Sunday, December 22, 2013

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em (Week 16)

Start 'Em:
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rainey has been frustratingly hit-or-miss through the last few weeks, but the pattern would suggest that this week will be a good one.  He consistently gets enough carries to make an impact, it is just a matter of whether he is able to turn those carries into good production.  This week he will have a good chance to produce, as he is going up against the weak Rams run defense.

Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
Wallace is doing his best to recover from a very underwhelming start, recording more than 14 fantasy points in three of the past four weeks.  This week, you would expect that trend to continue with Wallace going up against a Bills pass defense that is 29th in allowing fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
Last week the Eagles defense allowed 28 fantasy points to Matt Cassel - surely Cutler should do just as well against them.  Cutler will have his full cast of targets including Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jefferey, and Matt Forte, a group that is much more dangerous than the tandem of Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings that tore up the Eagles defense last week.

Sit 'Em:
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Mendenhall is on fire right now, but it is more than likely that the stout Seahawks defense will be able to put out that fire this week.  It doesn't help that Mendenhall will also have to share carries with Andre Ellington, who has also put in some impressive outings recently.

Larry Fitzgerald, RB, Arizona Cardinals
I'm sorry to you Cardinals fans out there for recommending that you sit two Cardinals players, but the reality is that the Seahawks defense is just too good.  It doesn't help that Fitzgerald is coming off a concussion and will likely be blanketed by Richard Sherman.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
This week, Matty Ice gets the other outstanding defense in the NFC west - the 49ers defense.  Ryan, who has not been very productive as of late, should not be expected to put up big numbers against a defense that is second in allowing points to opposing quarterbacks.

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