2010 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 16

Dec 22, 2010

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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 16 of the 2010 NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
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Start:
Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
Kitna has been inconsistent since taking over for the injured Tony Romo, but has thrown for a pair of touchdowns in each of the past two games, averaging 273.5 yards per game during that span. He has a date with Arizona’s 23rd ranked pass defense (228.1 yards allowed per game).
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Sit:
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Despite playing in Mike Martz’s high-powered offense, Cutler has averaged 201.1 passing yards in the past seven games. That’s half of the season so far. Speaking of seven games, that’s how many times he’s thrown one or fewer touchdowns. Not exactly the type of production you want for your quarterback, especially when his opponent for the week (New York Jets) allows the ninth fewest yards (205.9).
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Running Backs
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Start:
Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers

Tolbert is sharing the load, but he’s doing enough in his to justify starting him, especially against Cincinnati’s 22nd ranked run defense (120.1). They are also tied for 21st with 13 rushing touchdowns allowed.
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Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks got crushed 34-18 last week, but that didn’t stop Lynch from running for 60 yards and a score. He added 17 yards on one catch. He has a very favorable matchup this week, going up against a Tampa unit allowing 136.5 rushing yards (29th in league) per game.
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Sit:
Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals

Benson went off last week for 150 yards and a score on a whopping 31 carries. Unfortunately this week he faces San Diego’s second ranked run defense (89.4). I’m afraid the Bengals will get down big early and will have to go away from the run.
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Wide Receivers
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Start:
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

After a costly drop against Pittsburgh, Stevie was held to 78 yards in Weeks 13 & 14. He bounced back last week against the Dolphins with six catches for 69 yard and a touchdown. He faces the Patriots this week, who are tied for 30th in passing yards allowed (263.3) and 31st in touchdown passes allowed (21). One of those touchdowns came courtesy of Johnson earlier this year.
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Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
With Brandon Marshall coming around, opponents are at the mercy of Bess. He caught nine passes for 78 yards against the Bills last week, and should motor along this week against the Lions.
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Sit:
Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears
Bennett has been the favorite choice for Cutler in three of the past four games. Cutler did spread the ball around on Monday Night Football, and with a tough draw against the Jets, I don’t like any of the Bears receivers.
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Tight Ends
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Start:
Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns

Watson hooked up with Colt McCoy for 92 yards on seven catches last week, giving him seven games with at least 60 yards or a touchdown this year. One of those games came earlier this week’s opponent when he had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.

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Sit:
Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders
I hate to pick on him in back-to-back weeks, but I think he’ll be doing a lot of blocking for McFadden and Bush against the Colts this week. He hasn’t scored since Week 7 and has averaged just 22.5 yards since.
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Defenses
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Start:
Dallas Cowboys

I don’t love the fact that they are playing on the road, but I do think the Cowboys will give the Cardinals, who are tied for second with 43 sacks allowed, fits. Arizona also ranks 27th with just 18.2 points per game.

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Sit:
Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are tied for third with 40 sacks on the year. Unfortunately they have just eight interceptions. I don’t expect either of those totals to increase against Peyton Manning and the Colts.
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