Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 10. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Forte for the Bears should be less Forte and softer on Sunday as they take on a fierce Houston defensive line. I don’t expect much offense in general from these two defensive juggernauts, but I think Foster has more chance of getting things done behind his line than the Bears. I also know how quickly Chicago can abandon the running game with Cutler, the gun slinger back there tossing the ball around. I think this game would serve the Bears better to be patient and pound the football, but I think Cutler will try to air it out to Marshall more often and find himself licking his wounds on his back more than he would like. Forte is probably going to be started on your team unless you have better options, but consider a Vick Ballard or spot starting someone else with more upside this week.
Mathews is fantasy pyrite. He’s fooled many a fantasy owner this year and in years previous with his inconsistent play, while showing signs of being a strong featured back in San Diego’s offense. Tampa Bay is actually a bad matchup as they are one of the NFL’s stingiest teams against the run and allowing a meek 75 yards rushing per game. I would bet that Tampa can build a lead with the offensive success and force the Chargers to pass more and abandon Mathews in the ground game. There always seems to be a player I put on the sits list that has a big game, but this week I think Mathews will be average or sub-par and don’t expect him to be the one I miss on. So find better options they are out there just waiting for you.
Carson Palmer, welcome to the top 12 fantasy QB numbers and big time. Last week showed he could keep his team in a game that it had absolutely no business being in by tossing 4 TDs and giving the Raiders a chance against the unstoppable Doug Martins. I would advise benching Palmer this weekend, even if you think he’s on to bigger things after his impressive performance on Sunday. Baltimore can be beaten on the ground, but it’s much more difficult to that through the air against them. They are not going to allow the Raiders to walk into the Ravens nest and come out with a ton of passing yards and TDs. This is the week to look at trading Palmer as a sell high option and packaging him to someone who needs QB depth to steal that gem flex play that can land you playoff gold.
Schaub will probably be best left on your bench Sunday against a team that made veteran Matt Hasselbeck look like a rookie last Sunday. In the game of the week on Sunday night it would be easy to dismiss Schaub as worthless material but he has some upside. It’s limited by defenders like Peanut Tillman and Co. who hawk the ball from opposing QBs and find ways to pressure and sack them too. I would say Schaub is definitely a sit in all cases vs the Bears. Fitzpatrick or even Stafford are better plays this weekend.
In the same breath as Schaub belongs Andre Johnson. Andre has big play potential, all day long he can find his way to penetrate opposing defensive secondaries. However this Sunday its not just any secondary, it’s the Bears. I don’t think he’ll get you zero points but no more than 9 in my book. I would say Owen Daniels is a more viable option that will be a good release valve when Chicago dials up their fierce blitzing schemes. Some weeks are better than others, this is not the week that’s better. Bench’em.
Seattle Seahawks don’t let teams walk into the CenturyLink and come out with wins very often. In fact, it’s one of the loudest if not the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL. The CLink will be rocking and I don’t expect Rex Ryan to be a happy camper after the outcome this Sunday. Tim Tebow might have more fantasy value this week than Sanchez and certainly his wide receiving corps. Kerley is the one who has benefited the most from Holmes’ absence in the starting lineup. The Seahawks know this and their superior secondary will be all over him and Keller to prevent any over the top stuff and snuff out Jets’ drives. Kerley is a squirrely play this week, don’t do it.
Rudolph is just not a trust-worthy NFL Fantasy tight end. I don’t think he’s got much of a pedigree prior to this season that tells me that the last few games are an aberration. I think he’s a solid play in some weeks where he’ll be given more opportunities. However, this offense is a run first attack led by AP and if Rudolph can get open down the middle he’s a nice find for Ponder every now and again. Rudolph is another sit’em until he can get his act together and find the end zone again.
Keller is the only New York Jet I see as having even a small impact on the game Sunday from the Mean Green squad. Keller has been absent much of the season and against a strong secondary, QB Mark Sanchez might have to use Keller and his running backs to get it done. I like a low scoring affair in Seattle and don’t expect much production for Keller. It’s likely the end zone will seem like a Nor’easter to the Jets faithful on Sunday. Avoid Keller like a hurricane on Sunday.
Boasted as the NFL’s finest squad so far in 2012 are the Atlanta Falcons. Welcome the New Orleans “It’s not over till the Fat Lady Sings” Saints to town. I expect Brees to do battle against the Matty Ice led dirty birds. I know this rivalry is fiercer than many think and I certainly think the Saints will give the Falcons all they can possibly handle. The potential for it to be higher scoring, as opposed to ball controlled with the Saints is greater too. Signs points to benching these prefect birdies on Sunday, so follow your gut and bench da birds with dirty struts.