My friends, the playoffs are here.
One wrong decision can bring your season to a crashing halt.
One right decision and your championship ring will be awaiting you.
That's where we come in with our weekly start or sit column.
Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.
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Otherwise, good luck this weekend.
Must starts: Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Peyton Manning
Aaron Rogers - Packers vs. Texans - The Packers may be losing some close games and putting a playoff berth well out of reach, but that doesn't matter in fantasy football.
What matters are Rogers' eight touchdowns in the past three games and a remaining schedule that sets up beautifully for the fantasy playoffs.
Against the Texans Rogers will be feasting on the league's 15th ranked pass defense and is an automatic start whenever he's playing in Lambeau Field.
Brett Favre - Jets vs. 49ers - The ol' gunslinger looks like he's hung up the six shooter and picked up a BB gun to play with on the weekends. Mangini has taken the freedom of improvisation away from Favre and the Jets are a better team because of it.
But that does irreparable damage to your fantasy team.
This week Favre will rediscover that touch with a couple touchdown passes against a slowly improving 49ers defense led by Mike Singletary. Expect running back Thomas Jones to have a good showing as well.
Matt Cassel - Patriots vs. Seahawks - I dogged Cassel last week because of his propensity to pick on weak defenses and struggle against even average ones. And my criticism was on the money. Cassel finished the day with 169 yds, 0 TD and 2 INT.
But now I'm loving him because of this matchup against the Seahawks and their league worst pass defense. It's going to be a big day for the Patriots receivers, so start 'em if you got 'em.
Phillip Rivers - Chargers vs. Raiders - This team is on the verge of imploding and nobody can stop it from happening. I have no doubt that they'll win this game tonight against the Raiders, but it won't be because of Rivers.
This night will belong to only LaDainian Tomlinson and no one else.
Jason Campbell - Redskins vs. Ravens - Talk about taking a step back, Campbell is literally in danger of losing his job as the QB for the Redskins.
This team's success is predicated upon the ground game and a banged up Clinton Portis against the league's third best run defense isn't going to help Campbell one bit. If he can't move the ball in the first half, you might be seeing Todd Collins take over for Campbell.
Kerry Collins - Titans vs. Browns - Run, run, run.
That's all the Titans will be doing against the Browns and their pitiful run defense. Not to mention the fact the Browns' third string quarterback Ken Dorsey will be under center against the viscous Titans defense.
Collins can just sit back and appreciate how fortunate he is to have such a great team around him. No heavy lifting required and no reason to have him in your lineup.
Must starts: Adrian Peterson (Min),
Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, LaDanian Tomlinson, Michael Turner
Joseph Addai - Colts vs. Bengals - I know you're disappointed in him and you have every right to be. This dual threat out of LSU was supposed to be destined for big things in 2008 and hasn't been able to deliver.
This week he will and you shouldn't hesitate to put him in your lineup.
Addai has a very nice playoff stretch run against the Bengals, Lions and Jaguars and if he can get on track this weekend, you may very well be riding him to the championship.
Chris Johnson - Titans vs. Browns - This kid impresses me more and more each week. He was unstoppable against the Lions, seemingly breaking off runs of 20-plus at will.
While the Browns certainly are somewhat better against the run than the lowly Lions, Johnson owners won't have to worry. Jeff Fisher wants this team to get back to the ground and pound offense that is designed for cold weather and the postseason.
Big day for CJ.
Steve Slaton - Texans vs. Packers - The Packers run defense has been embarrassingly bad this season and Slaton has to be drooling over getting a chance against them.
His shifty running style and breakaway speed will be nearly impossible for this defense to contain. Expect at least 120 combined total yards and a TD.
Clinton Portis - Redskins vs. Ravens - Let's see.
A running back with three different injuries trying to run against the league's best run defense that hasn't given up a 100-yd effort since Clinton was in office.
Portis has been a workhorse this season and will play a factor moving forward. But this isn't the week to take a gamble on him, it's just too risky of a play during the playoffs.
Darren McFadden - Raiders vs. Chargers - The man everyone tabbed as the next Adrian Peterson has been anything but in his rookie season. But you have to realize how insane not only Adrian Peterson is, but this entire rookie class has been.
Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Jonathan Stewart and even Kevin Smith are apart of perhaps the best rookie running back classes of all time. McFadden factors into that list, but gets lost in the shuffle because he's stuck on such a hopeless Raiders franchise.
He's a player I'd definitely consider keeping moving forward, but for this week, make sure you consider keeping him on the bench.
Marion Barber - Cowboys vs. Steelers - Dislocated toe or not, Marion Barber has a tough task ahead of him and he knows it.
I'm pretty sure my love for all things Steelers defense is well known around these parts, and with good reason; they boast the league's best run and pass defense.
Barber is learning how to deal with that injured pinkie toe and the Steelers will make him a non-factor this weekend.
Must starts: Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, T.O., Greg Jennings
Randy Moss - Patriots vs. Seahawks - As long as Moss doesn't drop another easy touchdown this weekend, you should be in line for big points from him against the Seahawks.
Again, the Seahawks have the league's worst pass defense and Moss will run wild on them all day. Expect Wes Welker to chew up the middle on Sunday and is a great play for those of you in PPR leagues.
Marques Colston - Saints vs. Falcons - I pretty much love everyone in this game, but none more than Colston.
He's shown signs of getting ready for that breakout fantasy performance and this is the week it comes.
Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs vs. Broncos - He struggled just like we predicted last week against the fantasy kryptonite that is Nnamdi Asomugha.
And while you may worry about the return of Broncos shut down corner Champ Bailey, I implore you not to worry. Bowe was able to manage 85 yds against Champ last time these two squared off and those numbers will only improve this weekend.
Domenik Hixon - Giants vs. Eagles - With all the excitement over Hixon taking over for Plaxico Burress, you may be inserting him into your starting lineup without a second thought.
You'd be wrong.
The Eagles are a different animal entirely and Hixon will have his struggles. Eli won't be throwing very much and head coach Tom Coughlin will try to control the clock on the ground. Hixon will be a force to be reckoned with and he's a great waiver wire pickup, but patience is a virtue my friends.
Bobby Engram / Deion Branch - Seahawks vs. Patriots - They've been huge disappointments coming back from injuries and things won't change much this week. Both were prime waiver wire targets once Matt Hasslebeck was healthy, but that hasn't done much to improve their performance either.
Until they show any signs of life, keep them on the bench.
Roy Williams - Cowboys vs. Steelers - Since joining the Cowboys, Williams has tallied 161 total yds receiving and a single touchdown.
Stop playing him based off of name recognition. I thought he'd excel in Dallas just like you did, but it's time to face facts. Jason Witten and T.O. get the ball in this offense, Williams is just there for decoration and jersey sales.
Must starts: Antonio Gates, Kellen Winslow Jr., Owen Daniels, Tony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark
Zach Miller - Raiders vs. Chargers - Miller's the only person on the roster who can consistently get open and make a catch for the Raiders. In Week 4 against the Chargers, Miller had his best day as a pro with 95 yds and a TD.
He's a great play this weekend.
Greg Olsen - Bears vs. Jets - Until this Bears offense awakens from its hibernation, sit him and any other player on the team not named Matt Forte.