Our Week 14 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 14 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Andy Dalton CIN @ PIT

The Bengals quarterback has been known to be as red hot as his hair at times, but this is not the time. Apparently blowing chunks about 20 times during the Bucs game got his team past the cellar dwellers from the NFC South. This divisional matchup will be as physical as it gets in the NFL. The Steelers are looking to rebound from a bad loss to the Saints last week and Dalton surely won’t have things easy. He’s too hit or miss a quarterback to gamble with around fantasy playoffs. Sit ’em.

Matt Ryan ATL @ GB

Matt Ryan makes the sits list often, but before I dog him again this week I need to apologize for last week’s sit ’em episode. He proved me and most pundits wrong with a torching of the Cardinals at home. The Falcons play reasonably well at home compared to the road, and that’s part of why he’ll be a bench player this week. Green Bay held the golden boy, Tom Brady, to under 20 fantasy points last week and I don’t see Ryan eclipsing 15 at Lambeau. Not this week, Matty Ice.

Running Backs

LeGarrette Blount NE @ SD

When LeGarrette Blount isn’t getting cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers or getting caught smoking blounts, he’s acting like a solid running back worth starting for fantasy owners on the New England Patriots. Well, not so fast my friends. Blount is in a running back committee that nobody, not even Bill Belichick, can figure out. It’s anybody’s guess who is handling the running responsibilities on Sunday. I would venture to say it could be Jonas Gray if he’s punctual or Shane Vereen or someone off the practice squad for all we know. It’s not worth tinkering and putting him in a starting role at this point.

Bishop Sankey TEN VS NYG

Someone show me what Bishop Sankey has done to warrant starting and the response should be silence. Sankey has been a bit of a disappointment to owners that have held on to him this season, hoping he could exploit the right matchup. He’s certainly going to see the carries and this appears to be a favorable opponent to run against on paper, but it has yet to materialize for this rookie running back out of the University of Washington. It’s a bold move to plug him into even deeper league rosters at this point, look elsewhere.

Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne IND @ CLE

This is the tail-end of an awesome career for this Colts great. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are both amazing Colts receivers, but that’s where fantasy owners need to cut the cord. He’s not fantasy relevant with up and coming receivers seeing more targets from Andrew Luck. Wayne is just not consistent enough and the matchup isn’t that great either, against a very competitive Browns squad that’s in the playoff hunt.

Stedman Bailey STL @ WSH

The hottest receiver on the Saint Louis Rams is Stedman Bailey, folks. Yeah, who? Well, just like Brian Quick before his injury and Kenny Britt for a few weeks, we’ve not got Bailey. For those owners who are desperate for a receiver to plug and play then there’s some upside against a roller-coaster Redskins secondary. While they’ll surely not be as bad as they were against the Colts last week, they are a very young bunch of defenders and Bailey could beat them deep. I’m not confident in him enough to start yet. Sit and wait.

Tight Ends

Jared Cook STL @ WSH

Cook must get out of the fantasy owner’s kitchen! No more soup for Jared, stick to Subway buddy. Yeah, so he goes from top 5 to bottom 5 tight ends in most projections and total points week to week. Is he worth the risk in the first round of playoffs? Nope. Washington can be exposed by any team’s quarterback, but if history proves correct it’s a very risky investment to start him.

Mychal Rivera OAK VS SF

At one point this was Carr’s favorite target and the one slimmer of hope on an otherwise struggling offense. Well, the Raiders have gotten progressively worse, aside from a fluke win a couple weeks ago against the Chiefs. The culmination was a throttling of epic proportions to the St. Louis Rams last weekend. The 49ers have had over 10 days to prepare and are licking their chops to lay the wood on this team after getting taken to the woodshed on Turkey Day by the Seahawks. Rivera is a non-fantasy factor so sit him.

Defense

Buffalo Bills BUF @ DEN

One of the best defensive teams in all of the NFL is the Buffalo Bills. They’ve been circling the wagons like nobody’s business and have held their last two opponents to a total of 13 points and scored in double digits in most standard leagues in their last six games. But as we all know, it’s all about the matchups. This week the Bills face a buzz-saw in Peyton Manning and the Bronco’s on the road. This will surely spell doom, as opposing fantasy defenses are averaging negative fantasy points. The law of averages says…Sit’em.