NFL Week 14 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Andre Johnson and Stars to Leave on the Pine

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2011

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 27:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans watches the scoreboard from the bench at Reliant Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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While it's tough to swallow your pride and show one of your stars the bench, nothing is worse than giving your stud the benefit of the doubt in a nightmare matchup and watching him completely tank.

Andre Johnson is the best receiver in football, but he's going up against a tough Bengals defense and he's got T.J. Yates throwing him the ball.

Yates completed less than 50 percent of his passes against the Falcons. The Bengals have a top-10 pass defense and with their run defense only allowing 96.3 rushing YPG, Arian Foster can't bail out Yates this week.

Johnson had 97 yards last week, but don't let that success fool you into thinking Johnson will make a habit out of overcoming Yates' erratic performances.

To make matters worse, the injury bug bit Johnson once again last week.

He's not the only superstar doomed for a poor outing either. Here are two other stars to leave on the pine.

Beanie Wells vs. San Francisco 49ers

Beanie Wells has to take on a San Francisco 49ers defense that hasn't allowed a single rushing touchdown this season. Wells has over 300 all-purpose yards in his last two outings, but his hot streak is guaranteed to hit a wall this week.

Patrick Willis or not, the 49ers are a beastly run defense. Navorro Bowman is having a huge year, and the 49ers have become what the Pittsburgh Steelers were a season ago.

Their historic run defense hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 11 in 2009. Wells has no chance against the 49ers.

DeSean Jackson vs. Miami Dolphins

You need to bench DeSean Jackson, and it's not because of the Dolphins secondary. While Miami has won four of their last five, this matchup is problematic because the Eagles, and Jackson in particular, have been such a disappointment.

Jackson hasn't racked up over 100 yards in his last seven outings. He also hasn't found the end zone in that span.

The Eagles don't want it and with Jackson's big-play ability a distant memory, it's time to show him the bench.

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