We're to the point in the season where we don't want to take any more risks picking up guys off the waiver "on a whim". That can be very dangerous. It's time to play the big names you have and put the best possible lineup out there possible. As usual, I will make myself available all week to answer your questions about "start/sit". This week will just point out matchups that are good in general and will not be waiver wire focused. I don't want to put your team at risk by confusing you with the recommendation of any "subpar" players. And that's what waiver wire guys are. You should never see Patrick Willis on your waiver wire.
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DBs (Defensive Backs)
CB W. James (DET) gets Arizona week 15. He just finished with 8 solos 1 assist and a PD vs. Baltimore. He had 8 solos 3 assists vs. GB week 12 and now he gets Arizona.
Bryan Scott (BUF) vs. NE is a no brainer. Such a stud and he is a MUST start week 15.
Tanard Jackson (TB) vs. Seattle is a very good matchup. I could see him doing something similar to Pollard. 5-6 solos and an INT. Hopefully, his INT is returned for a 70 yard TD like Pollard's was vs. SEA.
SS Bernard Pollard (HOU) speaking of the champ, he get's St. Louis next. And although the matchup is not great, the opportunities are endless. 5 INTs were thrown by a no name QB for STL. 2 went to Bulluck and 2 went to Finnegan. Why not 2 to Pollard? Don't expect big tackle numbers, but 4 or 5 solos with plenty of opportunity for "extras".
My DB START OF THE WEEK is T Branch (OAK) vs. Denver week 15. Denver is very SS friendly and T Branch is a top 5 FF SS. (maybe even top 2)
LB S Cooper (SD) vs. Cincy. Cedric Benson is one of the last of a dying breed of "traditional backs" like a Riggins or even a "Larry Johnson" of a few years back. They are going to want to keep the ball out of Rivers hands as much as possible and they'd love to give Benson & LJ about 40 touches in this one. That bodes very well with ILB Cooper. This is not a sure thing as Cooper has not been great this year, but it is a nice matchup.
LB Beason (CAR) has a nice matchup vs. Minnesota. Not that there was any doubt on this one.
LB Vilma (NO) is going against Dallas who can be hit or miss for LBs but has been more friendly than not over the last 4 weeks or so. Vilma is coming off a big game against Atlanta where he just got his second INT in concecutive games. He is officially "riding a hot streak" and this is the time of year to jump on hot streaks. I'm sure many of you have been burned, just like me, by using "big name" guys who are on cold streaks. C. Lofton on D, Mike Sims-Walker or Calvin Johnson on O are examples of "big names" who are on cold streaks and can kill you in the playoffs. It makes it hard to start "hot streak guys" like Vilma or Kenny Britt over big names like Lofton or a Calvin Johnson or Mike Sims-Walker, but that would be exactly what needed to be done week 14. I can't tell you how many times I went Nate Burleson over Carolina's Steve Smith, despite the "Yahoo or ESPN Expert" ranking and it was the correct move every time. This week I went Kenny Britt over Calvin Johnson because Culpepper was Johnson's QB. It turned out to be the right move. Not by a big margin, but you win one small point at time.
LB D Harris (NYJ) is a very good start vs. Atlanta. Don't hesitate to use him.
MY LB START OF THE WEEK is LB London Fletcher (WAS) vs. NYG week 15. I have yet to see the day he does not BRING IT vs. his NFC rivals, especially the Giants. A 13 solo game is not out of the question because he's done it so many times over his career and this year.
DLs (Defensive Line)
LOVE DL David Bowens (CLE) vs. KC week 15
NON DE - DT Jonathan Babineaux (ATL) vs. NYJ week 15. He has 5 sacks and 2 FFs this year. He has a great shot at getting his 6th sack and 3rd FF all at once vs. Sanchez or Clemmens.
DL T. Suggs (BAL) vs. CHI. Cutler gets sacked a lot. Suggs likes to sack a lot. Good combination.
DL A. Schobel (BUF) vs. NE. Brady gets sacked a lot lately. Schobel has been sacking a lot lately. Good combination.
MY DL START OF THE WEEK is Elvis Dumervil vs. OAK. He had a slow week vs. Indy week 14 and we knew that would happen. HE WILL DO THE OPPOSITE OF THAT vs. OAK.