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Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: One Last Roll With Michael Vick, Dwayne Allen With an Opportunity

Michael Vick was rumored to be out in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, he was confirmed as a starter. This is likely a make or break week for fantasy owners, though, as he is going against the Saints, who are last in points allowed to quarterbacks. If Vick cannot put up top level numbers here, it is time to look elsewhere before the Eagles do.

At running back, Pierre Thomas moves up the charts in New Orleans and becomes a RB2 option with Darren Sproles injury, though I would expect some of Sproles role to be filled by targets to Graham, Colston and Moore as well. Chris Johnson has taken advantage of very favorable matchups in recent weeks, and I’ve had him ranked much higher, but this week, the Bears come to town and are among the best at limiting the opposition. Further down in desperation mode, Joique Bell is a good flex option, and Justin Forsett presents an opportunity. I’m rolling with Forsett in a league, because Ben Tate should be out for today, and you have the combination of the best rushing attack and one of the worst defenses. Forsett should get some touches to spell Arian Foster.

At wide receiver, there is a fairly large group of about twenty guys between positions 6-25 in roughly the same tier. I’ve got Steve Smith and Andre Johnson rated highly because of matchup, so the veterans need to break out with this opportunity. Plenty of injuries to keep an eye on here as well that affect the rankings, from Calvin to Dez to Jordy. If you are looking for deeper sleepers, Louis Murphy will move into the #2 role for Carolina as it looks like LaFell is still out with the concussion. Great matchup against Washington.

Your tight end sleeper play is Dwayne Allen, now that Coby Fleener is out. If 80% of the production from Allen and Fleener goes to Allen this game, that puts him easily in the same range as guys like Celek and Pettigrew for the year.

  1. Drew Brees vs. PHI
  2. Peyton Manning at CIN
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs. ARI
  4. Matthew Stafford at JAC
  5. Matt Ryan vs. DAL
  6. Michael Vick at NO
  7. Ben Roethlisberger at NYG
  8. Andrew Luck vs. MIA
  9. Robert Griffin III vs. CAR
  10. Cam Newton at WAS
  11. Eli Manning vs. NYG
  12. Josh Freeman at OAK
  13. Carson Palmer vs. TB
  14. Matt Schaub vs. BUF
  15. Tony Romo at ATL
  16. Andy Dalton vs. DEN
  17. Joe Flacco at CLE
  18. Jay Cutler at TEN
  19. Brandon Weeden vs. BAL
  20. Christian Ponder at SEA
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick at HOU
  22. Ryan Tannehill at IND
  23. Russell Wilson vs. MIN
  24. Blaine Gabbert vs. DET
  25. Matt Hasselbeck vs. CHI
  26. John Skelton at GB

RUNNING BACKS

  1. Arian Foster vs. BUF
  2. Ray Rice at CLE
  3. Trent Richardson vs. BAL
  4. LeSean McCoy at NO
  5. Alfred Morris vs. CAR
  6. Matt Forte at TEN
  7. Marshawn Lynch vs. MIN
  8. Doug Martin at OAK
  9. Adrian Peterson at SEA
  10. Reggie Bush at IND
  11. Willis McGahee at CIN
  12. Mikel LeShoure at JAC
  13. Rashad Jennings vs. DET
  14. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. PIT*
  15. Pierre Thomas vs. PHI
  16. Darren McFadden vs. TB
  17. Benjarvus Green-Ellis vs. DEN
  18. Chris Johnson vs. CHI
  19. Michael Turner vs. DAL
  20. C.J. Spiller at HOU
  21. Jonathan Stewart at WAS
  22. Felix Jones at ATL*
  23. Joique Bell at JAC
  24. Michael Bush at TEN
  25. Fred Jackson at HOU
  26. Isaac Redman at NYG
  27. LaRod Stephens-Howling at GB
  28. Vick Ballard vs. MIA
  29. Alex Green vs. ARI
  30. Andre Brown vs. PIT
  31. Justin Forsett vs. BUF
  32. Philip Tanner at ATL
  33. Daniel Thomas at IND
  34. Ronnie Hillman at CIN
  35. Mark Ingram vs. PHI
  36. Chris Rainey at NYG
  37. DeAngelo Williams at WAS
  38. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. DAL
  39. Montario Hardesty vs. BAL
  40. Donald Brown vs. MIA*

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. A.J. Green vs. DEN
  2. Brandon Marshall at TEN
  3. Reggie Wayne vs. MIA
  4. Percy Harvin vs. SEA
  5. Steve Smith at WAS
  6. Marques Colston vs. PHI
  7. Andre Johnson vs. BUF
  8. Denarius Moore vs. TB
  9. Demaryius Thomas at CIN
  10. Hakeem Nicks vs. PIT
  11. Julio Jones vs. DAL
  12. Roddy White vs. DAL
  13. DeSean Jackson at NO
  14. Randall Cobb vs. ARI
  15. Larry Fitzgerald at GB
  16. Calvin Johnson at JAC*
  17. Victor Cruz vs. PIT
  18. Jeremy Maclin at NO
  19. Eric Decker at CIN
  20. Miles Austin at ATL
  21. Vincent Jackson at OAK
  22. Mike Wallace at NYG
  23. Anquan Boldin at CLE
  24. Dez Bryant at ATL*
  25. Jordy Nelson vs. ARI*
  26. Titus Young at JAC
  27. Lance Moore vs. PHI
  28. Torrey Smith at CLE
  29. Antonio Brown at NYG
  30. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. TB
  31. Steve Johnson at HOU
  32. Josh Gordon vs. BAL
  33. Louis Murphy at WAS
  34. Davone Bess at IND
  35. Andre Roberts at GB
  36. Sidney Rice vs. MIN
  37. Mike Williams at OAK
  38. James Jones vs. ARI
  39. Santana Moss vs. CAR
  40. Andrew Hawkins vs. DEN

TIGHT END

  1. Jimmy Graham vs. PHI
  2. Tony Gonzalez vs. DAL
  3. Jason Witten at ATL
  4. Heath Miller at NYG
  5. Owen Daniels vs. BUF
  6. Greg Olsen at WAS
  7. Brandon Pettigrew at JAC
  8. Jermaine Gresham vs. DEN
  9. Brent Celek at NO
  10. Dwayne Allen vs. MIA
  11. Kyle Rudolph vs. SEA
  12. Martellus Bennett vs. PIT
  13. Jared Cook vs. CHI
  14. Dennis Pitta at CLE
  15. Brandon Myers vs. TB
  16. Jacob Tamme at CIN
  17. Logan Paulsen vs. CAR
  18. Jermichael Finley vs. ARI
  19. Scott Chandler at HOU
  20. Anthony Fasano at IND

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