With the NFL filled with injuries to key players, the Greg Hardy scandal, and the three remaining undefeated teams, we move on to Week 10.

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Reflection on Week 9

After an average Week 8, I came back in Week 9 to have a pretty nice showing in Start/Sit. I’m now 24 games over .500 in terms of wins and losses, so I hope I’ve at least won somebody a fantasy matchup somewhere.

Per usual, I will be evaluating my picks from the previous week utilizing completions (good advice), interceptions (wrong advice), and incompletions (irrelevant advice).

Week 1: 16-15-5
Week 2: 11-16-9
Week 3: 13-14-9
Week 4: 19-13-4
Week 5: 19-10-7
Week 6: 17-13-6
Week 7: 18-13-5
Week 8: 14-14-8
Week 9: 17-12-7

Total: 144-120-60

Completions Interceptions Incompletions
Peyton Manning (START) Blake Bortles (BUST) Teddy Bridgewater (SIT) – INJURED
Tyrod Taylor (START) Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard (START) Sam Bradford (SIT)
Jay Cutler (SLEEPER) Ronnie Hillman (START) T.J. Yeldon (BUST)
Jeremy Langford (SLEEPER) Frank Gore (SIT) Malcom Floyd (SLEEPER) – INJURED
Alfred Morris and Matt Jones (SIT) Allen Hurns (SIT) T.Y. Hilton (BUST)
Randall Cobb (START) Julius Thomas (START) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (SLEEPER) – INACTIVE
Mike Evans (START) Charles Clay (START) Falcons D/ST (SLEEPER)
James Jones (SIT) Richard Rodgers (SIT)
Jordan Cameron (SIT) Robbie Gould (START)
Vernon Davis (BUST) Adam Vinatieri (SIT)
Dan Bailey (START) Panthers D/ST (SIT)
Chris Boswell (SLEEPER) Giants D/ST (SIT)
Phil Dawson (SIT)
Kai Forbath (BUST)
Bills D/ST (START)
Browns D/ST (SIT)

Week 10 Start/Sit

Note: All fantasy point references come from ESPN Standard leagues.

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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

Yes, Wilson has struggled this season, but he faces a Cardinals team at home that has given up at least 14 points to opposing quarterbacks in five straight weeks. Wilson comes into this Sunday Night Football matchup with a career 4-2 record against the Cardinals, throwing for 1,194 yards, nine passing touchdowns, and three interceptions, and rushing for 254 yards (6.86 yards per carry) and one rushing touchdown.

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Baltimore Ravens)

A top 10 fantasy quarterback this season, Bortles will face off against the second-worst fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks. The Ravens have given up 24 points to Philip Rivers, 30 points to Andy Dalton, and 35 points to Josh McCown all at home.

Sleeper: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. New Orleans Saints)

The worst team against opposing quarterbacks is the New Orleans Saints. Cousins gets the Saints at home in an important game for both teams. The Saints have given up 38 points to Eli Manning and Marcus Mariota in back-to-back weeks.


Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Mariota showed leadership and talent against the Saints last week in his return. Unfortunately for the Titans, they’ll host the undefeated Panthers, who are tough on opposing quarterbacks. The only good news for Mariota is that the Panthers give up the second most rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks.

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (@ St. Louis Rams)

The Bears will travel to St. Louis to play a very tough Rams defense. St. Louis has only given up double-digit points to opposing quarterbacks in five games, so I wouldn’t roll the dice with Cutler in what should be a struggle on the road.

Bust Alert: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (@ Seattle Seahawks)

The Seahawks have only given up double-digit points to four opposing players: Nick Foles, Aaron Rodgers (without Kam Chancellor), Andy Dalton, and Cam Newton. In the team’s other four games, the quarterback hasn’t scored more than eight points. Also, Palmer is 1-2 in his career against Seattle with three touchdowns and eight interceptions. I don’t like him on the road this week.

Running Backs


Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

McFadden has become the lead back in Dallas, and he’ll go into Tampa Bay with four straight productive games. The Buccaneers have defended the run well in recent weeks, but McFadden should thrive this week.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Houston Texans)

Here’s Lamar Miller showing a good example of what speedy running backs can do against the Texans. I see the Bengals turning to Bernard more than Hill on Monday night, and Bernard is valuable even if Hill gets the majority of carries.

Sleeper: Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (@ Green Bay Packers)

Bell finally returned from injury and took over as the lead back with Ameer Abdullah struggling to run the ball. The Packers have struggled to stop the run recently, and I imagine Bell will score double-digits this weekend, even with Abdullah and Theo Riddick in the mix.


Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Denver Broncos)

Frank Gore scored last week against Denver, but he didn’t rack up too many yards per carry. The Broncos have a great defense as you’ve heard by now, and I’m not sure West will get enough opportunities if the Broncos get out to a big lead.

Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (@ Seattle Seahawks)

The Seahawks have given up two touchdowns all season and the least amount of fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. CJ2K has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals, but they will probably have to rely more on throwing the ball than the run game against an always tough Seahawks home defense.

Bust Alert: LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (@ New York Jets)

McCoy is supposed to play Thursday night, but he will go up against the second best run defense against fantasy running backs in the NFL. Even if he’s healthy, McCoy may still see a snap count limit with Karlos Williams’ success.

Wide Receivers


Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. Buffalo Bills)

Decker has scored a touchdown in all games he has played this season except for one. The Bills are in the lower half of the NFL against receivers, and Decker has been one of the most consistent options among wide receivers.

Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

One of the league’s best comeback stories, Crabtree has scored a touchdown (or two) in three straight weeks. Crabtree has become one of Derek Carr’s favorite receivers, and I expect him to have another good game against the stingy Vikings defense at home.

Sleeper: Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (vs. New Orleans Saints)

Crowder has at least four receptions in every game dating back to Week 3. The Redskins take on the fifth worst team against receivers in the Saints, which should give Crowder a chance to finally break out this week.


Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Denver Broncos)

Maclin will probably be lined up against Chris Harris, Jr. in Denver this weekend. The Broncos have given up one touchdown to opposing receivers all season, while Maclin has only scored two touchdowns. You do the math.

Ted Ginn, Jr., Carolina Panthers (@ Tennessee Titans)

Ginn is basically a touchdown or bust player, but he hasn’t scored since Week 4. The Titans actually have a decent defense, and I would only risk starting Ginn if you absolutely have no better option.

Bust Alert: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (@ Seattle Seahawks)

Fitzgerald will give the Seahawks a lot of different looks, but he’ll still be facing off against a defense that only gave up one touchdown to a WR all year. The Legion of Boom is still around, and Fitzgerald could easily get shut out Sunday night.

Tight Ends 


Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Walker and Mariota have been very much in sync this season, and the Panthers have given up three touchdowns to tight ends in the past two weeks.

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (vs. New Orleans Saints)

Reed is undoubtedly Cousins’ best receiving option, and he’ll get to play a Saints team that just gave up three touchdowns to Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano combined last week.

Sleeper: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (@ Green Bay Packers)

Ebron may finally be healthy after the bye week, and the Packers have struggled against tight ends for three straight weeks now.


Vernon Davis, Denver Broncos (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

I wouldn’t start Davis until we understand his role, especially after Owen Daniels’ big week last week.

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. Detroit Lions)

Tight ends against the Lions are pretty much touchdown or bust, and I say bust this week.

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints (@ Washington Redskins)

The Redskins have not given up double-digit points to an opposing tight end all season.



Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

Hauschka should get ample opportunities Sunday night.

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (vs. Detroit Lions)

Look for the Packers to bounce back this week with a lot of points.

Sleeper: Josh Brown, New York Giants (vs. New England Patriots)

The Patriots are great at stalling drives on defense, and Brown has had a great season.


Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Denver Broncos)

The Broncos are back at home, and I can’t see Alex Smith giving Santos a lot of opportunities.

Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears (@ St. Louis Rams)

The Bears will be lucky to score double digits this weekend.

Bust Alert: Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals (@ Seattle Seahawks)

The Seahawks like shutting down offenses at Century Link.

Defenses/Special Teams


Philadelphia Eagles D/ST (vs. Miami Dolphins)

I like the Eagles’ chances against the weak Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST (vs. Cleveland Browns)

Johnny Manziel will probably play, which is good news for the Steelers.

Sleeper: Green Bay Packers D/ST (vs. Detroit Lions)

Matthew Stafford likes to turn the ball over, and the Packers haven’t lost at home in a while.


Miami Dolphins D/ST (@ Philadelphia Eagles)

I’m not sure the Dolphins can keep up with the Eagles’ speed.

Minnesota Vikings D/ST (@ Oakland Raiders)

The Raiders have been surprisingly tough; just ask the Jets and Steelers’ D/STs.

Bust Alert: Arizona Cardinals D/ST (@ Seattle Seahawks)

Russell Wilson doesn’t turn the ball over much at home and Marshawn Lynch may finally be healthy.

Week 10 Predictions

It was my worst record all season and only my second week under .500, and I don’t think this week will be much easier. The Packers, Panthers, Rams, Steelers, Broncos, and Bengals are probably the only teams that will surely pull out victories this week, while the Jets deal with Rex Ryan’s return, the Patriots try to fight through their horrible history against the Giants, and Carson Palmer (awful history against Seattle) tries to lead the Cardinals over the Seahawks.

Week 1: 10-6
Week 2: 7-9
Week 3: 10-6
Week 4: 8-7
Week 5: 7-7
Week 6: 10-4
Week 7: 9-5
Week 8: 8-6
Week 9: 5-8

Overall: 74-58 (56%)

Week 10 Score Predictions

Buffalo Bills 20, New York Jets 23 (Jets -2.5)
Detroit Lions 17, Green Bay Packers 33 (Packers -13)
Dallas Cowboys 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 (Buccaneers -1)
Carolina Panthers 27, Tennessee Titans 18 (Panthers -5.5)
Chicago Bears 14, St. Louis Rams 30 (Rams -7.5)
New Orleans Saints 27, Washington Redskins 21 (EVEN)
Miami Dolphins 23, Philadelphia Eagles 26 (Eagles -7)
Cleveland Browns 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 23 (Steelers -4.5)
Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Baltimore Ravens 17 (Jaguars +5.5)
Minnesota Vikings 24, Oakland Raiders 21 (EVEN)
New England Patriots 38, New York Giants 24 (Patriots -8.5)
Kansas City Chiefs 13, Denver Broncos 20 (Broncos -5.5)
Arizona Cardinals 21, Seattle Seahawks 24 (Seahawks -3)
Houston Texans 14, Cincinnati Bengals 24 (Bengals -12)

Sources: Yahoo! Fantasy, ESPN Fantasy, Rotowire

Image: Bleacher Report