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Week 10 Start/Sit

posted by Mike Braude



QB: Andrew Luck at JAC – Coming off an insane 433-yard effort against the Dolphins underrated defense, Andrew Luck has the look of a solid start this week. In his favor, the Jaguars will likely be without their top corner Rashean Mathis and safety Dwight Lowery. Just one 300-passing yard performance away from the most by a rookie ever, Luck has improved each week and should provide owners with a solid start this week.

RB: Stevan Ridley vs. BUF – Despite playing less than half of the Patriots offensive snaps in Week 8, Stevan Ridley managed to churn out 127 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. Owners are often concerned about his playing time but that shouldn’t be a concern considering the Patriots are facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Ridley faced the Bills in Week 4 and exploded for 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Considering he’s a top-5 running back this week, he can’t be benched.

Michael Turner at NO – Although I’m not a fan of Turner’s plodding tendencies, he has the best matchup out of any running back this week. Allowing 176.5 rushing yards per game – good for dead last in the NFL, the Saints are dreadful against the run. With Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez distracting the Saints defense deep, Turner should have wide lanes to run through.

C.J. Spiller at NE – Arguably the most efficient and dangerous back in the league, C.J. Spiller has been held back by Fred Jackson. Spiller is running for 7.2 yards per carry and averaging 9.8 yards per catch. Jackson, on the other hand, is running for 3.7 yards per carry and 6.7 yards per catch. After last week’s loss, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and coach Chan Gailey agreed “we’ve got to get” Spiller more touches. With his incredible efficiency, Spiller doesn’t need a plethora of touches to produce.

Vick Ballard at JAC – With Donald Brown shaping up as a legit game-time decision, Vick Ballard is likely to receive a heavy workload against the Jaguars. Still not the most efficient back, Ballard’s involvement in the passing game will help stabilize his value. Just 27th in the league against the run, the Jags are hardly an imposing force.

WR: Brandon Lloyd vs. BUF – Despite being a disappointment to fantasy owners for the majority of this season, Brandon Lloyd has a dream matchup against the Bills this weekend. Only San Diego and Atlanta have better matchups, against the Bucs and Saints respectively. When the Patriots faced the Bills earlier this season, Lloyd had just three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. This week there’s a good chance the Bills will focus on stopping Welker, Gronkowski, and Ridley – giving Lloyd plenty of chances for his first big game of the season.

Emmanuel Sanders vs. KC – With Antonio Brown sitting out against the Chiefs, Emmanuel Sanders will draw the start. Sanders will start in two-receiver sets opposite Mike Wallace and has shown plenty of talent throughout his first two seasons as a pro. With defenses focusing mainly on taking Wallace and Heath Miller out of the Steelers’ passing attack, Sanders has a good chance at being a solid spot-start.

Torrey Smith vs. OAK – Yet to top 50 yards since Week 4, Torrey Smith is someone owners are surely ready to bench. Don’t forget he was coming off his ankle injury in Week 5, faced the Cowboys shutdown secondary in Week 6, faced Houston’s shutdown corner Jonathan Joseph in Week 7 and had a bye in Week 8. Even last week Smith faced off against Joe Haden’s smothering man coverage. Going up against the Raiders’ below-average secondary this week, Smith should have a nice game.

Brian Hartline vs. TEN – Coming off an 8 catch, 107-yard performance against the Colts last week, Brian Hartline has a nice matchup against the Titans’ burnable secondary. Still leading the Dolphins with 8.9 targets per game, Hartline will have plenty of chances to ‘get his’.

TE: Vernon Davis vs. STL – Vernon Davis has been struggling recently with just five catches for 71 yards in his last three games. This is due to increased defensive attention and lead to breakout games for Randy Moss and Michael Crabtree against the Cardinals. Defenses are likely to realize soon that they can’t sell out to stop Davis because the 49ers are versatile enough to score in other ways. With Rob Gronkowski going off for 8 catches, 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in their last game, I have a hunch that his breakout game is coming this week.




QB: Michael Vick vs. DAL – I have lost all faith in Michael Vick. Considering he was unable to take advantage of the Saints porous defense, there’s a good chance he’s going to struggle mightily with the Cowboys’ superior pass-defense. Coming in as the 5th best pass defense, there’s little reason to believe Vick can generate fantasy points against Rob Ryan’s unit.

RB: Steven Jackson at SF – Yet to top 80 rushing yards in any game this season, Steven Jackson has been an enormous disappointment. The emergence of Daryl Richardson has certainly made a negative impact as Jackson received just nine touches in his last game. With a matchup against the stout 49ers defense looming, Jackson must be stapled to benches.

Jonathan Stewart vs. DEN – Despite being heavily hyped by many fantasy football organizations, Jonathan Stewart must be relegated back to mere flex value. Not being used in the workhorse capacity that his coach led on, Stewart received just 11 touches against the Redskins. Although he’s efficient, 11 touches won’t be enough for anyone against a Broncos defense that is playing at a very high level.

Shonn Greene at SEA – With Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell possibly returning this week, Shonn Greene isn’t a great option. With the exception of Adrian Peterson’s explosion last week and Frank Gore on Thursday Night Football, the Seahawks have been very good against the run. I don’t expect the Jets to move the ball with regularity, making it very tough for Greene to have a productive day.

WR: Dwayne Bowe at PIT – Stuck in Kansas City’s fantasy wasteland, Dwayne Bowe actually played well last week, catching eight passes for 79 yards. This week, however, he’ll draw a much tougher matchup against the Steelers. Facing off against top corner Ike Taylor, Bowe would be better suited on fantasy benches.

Jeremy Kerley at SEA – After a promising game against the Patriots dreadful secondary, Kerley struggled against the Dolphins. This week he’ll face his kryptonite – Seattle’s tall, physical corners. It doesn’t help that Sanchez will likely be running for his life because of the Seahawks ferocious pass rush.

Sidney Rice vs. NYJ – With three touchdowns in his last four games, Sidney Rice is looking like Russell Wilson’s favorite target. That’s good news going forward but this week he faces off against shutdown corner Antonio Cromartie. With no cornerback in the league playing at a higher level, I’d feel confident in benching Rice.

TE: Dustin Keller at SEA – Despite having back to back solid games since returning from injury, I wouldn’t feel confident starting Dustin Keller against the Seahawks. The Jets aren’t likely to generate many yards or touchdowns, leaving little chances for a big game.


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  • Hey Mike – Pick two please (.5PPR) – Ryan Mathews, Wes Welker and Reggie Bush.


    • Tough, you have to play Welker. Mathews will get more touches but Bush has the better matchup and has been more explosive. I’d bench Mathews but you could bench Bush instead.

      • Thanks. I think it’s a decent problem to have, but Bush and Mathews have been frustrating for awhile now. Can’t believe Ronnie Brown gets 7-10 touches a game.

      • I know man… he’s gonna be the end of me!

  • Which two would you start at WR in a non-PPR league: Jones, Moore, Lloyd, or Nicks?
    Also, looking for a high-upside flex between any of the aforementioned WRs and Quizz and Redman. Thanks.

    • I don’t know who you mean by Jones, there’s a lot of Jones’ in the league. Lloyd and Nicks are good plays but Redman is starting this week and is a great play for a non-PPR league. I’d play Redman and Nicks.

  • steven jackson or pierre thomas

  • Hey Mike…Looking at adding Britt to my bench the playoff run. Would you drop Redman or Reece to make room? Probably not starting either this week, FYI. Thanks!

    • Hi. I need a hail Mary at RB….Andre Brown,Johnathan Dwyer or Taiwan Jones


    • Drop Reece

  • Britt or Nate this week ?!


  • With morris on bye….j-stew or reece as my 2nd rb behind charles in a full ppr league/bonuses?

    • Close, I like J-Stew but I think Reece’s catches will be the difference-maker in the PPR format. I’d go with Reece.

  • Hi. Help please…..PPR start two Julio Jone, Bryan Hartline,Malcolm Floyd,Danny Amendola.

    Thank you

    • Julio and close one between Hartline and Floyd. You could go either way, I’d go Hartline.

  • I have Owen Daniels, who is a game time decision. I’d love to pick up James Casey as insurance b/c it’s the sunday night game but Yahoo doesn’t even give him TE eligibility. Am I better off playing it safe and playing Martellus Bennet? Or is Garret Graham the guy that would pick up Daniels’ snaps?

    • Unless there’s news that says Daniels is playing, I’d play Bennett. He has a good matchup against the Bengals.

  • Flex: Bowe, Felix Jones, or Witten? No PPR.

    • Tough one but I’d go Witten. Bowe’s matchup scares me and I’m worried that Felix will be benched. He’s been ineffective thus far.

  • 14 Team PPR: Who would you rather have on your bench, Kendall Hunter or Daryl Richardson. I have hunter but DRich just got dropped.

    • I’d rather have DR. Hunter is an insurance policy for Gore, while Richardson could start to get majority of work if Rams decide the SJax era is over.

    • Yeah I would grab Richardson because he currently has the better workload. Both likely need injuries to become startable and both could be dangerous with a full workload. Both are good stashes but you’ll likely need an injury for both of them.

  • In a keeper league an owner out of contention offered me Ray Rice ($50) straight up for Doug Martin ($20). I’m in first place and my current backs are McCoy, Martin, Forte, DMC, and Mendy (start up to 4). I feel I should decline because the value for Martin is too good for next year and I’m already deep at rb. Right move?

    • If you think you can lock it up this year without Rice then decline. If you need Rice this year, accept.

  • Who should I start between Michael Crabtree, DeSean Jackson, and Emmanuel Sanders. As weird as it is I just have gotten no production from Crabtree and Jackson. It’s a Non PPR 12 team league. Thanks

    • I’d rank them DeSean > Crabtree > Sanders

  • 10 Team PPR, 6-3, 2nd place. Who would you rather stash Beanie or Mendenhall. I currently have Beanie stashed but someone just dropped Mendenhall.

    • I’d rather have Mendenhall, Wells has a very tough schedule when he returns and the Cardinals offensive line is among the worst in the league

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