With trade deadlines having come and gone, there are now only two ways to affect your fantasy team – waiver wire additions and start’em/sit’em decisions. I’m here to help with the latter. Sean Tomlinson has the former covered right here.
We’re going to break these decisions down into three categories. Green Light status means this player should absolutely be in your lineup under all circumstances. Yellow Light means you can use this player if necessary, but you should try to avoid it. Red Light status means stay away from this player at all costs.
Feel free to post any start’em/sit’em questions you may have in the comments and I’ll give you my two cents worth
Green Light: Tony Romo vs Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys have completely abandoned the run game – less than 100 yards combined in the last two games – and it’s hard to blame them. DeMarco Murray is banged up (again) and Felix Jones continues to struggle running between the tackles. That led to Tony Romo airing it out 62 times last week against the Redskins. It’s hard not to have fantasy success with 62 pass attempts. Naturally, the 441 passing yards and 3 TD’s, led to a season-high 27 fantasy points for Romo. The Eagles “vaunted” secondary has been constantly exposed this season and the Cowboys expect to have Miles Austin in uniform which makes them even more dangerous – Austin didn’t register any catches last Thursday against Washington due to a hip/hamstring injury.
Yellow Light: Ray Rice vs Pittsburgh Steelers
It’s hard to bench Ray Rice, but if there was ever a team to bench him against, it’s the Steelers. Pittsburgh sees Rice and the Ravens twice every year and they know how dangerous he can be. In their first meeting this season, the Steel Curtain held Rice to 40 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Pittsburgh give up the 4th fewest yards per carry and they’ve only allowed 100+ yards on the ground, twice this season. If you have to decide between Rice and a platoon-back, then opt for Rice. However, if you have a running back that is going to get 20+ carries you should put the Rutgers Alum on the bench.
Red Light: Stevan Ridley @ Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have allowed just one rushing touchdown in the last 11 weeks. Ridley’s solid production over the last four weeks – averaging 14 fantasy points per game – is largely due to the fact that he’s found the end-zone in each of the last four weeks. One of these trends is going to be bucked on Sunday. The Patriots won’t hesitate to pass the ball into the end zone if they don’t find success running. Miami’s pass defence is ranked 19th in terms of fantasy points allowed, so Brady will find it easier to work through the air.