Pay attention to defensive strengths of upcoming opponents

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While you’re always advised to start your star players no matter how tough a defense they will be facing, doing quick research on upcoming matchups for some of your evenly-matched players is always a good idea.

Does your No. 2 running back face a Top 5 NFL run defense this week? Maybe you should consider starting that third running back instead.

Is your flex wide receiver about to go up against one of the top cornerbacks in the league? You might want to go with a different player or position this week.

Give NFL.com’s statistics page a look each week and make sure you know your players’ opponents.