4:58 pm, December 21st, 2012
It’s the week of your fantasy Super Bowl, and this is absolutely no time for getting cute or making unique lineup moves. Many owners put extra pressure on themselves in big game week and end up overthinking and overanalyzing… and blowing it. So simply keep these guys out of your lineup in Week 16, and otherwise operate as you normally would. All photos via Getty:
1.Sam Bradford, QB, Rams
He had a big statistical game in Week 15 and you have to like the matchup against Tampa Bay. But Bradford has been mediocre all season, so he could easily disappoint.
2.Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders
The Raiders could start inserting Terrelle Pryor more into the offense this week, and the last thing you need in your championship game is a quarterback who isn’t likely to get his full amount of snaps.
3.Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles
LeSean McCoy is returning this week, and Brown will be working as a kick returner. That’s not a good sign for his potential workload. You should not even use Brown as a flex.
4.Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers
You may be tempted to use him in a larger league with Ryan Mathews now out. But the Chargers offense will be even more of a mess without Mathews and Malcom Floyd, and Battle may not get any TD chances, which is where most of his appeal lies when he gets more work.
5.Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals
He scored three times last week, which means the Bears are going to pay more defensive attention to him this week. It should be a lower-scoring affair between the Bears and Cardinals, and if Beanie doesn't score, you don’t win the title.
6.Shonn Greene, RB, Jets
The Jets will be going with inexperienced QB Greg McElroy, which means a sorry offense could get sorrier. San Diego may stack their fronts against the run and dare McElroy to throw, and you’ll get only adequate numbers at best from Greene.
7.Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers
Yes, we are picking on the Chargers this week, but no, we are not downing Alexander because of last week’s zero. It’s because Mathews and Floyd are done and Antonio Gates is no longer effective, so Antonio Cromartie, now a shutdown corner, may be on Alexander most of the day.
8.Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
The Cleveland rookie has been impressive at times this year, but he has also been very inconsistent and could see a lot of Champ Bailey in coverage this week.
9.Mike Williams, WR, Bucs
He is too much of a gamble every week in terms of whether he will actually score or not. Williams certainly does not give you much upside in terms of yardage, and the Tampa Bay offense has started to sputter recently.
10.Tony Scheffler, TE, Lions
Somehow, he was a trendy choice to step forward last week, and some fantasy players are still considering him for Week 16. Scheffler has never, ever been a quality fantasy player and is full proof that opportunity does not always lead to production.
Yes, they face erratic rookie quarterback Nick Foles. But the Washington pass defense has been terrible all year long, and you don’t start defenses based on matchups alone. Stick with the units that got you this far, such as the Seahawks and Bengals.
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