Start – Ben Tate, RB, Texans
Neither yards nor touchdowns have shown up for Tate this season, but it’s not time to give up on him just yet – quite the opposite. With Arian Foster out for the season, it’s all Tate in Houston from here on out. While the team is virtually out of the playoff hunt, Tate is interviewing for the rest of this season as he will become a free agent in 2014. With the Texans taking on a Jaguars squad that just lost its best player on defense, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, Tate is geared up for a big Sunday.
Sit – Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
RGIII is coming off a solid fantasy performance in a losing effort to Philadelphia last week. This week Washington hosts San Francisco on Monday night. The Niners have been stingy to opposing quarterbacks this year, ranking sixth overall in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Coming off of a tough loss to the Saints, the Niners will be out for blood against a lesser Washington squad.
Start – Zac Stacy, RB, Rams
At this point, Stacy should not only be owned in every fantasy league in the country, but also starting in at least 80 percent of leagues. Stacy’s workload over his past three games has been astounding, averaging just less than 27 carries per game (79 carries in that stretch). Now, coming off of a bye week, Stacy takes on a Bears’ defense that has given up 486 total rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in their last three contests. Solid RB1 or RB2 this week.
Sit – Ray Rice, RB, Ravens
Rice rebounded last week, rushing for more than 100 yards for the first time this season and scoring his first touchdown since Week 5. This week, things will come crashing back down for Rice and the Ravens’ running game as they take on the best rushing defense in the NFL in the New York Jets this Sunday. The Ravens will go to the air, not leaving many opportunities for Rice to dominate.
Start – Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants
Nicks’ days as a solid red zone threat appear to be behind him as he has yet to score a touchdown this season. With the rise of Reuben Randle, Nicks’ usage has dipped even more over previous weeks, but that could change this Sunday. Since Randle has caught six touchdowns in as many games, he is bound to get more attention from defenses, meaning Nicks could have more one-on-one opportunities against an inconsistent Cowboys defense.