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 13. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
As a front seat viewer to Monday Night’s Niners vs. Redskins game I couldn’t help but notice how often second year signal caller Kaepernick took too long to deliver his passes. Against a maligned Redskins defense there were open receivers that he missed and his ball placement seems to be an issue. The Rams possess a formidable defense that is coming off two very stellar efforts against the Bears and Colts. While San Francisco is playing home, it’s obvious this team is run first and other options would be better than him at the helm for your fantasy team this week.
Luck has been out of luck of late with the way his offense has lacked the punch it did when Reggie Wayne was healthy. Against the Titans earlier this season he struggled throughout the first half and didn’t account for anything more than a TD run relevant to fantasy stats. While Tennessee has their problems too it’s apparent that Luck is playing with half a stack of cards and he’s not getting the offensive line support either. While his passes have been shorter there has been a gradual decrease in his yards per game and yards per pass as a result. Not this week for Luck.
Colston has been labeled a possession receiver, but he still possesses elite speed and is one of Brees’ favorite target targets in the Saints’ offense. While Graham is having a career year and putting up video game numbers, Colston has seen his red zone targets steadily decline. Seattle’s Richard Sherman will be more than likely blanketing Colston much of Monday night, so curb expectations and look for other options that will pack more punch. The matchup is a nightmare for him this week, sit him.
Santonio is still a bit banged up and while he tries to get back to full health he’s had some setbacks. His last game was a disaster for the entire Jets team against the Ravens and with Gino Smith so inconsistent it’s difficult to predict how he’ll be involved in the offense. At this point it doesn’t make sense until the Jets can prove they can move the football without turning it over to the other team. Holmes is by far their best receiving option, but not this week and only against favorable matchups moving forward.
Stevan Ridley/Brandon Bolden
The Patriots treat their running backs as expendable objects that depreciate by the game. Once one of them fumbles or misses a block they miss the rest of the series and sometimes the rest of the game. Ridley, who has fumbled a total of four times this season was a culprit of the slippery fingers and ended up in the dog house of Belichick. Bolden saw more action as a result last week and many owners might be quick to play waiver wire pick up and play. However, Bolden isn’t the key guy and Blount plus Vereen see carries too. This 4 headed monster of Patriots running backs is a zoo. Stay away from it in its entirety and bench your Patriots RB by committee.
Moreno suffered an injury to his ankle last week that could possibly sideline him Sunday against the Chiefs. If Moreno plays, which is likely, he could have company in the backfield from Montee Ball who is coming on strong of late with his touches around the goal line. I expect that if Ball can fix his occasional fumbling issue then this job could start becoming more and more his by the end of the season. Moreno owners should stay fixed on his status for Sunday and consider sitting him against a solid KC run defense.
Jordan Reed had a good thing going with RGIII for a few weeks and then he hit a bit of a skid in Philly was knocked out of the game. Last week he was a bystander to the Niners demolishing at FedEx field. The Giants are a solid team against defending the middle of the football field and particularly against tight ends. While there is potential I would wait one extra week before confidently inserting him back into the starting lineup. There are better options this week.
Miller and the Steelers have had success against the Ravens, but as most who know this rivalry understand there is nothing that can be predicted in these battles. Miller has been a serviceable tight end at times but not this week. While some may believe he can help Big Ben in the passing game, it’s the running attack that needs Miller the most in games like this one. I expect more I-form sets and jumbo packages as a result. Miller time another time, sorry folks, drink responsibly.
Saint Louis Rams
While the Rams have been a very good, if not great defense, over the past few weeks they have not gone to California to play a division foe yet. At Candlestick the Niners can make things awfully uncomfortable for opposing defenses and offenses, which might be the trick to this game. If the Niners cause turnovers and wreak havoc on Kellen Clemens then the Rams defense could easily by default giving up points due to their poor offensive output. The 49ers are the defense to play, not the Rams in this NFC West divisional matchup.