Welcome to Playboy.com's Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit' Em column. 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 time. These are the guys you might be on the fence about or find rotting on the wire. You can thank us later.
Tony Romo: After torching sixth-string Giants corners for three TDs in week one, the ’Boys stumbled against a potent Seahawks defense in week two. And while Romo is the lightning rod on which all the Cowboys’ faults are blamed, he looked pretty sharp in both. This week he gets Tampa, who has surrendered a league-worst 813 passing yards over the first two weeks and whom Romo has owned, going 3-0 with 908 yards, a 71 percent completion percentage, 11 TDs and no interceptions.
Michael Bush: Christmas comes early for fantasy owners who begrudgingly drafted Michael Bush knowing full well that his touches and yards would be limited by Matt Forté. A not-so-high ankle sprain has sidelined the Bears’ crown prince for at least a week, leaving the bulk of the carries against a Rams team that gave up 176 yards to Washington last week for Bush.
Brandon LaFell: Fun fantasy fact: Brandon LaFell currently ranks inside the top 15 for fantasy points among wideouts. He eclipsed the ailing Steve Smith last week with eight targets to Smith’s four and looks, at least for now, to be the preferred target of Cam Newton. This week he gets the banged-up Giants back seven and should be good for another strong showing.
Brent Celek: Last week we advised sitting Celek and he exploded on us for 157 on 8 receptions against a supposedly strong Ravens D. Mea culpa. With WR Jeremy Maclin dealing with hip issues and Vick up against a defense that managed to hold Tom Brady in check, look for Celek to catch a lot of check downs and pick up some yards along the way.
Chicago Bears: Granted, Sam Bradford and the Rams stormed back from 17 down last week against the ’Skins, but their offensive line is a wreck and Bradford is not a quarterback who likes to be rushed. Mistakes will be made here and the Bears’ corners and defensive ends will be the beneficiaries.