Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em

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Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson – RB/Vikings (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

Last time people pegged Peterson a sit option, he shut every one up by pounding the Jaguars. You’re a fool if you use that as evidence to start him this week because that would mean you’re directly comparing the Jaguars defense to that of the league’s best — the 49ers. Last year the 49ers were a fantasy headache when it came to matchups with running backs and this year is no different. The 49ers have made everyone they’ve face look terrible and that list is highlighted by one Aaron Rodgers, the reigning MVP and fantasy stud. Peterson has been alright so far this season, but he hasn’t been lights out and this week will be a nasty week for him. Peterson is no longer the must-start back that he once was, and although he’s far from done being a top tier fantasy producer, he and his surgically reconstructed knee aren’t going to score more than 7 points this week — that’s the combined total the 49ers have allowed so far this season. 

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Start ‘Em: Robert Griffin III – QB/Redskins (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

Let’s face it, it’s time to make RGIII a must-start fantasy quarterback. He’s averaging over 30 points a game through his first two games and the Bengals defense isn’t as good as Griffin was praising it as this week. There are two things going for RGIII this week that will almost ensure that he keeps his impressive fantasy streak going. First off, the Redskins are playing in their home opener this week, and you’ve got to believe Griffin is going to want to bring the circus to town in front of the home faithful. He’ll be able to do that thanks to the second thing going for him: a banged up Bengals defense. Brandon Weeden isn’t a terrible quarterback, but he’s no RGIII and even Weeden was able to have an impressive fantasy day against this defense. No offense to Weeden, but if he can have two touchdowns against the Bengals, owners of RGIII can justly salavate over the prospects of what Griffin will do to the Bengals. He’s must-start from here on out.