Dec 14, 2012
- Written by Cory Steger
- Edited by Marc Caviglia
We’re at the interesting point of the season where not only are playoffs and fantasy championships being determined, but we’re also at the point where we’re seeing player’s we’d previously written off find their way back into fantasy consideration again. No matter how many times a player disappoints us, the lure of a recent touchdown, a promising matchup or some guaranteed touches gets us excited about said player again. Then we fall into these traps of starting guys like San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews and Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams again. Do not fall into those traps this week, and check out our Fantasy Football Week 15 - Sit ‘Ems to see what other traps to avoid.
QUARTERBACKS - SIT ‘EM
Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Pittsburgh
It would be easy to look at Weeks 12 and 13 and think that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is back. However, he had great matchups those weeks against bad pass defenses in the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Last week against a better defense in the Cincinnati Bengals, Romo couldn’t even crack 15 fantasy points. Look at the team he’s playing against this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the third toughest fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks, giving an average of just 10.8 fantasy points per game.
Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Carolina
The only way you can look at the performance by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers against the Steelers is an aberration. Rivers threw for 200 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rivers entered that game having thrown multiple touchdown passes seven times, in all seven of those games he turned the ball over at least once. Rivers has had three 20-point games this season and none in consecutive weeks. He’s due to regress this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills) vs. Seattle
In three of his last four games Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has failed to reach 200 passing yards. He hasn’t had multiple touchdown passes in consecutive games since weeks 3-4. If that weren’t enough to sway you from starting Fitzpatrick this week then consider that he’s playing against the Seattle Seahawks.The Seahawks are giving up just 10 fantasy points per game this season, and last week they forced six turnovers from Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks John Skelton and Ryan Lindley.