Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Steven Jackson and RBs to Leave on the Bench

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 9, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams in action 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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The NFL season is quickly coming to a close and so are your fantasy seasons.

If you aren't in the playoffs already, you have only one or two more weeks before they begin, to get in the most wins.

There are some running backs who are typical starters who are facing some stiff competition this weekend.

If you have the opportunity to get another back in there, you may be better off.

Here are three running backs better left on the bench in Week 14 action.


Steven Jackson, RB (St. Louis Rams)

Although he doesn't get the same attention as other premiere running backs, Steven Jackson is actually having the best season of his career.

His 4.6 yards-per-carry average this season is the best of his career.

Despite this, he should remain on the bench this weekend when the Rams face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks have one of the most underrated rushing defenses in the entire league.

They are allowing 103.5 rushing yards per game, but they are doing so by allowing just 3.7 yards per carry.

The per-carry average ranks tied for fifth best in the league.


Cedric Benson, RB (Cincinnati Bengals)

The Houston Texans have quarterback Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson out this weekend due to injuries.

That means they will be relying on the defense yet again to come away with a victory. It could very well happen.

The Houston Texans are the top-ranked defense in the league in terms of yards allowed. They are third against the pass and fourth against the run.

It's going to be a difficult day for the Cincinnati Bengals offense.

Michael Turner was held to 44 yards in the team's 17-10 win last weekend. Benson won't fare much better.


LeSean McCoy, RB (Philadelphia Eagles)

LeSean McCoy proved this season that he has the talent of an elite running back in the league.

Leave the No. 2 rusher in the NFL on the bench this weekend.

The Eagles are the laughing stock of the league right now. They are traveling to Miami this weekend to take on a very hot Dolphins team.

It's a Dolphins team that has relied much on their defense to win games recently.

They are ranked fifth in the league in rushing defense.

Couple that with the fact that Michael Vick is returning, and Andy Reid may forget that McCoy exists.

He thought throwing the ball 50 times and giving McCoy 10 touches was the best plan when Vince Young was at quarterback.

Chances are it will be something similar now that Vick is back under center.