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


Tom Brady NE VS. MIA

It’s time to let the Brady train leave the station and not return until 2014. The Patriots will need to retool its offensive weapons before they can expect to contend again. Losing Gronk is an absolute killer. The rookie wide receivers can’t be relied on either and the Edelman/Amendola duo isn’t as reliable as everyone thought it would be. Miami is fighting hard for that 2nd wildcard and if you have Brady he should remain on your bench, in similar fashion to most of his play this season.

Carson Palmer AZ VS. TEN

Palmer has put some of the best completion numbers of his career together this season and he’s been able to synch up with Fitzgerald to bring him back to fantasy relevance. Tennessee Titans defense, despite getting torched by Peyton Manning last week, allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Cardinals will find much more success on the ground, so Palmer who is typically a matchup play, should be sitting back on that bench for this playoff round. No reason to push your luck this week, Palmer is fantasy fodder again.

Wide Receivers

Victor Cruz NYG VS. SEA

Cruz has been a circus and inconsistency just one of many words that could be used to described his disappointing season. Seattle’s secondary does not need any further introduction. Cruz will have tough enough time seeing targets, let alone being able to get open. Cruz has put his season on cruise control and unless you’re a Giants fan he’s probably seen more games on your bench than in your starting lineup. Cruz takes that bench seat again this week.

Mike Wallace MIA VS. NE

Wallace disappeared last week against the Steelers leaving many owners frustrated after a very good week 13. Inconsistency and doughnut fantasy point totals kill fantasy teams. The Pats will spend their attention closely laid on Wallace to prevent big gains. Brian Hartline will be the most likely favorite to pick up the targets as a result. Playoffs is not a good reason to go boom or bust with Wallace, sit him.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson TEN VS. AZ

It’s been reported that Johnson’s last season in Nashville is nearing a close. This week he should be nearing your bench given the matchup versus the Cardinals their defense that yields the fewest points to fantasy running backs. If CJ2K was playing like he was a few years ago then this wouldn’t be topic and he would be starting. However, it’s time to look elsewhere if you lack depth at the position. Chris Ivory might be a better option or even Mike Tolbert. Limit expectations from Johnson and leave him on your bench.

Andre Brown NYG VS. SEA

Andre Brown had one of his first mediocre games last week. He’s typically a strong play, but with Peyton Hillis beginning to vulture red zone carries and against a Seahawks defense that is stingy against the run, he should be a secondary option to others. The Giants are playing for pride and if they get behind early, which I believe will the case, then they could be passing it far more than running.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett CHI VS. CLE

Bennett is too tall and talented to have such mediocre games like on Monday night. The Cowboys are easy to put up big numbers against and Bennett struggled to get going. Cleveland isn’t the factor for benching, it’s McCown and Cutler’s lack of interest in throwing this way.

Brandon Myers NYG VS. SEA

Brandon Myers found the end zone last week, but don’t bet on déjà vu this weekend against Seattle. Myers will likely be used in blocking and some pocket flushes. His value comes in the passing game and he’s no Vernon Davis so I’m not expecting much yardage either. Spot start somewhere else this weekend.


Pittsburgh Steelers PIT VS. CIN

Steelers are lacking an identity and the Bengals have that tough-minded mentality that previously defined the Pittsburgh team. While this game is Sunday Night and division foes, the Steelers appear on paper to be overmatched. It’s never a good idea to stream defenses against an elite opponent. This week is no different, sit the black and yellow defense.