Saturday, December 14, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 15)

Start 'Em:
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots
It is always risky to start a Patriot's running back because coach Bill Belichick rotates through several ball carriers with no consistency.  Thus, it is completely a mystery whether Vereen will be the primary runner for the Patriots offense, with both LeGarrette Blount and Steven Ridley also in the mix. However, what is certain is that Vereen is the only running back trusted to be in the game during passing downs.  With Gronkowski injured, the Patriot's will be starved for players to throw the ball to, and Vereen should be able to put in a significant receiving performance.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars passing offense is absolutely horrendous, but I believe that Chad Henne, who has been playing well as of late, will toss at least on touchdown on Sunday.  The reality is, if the Jags do manage a passing touchdown, it will be to Cecil Shorts, as only one touchdown has been scored by any other wide receivers on the roster.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill has been on a roll recently, and his production is not likely to end this week against a patriots defense that allowed 29 fantasy points to Jason Campbell last week (yes, Jason Campbell).  Surely, Tannehill will be able to utilize his speedy wide receiving core including Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline to put some points on the board against a notoriously slow-starting Patriots team.

Sit 'Em:
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell's only real redeeming value this season has been his consistent ability to get into the end zone.  He doesn't provide much upside in the yards department, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, and is only a decent factor in the passing game.  This week, Bell has to go up against a Bengal's defense that has not allowed a rushing touchdown since week 3.  If he can't get into the end zone, there is no reason for Bell to be a starter in your fantasy team.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Truth be told, I don't expect you to sit Victor Cruz, one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL, and also probably one of your first few picks.  However, I simply don't believe that Cruz will have any effect in a game against the Seahawks where he will be guarded by one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Richard Sherman, not to mention that Cruz has not gotten into the end zone since week 4.

Jason Campbell, QB, Cleveland Browns
If you are naive enough to put Campbell into your starting lineup after just one outstanding week, I pity you.  This is Jason Campbell that we are talking about, and based on past experiences, he should come crashing back to earth this Sunday against a very good Bear's defense.

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