Start'em or Sit'em

Posted by Posted by Rich Brown On 6:54 PM

Since the holidays have officially arrived with what is arguably the biggest NFL week other than the playoffs, I thought I would look more positively at fantasy options. This week I present 3 starts and only one option to sit. Hopefully my predictions will make for a nice Thanksgiving treat.

Start ‘em

Jermichael Finley TE Packers

If you waited until late to draft a tight end and are using a middle-of-the-pack tight end that doesn’t have a favorable matchup this week, I suggest picking up and starting Jermichael Finley. He is facing a Detroit team that has given up the 2nd most touchdowns per game in the league. Their average of 285 passing yards per game is second worst in the league. This is almost equal to the Packers’ 280 average passing yards per game. Finley doesn’t have many touchdowns, but he has the 3rd most receiving yards on the team, so he is reliable for about 6 points per game, but may have a chance at a touchdown this week. He is only owned in 16% of yahoo leagues, so he is probably available.

Mike Sims-Walker WR Jaguars

Sims-Walker should be a lock for double-digit fantasy points this week against San Francisco. Only five receivers have more total yards this season than Sims-Walker, who has had a touchdown in his last three games. He is facing a 49ers team that allows an average of 23 receptions against per game. The 49ers have struggled this season containing receivers, allowing an average of 270 yards per game. Sims-Walker failed to become a scoring threat early in the season, with only three touchdowns before week nine, but has proved his worth the last three weeks.

Marion Barber RB Cowboys

Barber hasn’t been the powerhouse he was expected to be at the beginning of the season, but injury and a hot-and-cold offense has made Barber a questionable start, if just because you have to wait for the injury report Sunday morning. He is the healthiest he has been in weeks, while Tony Romo has a sore back on a short week, so he will most likely rely on Barber more than usual. His can probably get back to form against a Raider defense that has given up the most rushing touchdowns of any team to date. They have given up the 3rd most yards of any team.

Sit ‘em

Terrell Owens WR Bills

Don’t let that huge game last week fool you. He has been, at best, unreliable this entire season. He only had one touchdown before last week’s big game, the game being his only game where he broke 100 yards receiving. In the 3 games before week 11, Owens only had 10 catches total. He is also counting on Ryan Fitzpatrick, who just recently earned the starting QB position. The Dolphins may not be the best defense in the league, but they have been solid in some games. I imagine, especially since T.O. is on their radar, the Dolphins will key in on him this Sunday.