Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: Fantasy Football Stud WRs to Sit in Season Finale

David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown as defender Elbert Mack #33 looks on of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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If you still need start 'em, sit 'em advice in Week 17, there’s a problem.

No, you aren’t the problem—unless you’re the commissioner of your fantasy football league, of couse. Who schedules the championship for the season finale?

Anyway, if you did get screwed over by your commish, here are three stud wide receivers it’d be wise to bench on Sunday. 


3. A.J. Green

Paul Dehner Jr. of CBS Sports reported that Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis claimed he won’t rest his starters against the Baltimore Ravens. He said:

I think it's important for our team to play well. We are going to play to win the football game. [We're playing for] improvement. Each and every time we go out. That's what we have been doing since November 4th is working to play better every time we had an opportunity to play. We've done that we need to keep doing that.

Yeah, because I’m sure when the physical Ravens defense starts decking Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, Lewis will keep his stars at risk in a meaningless game.

Or not. 


2. Julio Jones

Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith sang the same tune about resting his starters as Lewis. He said:

We’re going to play the game to win. That’s how we approach it. It’s an important game because it’s division game. All games are important. Does it have no bearing? It really does because we want to win every time we go out there to play.

Yes, winning is nice. But you know what’s even better than winning in the regular season?

Winning in the playoffs. And the Falcons would be foolish to roll the dice on Matt Ryan and Julio Jones not getting injured for more than the first half.


1. Larry Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald hasn’t caught a touchdown in the past six weeks. Over that period of time, he’s only finished with over 33 receiving yards in a game once.

That actually happened to be last week, when he went off for 111. But against the San Francisco 49ers’ second-ranked defense in yards allowed, it’d be foolish to expect Fitzgerald to match that effort.

Brian Hoyer may be an upgrade to Ryan Lindley, but there’s a reason he’s been cut twice this season.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.