Lineup rankings should be your final call

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb was 31 for 51 with two touchdowns in Week 2. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)

Eagles QB Kevin Kolb was 31 for 51 with two touchdowns in Week 2. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)

With the enormous influx of information on the world wide web, it can be difficult and sometimes confusing when it comes time to set your fantasy football lineup.

Case in point: I read a comment on one of my columns this week that said, “Man, I sat DeSean Jackson and started Louis Murphy because you said so, and now I regret it!” While Jackson was listed as being a risk and Murphy a sleeper in Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em, Jackson was still the better option.

Wait, how does that make sense?

Well, the Starts and Sits column is based on matchups and trends and is not the be-all, end-all when it comes to lineup decisions. If you want the final word, you should be checking out our weekly lineup rankings.

If you look at the wide receivers, you’ll see that Jackson is ranked 17 spots higher than Murphy.

Yes, Jackson was less attractive with Kevin Kolb at quarterback, but he still has far more fantasy value than Murphy, a rookie who you likely plucked off the waiver wire. We all want to win our leagues, but you have to remember not to over think yourself.

This past week was admittedly one that fantasy football analysts, myself included, took a beating on because a lot of the matchups went sour. When Kolb scores more points than Tom Brady and Mario Manningham’s numbers make Randy Moss look like American Idol’s Randy Jackson, well, you just have to chalk it up as one of those weeks.

It happens once or twice every single season.

But you have to remember that just because a player is listed as a start in one of my columns, it doesn’t mean you bench someone with far more value. I didn’t like Kevin Smith much in Week 2, but I wouldn’t bench him for Ahmad Bradshaw.

The lineup rankings will show that. So next time you have a difficult lineup decision, use the Starts and Sits column, the fantasy matchups and the projections offered in our product.

But when push comes to shove, checking out the weekly positional rankings is the best way to help set the best lineup possible.

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