Start/Sit Week 14
December 4, 2014 | Mike Braude
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Tony Romo at CHI
Don’t let last week scare you, Tony Romo is a great option this week. Despite his Thanksgiving mishap, Romo is still averaging 8.4 yards per attempt with a 22:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The Bears have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect Romo to bounce back.
Eddie Lacy vs. ATL
After a slow start to the season, Eddie Lacy is on fire. In his last six games, he is averaging just under double the fantasy points he was averaging during his first six games. This week Lacy gets a cake matchup against the Falcons defense. They are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Andre Williams at TEN
With Rashad Jennings iffy, there’s a good chance Andre Williams draws the start against the Titans. While Williams didn’t perform the last time Jennings went down, the Titans are arguably the worst run defense in the league. They have allowed opposing backfields to rush for over 150 yards in six of their 12 games this season. I would feel comfortable starting Williams as a high-end RB2 if Jennings is inactive.
Carlos Hyde at OAK
If you’re in the playoffs and need a flier from the free agent wire, Carlos Hyde could be your guy. The Raiders have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and let Tre Mason run all over them last week. Hyde’s workload has been growing slowly and this could be the week the 49ers unleash him.
Mike Wallace vs. BAL
After a hot start to the year, Mike Wallace has been a disappointment. He’s topped 60 yards just once in his last seven games. Luckily touchdowns have buoyed his value. What Wallace does have going for him is his matchup this week. The Ravens are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Last week Keenan Allen caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns against them. If there’s a week to play Wallace, it’s this week.
Kelvin Benjamin at NO
While Benjamin didn’t perform the last time he played the Saints, it’s still a favorable matchup. Benjamin had his chances in their last meeting – he simply didn’t capitalize. The Saints have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. They’ve also allowed a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver in four straight games.
Stedman Bailey at WAS
There is reason for concern with Bailey as no Rams receiver has remained consistent for years, but there are things to like about him. Bailey has 12 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. He was very productive in college and has performed when given the opportunity in the NFL. Bailey also has a favorable matchup against the Redskins this week.
Jason Witten at CHI
Despite his dud last week, Witten is a solid TE1 this week. With so few reliable tight ends, owners must cling to solid tight ends with favorable matchups. While Witten’s ceiling isn’t the highest, the Bears are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Mark Sanchez vs. SEA
While I’m never against starting Chip Kelly’s quarterback, this matchup is brutal. The Seahawks have not allowed a passing touchdown in three straight games. I do believe that Chip and Sanchez will find some success but this is a matchup I would prefer to avoid.
Doug Martin at DET
While his workload last week was promising, Doug Martin still isn’t worthy of starting. Last week was Martin’s first game over 45 rushing yards. The Lions stout run defense will render the Bucs rushing offense useless.
Lamar Miller vs. BAL
Even though Moreno is out, Miller still isn’t seeing large workloads. He’s averaging 14 touches over his last two games. With a small workload against a stout Baltimore run defense, it will be hard for Miller to generate fantasy points. The Ravens are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Latavius Murray vs. SF
While I am excited to see what Murray can do as a lead back, I’m not ready to throw him in my lineup against the 49ers. He could end up rewarding owners but I would prefer to use this as a wait-and-see week.
Jeremy Maclin vs. SEA
While it’s unlikely that many owners have the option to bench Maclin, this would be the week to do it. The Seahawks defend outside receivers well with Richard Sherman and are currently allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Jordan Matthews is a better bet for production, as he’ll be attacking the Seahawks from the slot.
Martavis Bryant at CIN
Over his last two games, Bryant has just three catches for 34 yards. Last week he played fewer snaps than Lance Moore. Fantasy owners simply cannot trust Bryant during the playoffs. It doesn’t help that he’s facing a Bengals defense that is allowing the 2nd fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Vincent Jackson at DET
While I believe that Jackson can still perform in favorable matchups, I’m not starting him in unfavorable matchups. In fact, I would like to have as little involvement as possible in the Bucs offense this week (with the exception of Mike Evans). The Lions defense is allowing the 3rd fewest points to opposing wide receivers.
Owen Daniels at MIA
Over his last three games, Daniels has just six catches for 57 yards. At this stage of his career, he cannot be trusted on a consistent basis. Daniels is also facing the Dolphins who are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.