Week 14 – Start’em, Sit’em
Toby Gerhart @ Lions (If Peterson’s Out) –
After a failing to show much against the Raiders and Falcons, Toby Gerhart looked great against the Broncos last week. With a consistent commitment to using a full back to block, Gerhart looked like a different running back, and if he should start this week, he will have likely rush for over 100 yards and a score.
Detroit hasn’t looked good on defense of late and with Ndamukong Suh still on suspension, and Nick Fairley suffering a setback to his foot injury, Minnesota will test the Lions run defense.
Marion Barber @ Broncos –
The Bears are likely to use a committee this week, but Marion Barber should see up to twenty carries as the lead back. Denver has done a great job of applying pressure on the quarterback, but they can be had on the ground, so if you’re looking for a replacement for Matt Forte, give Barber a start this week.
Mark Ingram @ Titans –
The Titans should have continued success on the ground this week, but look for New Orleans to roll up over 30 points, as Mark Ingram closes out the game in the fourth quarter. In recent weeks, the Titans haven’t done a good job against the run, and Ingram should be good for a touchdown and over 50 yards on the ground.
Carson Palmer @ Packers –
The Raiders were ineffective on offense until the fourth quarter last week, but Palmer put up a respectable stat-line for fantasy, by games end. It’s likely that Palmer will at least get Denarius Moore back this week, and he should throw for over 300 yards against the Packers defense, as Oakland throws to get back in the game.
Ahmad Bradshaw @ Cowboys –
It was nice to see Ahmad Bradshaw return last week against the Packers, but trusting him at this point in the season is hard to do. Like Hillis below, I can’t blame you for starting him, if you don’t have another option, but it’s likely he will be in a time share with Brandon Jacobs to finish the season.
Jacobs was active in the running game before Bradshaw suffered another foot injury, but he wasn’t running well early in the season, and the coaching staff wasn’t trying to protect Bradshaw from over using him. Maybe the Giants will allow Bradshaw to touch to football over 15 times a week going forward, but I would like to see him do it for a week, before trusting him in the playoffs.
Peyton Hillis @ Steelers –
Hillis had a decent stat-line overall against the Ravens but once again, he came away with an injury. Monitor Hillis’s status heading up to game time if you need him on Thursday, but it’s best to avoid playing him on a short week, against the Steelers.
Dwayne Bowe @ Jets –
Unfortunately, for Dwayne Bowe, veteran quarterback Kyle Orton injured his hand on his first pass as a Chief last week. Orton may have been Bowe’s last chance to be a fantasy relevant option this year, as Tyler Palko won’t be given many opportunities to throw the football. This week Bowe will likely lineup against Darrelle Revis and that makes him a must bench option this week.
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