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Fantasy Football: 5 Guys Who Should Stay on Your Bench in Week 16

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIDecember 21, 2012

Fantasy Football: 5 Guys Who Should Stay on Your Bench in Week 16

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    If you are reading this, there is a good chance you've made it to the championship. Either that or you are in some sort of consolation game for third place.

    Anyhow, I don't doubt that you have a core group of guys that have gotten the job done to get you to this point.

    Some of these guys, however, might not be good starts this week due to matchup issues.

    Let us take a look, shall we?

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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    Colin Kaepernick has done a superb job filling in for Alex Smith. I won't discredit that. It took him four starts to toss four touchdowns in a game. Smith has yet to accomplish that. 

    Although, everyone knows that no one can win in Seattle except the Seahawks. Their defense ranks toward the top in the league.

    I expect this to be a really close game with a low-score finish. Kaepernick is not reliable to bring you home the gold this week.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams

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    Steven Jackson and his St. Louis Rams head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers and their top-ranked rush defense.

    No one has been able to get it going on the ground against the Bucs this year. That won't change this week.

    Make sure to keep S-Jax on the bench. It's unfortunate he has such an awful matchup for the fantasy Super Bowl.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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    Talk about unfortunate circumstances. Get anyone other than Ryan Lindley, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb to throw this guy the ball and he is one of the most explosive players in the game.

    That's why you drafted him in the first three rounds.

    This season hasn't been so explosive for Larry Fitzgerald. On multiple occasions, he has been held to just one catch in a game this year.

    It certainly stinks to stash talent like Fitzgerald on your bench, but you will have to this week. You have no other choice. 

    He has no one throwing him the ball and he's going up against the Chicago Bears defense.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    It is so difficult to keep a guy on your bench who led his team to score 50 points in consecutive weeks. Not to mention, Russell Wilson put up 39 points in most standard fantasy leagues last week.

    This week, he goes up against a 49ers defense that ranks near the top in almost every defensive category. 

    I do see the Seahawks winning a tight one at home, but I don't see many players from this game putting up big fantasy numbers. 

    Chances are you picked Wilson up off of free agency to back up your starter. All of the top-12 quarterbacks are solid starts this week. If that's your case, you shouldn't have an issue benching him.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles may have brought you some good news this week if you have LeSean McCoy on your team. Chances are he was off the board after the first three picks in your league.

    Well, I am here to tell you that any hope the Eagles gave you is false. Have they given anyone hope this year other than all the teams that have dominated them?

    The Eagles are going to be extremely cautious with LeSean McCoy in order to prevent further damage to his head. He will likely split carries with Bryce Brown. Aside from that, even when McCoy was healthy, the Birds gave the ball to him 20 times on only three occasions. 

    Keep him on your bench just as you have in the past few weeks since he suffered the concussion. 

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