Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Steven Jackson and More Doomed Stars to Bench

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 9, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams sits on the sideline during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's crunch time for fantasy owners. Depending on the size of your league, you're either in the playoffs or about to be in the playoffs.

But even if you used a good pick on these stars, they are not good plays this week. They are best served on your bench. They are not in good enough matchups to be depended on this late in the year.


Steven Jackson

There's just nothing good about this play. Let's start with this. At home, Seattle's defense is a strong unit, especially their run defense.

But beyond that, the Rams' offense is nothing of a mess. They have no passing game and no certainty that either their first or second-string quarterbacks will be able to play. So, the Seahawks have absolutely no reason to respect the pass. 

Jackson will be running against stacked lines all day long. On top of that, the Rams are going to have a hard time competing in this one. Remember, Seattle handily beat the Rams in St. Louis.

That means that whatever passing attack the Rams have will be in full force on Sunday. So early, the Seahawks will be looking to shut Jackson down. Later, the Rams won't be able to utilize him. All in all, this is a bad move.

Beanie Wells

Wells' previous encounter against the 49ers didn't exactly go well. He carried the ball eight times for 33 yards. If you can afford that kind of production on your team, my hat is off to you. 

The 49ers are just a shut-down defense. They don't allow big days to running back they face. Patrick Willis went out early against the Rams in Week 13, and they still crossed midfield a grand total of one time. 

You can't rely on yards against them. The 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rushing day against a team, let alone a player. You also can't rely on a cheap score, as the 49ers haven't allowed a running touchdown all season. 

So, while Wells is coming off of a few nice weeks, don't look for that to continue this week.

Santonio Holmes

Holmes has found the end zone in each of the last two weeks, but otherwise his totals have been quite dismal. 

The Chiefs pass defense has done quite well for itself over the last few days, and the Jets' passing offense has consistently struggled this year. 

While Holmes has a respectable six receiving touchdowns this year, he needs those to have good fantasy days. Against a defense like the Chiefs', that's just not a good enough bet.

Receiver is a deep position. There are more reliable options than Holmes on your bench or on the waiver wire.