Fantasy Football with Fantasy Mike: Start & Sit

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins loses his helmet during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Fantasy football is back, and TST is bringing in our very own Fantasy Football contributor. Because of my own issues, I didn't get Fantasy Mike set up as an author in time to post this under his name, but the work's all his (so don't send me emails when the picks don't pan out for you...kidding). Please welcome Mike to the TST front page family. -VAN

Hello Fantasy Football Fans. Here is the 1st of what will be a weekly rundown on who I think will out or under perform their weekly rankings from ESPN. So if you have a guy who is possibly injured and not 100% take a look at the lower ranked guys I think will do well and move them into your lineup. But if I mention a top player like Peterson it will be tough to have a guy who can even produce 50% of his output so as always take these thoughts and make the best decision. Let's get to the rankings:


  • Kerry Collins (25) - With everyone railing on him, he can still produce with the weapons at his current disposal and while Houston made some offseason moves, their defense is still below average.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (20)- He played like a QB1 in the last 8 games last year and no reason he cannot keep that going with a tasty matchup against the overrated Chiefs.
  • Mark Sanchez (18) -The Cowboys had an awful pass defense before the latest injuries; this is the week with the great weather for the Jets to open it up through the pass.
  • Delone Carter (48) -The TD vulture will come alive.
  • Willis McGahee (39)-He has been named the goal line back with the injury prone Moreno
  • Reggie Bush (32) - With Thomas now out for Sunday, they have no other RB options.
  • BenJarvus Green Ellis (22)- He had big games both times against Miami and now fresh for week one should perform like a Rb1.
  • Malcolm Floyd (47)- He played quite well in the last 8 games and Minnesota has major pass defense issues, nice spot for a WR3
  • Jacoby Ford (43)- Hue Jackson expect big things from their WR1, Denver another shaky pass defense.
  • Pierre Garcon (33)-Here is a hunch with Collie banged up and Collins strong arm, he will get a long td against the porous pass defense of Houston.
  • Percy Harvin (25) - When healthy all he does is put up WR1 stats and here is your best chance before he breaks down against the always slow starting Chargers.
  • Lance Kendricks (18)- Here is Bradford's favorite preseason target and with the lack of a WR1 on the Rams, will perform like a TE1 all year


  • Matt Ryan (9) - The Bears top pass defense will give him all sorts of trouble as they work in the new rookie.
  • Arian Foster (4)- At best he will be a part time back as he is now a game time decision, not the chance to take in week 1.
  • Maurice Jones Drew (8)- The Titans have a solid run defense forcing McCown into throwing which is not good for MJD
  • Ray Rice (9) - There is very little success to be had against the Steel Curtain, it is a huge gamble to try and run as they are venerable against the pass.
  • Jahvid Best (21)- He played very little during preseason coming off another concussion, wait and see how he comes out of the 1st game.
  • Cedric Benson (25) - I cannot him this plow horse having any success against the 8-9 man fronts this week or all year.
  • Ryan Matthews (26)- With no 3rd downs or goal line carries and against a top run defense even with Williams, not a good play.
  • Marshawn Lynch (30)- He barley played in preseason, not sure how this will all shake out in Seattle, go with a safer play on the road where Seattle is historically awful.

That is it for this week; we will be back early next week for the weekly free agent pickups and feel free to follow me on Twitter-dvond for any fantasy questions.

Fantasy Mike

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