Wondering whether to start Arian Foster and A.J. Green, or to bench Mark Sanchez and Early Doucet? Anyone can give you that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14.
Watch ’em roll
Matt Schaub, QB, Texans at Patriots. It’s always nice having a starter or two playing on Monday night; especially when it’s your QB facing a lousy secondary. Schaub isn’t the most consistent fantasy performer, but he has been sharp enough to trust against one of the NFL’s passing doormats.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals vs. Cowboys. Green-Ellis is on a monster run, and the Dallas run defense is imploding. He will keep the good times rolling in this matchup.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets at Jaguars. Greene is the quintessential underachiever, so it’s always risky to tout his prospects. But he’s coming off his second 100-yard performance this season, and he now faces the second-worst run defense in the league. With all the turmoil surrounding the Jets’ quarterbacks, Greene will surely be leaned on heavily in this game.
Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers vs. Chargers. With Ben Roethlisberger back in the saddle, his go-to target belongs in your lineup. We have seen Big Ben perform well when hurt, and Brown now has a solid game under his belt after returning from an ankle injury.
Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers vs. Eagles. These are difficult times for Eagles fans, but it’s all good news for opposing fantasy players. Josh Freeman should have a field day against Philadelphia’s imploding secondary.
Roll ’em back
Tony Romo, RB, Cowboys at Bengals. He’s riding a two-game hot streak courtesy of pitiful pass defenses. This Sunday, Romo will be running for his life, or watching the game from his backside, as Cincinnati’s league-leading sack attack overwhelms the Cowboys’ sorry offensive line.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals at Seahawks. With John Skelton back under center, Arizona’s offense should move from putrid to mediocre. So you can expect more than the 22 yards Wells delivered against the Jets; but not enough to justify starting him. Seattle’s run defense isn’t awesome, but it’s good enough to ground this rushing attack.
Reggie Bush, RB, Dolphins at 49ers. It could be an ugly afternoon for the Dolphins when they travel cross-country to face the NFL’s third-best run defense. Bush has been up and down all season — mostly down — so there’s little reason to believe he’ll score just the fourth rushing TD of the season against this unit.
Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers at Steelers. It’s hard to sit one of the hottest receivers in the business, but this is a scary matchup for his team. Philip Rivers is on a three-game slide, and he’ll be facing the league’s stingiest pass defense.
Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys at Bengals. By hook or crook, Romo will find a way to get the ball into the hands of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. But Austin has clearly fallen down the pecking order, making his prospects for success dim Sunday.
Taking a flier
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans at Colts. Most people gave up on Britt a long time ago; but perhaps it’s time to give him another look. He has scored in consecutive weeks, despite catching just five balls during that span. Facing a weak Colts secondary, Britt has a good chance to pay handsome dividends on Sunday.
Don’t be the bonehead who … hangs onto Percy Harvin, now that he’s been exiled to injured reserve. Drop him and pick up a sleeper, say T.Y. Hilton, who could potentially help your team through a postseason run. Anyone is preferable to a guy with “IR” by his name.