have been dropped in recent weeks due to tough matchups. This is an excellent defense and the matchup is appealing against the Bills, who will start Thad Lewis at quarterback. He was on the practice squad last week.

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New England Patriots: The Patriots defense has been solid this season, but a matchup against the Saints isn’t favorable.

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