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


Matt Ryan ATL VS. SF

A year ago the Falcons were wrapping up the #1 seed in the NFC and clinching the NFC South. Fast forward and this season has been one to forget. While the ship has set sail for Mike Smith’s dirty birds, they have a rematch of the NFC Championship game on Monday night to stage the finale of Candlestick Park. This iconic stadium that saw many touchdowns and victories from Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and Dwight Clark will be demolished at season’s end. Much like the 49ers defense will demolish Matt Ryan’s Falcons. Ryan shouldn’t be starting on any fantasy rosters this weekend.

Tony Romo DAL VS. WAS

Tony Romo looks like a solid play Sunday on paper. It’s Washington and that porous secondary is going to give up yardage galore. However, it’s a big rivalry game and if there is one thing these players have it is pride and a mutual hatred for one another. I see more DeMarco Murray fantasy points than Romo. Garrett will probably play it more conservative than last week. Allowing Romo to facilitate more than being a playmaker leaves owners with better options.

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald AZ VS. SEA

Fitzgerald has had a tremendous bounce-back effort this season with Palmer behind center in Coach Arians offense. Seahawks are tops against the pass and with Sherman anchoring the legion of boom’s coverage it could be slim pickings for Larry this week in Seattle. There are much better options to risk your fantasy championship when the matchup is this brutal. Larry commends the respect of all defensive backs and even Sherman doesn’t like to trash talk Larry. That doesn’t mean that Fitzgerald will be allowed anything more than a handshake come Sunday.

Roddy White ATL VS. SF

Roddy White finally is beginning round out into form after being slowed by injury for the first couple months this season. He’s cracked 50 receiving yards the past 3 games and seen his targets increase but this is not a championship caliber matchup for him. Owners who had him stashed on their bench for a majority of the season should be sending him back there this weekend. Bad matchups are fantasy killers in playoffs. No play for Roddy Monday.

Running Backs

BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN VS. MIN

Dubbed the law-firm for his lengthy name, Green-Ellis is earning his juris doctorate of the fantasy bench of late. While he once laid claim to throne in New England and last year for Cincinnati it appears the torch has been passed to young Bernard to do the damage in the red zone and between the tackles. The Vikings are good to run against, but with such a decreased load in carries it’s best to sit with so much riding on the playoffs and championship.

Trent Richardson IND VS. KC

Keep chuckling, fantasy owners need to be reminded that TRich has been benched most all of this season because he’s not good right now. He’s still struggling but he turned in his best effort last weekend and surely fantasy owners took stock in those numbers. Kansas City appears ready to stomp out any momentum he gained from last weekend. Teams don’t run well on Coach Reid’s defense and there has been zero consistency to prove Richardson won’t do anything more than what he’s been doing most of the season. Sit Richardson until he learns his lesson that he’s not worth a first, second or even 3rd round pick in next season’s draft.

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates SD VS. OAK

Gates is putting a stamp on his career in San Diego. He’s been falling off as of late and it’s only a matter of time before he hangs them up for the Chargers. While Oakland appears to be a decent way to get back on track it appears that torch has been passed to the younger skilled players in San Diego. It’s also a division game, which means anything can happen so the uncertainty equzls bench time.

Tony Gonzalez ATL VS. SF

Gonzalez’s backup has been notified that he’ll be taking many snaps in his spot over the next couple games. While Tony promises to wrap up his career after the season he’ll be courted by various teams. San Francisco is never a good to team to play matchups against. Gonzo isn’t playing the Redskins again this week, so curb expectations.


Carolina Panthers CAR VS. NO

While Carolina has been tops in statistical dominance this year I am very wary of starting them against New Orleans. Brees doesn’t typically have 2 less than average efforts back-to-back. The NFC South is riding on this one and while Carolina can dominate a game it’s a bad idea to think that automatically that will happen. Consider other options before settling on Carolina, if you have them as on your team then go with your gut. This unit would remain on my bench unless your other options are outside the top 15 with non-favorable matchups.