Fantasy Football Pitfalls – Week 16

Dec 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Nicole!

I’m going to look at the matchups each week and pick five fantasy starters that could be in for a tough week. Here’s a look at players who could struggle this week.

Tony Romo
- The rocky road continues for Romo as he squares off against the Ravens this week.  Rex Ryan will unleash the hounds against Romo meaning he’ll likely have to be peeled off the ground often this week.  Not the matchup you want for you fantasy title game.

Running Backs
LaDainian Tomlinson
- After two cake matchups (Oakland & Kansas City), LT has to face Tampa Bay.  The LT of old was matchup proof, but this the LT of yesteryear.  It would be hard to bench him in the title game, but you may have to do just that depending on your options.

Chris Johnson - Like LT, Johnson had a string of nice matchups leading up to the title game.  Unfortunately for those counting on him, he faces Pittsburgh this week.  That sure puts a damper on things.  He’s still playable, but he isn’t an attractive option.

Wide Receiver
Andre Johnson
- AJ is Nnamdi Asomugha’s latest test.  With the attention he’ll receive, Houston will likely focus more on Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels.  A decoy is not how you want your #1 WR used in the fantasy title game.

Hines Ward - Does Pittsburgh ever catch a break with their schedule?  I suppose they play those two awful Ohio teams twice a year, but the rest of their matchups have been brutal.  The latest test for the Steelers is Tennessee.  I don’t expect a lot of Offense from this game.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    December 16th, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    In one of my championship games I have the options of LT, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jonathan Stewart, Steve Slaton, and DeAngelo Williams. I have 2 RB spots and 1 RB/WR. Who would you play and who would you bench? Right now I have LT and Slaton as my RBs and Williams as my RB/WR. Do you think Jones-Drew is worth starting over LT because MJD is facing Indy and LT is up against Tampa? Or should I go with MJD over Slaton?

    I should be solid at WR with Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, and Desean Jackson, and Delhomme at QB…so I don’t know if LT vs. MJD vs. Slaton really makes that much of a difference, but I was wondering what your advice would be if you were in my situation.

    I have 3 teams in championship games, I want to win at least one of them lol.

  2. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    Tampa has been bad against the run the last two weeks (CAR & ATL), but LT didn’t exactly destroy OAK & KC like I thought he would. As painful as it is to say, I would bench your #1 pick in favor of MJD.

    By the way, excellent team you put together.

  3. CK0712
    December 16th, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    Happy Birthday Nicole :)

  4. Brad
    December 16th, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    I figured that you would say that. I thought about benching LT last week, but it is very painful (as you pointed out) to even think about benching the #1 pick in the draft…but I also want to win, and I also was disappointed that he didn’t perform against Oakland & KC…but oh well…I think I will take your advice and go with MJD.

    I don’t know how I ended up with so many good players…I think they just fell into my lap…Slaton and Williams were surprises to everyone, so it wasn’t much insight on my part…I just got lucky with them performing well (especially Slaton, I never thought he would be as good as he was so far this year…talk about a sleeper pick). I never thought that Slaton and Williams would carry my team to the championship over LT…but I guess it’s a sign that LT is on the downturn and no longer a top 5 pick.

  5. LestersLegends
    December 16th, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    Yes indeedy CK. Thanks.
    Brad – Not that I’d think you do that, but I hate when people list their team when it’s impossible to assemble a team (unless it’s a keeper league). Like, I had LT, AP, Randy Moss, etc. I see your team and I can just say oh yeah, he went in round 1, mjd in round 2, and fitz on the turn. marshall slid to him because of the suspension. these backup rbs went later.

    LT wasn’t bad against either of those Ds. He scored a TD each of those games. He just didn’t light the place up. He got you where you needed to get though. That’s the main thing. Maybe now it’s time for your 2nd pick to earn his meal ticket.

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