As we approach the halfway mark in most fantasy football seasons, keep in mind that a 2-4 start can quickly turn into a 6-6 team on the fringe of a playoff berth. Look for the new additions to the Studs list and don’t be afraid to trade some of those big names that have disappointed for the newbies posting the numbers week in and week out.
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!!
Teams on a bye week:
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Green Bay
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Carolina
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Buffalo
Jay Cutler, Denver at New England
Matt Schaub, Houston (vs.
Kyle Orton, Chicago (vs.
Brett Favre, N.Y. Jets (at
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego at Buffalo
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Cleveland
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Chicago
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Marion Barber, Dallas at St. Louis
Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Dallas
Reggie Bush, New Orleans at Carolina
Frank Gore, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants
Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. Tennessee
Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Minnesota
Brandon Jacobs, N.Y. Giants (vs.
Sammy Morris, New England (vs.
Terrell Owens, Dallas at St. Louis
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Green Bay
Marques Colston, New Orleans at Carolina
Calvin Johnson, Detroit at Houston
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Detroit
Randy Moss, New England vs. Denver
Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco
Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. New Orleans
Brandon Marshall, Denver at New England
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (at Green Bay): Hopefully you didn’t suffer the same fate as I did last week when I finally got up the courage to sit Harrison and he burned me for three catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns. With Joseph Addai hurt, Manning will rely on his receivers to keep the chains moving. I know I’m getting
Devin Hester, Chicago (vs.
Justin Gage, Tennessee (at Kansas City): Gage returns from a bye week looking to build on his five-catch, 92-yard performance back in week four prior to his injury. Gage looks to be healthy enough to start, but he’ll struggle to post solid yards against the Chiefs who will force Kerry Collins to roll out of the pocket limiting his ability to get the ball down field to his receivers. The chances for Gage will be short patterns which won’t add up to much at the end of the game.
Jason Witten, Dallas at
Greg Olsen, Chicago (vs.