If you’re still playing, congratulations, as you probably have made your league’s playoffs. I’m here to try and give you some players that while considered no-brainers to start at some point this season, they are not must starts in Week 14.
5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
After two monster games against the Vikings and the Jets totaling 279 yards and three TD’s on 12 catches, the former Clemson standout has slowed down of late. He has just 13 catches the last month and zero scores. Kyle Orton certainly hasn’t helped much with his inconsistencies and his tendency to often dump passes off. Factor in that he’s dealing with a hip injury and may be questionable, I’d consider benching Watkins this week if I have other options.
4. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
Only hitting 100 yards once this season, Morris has been mediocre this season in my estimation. Many people expected him to return to a top five RB, but injuries and bad play at the QB position have sent the Redskins offense into a tailspin. He has no TD’s in his last three games at home and they take on a Rams team that is rejuvenated, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
3. Steve Smith, WR, Ravens
Only reaching the end zone once in the last six games, Smith has not continued his hot start to the season. Smith had just one catch for two yards last week in an upset loss to San Diego, and in his previous two games at home totaled just six catches for 84 yards. With the re-emergence of Torrey Smith and a healthy Owen Daniels, the former Carolina Panther has slowly been phased out of the passing game.
2. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets
In weeks seven and eight combined, Ivory had 150 yards and three TD’s. Since then, he has just over 160 yards in four games with no scores. The production is down and the playing time is down thanks to Chris Johnson’s re-emergence. The passing game shows no ability to get the ball downfield so teams are continuing to stack the box which is hurting his value as well. Bench him this week against a Vikings defense that did a nice job against the run last week and continues to improve under first year head coach Mike Zimmer.
1. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
Matching up against Darrelle Revis is never a good option, especially for an undersized receiver such as Allen. I understand he had his best game of the year last week with 11 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but his last four games at home he has just one TD and is averaging a shade over 60 yards per game. I’d bench him this week if I had better options.