Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups 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 12. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Has the NFL and fans gotten enough of RGIII this year? Between the documentary, adidas commercials, magazine articles, photo shoots and air time he’s become the buzz around every water cooler. The Redskins are headed nowhere fast after losing their last two games to the Vikings and Eagles and RGIII has had a difficult time adjusting to teams who have game-planned to stop him. His ball-placement has cost his team in key situations and he’s hampered mobility-wise by the knee brace still. San Francisco is the same physical and aggressive team and it will be very challenging for RGIII to overcome his recent problems against them. I expect if the Redskins want to stay in the game they will need special teams, defense and the running game to provide the punch.
Rivers started off the season with 5 impressive games of throwing the football and putting up All-Pro stats for the Chargers. The last 6 weeks have not seen him eclipse 20 points and last week he was unable to muster more than 15 points against a vulnerable Dolphins team that had just hit their low point in the season. I do not have any confidence that Rivers will bounce back against a Chiefs team that makes it difficult on opposing quarterbacks. There are much better options to roll out in fantasy this week so look elsewhere.
Antonio Brown has been on fire. His chemistry with Big Ben is sky high right now too. So I endorse benching Brown against a Cleveland secondary that has the ultimate shut down corner in Joe Haden. Last week Haden took A.J. Green completely out of the Bengals offense and I suspect he’ll be expected to cover Brown the same way this week. Brown has potential to rip off the big one but the running game and Emmanuel Sanders might be better options to look at than Brown on Sunday against the Browns.
The Jets are still a difficult defense to crack and the Ravens are still struggling offensively to put up points. If the Ravens are going to score they’ll need more production from Smith, but Flacco’s consistency scares me and many owners. Ray Rice is beginning to be more featured from last week’s frightening game in Chicago. Smith will be blanketed by Cromartie and it’s all about matchups at this point in the fantasy season. Go with a better matchup than this one this week.
Matthews had a big day as he racked up the yardage against the Dolphins last week in a losing effort. This week I wouldn’t suspect him to sustain that success against a K.C. unit that ranks amongst one of the toughest in the NFL to run against. The Chargers are better at opening the field and throwing the ball, which is Danny Woodhead’s area of expertise. Matthews will likely see some carries in the red zone, but I don’t suspect that will be a common place for the Chargers on Sunday. Avoid him this week.
Put a nail in that Trent Richardson coffin for this season. He might have value next year once he learns the Colts offense and blocking schemes and is able to find ways to get out in space. For now it’s the Donald Brown show and as last Thursday night showed, Richardson is no longer the best fantasy running back to own in Indy. He’s catching more passes and gaining more yardage via receptions and has lost his goal line luster. His carries inside the 10 are going to Brown, so no reason to move him off your bench the rest of this season at this point.
Bennett has not had a great game for Chicago since earlier this season. I don’t particularly dislike him as a fantasy option, but I question why owners still believe he’s a viable starter. There are much better options, like his counterpart from the Rams who he’ll be playing in this game and we’ll discuss in the sleepers segment. If you have Bennett he’s droppable if you’re looking for a better matchup since the Rams give up the second least amount of points to opposing tight ends.
Wright was a waiver wire find a few weeks ago. However, over the last two weeks he’s seen less than a handful of targets and averaged about 3 fantasy points combined. The Lions aren’t a horrible defense and if the Buccaneers signal caller is going to have success he’ll likely find it from Vincent Jackson or Bobby Rainey who has catapulted onto the scene for Tampa. Until Wright proves he’s got more value and shows consistency he’ll be sitting on the bench.
New England Patriots
The Patriots have been a stellar fantasy football defense to own this season. However, this stretch run is not going to be the easier for them beginning Sunday against Peyton Manning’s Broncos. The high octane attack that Manning leads spells trouble and if New England can manage some turnovers they might have some value, but I’m not betting on that. Sit this defense this week absolutely. If you are looking at future matchups then they also might be droppable in some league formats.