For those of you participating in a Week 17 championship game, welcome to Week 17 of Start/Bench! I’d like to thank all of you for reading this year as I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year writing the Start/Bench article. I hope that I’ve been able to help you out a little bit along the way and that we’ve had some fun doing it. I look forward to once again bringing you Start/Bench in 2013 and hope to see all of you back.
Cam Newton, Carolina – He probably should have been added back to the ‘Studs’ list a few weeks ago, but after starting the season as a ‘Stud’ then having to be removed, I was not quick to forgive. As Cam just learned, we all suffer when you get on my bad side.
Matt Schaub, Houston vs. Indianapolis: This is a big game, as the Texans have a lot on the line in regards to playoff seeding. Although the Texans bread-and-butter is the run game, Schaub needs to break out of his mini-slump as he’s only thrown one touchdown in the last three games. Just two weeks ago, the Colts held Schaub to 261 yards passing and one touchdown. Last week, the Colts gave up 341 yards rushing to the Chiefs so look for them to sell out in order to stop the Texans potent ground game, allowing Schaub the chance to step-up.
Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. St. Louis: Back in Week 3, the Rams held Wilson to 160 yards passing and zero touchdowns while picking off three Wilson passes. But this is a new Russell Wilson and he’s been ‘en fuego.’ So, if you own him, you gotta start him!
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia: Ten times this season Manning has thrown for one touchdown or less. But with the Giants needing a win, plus a whole lot more to get into the playoffs, I say Eli comes to play. The Eagles have allowed multiple touchdown passes in eight of their last nine games. Eli will finally produce QB1 numbers, but too little, too late for fantasy owners.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo vs. New York Jets: In what is probably his last game as the starting quarterback for Buffalo, Fitzpatrick will be facing a Jets defense that has only allowed two total touchdown passes in their last four games. Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has thrown for one touchdown or less in eight of his last eleven games. Fitzpatrick has 23 touchdown passes on the season and to think that he threw 12 of those in the first four games of the season.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. Arizona: Kaepernick has thrown one or less touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. This week he’ll be facing a Cardinals defense that is No. 1 in fantasy versus opposing quarterbacks. The Cardinals have allowed one of less touchdown passes in five of their last six games.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota vs. Green Bay: Ponder has thrown one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. This week he’ll be facing a Packers defense that has held opposing quarterbacks to one or less touchdown passes in nine of its last ten games. Minnesota may be heading to the playoffs, but it’s not because of Ponder’s arm, it’s because of Adrian Peterson‘s legs.