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2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 16-  12/20/12


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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 16

 

 

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and A.J. Green fall into that category, to name a few. There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit. Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

 

START 'EM

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin III (at Phi) – If Robert Griffin ends up playing this Sunday—which I believe he will—then make sure you find a way to watch the game because you won’t want to miss your chance at witnessing a man whose sole purpose in life will be to destroy his opposition. Kirk Cousins did a spectacular job of filling in for RGIII and the Redskins last weekend, but you can tell the whole situation was sort of surreal to Griffin and that it was eating him alive as he watched. He clearly HATED not being a part of the victory and it seemed he could sense a collective questioning as to whether or not his services were truly needed for this to be a winning team. If he suits up this weekend, beating the Philadelphia Eagles to stay atop the NFC East and proving his superiority as the Redskins unquestioned starting quarterback will be goals 1a and 1b for Griffin—just not necessarily in that order.

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

Cam Newton (vs. Oak) – The only reason why Cam Newton didn’t end up with top-five fantasy stats last weekend is because Mike Tolbert deserved the two 1-yard touchdowns the Carolina coaching staff gave in the first quarter going up against his former team (San Diego Chargers). That’s it. Otherwise, Newton had another fine fantasy showing and is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league right now. In fact, Newton hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 10 against the Broncos, a span of just over five games. The Panthers will be at home this weekend where Cam tends to feel a little more pressure, but with the lowly Raiders in town and the playoffs out of reach, I expect him to let loose and somewhat selfishly go for the best possible stats he can. In real life, I truly wish he wasn’t that type of guy—but the proof is in the pudding and let me tell ya, no silky goodness ever tasted so sweet to a fantasy owner looking for a championship.

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

Tony Romo (vs. NO) – While Tony Romo has been relatively average as a starting fantasy quarterback this season, he’s still thrown for eight 300-yard games, with his last one coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. He’s on a bit of a roll right now putting up the third most fantasy points in the league over the last five weeks, and with WR Dez Bryant playing out of his mind lately, I doubt his roll ends here. With a miniscule hope of reaching the playoffs still alive, I expect Drew Brees to come out firing this Sunday, so if the Cowboys want to stay with the high-flying Saints and keep their own playoff hopes alive, Romo will have to pass the ball as well. He’s always been a better quarterback at home, anyway, so feel free to start him against a bottom-tier Saints pass D in Week 16.

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

Andrew Luck (at KC) – Andrew Luck began his rookie fantasy campaign having a tough time putting up starter-worthy numbers on the road. However, after working out the kinks over the course of the season, he’s performed much better away from Indianapolis of late averaging 22.7 fantasy points in his last two road games. This week he’ll travel to Kansas City to face a Chiefs pass defense that actually allows more fantasy points to quarterbacks at home than they do on the road. Overall they allow the ninth most fantasy points to opposing QBs, so there’s no reason to think Luck won’t put up some nice numbers here. The only thing I can see getting in the way of Luck being a QB1 this weekend is if the Colts decide to take advantage of Kansas City’s bottom-tier run defense and run the ball more than usual. However, I highly doubt the Colts’ coaching staff puts the ball in Vick Ballard’s hands over Andrew Luck in a playoff-clinching game such as this.

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character

Colin Kaepernick (at Sea, Sunday night) – It may have come against a weak New England Patriots secondary, but Colin Kaepernick’s arrival onto the fantasy scene last weekend was truly a thing of beauty. I can talk about my expectations of him as a force in fantasy leagues for years to come, but there’s never a more important fantasy game to play than the next one on the schedule, so I’ll leave that conversation for the off-season. This week will be a major test for the youngster going up against one of the best defenses in the league and inner-division rival Seattle Seahawks, but I believe he pulls through with QB1 numbers for a couple of reasons. First, though it looks like Richard Sherman's suspension appeal will be put off yet another week, Seattle will still be without one their top two cornerbacks, Brandon Browner. Second, their two backup cornerbacks, Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant, were both inactive with hamstring injuries last week and are iffy to play this weekend. Third, Seattle is one of the toughest teams to run against as is, so the ‘Niners may be forced to pass the ball more anyway. Basically, Kaepernick looks good for another QB1 type of day in Week 16.

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Matt Schaub (vs. Min)

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Cin)

Matthew Stafford (vs. Atl, Saturday night)

 

 

QB2s & SLEEPERS

 

Russell Wilson (vs. SF, Sunday night)

Eli Manning (at Bal)

Sam Bradford (at TB)

Joe Flacco (vs. NYG)

Josh Freeman (vs. StL)

Nick Foles (vs. Was)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

DeMarco Murray (vs. NO) – DeMarco has a touchdown in all three games since returning from his foot injury in Week 13 and appears to be gaining both strength and confidence with each passing week. He has the sixth most fantasy points in that span as well and should be given a hefty amount of chances to put up many more this weekend. New Orleans has allowed the second highest yards per carry (5.0), the most rushing yards and the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but the ultimate reason Murray will do well this Sunday is because the Cowboys will use him extensively in order to control the clock and keep Drew Brees off the field.

Knowshon Moreno - Pyro Character

Knowshon Moreno (vs. Cle) – Since regaining the starting job due to Willis McGahee’s season-ending injury, Knowshon Moreno has been playing like a man possessed. Because he’s been a relative non-factor the last year and a half, some people may have forgotten that Moreno was not only a first-round pick back in 2009, but also the first running back taken in that draft. Basically, the kid has skills, but hasn’t necessarily done well to show them since he entered the league—at least until now. Knowshon has received 20 or more carries and at least 24 touches in each of the Broncos last four games, a trend I can’t see ending this weekend against Cleveland. He also has over 100 yards and a touchdown in each of the last two games, numbers I can also see happening again on Sunday. The Browns defense has been dominant on occasion this season, but their rush D definitely hasn’t been of late as they’ve allowed the fifth most fantasy points to running backs over the last three weeks. Once Peyton Manning gets his team out to a lead—which should be early—I expect the Knowshon show to take over for the rest of the game.

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

Doug Martin (vs. StL) – Doug Martin had easily the worst game of his rookie season last weekend against the Saints, but I can’t believe that the poor performance was solely his fault. Not only did New Orleans get up early enough to force the Buccaneers into abandoning the run, but Josh Freeman was so awful that the Saints had no problem with keying in on Martin for most of the game. Will the same thing happen this week? It might, but St. Louis isn’t good enough to force the Bucs away from the running game, so the Muscle Hamster should be used enough to put up RB1 fantasy points this week. Besides, the Rams have allowed the second most touchdowns and sixth most fantasy points to running backs over the last five weeks, so a man of Martin’s talents should be just fine.

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

Alfred Morris (at Phi) – Alfred Morris has been crazy-good lately putting up the fifth most fantasy points in the league during the last five weeks and fourth most in the last three. In last weekend’s game against the Browns, for the first time in a month, Morris failed to rush for 100 yards—but was still able to give his fantasy owners quite a bit of love punching in two touchdowns during the second half of the game. This week he’ll be facing an Eagles squad that has all but mailed it in this season, so look for Morris to tote the ball 20-plus times for the sixth week in a row en route to another top ten fantasy performance.

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

Stevan Ridley (at Jax) – Last week against the 49ers was the first time since Week 7 that Stevan Ridley didn’t rush in a touchdown for his team. The reason why I have him listed in the top ten this week is because I fully expect him to start up another streak this Sunday against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the second most rushing touchdowns this season as well as the second most fantasy points to running backs. However, with his fumbling problem still not solved, Ridley may be in Bill Belichick’s doghouse right now so this ranking may be a bit of a chancy call. That being said, Belichick also knows that the Patriots need a strong running game to win the Super Bowl this season, so I believe that after Tom Brady has led New England to an insurmountable lead this weekend, Ridley will be allowed to work out his kinks for the rest of the game. If he sees at least 15-20 carries, which he most definitely should, then a rushing TD and top ten fantasy numbers are almost guaranteed.

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

Jamaal Charles (vs. Ind)

Matt Forte (at Ari)

Reggie Bush (vs. Buf)

C.J. Spiller (at Mia)

Darren McFadden (at Car)

 

RB2s & SLEEPERS

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Pit)

Trent Richardson (at Den) 

Vick Ballard (at KC)

Darren Sproles (at Dal)

Chris Johnson (at GB) 

DeAngelo Williams (vs. Oak) 

Jackie Battle (at NYJ)

Jacquizz Rodgers (at Det, Saturday night)

Joique Bell (vs. Atl, Saturday night) 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

Dez Bryant (vs. NO) – Dez Bryant may have a fractured finger, but he was still able to extend his touchdown streak to six games against the Steelers last weekend, so it obviously isn’t bothering him all that much. This week the Cowboys will be back playing at home against the New Orleans Saints in a game that has the looks of a classic shootout. Not only have the Saints given up the sixth most real points in the league, but they’ve also allowed the second most passing yards as well as the third most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Throughout his short career, Bryant has made it a habit of his to feast on poor pass defenses, so with seemingly every single factor working in his favor, I’m not sure you could ask for much more during your championship game than what Dez has going for him this weekend.

steve smith pyro character

Steve Smith (vs. Oak) – It took awhile for him to get going this year, but now that Cam Newton has re-established his dominance in the league, Steve Smith is back amongst the top ten fantasy receivers to watch for each week. This Sunday will be no different with Smitty and the Panthers playing at home against a bottom-tier Oakland Raiders defense. The Raiders have allowed at least one receiver to put up double-digit fantasy points against them in 12 of 14 games this season, so the chances of Stevie Fists coming up with high-end numbers in this one are pretty darn good. Smith has actually put up the fifth most fantasy points for wide receivers over the last three weeks, a trend I can easily see continuing into your fantasy championship game.

Randall Cobb - Pyro Character

Randall Cobb (vs. Ten) – Randall Cobb put up his second straight game with 100 yards last weekend in a win against the Chicago Bears. In fact, the 115 yards he accumulated was the highest receiving game of his career thus far, though I expect him to break that mark sometime in the very near future. With Jordy Nelson very unlikely to return this week, Cobb should play the part of Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy once again as the Packers continue to fight for a first-round playoff bye. The Titans defense has gotten progressively better throughout the season, but almost every single receiver whose talent is anywhere near Cobb’s has put up double-digit fantasy points against this pass D. To make you feel even stronger about Randall’s prospects this weekend, Percy Harvin scored 23.6 fantasy points in Tennessee’s matchup with Minnesota and in fact, the top three scoring games against the Titans this year all came from the NFC North (Harvin, Megatron and Marshall). Not a bad pattern for Cobb to follow, eh?

Wes Welker - Pyro Character

Wes Welker (at Jax) Though Wes Welker only caught five balls for 56 yards in the Patriots loss to the 49ers last Sunday night, his final catch of the game gave him 100 receptions on the season for an NFL record fifth time in his career. Congratulations, Wes, though I’m sure his fantasy owners would have rather seen the record set with a little more fantasy flare. This week looks to be a more favorable matchup for the Slot Machine, though, as Welker has performed much better on the road this season than at home. Of his six double-digit fantasy games this year, five of them came on the road—as have three of his four touchdowns. The Patriots were obviously in need of a wake-up call last weekend and now that they’ve had it, I expect Tom Brady to come out firing with his team still in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye. With that in mind, I fully expect Wes Welker to be heavily involved in the game plan against a middling Jags pass defense.

Vincent Jackson - Pyro Character

Vincent Jackson (vs. StL) – I’m sure fantasy owners would like to have seen a touchdown added to Vincent Jackson’s totals last Sunday—especially against a weak New Orleans Saints defense—but six catches for 81 yards isn’t too bad. The positive to focus on here was that V-Jax was once again targeted in the double-digits and will more than likely see the same type of attention from Josh Freeman this week. The St. Louis Rams have actually had one of the better pass defenses in the league this season, but because their secondary is one of the smallest in the league, they’ve had a bit of trouble with the taller receivers they’ve faced. Vincent Jackson, of course, is one of the tallest in the game at 6’5”, so there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to put up top-tier fantasy numbers this championship weekend.

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

Roddy White (at Det, Saturday night)

Cecil Shorts (vs. NE)

Danny Amendola (at TB)

Eric Decker (vs. Cle)

Miles Austin (vs. NO)

T.Y. Hilton (at KC)

 

 

WR2s & SLEEPERS

 

Michael Crabtree (at Sea, Sunday night)

Brandon Lloyd (at Jax)

Stevie Johnson (at Mia)

Antonio Brown (vs. Cin)

James Jones (vs. Ten)

Anquan Boldin (vs. NYG)

Mike Williams (vs. StL)

Riley Cooper (vs. Was)

Brandon Gibson (at TB)

Rod Streater (at Car)

Alshon Jeffery (at Ari)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Heath Miller - Pyro Character

Heath Miller (vs. Cin) – When Ben Roethlisberger stated early in the year that he wanted to get Heath Miller into the Pro Bowl game this season, he wasn’t kidding. Not only is Miller tied for the second most touchdown catches for tight ends in 2012, but he also has the fourth most yards, fifth most receptions and most importantly—the fourth most fantasy points. He’s been the second best tight end over the last three weeks (behind Aaron Hernandez) and with the way Big Ben is targeting him, I doubt his string of top-notch games ends here. Earlier this season, Heath put up 53 yards and a touchdown on six catches against these Bengals, numbers he could easily hit again this Sunday.

Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

Greg Olsen (vs. Oak) – There was a general consensus throughout the world of fantasy that Greg Olsen would put up better numbers this season than he did in his first for Carolina, but I personally didn’t expect him to be fifth in the league in fantasy points after 15 weeks. His talent was undeniable as a first-round pick back in 2007, and now it seems his skills are finally coming to the forefront within this Carolina Panthers offense. He’s certainly been an up and down starter this fantasy season, putting up just as many duds as week-winners, but it looks like he has a good chance of being a worthwhile play here in Week 16. Olsen has been on a bit of a roll here lately putting up three double-digit fantasy performances and grabbing four touchdowns in his last six games, so with the Oakland Raiders allowing the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends this season; you might want to think about getting Greg in your lineup.

Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

Dennis Pitta (vs. NYG) – Like I said last week, nothing could have been better for those who own Dennis Pitta than Baltimore’s firing of offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. Under the Ravens’ new regime last weekend, Pitta went off for a career-best 125 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, though he was playing against the league’s worst team at defending tight ends, the Denver Broncos. This week will be a little tougher for the former fourth-rounder out of BYU as he’ll take on a Giants defense that’s only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season (fourth fewest in the league). However, they’ve also allowed the fourth most receptions and seventh most yards, so Pitta should at least be a strong play in PPR leagues. Either way, Dennis should have himself a nice game in Week 16.

Owen Daniels - Pyro Character

Owen Daniels (vs. Min) – Owen Daniels has been going through a bit of a mid-life crises of late. In the five games he’s played in since turning 30 back on November 9th, he’s turned in one “decent” performance when he had 20 yards and a touchdown for a total of eight fantasy points back in Week 12. In the other four games, Daniels has averaged just 4.1 fantasy points, which is only good enough to just barely crack the top-25 tight ends during that time period. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed a decent amount of fantasy points to the tight end position this season, including an average of a touchdown in every other game, so Owen could be a nice risk to take this weekend. However, the yet word in that last sentence is “risk”, as he’s hardly been consistent during the second half of the season.

Brent Celek - Pyro Character

Brent Celek (vs. Was) You probably think I’ve gone off the deep end for listing Brent Celek as a top ten candidate this week, but I have my reasons. Current mental issues aside, if you don’t have one of the top tight ends in the league to choose from at this point, then you’re obviously taking a chance on whoever you end up starting this week anyway because NOBODY down in this range has been consistent enough to call a sure thing. Obviously Celek has been a major disappointment to those who drafted him, but he’s still in the top-12 in targets, receptions and yards this season, so he hasn’t been a complete dud. One of the things he has going for him this week is that in his last three games against the Redskins, Brent has averaged five catches for 57 yards while catching a touchdown in two of them, so he at least knows what to do against them. Another plus for Celek is that Washington has allowed tight ends to put up the most yards and receptions against them this season, along with the second most fantasy points as well. My final rationale is that Brent happens to be a much better fantasy player at home, so if you’re an owner who has been down on Celek the entire season yet have no one else you can trust, this might be the week he pulls through for you.

Jermichael Finley - Pyro Character

Jermichael Finley (vs. Ten) – I had a real tough time figuring out which tight end deserved the final spot in my top ten this week, but I’m happy with my final decision to give it to Jermichael Finley and I’ll tell you why. When you get to this point in the tight end rankings, there aren’t a lot of guys that look to have a chance at busting out with some top tier numbers. Whether their quarterback sucks or they’re playing a great defense or they have a bad history against their opponent, there are always more than enough reasons to be scared of starting a guy—especially during your championship game. Finley, though mostly a disaster this year, has actually been pretty decent lately putting up over 50 yards in four of his last five games. However, that’s only a minor reason as to why I have him ranked in this spot. The biggest reason is this:  When looking at all the tight ends I had to choose from here, only one of them was on a high-scoring team with a dominant quarterback going up against an opponent with a bottom-five defense that allows a ton of fantasy points to the tight end position. Once I was able to put all of this together, Jermichael Finley was an easy call.

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Kyle Rudolph (at Hou)

Dallas Clark (vs. StL)

Antonio Gates (at NYJ)

Brandon Myers (at Car)

 

TE2s & SLEEPERS

 

Tony Scheffler (vs. Atl, Saturday night)

Ben Watson (at Den)

Lance Kendricks (at TB)

Marcedes Lewis (vs. NE)

Jeff Cumberland (vs. SD)

Dwayne Allen (at KC)

 

   
SIT 'EM


QUARTERBACKS

 

Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

Carson Palmer (at Car) Palmer hasn’t been a bad fantasy quarterback this season and in fact, has done slightly better than I thought he would. He normally tallies somewhere in the mid-level fantasy point range, but every few weeks he leaves you stranded and puts up a dud. This will be one of those weeks. The Raiders committed to using QB Terrell Pryor on some third-down and red-zone plays this week, so Palmer’s upside was already capped. But when you add in that the Panthers have allowed the tenth fewest fantasy points to QBs this season, then you realize you simply have to sit Carson this week.

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

Andy Dalton (at Pit) Dalton has been a nice surprise thus far as he currently ranks 10th in fantasy points for quarterbacks this season. However, he’d be ranked a bit higher if not for a couple of stinkers he put up early in the season. One of those games was against the Steelers when he tossed up one touchdown, one interception and just 105 yards. In fact, if you were to add up the fantasy points from the three career games he’s played against Pittsburgh, the total (26.9) wouldn’t be enough to have been the high score in any single week this entire season. In short, sit him.

Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

Philip Rivers (at NYJ) He’s already been a major disappointment this year—both to the Chargers and his fantasy owners—so it’s unlikely you would have considered playing Rivers this week anyway. However, with Antonio Gates playing the worst football of his career and both Malcom Floyd and Ryan Mathews out for the remainder of the season, don’t hesitate to drop him from your team completely. Either way, the Jets allow the sixth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks per game and haven’t given up a touchdown through the air since Week 12.

Jay Cutler - Pyro Character

Jay Cutler (at Ari) I truly believed that Chicago’s addition of Brandon Marshall would somehow hoist Jay Cutler into the top 10 to 15 fantasy quarterbacks in the league. Apparently, I was wrong. While Marshall has undoubtedly exceeded all expectations, Cutler and the rest of the Bears wide receivers certainly have not. He’s put together a few decent games for his owners, sure, but there’s no chance Jay will be able to shock the world against a Cardinals pass D that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to QBs this season. No way in hell.

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Bryce Brown - Pyro Character

Bryce Brown (vs. Was) Not only has Bryce Brown fallen from grace quicker than any phenom I’ve seen in quite some time, but now the Eagles have LeSean McCoy back, so there’s really no reason to even think about Brown anymore. He may touch the ball around 10 times as they ease McCoy back into action, but if his last two games are any indication, he won’t do much with them anyway.

David Wilson - Pyro Character

David Wilson (at Bal) I still believe David Wilson has a nice future ahead of him, but with the Giants gearing up for the playoffs right now, they simply can’t afford the rookie growing pains Wilson is obviously still experiencing. Besides, it looks like Ahmad Bradshaw has rested/healed up enough to get back into game action, so Wilson likely won’t see much more than 5-10 touches this week anyway.

Steven Jackson - Pyro Character

Steven Jackson (at TB) If Steven Jackson can rush for 91 yards over the next two games, he’ll become just the sixth running back in history to rush for 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons (Emmitt Smith, 11; Curtis Martin, 10; Barry Sanders, 10; Thurman Thomas, 8; LaDainian Tomlinson, 8). That being said, it won’t be easy, especially with two of the league’s best rush defenses on tap the next couple of weeks (Tampa Bay, Seattle). I definitely don’t like his chances to get it all in this one game seeing how the Bucs have allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL. Jackson’s only real shot at some fantasy points here is if he can punch one into the end zone, which doesn’t seem likely either as it hasn’t really been his forte over the years.

DeAngelo Williams - Pyro Character

DeAngelo Williams (vs. Oak) – DeAngelo has done incredibly well in the three games since Jonathan Stewart went down to injury, but it looks like Stewart will be back this Sunday against the Raiders, so all bets are off. Each of these guys’ fantasy production drops off too much when playing together, so fantasy owners can’t risk Williams putting up a dud in their starting lineups with this being championship weekend and all.

Beanie Wells - Pyro Character

Beanie Wells (vs. Chi) The three touchdowns Beanie Wells put up last weekend against Detroit was amazing, but to expect anything even close to that against the Bears would be foolhardy at best. Could he grab another touchdown or run for 60 to 70 yards? Sure, but if you’re in the fantasy championship at this point, you likely had better options than Beanie to get you here. Use them.

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Sidney Rice - Pyro Character

Sidney Rice (vs. SF, Sunday night) Rice has been a relatively dependable fantasy receiver since around the sixth week of the season, but it seems the injury bug has caught up to him once again as he’ll likely be a game-time decision this Sunday night with a balky knee. It’s a good bet he’ll play, but at less than full speed and against a monstrous 49ers defense, you should look elsewhere for your flex/WR3 position this weekend.

Josh Gordon - Pyro Character

Josh Gordon (at Den) I absolutely love Josh Gordon’s future, especially on this up-and-coming Cleveland Browns team, but this isn’t the weekend to get over-zealous about his potential. The Broncos will likely stick their lockdown cornerback, Champ Bailey, on him all game, which can only mean heartache for fantasy owners planning to play him. Chance him as your flex/WR3 at your own risk.

Kenny Britt - Pyro Character

Kenny Britt (at GB) Many of us fantasy owners took a leap of faith drafting Kenny Britt this year with the hopes he could return to All Pro form. Obviously, it didn’t work out, as the abundantly talented receiver isn’t even ranked in the top-50 fantasy receivers this season. His three-game stretch between Weeks 12 and 14 was certainly promising as he either grabbed a touchdown or put up 100 yards in each of those games—but his one-catch, seven-yard performance last weekend was truly a cruel dose of reality to many championship dreamers. Keep him on your bench this week, especially against a Packers pass defense that has allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers over the last three weeks.

Danario Alexander - Pyro Character

Danario Alexander (at NYJ) I’m going to make this one real simple. First, with Malcom Floyd out for the season, it's possible Danario sees some double-team action during these last two games. Second, ignore that last comment, because he’ll likely be shadowed by one of the best cornerbacks in the game, Antonio Cromartie, all day anyway. Third, the Jets have allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Fourth, the Jets haven’t given up a touchdown pass since Week 12. Any questions?

Larry Fitzgerald - Pyro Character

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Chi) Two words:  Ryan Lindley. Actually, I also need to point out that over the last five games, Larry Fitzgerald has a combined total of just 10 catches for 89 yards and zero touchdowns. MAN do I feel bad for this guy.

Denarius Moore - Pyro Character

Denarius Moore (at Car) Denarius Moore is a highlight reel waiting to happen every time he steps out on the field. However, his consistency/dependability is so out of whack that he’s hardly even worth rostering due to the frustration he causes alone. Carolina has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season and while it’s entirely possible Moore goes off this weekend, he’s hardly worth the risk seeing how he has just one 100-yard game to his name in 2012.

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Vernon Davis (at Sea, Sunday night) Vernon has had virtually no chemistry or production with Kaepernick quarterbacking this team, but maybe even more importantly, the Seahawks have given up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.

 

Jermaine Gresham (at Pit) In five career games against Pittsburgh, Gresham has a grand total of 12 catches for 90 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers also happen to have held tight ends to the fourth fewest fantasy points this year. Need I say more?

 

Martellus Bennett (at Bal) Bennett has had six start-worthy fantasy games so far, which really isn’t that bad. However, none of them came against the Giants’ 2012 out-of-conference divisional foes—the AFC North—and Baltimore might be the best of 'em seeing how they're tied for the fewest touchdowns allowed to tight ends in the league this year.

 

Scott Chandler (at Mia) – Not only is Chandler hampered by a foot injury right now, but Miami also happens to be one of the NFL’s top dogs at defending what Chandler normally does best—score touchdowns.

 

 

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- 12/20/12

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