Week 10 of the NFL season is here. Its another hectic week in fantasy as another six NFL teams are on bye. Here is some advice to help your team get through the bye week drama.
Start: Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben is playing out of his mind right now, throwing six touchdown passes in back-to-back games and setting an NFL record for TD passes in a two game span. Not to shabby. This week he goes up against a New York Jets secondary that is pretty awful if you haven’t noticed. I can’t guarantee another six touchdown performance out of Roethlisberger, but he should have a field day against the Jets. Start him with high confidence.
Start: Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan and the Falcons as a whole have not been playing terribly well over these past four weeks. Matt Ryan has only accumulated over 15 fantasy points (in NFL.com standard leagues) once in that span. But, this week he is playing the Bucs. The Bucs are always a great matchup for QBs and WRs, and Matt Ryan should be able to give you a solid day and through for at least two TDs.
Sit: Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill is playing so well as of late and is riding a nice hot streak. However, that should come to an end this week as the young QB goes up against an imposing Detroit Lions defense that allows the fewest fantasy points to QBs. Only Drew Brees has thrown for over 300 yards against them. I like Tannehil but not this week or this matchup on the road in Detroit. Sit him but don’t drop him off your roster.
Start: Bobby Rainey
A week after Rainey was the first running back “sit” I missed, he is now a start for me. Hard not to love Rainey’s matchup this week as he goes up against a Falcons defense that just cannot stop the run. Fantasy RBs have just been torching the Dirty Birds week after week. With Charles Sims unlikely to play again look for big things from Rainey.
Start: Ronnie Hillman
Hard not to love the matchup this week for Hillman as he and the Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders allow the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and they will be especially exposed this week as they have to worry about Peyton Manning throwing the ball over them. This takes away their ability to stack the box and should open up some nice running lanes for Hillman.
Sit: Joique Bell / Reggie Bush
I personally hate fantasy RBs that are on a time share and split carries in the back field. Both of the Detroit running backs have a tough matchup this week against a stout Miami defense that is playing quite well as of late. One of these RBs will find the end zone this week but its just the dilemma of figuring out who. Sit both and start a back who you can be more confident in. If you are truly desperate, slide one of them in as your flex play.
Start: Justin Hunter
Hey, six teams on bye… why not take a risk? Justin Hunter was the number one target of rookie QB Zach Mettenberger in week 8 and played around 90 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. His high level of targets bodes well against a mediocre Baltimore secondary that was just gashed for 6 TDs through the air courtesy of Big Ben and the Steelers.
Start: Roddy White
Let’s face it, Roddy White is shadow of his former self and is on the wrong side of thirty. He is not too large of threat anymore on offense, but he definitely still has juice left in the tank. With all of the teams on bye you cannot afford to sit him with this opportune of a matchup. He goes up against an atrocious Bucs secondary that is arguably the worst in the league. He is a smart start this week.
Sit: Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace hasn’t really had that great of fantasy season this year. He probably has not been worth much to your team; maybe your WR2 or Flex at best. If your starting to get desperate with byes this week and want to start him, don’t. He has an awful matchup against the Lions who give up the second fewest fantasy points to WRs and fewest to QBs. Sit him and go out and pick up someone like Justin Hunter or Doug Baldwin if he is still available in your league.
Start: Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels played a surprisingly large role in the Baltimore offense last week against Pittsburgh, despite having knee surgery less than two weeks prior. He was targeted nine times. While, his numbers don’t blow you away from the game (53 yds receiving), the nine targets should be encouragement enough to start him this week against a weak Tennessee defense that gives up the 11th most fantasy points to TEs. He is a solid start and must-start in PPR leagues.
Start: Larry Donnell
Donnell since his three touchdown outburst in week 4 has been relatively inconsistent. However, he is still a large part of the Giants offense picking up a good number of targets and getting significant looks in the red zone. Look for him to provide you with solid numbers this week against a Seattle defense that has struggled against TEs in fantasy this year. When Manning’s receivers fail to get open against the legion of boom, look for Donnell to be the main beneficiary. He should provide solid TE1 production.
Sit: Charles Clay
Charles Clay has played pretty well over his last three games, accumulating double digit outings in two of the three. The Lions are only a middle of the pack team against TEs but Clay is just too inconsistent, plus I think Tannehill is going to have a tough day. Add up all those factors, and he is a sit this week.
Start: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers go up against the Jets’ anemic offense. Unless Michael Vick somehow sparks their offense and plays out of his mind, the Steelers should have a solid day against a turnover prone Jets offense.
Sit: Green Bay Packers
The Packers have been dominating their recent match ups against the Bears. Expect that to change this week as the Bears are looking to turn their season around as it nears the 11th hour. Cutler should find some way to keep the pics to a minimum and give the Bears a good offensive spark against the Packers.
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