Week 12: Sit 'Em
Week 11 wrap-up:
Beanie Wells - Beanie rushed for 33 yards and lost a fumble.
Daniel Thomas - Thomas finally came back from his injury and rushed for 50 yards on 15 carries.
Andy Dalton - Dalton faced a tough Baltimore defense and threw for over 300 yards with one TD and 3 interceptions. He also added 30 plus yards rushing.
Reggie Bush - Bush grabbed 4 passes for 34 yards and rushed for 32 yards and a score.
Willis McGahee - McGahee was a non-factor this past week. He gained a mere 18 yards and lost a fumble.
Roy Helu - Helu rushed for 35 yards and grabbed 3 reception yards.
Plaxico Burress - Burress caught four passes for 64 yards and this was New York's leader in reception yardage in Week 11.
This week I think you should sit:
Torrie Smith - Smith has torched a few defenses this season for huge yardage and scores, but this week I think he will settle into his average game -- 3-4 receptions for 50-60 yards.
Michael Vick - Vick's two broken ribs kept him sidelined last week and will either sideline him again this week, or severely limit his mobility. Vick's mobility has been his saving grace this season and without it his value takes a big hit.
Jackie Battle - Battle is just not a trustworthy option at this stage of the season. Jones and McCluster are getting carries and Battle has not been a consistent producer. Pittsburgh is a tough match-up this week.
Jabar Gaffney - Gaffney finally had a big week vs. Dallas, but this should not be expected every week.
Eric Decker - Decker seemed to be an option nearly every week at wide out, now he appears to be more of an all or nothing option as he failed to gain any fantasy points in Week 11 and was lucky enough to catch one pass for a TD the game before.
James Starks - Green Bay passes early and often. Starks does not get more than 13 touches at most per game. I think that this week's match-up with Detroit will be a passing duel.
Brandon Jacobs - Jacobs has replaced an injured Ahmad Bradshaw, but not been all that impressive. Bradshaw might return this week, but even if he does not, consider your options carefully with an inconsistent Jacobs.
In my opinion, Michael Vick has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season. Vick has yet to rush for a touchdown and has thrown 11 interceptions, one for each touchdown pass he has tossed. As we are all aware, the downside to a mobile QB like Vick is the high potential of injury. Vick now has two broken ribs and sat out Week 11 vs. New York. It is now questionable as to whether he will sit out vs. New England this week. Philadelphia in general is not producing as a team and needs something to turn their season around. Philly is a pass happy bunch, but if Vick is not protected or runs the ball, the New England defenders are going to be looking to drop him to the ground as fast and as hard as they can. I have Vick on my roster and am having trouble justifying his start if he is at all favoring his injury. I think you have to weigh your options here, but if it were not for the rushing yardage that Vick has been able to muster, he would not be toward the top of your QB ranks. With his injured ribs, I doubt he will be as mobile and this kills his fantasy value. I say keep Vick on your bench in Week 12 even if he does start.
Jackie Battle faces the stout Pittsburgh rush defense this week. Battle has produced a couple of solid outings this season -- one with 110 plus yards and another with 70 yards and a score -- but this week I do not think we can expect much. Battle also has the Jones and McCluster factor to deal with as Kansas City can choose to take a running back by committee approach. This is exactly what happened against New England and Battle emerged with a mere 33 rushing yards and one short yardage reception. Kansas City is also likely to abandon the running game with Cassel out. Battle is not a trustworthy option at this point and I would keep him on your bench.
After the foot injury sustained by Ahmad Bradshaw in Week 8, Jacobs has been active for a few weeks now as a starter. He has been less than stellar. Jacobs has scored one touchdown over three games and has not gained more than 72 rushing yards. Bradshaw believes he might return in Week 12 vs. New Orleans. If Bradshaw does return, Jacobs automatically loses value; but even if Ahmad remains sidelined, Jacobs does not seem like a viable number one or two running back at this point. I think there are other options that might provide more fantasy points. I think we will see 30-40 rushing yards and a few short yardage receptions from Jacobs this week if Bradshaw does not play. If Bradshaw plays, drop these numbers considerably.
Starks does play for 10-0 Green Bay, but he has not rushed for more than 85 yards in a single game and has only one rushing touchdown this season. The Detroit run defense is allowing about 135 rushing yards per game, but this week's match-up vs. Green Bay is likely to be a passing war. Green Bay definitely chooses to pass more than run and Starks could not make much ground against Tampa Bay last week (and their run defense is nothing special). Starks will be used for his normal 11-13 carries and see some action in the passing game, but do not expect more than 40 rushing yards or 15 receiving yards this week.
Decker seemed to be one of those receivers who you could count on consistently, but then the full Tebow effect hit and Decker now seems to be an all or nothing wide out. Decker had a few multiple touchdown games early in the season, a few more decent outings if you have him in a PPR format and then two solid games with yardage and scores. Then we saw the one reception 56 yards and a score game against Kansas City and then nothing this past week against New York. San Diego is struggling this season, but I suspect that their defense will be prepared for Denver this week. In their last outing Decker had two receptions for -4 yards, not impressive. I think we will see Decker grab a few short yardage passes for 30 yards tops this week.