Start 'Em & Sit 'Emis the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy team.Sleeper alertfeatures a player who's under the radar and could produce good numbers.Owners bewarefeatures a player who's a regular fantasy starter but could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters likeAaron RodgersandAdrian Peterson are not featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our weekly lineup rankings.
Start of the week
Quarterbacks - start 'em
Quarterbacks - sit 'em
Running backs - start 'em
Running backs - sit 'em
Owners beware - Marshawn Lynch vs. 49ers: How do you bench a back who has scored 12 touchdowns in the last 10 games? Well you don't, unless you have backfield depth. Just keep in mind that the Niners have allowed no rushing touchdowns and the fewest fantasy points to backs.
Wide receivers - start 'em
Wide receivers - sit 'em
Stevie Johnson vs. Broncos: Johnson is dealing with a groin injury, and this week's matchup against the Broncos and CB Champ Bailey is anything but favorable. In fact, Bailey has helped limit the likes of Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall and Santonio Holmes to six or fewer fantasy points in recent weeks.
Tight ends - start 'em
Tight ends - sit 'em
Kickers - start 'em
Kickers - sit 'em
Rob Bironas vs. Jaguars: The Jaguars have given up more touchdowns and fewer field goals in recent weeks, which is part of the reason their defense has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to kickers. Bironas, who scored just two points against them in Week 1, is a much riskier option as a result.
Defenses - start 'em
Steelers defense vs. Rams: A total of 27 defenses scored more fantasy points than the Steelers last week, but that's no reason to bench them against Clemens and the Rams. In fact, opposing defensive units facing St. Louis' sagging offense have combined to score the most fantasy points at the position.
Ravens defense vs. Browns: The Ravens scored minus-one fantasy points on NFL.com in Week 15, so this unit will be more than a little motivated to take out their frustrations on Seneca Wallace and the Browns. In what should be a bounce-back contest at home, look for Baltimore's defense to post good totals.
Sleeper alert - Chiefs defense vs. Raiders: The Chiefs defense tends to perform better at home, and Palmer has been no stranger to turning the football over during his career. That makes this defensive unit an interesting option for fantasy owners looking for a deep sleeper at the position this week.
Defenses - sit 'em
Cowboys defense vs. Eagles: The Eagles offense is back on track with Michael Vick under center, making it a unit to avoid in terms of fantasy matchups. Enter the Cowboys, who scored a mere three fantasy points in their last meeting of the season. Keep the Pokes on the fantasy sidelines this weekend.
Falcons defense at Saints: One of the rules of defensive matchups is to avoid facing Drew Brees and the Saints offense at all costs. That's the case with the Falcons, who failed to score a single fantasy point in their last meeting with New Orleans. There are far better options in fantasy title week.
Owners beware - Bears defense at Packers: The Bears rank an impressive second in fantasy points among defenses on NFL.com, but can you trust this unit against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers? In their first meeting of the season, these Monsters of the Midway scored a mere six fantasy points against Green Bay.