Week 16: Sit 'Em
Although a nice surprise for fantasy owners this season, Carson Palmer should be left on fantasy benches this week. Palmer has been a consistent performer this season, but may face one of the league's top defenses without his best target -- Larry Fitzgerald -- this week. Fitzgerald suffered a concussion late in Sundays game, and Palmer's fantasy outlook this week would be bleak without his star receiver. Even if Fitzgerald is able to recover for this week's game, I would leave Carson Palmer on fantasy benches this week.
While Andrew Luck and the Colts offense found their stride against the Texans in week 15, Luck still turned in a below average fantasy game -- throwing for just 180 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Luck put up good numbers in the first half, but with the Texans unable to put any points on the board, the Colts ran the ball more in the second half thus leaving Luck owners disappointed once again. Luck and the Colts offense should have a tougher go of it in week 16 in Kansas City. The second year quarterback has been too inconsistent this season, making it hard for fantasy owners to trust him in such a big game.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
A terrible season for the Falcons and their offense has included off season signing Steven Jackson. Jackson has failed to break 100 rushing yards in a game this season, but did find the endzone twice in week 15. The veteran running back is unlikely to repeat that feat this week, making him a borderline Flex play in fantasy championships. The Falcons' struggling offense will have trouble moving the ball against the 49ers' sixth ranked rush defense, meaning that Jackson is unlikely to break the 100 yard mark for the first time this season. Fantasy owners should leave the aging running back on their benches this week.
One of the ultimate boom or bust fantasy plays this week will be C.J. Spiller. A high first round pick in fantasy drafts this season, Spiller has failed to live up to his draft status, having more awful games than good ones this season. Fantasy owners have been facing a weekly dilemma on what to do with the flashy running back, and this week is no different. Spiller touched the ball nine times for a total of seven yards in the Bills' first matchup with the Dolphins this season, but always has the potential to break a long touchdown or two. Despite the breakout potential, I would not trust C.J. Spiller as a starter this week.
DeAngelo Williams turned in his best performance of the season in week 15, but should not be trusted as anything more than a borderline RB2 this week. Williams rushed for 81 yards and added 87 more and a touchdown through the air against the Jets, but is unlikely to repeat that performance this week. Williams loses all goaline carries to Mike Tolbert, leaving it unlikely that he will be able to find the endzone again this week. Fantasy owners expecting Williams to top 100 total yards again this week will be disappointed.