Fantasy Football Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Philip Rivers, Roy Helu and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 5, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/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 – Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Buffalo

Rivers had a bit of a “coming-out party” this past Monday night, throwing for 294 yards, three TDs and no picks.  In fact, after throwing 17 interceptions over his first 10 games (a career-high for an entire season) he has now gone back-to-back games without a pick. 

He will look to continue the good times this week against a Bills defense that has allowed 21 passing TDs (tied for sixth-most in the league).  With the Chargers always being a team that comes alive in December, he should be considered a solid play in all formats.

Sit – Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City

In one-quarterback formats, do you really want to leave your fantasy life in his hands?  With Shonn Greene making a stand in Week 13 (three TDs) and the Chiefs far worse against the run than the pass, would it surprise you if the Jets went with a run-heavy attack? 

Sanchez is an unpredictable commodity, making him a player you don’t want to depend on.

Running Back

Start – Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina

Are you scared about his poor performance the past two weeks (104 yards, no TDs on 33 carries)?  Keep in mind that the last time he faced the Panthers (Week 6), the Falcons rode him for 139 yards and two TDs. 

In his past three games against Carolina, he has scored six touchdowns.  With the Panthers having allowed 15 rushing TDs on the year (third-most in the league), now is not the time to give up on him.

Start – Roy Helu – Washington Redskins – vs. New England

Generally, facing the Patriots means a pass-heavy attack, but how many options do the Redskins actually have left?  With Fred Davis and Chris Cooley both out, they are left trying to throw the ball to Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Co. 

In other words, while they are going to throw the ball, they should once again focus on the run.  With Washington finally turning things over to Helu (46 carries, 208 yards, two TDs over the past two weeks), there is no reason to think that he isn’t going to get a significant number of opportunities once again.

Sit – Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Francisco

He’s the latest running back to take on the vaunted 49ers rushing defense.  They continue to stifle their opponents, allowing a miniscule 71.8 rushing yards per game and no TDs. 

In his five career games against San Francisco, he has a total of 170 yards and one TD.  Yes, the Cardinals are going to give Wells an opportunity, making him a potential FLEX option, but that’s about it.   

Sit – DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta

Heading into Week 13, most people thought Williams was the running back to depend on in Carolina.  Instead of carrying fantasy lineups, he took 11 carries for 29 yards and no TDs.  In fact, he’s surpassed 82 yards just once on the season, has scored in just two games (three total TDs) and posted games of 35 yards or less seven times. 

With Jonathan Stewart there to potentially get carries as well, there is way too much risk involved in trusting Williams against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the third-fewest rushing yards per game.

Wide Receiver (Two-Receiver Format)

Start – Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Indianapolis

The Colts have allowed 21 passing TDs (tied for sixth in the league), while getting five INTs.  That should definitely allow the Ravens to try to throw the ball all around the field, shouldn’t it? 

He hasn’t been as good as we would’ve liked this season (50 receptions and just three TDs), but the situation is right for him to post a big game.

Sit – DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami

Does anyone have any faith in him?  He hasn’t scored since Week 5 and in his past six games he’s posted under 50 yards four times.  There is just way too much risk involved, as there have been significant questions about his motivation and effort on the field.

Wide Receiver (Three-Receiver Format)

Start – Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Jacksonville

Williams continues to reestablish his fantasy value, picking up over 80 yards in each of his past three games (as well as scoring two TDs along the way).  While the Jaguars have been among the better pass defenses in the league (192.6 passing yards per game), it’s impossible to ignore Williams now.  We all know the talent he has and he could easily build on his recent success.

Sit – Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Baltimore

The Ravens are a tough defense and while Wayne posted a big game two weeks ago (five receptions for 122 yards and one TD), has he shown nearly enough to garner our trust?  He was fairly sub-par in Week 13 with five receptions for 55 yards and, even in deeper formats, is too risky of an option to lay your trust in.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 articles:


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