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Since so much is on the line this week, we thought that not only was it important to give you tips on who to start, but vital that we point out guys who we didn't like—at all—as well.
You may not be able to bench these guys depending on your situation, but it’s a safe bet that you’re going to have to make the points up somewhere else. So, if you have a better matchup, take it.
Andrew Luck at Kansas City Chiefs
After a great Week 14, Luck hurtled back to Earth and was shut down by—wait for it—the Houston Texans.
He did get a pair of touchdowns and the win, so that’s something.
However, this is a Chiefs team which is trying hard to get back into the division lead and will bring a lot of pressure on Luck, who is not being protected well by his offensive line.
On top of that, the Colts might go a bit conservative in anticipation of a wild-card round rematch in just a few weeks.
Don’t risk it if you have a better option.
C.J. Spiller vs. Miami Dolphins
No EJ Manuel and, as we said in the slide about defensive matchups, probably no Stevie Johnson.
That is only going to put the pressure on the ground game.
Spiller’s production is really volatile this year and his use in games has recently been very uneven.
Miami is going to be a really difficult matchup for him to find room to run against and his touches will be another limitation on his ceiling.
Keep him on your bench or, if you can’t, don’t use him as more than a flex play with upside.
Hakeem Nicks at Detroit Lions
Victor Cruz is probably out, but don’t be tempted by Hakeem Nicks, who has been phoning it in since midseason.
Last week? One catch for five yards.
There is no way you can trust him in a championship week.
At best, he’s a flex play with upside, and there are far more reliable and attractive options out there for you to use over him.
Coby Fleener at Kansas City Chiefs
Coming off a week where he saw a grand total of one target—which he didn’t even catch—you can’t trust he is going to be reliable this week.
Maybe he gets nine targets like he did against Cincinnati. Or maybe he gives you another zero.
If you’re hurting for tight end help, there are plenty of other solid options.
Despite some nice games down the stretch, Fleener is not trustworthy enough for you to have in your lineup.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.