The playoffs are here. You made it. Don't screw it up.
I got a mulligan after sitting the Eagles' Brian Westbrook in a fit of pique on Thanksgiving, leaving nearly 40 points on the bench and losing by eight.But the next dumb roster move will be your last this time of year. So don't dream of sitting the Panthers' dazzling DeAngelo Williams against Tampa Bay's tough defense. Don't shy away from Dallas quarterback Tony Romo in Pittsburgh either.
But do bench Clinton Portis. He's awfully banged up, most notably a stiff neck suffered last week when the Giants held him to 22 yards.
Expect more of the same when the Redskins travel to Baltimore on Sunday night. The Ravens haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher for 31 straight games. Portis hasn't found the end zone for five games in a row. Factor in the injuries, and the NFL's No. 2 rusher is just too risky.
Pick your Packer: Ryan Grant injured his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Panthers and didn't return. Brandon Jackson stepped in and looked really good, with 80 yards on 11 carries in just over two quarters of play. Now Grant's practicing with a splint on his thumb while Jackson rests his injured quadriceps.
What to do? Grab Jackson off the waiver wire and stash him on your bench. Monitor Grant's injury status, but start him only if you must.
I know, the matchup is great for Green Bay: at home after a disappointing loss against a middling Texans run defense. But Grant likely has been on your bubble for most of his disappointing season, so go with your Plan B once again.
Extra pointers: However the situation with Pat and Kevin Williams plays out, don't shy away from playing the Vikings' defense in Detroit. But Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith might find a bit more daylight this week. ... No matter who he's throwing to, you can count on steady Eli Manning. So look for Amani Toomer to reel in his third TD pass in as many weeks. ... Not on board with Denver's Peyton Hillis yet? You should be. With 247 yards and four scores in his last three games, this former Razorback is officially the Broncos' feature back. Believe it or not, he was still available in one of my leagues. And at home against the woeful Chiefs? Forget it. ... Indianapolis has survived close calls in five straight wins -- none more surprising than a 10-6 escape in Cleveland. So bet on your Colts to break out against the Bengals. No duh. But that even includes the more and more irrelevant Marvin Harrison. Just a hunch.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun