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 11. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Ut oh…he’s back. For the second time in as many weeks Forte is on the sits list for Week 11. Just as I predicted, Forte struggled against a superior Texans defensive front on Sunday. It didn’t help much that Cutler was injured either. So this week with Jason Campbell as the likely starter for the Bears don’t expect the Niners defense to worry about Campbell’s passing ability. I expect the box to be stacked with defenders, making it extremely difficult on Forte to get this offense back on track. This Monday nighter promises to be a physical defensive battle of two teams with realistic Super Bowl aspirations. Again like last week, Forte is probably going to be started on your team unless you have better options, but consider them heavily. This matchup scares me.
Ingram saw more than 15 carries last week against the Falcons for the first time in a long time. However, it was the Chris Ivory show that really made its mark on the outcome of the game. Given this renewed dedication to the ground game for the Saints to set up Brees and passing game I expect Ingram’s touches to decline. The backfield is a cluster as is with Pierre Thomas also in the mix and Sproles trying to comeback from injury. Ivory is not going to make Ingram’s job any easier and at this point if you own Ingram I would consider dropping him for Ivory or better options this late in the season.
Tony is very familiar with this sits list from me this season. I am not a hater, I did have him as a start’em one week, but I’m not a believer either. He’s turned it up the last couple weeks against the Giants and Eagles. Now it’s a trap game against the Browns who aren’t playing for playoff seeding right now. Joe Haden is a fantastic cornerback and the Browns defense is largely underrated unit. Romo will have some trouble and I expect some turnovers as well. Perhaps this is the week where Romo just proves all his doubters wrong – or maybe not. I’ll go with the latter this week. Sit this cowboy on the bench.
Foles makes the list because there has been widespread speculation about his viability as a bye-week fill-in option since he’s going against one of the worst NFL defenses this week. Look, Foles is still a rookie and it’s his first career NFL start. No way do I have confidence in him going on the road in a hostile environment against a division who is as desperate for a win. There are too many things stacked against him right now, including the morale of a team that has dropped 5 straight. So to all those fantasy owners who are thinking about getting cute with him and rolling the dice with him in your lineup, just don’t do it. Get cute with your girlfriend not Foles.
Alert, we have another Chicago Bears fantasy stud on sit’em alert for this week. Marshall is a beast, he’s been fantasy feasting all season on opponents. Why sit him this week? It’s the 49ers coming off a tie (really a tie?) and it’s Jason Campbell at QB. I shouldn’t have to explain this much more but what did Marshall do in Miami with Chad Henne at QB? Exactly, nothing is what he did and it’ll be more of that with Campbell behind center. I don’t think he’ll get shut out completely but don’t expect anything over 9.5 points for him this week.
Dez has been big time disappointment in Big D this year. Miles Austin is more consistent and Dez has been at times combustible with his attitude and inconsistent play. I like him in this matchup if it wasn’t for Haden at cornerback and a more focused attack on the ground game. Here’s where as a fantasy owner you should look deep into the matchup and focus on the reality that Bryant is not Michael Irvin so don’t expect big things from him on a weekly basis. This week he’s a sit.
Vernon Davis has gone from machine status that I tabbed with a start’em last week to a dud this week. It’s the Bears dominant defense he faces and he’s just not been in synch with the offense as of late. With Alex Smith likely to miss some action with his concussion it’ll be more of a ball-controlled offense and pounded the football with Gore and Hunter. Monday night is where the stars come out so I wouldn’t be surprised if he emerges with a solid game, I just don’t like the chances as much this week.
Finley is fantasy famine this season. To be brutally honest if you are a fantasy owner who still has held on to him at this point you probably don’t have a winning record. He’s been as terrible as they come to holding on to the football and Aaron Rodgers has so many other options that he gets lost in Rodgers’ reads throughout the course of the game. Finley and his opposing TE Brandon Pettigrew love to drop the football. If either can hang on to it more than 5 times this week I’ll be shocked. Sit him until he proves to be fantasy relevant again.
Steelers defense came off a nice performance against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. This week poses a new set of challenges vs. the Ravens. Without their offensive leader in Big Ben the defense will be asked to do more than usual, which I doubt will be the recipe for success against a very successful Ravens offense. Baltimore’s offensive efficiency will prove to be a formidable challenge that I expect the Steelers to compete with but I don’t see the turnovers or big time performance here this week. Possibility for negative points exists with the Steelers D this week.