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


Christian Ponder MIN VS. WAS

I ponder why Christian Ponder is being considered a potential QB start this week according to several well-known sports media outlets. The Vikings are a run-first team and the Redskins, despite having a weak defense, are better victim for Peterson to run against then throw against. The game could be a shootout but I don’t see the one-win Vikings going ballistic throwing the ball around. Coach Leslie will have his hair on fire if Ponder starts throwing interceptions so I expect ground and pound from AD instead.

Matt Ryan ATL VS. SEA

Matty Ice is singing the ice cold blues after a couple horrendous fantasy performances. It doesn’t get much better with the Seattle legion of Boom coming to town to play interference on his passing attack. Steven Jackson should be back in the lineup and I expect the emphasis to be on generating running yards and then working the middle of the field. Ryan should be benched this week and until Roddy White returns to full health I would keep him there.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith CAR VS. SF

Carolina’s long-time #1 wideout has uncharacteristically low numbers this season for his standards. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear those will turnaround for him against San Francisco who does a great job of locking down #1 wide receivers. While Carolina is on a roll, they’ve played less than stellar competition so this will be a test for the team and to see if Cam Newton can play up to the competition as well. If Smith is able to have a decent game it will say something about Newton’s maturation. I just don’t think he’s there quite yet.

Harry Douglas ATL VS. SEA

Douglas was thrust into the #1 roll in Atlanta with Roddy White and Julio Jones both going down to injury. Unfortunately, he’s going to be up against Seattle’s Finest and Richard Sherman and company Sunday. The Hawks limited Vincent Jackson to 2 fantasy points last Sunday and I don’t expect Douglas to have the playmaking skills of VJax, so I would seriously downgrade Douglas from your roster. Seattle is more beatable on the ground than air these days anyway.

Running Backs

Ray Rice BAL VS. CIN

There is something that the Ravens aren’t telling us about the health of Ray Rice. That hip flexor must be bothering him and limiting Rice more than we know. Ray is such a force and factor normally, but this season he’s looked more like Shaun Alexander in his final season as a Seahawk. I don’t have confidence against a big and physical Bengal defensive line. The Ravens need him, but it might be wise to sit him and hope he gets healthy for a strong stretch run.

Rashard Jennings OAK VS. NYG

Jennings is on the waiver wire minds of those owners looking for a running back to fill-in this week. Jennings did great job of relieving McFadden after he exited with yet another hamstring injury. However, Jennings is a backup and he’s not proven. While with the Jaguars he played sparingly and he’s just not a workhorse. He might be a low-end flex play but I don’t think the Giants are going to let him go bonkers like the Eagles did on Sunday. If Eli can do half of what Nick Foles did then this should becoming a passing game early and often instead.

Tight Ends

Zach Miller SEA VS. ATL

While Miller has put together some nice games this season he’s also put up magician type efforts where he did nothing. It’s too far into the season to risk Miller and even though he’s a nice red zone option for DangerRuss, I would take my chances elsewhere. If they were playing Arizona again I would play him, but not on the road on the east coast. Not going to do, put him on the bench.

Charles Clay MIA VS. TB

Clay was a waiver wire gem earlier this season, but over the course of the last 3 games he’s yet to eclipse 8 fantasy points. While tight ends, with the exception of Jimmy Graham, aren’t posting monster numbers I see this as a difficult matchup and not one to expect anything more than another 5 to 7 point effort. Tampa is coming on strong; see the results from Seahawks game where the Bucs lost in OT. I would much rather have Tampa’s TE than Miami’s on MNF.


Chicago Bears CHI VS. DET

The Bears aren’t the Urlacher raging crew that devastate offenses anymore. Sure they still have Julius Peppers but the Lions pose another test and as a divisional foe you can throw most all the stats out the window for this one. The Lions have a dynamic offense with Reggie Bush and Calvin in the passing game. Even Packer’s backup QB and Eddie Lacy exposed holes in the defense. I would look towards some other options if you own the Bears D for the weekend.