Congrats to those of you partaking in your championship game this week. It’s been a long season and your decisions have brought you to the title game. Don’t stray from your strategy that brought you this far. Pay close attention to your studs. You should feel comfortable starting all your studs this week, but next week will be a different story. The balance of playing the matchups against the “stud”-meter becomes tough this late in the season. When in doubt, ask the Tank.
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!!
Kurt Warner, Arizona at New England
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Chicago
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Jay Cutler, Denver vs. Buffalo
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Detroit
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Washington
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Baltimore
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Tampa Bay
Matt Cassel, New England (vs.
Brett Favre, N.Y. Jets (at Seattle): Speaking of the AFC East, Favre and the Jets had a surprising come-from-behind victory last week as their defense scored on a fumble return thanks to J.P. Losman, who was sacked and fumbled late in the fourth quarter (why he was even passing, I’ll never know). Favre has cooled off as of late throwing only one TD and five INTs in the past four games. Look for Favre to turn things around against a Seahawks pass defense ranked dead last in passing yards allowed.
Jason Campbell, Washington (vs.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Atlanta
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia at Washington
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego at Tampa Bay
Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Green Bay
Michael Turner, Atlanta at Minnesota
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Philadelphia
Steve Slaton, Houston (at
Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo (at
Tim Hightower, Arizona (at New England): He may be the starter in Arizona, but 24 carries in three weeks combined is not what you want to see from your starting RB unless he’s catching 8-10 passes per game (for the record, Hightower has eight receptions in the past three games).
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (vs.
Willis McGahee, Baltimore (at
Anquan Boldin, Arizona at New England
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at New England
Randy Moss, New England vs. Arizona
Wes Welker, New England vs. Arizona
Greg Jennings, Green Bay at Chicago
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Andre Johnson, Houston at Oakland
Brandon Marshall, Denver vs. Buffalo
Marques Colston, New Orleans at Detroit
Steve Smith, Carolina at N.Y. Giants
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Baltimore
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. New Orleans
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati at Cleveland
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Mark Clayton, Baltimore (at
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Owen Daniels, Houston at Oakland
Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans at Detroit
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Baltimore
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Miami
Antonio Gates, San Diego at Tampa Bay
Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Philadelphia
Dustin Keller, N.Y. Jets (at
Donald Lee, Green Bay (at Chicago): Lee had his biggest game of the season the last time he faced the Bears catching six passes for 33 yards and a score. Look for another strong day from Lee as the Bears continue to struggle in defending the pass.
Todd Heap, Baltimore (at