By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
With only a few short weeks left in the 2014 fantasy football regular
season, it's time for fantasy owners to really buckle down and make some
popular or unpopular decisions in route to making the playoffs. Each
roster decision made is magnified and scrutinized over and over. No
fantasy owner can afford to make the wrong decision when it comes to
which players to start and which players to sit. Welcome to the week 12
edition of "Fine or Pine".
Fine- Colin Kapernick- San Francisco 49ers- Let's face the facts if
you're a Colin Kapernick owner. If you can't trust him this week versus
the Redskins, you can't trust him at all. While fantasy owners haven't
had much cause for starting Kapernick this season, the week 12 matchup
is as enticing as it will get for Kaepernick. The Washington defense is
allowing over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing signal callers
while Kapernick is averaging over 20 fantasy points per week. If the
49ers signal caller can't get the job done for fantasy owners this week,
he's not worth having on your roster at all.
Pine- Eli Manning- New York Giants- While I highly doubt anyone will be
willingly starting the Giants signal caller any time soon, there may be
some instances where fantasy owners have no choice. Maybe the bye week
has you short handed or you play in a two quarterback league, but
starting Eli Manning is a wise decision. Coming off of a five
interception game in week 11 versus the 49ers and throwing six
interceptions to only two touchdowns in his last two games, Eli Manning
has become a fantasy after thought. He's also been held under 20 fantasy
points the last two weeks and a matchup with the Cowboys won't do him
any favors as the Dallas defense has help opposing quarterback to under
20 fantasy points all season.
Fine- A.J. Green- Cincinnati Bengals- Of course you should start A.J.
Green every week if you own him. You didn't need me to tell you that.
What you may have needed me to tell you is Green faces an opponent this
week in the Houston Texans that is now allowing the most fantasy points
to the wide receiver at almost 45 points per game. Even more in his
favor is that Green is averaging over 12 fantasy points per game and has
only one game this season where he was helps to single digit fantasy
points and that was his first game back from his toe injury. If you're
an A.J. Green owner, get him into your starting lineup and watch the
fantasy points roll in.
Pine- Julio Jones- Atlanta Falcons- As obvious as I was with starting
A.J. Green this week, I'm going to be bold with sitting the Falcons stud
wide out Julio Jones for the simple reason of the production just
hasn't been there this year. For starters, Jones will have Joe Haden
covering him this week and secondly, Julio Jones has one double digit
fantasy points games since week five. You read that right. One double
digit fantasy points game since week five. That just won't cut it this
close to the fantasy playoffs.
Fine- Isaiah Crowell- Cleveland Browns- The Browns rookie back has
scored 10.1 and 9.1 respectively his last two outings and the Atlanta
Falcons happen to be the worst run defense in fantasy football in 2014
allowing 30 fantasy points per week to the running back position. With
Crowell set to handle a majority of the carries this week, how can
fantasy owners not like him to finish a top player at his position?
Pine- Jonas Gray- New England Patriots- There is a very simple theory
behind my sitting Jonas Gray a week after he rushed for over 200 yards
and a Patriots record four touchdowns. There is no way he or any player
can repeat that performance. While Gray is more than worth a stash on
any type of format in fantasy football, any owners that are rostering
him cannot and should not expect that kind of production on a week to
week basis. It will still be difficult to predict what the Patriots will
do from week to week and there is always a chance that Jonas Gray isn't
a big part of the Patriots' game plan in week 12. He faces a touch
Detroit run defense who are in the top ten when it comes to defending
against the run.
Fine- Coby Fleener- Indianapolis Colts- With Dwayne Allen looking more
and more like a no go for week 12, fantasy owners need to get Coby
Fleener into their starting lineups if for this week only. With a
matchup versus the Jaguars on tap, Coby Fleener becomes a top fantasy
tight end this week before he even plays a snap. The Jaguars tend to
forget about the tight end while they are allowing over 13 fantasy
points per game to the position. Even more appealing for fantasy owners
is that Fleener is coming off of back to back double digit fantasy
points game and last week versus the Patriots, when Allen went out with
his ankle injury, Fleener stepped up to the tune of seven catches for
144 yards all on seven targets. TE one all the way in week 12.
Pine- Vernon Davis- San Francisco 49ers- Let's face facts here fantasy
owners. Vernon Davis is dead to us. At least for the remainder of this
season. With one game of double digit fantasy points (way back in week
one), VD provides no fantasy value whatsoever at this point and Colin
Kaepernick doesn't even look his way much either. With no more than six
targets and four receptions on the year, fantasy owners can find more
production on their waiver wire.
Fine- San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers have popped up everywhere in this
article this week. Maybe that's because the 49ers face the lowly
Redskins and while the San Francisco defense isn't what it has been
under Jim Harbaugh, they still have a great matchup this week. The
Redskins are an offense under Robert Griffin III, that either will throw
interceptions, or just hold onto the ball longer that advised. Fantasy
owners can expect a couple of turnovers from the 49ers defense in this
game while holding the Washington offense in check as well.
Pine- Detroit Lions- I realize the Lions defense has been one of the
better fantasy defenses this season, but the Patriots offense has been
that much better since the beating they took at the hands of the Chiefs
back in week five. With Tom Brady averaging 23 fantasy points per game
and Gronk averaging almost 13 fantasy points per game, the New England
Patriots are a team fantasy owners need to sit the opposing defenses