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Austin Seferian-Jenkins

New York Jets

ASJ Ready to Play?


Jets TE Will Tye (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3 leaving Austin Seferian-Jenkins as the only healthy tight end with Jordan Leggett (doubtful, knee) and Eric Tomlinson (elbow) sidelined. Tye should play, but his status is going to lead to a larger workload for ASJ in his first game back.

Fantasy Goo: I’m buying into the renewed AS-J hype, dude is just a freak athlete that can change a game. He is also the only real option other than Kearse and McCown loves a TE. I believe I’m higher on him than any other expert so you might want to take this with a grain of salt, might be a week early on the hype train.


09/23/17, 09:04 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Target Monster


Ravens TE Maxx Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3. Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against Jacksonville.

Fantasy Goo: Ben Watson caught 8-of-8 targets for 91 yards last week, Maxx Williams also caught 4 passes on 4 targets. Flacco loves his TE’s, Watson should be the stream TE of the week with Maxx out, but Flacco needs to target him in the end-zone like Brees did two years ago.


09/23/17, 08:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles

Big Week Potential


The Giants will have to wait until Sunday morning to see if their top cornerback will suit up against the Eagles. Janoris Jenkins is in danger of missing his second straight game, with an ankle injury, and will be a game-time decision against the Eagles. Jenkins is listed as questionable, and hasn’t practiced all week, though he is scheduled to be a limited participant during a short session on Saturday.

Fantasy Goo: If Jenkins is out Alshon Jeffery becomes a must start in all formats, he’ll feast on Eli Apple who moves from slot CB to the outside. That also leaves a wide-open lane for Ertz to put up WR2 type numbers. Making him a viable flex play on DK if you are looking to spend up elsewhere.


09/23/17, 04:38 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Henry Begins Take-Over


Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays against the Seahawks in Week 3. Murray did get in a limited practice session on Friday, but even if he is active Henry out-touched him 14-10 in last week's win over the Jags while racking up a career-high 92 rushing yards.

Fantasy Goo: It's not a great match-up for Henry against Seattle, but his workload should be enough to consider starting him in all formats. If Murray is out Henry becomes a solid lock-it-in starter, that’s why he was going in the single-digit rounds in most drafts. If you have lazy owners in your league offer a trade for Henry and try to sell Murray while you have a chance.


09/22/17, 07:27 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Green Bay Packers

Targets Up for Grabs


Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Bengals.
This should move Jordy Nelson into the slot with Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams as the Packers' outside receivers versus Cincinnati. Despite the Questionable tag, Nelson is fully expected to play against the Bengals after missing almost all of Week 2 with what he deemed a "charley horse." We can consider Cobb as "week to week."

Fantasy Goo: With the Packers target leader Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Nelson should be locked and loaded into fantasy lineups as a WR1. Many DFS analysts are also eyeing Adams for a break-out game and I’ve seen Allison being scooped up in several dynasty/deep roster leagues.


09/22/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

Pats Injury Report Always a Long List


Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3 against the Texans. Chris Hogan (knee) and Amendola are questionable. Hogan was limited by a knee injury at practice this week but his status for Sunday has never been in doubt.

Fantasy Goo: Looks like Gillislee and Hogan should be solid plays this week. With Burkhead out both are in line to benefit greatly, Amendola could cut into Hogan just enough to knock him out of flex range though if he ends up playing.


09/22/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

At Least Two More Weeks of Zeke


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a date for a hearing in the Zeke Elliott case: Oct. 2.
It will be two weeks before the court of appeals even hears the arguments from both sides. This thing could certainly get strung out and the suspension could come next season.

Fantasy Goo: If you have him you’re going to have to ride this out all season. His schedule eases some after week 4 so if the court denies the plea from the NFL you are going to reap rewards that you expected when you drafted him. Something in my gut tells me that he will serve some sort of suspension this year though, either way you’ll never get fair value for him in a trade and my gut feeling could just be because I’m a Giants fan. I don’t get the sense that it’s worth handcuffing him at this point either, just because we can’t be sure who the handcuff is yet.


09/22/17, 06:26 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford (knee) Out for Sunday


Sam Bradford‘s knee could be a real problem. The Vikings quarterback is not expected to play on Sunday. Bradford will get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, on Friday. Whenever I hear Dr. Andrews name red flags go up, because it always seems to mean more surgery, but Andrews has performed Bradford’s first two ACL surgeries, so he’s quite familiar with his medical history.

Fantasy Goo: Bradford being out is definitely a down-grade for Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph with Keenum throwing the rock. Theilen gets the largest drop, averaging 9 more PPR points per game with Bradford in.


09/21/17, 08:09 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jimmy Graham

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (ankle) DNP Thursday.


That makes it two missed practices in a row and he's shaping up to be very questionable for Week 3 against the Titans. The Seahawks have listed him on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the team did say he banged his knee in Week 2. If Graham can't play, Luke Wilson would likely fill in while the Seahawks run with more three-wide sets.

Fantasy Goo: Whenever Graham is out you have to look for Tyler Locket to get more targets. It’s only a five game sample, but Lockett averages six more PPR points per game with Graham out.Pete Carroll came out Friday and said Graham, listed as questionable, should be fine for Sunday.


09/21/17, 07:37 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson Back for Arizona


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts, out-playing Kerwynn Williams. It appears as though he is ready to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence.

Fantasy Goo: We shouldn't expect more than an RB3 production, but he is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains un-owned (admittedly, probably not many). I’m looking to make some trades to clear roster space and grab him, bye weeks will be coming soon and he could end up with 15-20 carries some weeks.


09/21/17, 06:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 10

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 10

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 10

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 10

 

 

Bye Week Teams


Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins

 


 

 

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and A.J. Green fall into that category, to name a few. There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit. Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

 


START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Ben Roethlisberger (vs. KC, Monday night) – Big Ben hasn’t been outstanding this year, but he’s been consistent enough through the halfway point of the season to be ranked eighth in fantasy points per game. He’s also been extremely accurate, ranking fourth in the league in completion percentage (67.1) while tossing up the second-fewest interceptions (4) of all starting QBs. This Monday night, the Steelers return home to face a Kansas City Chiefs team that has allowed the third-most TDs and seventh-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks so far this season. With their backfield still a bit jumbled, look for Pittsburgh to let Big Ben pass his way to a victory and give his fantasy owners QB1 stats for the week.

 

Andrew Luck (at Jax, Thursday night) Even though Andrew Luck has thrown for just three touchdowns in his last five games, he’s still seventh in the league in fantasy points per game. The reason being is because he’s also managed to rush for four TDs during that stretch while averaging 284.6 passing yards a game. His Thursday night performance against the Jaguars wasn’t quite the explosion I was figuring on, but it wasn’t bad either. Luck completed a season-high 69.2 percent of his passes (18-for-26) for 227 yards, though his only touchdowns on the night would come on the ground as he ran for two TDs en route to an Indianapolis 27-10 victory.  FINAL STATISTICS:  18-for-26 – 227 yards – 0 TDs – 1 INT  //  7 rushes - 11 yards - 2 TDs

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (at NE) Not sure if I’ve ever had a tougher time putting a player in my top-10 than I did with Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. However, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t feel it was deserved. If you can believe it, in three games over the last two seasons, the former seventh-round pick out of Harvard has averaged 342 yards and 2.7 touchdowns against the Patriots. I might consider numbers like these a bit of a fluke if it weren’t for New England’s porous as hell pass defense. So far this season, the Patriots have given up the third most passing TDs, the fifth-most passing yards per game and the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. Basically, if you have either Aaron Rodgers or RGIII on a bye, or simply wanted to give your fantasy team a nice boost with a sleeper pick this week, Ryan Fitzpatrick is your man.

 

Josh Freeman (vs. SD) – What Big Josh Freeman has been able to do over the last four weeks is simply amazing. During that time, Freeman has averaged 314.3 yards and 2.8 touchdowns a game and now finds himself within the top-10 in fantasy points per game for QBs (ninth). My only question is whether he can actually keep up a streak like this because even though the fantasy numbers have been there, he’s still put up just a 56.7 completion percentage which needless to say, is pretty darn bad. This week the Bucs will be at home against a San Diego Chargers defense that has allowed just 310 total passing yards and no TDs in their last two games, though the numbers may be a little misguiding with rookie Brandon Weeden and god-awful Matt Cassel being the two QBs they faced. In the four games prior, they allowed an average of 301.3 passing yards and three TDs a game, numbers Freeman should be a little closer to than the other ones.

 

Eli Manning (at Cin) Eli Manning has been slowly falling down the fantasy ladder for about a month now as he has only two touchdown passes and one game throwing for over 200 yards in the Giants last four games. Granted, New York has won three of those four games and only lost the other one by a mere four points, but that doesn’t really mean too much to his fantasy owners now, does it. This week, Eli goes into Cincinnati to face a Bengals defense that seems to hold their own just fine (fantasy-wise) against the lesser QBs of the league, but have a bit of trouble containing the better ones. Despite his recent slump, I would still consider Eli Manning to be an elite QB both in real life and in fantasy, so with WR Hakeem Nicks getting very close to full health, look for the Giants QB to come out of his funk this Sunday.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Philip Rivers (at TB)

 

Carson Palmer (at Bal)

 

Andy Dalton (vs. NYG)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Ryan Tannehill (vs. Ten)

Joe Flacco (vs. Oak)

Jake Locker (at Mia)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Stevan Ridley (vs. Buf) Ridley seems to have had one of the more up-and-down seasons in fantasy this year, although after looking at the numbers, I was amazed by what I found. Exactly halfway through the season, Ridley is on pace for 300 carries, 1,432 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s also put up 100 rushing yards in half of his games and currently ranks seventh in fantasy points per game. It’s true he’s been a bit of a boom-or-bust guy as well putting up three games of 6.5 fantasy points or less thus far, but the booms have outstanding and well worth getting him in the starting lineup each week. Stevan’s biggest fantasy game of the season came in Week 4 against these same Buffalo Bills when he rushed for over 100 yards and ran in two touchdowns on the day. Can he repeat those numbers this Sunday? It’s a tall task, but well within the realms of possibility.

 

Willis McGahee (at Car) I’m not sure people realize how much of a difference it makes when players and teams take on a foe outside of their conference. The NFC has no idea what to expect from the AFC and of course the same holds true in the reverse. This generalization undoubtedly holds true when it comes to Willis McGahee. In his two games against the NFC so far this season, McGahee put up his two highest rushing totals (122 and 113 yards) and three of his four touchdowns while amassing over 5.2 yards per carry when his season average is just 4.2 YPC. See what I mean? This week he takes on an NFC-based Carolina Panthers team that has improved their run defense as the year has gone by, but it’s not quite good enough to buck the AFC-NFC trend.

 

Doug Martin (vs. SD) Alright, so we’ve heard all the stories now about how Doug Martin broke all sorts of fantasy league records after rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns against the Raiders last week. What you may NOT know, however, is that throughout NFL history, six other players have rushed for 200-plus yards and four TDs in the same game; Clinton Portis (2003), Mike Anderson (2000), Corey Dillon (1997), Barry Sanders (1991), Cookie Gilchrist (1963) and Jim Brown (1961). Rare company indeed. Martin’s 386 rushing yards and six touchdowns over the past two weeks has been ridiculous, but you have to think it slows down a bit this Sunday against a Chargers defense that allows the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (84.0) and the fifth-fewest yards per carry (3.7), as well as just a half a rushing TD per game. I still expect some nice numbers, but don’t expect lightning to strike twice this weekend.

 

Frank Gore (vs. StL) Frank Gore and the rest of the 49ers offense should be raring to go after their nice little mid-season bye last weekend. Just prior to the week off, the ‘Niners were doing all they could to keep Frank the Tank good and rested for a strong second-half push, so I expect them to start amping up his touches again as they look to gain home-field advantage for the playoffs. Despite his recent lack of usage, Gore still sits just outside the top-ten in fantasy points a game, though it wouldn’t shock me to see him jump up a couple of spots after an afternoon against the Rams this Sunday. Across the pond in England back in Week 8, the Patriots drubbed this St. Louis rush D for over 150 rushing yards, two touchdowns and 34.5 fantasy points, so it stands to reason that the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense will be able to do the same.

 

Michael Turner (at NO) – He ain’t pretty and he ain’t sexy, but damn does the Centaur get the job done. He’s visibly slow compared to the rest of the league at this point and might have trouble beating out a cement mixer in a race, but with the Falcons offense being so wide open right now, defenses are forced to play back and let Atlanta run whenever they want. This is exactly what happened last week against the Cowboys when Turner rushed for 102 yards and a three-yard touchdown. This week he gets to take on a New Orleans Saints defense that has allowed the most rushing yards, the most total yards and the fourth-most points per game in the league this year. The Atlanta and New Orleans offenses also both rank in the top-ten in points per game this season, so in a game that looks like the shootout matchup of the week, you’d have to think that Turner will at least be a nice contributor to the overall offensive onslaught of the game.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

C.J. Spiller (at NE)

 

Ryan Mathews (at TB)

 

Reggie Bush (vs. Ten)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Pierre Thomas (vs. Atl)

Isaac Redman (vs. KC, Monday night)

Joique Bell (at Min) 

Marcel Reece (at Bal)

Shane Vereen (vs. Buf)

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Julio Jones (at NO) – The man formally known as the “Predator” (before shaving off his dreds) is turning it on and giving fantasy owners reason to believe again, folks. Though he’s only been targeted 11 times over the last two weeks combined, he was still able to manage two 100-yard games against a couple of pretty darn good pass defenses. The Atlanta offense has been rolling all year long and will now get to face a league-worst Saints pass defense in Week 10. Matt Ryan and his offense are going to have to score a bunch against New Orleans if they want to win, so there should be more targets than normal out there for Julio to snag. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Jones has been a MUCH better receiver on the road throughout his 21-game career, putting up over 1,100 yards and 10 TDs in 11 away games versus 451 yards and three TDs in 10 home games. This one’s a no-brainer.

 

Wes Welker (vs. Buf) – As you would expect from a midget NFL player around this time, Wes Welker is dealing with bumps and bruises galore, but should be no worse for the wear this weekend after enjoying a nice bye week in order to rest his old, miniature bones. Fantasy owners should have loved it as well, as Welker had just put up a couple of major stinkers in the two weeks prior. This weekend he’ll be facing off with one of his (and ours) favorite teams to go against when the Buffalo Bills come to town. Earlier this season, the Slot Machine put up nine catches for 129 yards versus the Bills secondary while last season he combined for 22 catches, 268 yards and two touchdowns against them. Being fully rested at this point, I like his chances for a big game.

 

Marques Colston (vs. Atl) Marques Colston is currently on pace for career-highs in targets, receiving yards, touchdowns and most importantly—fantasy points. After a slow start to the season, Marques has pulled it together for his fantasy owners by averaging top-10 fantasy points over the last five weeks and with an inter-division matchup with the Falcons on tap, there’s no reason to believe his streak will change. Last year against Atlanta he averaged 7.5 catches for 97 yards while grabbing one touchdown in two games, numbers I can easily see him repeating with the touchdown going in his favor in this one.

 

Vincent Jackson (vs. SD) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—if there’s one thing Vincent Jackson does well in this game, it’s taking full advantage of a poor pass defense. Not that San Diego is awful by any means, but combining the facts that they’re still dealing with an injury or two and that there is no doubt they’ll have to pinch in their safeties to defend against RB Doug Martin, Jackson should have no problem being able to put up some fine WR1 numbers this weekend.  Vincent has had five great games out of eight this year with each of them coming against suspect pass Ds (Giants, Redskins, Chiefs, Saints and Raiders). I expect this week’s game to be his sixth.

 

Eric Decker (at Car) – Eric Decker now has five straight games with a touchdown catch (seven TDs in that span) and to be honest, I’m not shocked in the slightest bit. When you consider the situation he’s in, his rise to prominence had to at least be on the radar for fantasy owners this year. The situation I’m talking about is Decker’s current role as the “WR2” in a Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos offensive attack. When you look back at the last decade of Manning’s career, there hasn’t been a single year he didn’t get his WR2 at least recognized as a start-able option in the fantasy world and more often than not, some form of a starring role. Eric Decker is every bit as good as Reggie Wayne was years ago and better than Pierre Garcon ever was, so if you were one of the forward-thinking owners or just a guy who took a chance in your draft, kudos to you as Decker currently stands as the fifth-best wide receiver in points per game this season. Oh, and yes, he’s going to have another touchdown this week.

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

 

Denarius Moore (at Bal)

 

Brandon Lloyd (vs. Buf)

 

Torrey Smith (vs. Oak)

 

Titus Young (at Min)

 

Hakeem Nicks (at Cin)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Kenny Britt (at Mia)

Mike Williams (vs. SD)

Brian Hartline (vs. Ten) 

Donald Jones (at NE)

Ryan Broyles (at Min)

Emmanuel Sanders (vs. KC, Monday night)

Chris Givens (at SF)

Harry Douglas (at NO)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Jason Witten (at Phi) After a slow start to the season due to a scary injury with a lacerated spleen, Jason Witten now has at least six receptions in each of his last five games and leads all tight ends in both targets and receptions. He also ranks second in receiving yards and would undoubtedly be a top-three TE option this year if those damn pesky touchdowns could ever catch up to his other on-field production. Witten didn’t play very well against the Eagles last year, but was outstanding in 2010 which is actually right in tune with his career trend against them. Not that I put too much stock in this sort of stuff, but Witten usually does his best work versus Philadelphia in even-numbered years, so if you believe in superstitions, you might want to get Jason in your lineup. The fact that he’s third in the league in fantasy points per game over the last five weeks should have nothing to do with it.

 

Antonio Gates (at TB) – Gates hasn’t been much of a fantasy force for his owners this season, but being the ultra-competitor that he is, he let his pride take over in last week’s inter-division matchup with the Chiefs and it didn’t let him down. The numbers weren’t great by any means, but he looked good in grabbing three balls for 43 yards while taking in the all-important first touchdown of the game. This week he takes on another defense in Tampa Bay that holds tight ends to very few receptions, but also allowed three touchdowns in their last three games. The Chargers are going to have to pass the ball to win this one, so I expect Gates to at least see a good amount of targets and possibly put up his fourth TD in his last four games.

 

Brandon Pettigrew (at Min) Brandon Pettigrew hasn’t been a slice of apple pie with ice cream for his fantasy owners this season, but if there’s one team you want to get him in your starting lineup against, it’s the Minnesota Vikings. Nearly every player in every sport has that one specific team that they simply love to go up against and for Pettigrew, it’s the Minnesota Vikings. He may not get you a touchdown this week, but he’ll definitely make up for it in receptions and possibly yardage as he’s averaged eight receptions for almost 79 yards against them in their last three matchups. He also threw in one of his rare touchdowns against them last season, so you at least know it’s a possibility. 

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Owen Daniels (at Chi, Sunday night)

 

Heath Miller (vs. KC, Monday night)

 

Brent Celek (vs. Dal)

 

Greg Olsen (vs. Den)

 

 

SLEEPERS


Scott Chandler (at NE)

Martellus Bennett (at Cin)

Jermaine Gresham (vs. NYG)

Zach Miller (vs. NYJ)

Anthony Fasano (vs. Ten)




SIT 'EM



QUARTERBACKS



Tony Romo (at Phi)
– Not a big fan of this week’s matchup for Mr. Romo at all. Nope, not one bit. Not only did the Philadelphia pass defense just hold fantasy’s league-leading QB, Drew Brees, to his second-worst performance of the year last week, but the Eagles have also been a career-long nemesis for Antonio Ramiro Romo as he’s averaged just 166.3 passing yards and less than a touchdown a game against them in 12 career matchups. Could he surprise and put up some decent fantasy points this week? Sure, it’s possible, but I wouldn’t want to hook my fantasy trailer to it if I needed a win. 

 

Matt Schaub (at Chi, Sunday night) Matt Schaub has pretty much depended on Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels this year for his passing numbers, so with ‘Dre likely to be shadowed by shutdown CB Charles Tillman and Owen Daniels at far less than 100 percent, do you really think he’s going to somehow be able penetrate the Bears’ top-of-the-line monster defense? Yeah, didn’t think so.

 

Jay Cutler (vs. Hou, Sunday night) – Not like it’s much of a shock to see Jay Cutler listed here in the Sit ‘Em aisle, but this is REALLY one of those weeks where you want to sit him on your bench. Every once in a while, Cutler will surprise and put up 20 or so fantasy points like he did last week. However, with the Texans defensive coordinator (Bum Phillips) already announcing that they plan on double-teaming Brandon Marshall all game, you kind of have to question where exactly Cutler would go to get even HALF of those points. Nowhere is the answer, which is exactly why you need to sit him.

 

 

INJURIES

 

Jake Locker (at Mia) – PROBABLE – Shoulder; poised to return and start in Week 10


Brady Quinn (at Pit, Monday night) OUT – Head; still hasn’t been cleared with a possible concussion


 

BYE WEEK QBs

 

Arizona – John Skelton / Kevin Kolb

Cleveland – Brandon Weeden

Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers

Washington – Robert Griffin III

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Jonathan Stewart (vs. Den)

 

Chris Johnson (at Mia)

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. NYG)

 

Shonn Greene (at Sea) 

 

Steven Jackson (at SF)

 

 

INJURIES

 

 

DeMarco Murray (vs. NYG) – OUT – Foot; listed as out for Week 10


Darren McFadden (at Bal) – OUT – Ankle; listed as out for Week 10


Mike Goodson (at Bal) – OUT – Ankle; listed as out for Week 10


Darren Sproles (vs. Atl) – OUT – Hand; listed as out for Week 10—could miss anywhere from one to six weeks


Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Was) – QUESTIONABLE – Achilles; is practicing this week, but is unlikely to return in Week 10


Ben Tate (vs. Buf) – OUT – Hamstring; listed as out for Week 10 and is still not practicing—questionable to return in Week 11


Brandon Bolden (vs. Buf) – OUT – Knee; suspended four games for violating league policy on performance enhancing substances


Mike Tolbert (vs. Den) – PROBABLE – Head; should play in Week 10

 

 

BYE WEEK RBs

 

Arizona – LaRod Stephens-Howling / William Powell

Cleveland – Trent Richardson / Montario Hardesty / Chris Ogbonnaya

Green Bay – Alex Green / James Starks / John Kuhn

Washington – Alfred Morris / Evan Royster

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Steve Smith (vs. Den)

 

Andre Johnson (at Chi, Sunday night) 

 

Dez Bryant (at Phi)

 

Jeremy Maclin (vs. Dal)

 

Michael Crabtree (vs. StL)

 

 

INJURIES

 

Percy Harvin (vs. Det) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle; day-to-day and might end up a game-time decision in Week 10


Antonio Brown (vs. KC, Monday night) – DOUBTFUL – Ankle; very unlikely to suit up in Week 10


Brandon LaFell (vs. Den) – PROBABLE – Head; poised to return in Week 10 after missing last week with a concussion


Alshon Jeffery (at Ten) – DOUBTFUL – Hand; likely return is for the Week 11 matchup against the 49ers


Robert Meachem (at TB) – QUESTIONABLE – Hamstring; could suit up this week after 10 days of rest


Eddie Royal (at TB) – QUESTIONABLE – Hamstring


Nate Burleson (at Jax) – OUT – Broken leg; placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season

 

 

BYE WEEK WRs

 

Arizona – Larry Fitzgerald / Andre Roberts / Michael Floyd / Early Doucet

Cleveland – Josh Gordon / Greg Little / Mohamed Massaquoi / Josh Cooper / Travis Benjamin

Green Bay – Randall Cobb / Jordy Nelson / James Jones / Donald Driver / Greg Jennings

Washington – Santana Moss / Leonard Hankerson / Aldrick Robinson / Josh Morgan / Pierre Garcon

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Jacob Tamme (at Car)

 

Dennis Pitta (vs. Oak)

 

Marcedes Lewis (vs. Ind, Thursday night)

 

Dwayne Allen (at Jax, Thursday night)

 

 

INJURIES

 

Aaron Hernandez (vs. Buf) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle; according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hernandez is expected to be inactive in Week 10

 

Owen Daniels (at Chi, Sunday night) – QUESTIONABLE – Hip; getting tests done and could be a game-time decision


Coby Fleener (vs. Mia) – OUT – Shoulder; ruled out for Week 10 with partial dislocation of left shoulder but could return in Week 11

 

 

BYE WEEK TEs

 

Arizona – Rob Housler / Todd Heap

Cleveland – Jordan Cameron / Ben Watson

Green Bay – Jermichael Finley

Washington – Logan Paulsen / Chris Cooley

 

 

 

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