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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 14 of the NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
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Start:
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.
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Sit:
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.
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Running Backs
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Start:
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.
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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.
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Sit:
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. continue reading »


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