Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:
Start – Josh Freeman – Tampa Buccaneers – at New Orleans Saints
Eli Manning showed us in Week 14 just how bad the Saints passing defense is. They have now allowed 27 passing touchdowns (tied for most in the league), while giving little pressure (25 sacks) and little threat of a takeaway (10 INT). The Tampa Bay passing attack has proven it can be dangerous, with Freeman throwing at least two touchdowns in eight of his past nine games. Back in Week 7 against the Saints all he did was throw for 420 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Unless you have one of the truely elite, Freeman is an easy call.
Sit – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
Maybe a new offensive coordinator will help, but at this late juncture it is impossible to bet on. While Flacco did throw three touchdowns in Week 14, he also has thrown for under 200 yards in three of his past four games and takes on a Denver defense allowing 215.7 passing yards per game with 15 interceptions. There’s just too much risk involved wit your fantasy title on the line.
Start – David Wilson – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta
Obviously, if Ahmad Bradshaw ultimately plays you aren’t going to start Wilson. However, the current signs point to him at least being limited, if he even dresses. Wilson showed just how electric he can be in Week 14, not just in the return game, but rushing for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. The Falcons defense has been prone to the big play, allowing a league leading seven runs of at least 40 yards. They also have allowed 14 TD, fifth most in the league. With Wilson’s big play potential, he’s looking like a great play this week.
Start – Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
I know he hasn’t been very good overall this season, but he has a favorable matchup against the Chiefs, the team he had arguably his best performance of the year against (137 total yards). It’s easy to write him off, but that would be a mistake.
Sit – Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
The only thing that has been saving him is his ability to find the end zone, having scored in four straight games. However, he is a non-factor in the passing game and hasn’t had more than 15 carries since Week 9. The Falcons are moving in another direction and depending on a TD vulture at this point could kill you.
Sit – Vick Ballard – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
I know it appears like he is the last man standing, but the Texans’ rushing defense is on par with San Francisco’s (90.8 yards/game, 3 TD). There’s too much risk in a tough matchup, unless you are in desperate need of an option.
Wide Receiver (Two Receiver Formats)
Start – Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
It’s a tough matchup and the Packers have a lot of weapons, but they also are committed to putting the ball in their play makers hands. He has been targeted at least six times in each game since Week 6, and this should be no different. He’s guaranteed the chances (especially with Jordy Nelson uncertain, Jermichael Finley struggling and Greg Jennings still working back into the offense) and he is so electric it won’t take much for him to make a big play.
Sit – Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
I’ve said it a lot, but the Seahawks offense is completely different on the road than it is at home. Throw in Rice’s dependence on the TD to hold value and this is too big of a gamble to take.
Wide Receiver (Three Receiver Formats)
Start – Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
Gordon has emerged as the top receiver in Cleveland and we all know how bad Washington’s pass defense is. Over the past four weeks he has had at least seven targets per game and has picked up 202 yards over his past two games. He is certainly worth the risk in deeper formats.
Sit – Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
Has it really come to this? It’s been so bad it has to be considered, though it truly depends on your other options. I can’t consider him a must sit (though he is in two receiver formats), but until the Cardinals fix their quarterback spot he is going to be a huge risk.
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