Week 8: Sit 'Em
This weekly column will feature players that are normally solid bets for fantasy production, but not worth starting in a particular week.
Week 7 Recap:
LeSean McCoy rushed for 48 yards and had 50 plus receiving yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew had 47 rushing yards with his 74 receiving yards and a score.
Ronnie Brown gained only 14 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards against Pittsburgh.
Cadillac Williams has value in PPR formats at this stage, but if you are not scoring points for receptions then continue to sit him. In Week 7 he ran for 12 yards and caught eight passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Fred Jackson had 73 yards rushing and one reception for four yards and Spiller was a complete bust with 33 yards rushing and a fumble loss.
San Diego lost again, this time against New England. I cannot believe this team is 2-5.
Chad Henne threw for 257 yards and a touchdown.
Week 8 Sit:
I enjoy the bye week shuffle. In one of my leagues bye weeks have been devastating on some teams. I caution us all to be careful of our choices in these weeks and consider sitting some of those players we might normally plug and play. This week I have two wide outs, four running backs and a defense to sit.
The Pittsburgh offense has been solid this season, not to mention their defense. The New Orleans defense is going to have their hands full this weekend. The New Orleans running game is lacking and Pittsburgh's secondary is solid. Look for Pittsburgh's offensive and defensive combination to keep New Orleans' defense on the field as much as possible.
Wes Welker's value has taken a hit with the recent trade of Randy Moss. Defenses are now able to focus constant attention to Welker and this has limited his performance.
Ronnie Brown hits the list again this week. Brown and his Miami teammates have some tough weeks ahead. This week's match-up against Cincinnati is alright, but Brown's struggles this season are not encouraging as they continue week after week.
Jonathan Stewart is getting touches and might have value in the eyes of some fantasy owners during bye weeks, but I caution his use. Williams is the primary back in Carolina and this will continue.
Mike Sims-Walker has got to be one of the worst fantasy draft mistakes I have made. This receiving situation for Sims-Walker could not get much worse. He did appease us with his touchdown in Week 7, but 30 some yards from scrimmage is not impressive.
Shonn Greene is a secondary back. L.T. is the workhorse in New York. Greene is getting around 10 touches per game, but my hang up is his lack of participation in the passing game.
Michael Bush and all other running backs were shown up by McFadden in Week 7. Bush gets carries, but with McFadden performing at such a high level, Bush loses value in my book.
Talk about struggling. Ronnie Brown has not been able to get anything going this season. I fully expected to see a running tandem of Brown and Williams take opponents by storm this season. I have been surprised so far this season by Brown's lack of fantasy value. This week's match-up against Cincinnati is neither great nor awful, but Miami's next three weeks -- Weeks 9-11 and even Week 12 against Oakland -- look brutal. We all watched the breakdown last week against Pittsburgh. Brown is a sit in my book until he proves us all wrong. I would imagine 30-40 yards rushing with a few short yardage receptions out of Brown this week.
Michael Bush has shown promise this season, but Darren McFadden blew him and all other running backs away with his Week 7 performance. Bush's numbers show solid games rushing and he plays a passing role. McFadden is the man in Oakland and Bush is his back-up. Meaning just that, back-up. McFadden will be pushing to carry as full a workload as possible. I foresee Bush's chances dwindling in the near future if McFadden keeps on par. Bush might look like a decent bye week option, but look elsewhere.
Greene has definitely taken a backseat to L.T. There is no question that Greene will continue in this role until L.T. is either injured or struggles considerably. Greene is still one of those guys getting around 10 touches a game and he might look appealing as a flex option. I caution this move and my main reason is L.T. Secondly, I cannot get over the fact that Green does not play much of a factor in the passing game. Look for another option at flex this week -- there are quite a few wide outs who could surprise.
DeAngelo Williams has not really been of value to most fantasy owners this season. Jonathan Stewart is in the mix and can play a role in the receiving game, but I would think otherwise if you are considering Stewart a bye week fill in. Sit Stewart against a St. Louis team that will be looking to exploit 1-5 Carolina and finish their pre-bye week stretch strong. Stewart is likely to continue in his change of pace role for now. Look for Stewart to get more carries if Williams continues to struggle, but hold off for now.
For those of us hoping to see a spark out of Sims-Walker, we got that with his touchdown in Week 7. This was number three on the season however, and Sims -Walker only had 30 some yards on the day. Sims-Walker is a guy I wish I never drafted. He has been a wasted spot on my roster and I finally dropped him. Sims-Walker is owned in most fantasy leagues, but seldom started. I consider Sims-Walker a sit until he shows consistent performance and fantasy value.