This is it. It’s championship week in most leagues, and if your team is going to win the Super Bowl, it’s going to take some smart moves when it comes to who to start and who to sit. We thought we would go simple and just offer our thoughts on some start/sit decisions that could mean the difference when everything is on the line. Besides the obvious plays, here are our thoughts:
Tony Romo, DAL – The Cowboys need to win to stay alive, and despite shutting out Tampa Bay last week, the Saints’ D is historically bad.
Andrew Luck – The rookie has a juicy matchup against the abysmal Kansas City Chiefs.
Colin Kaepernick, SF – The Niners’ QB moving forward has been playing really well and is a constant threat to run. Even against a stout Seahawks’ Defense, he has the skill set to produce every week.
Eli Manning, NYG – Eli has been frustrating owners for the past several weeks.
Matt Stafford, DET – It is hard to trust Stafford with his limited options besides Megatron. The Falcons will be looking to make another statement Saturday night.
Joe Flacco, BAL – Flacco’s critics have been validated as of late. He has shown an inability to achieve any kind of consistency. Keep him off the roster in the championship matchup.
Randall Cobb, GB – Quietly had his second straight 100-yard outing, and the Titans’ secondary is suspect.
Pierre Garcon, WAS – Whether it’s RG3 or KC1, he is the Skins’ top target.
Cecil Shorts, JAX – Didn’t miss a beat coming back from his concussion. The Patriots have allowed 270.3 passing YPG.
Jeremy Maclin, PHI – Has been hot lately, but that likely ends Sunday against a hungry Washington team.
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – Nobody thought we’d be saying this, but without a real QB and against a solid Bears defense, there’s not much upside.
Torrey Smith, BAL – Don’t be too eager slotting Smith back in following his concussion if he plays – he had just one catch on 3 targets before getting hurt in the third quarter.
Vick Ballard, IND – Ballard has come on lately, establishing himself as a consistent producer, and the KC defense doesn’t seem capable of shutting down anybody.
DeAngelo Williams, CAR– With Jonathan Stewart out the past two weeks with a high ankle sprain, Williams has been getting the job done nicely, and has the potential to break out with big plays at any moment in a game.
Stevan Ridley, NE – Ridley’s poor performance against the 49ers gets avenged in garbage time against lowly Jacksonville.
Michael Turner, ATL – Looking past his scores in 5 straight games, the Burner is averaging just 42.4 YPG. Risky.
Shonn Greene, NYJ – He’s steady enough of a performer, but Bilal Powell’s work has diminished his value greatly.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis – The Law Firm has had a hot streak, but Pittsburgh’s run defense is among the best in the league. The Bengals will have to play in the air to win.
Jermaine Gresham, CIN – The Steelers will be looking to shut down Andy Dalton’s biggest weapon in A.J. Green, opening the door for the big man Gresham to get plenty of looks.
Heath Miller, PIT – Averaging 85 yards in the last 3 games with two TDs to show for it. Miller played a big role in the Steelers’ first meeting with Cincinnati this season.
Greg Olsen, CAR – Oakland has allowed plenty of tight end touchdowns this season. Olsen is a favorite Cam Newton target, with 747 yards on the year.
Dennis Pitta, BAL – His stock has never been higher, but it’s just not likely to see a repeat performance of Week 15 against a desperate Giants squad.
Vernon Davis, SF – He just missed a beautiful TD pass against New England, but Davis has gone virtually invisible the second half of this season.
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