Week 15 Start'em, Sit'em: 2011 NFL Fantasy Football Who to Bench

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 13, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow vs. Patriots 

If you’ve been rolling with Tim Tebow weekly, this is going to be a great week to have him as the Denver Broncos get set for a huge game at home against the Patriots. Maybe Tebow won’t have the success he had through the air a couple of weeks ago against the Vikings, but he should come close.

With the playoffs in sight, Denver’s crowd will be rocking, and this should be a very fun game to not just watch, but have players in as many of us will be hoping for a big game to carry us into the Super Bowl.


Felix Jones @ Buccaneers

Hopefully you had a chance to watch the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants, as Felix Jones looked better than I’ve ever seen in his career. Many had high hopes for Jones this offseason as Marion Barber was finally off the team, but injuries proved to cost Jones his job as DeMarco Murray looked like a Pro Bowl runner in his absence.

Now Murray is gone for the year with a broken ankle, and Jones has a chance to win many fantasy owners’ championships with matchups against the Buccaneers and Eagles in Weeks 15 and 16. The Cowboys are thin at running back, so Jones will be the feature back to finish the year.


Ryan Grant @ Chiefs

As long as James Starks remains out with his ankle injury, Ryan Grant should be a low-end RB-2 play this week against the Chiefs. It seemed like Grant had turned back the clock last week as he looked about as good as he did at the end of the 2009 season. Look for the Green Bay Packers to start using the ground game more as the weather changes and they adjust to the loss of star receiver Greg Jennings going forward.

DeMaryius Thomas vs. Patriots

The Broncos' young receiver has finally woken up and is starting to look like he’s ready to deliver after all the injuries he’s suffered in recent years. Look for the Patriots to dare Tebow to throw the football, and based on Thomas’ 20 targets over the past two weeks, it’s likely he will be going to his big-play youngster when he throws.


Santana Moss @ Giants

A gadget play accounted for Santana Moss’ big touchdown against the Patriots, but Rex Grossman continues to play well enough to make Moss a credible WR-3 play. The Giants defense has been a friendly matchup for opposing receivers, so this week is another decent matchup for both Moss and fellow starter Jabar Gaffney.


Jeremy Maclin @ Jets

After suffering a re-aggravation to his hamstring during Sunday’s contest against the Dolphins, Maclin isn’t a worthy option to use at this time. This week the Eagles are matched up against one of the better pass defenses in football, so keep Maclin out and let’s see if he can finish a game before considering him at the end of the season.


Rashard Mendenhall @ 49ers

The 49ers defense has to be the hardest group to run against in football as it's still yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season. Mendenhall has played an average game this year for the RB-1 expectations fantasy owners had for him this summer, and this matchup isn’t likely to help you in your time of need. Let’s hold off on Mendenhall this week and then get him in the lineup against the Rams during Super Bowl weekend.


Pierre Thomas @ Vikings

I won’t knock you for starting Pierre Thomas in PPR leagues as his six receptions last week came in hand for those leagues. That said, the presence of Chris Ivory is killing Thomas’ chances of performing as a worthy RB-3 play in standard leagues as he fails to get enough touches to make a strong impact.


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