I hate to begin an article with the overused cliche of “I can’t believe it’s Week [insert week here] already!” But I can’t believe it’s Week 10 already. Football season is more than half over for everyone, nearly 2/3 of the way over for people whose favorite NFL teams won’t make the playoffs, and nearly 3/4 over for people whose fantasy teams don’t make the playoffs. There’s no point crying about it, though, so let’s just continue our attempts at dominating our fantasy leagues, shall we?
QB – Josh Freeman, TB (vs SD) – Freeman has been among the most surprisingly good quarterbacks in the league and gets a San Diego team that will have traveled cross-country and yields big numbers to the pass. And you don’t think they’ll be selling out to stop the “Muscle Hamster” (best and worst nickname of all time, by the way) Doug Martin after his virtuoso fantasy performance last week?
RB – Rashad Jennings, JAX (vs IND) -
Gonna take a timeout from the post here: Seriously, if you haven’t seen Chuck Pagano’s postgame speech yet, go watch now. This post will be here when you get back. If you’re like me and have a close family suffering through the exact same form of leukemia as Pagano and was diagnosed just a couple weeks earlier, I would recommend bringing the Kleenex. Back to the post…
What did the Pagano speech have to do with Jennings? Indy is coming off an emotional win. The last time they had an emotional win was the first game after their coach’s diagnosis in a comeback victory against Green Bay. The following week, they gave up 160+ yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene. While Indy has become my favorite team that doesn’t play in Pittsburgh because of the Pagano story, I could see a bit of a letdown performance here.
RB – Michael Turner, ATL (at NO) – Due to the matchup, he won’t be the last Falcon to appear in this post.
WR – Julio Jones and Roddy White, ATL (at NO) – Not that you had to be told to start these guys, but see above.
WR – Victor Cruz, NYG (at CIN) – Again, rather obvious. Just saying I expect not just a good game but a BIG game as the G-Men bounce back. In three of the last four weeks, they’ve played top-five pass defenses. The whole team is going to rebound.
WR – Brian Hartline, MIA (vs TEN) – Tennessee’s defensive ranking in most passing categories begins with the number “3” and has two digits.
TE – Greg Olsen, CAR (at DEN) – To say that Denver doesn’t guard tight ends well is selling far short their inability to do so. Their linebackers can’t hang with anyone.
QB – Carson Palmer, OAK (at BAL) – While I have become a “Palmer is a low-end QB1 the rest of the way” believer, this matchup won’t help my case. Baltimore is top-five against fantasy QBs.
RB – Jamaal Charles, KC (at PIT) – Don’t go crazy and bench him for Shane Vereen or anything, but if you drafted well, there’s a chance you have some better options. Hell, I’d rather start Turner this week.
RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN (vs NYG) – I see the Giants doing everything the opposite of last week, and they were absolutely gashed by Isaac Redman and Pittsburgh. They should also control this game and limit the Law Firm’s chances.
WR – Andre Johnson, HOU (at CHI) – What a great, great Sunday Nighter we have this week, by the way. Assuming Peanut Tillman’s wife doesn’t go into labor on Sunday, he’ll be covering Johnson all night long.
WR – Denarius Moore, OAK (at BAL) – See “Palmer, Carson” above.
I Wanna FLEX You Up
Green Light (find a way to get them in)
Tony Gonzalez – Saints matchup
Joique Bell – whether ahead (“the closer”) or behind (passing downs), he’ll get 15+ touches
Torrey Smith – maybe Flacco has one of his twice-yearly huge games at home
Marcel Reece – only option if downfield passing game fails
Emmanuel Sanders – KC isn’t much resistance; not many know how skilled he is
Isaac Redman – will get enough carries to perform well; and he’s the short yardage back
Cecil Shorts – both starting IND CBs are out
Felix Jones – NO RBs all ran week vs PHI on Monday
Daniel Thomas – Tennessee defense has plenty to give
Jacquizz Rodgers – Saints matchup
Yellow Light (only if there’s no one else)
Jonathan Dwyer – too much RB confusion in the Burgh with Redman’s nice game last week
Shonn Greene – MIN ran all over SEA, but I don’t have to tell you that A.P. > S.G.
Jonathan Stewart – so much for those “feature back duties”
Shane Vereen – depth chart-driven, not matchup-driven
Red Light (start these guys and I don’t envy your roster)
Michael Crabtree – likely to draw Cortland Finnegan in coverage
Steven Jackson, Darryl Richardson – Niners matchup
Laurent Robinson – even with Indy’s beleaguered secondary, he’s the 3rd WR now
Earl Bennett – no second WR in Chicago has stepped up during Alshon Jefferey’s injury absence
Taiwan Jones – they’ll be behind (meaning more time for Reece) and I’m just not a believer