Welcome to the Start/Bench list for 2010! I utilize statistical analysis combined with more than 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look of how players will perform on a week-to-week basis. The studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season. They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.
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.
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.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Philadelphia
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Minnesota
Matt Schaub, Houston vs. Indianapolis
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Houston
Tom Brady, New England vs. Cincinnati
Tony Romo, Dallas at Washington
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Kansas City
Brett Favre, Minnesota at New Orleans: Favre will be under center without one of his main targets in Sidney Rice. The last time Favre faced the Saints was in the NFC Conference Championship game where he completed 28 passes for 310 yards, but only four of those catches for 43 yards were to Rice. The Saints pass defense will allow yards in the air, so look for Favre to have a solid week utilizing Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe effectively.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore at N.Y. Jets: The signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh won’t be enough to warrant a start from Joe Flacco this week as he faces a Jets team at full strength with Darrelle Revis now under contract. The addition of Anquan Boldin will certainly help Flacco over the course of the season, but this week Ray Rice will need to carry the load in a smash-mouth, old school game without much offense. Flacco will see better days this season.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at New Orleans
Chris Johnson, Tennessee vs. Oakland
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. Denver
Ray Rice, Baltimore at N.Y. Jets
Frank Gore, San Francisco at Seattle
Michael Turner, Atlanta at Pittsburgh
Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Arizona
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina at N.Y. Giants
Ronnie Brown, Miami at Buffalo: Where Chad Henne struggled last season against the Bills, Brown excelled rushing for 115 yards on 20 carries and two scores in Week 3. When Brown was injured in Week 12, Ricky Williams ran for 115 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown against the Bills. This week,
Jerome Harrison, Cleveland at
Arian Foster, Houston vs.