Fantasy Football Week 14: Stars Who Should Be Benched Before Fantasy Playoffs

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football games are too important at this time of the year to keep a dud in your lineup.

Even if a player has carried your team all season, it is vital to put him on your bench if he is about to have a bad week.

These players are all set to have poor performances compared to their usual outputs. That does not mean you should pick up Ryan Lindley and start him, but look out for better options this week.

You certainly do not want to trust these players with your season on the line.


Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

After two huge games, many will want to hop on the Tony Romo train. This is not a good idea.

Romo recently torched the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the second-most passing yards in football, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who seems to have given up defensively.

This week will be a tougher matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. After a rough start to the year, the Bengals have greatly improved the defense. In the last four weeks, opposing quarterbacks are averaging only 5.5 fantasy points per game.

Only four teams have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than Cincinnati this season.

In addition, Romo has not scored more than 16 fantasy points in a road game since Week 1. He is simply not to be trusted this week.


Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins 

Facing the San Francisco 49ers is usually a death wish for opposing running backs, and it will be no different this week for Reggie Bush.

Only two running backs have scored on this defense this season, and both runs were from inside the 10. Unfortunately for Bush, that has been Daniel Thomas territory for most of the year.

The starter has five touchdowns, but all of them have started from beyond the 10-yard line.

To make matters worse, Bush has not received more than 15 carries in any game since Week 5. His lack of usage just does not allow consistent fantasy production.

Against the 49ers, that production will all but disappear.


Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers

Although he is coming off his best game of the season, it is tough to believe this trend will continue against the Atlanta Falcons.

The defense has a knack for giving up yards through the air, but it rarely gives up a touchdown. A receiver has not scored on this team in three weeks, and the team has only allowed six touchdowns to wideouts all year. 

In addition, quarterback Cam Newton is finally starting to spread the ball around to the rest of his team. Smith has not caught more than five passes in a game since Week 8, but eight different Panthers ended last week with a reception.

Smith still has incredible skill as a receiver. The problem is that he cannot remain productive without getting the ball.


Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Being athletic and talented does not always guarantee production from the tight end position. Vernon Davis is a prime example after a disappointing year.

Increased attention from opposing defenses has effectively shut down the tight end. He only had more than three fantasy points in one of the last seven games. 

It originally seemed like Colin Kaepernick would focus more on Davis than Alex Smith did, but that has not been the case in the last two games. In fact, the new quarterback takes away even more touchdown opportunities as he has the ability to run it in himself.

The Miami Dolphins have only allowed two touchdowns to tight ends all season. It is not likely that this number increases after this week. 


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