Start/Sit Week 10
November 6, 2014 | Mike Braude
Cam Newton at PHI
Out the teams playing this week, the Eagles have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Despite not throwing for a touchdown in two straight games, Cam has at least seven carries in each of his last four games. Passing shouldn’t be an issue against an Eagles secondary that has allowed at least two passing touchdowns in seven of their eight games this season.
Bobby Rainey vs. ATL
No team has been more favorable for opposing running backs to face than the Falcons. Despite having a bye last week, the Falcons have still allowed three more rushing touchdowns than any other team. They have allowed an opposing running back to score a touchdown in six of their eight games this season. Rainey is likely to receive the early down work while the Bucs ease in Charles Sims.
LeSean McCoy vs. CAR
With Nick Foles out, look for the Eagles to get LeSean McCoy going. The Panthers are allowing a league-high 4.8 yards per carry and are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Shady is an elite daily play this week.
Terrance West at CIN
Since losing All-Pro center Alex Mack, the Browns have struggled to gain consistent yardage on the ground. This has led to starter Ben Tate losing his job. It appears that Terrance West is now the favorite for carries. The Bengals have allowed a rushing touchdown to an opposing running back in six straight games. If you’re pressed by bye weeks, West is a plug-and-play RB2.
Roddy White at TB
No team has allowed more points to opposing wide receivers than the Buccaneers. Coming off a bye week, expect the Falcons to be sharp against arguably the league’s worst secondary. Julio Jones is also an elite option this week.
Kelvin Benjamin at PHI
Despite underwhelming against the Saints on Thursday night, Kelvin Benjamin receives another plus matchup. The Eagles are allowing the 4th most points to opposing wide receivers. The Eagles’ pace also increases opportunities for their opponents by taking little time off the clock.
Justin Hunter at BAL
The Titans continue to target Justin Hunter heavily – it’s just a question of when the breakout game will come. The Ravens’ secondary without CB Jimmy Smith is an ample opportunity for Hunter to perform. Out of teams playing this week, the Ravens have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Heath Miller at NYJ
While I’m not a big fan of “Dad Runner” Heath Miller, his matchup is very good this week. The Jets have allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends in five of their nine games this season. If Miller can’t take advantage of this matchup, he’s no longer worthy of our trust.
Alex Smith at BUF
While Alex Smith is usually dependable, the Bills are allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks out of teams playing this week. The Bills have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just three of eight games this season. They have a TD:INT ratio of 12:12. It’s simply not a good week to stream Smith.
Bishop Sankey at BAL
I do like Sankey’s chances of having an impact this season, but this weekend is not the time. With little involvement in the passing game, Sankey will need to rush well to perform against the Ravens. The Ravens have allowed the fewest points to opposing running backs and are allowing just 3.5 yards per carry.
Tre Mason at AZ
Another team that defends running backs very well is the Cardinals, who have allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Cardinals have allowed just four rushing touchdowns and haven’t allowed any opposing backfield to top 100 rushing yards.
Anthony Dixon vs. KC
Despite receiving a heavy snap count with Fred Jackson out of the lineup, Dixon is a tough play this week. The Chiefs are the only team that still hasn’t allowed an opposing running back to score a touchdown. With Fred Jackson possibly returning and Bryce Brown eating in to his touches, I’d prefer to sit Dixon this week.
Mike Wallace at DET
No team is allowing fewer points to opposing wide receivers than the Detroit Lions. They have allowed the fewest yards (1,123) and touchdowns (3) to opposing wideouts. Considering Wallace’s fantasy value has been buoyed by touchdowns, this isn’t the best week to bet on him.
Rueben Randle at SEA
This applies to Odell Beckham Jr. as well. Over their last four games, the Seahawks have defended opposing wide receivers very well. Over that span, opposing wideouts are averaging 7.25 catches for 105.3 yards. With just three touchdowns allowed to opposing wide receivers, this is not a good week to bet on Rueben Randle or Odell Beckham Jr.
Andrew Hawkins at CIN
Currently banged up Andrew Hawkins intends to play on Thursday night but he is not a good bet for production. He didn’t produce last week against the Bucs league-worst secondary and now draws a tough matchup with the Bengals’ secondary. The Bengals are allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Greg Olsen at PHI
No team has defended the tight end position better than the Philadelphia Eagles. They have allowed the 3rd fewest receptions (31), 2nd fewest yards (310), and the fewest touchdowns (1) to opposing tight ends. It’s simply not a good week to bet on Olsen – bench him if you have the ability.