Week 9: Sit 'Em
Sit'em articles can vary widely across fantasy websites. Some weeks you might see consistency among experts and other weeks you might not find one match between articles. Sit'em picks are focused on selecting usually solid players that are not worth starting in any given week. Circumstances might include match-up, injury watch, RBBC approach, passing vs. rushing focus, past performance, etc.
Sit'ems include some tough calls. We all have doubts each week and have to consider our options. It is a difficult decision to sit your stud or solid player, but occaisonally you must in order to win that match-up.
Before the bye week, Dalton went 14 for 28 and threw for 105 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. This week he faces a solid Denver pass defense that has the ability to shut down opponents. Dalton is ranked at the #14 QB this week and I think he could end up falling considerably below this mark. Dalton has been throwing more interceptions lately and Denver has the ability to pressure the QB and cause turnovers. I think fantasy owners who have Brady on bye this week might like Dalton, but it would be a mistake to throw him into your lineup. I think he will throw for about 200 yards with 1 TD and at least 2 INTs this week.
Ponder has been a turnover machine lately. He has lost the ball eight times in four games. This week's match-up is less than favorable, going up against the #3 rated defense vs. QBs in Seattle. I like Ponder and his wide outs and tight end, but it has been a difficult decison to start or sit many of these guys lately. Kyle Rudolph has been particularly hard hit by Ponder's lackluster performance and could make this week's list as well. However, I think Rudolph might turn things around as a safety valve in the passing game after several down weeks. This week Ponder is likely good for no more than 180 yards passing with 1 TD, 2 INTs and quite a few sacks.
Mikel LeShoure left Detroit's last game vs. Seattle in the third quarter with what has been disclosed so far as a right leg injury. It has yet to be determined if LeShoure will be out this week, but if he is, Joique Bell looks to take the starting role. Bell has looked good at times, but also has shown his ability to cough the ball up as he did vs. Chicago. Bell has not rushed for more than 38 yards this season. He does have the propensity to be utilized in the passing game and might have some value in PPR leagues, but I have my doubts when it comes to his ability to shoulder the full workload in Week 9 if LeShoure is inactive. Kevin Smith has been in the wings this season as well and we could see him dressed if LeShoure does not make it to the field this week. Smith saw his first action last week since Week 3. Keep your eyes on the injury report and LeShoure's status. If he does not go and Bell is slated to be the starter, weigh your options. Bell will likely rush for 30-40 yards tops and grab a few receptions if he starts.
Michael Bush has now had several down weeks and is hurting fantasy owners who thought he would consistently get the goal line carries and score a TD nearly every week. He has not found the end zone in four weeks. Last week he faced Carolina's poor rush defense and still did not perform. If you started Bush last week, he likely killed your fantasy lineup and he is likely to do so again this week. Matt Forte has been running well and Jay Cutler and his wide outs are finding their pace. Bush is always a threat, but if he can not be counted on for at least minimal yardage and a score, he becomes useless in most fantasy formats. He is a non-factor in the passing game for the most part and although it may trouble you to sit him, it is probably the best option. This week he should gain 15-20 rushing yards, but the odds are against him finding the end zone again. Wait on Bush until Forte falters, Chicago plays from ahead or Forte is injured.
Green-Ellis has not scored a TD in four weeks. This week he returns from the bye, but faces a solid Denver defense. Denver has given up the fifteenth most fantasy points to running backs to-date this season, although this defense has looked better lately in support of Denver's offense and Peyton Manning. Green-Ellis has also not rushed for more than 80 yards since Week 4. This week I am projecting that he does not rush for more than 50 yards without a score. In general, I believe that Cincinnati is going to have trouble with Denver. Consider your options and sit Green-Ellis if you can.