Start/Bench - Week 10 fantasysharks.com Aug 18 '78
Welcome to Week 10! We've got a lot in store for you this week including a new addition to the 'Studs' list and a deep sleeper 'Start' at wide receiver. Let's take a break from all the election coverage and do something we can all agree on...checkout this week's Start/Bench.
Robert Griffin III *Bye*
Aaron Rodgers *Bye*
Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Tennessee: Lost in Andrew Luck's record setting day of 433 passing yards in Week 9 is the fact that Tannehill passed for 290 yards and one touchdown. It was the fourth game in a row in which Tannehill did not turn the ball over. This week he'll be facing a Tennessee defense that is the third most generous versus opposing quarterbacks in fantasy having allowed two-or-more touchdown passes in seven of nine games played this year. The Titans have allowed 20 touchdowns passes on the season while only picking off six.
Jake Locker, Tennessee at Miami: Locker, who has been cleared to practice this week, is coming off an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and could be ready to start should he prove healthy enough this week in practice. The Titans will be facing a Colts defense that has allowed 14 touchdown passes on the season while only recording two interceptions. With Kenny Britt back healthy and Chris Johnson running like the CJ of old there is plenty of fire power in this Titans offense. But remember to check back throughout the week as we'll be awaiting the green light from Titans head coach Mike Munchak for Locker to start.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Oakland: Flacco has been downright unimpressive over his last four games having thrown for under 200 yards on three occasions while throwing only three touchdown passes over that span. But a matchup versus a Raiders defense that has allowed 14 touchdown passes on the season while only picking off five passes could be just what the doctor ordered. Those five interceptions have come in just two games as they had three versus Atlanta and two versus Kansas City. Opposing quarterbacks have scored double-digit fantasy points in seven out of eight games versus the Raiders this season.
Carson Palmer, Oakland at Baltimore: Coming off of his massive performance in Week 9, where he threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns, it's going to be real hard to sit Palmer this week. But he'll be facing a Ravens defense that is the thrid toughest versus quarterbacks in all of fantasy. He'll also be facing that Ravens defense without Darren McFadden or Mike Goodson. Although, neither has officially been ruled out, it doesn't look good for either to be active. Also, Palmer has thrown for one touchdown or less in five out of eight games.
Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. Houston: Cutler will be facing a Texans defense that has allowed one-or-less touchdown passes in five out of eight games this season. Cutler has thrown for 300 yards or more only once this season and that was back in Week 1. In two out of his last three games Cutler has thrown for 186 yards or less and only one touchdown. This will be Cutler's toughest matchup so far this season, and as we've seen back in Week 2 versus Green Bay when he threw four interceptions, when things go bad, they go really bad.
Michael Vick, Atlanta vs. Dallas: Oh, Michael Vick, if you couldn't be productive against the lowly Saints pass defense how can you possibly be effective versus a top pass defense like the Cowboys? The Cowboys are the fifth toughest defense in fantasy versus opposing quarterbacks having only allowed seven touchdown passes. On the bright side, they've only picked off three passes. Vick will be lucky to make it through this game healthy, let alone productive.
Alfred Morris *Bye*
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay: After a two game stretch where he put up 486 total yards and six touchdowns there's no way he doesn't make the 'Studs' list.
Stevan Ridley / Shane Vereen, New England vs. Buffalo: The Bills have the worst rushing defense in fantasy versus opposing running backs having given up 1,348 total yards and 13 total touchdowns in just eight games. The last time these two teams met, the Pats ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4. Rookie Brandon Bolden picked up 137 of those rushing yards along with one touchdown. Since then, Shane Vereen has replaced the injured Bolden as Ridley's backup and should make for a nice flex play this week.
Vick Ballard, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville: The Jaguars are the third worst team in fantasy when it comes to defending the run and are coming off of a week where they just allowed the Lions, that's right the Lions, to rush for 151 yards and three touchdowns. With Donald Brown's status questionable at this time, it looks like Ballard will get this tasty matchup all to himself.
Michael Turner, Atlanta at New Orleans: Coming off only his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season in Week 9, the rejuvenated Turner should have no problem running through a Saints defense that is the second worst in fantasy versus opposing running backs. With trade deadlines fast approaching, Turner couldn't have gotten hot at a better time.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego at Tampa Bay: It's Week 10 and we're still waiting for that breakout performance from Mathews. Well, you'll have to wait at least one more week. The Buccaneers have given up a league best 548 yards rushing in only eight games. They've also limited opposing teams to under 100 yards rushing in six out of eight games this season. I'd start dangling Mathews to league-mates to see if the Mathews name carries any cache, if it does, I'd deal him.
Felix Jones, Dallas at Philadelphia: This is a tough call to make versus a defense that has allowed over 100 yards rushing to opposing teams in four straight games. Yet, they've only allowed one touchdown during that span. If it wasn't obvious before, it's now painfully clear, that Jones is not a feature back and can't handle that kind of workload. Dallas gave rookie Lance Dunbar eight carries last week as they like the young, fresh legs that he brings to the offense. Jones is nothing more than a desperation flex play at this point.
Jonathan Stewart / DeAngelo Williams, Carolina vs. Denver: Why would Panthers head coach Ron Rivera lie to us? Just like wide receivers flock to workout with Larry Fitzgerald in the offseason, has Rivera been spending his offseason working out with Mike Shanahan? It seems like he's perfected his knack for deception. We were told that Stewart was going to get first chance at being the 'hot hand' and that Williams would see a lesser role. Well, despite having the 'hot hand' early in Week 9, Stewart still gave way to Williams early in the game. Unless things change, these two remain nothing more than a desperation play.
Larry Fitzgerald *Bye*
Jordy Nelson *Bye*
Julio Jones, Atlanta at New Orleans: Jones has broken the cycle of good-week/bad-week and now gets a tasty matchup versus a Saints defense that is the most generous in fantasy to opposing wide receivers. Jones has gone over 100 yards receiving in his last two games and should make it three in a row this week. I doubt that Jones' owners are willing to sell at this point, but you may want to make an inquiry as he won't come any cheaper the rest of this year.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee at Miami: Britt continues to look better-and-better as he returns from knee surgery. This week brings a plus-matchup versus a Dolphins defense that just gave up 313 receiving yards and two touchdowns to the Colts wide receivers in Week 9. Hopefully, Locker will be cleared to play as Britt should be able to get behind this defense for some big plays.
Danario Alexander, San Diego vs. Tampa Bay: I'm going to dig deep here as there's a good chance that Alexander may still be on your waiver wire. Alexander has big-play ability as he caught all three of his targets last week for 61 yards. After the game, Chargers coach Norv Turner said that Alexander has earned a larger role in the offense and given how poorly Robert Meachem has played so far this year, I'll believe him. Hopefully, Turner's not working out with Shanahan and Rivera in the offseason. The Chargers will be facing a Buccaneers defense that has allowed 722 receiving yards and four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last three games. If you're in need at wide receiver, and you've got the guts, plug Alexander in and astound your league-mates.
Sidney Rice, Seattle vs. New York Jets: While Rice has caught a touchdown pass in three out of the last four games, he's yet to break 100 yards receiving in any game this year. This week he'll go up against a Jets defense that has only allowed three touchdown passes to opposing wide receivers all season, none since Week 2. While the Jets are quite formidable versus the pass, they can be beat all day on the ground. So bring some Skittles and enjoy 'Beast Mode' as the Seahawks won't have to take to the air to win this one.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis vs. San Francisco: 'Hey Danny, are you sure that you don't want to take one more week just to make sure everything is OK?' It looks like Amendola is set to return this week just in time to face the No. 2 defense in fantasy versus opposing wide receivers. Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford, has thrown one-or-less touchdown passes in six out of eight games this season and he'll be facing a 49ers defense that has allowed only two touchdown passes on the season to opposing...