Week 17: Sit 'Em
Stevie Johnson has not had a great season. In his Week 1 outing vs. New York he faced Antonio Cromartie and put up 55 yards and a score. New York's defense has since become the second-ranked defense vs. opponent wide outs this entire season. Johnson will once again be matched with Cromartie and he worries me with his lackluster performance last week vs. Miami given his low number of targets, two drops and a fumble loss. Look for around 50 receiving yards, but no score.
Torrey Smith has not been as consistent as many fantasy owners would have hoped this season. His solid performances have been few and far between. He received 11 targets last week vs. New York as he bounced back from a concussion, but this week faces a solid Cincinnati pass defense that has given up the eighth fewest fantasy points to wide outs on the season. In Week 1 this defense held Smith to 57 receving yards on two receptions. My other concern is the fact that Baltimore has wrapped up their division, but cannot do anything more to gain the first-round playoff bye. This means we might see Smith and his fellow teammates take some additional breathing time in this match-up. I expect to see 50-60 yards receiving without finding the end zone.
Jermaine Gresham is a tougn TE to bench given the state of TE performances in the league this season. He has produced some solid outings and helped his fantasy owners in times of need. This week he faces a stout Baltimore defense that has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to tight ends on the season. In Week 1 he only grabbed three receptions for 30 yards against Baltimore. The good news might be that Baltimore has claimed the division and that they may provide some starters a break if needed in this one and that Gresham and his team really want this win. I would expect to see 30-40 yards receiving tops this week as Baltimore holds Cincinnati to a low scoring affair.