Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week twelve (12) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(TB) QB Mike Glennon @ (DET): 14/21 247 yards 2TD, 4 rush -17 yards – It was a rather efficient game for Glennon, who helped his Buccaneers earn a win over the Lions (a team that loves to lose games they should win). One of the more surprising aspects of this performance from Glennon was that he only attempted 21 passes with just three of them going the direction of Vincent Jackson. Tiquan Underwood was the star of the day as he caught two of his five targets for touchdowns, one of them an 85-yarder. Underwood will be a hot name after his big performance, but he is likely fool’s gold. Glennon has been serviceable but should not be as needed of a starter with the bye weeks over with.
(IND) QB Andrew Luck @ (ARI): 20/39 163 yards TD, INT, 2 rush 31 yards – Luck was even worse than I expected against the Cardinals as he threw for less than 200 yards in a big loss to the Cardinals. The Colts fell behind early as has been the case with them this season, but this time Luck was unable to mount any form of a comeback. Luck should bounce back this coming weekend against the Titans. While he did not throw a touchdown against them when they played two weeks ago, he did have a decent fantasy day rushing for a score. He will also be at home this time around. Luck is a borderline top-12 quarterback at the moment.
(NE) RB Shane Vereen vs. (DEN): 10 rush 31 yards, 8 catch 60 yards – Vereen had an alright day with 91 total yards and was much better in PPR. He is poised to be even more effective in coming weeks with Stevan Ridley fumbling the ball like a hot potato. Vereen plays a much different role than Ridley and won’t take over his carries, but he should be worked into the playbook even more in the coming weeks. I think Vereen is a solid RB2 option going forward, getting 80 or more total yards on most days while adding some touchdowns.
(STL) RB Zac Stacy vs. (CHI): 12 rush 87 yards TD, 1 catch 10 yards – Stacy was good for owners, but could have been great had it not of been for an injury. Instead, backup running back Benny Cunningham came into the game and carried the ball another 13 times for 109 yards and a score. Stacy is still listed as questionable to start in week 13 so Benny Cunningham is going to be one of the top adds for the week off the waiver wire. Whoever gets the job in the coming weeks they will have tough matchups that includes the ‘49ers and Cardinals the next two. Cunningham is a must-add player for those who need running back depth (and who doesn’t).
(BAL) WR Torrey Smith vs. (NYJ): 2 catch 74 yards – Despite the great matchup for Flacco and Torrey Smith, Smith was only targeted four times in the game, tied with Dallas Clark and behind Jacoby Jones (6) and Ed Dickson (5). Smith only caught two of his targets, but one of them went for 60 yards to give him some value for those who started him. Torrey is tough to start as anything more than a WR3 or flex option.
(KC) WR Dwayne Bowe vs. (SD): 5 catch 51 yards TD – Bowe caught a touchdown for the second week in a row, but was still kept to just 51 yards on the day. It is still going to be very hard to trust Bowe despite the last two weeks, but could be needed more as the Chiefs defence takes a big step backward. The loss of pass rushers Tampa Hali and Justin Houston is a massive blow to the Chiefs defence who were burned by the Chargers once they both left the game. I would consider Bowe a WR3/Flex option still but will hopefully get WR2 production the rest of the way as the Chiefs try to win the division.
(NYG) WR Rueben Randle vs. (DAL): 3 catch 64 yards – With the announcement that Hakeem Nicks was going to be inactive for the game, I had very high hopes for Randle against the leagues worst pass defence. He did lead the team in yards, with 64 yards and targets with seven, but that was as good as it got. Victor Cruz was held to just 27 yards on four targets while tight end Brandon Myers and wide receiver Louis Murphy each caught a touchdown. It’s hard to know what is going to happen with Nicks in the coming days so Randle should be grabbed off the waiver wire if h is available. The Giants have the Redskins and Chargers in the next two weeks.
(PIT) TE Heath Miller @ (CLE): 5 catch 41 yards – In one of my leagues I replaced Martellus Bennett, whom had been awful for fantasy purposes snce week one, and was swiftly kicked in the rear for doing so. Miller was held to 41 yards in the Steelers dominant win over the Steelers while Bennett had a first quarter touchdown. The tight end position is very fickle once you get past the top-5 or so options. Miller is a streamable option off the waiver wire and should be safe for 40-60 yards a game, but I think you can find someone with a similar floor but higher touchdown potential. Miller only has one score on the season.
(SD) QB Philip Rivers @ (KC): 27/39 392 yards 3TD – Rivers production was greatly helped by the departure of Kansas City pass rusher Tamba Hali and Justin Houston who have combined for 20 sacks so far this season. Rivers had all the time in the world to throw the ball once both players left the game with injuries, allowing him to throw for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Rivers has a tough task next week against the Bengals, but follows that up with games against the Giants, Broncos and Raiders. The Broncos game is the only game the Chargers have on the road the rest of the season.
(CHI) QB Josh McCown @ (STL): 36/47 352 yards 2TD, INT, FumbleLost – McCown had a ton of yards the loss to the Rams, but turned the ball over twice which took him down a fantasy peg. Despite the turnovers, McCown finished as a top-10 quarterback is standard scoring and has some amazing matchups against the Vikings and Cowboys the next two weeks if he Cutler is still unavailable.
(BAL) RB Ray Rice vs. (NYJ): 16 rush 30 yards, 1 catch -1 yards – As expected Rice reverted to the rusher we had seen the majority of the season rushing for a less than two yards per carry average. As much as it sucks to say, Rice can likely hit the waiver wire or ride the pine for you the rest of the way.
(ARI) RB Andre Ellington vs. (IND): 10 rush 50 yards, 2 catch 21 yards – The Cardinals seems content with giving Mendenhall the majority of carries going forward, making Ellington a guy to keep on the bench. Mendenhall is nowhere near as explosive as Ellington, but is a veteran runner with a downhill bruising style the Cardinals seem to like. Mendenhall is now a decent RB2 candidate while Ellington is nothing more than a flex play, hoping he hits a big play for a touchdown.
(MIA) WR Mike Wallace vs. (CAR): 5 catch 127 yards TD – Wallace has been a pretty effective Sit ‘em choice the majority of the season, but was big for the Dolphins early in their loss to the Panthers. A pair of long catches in the first half, one for a touchdown helped the Dolphins get off to a nice first half lead. It was nice to see Wallace used as some shorter routes as well; he was targeted 10 total times in the game. Still a very boom-or-bust player, he has some good divisional matchups coming up against the Jets twice, Bills and Patriots.
(DAL) WR Terrence Williams @ (NYG): 1 catch 10 yards – Terrence Williams has me very worried for the coming weeks and could be a replaceable player on your fantasy roster. With Miles Austin returning to the lineup Williams was targeted just twice on the day. Witten, Austin and Cole Beasley all saw more targets than Williams (Dez as well obviously). Williams was never catching a high percentage of his targets, and with those targets dwindling, Williams could be someone you drop to pickup a new running back off the waiver wire.
(SD) TE Antonio Gates @ (KC): 3 catch 21 yards – Gates has just a high of 62 yards in a single game in his last five outings, and has just one touchdown in that span. Even in a game where the Chargers put up 41 points against a Kansas City pass rush that lost Hali and Houston, Gates only had 3 catches for 21 yards on eight targets, second highest on the team. It’s hard to get away from Gates with the tight end position being such a rotating door of production, but with only one score in his last seven games, you might want to at least consider another option.