Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week fifteen (15) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(CHI) QB Jay Cutler @ (CLE): 22/31 265 yards 3TD, 2INT, 3 rush 11 yards – In his first game back from injury and taking the place of Josh McCown, Cutler started off the way we all feared. He threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned or a touchdown before settling in and throwing three touchdowns and helping lead the Bears to a win. He was greatly helped out at one point by Alshon Jeffery who made another ridiculous catch on a long pass that went for a touchdown. Cutler has another good matchup this coming Sunday when the Bears travel to Philadelphia.
(MIA) QB Ryan Tannehill vs. (NE): 25/37 312 yards 3TD, 1 rush -1 yards – Tannehill continues to look great under centre for the Dolphins as they continue to stay alive in the wild card chase. He now has eight touchdowns in his last three starts with just two interceptions. This coming weekend against Buffalo, Tannehill is going to have another great opportunity to keep the hot streak going. It is no guarantee, but he could be a top-12 quarterback again in week 16.
(IND) RB Donald Brown vs. (HOU): 5 rush 38 yards – Brown started off solid, rushing for over 7 yards per carry, but his day was cut short by in an injury that really hurt anyone who was depending on him for a big game. Football is a game full of injuries and this one was very untimely for those starting him in a playoff matchup. He has returned to practice this week and is expected to be available for Sunday as it currently stands.
(NO) RB Pierre Thomas @ (STL): 8 rush 21 yards, 7 catch 62 yards – His eight rushes for just 21 yards left something to be desired, but he was very effective in the passing game. A talented all around running back, he was worth 15 points in PPR, compared to eight points in standard scoring. The Saints are visiting the Panthers this week so I don’t imagine many people will be confident in starting Thomas.
(BAL) WR Torrey Smith vs. (DET): 4 catch 69 yards – Once again Torrey failed to give me the result I was expecting from him, going for just 69 yards against a Lions secondary that has been one of the worst in the NFL this season. He certainly had his chances for a big game as he was targeted 12 times, but only came up with four catches. So the trend continues, when I suggest Torrey to start, sit him, and vice versa.
(JAC) WR Cecil Shorts vs. (BUF): DNP – I had meant to put a new player in this spot after hearing that Shorts would not play, but this blog unfortunately takes a back seat to my job, so I never got around to it. I apologize.
(MIA) TE Charles Clay vs. (NE): 1 catch 6 yards – After a couple of great games for the Dolphins, ‘Big Play’ Clay was held to just one catch against the Patriots. It seemed as though New England was making a consorted effort to limit Clay’s ability to burn them. As a Dolphins fan however it was very nice to see his one catch, as he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage on a 3rd and five and was able to fight for a pivotal first down. Clay could return to his big play form on Sunday against the Bills.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer @ (TEN): 20/30 231 yards TD, 2 rush -1 yards – As was expected it was a pretty pedestrian game from Palmer despite both team putting up over 30 points. The Cardinals were able to get out to a big lead in the fourth quarter, largely due to the running game and looked to have things under control until the Titans mounted an unlikely come back. Behind a solid effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick who ended up with three touchdowns, the Titans scored 17 straight points to force overtime but ended up losing by a field goal in overtime. Getting back to Palmer, he was not needed in this game as he had been in other weeks throwing the ball 30 times compared to 36 rushes from the Cardinals.
(WAS) QB Kirk Cousins vs. (ATL): 29/45 381 yards 3TD, 2INT – Cousins kept the trend of quarterbacks having great first games going, as he threw for close to 381 yards and three scores in a close loss to the Falcons. If you weren’t sure if Shanahan is trying to blow this team up, just look at this game. Shanny had a chance to tie the game late but elected to go for the 2-point conversion and the win, a move that failed. Cousins has looked good in his small number of appearances in his NFL career, but will likely have a tougher time next week now that the 2013 tape on him is out.
(TEN) RB Chris Johnson vs. (ARI): 13 rush 41 yards, 3 catch 51 yards TD – Johnson didn’t have much of a day on the ground with just 13 attempts, but was able to make up for it with 3 catches that went for 51 yards and a touchdown. His scoring play came at the end of the third quarter when he took a pass 25-yards to the house. It was a actually a pretty nice play as he waited the play out and eventually took a quick fist step past his defender and looked like a receiver on the play. This coming weekend Johnson could have another solid game against the Jaguars. The Jags have been pretty solid against the run in recent weeks but are still the Jags, and Johnson can make an impact as a pass-catcher as we saw against the Cardinals.
(NYJ) RB Chris Ivory @ (CAR): 11 rush 66 yards – Ivory has not received more than 18 carries since getting 34 against the Patriots back in October and has only gone for more than 100 yards twice all season. The numbers are not at his side lately and he also has a tough matchup in week sixteen against the Browns, a team allowing less than 100 yards rushing per game.
(NYG) WR Victor Cruz vs. (SEA): 2 catch 25 yards – Victor Cruz continued to struggle this past weekend, dropping a pass and then going out with an injury as Seattle defenders took him to the ground hard after jumping up for a pass. Cruz was taken out of the game and is not expected to play in week sixteen. We may have seen the last of Cruz this season; Nicks is already done for the year. What a disappointing year for the Giants.
(ARI) WR Michael Floyd @ (TEN): 2 catch 33 yards – Floyd was pretty limited in this game, playing with a bum ankle and seeing only five targets, only catching two of them for 33 yards. This coming week he gets the Seahawks, so I hope you are depending on him in what is the last week of the fantasy football for most people (playing in week 17 is dumb).
(CHI) TE Martellus Bennett vs. (CLE): 6 catch 71 yards – It was his best outing in the last three weeks as he caught six passes for 71 yards, but was unable to find the end zone to make it a very good game for fantasy purposes. Still though, the tight end position is very tough to predict and seven points in not all that bad, especially if you started someone like Charles Clay and his six yards.