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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em Playoff Style

by Mike Dietrich on December 4, 2013

Welcome to another installment of who to start and who to sit while making your weekly fantasy football lineup decisions for the 1st week of the playoffs.  We went 17-11 in the start ‘em portion and 9-5 in the sit ‘em portion, not too bad. Let’s get to this week’s list;

Start ‘Em

  • Nick Foles – Keep riding the hot hand
  • Josh McCown- Same as above but even better matchup.
  • Alex Smith- He is another who has been a top 8 QB the past 4 weeks.
  • Joe Flacco- He has been middling but if you are desperate he has a great opponent in the Vikings.
  • DeMarco Murray – The Bears may have the worst rush defense in football plus the Cowboys have a new commitment to the run.
  • Le’Veon Bell- He has been cleared and should roll this week.
  • Ben Tate – He finally broke out last week and the Jaguars while playing better still have run defense issues.
  • Giovanni Bernard – This is more about matchup with the Colts but should be a solid RB2.’
  • Ray Rice – He continues to get touches and has a fantastic matchup vs the Vikings.
  • Fred Jackson – He just plays and scores points each and every week, trust him for your playoffs.
  • Bobby Rainey – He had a solid game and while the Bills have been better he will get plenty of chances.
  • Lamar Miller – He ran the best I have ever seen him plus is getting almost all the carries even inside the 10.
  • Andre Johnson – He spoke up and got more targets and always play your guys vs the Jaguars.
  • DeSean Jackson – The Lions looked good vs Flynn but this will be a different world.
  • Alshon Jeffrey – He will continue to roll vs the Cowboys bottom 2 pass defense.
  • Torrey Smoth – He has been as consistent as you can be and should put a TD on top of his yards vs the awful Vikings secondary.
  • Larry Fitzgerald – The Rams continue to give up well over 65% to wide receivers.
  • Kendell Wright – He has been in the top 10 in targets since early in the year and they should have to throw vs the Broncos.
  • Michael Floyd – He is becoming a star and gets the awful Rams secondary.
  • Dwayne Bowe – He continues to get targeted and the Redskins make all receivers look good.
  • Rueben Randle – They will have to throw vs the Chargers and he should get plenty of action.
  • Jared Cook – If you are feeling lucky the Cardinals have made every tight end look good all year being the worst team defending them.

 

Bench ‘Em

  • Tony Romo- He has been better in real life than fantasy and the Bears are pretty good vs the pass.
  • Philip Rivers – He has been very good but in the last 6 weeks the Giants have been a top 8 defense against QB’s.
  • Ben Roethlisberger – I expect a ton of running and limited passing as Miami is tougher vs the pass.
  • Andrew Luck – He continues his slide and the Bengals are top 8 against QB’s.
  • LeSean McCoy – I know you have to start him but the Lions have been nasty against Rb’s, temper expectations.
  • Alfred Morris – He is just not getting the touches especially in the red zone.
  • Chris Johnson – Denver has been good vs Rb’s and I would not want my fantasy hopes in his hands.
  • Zac Stacy – The Cardinals at home plus their very good run defense slows things up for Rams Rb.
  • Frank Gore – Even with good matchup he is not producing and the Seahawks are back in stride.
  • Demaryius Thomas – It would be very tough to bench a Bronco but the Titans are #1 vs the pass in the fantasy world.
  • Vincent Jackson – He is way too much up and down lately plus a tough matchup and a lingering injury.
  • Eric Decker – Expect a huge crash back down to earth this week.
  • Keenan Allen – The Giants have been very tough vs receivers, hopefully you have better options.
  • Roddy White – Sure he broke out last week but has way too many weeks where he is a non-factor.
  • T.Y Hilton – Still living off the big games early, a non-factor the past 4 weeks.
  • Marques Colston – Another guy who has had an awful season living off his name.
  • Steve Smith – No more than 65 yards in forever.
  • Tony Gonzalez – Just not seeing enough in his last year, there are better options.

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Have a great week and let me know if you have any questions.

 

Fantasy Mike

Mike Dietrich

Mike Dietrich is the fantasy football columnist for JetNation.

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