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 14. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Ryan Mathews SD VS. PIT

Mathews has been big bust this season. He’s not a top caliber running back in the NFL and this matchup smells like stinky crotch. No way should this even be a close call, sit him, no flexing or anything for him this week. Pittsburgh’s D is fresh off a big time win against the Ravens and they just might be getting a lift with Big Ben potentially coming back. It’s too risky and just not the right now with playoffs on the line to start him.

Marcel Reece OAK VS. DEN

I’ve been a big proponent of Reece’s the last 3-4 weeks, but this is when I think his run halts. McFadden is already listed as questionable and I think even if he can’t go Thursday night then Reece will be splitting carries with other options. The Raiders are probably playing from behind, making this an even more difficult matchup. No trust in Reece this week, but it’s been a nice ride.


Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF VS. STL

Fitzpatrick falls back to reality after a really nice game last week, when he was a tremendous fantasy sleeper that I pushed out there. This week it’s at home and the temperature should be in the low 20s. I don’t like Fitzy throwing the cold and possibly wet ball against a better than average St. Louis Rams defense. He’s also a spot matchup guy and if you are desperate this is a gamble when there are other matchups that might be better suited for upside and big games.

Chad Henne JAC VS. NYJ

Henne fell back to the pack a little last week even though he continues to build great rapport with Cecil Shorts. Blackmon was a disappearing act in Buffalo, but if he can have a decent game against the Jets it could be a decent day for Henne. However, the Jets are really going to be playing for their jobs for next year and Rex Ryan is not giving up by a long shot. I like a competitive game. I just think it’s going to be low scoring so Henne belongs back on the bench this week.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald AZ VS. SEA

Larry “All World” Fitzgerald faces another brutal matchup in Seattle. Even with the news that one of the Seattle Cornerbacks, Browner, is going to accept and begin serving his suspension for performance enhancing drugs, it’s tough to start this guy against them with any confidence. The Cardinals appear as if they are going to give Skelton another shot after the horrid offensive play against the Jets last weekend. The Hawks play extremely well at home so I cannot say there is much to make me a believer in Larry this week. Sit him and play Golden Tate instead.

Chris Givens STL VS. BUF

Givens is coming off two great games. As Amendola’s replacement he has filled in admirably and been targeted nearly 12 to 15 times a game. I don’t like the longevity of the playoff run for Givens, who is better as a 3rd receiver in the Rams offense. Givens won’t be giving many fantasy owners happiness Sunday. I suggest giving Givens a nice seat on your fantasy bench and find a better matchup.

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis SF VS. MIA

Vernon Davis has been silent and sometimes a disappearing act in the Niners offense even with Kap quarterbacking. He was putrid last weekend for the second straight week. You’ve got to consider dumping him if not finding someone else as a replacement. Miami’s defense is no slouch either so Davis isn’t the solution to your TE woes.

Antonio Gates SD VS. PIT

Single-handedly the most overrated TE this season. He’s been as bad as Norv Turner this season. He looks older and more lost in that offense than I’ve ever seen before. Cincy has momentum heading into this one too. Don’t’ expect much from the Gates Master this weekend in Pittsburgh.


Houston Texans HOU VS. NE

Houston is taking on Brady’s Pats. That should be enough said, Pats are on fire and Houston has been slouching of late. You don’t want to start your D on MNF against a future Hall of Famer when so much is riding on the playoffs.