Game day is upon us! With various injured players looking to make their comebacks today, it makes for an interesting decision on whether or not to start said players, or roll with other options you know are healthy. That will be my focus with this week's "Start 'Em / Sit 'Em - Sunday Edition", so let's get right to it!
Start 'Em: Sunday Edition
Michael Vick (QB - PHI) - Vick is slated to start for the Eagles today in their first divisional rematch of the season when they square off against the Giants D/ST. After Nick Foles (QB - PHI) got literally "knocked out" in last week's game, Matt Barkley (QB - PHI) came in to try to lead the offense to a comeback win against the Cowboys D/ST, but had very, very minimal success, throwing 3 INT in the effort. Vick, who is currently listed as "Probable", was a full participant in practice all week, and after seeing what Barkley didn't do last Sunday, I have full confidence that a less-than-100% Vick will be able to lead this team more effectively. Vick torched the Giants in their first match-up of the season, and I expect the Eagles offense to step up with Vick back under center today.
Wes Welker (WR - DEN) - Welker is another "automatic start" these days, but it should be noted that he was dealing with an ankle injury earlier in the week. Currently, Welker is Peyton Manning's (QB - DEN) favorite target, as he leads the team in catches and receiving TD's, so I fully expect that trend to continue today against a porous Redskins D/ST. If you have him, there is no question you're playing him.
Josh Gordon (WR - CLE) - OK, so Gordon isn't dealing with any injuries heading into today's contest against the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. But, Gordon is coming off of his worst performance of the season after lighting up the fantasy world in three of his first four games. I like Gordon to have a nice bounce-back game today against a tough Chiefs D/ST, who are currently ranked 11th against opposing receivers, yet have allowed 1 TD in five of their seven games. Gordon will be targeted a lot today, as I expect Cleveland to be playing from behind. And, with a fairly non-existent rushing attack behind Willis McGahee (RB - CLE), look for the passing game to be the main source of points for the Browns.
the "Start 'Em" section of my article this week. I've been pretty anti-RGSki (which is how he should now be referred to for the rest of the season) all season because of his lingering arm injury and lack of information on whether he would play or wouldn't play week-in and week-out. Well, he rewarded all those who
Sit 'Em: Sunday Edition
DeMarco Murray (RB - DAL) - Murray sat out last week with a knee injury, but he is expected to test out the knee in today's tilt versus the Lions D/ST. There has been a lot of negative talk swirling around Murray over the past few weeks, but he's still a pretty solid back overall. That being said, I still don't like him in this match-up, as Detroit hasn't allowed a rushing TD since Week 4, and they also have allowed over 100 yards to opposing backs just once on the season. Murray may have something to prove, but with him still battling the knee issues, I'm leaving him benched until he's 100% healthy.
Percy Harvin (WR - SEA) - Earlier in the week, it was thought that Harvin may have an outside chance at playing on Monday night against the Rams D/ST. Well, that hope is now gone, as Harvin has officially been ruled out for Monday's game. It's possible that he could be back next week, but with the Seahawks leading their division, and the NFC, at 6-1, they aren't in any rush to bring Harvin back too early. Keep an eye on his status for next week, but it's safe to keep him benched today.
Jimmy Graham (TE - NO) - Graham is currently listed as "Questionable", but signs are pointing to him suiting up today against the Bills D/ST. Graham has now had two weeks to rest his ailing foot after sitting out New Orleans's Week 6 game against New England, and then having a Bye last week, but it sounds like he's still not close to 100% healthy. If you have to start him, definitely temper your expectations for a big game, not only because of the injury/pain factor, but also because the Bills have been extremely tough against opposing tight ends this season. They currently sit at 2nd overall, and have allowed only 2 TD's along with zero 100-yard games. If you have another option, I'd use it today, and hope that Graham can be more effective next week against the Jets D/ST.
That's all for today! Good luck in your match-ups, and as always, be sure to check back with us next week for our next edition of "Start 'Em / Sit 'Em" on FantasySixPack.net!