Every fantasy owner has one guy on his team that he just isn’t confident about week in and week out. He may or may not warrant a spot in a starting lineup each week, giving owners headaches. If one of those players is on the list below, the decision just got a little bit easier.
Benching of the Week – Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
As Cam Newton finds his groove in Carolina, Steve Smith has yet to join the party. With other deep threats at Newton’s disposal such as Ted Ginn and Brandon Lafell, Smith has failed to top 69 yards in a game so far this year. The production from the former speedster is clearly dipping and a matchup with a tough 49ers secondary this week will only add to Smith’s woes. The 49ers give up the seventh least fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, so don’t rely on Smith this week.
Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
With a matchup against Darelle Revis on the horizon, the upcoming week does not look promising for the frustrating Wallace. Wallace has not scored since Week 2 and has only topped 100 yards receiving twice this year. With an average of 60 yards receiving per game, Miami’s big ticket free agent has been mostly a disappointment. With RB Lamar Miller playing well in two straight games, the Dolphins may stick to the ground game and try to avoid throwing against Revis, leaving Wallace to have a quiet Week10.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers
With the Philadelphia Eagles coming to town in Week 10, the matchup for Jones looks great on paper. But, with Aaron Rodgers out and Seneca Wallace now at the helm of the Packers offense, nothing can be considered a good matchup for any Packers wide receiver. Wallace looked horrible last week against the Bears, and as a result, Jones only finished with 17 yards on three targets. Look for the Packers to again rely on the legs of Eddie Lacy and James Starks while airing it out as little as possible this week.