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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

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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