What up What up Fantasy Nation,
It’s playoff time, meaning there is even less room for error than normal. Whether you are active in Fantazzle’s weekly fantasy football games or have a league of your own, here are a list of names to bench during week 14′s action. I have also listed the backup plan, undervalued options that will prove more valuable.
I don’t care how stubborn you are, it’s time to recognize the 49ers as an elite run defense. For that reason, and the inconsistencies of the Cardinals offense, I am benching Beanie Wells in all formats this week. Instead, look to Redskin Roy Helu to fill in as a productive option. Washington will want to control the clock in an effort to keep Brady and Co. off the field. That makes Helu a good bet for 20 touches, and a productive afternoon.
Tebow wins real games, not fantasy ones. I am not considering any of his Bronco receivers this weekend against Da Bears. It’ll be a time of possession game with limited potential for any and all offensive weapons. Take a risk on injury prone Malcolm Floyd, as he seemed very healthy Monday night (4 catches 108 yards and a 52 yard score). The Chargers can throw the ball, and Rivers trusts a healthy Floyd as much as anyone.
Mark Sanchez, while his stats have been there occasionally, is not playing the QB position well enough to sell me on consistent production. Matt Hasselbeck, however, is a QB that tends to limit mistakes. The Saints will load the box to stop CJ2K from dominating, leaving Hasselbeck with match ups to exploit down the field.
I realize that the Bengals offensive has been a surprise to fantasy owners this year, but I don’t encourage starting their young TE this week. Jermaine Gresham faces a stingy Texans defense, and will be held in check. Sunday Night Football offers up a divisional showdown, and is home for an underrated TE that will outproduce Gresham. Jake Ballard will serve as an extended version of the running game, and prove crucial in the Giants attack against Dallas.
As a little bonus, I’ve got the best value play and the most overpriced option for this week in weekly salary cap fantasy football games. Thanks to FantasyWorldOrder.net, there is a free week of action at Fantazzle, so make sure to take advantage of it.
Carson Palmer travels to Lambeau Field to play the undefeated Packers. Green Bay doesn’t exactly win games on the defensive side of the ball (ask Eli Manning owners last week) and Oakland is likely to be playing from behind. He will certainly perform as a top 10 QB this week, and his price tag doesn’t do him justice.
On the flip side, I am not spending a dime on Dwayne Bowe this week. The QB situation in KC is a mess, not to mention they travel to play an elite pass defense in the Jets. Pass on Bowe this week as there are a handful of options that will cost less but produce more.