Week 12 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Peyton Hillis and More Banged-Up Stars To Bench

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Sometimes, a banged-up star is a good play. Opposing defenses aren't necessarily going to be fully invested in a player that's a little hurt. It's at least possible that their attention could go elsewhere.

Still, in the case of these guys, their injuries are too much. Even if they play, don't expect much from them. 

If you have any of these players, look for replacements right now.


Jeremy Maclin

Where do I start with this one? Tim McManus reported via Twitter that Maclin wasn't at practice on Friday.

On top of that, his starting quarterback Michael Vick is likely out of action again. While Vince Young did a fine job saving his team's season on Sunday night, he can't be relied on to throw for many yards.

That means that his receivers can't be relied on for many yards. 

Maclin is a big name, but wait until his status is certain and he's got a better passer under center. Until then, leave him on the bench.


Peyton Hillis

While he hasn't played since Week 6, Hillis is apparently progressing.

Friday, November 25 at 1:05 p.m. EST 

Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that Hillis has been upgraded to a game-time decision.

That sounds good, but Hillis has been a fantasy dud this year. Even when he was healthy, Hillis just wasn't performing. 

If he plays, he's facing a stout Cincinnati defense. You would also be a little crazy if you didn't expect a little bit of rust. 

On top of all of that, a game-time decision doesn't mean that he'll definitely play.


Beanie Wells

In addition to being banged up, Wells is just not a very good back. He's only hit 100 yards once this year. Plus, he's only ran for two touchdowns this season since his Week 4 performance. 

This is what ESPN has to say about it.

Wells is being protected by the coaching staff, and if the score gets too far out of reach in either direction, he'll get shut down without any hesitation.

While it's not likely that a game against the Rams will be a blowout, this is just not a good player to activate.

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