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 – Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New Orleans
Forget about Romo and what he has or hasn’t done at times this season. With fantasy titles on te line, all that matters is that he faces the New Orleans Saints. They have abysmal against the pass all season long, allowing 287.0 yards per game (second most in the league) and 27 TD (tied for second most in the league). The fact that Romo has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his past five games and six of his past eight, as well as at least two touchdowns in the of his past four, is just icing on the cake.
Sit – Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Carolina
I heard someone recently refer to Palmer recently as the king of garbage time, and it is appropriate. While this game could get into garbage time, it could just as easily be the Raiders who are sitting on a lead as it is the Panthers (in reality, does anyone really expect a blowout in the game). If that we’re to happen, we could get numbers awfully similar to Week 15 (182 yards, 0 TD). There’s too much risk to trust him.
Start – Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
With Daniel Thomas on the IR, Bush should be back to seeing the bulk of the opportunities. He looked good in Week 15 (104 yards on 21 carries) and draws a Bills defense that has allowed 144.1 rushing yards per game (third most in the league) and 22 TD (next highest total is 18). I know he’s been frustrating, but you have to roll the dice now.
Start – Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots – at Jacksonville
I know there is concern regarding the fumbles, but the Patriots stuck with him earlier in the year and there is every reason to think they will once again. The team needs him, and this is the perfect opportunity to get him reestablished. The Jaguars have allowed 18 rushing TD and 148.1 yards per game (most in the league). Once the Patriots build a big lead, look for them to allow Ridley to regain his confidence.
Sit – Bryce Brown – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
Well that didn’t last long, did it? Back-to-back poor outings coupled with the return of LesSean McCoy and a matchup with a poor passing defense could easily leave Brown with few opportunities. Yes, he is going to get touches, but how many remains to be seen. That makes him way too big of a risk.
Wide Receiver (Two Receiver Formats)
Start – Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New England
He showed no ill effects from his concussion, returning from his one week absence to catch six passes for 101 yards. It’s easy to imagine the Jaguars going down early and then trying to throw to keep up, isn’t it? The Patriots have allowed 270.4 passing yards per game and 26 TD, so Shorts should get ample opportunity to produce once again.
Sit – Danario Alexander – San Diego Cargers – at New York Jets
He took a goose egg in Week 15 (three targets), has a struggling QB throwing him the ball and faces a Jets defense that has actually performed even without Derrellle Revis. There’s just too much risk involved.
Wide Receiver (Three Receiver Formats)
Start – Hakeem Nicks – New York Gants – at Baltimore
Isn’t he supposed to be a Top 10 receiver every week? Injuries have been a factor, as has a struggling offense. That said, the Ravens defense is banged up, as is the Giants running game, and it is hard to imagine the Giants not coming out to prove a point after last week’s disaster. He’s a gamble, but well worth it in deeper formats.
Sit – Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – at Carolina
The Raiders continue to try and look at their young players and Moore hasn’t surpassed 50 yards since Week 10. It’s just impossible to trust him.
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