2010 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 14

Dec 8, 2010

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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 14 of the NFL season.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
I still can’t wrap my head around why the Ravens were passing when Troy Polamalu made the game-changing strip on Sunday night. He should be able to dust himself off and get right back up against the Texans, who are allowing 298.3 passing yards and 2.5 passing touchdowns per game.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

It’s not that I think Matty Ice will struggle this week. I just think that the Panthers are going to get a heavy dose of the run this week when they face the Falcons.

Running Backs
Christopher Ivory, New Orleans Saints

Even if Pierre Thomas returns this week, Sean Payton has made it clear that Ivory is his guy saying “I don’t want to affect his snap count at all in regards to his carries. Certainly Ivory has earned the reps that he’s getting now and the touches.” St. Louis has only allowed five rushing touchdowns, but with the Saints clicking, there’s a good chance that total goes up this week.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
J-Stew also faces a run defense that has yielded just five rushing touchdowns this year. They did allow 103 yards and a score for LeGarrette Blount last week though.  Stewart is finally healthy, and the 90+ yards he’s had in each of the past two weeks makes me optimistic. Mike Goodson is dealing with a shoulder injury, meaning Stewart should get the bulk of the carries.

Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

Benson draws Pittsburgh on the road. The Steelers are allowing league lows in yards per game (62.3), yards per carry (3.0) and rushing touchdowns (4). The last time Benson played in Pittsburgh he managed just 22 yards.

Wide Receivers
Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings

Last week I had Rice as a sleeper pick, but I did not think it would be Tarvaris Jackson making him relevant again. The way he makes plays on the ball, it’s hard not to plug Rice into your lineup and hope last week was a sign of things to come regardless of who is under center.
Deion Branch, New England Patriots
Branch has a tough match-up against the Bears, but the Jets didn’t faze him. He’s averaging 79.5 yards with three touchdowns in his past four games despite facing the Steelers, Colts, and Jets.

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals
Ocho has totals of 15, 29, and 54 yards the past three times he’s faced the Steelers. He did not score a touchdown over that stretch. He’s had seven games with fewer than 60 yards this year. Hard to rely on that kind of production in the fantasy playoffs, especially when he’s facing a defense like Pittsburgh.

Tight Ends
Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns

Watson is coming off a ten catch, 100 yard game against Miami. With Jake Delhomme playing quarterback, Watson figures to have another productive week. Buffalo is tied for 26th with 22 touchdown passes allowed. Watson is a good bet to use his speed and size to add to that total.


Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Same deal as with Matt Ryan regarding the Falcons using a run-heavy attack this week. Not to mention that Gonzo has had just a handful of quality fantasy games this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

The Bucs have quietly turned into one of the better fantasy defenses in the league. They face Washington, who is falling apart at the seams. Donovan McNabb has been sacked 35 times, which is the second highest total in the league. He’s also among the leaders with 15 interceptions thrown.


Chicago Bears Defense

The Bears have a nasty defense. Unfortunately they draw the Patriots this week, who just rolled over the Jets. Don’t look for a letdown from the league’s highest scoring offense (31.6 points per game). They also have allowed the fewest takeaways (9) and are tied for the fifth fewest sacks allowed (18).

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22 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. MrsWelker
    December 8th, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Thanks for the advice last week…. Tashard Choice ended up being a nice surprise… I have to hold on just one more week to secure my playoff spot!

    I need 2 WRs, 2 RBs, 1 TE and 1 Flex from the following (I keep waffling back and forth….):

    WR: Miles Austin, Mike Williams (TB), Ben Obomanu, Jacoby Ford, Blair White

    RB: Ronnie Brown, Anthony Dixon, Tashard Choice, James Starks (side note: am going to try to snag Ryan Torain off waivers once he becomes a free agent tomorrow and drop Obomanu… if I do, do you think I can trust him this week??)

    TE: Vernon Davis, Jacob Tamme, Kellen Winslow

    My team has kind of been like the Bad News Bears the last few weeks, but I’ve pulled out three wins in a row somehow…. lol

    Also: Would you start Atl DST over Ten DST? TB DST is available on waivers…. just a thought, considering your data in this column :-)

  2. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I like Miles Austin with Dez out and Mike Williams (Washington is a mess).

    At RB I think I’d go with Choice and Starks. I don’t like Ronnie against a Jets team that’s probably madder than a hornets next and I’m not sure how much or how well Dixon will do. I don’t have a problem with adding Torain, but I’m not trusting any Redskins outside of Cooley. I like Vernon Davis with Tamme dinged up. I like ATL or TB. I don’t trust TENN right now, especially not against Peyton.

  3. MrsWelker
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    I agree with everything you’ve said… was thinking of benching Austin this week but with Dez out it’s hard to do so….

    I’m very tempted to play Jacoby Ford as my flex…. do you think he’d be a better flex play than Tamme?

  4. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    I think Tamme is safer and is who I’d go with if he’s active tomorrow.

  5. MrsWelker
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    k thanks and have a great weekend! :-)

  6. LestersLegends
    December 8th, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    You too. Good luck.

  7. DRush
    December 9th, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Three questions for you
    1. Qb – should I play a roughed up Big Ben vs a roughed up Bengals secondary, or a Healthy Jay Cutler against what was viewed as a suspect Pats secondary…but they just shut down the jets last week?

    2. WR3 – Earl Bennett vs. Pats or Stevie Johnson vs. Browns, other WR’s are Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace

    3. RB2, my RB1 is Mendenhall, and I have either James Starks or Anthony Dixon (both last minute waiver pick ups)

    If I win I’m in, so suggestions and thoughts would be awesome

  8. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    1. I have Ben at 7 and Cutler at 8 so they are pretty even in my mind. I like Ben slightly more, but wouldn’t argue if you went with Cutler.
    2. I have Johnson at 18 and Bennett at 34. I think this could be one of those weeks that Johnson has a big game.
    3. I like Starks. I think he’ll get more carries than Dixon and like his match-up.

  9. bOOdu
    December 9th, 2010 at 5:41 pm #


    Have a QB issue; Schaub or Freeman. First round of the play offs for me… so crucial. Thanks..

  10. LestersLegends
    December 9th, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I have Freeman at 11 and Schaub at 13 so I slightly prefer Freeman given his matchup. If your gut says Schaub, I wouldn’t argue strong against him.

  11. Aq11
    December 10th, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I need 1 WR and 1Flex, who should I choose for each? Ivory, J. Stewart, Steve Johnson, Miles Austin, Steve Smith. Thanks!

  12. Elway
    December 10th, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I really need help I have two wr spots and a flex , who should I use? Williams(TB), Bowe, Jennings,Danario Alexander, and Pettigrew. Can you help me out?

  13. joe
    December 10th, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    should i star brandon jackson or keiland williams

  14. DForm
    December 10th, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I have so many options this week but not sure what to do.

    Right now I’m starting WR R. White and Wallace but I have Austin and S. Rice on the bench. What to do here?

    I have Foster and Tolbert starting at RB, I have Bradshaw at the flex and Westbrook on the bench. Is this the best use of my flex or should I use another WR? Is Tolbert worth more than Bradshaw this week?

    I’ve been picking wrong for three weeks now!

  15. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Aq11 – I like Ivory and Miles.

  16. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Jennings is a must. Bowe stunk last week, but he’s been too good to sit in the playoffs. The third option for me would be Williams because the Redskins are a mess.

  17. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    joe – tough spot to be in. I’d say jackson because he should get his touches, even if he has to share. Washington is going down and I only would rely on Cooley at this point from them.

  18. LestersLegends
    December 10th, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I like your WR options. that’s how i’d play it. I like bradshaw a little better than tolbert, but I can certainly see whe you’d want to play tolbert and wouldn’t have a problem with it.

    i’d probably use miles in the flex and not use tolbert this week.

  19. Connor
    December 11th, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Hey, who should I start in a normal scoring league at flex: Tim Hightower against the Broncos or Tashard Choice vs the Eagles? thanks.

  20. LestersLegends
    December 11th, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    It’s very close. I have Choice at 27 and Hightower at 29. The Cards aren’t scoring, which is why I have Hightower a little lower. Plus, I think the Cowboys will use Choice’s more physical style a little more against Philly.

  21. Russ
    December 12th, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    What are your thoughts on starting Mike Thomas against Oakland this week? The Jags seemed to run the ball a lot last week, and I am assuming he (Thomas) could get more balls thrown his way this week. Thus far I am starting Manningham and Ochocinco, although the latter will change. Thanks.

  22. LestersLegends
    December 12th, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    I prefer Ocho over Thomas. I think the Jags will be run heavy today.

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