Start'em or Sit'em

Posted by Posted by Rich Brown On 5:45 PM

As playoffs start, fantasy owners have no room for error in making tough roster decisions. These decisions must be made by recent performances while ignoring the fact that you may need to bench your first –round draft pick, and it probably won’t be the first time you’ve done it. I know it seems like I am picking on the Bears, but it is coincidental that they fill my Sit ‘em section.

Start ‘em


The New York Jets defense is a top 5 defense for fantasy playoff contenders. They have allowed the fourth-fewest total points per game at about 17 points per game, and are strong against the run, giving up just 109 yards per game, which is in the top third of teams. They also have a very favorable matchup this week against the Buccaneers. Josh Freeman threw for over 300 yards against the Panthers last week, but he also had 5 interceptions and no interceptions. He is a lock to turn generate points the competition this week. The Panthers are struggling to reach the end zone this season, as they are the fourth-worst team with just over 15 points per game. With Sanchez out this week, the Jets should rely on their running game to eat up the clock.

Jason Campbell-Washington

Jason Campbell, despite being on a non-existent offense the first half of the season, has been a fantasy stud lately, with 5 touchdowns in the last 2 games. Over a three-game span, Campbell has been sacked only twice, so now he has time to throw 200+ yards check-down throws, but whatever works. He is facing an Oakland defense that is allowing over 24 points per game along with the 220 yards in the air, which is in the ten most of the league. Don’t worry if he isn’t on your roster. He is only owned in 36% of leagues, despite the fact that he was the fourth-best fantasy qb last week.

Sit ‘em

Jay Cutler-Bears

Struggling Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been a fantasy dud recently, with a 3-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. This has forced Cutler owners to often search the waiver wire for weekly matchups, leaving little trust in Cutler. He is also playing with a sore throwing hand, so his attempts may be limited against an aggressive and greatly improved Packers defense, which is allowing 273 total yards per game, leading the league.

Matt Forte-Chicago

One of the biggest fantasy busts this season, if not the biggest, is Matt Forte. He has a pedestrian 634 yards and 4 touchdowns. Last week he gained only 91 yards on 24 carries against St. Louis, who gives up the fifth-most rushing yards per game. Forte faces a Packers defense that is giving up less than 88 rushing yards to team weekly, giving Forte little chance to gain the fantasy respect he once earned.

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