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Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend


Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.


07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry


Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.


07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sun-sentinel.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community


Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.


07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs


The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.


07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: 1043thefan.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense


“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.


07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills


Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.


07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.buccaneers.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield


“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.


07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: cbs4indy.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?


Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.


07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.freep.com


Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Rams

Higbee opens door for Everett


“Receiver Mike Thomas on Friday was suspended for the Rams’ first four games of the regular season because of a doping violation, and tight end Tyler Higbee entered into a plea agreement in connection with an incident that left a man hospitalized.”

Fantasy Goo: This could leave the door open for rookie Gerald Everett to get some major playing time right from the start. There will be plenty of hands in the pot for targets and we certainly aren’t looking for an explosive offense from the Rams, but this is something to keep an eye on as camps begin.


07/15/17, 07:52 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.latimes.com


George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers

Sleeper Alert: Kittle


Jon Lynch and the people in San Francisco have been raving about the performance of George Kittle in pre-season practices.

Fantasy Goo: As of now Kittle would still be behind Vance McDonald in the pecking order, but keep Kittle in the back of your mind as a potential sleeper at TE in 2017. But remember - he still is a rookie TE.


07/11/17, 01:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.49ers.com


Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Slow Your Role


"McCaffrey, while not nearly as big and strong as Stewart, could be effective as a ball-carrier in a power scheme – something he showed throughout his career at Stanford. It’ll be interesting to see how the carries are divvied out week to week."

Fantasy Goo: I expect McCaffery to have numbers comparable to the above-average pass-catching backs, maybe a ceiling of 2013 & 2015 Danny Woodhead (or 2011 Jonathan Stewart), he’s being drafted way too early for redraft with a MFL10 ADP of 35 overall/ RB15.


07/07/17, 11:27 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

Stewart Not Done Yet


"Everyone from head coach Ron Rivera to running backs coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries."

Fantasy Goo: Fantasy Goo: With a MFL10 ADP in the 12th round Stewart is a steal right now, although the news is getting out and his ADP has started to rise since this article was released.


07/07/17, 11:23 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: www.panthers.com


Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Get Money, Get Paid


The Raiders have locked up their QB for the future by giving him the richest contract in NFL history. Carr signed the extension for 5 years $125 million.

Fantasy Goo: We all expected Carr to be in Oakland for the foreseeable future, however there has been a history of players having down years right after inking big deals. Be on the look out for any news that implies Carr is getting complacent with his money. Otherwise, Carr is still a low end QB1 with some weekly upside.


06/22/17, 11:44 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Marquess Wilson

Chicago Bears

Jets Add Another Former Bear WR


After letting Brandon Marshall walk to the other locker room in NJ and releasing Decker, the Jets are starting to fill the void at WR with Marquess Wilson.

Fantasy Goo: Wilson isn't draft worthy as of now, but he has shown flashes in the pan with some big games. Keep him on your radar through the season as he could provide some strong weeks as bye week fill ins.


06/20/17, 01:19 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Christine Michael

Seattle Seahawks

The Asleepening: Michael to IR


Christine Michael will not be available for the Colts in 2017. He was placed on the IR.

Fantasy Goo: Robert Turbin has been getting hyped, as has their rookie Marlon Mack. With Michael out of the picture we will have a more clear idea on who will end up being the 34 year old running back's handcuff.


06/19/17, 01:46 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Decker To Pursue Country Music Career


Nashville by far was the most exciting landing spot for the Decker's. Eric gets to play with the up and coming QB sensation, Marcus Mariota. And his wife, Jessie James gets to pursue her country music career.

Fantasy Goo: The Titans have turner their WR core from one of the worst in 2016 to potentially the best. Decker will likely play the slot and make his biggest contribution in the Red Zone, with a QB who is yet to throw a Red Zone pick in his career. Get your popcorn ready Nashville.


06/19/17, 01:39 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Eric Decker

New York Jets

Jets Release Decker


After trying to find a trade partner for Decker, the Jets have pulled the plug. Making Decker the most attractive free agent after the recent Maclin signing.

Fantasy Goo: The Jets passing attack could still be fantasy relevant as all signs point towards a season of tanking. Similar to the last few years in Jacksonville, expect the Jets to be passing heavily to Enunwa, Stewart and Anderson in negative game scripts.


06/13/17, 01:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Jeremy Maclin

Kansas City Chiefs

Maclin, Crab Cakes and Football


Crab cakes and football! Thanks what Jeremy Maclin is about for the next two years as he signs with the Ravens to add some depth at WR. Maclin will likely work out of the slot with Wallace an Perriman working the outsides.

Fantasy Goo: There will be plenty of balls to go around as the Ravens have led the NFL in pass attempts for the past two years, and the departures of Pitta and Smith leave another 223 vacated targets. Maclin will certainly benefit from the pass happy offense coming from a conservative KC offense that threw the ball 130 less times last season.


06/13/17, 01:40 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Uh Oh - Brown Tweaks Hammy


John Brown tweaked his hamstring in Cardinals mandatory camp. Soft tissue injuries tend to linger.

Fantasy Goo: Refer to Alshon Jeffrey for how bad soft tissue injuries can linger. If John Brown is limited by this expect another disappointing season from the speedy WR who also suffers from sickle cell conditions.


06/08/17, 11:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.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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