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NFL Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em - Week 10

Fantasy Football Time! It’s time for another edition of ‘This Week In Fantasy’

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We are changing things up a bit! Along with a brand new This Week In Fantasy, we will be giving you advice for the week. As always, bring us your fantasy football dilemmas of who to start and who to sit and we are more than happy to try and guide you to victory.

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By John Barchard


Joe Flacco vs. TEN

It was a tough week last week for Baltimore in their divisional game against the Steelers. Despite that Flacco still put up decent numbers in what ended up being a blow out. What better way to lick your wounds and welcome in the 2-6 Tennessee Titans to ease the pain. I expect Flacco to have a multi-touchdown game

Mark Sanchez vs. CAR

On BGN & BGN Radio we can debate forever and ever how long Mark Sanchez will be a Philadelphia Eagle. But for this week, he better be in your starting lineup. Michael Vick and Nick Foles put up some hefty fantasy numbers while running this offense and if you rolled with Foles last year he probably took you into the championship. Sanchez will continue the tradition against this awful CAR secondary. (Side note: I would heavily consider starting Jordan Matthews this week in your flex spot)

Carson Palmer vs. STL

I never thought I would get to the level of saying that he is a must start in almost every game, but here we are. Palmer has been the unsung hero for your fantasy lineup this year and I don't see a dip coming when they welcome in the Rams this week. The Rams defense has been playing really well lately but I don't see them shutting down this offense, Carson will find the end zone just fine this week. (See Also: Matt Ryan)


Kyle Orton vs. KC

As much as I want to grab some whiskey and buy a carton of cigarettes and ride with my good bud Kyle, I just don't think this matchup will allow me to do so. Orton has looked great since taking over the job in Buffalo and has a great chemistry with Sammy Watkins. But I just don't think he will be putting up large numbers when Kanas City's defense comes into town. (See Also: Alex Smith)

Russell Wilson vs. NYG

Uh-oh... Sounds like I am playing with some fire here. We had touted Russell Wilson as being a top 5 fantasy quarterback earlier in year and the matchup up against the Giants should be an easy start. Not so fast my friends... the Oakland secondary walked into Seattle begging for an ass whooping last week. But with no strong WRs the Seattle offense still goes through Marshawn Lynch. Until Doug Baldwin decides to be "the guy" Wilson's fantasy points will suffer.

Tony Romo @ JAX (London)

He...has...a...broken...back. This is kind of a cop out because I don't know if he will actually start. It would be ridiculous if he plays in this game, ridiculous. But I don't put it past the Cowboys to do something stupid. It also tells you how much confidence they have in Brandon Weeden if they are considering starting Romo against *bleeping* Jacksonville. As bad as Jacksonville has been this year, they have been able to get to the quarterback. They lead the league in QB hits (62) and sacks (35). If Romo makes the start, he will not be in long.

Running Backs

By Tony Casale


Justin Forsett vs. TEN

It's not often that I'll pick a timeshare running back as a "start", but if you like you're your running backs catching passes, then Forsett is your guy. Each of the last three weeks his targets have increased, even if his rushing yards are up and down. Tennessee ranks 27th against the run, so get Justin Forsett in your line up.

Jeremy Hill vs. CLE

Get your cold cuts! I'm usually no fan of starting a Thursday night running back, but with Gio Bernard out again this week, Jeremy Hill must be in your lineup. Cleveland's run defense is terrible, giving up 139.6 yards per game. Even when Gio comes back, you can flex Hill, but this week he's an RB1.

Going Deep PPR special:

Darren Sproles vs. CAR

Remember when Darren Sproles was the number one scoring running back in fantasy? Well it was a long time ago, but his knee is healed and he's going to start getting opportunities again. Mark Sanchez hasn't started a game since 2012 and while he has plenty of weapons, Sanchez will need to utilize his quick, sure handed running back against the Panthers.


Tre Mason vs ARI

I'm no longer concerned about Mason getting his touches. He's moved ahead of Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy and locked in the lead back role. But this is a tough matchup. Arizona has been stout against the run ranking third in the league. Last week Arizona became the first team to limit Demarco Murray to under 100 yards.

Bishop Sankey vs. BAL

It's not just that Baltimore is good against the run, it's also about the Tennessee running game in general. The Titans are 20th in rushing, averaging just 101 yards per game, and Bishop Sankey is yet to see 100 yards in a game this season. Sankey simply can't get anything going to make him more than a fantasy afterthought. Keep him on your bench week 10.

Any Oakland Running Back vs. DEN

Darren McFadden will be the lead back for Oakland this week against the Broncos, also known as the number one rushing defense in the NFL. Perhaps he can scrape together some garbage time yards, but Oakland will be down quickly and by a lot, so expect them to throw the ball to try and play catch up. MJD should not be started or even owned at this point, an unfortunate epilogue to an extraordinary career.

Wide Receivers

by James Seltzer


Julio Jones @ TAM

Start Julio Jones?!? No way, really? Yes, I realize this is not earth-shattering advice here, but Julio has struggled of late, averaging only 60.6 YPG over his last three outings, with no TD's over that span as well. Week 10, however, should be a different story for the, usual, fantasy stud. Tampa Bay has allowed the most points to fantasy WR's this season, easily, and Julio is coming off a week of rest, which was needed considering the numerous minor injuries he has dealt with this season. Look for "Old School Julio" in Week 10, maybe even "down by the schoolyard."

Kelvin Benjamin @ PHI

Benjamin is coming off his worst game of the season - 2 receptions, 18 yards receiving - but has been a stud, for the most part, in 2014. Even with the crappy Week 9 performance, KB was still targeted 10 times, and faces an Eagles defense in Week 10, that has allowed the fourth-most points to fantasy WR's. Expect Benjamin to convert more of those targets into receptions against Philly, and to possibly find his way into the End Zone as well.

Mike Evans vs. ATL

This is my riskiest play of the week, due to the Bucs switching back to Josh McCown at QB. But, Evans had his coming out party in Week 9, as he torched Cleveland's secondary for 124 yards and 2 TD's. The rookie has actually been pretty consistent over the last month, averaging 80.5 receiving YPG over the his last four games, with four TD's over that span as well. As if that weren't enough, Evans has a sweet Week 10 matchup, with a Falcons' pass defense that has allowed the most passing yards per play of any defense in the league. So, even despite the QB change, expect another nice outing from the massive rookie in Week 10.

Feeling Frisky: Martavis Bryant @ NYJ

The Jets' pass defense is awful...Like, atrociously awful. New York has allowed an astounding 24 TD's through the air this season - next worst in the league is 18 - and are going against a QB who has throw 6 TD passes in back-to-back weeks. Bryant has scored 5 TD's over the last three weeks.  While that level of scoring is not sustainable, based on number of snaps and opportunities, this matchup almost seems to good to be true. Bryant is looking like a really nice start in Week 10, especially in deeper leagues.


Mike Wallace @ DET

Wallace has been decent this season, but has not been spectacular by any means. Over his last three games, Wallace has averaged only 51.6 YPG, and has not gotten into the End Zone in either of the last two weeks. In fact, Wallace's best performance of the season came in Week 1, when he put up 81 yards receiving and a TD. I think that Wallace may appear to be better than he is, simply because he has been better than people expected. Add-in a Week 10 matchup with a Lions' defense that has yielded the least-points to fantasy WR's, and it is time to stick Wallace on your bench for Week 10.

Marques Colston vs. SF

Colston is just not that good, for fantasy purposes, any more. Over the last two weeks, Colston is averaging only 42.5 YPG, and has only scored one TD all season. Brees spreads the ball around a lot, and Colston isn't one of his preferred targets anymore. Week 10's tilt with a 49ers' defense that is the league's third-best against the pass, in terms of YPG, won't make life any easier for Colston, and will make it impossible for you to feel good starting Colston in Week 10.

Rueben Randle @ SEA

Oh Rueben. I had such high hopes for you. Unfortunately, Randle has not lived up to expectations. The targets are there - averaging just under 10 targets per game over the last six contests - but Randle is not converting them into receptions at a high enough rate. Week 10's matchup with Seattle cements Randle's spot on your fantasy bench this week, as the Seahawks have allowed the second-least points to fantasy WR's, of any team in the league this season.

Tight Ends


Jason Witten @ JAX (London)

By John Barchard

Despite the QB situation in Dallas, the middle of the field is still pretty soft in Jacksonville especially when trying to defend the pass. Witten has been kinda of underwhelming this year but I feel pretty good about him this week putting up 10 or more points and making your

Larry Donnell @ SEA

By James Seltzer

In the two full games since Victor Cruz's injury, Donnell has seen 15 targets thrown his way, and has scored 9 and 8 fantasy points respectively. Seattle, for all their positives as a defense, have been terrible at stopping tight ends this season; the Seahawks have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including more than a TD per game. Donnell should be able to put up some points in Week 10.

Heath Miller @ NYJ

By Tony Casale

Did you know that Big Ben has put together a couple of pretty good games in a row? It's true, you can look it up! Another fun fact; The Jets can't stop anyone from throwing the ball into their end zone. They've allowed 24 touchdowns through the air, the league's worst. Assuming everyone gets into the act, don't be surprised if Miller gets to do a modest, understated touchdown dance.


Zach Ertz vs. CAR

By John Barchard

I am starting to believe in Chip Kelly's mantra of "if you don't block, you don't get the rock". Many expected Ertz to be a dominate fantasy tight end this year but it just hasn't happened. Most of that is due to the fact the Brent Celek is still the better blocker and is taking huge chunks of Ertz's snaps. The Panthers are a good matchup but I am just not feeling confident in him this week.

Greg Olsen @ PHI

By James Seltzer

Olsen has been a total stud this season...that is, until the last two weeks. Over the last two weeks, Olsen has averaged only two fantasy points per week, and has seen his targets decrease dramatically. Prior to Week 8, Olsen was averaging over eight targets per game, however, he has averaged just over three targets per game in Weeks 8 and 9. Add-in a matchup with an Eagles defense that allows the least points to fantasy tight ends, and it makes it tough to start Olsen in Week 10.

Charles Clay @ DET

By Tony Casale

This one is tough considering how well Ryan Tannehill is playing lately and Clay's success last week, but this is a tough matchup against a solid Detroit defense. Detroit is giving up only 219 yards passing per week. While Clay is a little banged up he is expected to play this weekend, just don't expect another big game.




By John Barchard

God bless the Jets, they are 3rd in the league in giveaways and 11 of those are interceptions. Michael Vick + Marty ball + Dick LeBeau blitzing = INTs. The Steelers defense has been up and down but the Jets offense is so bad that I think that starting the Steelers defense could potentially save your week if the skill positions underperform on your roster.


By James Seltzer

Carolina has not been very good recently. Over their last three contests, where they went 0-3, the Panthers have averaged just 12 PPG. Cam has also looked atrocious the last few weeks. Also, Carolina's offensive line is a disaster right now, and will have a hard time standing up to Philly's outstanding pass rush. Throw in a huge special teams advantage for the Eagles, and this looks like a plum matchup for Philly's D/ST.


By Tony Casale

Coming into the season Chicago's offense projected as a juggernaut. While the big receivers and Matt Forte can still do some damage, Jay Cutler is still the quarterback. Cutler has struggled at Lambeau field his entire career, so if you want your defense to have interceptions, start green Bay with confidence.



By John Barchard

I know, I know... it's the best scoring D/ST currently in the fantasy world. They just shutdown one of the most dangerous offenses in the league when the played San Diego last week (I am big believer in the East-West, West-East theory. Teams typically don't do well when traveling to either coast. That's a big factor with last week's performance) But I just don't have faith with them going on the road to Detroit with Calvin Johnson coming back and the Lions coming off of the bye. This is going to be a let down game for the Dolphins' defense. They won't be in the negative but I see them putting up a 6-8 point week instead of the dominating double digit numbers we have seen the last two weeks.


By James Seltzer

Buffalo's defense has been good this season, but Kansas City has only allowed 4.1 PPG to fantasy defenses, largely because they take care of the football. The Chiefs have only turned the ball over seven times this season, which is tied for the second-lowest amount of any team in the league. Furthermore, Kansas City's offense has played well of late, averaging 27 PPG over the last their last three outings. This seems like a good opportunity to stick the Bills D/ST on your bench for Week 10.


By Tony Casale

If the Rams defense was on your fantasy radar, they should be off of it this week. Arizona simply protects the ball as good as any team in the NFL and their turnover margin ranks second only to New England.

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