Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 10
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Even though they lost to the Vikings, Washington running back Alfred Morris had another productive outing this week on Thursday night.
Morris carried the ball 26 times for 139 yards, which is 5.3 yards per carry, and no touchdowns. More comforting to his fantasy owners, a backup running back did not get three rushing touchdowns this week.
It was Morris' second consecutive game with 25-plus carries and 120-plus rushing yards. Before Week 9, Morris had yet to reach 20 carries in a game this season.
Last year, Morris was a workhorse down the stretch as he carried the ball 20-plus times in his final seven games of the season.
On the season, Morris has a league-high 825 rushing yards and is the only player in the league to average more than five yards per carry (5.2) with at least 500 rushing yards. In addition, he leads the league in rushing yards per game (91.7).
One of the great things about Morris is his consistency. Since the opener, Morris has at least 71 rushing yards in every game this season.
Looking ahead to the rest of the games this week, here are some players to consider starting in Week 10:
QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)
The only player to complete a higher percentage of his passes this season than Peyton Manning, Rivers is averaging 309.1 yards per game and has compiled a 17:7 TD-to-INT ratio. No quarterback has more 400-yard passing games this season than Rivers (three).
In his bounce-back season, Rivers has become an any-week QB1, but he's in my top four QBs this week with a favorable matchup. Only the Cowboys and Eagles have allowed more passing yards per game than the Broncos (299.1) this season.
QB - Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (at GB)
It was a historic week last Sunday for Foles as he tied the NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a game with seven of them against the Raiders. He also threw for a career-high 406 yards as well. While he's unlikely to even come close to last week's mind-boggling numbers, he should be at least a borderline QB1 this week against the Packers.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (at IND)
Since becoming the team's starting (and featured) back in Week 5, Stacy has been highly productive. In fact, the only running back with more rushing yards during that span is Green Bay's Eddie Lacy (545 yards). Stacy, the second of the team's two fifth-round picks this year, has 102 carries for 471 yards and two touchdowns plus 13 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown during that stretch. In the past two weeks, he's been even more productive with back-to-back games of 26-plus carries and 127-plus rushing yards.
Although the Colts have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, the rookie out of Vanderbilt has become an every-week starter.
RB - Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. MIA)
The Dolphins have plenty of problems including ones much more important than being able to stop the run, but that said, they have struggled to stop the run. Only the Redskins and Jaguars have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
James had a breakout performance last week with 28 carries for 158 yards against the Seahawks. While he may not get as many carries or yards this week, he's a solid RB2 this week with a more favorable matchup.
RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (at PIT)
With the ability to hit the home run any time he touches the ball, Spiller had his best performance of the season last week against one of the league's best defenses. Spiller carried the ball 12 times and gained 116 yards and added two receptions for 39 yards.
Once one of the most difficult matchups for opposing running backs, the Steelers are not what they used to be. Only four teams have allowed more fantasy points to backs this season than the Steelers.
RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)
On the season, Woodhead has 49 receptions including nine of them last week for 77 yards. Over the past five weeks, Woodhead has averaged 83.6 yards from scrimmage per game and has 32 receptions and four touchdowns.
WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (vs. DEN)
It's uncommon for wide receivers to produce in a major way as a rookie, but Allen is not the common rookie. While he might not have elite speed, Allen has size, excellent hands and is a great route-runner as a rookie. Over the past four weeks, Allen has gone over 100 yards and scored a touchdown three times.
As noted, the Chargers-Broncos could develop into a shootout, which means Allen could see double-digit targets again this week.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. STL)
With the absence of Reggie Wayne, who tore his ACL a couple of weeks ago, Hilton is now the team's No. 1 wide receiver and he delivered for fantasy owners in a big way last week. Hilton had seven receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the team's come-from-behind win over the Texans. Obviously, he won't score three touchdowns every week, but he should see a more consistent level of targets on a weekly basis with Wayne on injured reserve.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (vs. DET)
Although Brandon Marshall (647) has more receiving yards than Jeffery (621), Jeffery also has seven rush attempts for 89 additional yards. With or without Jay Cutler, who will return this week, Jeffery has had double-digit fantasy points in four of his past five games. During that span, Jeffery has 25 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns.
Both Marshall and Jeffery have a great matchup this week as the Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
WR - Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (at NO)
The Saints have been solid against the pass and at limiting wide receivers' fantasy production this season. Only nine teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to receivers this year.
That said, Williams has the benefit of lining up opposite Dez Bryant, who will certainly draw all/most of the attention from the Saints secondary in a matchup that could turn into a shootout. One of the more pleasant surprises this season, Williams had a disappointing performance last week (two catches for 33 yards), but he had scored a touchdown in each of his previous four games.
WR - Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (at NYG)
Moore had five catches for 82 yards in Week 9 against the Eagles and now has at least eight fantasy points in five of eight games this season. The third-year receiver out of Tennessee is on pace for his best season as a pro: 64 receptions for 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns.
TE - Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. MIA)
Wright has emerged as a productive option at tight end that is still available in almost two-thirds of Yahoo! leagues as of Saturday morning. Wright has scored a touchdown and finished with double-digit fantasy points in each of his past two games and has nine-plus fantasy points in three of the past four weeks.
Only the Cardinals and Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. That said, the Dolphins have been much better against tight ends in their past four games. They allowed six touchdowns to the position in the first four games and none since then.
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Here are some players to possibly sit for Week 10:
QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. SEA)
In his first six games this season, Ryan threw multiple touchdown passes every week and compiled an impressive 13:3 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. Over the past two weeks, however, Ryan has thrown just two touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Although he gets Roddy White back from injury (hamstring, ankle), he has an unfavorable matchup and could be in store for a third straight disappointing performance. Only the Panthers have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Seahawks this season.
RB - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. CIN)
Arguably the biggest disappointment in fantasy this season, Rice has rushed for 45 yards or less in all but one game this season. When he had his season-high 74 rushing yards against the Dolphins, it took him 27 carries (2.74 YPC) to get to that total.
In fact, he has averaged more than 3.0 yards per carry only once and that 3.40 YPC vs. the Bills in Week 4. In seven games played, Rice has 97 carries for 259 yards (2.67 YPC) and three touchdowns and 27 receptions for 135 yards.
RB - Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (vs. STL)
The team's offensive coordinator has stated that he needs to get T-Rich more involved in the offense and he has a favorable matchup against the Rams, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
But how can you trust Richardson?
Richardson has 60 rushing yards or less in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. During that span, he has 152 carries for 476 yards (3.13 YPC). Richardson has not scored a touchdown in his past four games and he has only 22 carries for 57 yards in his past two games.
RB - Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (vs. DAL)
In standard-scoring formats, Sproles should be kept on your bench even though he passed the concussion tests and is listed as probable on the team's injury report. Sproles is barely averaging 60 yards from scrimmage per game and has just two touchdowns on the season. If you had both teammate Pierre Thomas and Sproles on your roster, I'd prefer to start Thomas over Sproles.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at SF)
With the return of The Daily Show, Williams goes from a back getting around 20 touches per game to someone that should be kept on your bench. In fact, it's possible that Mike Tolbert will be the most consistent and productive of the Panthers running backs down the stretch. Tolbert has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games.
WR - James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. PHI)
The Eagles have allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than any other team this season, but the downgrade from Aaron Rodgers to Seneca Wallace obviously hurts the fantasy value of the team's wide receivers. After missing a couple of games with a knee injury, Jones had just one catch for 17 yards (and one fantasy point) last week.
WR - Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins (at TB)
Wallace has eight-plus fantasy points in three of his past four games, but it could turn into a long day for 60 Minutes with the re-establishment of Revis Island. In fact, I have Brian Hartline ranked slightly higher than Wallace. Although Hartline has more fantasy points than Wallace this season, Revis will much more likely shadow Wallace.
WR - Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. SEA)
For the first eight years of his career, White had been highly productive and durable. He had six consecutive seasons with more than 80 receptions and 1,100 yards. Both of those streaks will end this year, but White (hamstring, ankle) will return to the lineup this week against the Seahawks. Unfortunately, the Seahawks have Richard Sherman, the Legion of Boom and have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this year.
WR - Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (vs. DAL)
Speaking of disappointing receivers this year, Colston missed last week's game but it felt as though he missed the previous three games as well. In each of those three games, he had less than 20 receiving yards and exactly one fantasy point. At this point, it's too difficult to trust Colston and you probably have a more reliable option on your bench.
TE - Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
Pettigrew had a season-high seven receptions against the Bears in Week 4, but he has been relatively unproductive this season. He's on pace for a stat line of 52/450/2, all of which would be four-year lows. If you're looking for a bye-week replacement for Gronk, I'd rather go with someone like Joseph Fauria, who is always a threat for a touchdown, if Wright is not available in your league.
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