Start/Sit Week 16
December 22, 2011 | Kevin Hall
No need for a cute anecdote. You’ve come here for one reason and one reason only: you’ve got decisions to make that are going to affect your immediate financial future. Accordingly, here’s my list of starts and sits for super bowl week. Enjoy!
Matt Ryan (@NO) – 11 touchdowns in his last four games, Julio Jones is fully healthy, and he threw for 351 and a pair of touchdowns against them week 10. There’s a lot to like fantasy-wise on both sides of the ball for this one.
Matt Moore (@NE) – Start your Matts this week. Aside from the Philly game, Moore has been a serviceable fantasy QB for a few weeks and now he’s playing the Patriots, a terrible pass defense that just lost their top pass rusher, Andre Carter, for the season.
Willis McGahee (@Buf) – I don’t think the injury he suffered was too bad because he came back in the game against New England, but the Broncos were too far down. Hopefully he’s fully healthy this week because he has a cake matchup against the Bills. Over its past three games, Buffalo is giving up an average of 28 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs.
Shonn Greene (vs. NYG) – He slowed down last week after putting up 51 points in the previous two games, but the Jets were down early and had to throw a lot. He’s still averaging 21 carries a game over his last 3 and this week he plays the Giants, ranked 22nd in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
Deangelo Williams (vs. TB) – He’s outcarried and outperformed J-Stew the past four weeks so he’s the one I like this week against the worst rushing defense in the league.
A.J. Green (vs. Ari) – Perfect super bowl matchup for his owners as he’s playing the awful Cardinals secondary at home. Expect his usual 12-15 points.
Jabar Gaffney (vs. Min) – If we throw out his shutout against the Jets (something that happens to even great receivers), he’s averaging almost 12 points a game over the past four. He’s the obvious #2 behind Moss and against the 30th ranked passing defense there should be plenty of yards to go around.
Brandon Marshall (@NE) – I imagine the Patriot’s secondary watching tape of Brandon Marshall resembles an audience watching Paranormal Activity.
Jermichael Finley (vs. Chi) – The only reason Finley is the 6th ranked fantasy tight end right now is because of what he did to this team in week 3.
Packers D/ST (vs. Chi) – The Bears are finally putting an end to the Caleb Hanie experiment and starting Josh McCown Sunday Night against the Packers. In his career, McCown has 35 touchdowns to 41 interceptions. What team leads the league in interceptions again? Oh yeah, that’s right…the Packers.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. STL) – I know he’s going against the Rams, but playing on that ankle with only four days of rest? I know I’d be hard pressed to trust him with my super bowl.
Marshawn Lynch (vs. SF) – It all ends this week. No more touchdowns, no more Skittles…NOTHING. The 49ers don’t just have a good rushing defense; they have a historically GREAT rushing defense. Not only have they refused to give up a rushing touchdown all season, they haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher in 36 consecutive games!
Darren Sproles (vs. Atl) – He had the opposite kind of game as Matt Ryan when these teams last played each other. Sproles laid a big goose egg against the Falcons in week 10.
Steven Jackson (@Pit) – With Kellen Clemens starting at quarterback, the Steelers might just play every defensive snap with 11 linemen.
Victor Cruz (@NYJ)- I think Cromartie matches up better against Nicks with their size and length so I can see Revis shadowing Cruz. Start a receiver against Revis in your super bowl at your own risk.
Percy Harvin (@Was) – In the four games without Adrian Peterson, Harvin averaged 18.75 points. In the ten games AP has played in? 5.7.
Torrey Smith (vs. Cle) – Don’t be fooled into starting him because of his back-to-back games with a touchdown. Ravens receivers were only able to muster 64 yards against this defense in week 13.
Bears D/ST (@GB), Seahawks D/ST (vs. SF), Jets D/ST (vs. NYG), Eagles D/ST (@Dal), Lions D/ST (vs. SD) – It’s the end of the column and I’ve gotten a little lazy, I’ll admit. Just thought it was interesting how many of the top fantasy defenses have bad matchups during super bowl week and wanted to give you a concise list of them. You’re welcome.