Week 9 was a return of a Future Hall of Famer (Tom Brady), a record-breaking game from an unusual candidate (Nick Foles) and we saw Aaron Rodgers go down with what looks like an injury that will keep him out for a while. Some big games as we inch closer to the Fantasy Football playoffs but before I give you week 10’s Must Start/Must Sit, I take a look how I did in week 9.
Starts that made me look good
Cam Newton – 271 total yards and 2 total TDs – The 2 INTs hurt him a bit but was still a great play this week.
Philip Rivers – 341 yards and 2 TDs – Rivers is becoming a QB1 week by week.
Chris Johnson – 170 total yards and 2 TDs – Took advantage of a great matchup and looked completely different this week than any week earlier.
Eddie Lacy – 150 yards and a TD – Slowly but surely making him a top 5 option for 2014.
Jared Cook – 3 catches 36 yards and a TD – I had a gut feeling he would reach the endzone and he did.
Starts that made me look bad
Stevie Johnson – 5 catches 36 yards – Just wasn’t a factor.
Terrence Williams – 2 catches 33 yards – The TD streak comes to an end and was upstaged by Beasley and Harris.
Sits that made me look good
Pierre Thomas – 88 total yards – Didn’t find a lot of running room but did benefit from Sproles getting hurt in the 1st half.
Marvin Jones – 4 catches 66 yards – After scoring 4 TDs he was held to 4 catches.
Scott Chandler – 3 catches 26 yards – Chandler is a mediocre fantasy option with spotty QB play for the Bills.
Indianapolis Colts D – Case Keenum looked great and torched the Colts for 3 TD passes.
Sits that made me look bad
Tom Brady – 432 yards and 4 TDs – The one week he decides to show up is the week he goes out and kills it.
Lamar Miller – 129 total yards – Sadly a fumble cost him a very good game but let’s hope that doesn’t cost him in the coming weeks.
TY Hilton – 7 catches/121 yards/ 3 TDs – One of my biggest blunders of the season. He looked great and moving forward a great fantasy option.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Must Start (Bye Week: Browns, Jets, Patriots and Chiefs)
Robert Griffin III vs. Minnesota Vikings
Thursday games have been tricky this year and really haven’t been great for Fantasy players but this matchup you really can’t pass up. The Vikings are giving up 4th most Fantasy points to opposing QBs and have only picked off 1 pass in the past 4 games. While RGIII has been a disappointment over the last two weeks, he will take advantage of this good matchup and is a must-start this week.
Russell Wilson vs. Atlanta Falcons
Wilson led the charge after being down 21-0 to the Bucs and came back to win the game 27-24 in OT. He did so with 3 total TDs and that is 8 touchdowns in 3 games. Wilson to me isn’t a QB1 each week but this week he is a must start against a reeling Falcons team.
Did anyone watch what Zac Stacy did to this Titans run D last week? I sure they heck did and although Jones-Drew might not have those young legs that Stacy does, he is fresh off a bye and the healthiest he has been all season. Jones-Drew should have no problem finding running room this week against the Titans and should be in all lineups.
Fred Jackson vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
So which is more of a surprise, the Steelers rank as 5th worst team against opposing RBs or the fact that Fred Jackson is in the top 10 of all Fantasy RBs this year? I would have to go with the latter; the Steelers aren’t getting any younger and were just torched by the New England Patriots on the ground. I would expect to see a lot of Fjax/Spiller this week especially if we see Manuel come back this week. Great matchup, great start.
TY Hilton vs. St. Louis Rams
I ate some serious crow last week by having him in my Must Sit piece last week and recommending to Sit him to just about anyone that asked. Well you won’t fool me this week Mr. Hilton, you are in my Must start against the Rams.
Keenan Allen vs. Denver Broncos
Over the last 4 games Allen has 26 catches for 417 yards and 3 TDs. He is Rivers go to target no matter where they are on the field. The Broncos pass D hasn’t been that great this week and if the Chargers plan to compete with this high-octane offense of the Broncos, these two are going to have to connect on a ton of passes.
Antonio Gates vs. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have given up 9 or more Fantasy points to tight ends 6 times this year. Gates is coming off 4 consecutive performances with 7 points or less. I like Gates this week as I expect we will see a ton of passing this week.
Arizona Cardinals D vs. Houston Texans
The Cardinals are 3-1 at home this season in those 3 wins they are giving up only 13 PPG. They face Case Keenum who is coming off an impressive 3 TD performance against the Colts. Rookie QB in just his 3rd start (2nd on the road) against a solid D, give me the Cards D all day long.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Must Sit
Matt Ryan vs. Seattle Seahawks
You have to feel bad for Matt Ryan this year. He got his 1st victory in the playoffs and the Falcons added him a good running back and this team was poised for the Super Bowl. Injures to Julio Jones, Roddy White and Steven Jackson has made this season miserable for him instead. He faces a tough Seattle D and is coming off back to back single point Fantasy outputs. An easy must sit.
Good lord I predicted the Ravens would go to the Super Bowl for the 2nd straight year. I think I have cursed these guys as they sit 3-5 and 2 and half back from the Bengals. One thing they have been good at is stopping the run though. If you can find better options to start this week I would.
Le’Veon Bell vs. Buffalo Bills
Bell has back to back double-digit Fantasy performances but faces a tough Bills run D. Bills have only given up one rushing TD and give up only 12 PPG to RBs. I don’t like this matchup for Bell this week.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. Houston Texans
The Texans pass D only gave up 2 TDs to opposing WRs since week 1 and last week TY Hilton gave them the business catching 3 of his own. But I don’t like this matchup for Fitzgerald. I know he is a hard guy to sit down but if you have better options I would go that route.
Anquan Boldin vs. Carolina Panthers
This game is huge for the Panthers and I think they have all the tools to step up and make this a good game. They have to start with shutting down Boldin and they have done a great job at shutting down opposing teams WR. They haven’t given up a TD to opposing receiver since week 2. Boldin should be on the bench this week.
Jason Witten vs. New Orléans Saints
The Saints have been great against TEs this season giving up single-digit points in every game but one. Witten had his best game since week 5 against the Vikings but I don’t think he will have much success this week. The Tight End pool is fairly weak and you may have to start him but if you have a solid back-up I would think about starting him instead.
Green Bay Packers D vs. Philadelphia Eagles
No Aaron Rodgers will not bode well for the Packers D and against Chip Kelly’s offense they are going to be on a the field a lot. What seemed to be a good matchup a week ago isn’t that way now.
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