NFL Fantasy Football: Week Ten Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em
There are no teams on a bye this week so there are a lot more options than we’ve had recently. Why the NFL is waiting a week to have their last byes next week is beyond me, but if the lock-out proved anything it’s that the guys in the suits don’t always have both oars in the water.
This week also ushers in a spurt of Thursday games. Why the NFL insists on doing this is also beyond me. But I guess it lets them practice overeating for Thanksgiving and then demolish the leftovers from Thanksgiving. Let’s see if I can keep ahead of the NFL schedule with posting my Start & Sit picks. Hope springs eternal.
Mark Sanchez: I know Rex Ryan has sworn he’s sticking with ground & pound, but like I said, I trust him as far as I can throw him. I think Sanchez makes it two New York QBs that spank the Patriots. Just a hunch.
Christian Ponder: I know he’s no Philip Rivers, but last time he faced them he scored 15 and he’s had a bye week to get ready.
Matt Schaub: Even without AJ, Foster and Tate worry defenses enough to give Schaub plenty of opportunities to do damage.
Eli Manning: He’s not exactly playing like he did in their Super Bowl playoff run, but he hasn’t been playing bad lately. And the Niners pass defense is their weakness.
Chris Ogbonnaya: C’mon. He’s all the running attack the Browns have and the Rams run defense stinks.
Maurice Jones-Drew: With teams focusing on him since the Jags have been starting their rookie QB, MJD hasn’t been as productive as he used to be. But the antidote for that just may be the Colts pitiful run defense.
Mike Tolbert: Mathews is a little dinged up, it’s a short week and the Raiders run defense is weak.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Hey he racked up some big points, 26, the last time he faced the Jets. Even if he scores only half that, he’d still be a good play.
Jordy Nelson: I just like a good #2 WR whenever his team faces a vulnerable pass defense, like this week when the Packers face the Vikes.
Jeremy Maclin: Assuming he can hold on to the ball this week, Maclin should light it up this week against the Cards.
Jabar Gaffney: I know it’s still Beck throwing to him, but it is the ‘Fins pass defense he’s going against. My guess is he does break double digits.
Laurent Robinson: Buffalo has a suspect pass defense and this young journeyman WR has earned the Dallas #2 WR slot with Miles Austin injured. He’s got good size, good speed and he’s shown some chemistry with Romo. But it’s the attention the Bills will pay to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten that will let him come open.
Visanthe Shiancoe: Last time he faced Green Bay, Ponder was also his QB and he put up 10 points.
Jake Ballard: He’s a big target in the red zone and Manning has been looking for him and finding him with all the upheavals in his WR corps.
Greg Olsen: Tennessee has problems covering TEs and Cam Newton likes him.
Andy Dalton: I get the feeling that the red-headed rookie from TCU is about to, in the words of an old Texas proverb, get whupped like a red-headed stepchild by the Steelers.
Carson Palmer: Sorry, he’s still getting the offense down. I think the Chargers pass defense is good enough to put a serious hitch in his learning curve.
Jay Cutler: He looked great against the Eagles. I just don’t have faith that he’ll still look that good against the Lions.
Colt McCoy: He was a consistent double digit performer for a while when he had the strong threat of a running game to keep the heat off of him. But with the tumult at the Browns RB position lately, he’s been hit or miss.
Brandon Jacobs: He looked better than I thought against the Patriots. But I’m betting Mr. Self-Pity can’t do it two weeks in a row, especially against a tough Niners run defense.
Marshawn Lynch: Speaking of a tough run defense, Mr. Lynch, meet the Ravens.
LeGarrette Blount: The New Orleans run defense is softer than Houston’s and he only racked up 7 points against the Saints.
Shonn Greene: I just don’t trust him. He scored double digits against the Pats last time, but they’re trying to right their own ship and I think they’ll be especially tough against the run. There’s a school of thought that cutting Haynesworth this week was a tool to motivate the defense for the Jets game. I think it probably has worked.
A. J. Green: It’s Pittsburgh, baby. Time to hunker down.
Jacoby Ford: I know he did well last week, but this is the Chargers pass defense, not the Broncos.
Larry Fitzgerald: Philly’s defense hasn’t been as good as it used to be but they do have good CBs and they are going to do everything they can to blanket Fitzgerald and force Skelton to beat them with Doucet in the passing game.
Brandon Marshall: I just think that Matt Moore isn’t going to have enough time to get the ball to Marshall with the Skins’ pass rush in his face all day.
Rob Gronkowski: It’s the Jets. He’ll be blocking. Ryan loves to beat up Brady any chance he gets.
Dallas Clark: The Jags do let the middle of the field stay open a bit so you’d think that a TE would do well. You’d think. Oh, hell, why bother. There’s always next year.
Anthony Fasano: He scored 2 TDs last week. But he’ll be blocking too much to do that against the Skins’ pass rush.
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