Thursday, November 06, 2014

Week 10 advice - start/sit, rankings, and more

Guest writer Jen is back with advice for your Week 10 lineup - start/sit suggestions, rankings, and her own sleeper advice to boot. Read on!

Week 10 is upon us. How’s everyone doing? Hopefully you survived Byemageddon 2 and came out with minimal bumps and bruises. Be sure to check your league’s trade deadline. Most are rapidly approaching, and now is the time to make a play. Things you should consider for your playoff run now would be upgrading a key position via trade, handcuffing your stud running back, and looking for that second defense to add to your roster. My buddy Bob has you covered in the streaming defense department, so be sure to consult his chart before attacking the waiver wire. Check the week 14-16 schedules, play the match up!

Here are 2 weekly links that are always recommended:
NY Times Match Up Analysis: visual, color-coded chart to break down matchups.
Junkyard Jake: I say it every week: targets, targets, targets!

Week 10 Rankings:
Fantasy Pros Rankings: rankings based off of the consensus of experts.
FFToolbox Week 10 Rankings: for you PPR players out there.
Matthew Berry's Top 200 Flex Rankings Week 10: Mr. Berry is highly accurate.
Roto Experts Week 10 Lineup Ranks: rankings and a short blurb on every relevant player.
The Sablich Brothers' Week 10 Rankings: always a nice feature, standard and PPR option.

Week 10 Start/Sit:
Wally Spurlin's Start/Bench Week 10: the nice feature here is the “studs” list, just in case you felt like getting cute and benching a stud - NEVER bench studs!
Adam Pfeiffer's Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Week 10: Adam has spot-on analysis, and is also one of my recommended twitter follows.
Jamey Eisenberg's Week 10 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em: the most thorough analysis for start/sit I can personally find.'s Week 10 Start or Sit: JJ tells you “Mark Sanchez isn’t an awful option”...

Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN) - I thought for sure he would play, but Jeremy Hill absolutely blew up in his absence, rushing for 154 yards and 2 TDs. If you didn’t play him in DFS, you probably didn’t win any money. Look for Hill to carry the load again tonight.
Doug Martin (RB, TB) - Bobby Rainey with 87 yards and a score? I think Doug’s time is up - Charles Sims was my sleeper last week, and still is, but if you grabbed Rainey, congratulations! He has a fantastic match up, going against a Falcons defense who is dead last against the run, and has given up a whopping 13 TDs to the position.
Nick Foles (QB, PHI): It’s Sanchez time in Philly - fantasy owners scrambling for QBs are plugging him in this week, but he could possibly be the ultimate boom or bust.
Lamar Miller (RB, MIA): He practiced in a limited fashion, so monitor him tomorrow.

Last Weeks Sleepers:
Travaris Cadet (RB, NO): While I hang my head in shame, you can go ahead and drop this guy.
Charles Sims (RB, TB): it was the Bobby Rainey show (see above) - but if you need someone with upside, expect the Bucs to give Sims some looks this week as the 3rd down receiving back. With the quarterback change and the soft defensive match up, it’s a perfect game for the rookie to get his feet wet.
Theo Riddick (RB, DET): If you grabbed him last week, and are desperate with bye weeks, I like Riddick as a low end flex. Joique Bell should lead in touches, and Reggie Bush will be active, but I still like Riddick in PPR formats.
Crockett Gillmore (TE, BAL): I need to defend myself on this one: the Ravens themselves announced that Owen Daniels had his knee scoped. Unless he saw some sort of miracle medicine man, there is no way he had his knee scope AND played as well as he did Sunday. I’m calling the Ravens bluff, and admitting that I completely missed on him.
John Carlson (TE, ARI): Now this was sort of a hit. While Carlson didn’t hit double digit fantasy points, he did have his first score of the year, so that’s got to count for something, right?
Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, BAL): DUD! And fumbled!
Dwayne Bowe (WR, KC): 6 catches for 55 yards. He blew such an opportunity. He did post 11 PPR points, but the touchdown is naturally what you were looking for. I thought he would score, but Alex Smith hasn’t thrown a TD to a wide receiver at all this season. My hopes were too high, sigh!

And a few sleepers I like for this week:
Justin Hunter (WR, TEN): He was across the board as one of the big preseason sleepers, and he has been somewhat of a bust. I’m hopeful that coming off the bye, he has regained that chemistry he had with Mettenberger in the preseason. I like Hunter for a long TD this week against a Ravens secondary that is susceptible to giving up the bomb.
Charles Sims (RB, TB): See above again. I think the Bucs free Sims this week (Rainey is still an excellent play).
Davante Adams (WR, GB): I’ve mentioned Mr. Adams in the past. I like him for a TD this week against the crumbling Chicago Bears.
Jace Amaro (TE, NYJ): Michael Vick has to throw it to someone, and the Big Fella Jace has a nice matchup against the 21st ranked against tight ends Steelers. I think Vick will be mercilessly blitzed, leaving a lot of underneath room for Amaro to catch a few, and maybe even score. The Steelers have given up 6 TDs to the position on the season.
Jay Cutler (QB, CHI): How can I call a top 10 fantasy QB a “sleeper”? Well check his stats. At Lambeau field, he has thrown double the amount of INTs that he has TDs. Cutler is the antithesis of Drew Brees: awful at home, money on the road. Coming off a bye during a week where Tannehill and Big Ben dominated, Smokin’ Jay may be floating on your waiver wire. Dare I predict 3 TDs and 1 INT?

And finally, a few twitter follows:
The Street Free Agent: a contributor for Football Savages, this guy is a complete maniac (in the good way). If you like a good beer, a dirty mouth, and someone who isn’t afraid to give Roger Goodell a piece of his mind, just follow this guys feed during any game, especially Thursdays.
Fantasy Douche: editor at, he’s got stats, links, insight, and is sure to make you giggle.
Mike Monlux: name sound familiar? He’s the local waiver wire guy on here, give him a follow!
Bob Tierney: more familiarity? Bob’s stats on kickers and DSTs are one of a kind!
Sara Holladay: even more familiarity? This is Sara’s site, go follow her!

And as always, you can hit me up anytime! Questions, concerns, criticism? Don’t be shy!
Good luck this week!

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