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 16. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
All those owners who played Beanie Wells last week and were rewarded with an enormous 3 TD day deserve a huge congratulations because that took some gigantic testicles. I would have never trusted Wells, but I did expect some improvement coming off such an embarrassing debacle in Seattle two weeks ago. Fast forward to this week’s matchup versus the Chicago Bears where Da Bears are hanging on to their playoff lives and try to take down the Arizona Cardinals in the process. The strength of the Bears is their defense obviously, especially its run-defense, so don’t expect there to be much room for Wells to rumble and no multiple TD game either, take a seat home-boy.
Oh Dear Bryce, your laundry list of fantasy owner haters is long and truly pathetic. To be honest I never believed in Bryce. So while he managed to surprise everyone with his first couple starts, it was his last two where he’s gained about 60 yards on 40 carries that I think most expected. The dude’s got a severe case of fumblitis and he’s just not a reliable pass-catching option either. The return of McCoy this week (which I don’t understand for a team completely out of the playoff hunt) spells bench for Brown this weekend. The Redskins are HOT…scalding hot and the Eagles are already looking toward next season. Bryce Brown for one Monday night was a flash in the pan and he’ll be remembered for some highlights but also for coughing up a game to the Cowboys and more disappointment to fantasy owners than rejoicing. So instead let’s rejoice to Bryce being benched this weekend behind McCoy. Now stop hating, all you haters!
Stafford came into the game against the life-less Cardinals on a bit of hot streak. Well POOF! That streak is over and so is the misery of the Lions season. Detroit was unable to build off the playoff momentum from last season, so they go into week 16’s matchup versus Atlanta without much to play for except pride. Atlanta hasn’t quite wrapped up the #1 overall seed in the NFC yet, so they have plenty of incentive to lay out Stafford like they did to Eli last weekend. I expect Stafford to drop some nice dimes (Dilfer dimes) to Calvin Johnson but nothing crazy and nothing worthy of more than 15 fantasy points. Bench’em.
Captain of the 49ers Kaepernick is in for a snowy day in Seattle on Sunday night football. I’ll be watching this game with heightened intrigue. The Hawks D is much better than the Pats and this animosity between Coach Harbaugh and Carroll is about to reach its climax, but not that climax pervert. It should be a great game and one that I anticipate to be low scoring in a brutally physical and bruising affair. I think the running back that runs harder, either Lynch or Gore, and the team who wins the turnover battle will be victorious. Points should be at a premium so look at other options and don’t bet against this Seahawks secondary.
To the 49ers quarterback effect, I take Crabtree down a couple rungs and add him to the bench list. He had a great game last week in New England, but don’t expect that to continue in the emerald city where fog and rain should cloud the Seattle skies. It will be an intriguing battle as Crabtree squares off with Richard Sherman from Seattle’s hawkish cornerback crew. Take your Ritalin and saddle up because there promises to be tight coverage and jar-shattering hits across the CenturyLink field. Crabtree has that deep play ability but I would take my bets elsewhere with my fantasy title on the line.
Brown had a great game last week, but he made a costly mistake that ultimately led to an improbably Cowboys victory. His failure to protect the football cost his team and unless they can beat the Bengals this week they could be watching the playoffs from home. I like Wallace and Miller to be the recipients of a better Big Ben performance this week. Brown has shown inconsistencies this season and if he hasn’t gotten you to this point this season, then there really is no reason to trust him now. Bench both Bryce and Antonio Brown this week.
Kyle “the red-nosed” Rudolph has been both feast and famine throughout the season. I don’t like Rudolph as much this week and when you need some consistent output from the tight end. I remain conservative in my estimate of what Rudolph is capable of during championship week. Peterson is in quest for the all-time record of rushing yards in a season and possible league MVP honors to boot. That means Peterson will probably get the red zone carries and chances. Even with Randolph’s value being higher with Harvin on IR, doesn’t exactly mean I would be confident enough to start him with much confidence against an opportunistic Texans defense.
Gresham goes up against the #1 defense defending the tight end in a must win game for the Steelers at home at Heinz field. That sounds scary and I’m steering clear of anyone outside of A.J. Green from the Bengals this week. That means if you have the law firm in BGE then you should probably seek running back services elsewhere too. I just see this as another physical matchup that will test both these teams will and whichever team asserts themselves from the outset will likely grab the final AFC playoff spot. I just don’t expect the Bengals to have much success against one of the best NFL defensive units with a defensive coordinator who knows how to shut down opposing offenses with exotic blitzes and nickel/dime coverages.
At this point the Ravens D has to be the biggest disappointment on this team, outside of the lack of offensive maturation throughout the season. Ray Lewis sat out again last week and who knows if he’ll be back out there this weekend. The Ravens suffered another injury to McLain at linebacker, who is now out for the season. The team is riddled with injuries and the defense looks like a shell of its once invincible self, which has been the glue of this team the past dozen seasons. I wouldn’t start them, not with fantasy football bragging rights on the line. The Giants didn’t show up last week but they’ll surely play much better this week with their playoff lives on the line. So lock your door and leave your B’more D on the bench in your hood.