After issuing a friendly challenge to the fantasy football bloggers of the world for a Sit Start Column, the guys over at The Fantasy Football Crew stepped up to the challenge for a little friendly competition with Captain Jack. We each agreed Harry Douglas should be sat, but other than that you are going to find some interesting picks that should be able to help a lot of our readers out there. We also had a reader Zack who asked if he could get in on the fun, and he submitted his own Sit Start for Week 10. Hopefully you find our advice useful, and I will tally the fantasy points to see who gave the best advice for Week 10. I will post their picks first, then mine, and then our reader Zack’s. Good luck to everyone in Week 10!
The Fantasy Football Crew Picks
If you can trust Eli at any time in your fantasy football career, then this is the week to do it. The Giants are coming off a bye and even though Andre Brown may return this week, that backfield situation is still a complete mess. Expect Eli to throw the ball early and often against an Oakland team that has given up the fourth most fantasy points to QB’s over the last four weeks. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the 40+ fantasy points that Foles dropped on them last week either. Call me crazy, but I am starting Eli in multiple leagues this week.
Bush has been somewhat streaky this season but for the most part a pretty solid play each week. Expect him to stay on the good side of fantasy owners this week against the Chicago Bears. When the Lions played the Bears in week three of this season, Bush totaled 173 yards from scrimmage to along with a touchdown as well. While Chicago has still been able to force some turnovers this season, they have really struggled at stopping the run. Over the last four weeks, only the Jaguars have allowed more fantasy points to RB’s then the Bears. Owners can expect a big week from Reggie.
Redskins WR Pierre Garcon had his best game of the season for receiving yards (172) in an overtime win against San Diego on Sunday. It seems as though Robert Griffin is starting to look a lot more like Robert Griffin these days. I expect Griffin to have a big week 10 against a lousy Minnesota defense and for Garcon to benefit greatly from that. Minnesota gives up an average of over 25 fantasy points to WR’s in the last four weeks. Look for RG3 and Garcon to keep their chemistry going on pace for a big week 10.
If I could only watch one game this week, it would most likely be the Denver vs. San Diego game. Two great QB’s to go along with many talented weapons on both sides should make for an exciting shootout. Expect this to be very high scoring and Gates to be heavily involved in the Chargers passing attack. The Broncos are giving up an average of just under 10 fantasy points to TE’s this season so you can expect Gates to be in double-digits.
In the last two weeks, only one team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing D/ST’s this season than the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers are not necessarily the “Steal Curtain” as they once were but they do still get good pressure on the QB. I know EJ Manuel is probable to be the starter this week returning from the injury earlier in the season. However, expect him to be rusty and Pittsburgh to wreak havoc on the rookie and force some turnovers. They should serve as a nice sleeper this week if your starting defense is on a bye.
Over the last four weeks, only the Dolphins have allowed less fantasy points to opposing QB’s then the Seattle Seahawks and the legion of boom. With no White (questionable) and Julio (out for season), it really shows that Ryan doesn’t have that go to WR he can count on. Ryan has been up and down this season but over the past two weeks he has just thrown two TD’s to seven INT’s. Against the Seahawks I can almost guarantee you that it will be another down week for Matty ice.
I don’t fully understand what is going on in Baltimore but what I do understand is that they just have not been getting Rice involved in the offense whatsoever. Aside from not getting the football enough, the Ravens face a Bengals defense that only five teams have allowed less fantasy points to opposing RB’s this season. Rice admitted last week that the early season injury was more serious than the team had led on and that he is now back to 100% health. However, that does not help the fact that they will not consistently give him the ball. John Harbaugh told reporters after last week’s game, “Right now, we just can’t run the football.” That is not good news for Rice owners and until the Ravens can prove to give him the pigskin more, he belongs on your bench.
Douglas has been very streaky after his coming out party a few weeks ago. This week, the Falcons will face the Seahawks as I stated earlier. With a struggling Matty Ice against one of the best defenses in the league, it becomes very hard to trust a WR who was already hard to trust. I am benching Douglas this week!
Clay is a very talented pass catcher who is emerging this year as somewhat of a safety blanket for Ryan Tannehill. This week however, he belongs on your bench. The Dolphins will battle a Bucs team this week that has allowed fewer than five fantasy points per game to opposing TE’s. With all the non-sense going on in Miami and the unfavorable matchup for Clay, I am benching him this week.
San Francisco D/ST
Let’s face it, Niners defense is not what it used to be this season. They have been very up and down this year and fantasy owners that drafted them with high hopes have only been disappointed thus far. This week, the Niners will host a Carolina Panthers team that has been red hot as of late. Led by their third year superstar QB Cam Newton, the Panthers have scored at least 30 points in their last four games! I don’t like those numbers if I am a San Francisco fantasy owner.
Captain Jack’s Picks
Jake Locker– While most of the Titan’s offense came by way of Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene last week, Locker should have a strong game against the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars. Before he was hurt in 2012, Locker rushed for 291 yards and average 7.1 yards a carry. He will score some points throwing the ball and Kendall Wright will have a strong game, but I expect Locker to have a few chances to use his legs and rack up some big points. The Jaguars defense are allowing an average of 161 rushing yards a game, so expect Locker to help keep that average.
DeMarco Murray- Chalk up his poor performance for only rushing the ball four times. When Murray has a poor game running wise, he normally can somewhat salvage that performance for fantasy owners through his receiving yards, but he only had 19 yards against the Vikings. He was targeted seven times though, and he should have more carries against the Saint’s 25th ranked defense against the run.
Golden Tate– No Percy Harvin + No Sidney Rice= Awesome fantasy day for Tate. Atlanta is ranked 19th against the pass and 20th against the rush, so when Marshawn Lynch isn’t plowing through people, Tate will be in the endzone with the football.
Timothy Wright- Someone else other than Vincent Jackson will have to catch the ball, and Wright seems to have decent chemistry with Glennon. Miami allows the third most fantasy points to tight ends, and Wright has scored a touchdown in the past two games.
Colts– They have been streaky all year, but they are the one dimensional Rams in Week 10. If they can shut Zac Stacy down, they will force Kellen Clemens to throw. The Colts defense should look into practicing their pick six dance now.
Nick Foles– There aren’t too many starting quarterbacks that I would sit this week, but I wouldn’t trust Foles to have a repeat performance of his insane 7 touchdown game last week. Don’t get me wrong, the Packers don’t have the greatest defense on earth, but Foles will be brought down to earth. He can still finish as a top ten quarterback for the week, but keep your expectations in check.
Andre Ellington- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wants to get Ellington involved more even if Mendenhall plays. That sounds great, but the Cardinals will most likely find themselves down early and forced to throw the ball. The Texans are allowing 115 rushing yards a game, but they are ranked first in the entire league for their pass defense. If Case Keenum can keep moving the chains and jump to an early lead, Arizona’s ground game will quickly disappear.
Harry Douglas- He is a decent option in PPR leagues, but the Seahawks defense have only allowed receivers to score in four of nine contests this year. Douglas has gone from 20 points in Week 7 in ESPN standard scoring leagues, to 13 and 9 in the previous two weeks. He had three receptions in Week 9, and his saving grace was a 41 yard reception. He has two decent matchups in Week 13 against Buffalo and Week 15 against Washington, but this is not a week that I would start him.
Jared Cook- He fooled us the first game of the season, but after that he returned to the production we are use to. Again, the Rams are currently a one dimensional team with Zac Stacy.
Carolina– They have been pretty impressive this year, but facing a rested San Francisco offense that is currently ranked 1st in rushing yards, the Panthers will their hands full of Frank Gore and Kaepernick.
Zack- Reader Picks
Start: Matt Stafford, Phillip Rivers
Sit: Cam Newton, Matt Ryan
Start: Zac Stacy, Chris Johnson
Sit: Lamar Miller, Stephen Jackson
Start: Keenan Allen, Cecil Shorts
Sit: Torrey Smith, Hakeem Nicks
Starts: Jordan Reed, Antonio Gates
Sit: Jared Cook, Greg Olsen
Start: Titans, Colts
Sit: Bears, Bengals
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