5:06 pm, November 9th, 2012
With bye weeks and injuries, a lot of Fantasy owners are racing hard for replacement options, and it’s quite challenging to lock any players to the bench when you may be desperate for a plug-in guy. Still, there are some players that will reduce your odds of winning this week, and you simply have to find a way to stay the hell away from them.
1.1. Jay Cutler
It seems like he is in this space every week. But some owners may relent and plug him in after he posted quality numbers against the Titans last week. This time, though, he faces the Texans, and their pass rush against his offensive line spells doom. You’d be better off using the likes of Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson.
2.2. Jake Locker
It looks like he will be placed back in the starting lineup this week, and some Fantasy players may consider him as a filler as they still believe he has some upside. Locker, though, was highly erratic and mostly unreliable earlier this year, and he won’t look any better or any good at Miami.
3.3. Pierre Thomas
We all heard the conjecture about how he was going to be so much more productive with Darren Sproles out. But Thomas has been historically mediocre and Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram are getting significant touches, so don’t look to Thomas for any real impact in any week.
4.4. Felix Jones
DeMarco Murray may actually return next week, and Jones has been quite the unimpressive replacement. Jones has been so underwhelming, that Lance Dunbar could start stealing touches away from Felix until Murray actually comes back.
5.5. Michael Bush
He was seemingly the only offensive Bears player of note to not make a statistical impact in the sandblasting of the Titans last week. Bush is mostly reliant on potential goal-line opportunities, and he may not see any, or very few against the Texans.
6.6. Daryl Richardson & Steven Jackson
These may seems like obvious choices to some, but desperation makes you consider both. Neither will get much done against San Francisco, and you are better of gambling on guys like Jonathan Stewart or Taiwan Jones.
7.7. Dwayne Bowe
It’s hard to sit him in many leagues, but if you do have other quality options to consider, go with the other guy. The Chiefs offense is absolutely limp, and Kansas City faces a very good Pittsburgh pass defense on Monday Night.
8.8. Kenny Britt
Gotta disagree with Pat on this one. He has not contributed to Fantasy teams as hoped when available, and he may not be in prime playing shape as injuries and inactivity may have sapped him of some big-play ability. When Jake Locker is in at QB, he also seems to prefer Nate Washington.
9.9. Jeremy Maclin
He has been one of the most frustrating and disappointing wide receivers in Fantasy Football this season. He was nearly useless against the Saints defense last week, so you can’t expect him to bust out against Dallas.
10.10. Kyle Rudolph
Some owners may think with Percy Harvin out, Rudolph could get some more looks and targets this week. But even if he gets some increased targets this week, it will only be a few, so he makes this list yet again.
11.11. Sidney Rice
He has healthy and is playing pretty well again, but the Jets have been doing an admirable job of limiting the production of opposing top wide receivers. Rice will not help your team much this week as he likely draws cornerback Antonio Cromartie in coverage this week.
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