Trying to decide whom you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them.
Start: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay
There have been a lot of questions about Stafford this season, especially after such lofty expectations entering the season. Hopefully we finally have gotten all of the answers and he is ready to produce as expected. He has thrown for three touchdowns in two of his past three games, and the last time he faced Green Bay (Week 17 of 2011), all he did was throw for 520 yards and five touchdowns.
Start: Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans
He is 10th on our quarterback list for Week 11, so he certainly isn’t a must-start depending on your other options. That said, the Saints are allowing the second most passing yards per game (308.3) and are one behind the leaders in TDs allowed (19). With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson banged up and having thrown for 782 yards in his past two games (and eight touchdowns in his past three), it is hard to go wrong if you need a fill-in.
Sit: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville
The Jaguars are a terrible team, but they have allowed just nine passing touchdowns on the year. Why? Simply put, they get down big early and teams then just run the ball on them. The Jaguars have allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the league with 14, hammering home the point. While the matchup isn’t a bad one, there’s a good chance Schaub doesn’t get enough opportunities to exploit it.
Start: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati
Generally I wouldn’t dream of including Charles on a list like this, because playing him is an obvious decision. However he has struggled this season (or should I say has been misused) and I have gotten so many questions about dumping him I thought it was prudent.
He showed how talented he was in Week 10, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. This week he gets a Bengals defense allowing 118.3 rushing yards per game and 10 TDs. Unless the coaching staff falls asleep once again, it is easy to imagine another big game.
Sit: Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston
The matchup alone would render him almost useless, but Jennings' performance has done that on its own anyway. In the past four games he as averaged 51.4 total yards per game and scored a single touchdown. There is little reason to consider hm at this point.
Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start: Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams vs. New York Jets
It didn’t take long for him to establish himself once again as the top receiver in St. Louis, did it? As it is, he had 11 receptions for 102 yards against San Francisco, and it could’ve been even better had a penalty not cost him nearly another 80 yards. Look for him to be targeted early and often once again.
Sit: Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis
With Aaron Hernandez out, Lloyd has struggled to consistently find his footing. Over his past four games he has just 14 receptions for 159 yards. Yes, he has two touchdowns, but those came in the same game. In fact, he has just three scores on the season. With the potential of a return for Hernandez, the opportunities could become that much more limited.
Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start: Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
Without Ben Roethlisberger some owners may consider sitting Wallace, but I wouldn’t in deeper formats. He is still an electric player and Byron Leftwich has to go somewhere with the football. Plus, don’t read into the numbers from Week 10, where they played in poor weather with no preparation together. I would expect a strong bounce back.
Sit: Any Jets Receiver at St. Louis
This team is so bad offensively right now, why bother? It’s only a matter of time before Tim Tebow steps in and, as it is, any production you get from them feels lucky.
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