Posted: Friday October 22, 2010 11:02AM ; Updated: Friday October 22, 2010 11:02AM
Eric Mack
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NFL Week 7: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em
Top bye-week players you need replacements for:

Colts -- QB Peyton Manning, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, WR Austin Collie (ankle), K Adam Vinateri, WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring)

Jets -- D/ST, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, RB Shonn Greene, TE Dustin Keller, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Braylon Edwards, K Nick Folk

Texans -- RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub, TE Owen Daniels, K Neil Rackers

Lions -- RB Jahvid Best, TE Brandon Pettigrew
 
Jacksonville at Kansas City
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Jaguars
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, TE Marcedes Lewis

This trio laid an egg Monday night, but they are still worth trusting on the short week. Lewis was victimized by a fumble and could be a go-to guy in the uncertain passing game with the QBs banged up.

Chiefs
RB Jamaal Charles, RB Thomas Jones, D/ST, WR Dewayne Bowe, K Ryan Succop, TE Tony Moeaki, QB Matt Cassell

There is little reason to sit any Chiefs this week. The Jags have one of the worst pass defenses, next to the Texans, and you saw what Cassel and Bowe did to those guys last week. It should be a huge week for the Chiefs, which make both RBs worth using, too.

SIT
Jaguars
D/ST, K Josh Scobee, WR Mike Thomas, WR Mike Sims-Walker, RB Rashad Jennings

The Chiefs are tops in fantasy vs. D/STs, making the Jaguars an impossible play. The WRs are risks because of the uncertainty of the QB, which might be the only reason you consider Jennings in really deep leagues. Scobee has been great until Monday but you should look for alternatives this week. Only one team has allowed fewer field goals to date than the Chiefs.

Chiefs
WR/RB Dexter McCluster, WR Chris Chambers

Fantasy owners into the minutia will see the Jags worst against WRs and Chambers having caught two TDs against the Jags last season. Well, Bowe is the hot hand now and Chambers is only worth owning in the deepest of leagues. McCluster is a game-breaker, but he doesn't get enough touches.

INJURY WATCH
Jaguars
QB David Garrard (concussion), QB Trent Edwards (thumb) -- If they are out Todd Bouman could start. No Jags QB is worth a look this week.

Chiefs
None

 
Philadelphia at Tennessee
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Eagles
RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, QB Kevin Kolb, TE Brent Celek, K David Akers

Kolb gets perhaps his last start for awhile and he has played well enough to start for fantasy owners even in a tough road game. McCoy, same story, he has become one of the elite backs to start, regardless of opponent. Celek is intriguing because Kolb will be without one of his play-makers, while Akers could be one of the best kickers this week. No team has allowed more field goals to date than the Titans bend but don't break defense.

Titans
RB Chris Johnson, K Rob Bironas, WR Kenny Britt, D/ST, TE Bo Scaife

Britt has taken over as the go-to guy in the passing game, which is effective because of all that attention to Johnson. Scaife is coming off a TD and the Eagles are fifth-worst in fantasy vs. TEs. That is a matchup potentially exploited for you, if you have one of those TEs on bye. Bironas? Superstar. Keep him active every week.

SIT
Eagles
D/ST, RB Jerome Harrison

The loss of the explosive returner takes a chunk out of the Eagles defense, along with the road game against a run-first, ball-control team. Harrison still isn't up to speed yet. And what makes McCoy an every-week fantasy starter is he doesn't have to give up goal-line or carries in a rotation.

Titans
RB Javon Ringer, WR Nate Washington, WR Justin Gage

The Eagles are fourth-best in fantasy vs. WRs. Also, while Ringer should get more carries because of the short week, this shouldn't be a blowout, which is where you could see some real damage done by Johnson's backup -- save for the MNF debacle.

INJURY WATCH
Eagles
WR DeSean Jackson, QB Michael Vick (ribs) -- They are out until at least after the bye week.

Titans
QB Vince Young, Kerry Collins (finger) -- The injuries and uncertainty are reasons enough to avoid them.

 
Buffalo at Baltimore
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Bills
None.

The Ravens defense may not have scored well in fantasy, but they do limit fantasy points against. They are among the leaders against every skill position, a good reason to sit all Bills this week -- as if you usually need a reason to.

Ravens
RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin, QB Joe Flacco, K Billy Cundiff, WR Derrick Mason, D/ST, RB Willis McGahee, WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh, RB LeRon McClain

These are real easy calls. The Bills are the worst team in the NFL and easily one of the best teams to take advantage of in fantasy. Oh, the Ravens just happen to have a lot of useful pieces, too. The starts are must-starts, but a big lead should mean the secondary pieces get featured with plenty of action in the second half. All three RBs are useful and even Mason and Housh are worth a start as WR3s.

SIT
Bills
RB Fred Jackson, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Lee Evans, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Steve Johnson, WR Roscoe Parrish, TE David Martin, K Rian Lindell, D/ST

Evans and Fitzpatrick have new life and had the bye week to add to their connection, but the Ravens are tops in fantasy against QBs and top five against WRs. The only saving grace for Evans and Johnson is this game looks like a huge rout, so they might be able to pick up some garbage time numbers. It hasn't really worked yet against the Ravens this season, though. Jackson and Spiller are bad plays, even if other RBs have picked up some yards against the Ravens run defense to this season. The D/ST, K and TEs should be long written off.

Ravens
None.

INJURY WATCH
Bills
None.

Ravens
TE Todd Heap (head/neck), WR Donte' Stallworth (foot) -- Heap is a must-start if he plays, because the Bills are the absolute worst in fantasy against TEs. If he practices, he plays and he starts for you. Stallworth remains out and worthless.

 
Cleveland at New Orleans
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Browns
RB Peyton Hillis, TE Ben Watson

These two are a rookie QB's best friend. The Saints are a bottom-10 team against TEs, which make Watson intriguing as a stopgap, especially with what he did last week. He got the most targets and should again. Hillis should find the running lanes a lot more open this week than against the Steelers.

Saints
QB Drew Brees, RB Chris Ivory, WR Robert Meachem, WR Marques Colston, D/ST, WR Devery Henderson, WR Lance Moore, K Garrett Hartley

The Browns are one of the worst teams in fantasy vs. WRs, so let's consider every one of the WRs viable. You never can tell where the big game will come from, so roll the dice with any one of them. Lately, it has been Meachem. It was Henderson and Moore before. And, we all expect it will eventually be Colston. The D/ST takes aim on a rookie QB, Hartley is alive and kicking again and Ivory proved explosive and ready to carry a team until the veteran RBs return.

SIT
Browns
RB Mike Bell, WR Josh Cribbs, K Phil Dawson, D/ST, QB Colt McCoy, WR Brian Robiskie

McCoy held up well in his first start, but he still isn't an option for fantasy owners. The Saints are top 10 against QBs and No. 1 in fantasy vs. WRs. With a rookie QB, the emphasis will be on ball control and short passes. And, no, Bell isn't up to speed yet to trust behind Hillis.

Saints
TE Jeremy Shockey, RB Ladell Betts

Cleveland is pretty solid vs. RBs and TEs.

INJURY WATCH
Browns
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) -- They are all unlikely to play and should be sitting.

Saints
RB Pierre Thomas (ankle), RB Reggie Bush (leg), RB Julius Jones (shoulder) -- This trio is the reason Ivory looked so darn promising last week.

 
Washington at Chicago
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Redskins
RB Ryan Torain, WR Santana Moss, D/ST
Torain has taken over full-time RB duties and looks like he could become an every-week starter. The Bears are a solid defense, but only one team has given up more RBs rushing TDs to date. Moss figures to get more of the primary targets in the rhythm passing game with the TE dealing with a concussion. The Redskins' defense isn't a great play, but the fact the Bears have a weak offensive line could continue to lead to sacks and turnovers.

Bears
RB Matt Forte, D/ST, QB Jay Cutler, K Robbie Gould, TE Greg Olsen, WR Johnny Knox, WR Devin Hester

The Redskins are among the worst teams in fantasy against QBs and WRs, which should open things up for Cutler and company. Knox and Hester might even be interesting starts for you. Forte hasn't gotten it going on the ground behind that offensive line, but he remains productive in fantasy because he is a threat out of the backfield. The Bears' defense is much better than they showed last week and the Redskins move the ball but they hardly scare anyone.

SIT
Redskins
QB Donovan McNabb, TE Fred Davis, WR Anthony Armstrong, RB Keiland Williams, WR Joey Galloway, K Graham Gono, RB Chad Simpson

McNabb really hasn't been great yet and the Bears defense has been solid against QBs, in fact No. 3 in fantasy. The questionable status of his TE affects him, even if you're thinking a game back in his hometown will ignite him. Sure, Davis is popular off waivers this week, especially if the starting TE is out, but the Bears are one of only two teams that have yet to give up a TD to a TE. Davis remains a risky play.

Bears
WR Earl Bennett, WR Devin Aromashodu, RB Chester Taylor

The Bears' offense is a bit a victim of their poor line. These guys are hardly worth owning anyway.

INJURY WATCH
Redskins
TE Chris Cooley (concussion), RB Clinton Portis -- Even if he plays, you should be finding a potential stopgap to replace him. Teams are being much more cautious now than ever with concussions and Cooley had three of them in college. And Portis remains out for a few more weeks.

Bears
None.

 
Cincinnati at Atlanta
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Bengals
RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, QB Carson Palmer, TE Jermaine Gresham

The Falcons have been decent against RBs, but Benson is coming off his best game and the bye week, so he has to be starting. What the Falcons have been exposed against is WRs, against whom they rank in the bottom half in fantasy. It makes the primary weapons in the offense good plays, even if the QB has been a disappointment. If the targets are good plays, then Palmer must be, too. It is tough to explain his struggles, but perhaps the bye week has helped him right the ship and balance the distribution to his top targets. You should figure the Falcons win this game, but not without Palmer making some noise in the passing game.

Falcons
RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, D/ST, K Matt Bryant

Turner was slowed last Sunday, but he should have a busy time this week. The Bengals defense doesn't really scare anyone right now. The fringe option here is the D/ST. The Bengals are in the bottom five in fantasy points allowed to D/STs. It is mostly a function of Palmer's mistakes. The Falcons should lead this game and the good run defense can make them a bit one-dimensional -- like the Falcons were last Sunday in Philly.

SIT
Bengals
D/ST, K Mike Nugent, RB Bernard Scott

The Bengals defense has been mediocre fantasy-wise and the Falcons are a run-first, ball-control team. That will limit the turnovers and keep the chains moving against the Bengals. Scott is a bad play because there will be hardly enough carries and yards for Benson, you have to figure.

Falcons
WR Michael Jenkins, RB Jason Snelling, WR Brian Finneran, WR Harry Douglas

Jenkins has returned well from injury, adding another dimension to the passing attack, but his strong week is more of a function of a pass-happy rally. You should not expect it every week. What Jenkins does do is make the others in the passing game less intriguing options, even if the Bengals are in the bottom third against WRs.

INJURY WATCH
Bengals
None.

Falcons
None.

 
Pittsburgh at Miami
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Steelers
D/ST, QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Hines Ward, WR Mike Wallace, K Jeff Reed, TE Heath Miller

Big Ben came back ticking as well as ever, which should lift the Steelers offense and individual components to fantasy prominence. Ward and Wallace are much better off going forward, but Miller might be the biggest beneficiary of the QB's return. Remember, too, the Dolphins notoriously struggle against TEs. Reed is a bit less intriguing now there is a QB to stick it in the end zone in the red zone, but until he really just starts kicking PATs, you should consider him a top-flight option every week.

Dolphins
WR Brandon Marshall, WR Davone Bess

If there is an offensive weapon for the Dolphins rugged enough to deal with the physical Steelers, it is Marshall. It is definitely no one in the running game, no matter how much you like their backs. Pittsburgh just doesn't allow anyone to run the ball. You have to figure the Dolphins will try to pass to loosen up the run, which will make Bess a viable option, too -- if only because the Dolphins will fall behind and be forced to throw a lot late.

SIT
Steelers
WR Antwaan Randle El, RB Mewelde Moore, RB Isaac Redman

You have to search for useful Steelers to consider not playing. If you own these guys, we suppose they could be useful in some way, but there are a lot better marginal players with less talent blocking them elsewhere.

Dolphins
RB Ronnie Brown, RB Ricky Williams, QB Chad Henne, TE Anthony Fasano, D/ST, K Dan Carpenter, WR Brian Hartline

Brown hasn't gotten it really started this season, but forget about it happening against this defense. You need to find a fill-in for him. The rest of these pieces just aren't consistent enough to trust against any opponent right now, even if the Dolphins have been impressive with road wins at Minnesota and Green Bay.

INJURY WATCH
Steelers
RB Rashard Mendenhall (shoulder) -- He is likely to play, even if the Steelers limit his carries some. He has to start active in all leagues. The Steeler rode him hard without Big Ben and the QBs return gives him a chance to get some time off as the Steelers won't to drop his carries pace from 370-plus to around 320.

Dolphins
None.

 
San Francisco at Carolina
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
49ers
RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree, D/ST, RB Anthony Dixon

Gore is coming off his best performance of the season and the 49ers should be expected to run early and often against the Panthers, who have been beaten up by RBs and are pretty good against WRs. This could be a week to finally get something in the way of TDs out of Dixon, perhaps even some garbage-time yardage. Crabtree is back to being a must-start again as the new offensive coordinator has gotten some clever ways to get him the ball and TDs in back-to-back games even if the QB is still finding his way himself.

Panthers
RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Jonathan Stewart

The Panthers change QBs and the important note is what it can do for the RBs. Without a rookie starting under center, the RBs should fine a tad more running room, especially since the No. 1 WR is back from injury. We don't really like the production to date of Williams or Stewart, but they are viable starts in fantasy if only because they are what the Panthers have going for them. The 49ers defense should be better against the run than they have been, though, coming into the season as potential top-five unit against RBs and performing in the middle of the pack -- perhaps because they have been behind so much.

SIT
49ers
QB Alex Smith, WR Josh Morgan, WR Ted Ginn, K Joe Nedney, RB Brian Westbrook

Believe it or not, the Panthers defense is actually a top-10 unit in fantasy against QBs. That is mostly a function of the early deficits that allow teams to run out the clock. Westbrook could be a factor doing that, but he just doesn't get enough snaps.

Panthers
WR Brandon LaFell, D/ST, QB Matt Moore, QB Jimmy Claussen, RB Mike Goodson, K John Kasay, TE Dante Rosario, WR David Gettis, WR David Clowney, WR Devin Thomas

The Panthers are the worst offense in the league and the 49ers are a defense that finally gets a real vulnerable opponent they can pin their ears back against. You have to find it difficult to start Williams and Stewart, much less any of these scrubs this week.

INJURY WATCH
49ers
TE Vernon Davis (knee) -- He should play and remain active in fantasy, even though he has a knee bruise and the Panthers are a top-five team against TEs.

Panthers
WR Steve Smith (ankle) -- He returned to practice and should play, but the question is should you? Not yet. The 49ers are a top-five team against WRs, the QB is changed again and Smith still isn't 100 percent. We figure Smith will improve and be a must-start again, but this isn't a good time to get him back in there.

 
St. Louis at Tampa Bay
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 1 p.m. EST
 
START
Rams
RB Stephen Jackson, WR Danny Amendola

Jackson should have a big week, while Amendola's first week as the go-to man fizzled woefully. Well, the Bucs are in the bottom 10 in fantasy vs. WRs, so this should be a chance to give him another shot.

Buccaneers
TE Kellen Winslow, RB Cadillac Williams, WR Mike Williams

The Bucs really don't have any great plays, but these are their go-to guys and someone has to get the touches, right? The Rams are No. 2 in fantasy vs. TEs, but you still probably can play Winslow. Only the Jets have allowed fewer TDs to RBs, but Williams carries the load and the Bucs have lost one RB for the season and another is nursing a sore hammy. The other backup is a rookie acquired post-camp. Williams might be the one with the most favorable matchup -- the Rams are bottom 10 against WRs -- but he is coming off a so-so week.

SIT
Rams
QB Sam Bradford, RB Kenneth Darby, D/ST, K Josh Brown, TE Daniel Fells, WR Brandon Gibson, WR Laurent Robinson

Bradford has held his own thus far, but a road game and a questionable receiving corps make him tough to trust still. The amount the ball was spread around in the passing game might make the team effective all around, but it doesn't do us in fantasy much good. Bradford was looking better off when Mark Clayton gave him a surefire target. The defense has played well, but not quite well enough to consider the D/ST much more than a bye-week replacement still.

Buccaneers
QB Josh Freeman, RB LeGarrette Blount, D/ST, WR Sammie Stroughter, WR Michael Spurlock, WR Arrelious Benn, K Conner Barth

While the Rams aren't a great D/ST, they have played solid defense and this doesn't promise to be a good week to start any of these replacement fantasy parts. You might be able to take a chance on starting the D/ST against the rookie QB, but Bradford is hardly a normal rookie QB. The Rams are in the bottom 10 against D/ST, mostly because of the eight INTs and a ST return TD.

INJURY WATCH
Rams
WR Danario Alexander (knee), WR Marty Gilyard, (thigh) -- They might play but they shouldn't be used in fantasy. Yes, Alexander was the flavor of the week off your waiver wire, perhaps, but that was a circumstantial week in which he posted points.

Buccaneers
RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) -- He is banged up and No. 3 in the pecking order anyway.

 
Arizona at Seattle
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 4:05 p.m. EST
 
START
Cardinals

WR Larry Fitzgerald

You can't sit your stud here, but you should be dealing him. Bad QB play has made him a mediocre player and there is little sign of that changing anytime soon. The saving grace is the Seahawks are a bottom-10 team against WRs. If Fitzgerald, you no help me now, we say, forget you, Jo-Boo.

Seahawks
RB Marshawn Lynch, RB Justin Forsett, QB Matt Hasselbeck, K Olindo Mare, D/ST, WR Mike Williams, TE John Carlson

The Cardinals are officially a team you take advantage of in fantasy. They rate poorly against everything, especially QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, K and D/STs. Well, that covers it. Start everybody. Lynch and Forsett were productive against a good Bears defense, so they should both be active this week. Hasselbeck, Mare and Carlson are nice bye-week replacements.

SIT
Cardinals
RB Beanie Wells, RB Tim Hightower, QB Max Hall, D/ST, WR Stephen Williams, K Jay Feeley, TE Ben Patrick

Only the Steelers have given up fewer rushing yards to RBs. And Hightower appears to have handed the running duties over to Wells, who wasn't great against the Saints. The inexperience at the QB position hurts just about everyone on offense for the Cardinals, especially on the road with infamous 12th man in Seattle.

Seahawks
WR Deon Butler, RB Leon Washington, WR Golden Tate

We had to say sit someone. Washington has been relegated to special teams with Lynch taking footing. And, while Butler and Tate will get more targets here on out, if there is one thing we don't expect, it is a deficit the Seahawks will need to throw their way out of. Honestly, the Cardinals are more middle of the pack against WRs than among the league's worst against the rest.

INJURY WATCH
Cardinals
WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin) -- They might play, but with that QB they shouldn't be active in fantasy.

Seahawks
None.

 
New England at San Diego
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 4:15 p.m. EST
 
START
Patriots
QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, K Stephen Gostkowski, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Deion Branch, D/ST

The Patriots have been a bad D/ST save for two weeks, but the Chargers -- despite having a potent offense -- have allowed the most fantasy points to D/STs. It is a function of fumbles and return TDs. The Pats are a solid bye-week replacement. The Pats spread the ball around, but they figure to do it with BGE, Welker, Branch and Hernandez. It makes them a much easier team gauge. Without the home run hitter down the field, Gostkowski could become one of the most productive kickers in fantasy again, as field goals might become a more common way for the Pats to score.

Chargers
QB Philip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Patrick Crayton, WR Buster Davis

Gates looks like he should be able to play, which keeps him among the must-starts along with Rivers. Crayton is a popular stopgap option with the injuries to the top targets, so consider him and Davis viable as the Chargers face a Patriots defense that is bottom five against WRs (third-worst) and QBs (fifth). Mathews is still not 100 percent with his ankle, but he is assuming full-time running duties. The Chargers just need to stay in the game long enough to establish a running game finally. They keep falling behind. Even if they do again, Mathews is a threat out of the backfield and the Chargers could use another go-to option with their top targets ailing.

SIT
Patriots
RB Danny Woodhead, WR Brandon Tate, RB Sammy Morris

The Chargers have given up points, but they are actually a pretty solid defense against WRs (second-best) and RBs (fifth). That makes Woodhead difficult to trust, despite some promise of late. Tate and Morris really haven't shown anything except for special teams.

Chargers
D/ST, RB Mike Tolbert, RB Darren Sproles, WR Legedu Naanee

There is no reason to trust the Chargers defense against the Pats, while Tolbert has revealed himself as a garbage-time RB. There will be no garbage time this week. Sproles and Naanee have potential, but they just don't touch the ball anymore.

INJURY WATCH
Patriots
RB Fred Taylor (toe), WR Julian Edelman (concussion) -- They should remain stashed for potential second-half rewards.

Chargers
WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring), K Nate Kaeding (groin) -- They aren't expected to play. Sit them.

 
Oakland at Denver
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 4:15 p.m. EST
 
START
Raiders
RB Michael Bush, TE Zach Miller, K Sabastian Janikowski

Bush will get the bulk of the duty for at least one more week, while Miller and Janikowski have proven viable on a regular basis to date. The problem with the Raiders offense this week won't be the Broncos defense as much as the incompetence of their QB.

Broncos
QB Kyle Orton, WR Brandon Lloyd, Knowshon Moreno, D/ST, TE Daniel Graham

The Raiders struggle against RBs and TEs, which make Moreno and Graham decent plays. Graham is a real deep sleeper if you need a bye-week replacement -- as is the defense because of the questionable QBs for the Raiders. Orton has become a must-start QB in a pass-happy offense and Lloyd is the primary target. Some of the secondary targets could be interesting because Nnamdi Asomugha could lock down on Lloyd.

SIT
Raiders
RB Darren McFadden, WR Louis Murphy, D/ST, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

McFadden might be active, but he won't be used enough to be worthy of starting for you. The wideouts will struggle with the QB they have to work with, whomever it is.

Broncos
RB Correll Buckhalter, Laurence Maroney, WR Jabar Gaffney, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas

Buckhalter should give way more to Moreno and the Broncos secondary WRs just aren't consistent enough to trust in fantasy. The silver lining is the health of the Eddie Royal and the fact Asomugha is going to take out one of the other primary targets.

INJURY WATCH
Raiders
QB Jason Campbell (knee), QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), WR Chaz Schilens -- The QB situation is a mess to avoid and Schilens remains

Broncos
WR Eddie Royal (groin) -- Unless he comes off the injury report, you likely shouldn't rely on him this week.

 
Minnesota at Green Bay
Sunday, Oct. 24 :: 8:20 p.m. EST
 
START
Vikings
RB Adrian Peterson, WR Randy Moss, WR Percy Harvin, QB Brett Favre, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, K Ryan Longwell

Favre should have a good time back in his old stomping grounds. The WRs are taking hold and the Packers are seventh-worst in fantasy against QBs. With the attention paid to others recently, Shiancoe should get involved again. You should keep him active.

Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, D/ST, K Mason Crosby

These are mostly obvious, but don't be wary of Favre and the Packers if you own their D/ST. The Vikings have been one of fantasy most generous opponents for D/STs, because Favre makes mistakes forcing the issue in crunch time.

SIT
Vikings
D/ST, WR Bernard Berrian, WR Greg Camarillo, WR Greg Lewis, RB Toby Gerhart

The defense is the only real noteworthy one here. It came into the year as a top unit -- and the Vikings can still stop the run -- but facing Rodgers and those WRs should cause problems for the thinning secondary.

Packers
RB Brandon Jackson, RB John Kuhn, WR James Jones, TE Andrew Quarless, TE Donald Lee (chest)

We don't like the running game against the Vikings, or the TEs. Only play Jones if Donald Driver (quad) is out.

INJURY WATCH
Vikings
WR Sidney Rice (hip) -- He is about three weeks away from returning.

Packers
WR Donald Driver (quad) -- If he plays, you start him, especially in this matchup.

 
New York Giants at Dallas
Monday, Oct. 25 :: 8:30 p.m. EST
 
START
Giants
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Steve Smith, QB Eli Manning, D/ST, WR Mario Manningham

The Cowboys have a good defense, particularly against QBs, but Eli has had huge games in Dallas in his career. Bradshaw has become a must-start RB and the WRs and D/ST are hot, too. If you sit anyone here, it has to be Manningham, but he tends to be the guy when teams take away Nicks. A lot of teams should be trying to take away Nicks.

Cowboys
QB Tony Romo, WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, WR Roy Williams, D/ST

Williams has joined the obvious selections here, while the defense faces a Giants team that is among the worst in fantasy in D/ST points against. Eli turns the ball over and the Giants special teams are suspect.

SIT
Giants
RB Brandon Jacobs, K Lawrence Tynes, TE Kevin Boss

Jacobs has improved, but the Cowboys do a good job against the run, making him a risky play again. Tynes is banged up and Boss faces one of the best teams in fantasy vs. TEs.

Cowboys
RB Marion Barber, RB Felix Jones, WR Dez Bryant, K David Buehler, RB Tashard Choice

The Giants' pass rush gets all the credit, but it's devastating because the defense is doing a dominant job against the run. Barber has been struggling anyway and losing carries to Jones. You might be inclined to start Jones over Barber now, but the matchup against a top run defense makes it difficult to do this week. Bryant should impact the game in special teams, but he is a bit banged up and might get less time in the offense for both of those reasons. Buehler could be a decent kicker, perhaps, but teams with bad running games tend to lead to disappointing kickers.

INJURY WATCH
Giants
RB Danny Ware (groin) -- Don't play him regardless.

Cowboys
None.

Eric Mack writes the Start 'Em, Sit 'Em fantasy football column weekly for SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him your personal lineup questions on Twitter @EricMackFantasy. Hit him up. He honestly has nothing better to do with his free time.
 

 
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