Many, many leagues begin their playoffs this week...it's an exciting time of the year for us fantasy geeks.
This column will be a little shorter than usual due to my attention being diverted by a developing situation outside the realm of fantasy sports (gasp...there's a realm outside fantasy sports??) My apologies.
Start- Kellen Clemens- True, he might be down a couple of weapons. However, this one will be a shootout due to Cleveland's excellent offense coupled with their awful defense. Kellen will be flinging the rock all day long, never a bad thing. Forecast: 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Sit- Marc Bulger- Yes, he's been medically cleared from his concussion to play against the Bungles. That doesn't mean he should be in your lineup. One sack could end his day fast. Forecast: 150 yards
Start- Kolby Smith- Running backs going against the Denver Broncos tend to be an automatic start. Smith gained 83 yards last week against an improving San Diego line last week, so he's shown he has the right stuff to succeed. The only cautionary flag is the fact that his o-line is banged up right now. Forecast: 90 yards, 1 touchdown
Sit- Willis McGahee- McGahee keeps rearing his head in this column on both sides of the Start/Sit meter. This week, we're going with the Sit option. He did play very well against New England on Monday night, but the Colts have studied that game tape and will focus on stuffing him and making Kyle Boller beat them through the air. Forecast: 65 yards
Start- Bobby Engram- If you own Engram, you've got to be very pleased with his 38 catches and 2 touchdowns since his bye week (October 28). He has taken advantage of the instability involving the Seattle receiving corps and proven himself to be a steady force to be counted on. Start him with confidence against a banged up Arizona defense. Forecast- 8 receptions, 100 yards, 1 touchdown
Sit- Larry Fitzgerald- Fitz picked the wrong time of year to come down with a groin strain. He is likely a game time decision against Seattle. Even if he goes, he's still not going to be healthy enough to take advantage of Anquan Boldin's absence. Forecast- 4 receptions, 50 yards
Start- Ben Watson- Watson's numbers have been nothing to write home about lately. He also had a couple of crucial drops against the Ravens. However, he makes for a sneaky play against Pittsburgh, who will be concentrating hard on limiting Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Forecast- 4 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown
Sit- Alge Crumpler- Crumpler did have a big game last week against St Louis. However, he has done little else this season to justify a starting role in your lineup. Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling he doesn't do a lot on Monday night against New Orleans.- Forecast- 3 receptions, 30 yards
Start- San Diego- The Chargers have been pretty hit or miss this season. However, they face a Tennessee team that is banged up and running on fumes these days. The Titans defense won't be able to hold back LT, so their offense is going to have to air it out, which will play right into San Diego's hands. Forecast- 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery
Sit- New York Giants- In the last game they played against the Eagles, their pass rush destroyed Philadelphia and Donovan McNabb. I can't see the Eagles letting that happen again. Besides, this is a statement game for the Iggles at home and I expect them to come out gunning. Forecast- 1 sack, 1 interception