Week 10 IDP – Start’em, Sit’em
Mason Foster vs Texans –
After a breakout run at the beginning of the season, Mason Foster was slowed by an ankle injury for most of the past month. Looking healthy again, and playing all three downs coming off the teams bye, Foster posted nine tackles against the Saints, and has a solid matchup at home vs the Texans this weekend.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is done for the season, which lead to the Buccaneers making a desperate signing of Albert Haynesworth for a presence at defensive tackle. Haynesworth has failed to do much this year, so expect the Texans to excel at what they do best, attacking with the running game. This could be a huge week for Foster so consider him a must start LB-2 play this week.
James Harrison @ Bengals –
If you had the chance to watch the Steelers play the Ravens last week, it was hard to miss the impact James Harrison had on the game. Harrison has had health problems dating back to his back surgery in the off-season, but he clearly looked like his old dominant self-last week.
When healthy, Harrison is a solid LB-2 play and should be viewed as a must start against the Bengals this week. Who knows how long his health will hold up, but he could be in line for a strong second half, if he continues to stay healthy.
Browns Defensive Linemen – Sheard, Taylor, Rubin vs. Rams –
The Browns have struggled badly in recent weeks but their front line should have an opportunity to make some plays against a Rams offensive line that has struggled in pass protection. Athyba Rubin is good enough to be a weekly starter, regardless of the matchup, but look to Jabaal Sheard and Phil Taylor as respectable DL-3 plays this week.
Jamar Chaney vs. Cardinals –
Coming off a strong game against the Bears, it is advisable that you bench Jamar Chaney this week as the Cardinals aren’t a favorable matchup. Don’t expect the Cardinals to hang around long in this contest or sustain long drives as Beanie Wells is clearly struggling with his knee injury, and the running game will have a tough time exploiting the Eagles problems in that area.
Sean Lee vs. Bills –
This is a tough on for me, as Sean Lee has clearly broken out as an elite linebacker for IDP leagues this year, but he’s going to play with a busted wrist that will be wrapped up going forward. Lee likely won’t play at the level we’ve come to expect but he will make the Cowboys defense better. Stay away from him this week if you can and let’s see how he performs with his ailment.
Jordan Babinauex @ Panthers –
It looks like Jordan Babinauex will keep his starting job for now, but with Chris Hope back this week the Titans are expected to rotate him in for some snaps. I would expect Hope’s role to expand as the weeks progress, because he’s the normal starter, and regarded as a better safety in general.
John Abraham vs Saints –
I was disappointed by John Abraham’s performance against the Colts, after he looked good before the Falcons bye week when playing the Lions. I’m not sure what Abraham has left at his age, and it seems he will be an up and down performer at this point for sack opportunities. Outside of my top 30, Abraham should be benched until we can see some consistency in his game.
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