This is a special edition of my Sit/Start reserved solely for Saturday night’s game. Sometimes the added pressure of making an early-week decision compounds the effects of basic fantasy logic (of which no such thing really exists, lol).
So lets take a team-by-team look at some of the names playing (or not playing as the Playoffs approach).
- Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo, QB
- Look up the phrase “December Collapse” in the dictionary. You don’t see the Cowboys' picture, you see Romo’s picture. The poster boy for failing to play when it matters faces one of the biggest regular season games of his career. Another loss would put Dallas at its “breaking point” in the eyes of media and fans.
- So how do I feel he’ll do?
- He’ll crack.
- The Saints are playing good defense. They have made QBs look flat-out silly all year. Romo is just as likely to throw two-plus INTs as he is two-plus TDs. Start at quarterback only if you have no other options.
- New Orleans Saints
Marion Barber, RB
Barber has failed to score a TD or go over the century mark in the last six weeks! This is not just a rut, this is a sign of the times. Start Barber is a flex spot or maybe a second running back in PPR leagues.
Felix Jones, RB
Jones is the fewer-running-attempts, fewer-TDs version of Marion Barber. So, unless you get points off of return yards, consider him benched for the season.
Tashard Choice, RB
The fewer-running-attempts, more-TDs-and-receptions version of Jones. Choice is the man that is more likely to replace Barber in case of injury, or in times of need. The Cowboys use him exactly like Barber when Barber is on the sideline. This hurts both RBs and helps none. Unless he gets a spot-start in the next few weeks, keep him benched.
Miles Austin, WR
Three straight games with TDs, none with fewer than six receptions, and only one game with fewer than 100 yards. Yes, Miles Austin has carried you into, and is carrying you through, the playoffs. The Saints are mediocre in the amount of points they provide for WRs. Austin is a must start.
Roy Williams, WR
If his game against the Redskins is ignored, Williams himself has been on a fair fantasy tear (the verb not the moist droplet from the eye) the past five weeks. His value isn’t really found in PPR leagues, but his big body helps him score TDs, and makes him a good second choice at WR in TD-heavy leagues, and a decent second WR in PPR leagues.
Patrick Crayton, WR
Crayton is a talented guy with too many talented players around him. The guy can not be started as even a third WR or flex in nearly any circumstance as his production is literally tied to TDs alone.
Jason Witten, TE
The big man is worth starting in PPR leagues. The lack of TD production this entire season has crippled Witten and made him bench material in non-PPR leagues. Rough season for a great player.
Drew Brees QB
Start him. You can’t afford to bench Brees against anyone. He plays well in big games.
Pierre Thomas, RB
Thomas is the only must start NO RB. Despite seeing just over 10 carries per game, he is producing with receptions as well. His lack of TDs is discouraging, but Thomas should be used as a second RB or flex in PPR leagues.
Mike Bell, RB
Mike Bell is the man making Thomas less of a factor. Averaging more carries than Thomas over the past few weeks, Bell has established a two-headed monster that was really benefiting no one but the Saints. Bell should be kept on the bench this week as TDs may be hard to predict in this one, and I expect the Saints “PPR” RBs to do better against the Cowboys 3-4 defense.
Reggie Bush, RB
Bush once again reminded people of what he can do in PPR leagues when he is healthy. The Cowboys are actually the perfect team to bring Bush back out against, as he will likely hurt Dallas when it blitzes with it LBs. The Saints are the hardest team for whom to predict TDs and chances, so Bush should only be used as a flex spot in the most desperate of circumstances.
Marques Colston, WR
Colston is a redzone freak. Part of the reason the Saints RBs don’t score TDs is because the WRs excel in the redzone. None are better than Colston. Start him against the Cowboys and their small DBs.
Robert Meachem & Devery Henderson, WRs
All Saints' WRs must be start every week with the understanding that it can be feast or famine. Meachem & Henderson provide mismatches in the secondary for the Saints, and I expect both to come away with some significant yardage. Start either as a third WR.
Jeremy Shockey, TE
No one questions his heart. But I do question his toe. Mediocre reception levels, and no TDs since week six, have me benching Shockey everywhere.