Always active and interested in the lives of you, our fine and flawless readers, this week Playboy.com premieres the newest addition to our sporting family, our “Start ’Em, Sit ’Em” Fantasy Football guide. Each week, we’ll sort through the rubble of waiver wires and underappreciated players to find sneaky good players to start (or in some cases sit) to help you win your fantasy week. Please keep in mind that we’re not going after the big fish here; you should start Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Arian Foster all the times. These are the guys you might be on the fence about or find rotting on the wire. You can thank us later.
Matt Schaub: As he is wont to do, Drew Brees shredded the Packers for 400-plus yards two weeks ago, but the big surprise was Andrew Luck raining down majors and yards on the Green Bay secondary. Schaub isn’t always the most appealing fantasy signal caller (as Houston’s game is squarely grounded on the ground), but if a rookie can rip them 362 yards and two scores, you gotta believe Schaub can, too.
Rashard Mendenhall: Pittsburgh was without a bona fide back through the first four games, and if you’re wondering whether they missed Rashard Mendenhall, just check out his 15-point week five fantasy performance. He only saw 22 snaps, but that was enough for 68 yards and a score through the air. With another week to heal up he should see more snaps as the Steelers match up against the 28th-ranked run defense in Tennessee.
Andre Roberts: The Bills’ supposedly improved defense has been anything but; they’ve allowed ten touchdowns and the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers through the first five games. In an effort to avoid another scorching, they’ll likely focus their attention on Larry Fitzgerald, leaving Roberts, who’s already got four TDs, in man coverage down the other sideline.
Owen Daniels: Daniels is oddly still a free agent in some shallower leagues, but the veteran tight end has had a touchdown in three straight games and sits third in fantasy points at the position. Given the Packers’ “outscore the opposing offense” style of play, Daniels should again see plenty of open passes.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are well known for their D, but it’s been shaky at best in 2012 with injuries to key playmakers Troy Polamalu and James Harrison. Whether they play or not this week, the Steelers D looks like a safe bet against a Tennessee team that has struggled to get anything going on either side of the ball.
Check out who we've got on the bench on Page Two...