2009 Fantasy Football: Start Em, Sit Em

2009 Fantasy Football: Start Em, Sit Em: Week 17

Rather than quickly listing start em and sit em players on my Week 17 NFL Picks page, I thought I'd devote a new page for this.

There WILL NOT be a START EM, SIT EM column for Week 17. However, there WILL BE Week 17 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings posted Thursday morning.

Chargers at Titans

Start Em:
  • Vince Young, QB, Titans
    The Chargers have been poor versus the pass lately; each of the last three quarterbacks to face them has posted 239 yards or more, including Brady Quinn and Carson Palmer.

  • Obvious Starts:
    SD: QB Philip Rivers, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Antonio Gates.
    TEN: RB Chris Johnson.

    Sit Em:
  • Titans Receivers
    With a championship or semi-final on the line, you can't trust any of these guys.

    Bills at Falcons

    Start Em:
  • Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons
    Mike Smith is either dumb or insane, so he may try to push Michael Turner back into the lineup after yet another setback to his high ankle sprain. However, there's a good chance that Jason Snelling starts. If so, he's a good fantasy play; Snelling will be battling a defense that has surrendered at least 100 rushing yards to each foe since Week 3.

  • Obvious Starts:
    ATL: WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez.

    Sit Em:
  • Fred Jackson, RB, Bills
    In the past five weeks, the highest rushing total Atlanta allowed was 103 to the Eagles. They completely put the clamps on Thomas Jones on Sunday.

  • Bills Receivers
    Brian Brohm will start. Who knows what you're going to get with him?

  • Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
    Matt Ryan is hurt. Plus, Buffalo owns 26 interceptions and has held six consecutive opponents to 210 passing yards or less.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Chiefs at Bengals

    Start Em:
  • Obvious Starts:
    KC: RB Jamaal Charles.
    CIN: RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, Bengals Defense.

    Sit Em:
  • Chiefs Receivers
    The Bengals' cornerbacking duo is awesome. They'll use bracket coverage on Dwayne Bowe, and I don't completely trust Chris Chambers.

  • Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals
    Prior to last week's game, Carson Palmer had just four touchdowns in a six-game span. Do you really trust him in your championship or semi-final?

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Raiders at Browns

    Start Em:
  • Raiders Defense
    Not a bad start if you don't have any options. Derek Anderson tends to throw a lot of picks.

    Sit Em:
  • Michael Bush, RB, Raiders
    Who knows how the Raiders plan on running the ball this week? Michael Bush could get anywhere between 4-20 carries.

  • Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns
    Jerome Harrison seemingly has a great matchup. Two things: The Raiders shut down Knowshon Moreno last week. Also, Eric Mangina might go with Chris Jennings this week. He's that much of a douche.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Seahawks at Packers

    Start Em:
  • Obvious Starts:
    GB: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Ryan Grant, WR Donald Driver, WR Greg Jennings, TE Jermichael Finley, Packers Defense.

    Sit Em:
  • Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks
    He has quietly become one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

  • Seahawks Running Backs
    In the past seven weeks, the Packers have allowed 81 rushing yards or less to each opponent they've faced.

  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks
    Not against Charles Woodson.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Texans at Dolphins

    Start Em:
  • Kevin Walter, WR, Texans
    If you're REALLY desperate for a WR3 - notice the caps - you can try Kevin Walter. Miami's secondary isn't any good and Matt Schaub is on fire.

  • Obvious Starts:
    HOU: QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson.
    MIA: RB Ricky Williams.

    Sit Em:
  • Texans Running Backs
    Shame on you if you started Arian Foster last week. Gary Kubiak is a pretty anal man when it comes to his running backs. Perhaps he'd have fun at Eric Mangini's birthday party?

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Jaguars at Patriots

    Start Em:
  • Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots
    The Jaguars stop the run really well, but Laurence Maroney gets a lot of goal-line opportunities. He's an OK RB2.

  • Obvious Starts:
    JAX: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Mike Sims-Walker.
    NE: QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, WR Randy Moss.

    Sit Em:
  • David Garrard, QB, Jaguars
    David Garrard just posted three touchdowns against the Colts, but keep in mind he had only five touchdowns between Weeks 5 and 14. He's not to be trusted.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Buccaneers at Saints

    Start Em:
  • Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers
    Antonio Bryant should bounce back against a Saints secondary that is having major problems right now.

  • Robert Meachem, WR, Saints
    Still very involved in the offense with Lance Moore back. A very good WR3 to have.

  • Obvious Starts:
    TB: Kellen Winslow Jr.
    NO: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston.

    Sit Em:
  • Saints Running Backs
    You can't rely on these guys, especially in a fantasy playoff game. Sean Payton obviously hates fantasy football.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Panthers at Giants

    Start Em:
  • Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
    Only if DeAngelo Williams sits. Williams reaggravated his ankle injury against the Vikings, but the Panthers haven't given out any information about the injury since.

  • Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants
    Given Carolina's struggles against the run, I'd say there's a good chance Brandon Jacobs gets into the end zone.

  • Giants Defense
    It was only one game, but it looks like the Giants have gotten it together on defense. They'll take advantage of Carolina's reserve tackles.

  • Obvious Starts:
    CAR: RB DeAngelo Williams (if healthy), WR Steve Smith.
    NYG: Steve Smith.

    Sit Em:
  • Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
    Hakeem Nicks injured his hamstring against the Redskins. Soft-tissue injuries tend to linger, so don't expect much from Hakeem Nicks in the next couple of weeks.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Ravens at Steelers

    Start Em:
  • Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens
    Only if Troy Polamalu is out again. In his past two games, Joe Flacco is 34-of-49 for 464 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

  • Ravens Defense
    The Ravens don't get many sacks, but they should be able to generate some against Ben Roethlisberger.

  • Obvious Starts:
    BAL: RB Ray Rice, WR Derrick Mason.
    PIT: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Hines Ward, WR Santonio Holmes, TE Heath Miller, Steelers Defense.

    Sit Em:
  • Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
    No team has gained more than 4.1 YPC against the Ravens since Adrian Peterson and the Vikings managed to do so back on Oct. 18. Rashard Mendenhall's not a terrible start because he had 91 rushing yards against Baltimore the last time he played them, but you might have better options.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Lions at 49ers

    Start Em:
  • Maurice Morris, RB, Lions (PPR)
    I'd start Maurice Morris in PPR leagues because he's a big part of the passing game. Otherwise, I'd stay away and only consider him as a flex option.

  • Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
    A solid WR3 against Detroit's horrific secondary.

  • 49ers Defense
    Playing the 49ers against either Daunte Culpepper or Drew Stanton sounds very lucrative.

  • Obvious Starts:
    DET: WR Calvin Johnson.
    SF: RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis.

    Sit Em:
  • Josh Morgan, WR, 49ers
    Josh Morgan just had a solid game, but I wouldn't feel comfortable relying on him. In Week 14, Morgan had just three catches for 14 yards.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Rams at Cardinals

    Start Em:
  • Chris Wells, RB, Cardinals
    Excluding last week because the Texans don't run the ball, the last time the Rams have allowed less than 120 rushing yards to an opponent was Oct. 11. Chris Wells is getting more touches each week.

  • Cardinals Defense
    Two words: Keith Null.

  • Obvious Starts:
    STL: RB Steven Jackson.
    ARZ: QB Kurt Warner, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Anquan Boldin.

    Sit Em:
  • Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals
    His carry totals the last three weeks: 6, 2, 6.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Jets at Colts

    Start Em:
  • Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets
    His last two games with Mark Sanchez: eight catches, 150 yards, two touchdowns.

  • Austin Collie, WR, Colts
    With Reggie Wayne erased by Darrelle Revis and Pierre Garcon likely out, Austin Collie could be Peyton Manning's only option outside of Dallas Clark.

  • Obvious Starts:
    NYJ: RB Thomas Jones.
    IND: QB Peyton Manning (pending), TE Dallas Clark (pending).

    Sit Em:
  • Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
    He might not play. Even if he does, he could struggle; the Jets are great against the run.

  • Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts
    Darrelle Revis Alert. Plus, he might not play the entire game.

  • Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts
    Hand injury. Could be out.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Broncos at Eagles

    Start Em:
  • Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
    The Eagles have struggled a bit against the run lately. Correll Buckhalter might be out again (stay tuned).

  • Obvious Starts:
    DEN: WR Brandon Marshall.
    PHI: QB Donovan McNabb, WR DeSean Jackson, TE Brent Celek, Eagles Defense.

    Sit Em:
  • LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles
    In his last three games, LeSean McCoy has just 78 rushing yards. He also has just one touchdown since Week 11.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Cowboys at Redskins

    Start Em:
  • Cowboys Defense
    Did you see what the Giants did to Washington's offensive line on Monday night?

  • Obvious Starts:
    DAL: QB Tony Aurora Snowmo, RB Marion Barber, WR Miles Austin-Jones, TE Jason Witten.
    WAS: TE Fred Davis.

    Sit Em:
  • Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys
    Way too inconsistent. Had just one catch last week.

  • Redskins Running Backs
    Dallas is decent against the run and Washington's offensive line can't open up any holes anyway.

  • Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
    Santana Moss has just one touchdown since Week 4, and his yardage totals the past seven weeks are: 47, 8, 38, 28, 68, 58, 55.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

    Vikings at Bears

    Start Em:
  • Visante Shiancoe, TE, Vikings
    I like tight ends who are projected to get tons of red-zone opportunities. The Vikings will be in scoring territory quite often here.

  • Obvious Starts:
    MIN: QB Brett Favre, RB Adrian Peterson, WR Sidney Rice, Vikings Defense.

    Sit Em:
  • Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
    Percy Harvin is having major issues with his migraines. I'd recommend staying away barring some positive news later in the week.

  • Jay Cutler, QB, Bears
    The only question is how many interceptions Jay Cutler will toss in this game.

  • Matt Forte, RB, Bears
    Matt Forte had just 27 rushing yards the last time he battled the Bears.

    Weekly NFL Fantasy Football Rankings - To be posted Thursday

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