Week 10 Start’em – Sit’em
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After listing out players I thought were worthy of fringe start and sit options this week, I had to laugh as many are found in a few games. Below you will see a lot of players involved in the Bengals vs. Giants game and Patriots vs Bills contest. Both of those games should be fantasy friendly for many of the offensive players.
Another game in which you will see players listed is the Jets vs. Seahawks and the Chiefs squaring off against the Steelers. While the Steelers should pull out a victory but keep in mind, the Chiefs have played them tough in recent matchups and in their latest matchups.
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QB. Andy Dalton vs. Giants -
The Bengals defense held tough against the Broncos through the first half but Peyton Manning still threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns by games end. That was on a good day for the Bengals defense, and we should expect the Bengals to find themselves in another high-scoring affair as the face the Giants this week.
Don’t by into the Eli Manning slump as New York will have success against this defense.
QB. Andrew Luck @ Jaguars -
Surprise! Luck is one of the next-generation stars at the quarterback position and will likely win a few championships before his days are done. For now, the Colts are reliant on Luck to throw the football to win games as the rookie is averaging 42 passing attempts per contest.
Week three Luck posted 313 yards, two touchdown passes and ran for 50 yards against the Jaguars. Consider the rookie a QB1 option this week.
QB. Eli Manning @ Bengals -
Sure, Manning has struggled in recent weeks but credit his miss fortunes in part to playing against some darn good secondaries. It’s time to squash the though that Pittsburgh is an over the hill defense, incapable of playing shut down football after solid performances against the Bengals, Redskins and Giants.
Cincinnati doesn’t have the corners that Dallas has nor do they have the overall personnel or scheme of Pittsburgh. Manning will have success and we should expect over 300 yards and two or more scores in this game.
RB. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Bengals -
Bradshaw has struggled in recent weeks as continued problems with his feet have opened the door for Andre Brown to take over the goal-line responsibilities. While the Bengals played well against Willis McGahee last week, I’m not convinced they’ve fixed their problems against the run that still has them listed as 17th overall against the run and 25th in the league in points given up.
RB. Rashad Jennings vs. Colts -
While Jennings has struggled since taking over for Maurice Jones-Drew, he should have a big game against the Colts on Thursday. Active in the passing game, Jennings has added value for those of you in PPR leagues but we should expect him to top the century mark in the running game and find the end zone.
RB. Shane Vereen vs. Bills -
The Bills are one of the worst defenses against the run and for good reason. Giving up an average of 169.5 yards on the ground per week, Vereen should have plenty of opportunity to rush for big numbers playing behind Stevan Ridley.
Back in week four, both Ridley and Brandon Bolden rushed for over 100 yards and I expect both Vereen to post over 75 yards and a score.
WR. Brandon Lloyd vs. Bills -
Tom Brady and Lloyd have struggled to hook up down the field but let’s hope Lloyd’s two touchdowns in the Patriots last contest against the Rams is a sign of big things to come. Brady will spread the football around, but the deep ball should come soon and Lloyd will be the receiver who benefits when that happens.
WR. Hakeem Nicks @ Bengals -
Nicks has struggled through injuries since OTA’s and while he was a non factor against the Steelers, stick with him against the Bengals this week. If he fails to get it done as a WR3 option this week, it’s time to bench him.
WR. Stevie Johnson @ Patriots -
A leg injury slowed Johnson down last week, but he should be fine for this week against the Patriots. Johnson had a down week against New England back in week four but I can’t imagine he won’t get it done this week. New England has regressed as a pass defense since their previous matchup, and Johnson should be a lock for 75 yards and a score this week.
D. Steelers Defense vs. Chiefs -
Just like last year, the Steelers defense started out slow and is coming on in the middle of the season. Pittsbugh’s offense tends to have problems against the Chiefs, but the defense will be solid against Kansas City’s offense.
D. Seahawks Defense vs. Jets -
Disappointed in the Seahawks last week but it was a terrific effort from Adrian Peterson that spoiled what should have been a big performance from this defense. Thankfully, the Jets don’t have a running back with the same skills of Peterson, and Mark Sanchez will have a rough day. This should be a big week for Seattle.
QB. Ben Roethlisbergers vs. Chiefs -
Big Ben has struggled in the past against the Chiefs and the loss of Antonio Brown to an ankle injury won’t help matters. Stay away from Roethlisberger this week, as the Steelers will rely on the defense and an emerging ground game to win.
QB. Tony Romo @ Eagles -
Romo was horrible against the Eagles both times last year and his struggles to throw touchdowns doesn’t help his odds of finding the starting lineup in fantasy leagues. With Dallas and Philadelphia both looking like dysfunctional offenses, we could see a 13 to 10 football game with Romo owns disappointed.
RB. Felix Jones @ Eagles -
I don’t care if DeMarco Murray is out again and the Cowboys are insistent on Jones working in the running game, stay away. If you must start him, make sure your at least in a PPR league because you can maximize his work in the passing game.
RB. Jonathan Stewart vs. Broncos -
After it appeared the Panthers were ready to use Stewart as the main option in the running game, they reverted back to a committee approach using DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert more often. Stewart ran well last week but 8 to 10 carries a game won’t cut it, keep him on the bench.
WR. Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens @ 49ers -
The Rams will face one of the tougher defenses in football this week and Danny Amendola’s return stands to threaten both Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens looks in the passing game.
WR. Jeremy Kerley @ Seahawks -
After a big game against the Patriots, the Dolphins made a point of taking Kerley away with double coverage at times. This will be another tough week for Kerley as he faces one of the better young secondaries in the game.
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