In this short post I go over the Sit ‘em & Start ‘em picks that I made before the weekend. I also go over players who had a breakout game and could be worth a waiver wire pickup.
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(CAR) Cam Newton vs. (KC): 15/27 232 yards 3TD, 7 rushes 78 yards – A very solid week from Cam, throwing for three touchdowns and adding a very nice rushing total. Despite the loss to the Chiefs, Cam has been playing with an improved level of swagger the last two weeks, and despite a bit of a tough matchup against the Falcons next week, looks like he could be much better for owners come playoffs than he has been most of the season.
(JAX) Chad Henne vs. (BUF): 18/41 208 yards TD, INT, 3 rushes 1 yards TD – You would think Henne would be able to do a bit more with 41 pass attempts, but alas he only accounted for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss to the Bills.
(MIA) Ryan Tannehill vs. (NE): 13/19 189 yards, 5 rushes 19 yards TD – Tannehill disappointed me once again in what looked like a good fantasy matchup on paper. I thought that Tannehill would at least be able to throw for a touchdown, hopefully more, but in the end only came up with 200 or so yards and one touchdown with his feet. Not that you would, but don’t start Tannehill anymore this season unless it is a multiple QB league.
(ATL) Jaquizz Rodgers vs. (NO): 8 rushes 43 yards – Michael Turner ran better in this game than he has most of the season, as was expected in such a nice a matchup, I was hoping that Rodgers would be able to break a couple nice runs as well but that was not the case. The game overall didn’t really have the feel I thought it would with neither teams putting up a lot of points or having a lot of success in the air, which likely would have opened up running lanes. It als didn’t help that Rodgers didn’t catch a pass in the game.
(JAX) Rashad Jennings vs. (BUF): 8 rushes 20 yards – Rashad disappointed once again, also sharing carries with rookie Montell Owens, it is obvious that the Jaguars do not trust Jennings at all. I would gladly drop Jennings and I suppose just wait MJD to hopefully come back sooner rather than later.
(DEN) Eric Decker vs. (TB): 2 catches 17 yards – Decker was very lame once again, as teammate Demaryius Thomas. Earlier in the season the dup had been sharing fantasy output very nicely but recently it has been all Thomas. Decker does has another very nice matchup next weekend against the Raiders, who can’t stop anyone right now, so I don’t think I would take him out of the lineup yet.
(MIA) Davone Bess vs. (NE): 1 catch 13 yards – It was Brian Hartline who had the majority of the yards for the Miami receiving corps in the loss to the Patriots. Tannehill didn’t throw for close to the amount of yards I was hoping/expecting from him, and in the end Bess was left with an extremely disappointing one catch. I still like Bess in PPR leagues as this is likely an anomaly, but would not be starting in anything but the deepest of standard leagues.
(CIN) Jermaine Gresham vs. (DEN): 4 catches 35 yards TD – After a very disappointing effort from the running backs and wide receivers, we finally have some touchdowns from the tight ends. With Sanu out for the season, I think Gresham can really be a great every week starter going into the fantasy playoffs. The yardage totals haven’t been the best for Gresham so far this season but with the volatility of the TE position he is poised to be extremely consistent.
(MIN) Kyle Rudolph vs. (GB): 6 catches 51 yards TD – Three straight games now with a touchdown for Rudolph, and despite what looks like a tough matchup next week against the Bears, I would still be starting him. As mentioned above the tight end position has been very rough and Rudolph could be one of the best options moving forward. If Percy Harvin remains out things are even better for Rudolph.
(TEN) Jake Locker vs. (HOU): 21/45 309 yards TD, 3INT, 4 rushes 38 yards – Over 300 yards for the young quarterback, but with only one touchdown thrown and three interceptions, his stats fantasy output was stifled. Keeps your eyes on Locker though as he has the Colts next week who have really struggled against the pass.
(SEA) Russell Wilson vs. (CHI): 23/37 293 yards 2TD, 9 rushes 71 yards – Wilson keeps on impressing the football community, leading his Seahawks to a late win over the Bears, having himself a pretty nice fantasy outing in the process. Despite his recent success I would reconsider starting him next week against the Cardinals if you have another comparable option.
(CIN) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. (SD): 25 rushes 118 yards, 4 catches 14 yards – The Law Firm had a surprisingly good game against what it usually a pretty solid Chargers defense. He did not score a touchdown but was still able to total 132 yards in the effort for his third straight 100 yards rushing performance. He has what could also be a double-digit fantasy effort matchup next weekend at home against the Cowboys.
(DEN) Knowshon Moreno vs. (TB): 20 rushes 69 yards, 4 catches 14 yards – Knowshon got the workload we all hoped for, but as I expected was unable to do much with it. Look for Moreno to have much better game this coming Thursday night against the Raiders.
(CHI) Michael Bush vs. (SEA): 7 rushes 39 yards – Bush’s stats give him a very nice 5.6 yard per carry average, but with Forte in the lineup and getting a whopping 21 touches, Bush just did not get enough chances to have an impact; Forte ran for a 3.1 ypc average. He gets the Vikings next week, whom he ran for two touchdowns against just the other week, but won’t be seeing the 21 carries he got in that game, and will also be on the road.
(ARZ) Larry Fitzgerald vs. (NYJ): 1 catch 23 yards – Things suck for Larry and his fantasy owners. I would not be starting Fitzgerald until Lindley proves he can get him the ball just for one game.
(BAL) Dennis Pitta vs. (PIT): 1 catch 19 yards – After a bit of a resurgence the last few weeks, Pitta was very disappointing once again for anyone who started him catching just one pass. Pitta does not look like a safe start next week either with the Ravens on the road where quarterback Joe Flacco almost always struggles.