Week 17: Sit 'Em
Antonio Brown caught 3 passes for about 30 yards without Big Ben. Charlie Batch has at times filled in admirably for Pittsburgh, but if Roethlisberger does not play again this week, Brown and the other wideouts are not wise starts. Even if Roethlisberger starts, I question his ability to accurately feed the ball to his receivers. Reports state that Roethlisberger could start this week, so watch the news his status. I feel that he will be limited and this will hurt the wide out values. I would bank on Brown catching 3-4 passes for 30-45 yards this week without a score.
Vincent Jackson is working through a groin injury. The injury nagged him last week and will likely bother him enough this week to make him a risky play. I would like to see Jackson at 90% or better for him to start on fantasy rosters. Based on his performance last week I suspect he is about 80-85% and not worth a start.
Victor Cruz was the beneficiary of the tight coverage Hakeem Nicks received last week. Nicks was held in check for one reception for 20 yards vs. Revis and New York. The New York pass defense held Eli Manning to 225 yards with one TD and one INT. Look for Miami's offense to be pressured this week and for Marshall to get the Revis treatment. This means a low number of receptions, yards and the high probability of no score. I am aware that Marshall caught 6 for over 100 yards in the last match-up with New York, but this week he will be kept at bay. I foresee Marshall grabbing two passes this week for 45 yards or so.
The St. Louis defense is ranked first at stopping tight ends. Davis has not lived up to his projected fantasy value and this week will be troubled by a stout defensive unit. I am looking at Davis as tight end to keep on your bench. Look for him to grab 3-4 receptions for 25-35 yards and no score.