NFL Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: 11 Fantasy Football Players To Stay The Hell Away From In Week 13
by Scott Engel | 2:59 pm, November 30th, 2012
We’ve already told you who to start this week, now let’s look at the other side of the fantasy coin. Basically: stay the hell away from these guys if you want to make the playoffs.
1.1. Rashad Jennings
Yes, he is starting for the Jaguars again with Jalen Parmele out. But an NFL starter does not a fantasy starter make. Just remember all the times he let you down in previous weeks, and keep him on the bench.
2.2. Jonathan Dwyer
He has been named the official starter in Pittsburgh... which means nothing without Ben Roethlisberger. Charlie Batch is expected to start again, and Dwyer will likely face some stacked fronts against the Ravens.
3.3. DeAngelo Williams
He may be in line for more work with Jonathan Stewart likely out, but Williams has limited upside and will still not play a prime role in the offense overall. Essentially, he's not very good.
4.4. Vick Ballard
Donald Brown could start to see more of an increased role in the offense this week. Since Ballard is barely adequate as it is, if he gets more of his workload cut into, he won’t be worth using at all.
5.5. Danny Amendola
He was on a limited snap count last week and was in a walking boot again this week. Even if Amendola plays, he may not be much of a contributor, and you should not take the risk.
6.6. Mike Wallace
Here’s another player who is begging for the return of Ben Roethlisberger. Wallace cannot get deep for big plays without Pittsburgh’s starting QB. He may be startable again in Week 14 if Roethlisberger can come back by that point.
7.7. Jeremy Maclin
He was a big disappointment when
Michael Vick was starting. With Nick Foles at QB, we have to question if you even keep him on the roster.
8.8. Dwayne Bowe
He went from mediocre with Matt Cassel to completely useless with Brady Quinn at QB. Bowe may be in another uniform next season, and as long as he wears the Kansas City red, don't start him.
9.9. James Jones
He was shut out last week and has faded from being a key option in the Green Bay passing game. Randall Cobb should continue to get important targets with Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings back, but Jones is no longer high in the passing pecking order and his TD chances have evaporated.
10.10. Antonio Gates
He has officially become a Fantasy Football has-been. Gates has obviously been slowed by too many injuries and he no longer challenges defenses like he used to. It’s gotten to the point where you are using Marcedes Lewis and Ben Watson over him this week.
11.11. Jay Cutler
This column would not be complete without us mentioning him here again. Seattle’s starting CBs have not been suspended yet and their defensive line is sure to harass Cutler frequently in Week 13. Look for ol' Smokin' Jay to throw some picks.
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