Starting or sitting the right players every week is often the difference between winning and losing in fantasy football. A number of factors go into deciding whether or not a player will perform well that day, such as the opponent he faces, the teammates he has or even if the game is home or away. Your sports editor will break it down week by week and here are his top starts and sits of the week:
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots – When isn’t a Brady a fantasy starter, right? He stands out this week especially because of a favorable matchup against the lowly Jaguars, who have gotten off to a rough start this season. Essentially, all of Brady’s top receivers and playmakers should be starts on Sunday.
Seattle’s D/ST – The Seahawks will face off against an inept Chicago Bears team whose only real weapon is running back Matt Forte. Quarterback Jay Cutler is turnover prone and should produce a few against the stout Seattle defense, which should accumulate a high scoring week.
RB DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles are a run-oriented team but they are facing possibly the best defensive line in the NFL, in the form of the New York Jets. The defense should be clogging all the holes all day and I do not expect Murray or any of the Eagles’ backs to be able to find running room all day.
RB Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints – After struggling early this season, Ingram is making the Saints look foolish for resigning him this offseason. That being said, I believe his struggles continue against a tough Carolina Panthers’ defense that should stop him from gaining many yards on the ground this week.