Week 14: Sit 'Em
As you begin your fantasy playoffs, consider your options carefully. Analyze your roster and make the best adjustments to support your playoff run. This week I think you should sit:
Ahmad Bradshaw returned to action in Week 13 after four weeks out with a foot injury. He rushed for 38 yards and caught two short yardage receptions. Brandon Jacobs and DJ Ware also carried the ball. Jacobs was the most productive with 59 yards and a score. This week vs. Dallas, Bradshaw will start again, but Jacobs will also get carries. The New York / Dallas match-up is key as we enter the late weeks of the season. New York desperately needs this win. If Jacobs is running downhill then I suspect we will see more of him. At this stage the load will likely be split and that means either back could have a decent week. I suspect we will see more of Jacobs this week as Bradshaw continues to return to full action. Bradshaw will likely see 12-14 carries and gain 50-60 yards, but I think Jacobs will get goal line carries and any rushing score.
Hillis is another one of those players who has been a disappointment this fantasy season. Hillis finally returned to action the past two weeks and actually looked decent vs. Baltimore until his production went downhill quickly. Hillis was limited in practice on Tuesday with a hip injury and is considered questionable for Thursday's match-up vs. Pittsburgh. I think there are better options out there at running back as you likely enter your fantasy playoffs. If Hillis starts, he is likely to get 13-15 touches and gain 40-50 yards, but not score.
Wells gained a mere 33 yards and lost a fumble in his last outing vs. San Francisco. Beanie's knee injury has been an issue most of the season. I give him credit for working through the injury and missing minimal playing time, but when it all comes down to your fantasy playoff run, I do not think you can trust Wells. He has produced in some match-ups and scored throughout the season, but there are better options out there this week. San Francisco is the top-ranked run defense in the league and Wells will be limited to 50 rushing yards at most and be kept scoreless.
Kyle Orton joined Kansas City and things started to look up for Bowe, then Orton went out with an injury during his first game starting with his new team. Tyler Palko is not the QB that will get Bowe the receptions and yardage he needs to be a fantasy producer. Bowe has not scored in seven games and the Week 14 match-up vs. New York's stingy defense is not appealing. Orton is unlikely to get back into the mix this week and that means Palko will get the start. Bowe will likely face Revis as well. Look for Bowe to grab 3-4 passes for 50 yards.
Fitzgerald grabbed the only score in the Week 11 match-up vs. San Francisco, but he only caught 3 passes for 41 yards in that game. Fitzgerald has not scored or surpassed 4 receptions and 55 yards his last two outings. I think he will be kept scoreless for yet another week in this match-up. San Francisco's defense is excelling this season and Arizona is not well-prepared. Beanie Wells has been battling a knee issue for weeks and Kevin Kolb needs a strong running game to support the passing schemes. This week Wells' rushing attack and the passing game will be severely limited. I know if will be difficult to sit him, but look elsewhere for a playoff-worthy receiver this week if you have Fitzgerald.