Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Chris Johnson, Tony Romo and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 11, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week?  Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:



Start – Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
While you may have concerns about Romo, especially with Miles Austin being out for the coming week, this isn’t the time to give up on him.  After a small bump in the road (369 yards total in Weeks 7 and 8), he threw for 279 yards and two TDs against the Seahawks in Week 9.  Now he draws a Bills defense allowing the eighth-most passing yards per game (260.4 yards) and has been showing an improving rapport with Laurent Robinson (touchdowns in back-to-back games).   He’s worth using for another week.


Sit – Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. New England
Taking on the poor Patriots passing defense or not, do you really trust the Jets passing game?  They have turned to a run-first approach, as they should, and you have to think they are going to play ball control to attempt to limit Tom Brady’s success.  He’s thrown for 230 yards or less in each of his past five games, including just 166 yards against the Patriots in Week 5 (his second straight game against New England of less than 170 yards).  It just feels like the upside here isn’t high enough outside of two-quarterback formats.

Running Backs

Start – Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
Are we really going to get excited off of just one game?  Well, yeah, I think we are.  He showed flashes of his old self by posting 110 total yards and now draws a Panthers rushing defense that is allowing 133.2 rushing yards per game and have also allowed a league-high 11 TD.  I know there was talk about Javon Ringer sharing time, but he had just four carries last week. 


Start – DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
Does anyone really believe that, even if healthy, Felix Jones is going to walk back into the huddle and retake the starting running back role?  All Murray has done the past three weeks is rush the ball 55 times for 466 yards, an average of 8.5 yards per carry.  It’s unfathomable to think that he isn’t going to carry the load and he should continue to shine this week.  


Sit – DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee

His hold on the Panthers' lead-back duties (if he ever actually truly held them) has completely disappeared.  He has six games under 45 rushing yards and five games of 35 yards or less.  Considering he offers little in the passing game and has managed just one touchdown on the year, you really shouldn’t need any other reasons to sit him down.


Sit – Chris Ogbonnaya – Cleveland Browns – vs. St. Louis
The matchup makes him look intriguing (the Rams are allowing a league-worst 153.6 rushing yards per game), but Ogbonnaya has given us little reason to believe in him.  He has 86 rushing yards on 30 carries, meaning he’s averaging less than three yards per carry.  He hasn’t scored a touchdown and has fumbled in back-to-back games.  Even while working as the lead back the past two weeks he hasn’t been given more than 13 carries.  It is impossible to trust him.


Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)

Start – Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
Sometimes it is hard to recommend a wide receiver who isn’t the top option on his team, but Green Bay is no ordinary situation.  In three of his past five games Nelson has ripped off at least 90 yards and one TD.  He’s got the best quarterback in the game throwing him the ball and faces a Vikings pass defense that has allowed the third-most passing yards in the league (273.6 yards per game).  They also have allowed 14 passing TDs, tied for seventh in the league, and that number figures to increase significantly this week.


Sit – Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
It’s amazing how far he’s fallen, isn’t it?  He has posted less than 40 yards in two of his past three games and in the past eight weeks he only once has had more than 66 yards (he posted 77 yards in Week 5).  He also only has one touchdown on the season, coming all the way back in Week 1 (his only big game having had seven receptions for 106 yards and a TD).  There’s just too much risk involved at this point.


Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)

Start – Laurent Robinson – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Buffalo
With Miles Austin out Robinson will step into the starting lineup against a Bills offense that does get interceptions (15), but also is in the bottom 10 in the league in yards allowed per game (260.4).  In his last two games he has 10 receptions for 135 yards and two TDs, and it is not hard to imagine him expanding on those numbers.  His upside is well worth the play.


Sit – Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
He may be the top receiver on his team, but they are giving a much more run-oriented attack these days.  That’s evidenced by his past three games, having failed to eclipse 35 yards in any game.  At this point, do you trust him?

Make sure to check out all the rest of our Week 10 articles: