World-Herald staff writer Cameron Carlow takes a look at the players that are smart to start and fit to sit this week in Fantasy Football.
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SMART TO START
Tony Romo, Cowboys: Romo hasn't put up big-time fantasy numbers in three straight outings, but in that span he has five touchdowns to just one interception. This week he goes against a Bears defense that is average at best.
Josh McCown, Bears: After throwing for 350-plus yards in two straight games, McCown will make Monday's matchup with Dallas a high-scoring affair.
Shane Vereen, Patriots: Vereen has run the ball 10 times in each of the last two games, but his 13 catches in that span have helped his production. Plus, Bill Belichick has shown that he trusts Vereen, a rarity in the New England backfield.
Le'Veon Bell, Steelers: The biggest surprise last week from Bell was his seven catches for 63 yards. The rookie has been playing more in passing situations, leading to more overall touches and yards.
Keenan Allen, Chargers: The rookie had more than 100 yards receiving in each of the last two games and has hit the mark five times this season. Also, his 17 catches over the last two games is his best two-game total this season. He has a good chance to keep it up against a bad Giants defense Sunday.
Mike Wallace, Dolphins: Of his three touchdowns this season, two have come in the last two weeks. Is it a coincidence, or are Ryan Tannehill and him finally getting on the same page? I'll take the latter.
FIT TO SIT
Robert Griffin III, Redskins: Griffin ran for seven touchdowns as a rookie last season. This year: zero. Now he faces a fierce Chiefs defense that's looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers: Kaepernick threw for 275 yards last week, his highest total since Week 1. But don't expect a repeat performance against a Seattle defense allowing a league-best 177.3 passing yards per game.
Ray Rice, Ravens: Even against a bad Minnesota run defense, Rice isn't a valid option. He's run for just 62 yards in the last two games combined and has just one touchdown since Week 6.
Joique Bell, Lions: Don't be fooled by Bell's big game on Thanksgiving. The Lions got up big and took some of the load off Reggie Bush. Bell won't see 19 carries against the Eagles on Sunday, but he's proven to be a valuable goal-line back if you're out of other options.
Steve Smith, Panthers: Smith is yet to top six catches in a game this season. He hasn't hit 70 receiving yards yet and hasn't scored since Week 7. Combine that with the Saints' fourth-ranked passing defense, and it's a disaster waiting to happen.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts: Hilton has been a boom-or-bust player all season. He has four 100-yard games and eight performances of less than 50 yards. Don't be optimistic on Hilton against the Bengals' eighth-ranked passing defense.