Fantasy Football Week 16 Sit Em, Start Em: All Aboard the Torain Train Again!
RB Start: Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins
Sidelined from week 9-13 with a hamstring injury, Torain has returned with a vengeance.
With no competition for snaps restraining his productivity, he ran for 172 yards on 24 carries vs. Tampa Bay in week 14 and posted 98 all-purpose yards and a TD last week at Dallas.
In six games as the starting running back, he's compiled 500 yards rushing (83 per game).
Renowned as a downhill, one cut runner, Torain has seven runs of 20+ yards in 126 carries and is averaging 4.9 yards per rush on the season.
While not a huge factor out of the backfield, he does have 15 receptions, six going for first down yardage and two scores.
Grossman was quite content in checking down to him last week.
I've been fading the dreadful Jacksonville pass defense all season, but they haven't exactly bottled up the run either. The Jags have allowed 116 rush yards per game (4.6 per carry) and 15 touchdowns. They were pierced for 155 yards last week by the Colts anemic ground game.
Torain has proven capable of monstrous fantasy weeks and this is a golden opportunity to tack on another against the Jaguar piñata.
Sit him at your own risk.
Is the Peyton Hillis' Phenomenon done for the year?
RB Sit: Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns
The waiver wire hero has developed a true cult following. He's amassed the second most fantasy points of any RB (behind only Arian Foster) and has been a savior for many fantasy squads.
Nevertheless, Hillis suffered a rough patch earlier in the year and his performance is dipping once again at the most inopportune time.
He's an absolute beast, but this workload is foreign territory and he takes (and dishes out) a beating week in week out.
He averaged 111 rushing yards per game in November, but that figure has dropped to 75 in December.
His last three games: 18 carries for 57 yards (seven receptions for 22), 21 carries for 108 yards against the bewildered Buffalo run defense and 14 carries for 59 yards last week.
He's been held out of the end zone for three successive weeks, as he, and he alone, has been the focus of the opponents defensive game plan.
Hillis has suffered with fumbilitis as well, fumbling eight times and losing five.
He torched Baltimore in the first meeting for 144 rushing yards (48 yarder, longest given up by Ravens this season) and seven catches. The Ravens have since righted the ship, however, ranking 5th against the run, holding the opposition to 94 yards per game and five touchdowns. They held the Saints to a paltry 27 yards last week.
It's not easy to sit a fantasy phenom, but sometimes the situation calls for making difficult decisions.
QB Start: Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
At 38 years of age, Kitna is producing like a QB in the prime of his career.
In nine starts since Tony Romo's injury he has four 300+ yard games and five multi-touchdown games.
Kitna has led the Cowboys rejuvenated offense to 27 or more points in six straight weeks, throwing 11 TD's against four interceptions during that 4-2 stretch.
His comfort level with tight end Jason Witten continues to augment each week, and he's spreading the wealth all over the gridiron (eight different receivers in week 14 and seven last week).
Kitna's 18.4 fantasy points per week (according to standard Yahoo scoring) eclipse the 17.9 of Matt Ryan and 17.5 of Joe Flacco.
There's no reason to believe he won't at the very least match that figure against an Arizona pass defense that ranks 23rd allowing 228 yards per game, rarely putting opposing quarterback's under pressure (26 sacks). They also haven't faced a dynamic passing offense since New Orleans in week five.
Kitna and Co. should move the rock at will.
QB Sit: Matt Casell, Kansas City Chiefs
Cassel appeared reasonably healthy last week, just 11 days removed from an appendectomy. His health, albeit, has no impact on this sit recommendation.
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