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Start ’em, Sit ’em: Trust in Johnny Manziel

December 11, 2014 | By Ken LeBlanc | comment on this post
Chris Johnson get to go up against his former team for the New York Jets.
Chris Johnson should excel against his ex-mates. (Thesportsquotient.com)

Let’s get this week started by congratulating the Fantasy playoffs winners… you are now one win away from your league’s Superbowl. Week 15 has more stories than Shakespeare, from Johnny Football starting to RG3’s last dance in Washington. There are plenty of options for the semifinals, however just like Shakespeare they don’t all have happy endings. Have no fear, our Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em picks for Week 15 can guide through the stories that most affect your Superbowl run.

START ‘EM

Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. CIN: Johnny Football is getting his first start of his career. While most people stay away from rookie quarterbacks in their first start there are four main reasons why Manziel can start for you in Week 15. His arm, his legs (it sounds like they plan to let him run, as you can see in the video below), a suspect Cincy defense, and both Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are healthy.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins @ NYG: Is this the end of Griffin in Washington? A final farewell? Or a resurrection? In a way it’s all of the above. The Giants have struggled to stop the run which will help the Redskins game plan a good scheme for RG3 so they can trade him in the offseason.

Chris Johnson, RB, New York Jets @ TEN: Johnson’s first season as a Jet has been a large disappointment for Fantasy owners that took the risk when drafting him. Week 15 can make that risk pay off assuming you stashed Johnson on your bench. Playing against his former team — which has the worst run defense in the league statistically — Johnson should have his best game yet as a Jet.

Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears vs. NOR: The season-ending injury for Brandon Marshall has opened the door for Wilson and it couldn’t have been at a better time. The Saints have been struggling on defense all year, ranking 29th against the pass. Wilson has all the tools and now the opportunity, and the best part is he is probably still a free agent in your league.

SIT ‘EM

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers @ BUF: After last week’s performance by C.J. Anderson against the Bills, Lacy probably looks like a good play. The reality of the situation is the Bills defense has been incredible all year — top 10 against the run and pass. If you have no other option then start Lacy, but just keep in mind that a lot of Fantasy backup running backs have great match-ups this weekend and will surprise.

Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions vs. MIN: Bush has had an injury plagued year and although he appears to be healthy and back on the field it may be too late. Joique Bell has been great the past two weeks and he is the hot hand right now. Last week was Bush’s first game in over a month and he managed just 12 touches, averaging 2.8 yards per touch. Bush’s handcuff has become the go-to guy in Detroit which makes Bush the new handcuff.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans @ IND: This is a very tough decision, but it’s one that could help you avoid a disaster. Vonte Davis has been arguably the best cornerback this season and with Andre Johnson’s health in question there is no doubt that Davis will be asked to shut down Hopkins. Davis missed last game because of a concussion, but should be available to play Week 15 and if he does be bold and bench Hopkins.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings @ DET: The Lions have the best rush defense right now and Asiata has been struggling lately. Week 15 could be the week that Asiata loses his starting gig for the second time this season. It’s already being reported that Ben Tate will be getting more looks in Week 15. There are too many questions with Asiata to risk using him in the playoffs — especially against the Lions.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who you’ll be starting and sitting this weekend.

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7 Responses to “Start ’em, Sit ’em: Trust in Johnny Manziel”

  1. jim flanagan says:

    Well done Kenny

  2. Ken LeBlanc says:

    Thank you, I appreciate your kind words.

  3. Horrible Picks says:

    Hahaha Manziel bombed,Chris Johnson bombed, Eddie Lacy killed it

    Note to self, never trust this guy’s “start em, sit em”, ever hahaha

    Might want to look for a new day job

  4. RotoRob says:

    Wow, it really takes a genius to say hindsight is 20-20. The fact is that Ken had the guts to put his name to his picks, but a spineless twat like you criticizes anonymously. Come out from the shadows and face your opponent in a fair fight.

  5. Josh Johnson says:

    Maybe Mr. horrible picks would like to write or start/sit column for week 17? You have one week to produce a 700-900 words article? Email it to me at josh@rotorob.com by next Wednesday please. I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Ken LeBlanc says:

    The truth is no one picks it right everytime. I had a down year in terms of predictions, but I did have some good picks that very few had. I was honoured to be asked to write for RotoRob.com, they are great people with great sports knowledge. My only response to your comment, Mr. Horrible Picks, would just be some advice I have for you, try writing something productive and positive instead of something full of hate, it’s amazing how writing positive words can take away the pain you’re feeling. Hatred comes from jealousy and there is no reason to be jealous of me, if you work hard you can be a good writer too someday.

  7. RotoRob says:

    Well said, Ken. And thanks for all your great contributions this season.