Week 17: The Championship – Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

The Championship. Let’s cut through the flak. Here it is.

Start ‘Em

Tony Romo: The (Fantasy) Playoff Monster

Quarterback
  • Tony Romo (@ Was): The guy is averaging over 350 yards per game, and has 13 TD passes over the span of his last five games. He’s on absolute fire, and the Skins are the 30th ranked team against the pass. Take this one and say thank you.
  • Michael Vick (@ NYG): Well, Nick Foles is down with a broken hand. Vick is the starter, and he faces a nothing-special Giants pass defense who was just lit up by Joe Flacco and co. In what could be a do or die game for Vick’s career, I’d expect him to show up big. Definitely offers an interesting play.

Runningback

  • Shonn Greene (@ Buf): The Buffalo run defense is absolutely atrocious, and Greene is coming off of a hot, two-TD performance. With a much tastier match up this week, and his goal line poacher, Bilal Powell, banged up, Greene should be in for solid points in week 17.
  • LeSean McCoy (@ NYG): Didn’t do a whole lot last week, but keep in mind that was against Washington’s top five run defense. He has a far better matchup this week, and with the Giants solid front line, he could be seeing alot of dump off passes.

Wide Receiver

  • Danario Alexander (vs Oak): Despite getting shut out against Carolina two weeks ago, Alexander rebounded nicely last week. With a very attractive matchup this week, and a Chargers coaching staff who is in dire need of a win, Alexander should figure heavily in this game.
  • Antonio Brown (vs Cle): Don’t expect another Pittsburgh loss at home this time. This game is for pride, and nothing more, but with a struggling running game, and Mike Wallace looking to be a game time decision, don’t be suprised to see double digit targets for Brown.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph (vs GB): The Vikings are hot, and with three touchdowns in his past five games, so is Rudolph. He put up solid numbers, including a TD in his first matchup against the Packers, and if you watch the Vikings, Christian Ponder rarely looks in anyone else’s direction around the goal line.

Team Defense

  • San Diego (vs Oak): The Raiders offense is horrible, plain and simple. To make matters worse, they just lost their starting QB. This one should easily be good for solid points.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Jay Cutler (@ Det): Has been struggling recently, averaging less than 200 yards over his past five games. He has only six TD passes, and four INT’s over that same stretch. There are better options out there.
  • Matthew Stafford (vs Chi): The Lions typically struggle against the Bears, and have looked all around poor as of late. Stafford has been throwing gobbles of interceptions, without many TD’s to justify it. Similarly, with the matchup against a top Bears defense, look elsewhere this week.

Runningback

  • Steven Jackson (@ Sea): The Seahawks have only allowed one rushing touchdown over their past four, and have beaten their past three opponents by over 100 combined points. Don’t expect much out of Jackson in this one.
  • Michael Turner (vs TB): He will be losing carries to Jacquizz Rodgers, and facing the leagues top rushing defense.
  • Beanie Wells (@ SF): One of the league’s worst offenses, against one of the league’s best defenses. Beanie should continue to disappoint here.

Wide Receiver

  • Rams Receivers (@ Sea): The Seahawks defense is absolutely incredible. They have allowed 14 touchdowns through the air in 15 games so far. Chances are, the Rams won’t be the ones to hit them for the outlier this week.
  • Larry Fitzgerald (@ SF): They still can’t get him the ball.

Tight End

  • Owen Daniels (@ Ind): Daniels is averaging 35 yards per game over the past four weeks, and hasn’t caught a touchdown pass over that span. Too risky to start.
  • Rob Gronkowski (vs Mia): If the Ravens lose early, there will be little reason for the Patriots to risk him, or even Brady for that matter.

Team Defense

  • Arizona (@ SF): It’s hard for a defense to keep points off the board when your offense is that bad. The average field position of San Francisco’s possessions in this game could be downright comical.

 

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