5:41 pm, November 23rd, 2012
This week it officially gets easier to steer clear of some dangerous choices. The bye weeks are over, and you can now go with your most outstanding and dependable guys on a regular basis. That is, of course, unless they’re hurt. These are the guys who can ruin your Fantasy fortunes at an all-too-critical time of the year.
1.1. Chad Henne
Yes, he had a big game against a big-name defense last week. But he is still Chad Henne and it may have been a fluke. Keep him reserved for at least one more week, we need to see more before we can recommend Henne with any real confidence.
2.2. Rashard Mendenhall
He is starting, but looked uninspiring last week and Jonathan Dwyer may actually be the better RB right now. Mendenhall is currently a mediocre option in a crowded RB picture.
3.3. Jake Locker
You may be tempted to use him given the matchup against Jacksonville. But when so many other steady and proven passers are available again this week, don’t bother. If you need a plug-in for injury purposes, consider a guy with more of a track record as a starter, Locker has still not proved anything yet.
4.4. Beanie Wells
He is expected to return this week, but you may not get much from him. With the Cardinals QB situation, it’s easy for the Rams to load up against the run, and Wells may look below-average anyway. He’s been hurt too much and does not run with the same authority he used to.
5.5. Chris Ivory
He does run hard, and the Saints may be making a mistake by not giving him more work. Ivory just doesn’t get enough touches to consider him over most other quality running backs now that the byes are done.
6.6. James Starks
He took the starting running back job from the ineffective Alex Green, and could actually start losing more reps to him soon. Starks has done nothing with his opportunity to prove himself again. The Packers should just line Randall Cobb up at halfback and be done with it.
7.7. Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson
Nick Foles starts again. He actually makes us longingly gaze back at some Michael Vick film from earlier in the year. And makes the Eagles WRs worthless until further notice.
8.8. Dwyane Bowe
Brady Quinn absolutely sucks all the life out of the Kansas City passing game. He makes Matt Cassel look like Steve Young by comparison. Bowe is useless without Cassel, and mediocre with him this year.
9.9. Brian Hartline
He has been quite unreliable, and working against the Seattle secondary with no respectable complements is a recipe for a very quiet day. Hartline should not be anywhere near Fantasy lineups this week.
10.10. Jared Cook
We are going through some desperate times at the tight end position. But don’t let it get desperate enough for you to use this overrated, overhyped example of too much talent and not enough production.
11.11. Heath Miller
Charlie Batch may actually be better for the Pittsburgh offense than Byron Leftwich. But Miller has no Fantasy appeal until Ben Roethlisberger returns, which could be Week 13.
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