Success in the playoffs can erase the bad breaks of a 7-6 season while struggles can reduce a 11-2 record to a meaningless afterthought. Studs are, in the words of the immortal Dennis Green, “who we thought they were”, but there’s always a matchup to exploit this time of the season. Choose your starters wisely, because you do not get a second chance this time of year.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions. This list will change from week to week.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Jay Cutler, Denver vs. Kansas City
Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. St. Louis
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Houston
Tony Romo, Dallas at Pittsburgh
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Oakland
Matt Cassel, New England (at
Brett Favre, N.Y. Jets (at
Jason Campbell, Washington (at
Kyle Orton, Chicago (vs.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Detroit
Michael Turner, Atlanta at New Orleans
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Oakland
Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Jacksonville
Clinton Portis, Washington at Baltimore
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. N.Y. Jets
Marion Barber, Dallas at Pittsburgh
Kevin Smith, Detroit (vs. Minnesota): Despite the pending suspension of big Vikings run stoppers Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, Smith won’t find much running room in the Vikings defense that could place 10 men in the box and still have no fear of getting burnt by Daunte Culpepper.
Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Randy Moss, New England at Seattle
Brandon Marshall, Denver vs. Kansas City
Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. St. Louis
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. St. Louis
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Houston
Andre Johnson, Houston at Green Bay
Terrell Owens, Dallas at Pittsburgh
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Minnesota
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City (at Denver): Bowe caught seven passes for 84 yards the last time the Chiefs played the Broncos way back in Week 3. The
Devin Hester, Chicago (vs.
Braylon Edwards, Cleveland (at
Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at Denver
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
Owen Daniels, Houston at Green Bay
Jason Witten, Dallas at Pittsburgh
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland
Chris Cooley, Washington at Baltimore
Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets (at
Greg Olsen, Chicago (vs.