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Fantasy Football Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Eric MackFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 9, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

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    This is a make-or-break week for Trent Richardson owners as he faces the suspect Rams run defense.
    This is a make-or-break week for Trent Richardson owners as he faces the suspect Rams run defense.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Although we are in the middle of the NFL season, we are in the fantasy stretch run, so it is time for an annual admonishment: Dance with the ones who have brought you in fantasy football.

    No, guys like Eli Manning, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson and Hakeem Nicks haven't gotten you to this point, but they were among the players you thought you would be leaning on in fantasy crunch time coming out of draft day. They also happen to be among the players we list as "starts" in Bleacher Report's weekly Saturday Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.

    This six-part slideshow gives you the guys to activate and to bench in addition to listing all of the rankings by position. Use this as a catch-all to answer your myriad of lineup questions. Enjoy.

Quarterbacks: Eli Manning Ready to Pick Up Where Nick Foles Left off vs. Raiders

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    Starting Eli Manning against the suspect Raiders secondary might point you to fantasy victory Sunday.
    Starting Eli Manning against the suspect Raiders secondary might point you to fantasy victory Sunday.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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    Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

    With the emergence of Keenan Allen and the surprisingly healthy production from Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates, Rivers has returned to being a must-start fantasy quarterback. We list him here as an obvious start only because the Denver Broncos have been so forgiving against the pass and against fantasy quarterbacks—third-worst in both regards. Rivers should be good for 350 yards and three-plus touchdowns in what could wind up being another epic fantasy game for both offenses.

     

    Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Say what you want about the disappointing Steelers, but Big Ben is one of the more underrated commodities in fantasy football. He showed that a week ago against the New England Patriots, throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns.

    The Buffalo Bills are second-worst in fantasy against wide receivers, allowing a league-high 15 touchdowns, so Big Ben should be able to find Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and a resurgent Jerricho Cotchery early and often at home. The Steelers aren't playing great defense and they know they need to pick up the offensive pace to win ballgames. Expect another 300-plus-yard and three-plus-touchdown performance from Big Ben here.

     

    Eli Manning, New York Giants

    Hate on Manning and the Giants this season all you want, but the Eagles piled on the Oakland Raiders last week in Nick Foles' seven-touchdown breakthrough. If you think the Eagles have weapons, the Giants have an arsenal with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all healthy and rested coming off their bye. Manning had to have watched that game last week from his living room with visions of sugar plums dancing in his head. He has been a fantasy bust this season, but this week he is a boon.

     

    Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

    The Green Bay Packers haven't played as bad of defense of late, but with Chip Kelly pushing the pace, it should be another productive game for Foles. You picked him up as the No. 1 waivers option this week, so you might as well run him out there in lieu of Tom Brady (bye) or Matt Ryan (ineffectiveness/tough matchup).

     

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    Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

    Ignore the fact that Roddy White (ankle/hamstring) is expected to return—as ESPN's Vaughn McClure tweeted this week—Ryan has struggled with continuity in his injury-hit offense. It certainly doesn't help that he will have to face arguably the best defense in football this week in the Seattle Seahawks (No. 2 in the NFL in yards allowed per game and No. 1 against fantasy quarterbacks).

    You are better off going with a younger quarterback in a better matchup, allowing Ryan to earn his way back into must-start fantasy status at this point.

     

    Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

    Those hoping for sleeper points out of Palmer cannot like what he's done thus far this season. You absolutely cannot like him against the NFL's No. 1 defense (No. 1 against the pass and No. 3 against fantasy quarterbacks) in the Houston Texans either. There are almost 20 quarterbacks more equipped to help your fantasy team this week (see below).

     

    Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens' 29th-ranked rushing offense has often put the game on Flacco's shoulders, but expecting him to come through against the Cincinnati Bengals is a tall order. The Bengals are in the top 10 against fantasy quarterbacks, and Flacco has gotten no help from his offensive line or the running game to take the pressure off. He should only be owned in two-quarterback leagues at this point, especially with the byes winding down.

    Week 10 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Peyton ManningDenat SD10
    2Drew BreesNOvs. Dal20
    3Philip RiversSDvs. Den4+1
    4Matthew StaffordDetat Chi3-1
    5Russell WilsonSeaat Atl50
    6Robert GriffinWasat Min8+2
    7Andrew LuckIndvs. StL70
    8Cam NewtonCarat SF9+1
    9Tony RomoDalat NO6-3
    10Colin KaepernickSFvs. Car11+1
    11Ben RoethlisbergerPitvs. Buf14+3
    12Eli ManningNYGvs. Oak120
    13Nick FolesPhiat GB10-3
    14Terrelle PryorOakat NYG17+3
    15Andy DaltonCinat Bal16+1
    16Jake LockerTenvs. Jac13-3
    17Jay CutlerChivs. Det15-2
    18Matt RyanAtlvs. Sea180
    19Joe FlaccoBalvs. Cin22+3
    20Carson PalmerArivs. Hou26+6
    21Case KeenumHouat Ari19-2
    22Mike GlennonTBvs. Mia25+3
    23Ryan TannehillMiaat TB20-3
    24Seneca WallaceGBvs. Phi240
    25Kellen ClemensStLat Ind29+4
    26Christian PonderMinvs. Was21-5
    27EJ ManuelBufat Pit270
    28Chad HenneJacat Ten280
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros 

Running Backs: Time to Trust Some of Your Early Season Pariahs

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    Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

    This one should be obvious after his 150 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9. But since he got off to another slow start amid a tough early season schedule, we feel obligated to mention him here. Johnson has favorable matchups down the stretch, and none is more favorable than the Jacksonville Jaguars here. They are last in fantasy against running backs and last in the NFL against the run, allowing over 161 rushing yards per game.

    Don't worry about Shonn Greene getting more carries and vulturing the touchdowns. In fact, start him too.

     

    Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Bucs finally decided to shut Doug Martin (shoulder) down for the season, so the running onus falls on James' shoulders the rest of the way. The rookie out of Miami looked capable of carrying a fantasy team's second running back spot last week, rushing for a career-high 158 yards. This week, he draws the Miami Dolphins, who have been the second-worst team in fantasy against running backs to date. James goes for at least 80 and a touchdown this week.

     

    Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

    An ankle issue has Richardson listed as questionable on the official NFL Injury Report, but Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports he is fully expecting to play. "I'm ready," Richardson said.

    Chappell likened T-Rich's slow start to that of the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and, like the aforementioned Johnson, Richardson's schedule softens in the second half. He gets the St. Louis Rams this week; they have been the third-worst team in fantasy against running backs and the fifth-worst in the NFL against the run.

    Start Richardson, and consider timeshare back Donald Brown a viable sleeper as a flex play in standard leagues.

     

    C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

    Concerns here should be subsiding after Spiller broke some huge plays last week and topped 100 yards rushing for just the second time this season. That came against the Chiefs' undefeated defense too.

    Spiller is a much more favorable play against the Steelers, who have been disappointing against the run and have allowed the sixth-most points to fantasy backs to date. They are also the only team in football that has allowed 12 touchdowns to running backs through just eight games. Spiller and Fred Jackson are viable plays in tandem this week.

     

    Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

    MJD is coming off his bye week and his best week of the season, yardage-wise, against a stout San Francisco 49ers defense from Week 8 in London. The Jags have lost Justin Blackmon (suspension) for the season, and the offense clearly will have to rely heavily on the running game. MJD is one of the heaviest-use feature backs in football too, with just converted college quarterback Denard Robinson as the primary backup.

    The Titans are in the bottom 10 against the run and against running backs, so you should feel as confident in MJD this week as in any week all season.

     

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    BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

    The more highlight-reel runs Giovani Bernard puts up in his rookie season, the more you have to dislike BGE in fantasy down the stretch. The starter and goal-line back still gets touches, but a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens—eighth-best against the run and No. 1 in fantasy against running backs—is a bad week to trust this plodder. The Ravens have allowed a league-low one touchdown to running backs.

     

    Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

    Not only has Danny Woodhead usurped Mathews' job on passing downs, he also tends to be in the game inside the five. Mathews looks like a bad play against the Broncos run defense, which is No. 3 in the NFL, allowing just 81.5 yards per game. Mathews needs rushing yards because he doesn't score his fantasy points on touchdowns or as a pass receiver. Start Woodhead but not Mathews, especially in PPR.

     

    Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs, Andre Brown and Michael Cox, New York Giants

    You have to hate all of the Giants' options this week, if only because they will each cancel each other out from being viable in fantasy. The Raiders have been susceptible to the pass, but they are sixth-best against the run, allowing under 95 yards per game on the ground. Expect Brown (leg) to return, but in a limited role, while Hillis and Jacobs (hamstring) share the other opportunities in a three-way split.

    Brown will be the man down the stretch for the Giants with David Wilson (neck) officially out for the season, but offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride told the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano: "When he's healthy, he can help us."

    He doesn't sound like Brown is returning full-go just yet. Gilbride continued to the Daily News:

    A healthy Andre Brown that's playing well will be a significant contribution to our offense. It looks like he's physically running pretty well. The things that happened very naturally, right now are not happening very naturally, or as natural as usual, I should say—his reads, his awareness of what's going on. But you can see he's a good football player.

     

    DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers

    Ignore the fact that Tolbert is rolling his chubby body into the end zone on a regular basis—or the fact the 49ers are uncharacteristically 11th-worst against fantasy running backs. All of the Panthers backs are bad plays in San Francisco this week.

    You might have gotten away with starting one of them if the other two weren't healthy, but this is a full three-way timeshare, and the only back who would be fantasy trustworthy because of the goal-line carries is no guarantee to get one this week. Avoid them all.

    Week 10 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinvs. Was10
    2Matt ForteChivs. Det3+1
    3Chris JohnsonTenvs. Jac7+4
    4LeSean McCoyPhiat GB5+1
    5Marshawn LynchSeaat Atl2-3
    6Eddie LacyGBvs. Phi60
    7Alfred MorrisWasat Min9+2
    8Trent RichardsonIndvs. StL22+14
    9Reggie BushDetat Chi4-5
    10Knowshon MorenoDenat SD8-2
    11DeMarco MurrayDalat NO110
    12Ray RiceBalvs. Cin20+8
    13C.J. SpillerBufat Pit15+2
    14Frank GoreSFvs. Car12-2
    15Le'Veon BellPitvs. Buf13-2
    16Zac StacyStLat Ind10-6
    17Mike JamesTBvs. Mia14-3
    18Ben TateHouat Ari27+9
    19Andre EllingtonArivs. Hou23+4
    20Maurice Jones-DrewJacat Ten18-2
    21Steven JacksonAtlvs. Sea24+3
    22Lamar MillerMiaat TB19-3
    23Giovani BernardCinat Bal21-2
    24Darren SprolesNOvs. Dal29+5
    25Rashad JenningsOakat NYG26+1
    26Shonn GreeneTenvs. Jac31+5
    27Danny WoodheadSDvs. Den17-10
    28Ryan MathewsSDvs. Den280
    29James StarksGBvs. Phi40+11
    30Fred JacksonBufat Pit16-14
    31Donald BrownIndvs. StL32+1
    32DeAngelo WilliamsCarat SF33+1
    33Joique BellDetat Chi34+1
    34Montee BallDenat SD43+9
    35Rashard MendenhallArivs. Hou350
    36Mike TolbertCarat SF39+3
    37Andre BrownNYGvs. Oak30-7
    38Pierre ThomasNOvs. Dal25-13
    39Jonathan StewartCarat SF41+2
    40Peyton HillisNYGvs. Oak38-2
    41BenJarvus Green-EllisCinat Bal37-4
    42Jacquizz RodgersAtlvs. Sea420
    43Roy HeluWasat Min46+3
    44Bryce BrownPhiat GB51+7
    45Bernard PierceBalvs. Cin53+8
    46Kendall HunterSFvs. Car54+8
    47Robert TurbinSeaat Atl57+10
    48Brian LeonardTBvs. Mia480
    49Felix JonesPitvs. Buf69+20
    50Michael BushChivs. Det64+14
    51Daniel ThomasMiaat TB44-7
    52Mark IngramNOvs. Dal56+4
    53Jason SnellingAtlvs. Sea50-3
    54C.J. AndersonDenat SD75+21
    55Toby GerhartMinvs. Was67+12
    56Joseph RandleDalat NO61+5
    57Ronnie BrownSDvs. Den78+21
    58Ronnie HillmanDenat SD65+7
    59Johnathan FranklinGBvs. Phi84+25
    60Benny CunninghamStLat Ind76+16
    61Daryl RichardsonStLat Ind68+7
    62Darrel YoungWasat Min66+4
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros 

Wide Receivers: Expect Big Things from Steelers, Giants and Saints Options Here

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    Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown's fantasy owners have had to suffer through the indignity of Emmanuel Sanders and long-lost veteran Jerricho Cotchery having big fantasy performances lately. They should feel confident keeping Ben Roethlisberger's true No. 1 target active in all leagues, though, especially against a Bills team that has allowed the second-most points to fantasy wide receivers to date. The fact the Bills have given up a league-worst 15 touchdown receptions to wideouts can lead you to start Sanders too, if not Cotchery.

     

    Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

    There have been reasons to doubt these this season, especially Nicks, and there's the red-zone emergence of Rueben Randle, but you can be sure Eli Manning was watching the Raiders get shredded by Nick Foles and Co. during the Giants' Week 9 bye. Manning, despite some offensive line woes and the lack of a running game, still has juice, and he will make his primary receivers productive in favorable matchups such as this one. Heck, start Randle too. The Eagles' third receiver, Riley Cooper, had a field day.

     

    Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

    He has emerged as a must-start option in all leagues, particularly since Vincent Brown cannot get going in his return from an ankle injury. The rookie Allen is Philip Rivers' No. 1 receiver now, complementing Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates, but even slot man Eddie Royal and the aforementioned Brown might be solid sleepers against the Broncos secondary.

    Denver has allowed the sixth-most points in fantasy to wideouts and is fifth-worst in the NFL against the pass, allowing a shade under 300 yards per game. This could become an epic shootout.

     

    Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

    The injury that knocked Marques Colston (knee) out for Week 9 is what leads us to Moore here. He should be a frequent target in a game against Dallas that should get loose. The Cowboys play a defense that allows a lot underneath, and that's where Moore almost exclusively works. Drew Brees should be plenty capable of picking apart a secondary that has allowed the second-most passing yards in football this season. Start Moore and consider Colston (questionable) if he's active and Stills if not.

     

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    Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

    The loss of Justin Blackmon (suspension) for the season seemingly makes Shorts a fantasy star, but you have to temper expectations while he deals with a groin issue that has kept him out of some practices the past few weeks. Also, the Titans are surprisingly in the top 10 against the pass and No. 1 in fantasy against wide receivers. Shorts is a marginal flex option despite the potential to post some big games down the stretch.

     

    Harry Douglas and Dew Davis, Atlanta Falcons

    They have enjoyed some moments as they became Matt Ryan's best options downfield amid the absences of Julio Jones (foot) and Roddy White (ankle/hamstring). White is returning to action this week, though, which pushes Douglas and Davis into secondary roles. Also, you don't mess with the Seahawks secondary if you can avoid it. Seattle is No. 2 against the pass and No. 2 in fantasy against wide receivers.

     

    Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals

    You won't be sitting Larry Fitzgerald outside of real shallow leagues, but you should ignore Floyd and Roberts against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL. The Texans have had their issues this season, even on defense, but it hasn't been against the pass. They are allowing a league-low 158 yards passing per game and that's over 20 yards per game better than Seattle even. Floyd and Roberts are bad fringe options.

     

    Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills

    Sure, the Steelers were ripped by the Pats last week, but the Bills' secondary targets figure to take a backseat to Stevie Johnson with the return of EJ Manuel (knee). Johnson had his best weeks when Manuel was at the helm early in the year, so expect Woods, Goodwin and T.J. Graham to drop off the fantasy radar, especially against a Steelers defense that is stinging and yet No. 4 against the pass and in the top 10 against wideouts. 

    Week 10 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDetat Chi10
    2Brandon MarshallChivs. Det20
    3Dez BryantDalat NO30
    4A.J. GreenCinat Bal40
    5Demaryius ThomasDenat SD50
    6DeSean JacksonPhiat GB7+1
    7Wes WelkerDenat SD6-1
    8Victor CruzNYGvs. Oak80
    9Andre JohnsonHouat Ari12+3
    10Larry FitzgeraldArivs. Hou17+7
    11Pierre GarconWasat Min110
    12Eric DeckerDenat SD15+3
    13T.Y. HiltonIndvs. StL130
    14Jordy NelsonGBvs. Phi16+2
    15Alshon JefferyChivs. Det18+3
    16Antonio BrownPitvs. Buf10-6
    17Vincent JacksonTBvs. Mia14-3
    18Keenan AllenSDvs. Den9-9
    19Hakeem NicksNYGvs. Oak21+2
    20Torrey SmithBalvs. Cin200
    21Kendall WrightTenvs. Jac25+4
    22Roddy WhiteAtlvs. Sea37+15
    23Denarius MooreOakat NYG26+3
    24Steve JohnsonBufat Pit32+8
    25Anquan BoldinSFvs. Car28+3
    26Mike WallaceMiaat TB24-2
    27Riley CooperPhiat GB31+4
    28Steve SmithCarat SF27-1
    29Emmanuel SandersPitvs. Buf30+1
    30Lance MooreNOvs. Dal40+10
    31James JonesGBvs. Phi34+3
    32Golden TateSeaat Atl22-10
    33Cecil ShortsJacat Ten19-14
    34Eddie RoyalSDvs. Den49+15
    35Marvin JonesCinat Bal36+1
    36Marques ColstonNOvs. Dal42+6
    37Terrance WilliamsDalat NO23-14
    38Nate WashingtonTenvs. Jac43+5
    39Brian HartlineMiaat TB35-4
    40Greg JenningsMinvs. Was38-2
    41DeAndre HopkinsHouat Ari44+3
    42Darrius Heyward-BeyIndvs. StL52+10
    43Brandon LaFellCarat SF51+8
    44Rueben RandleNYGvs. Oak41-3
    45Harry DouglasAtlvs. Sea29-16
    46Mario ManninghamSFvs. Car69+23
    47Marlon BrownBalvs. Cin470
    48Jarrett BoykinGBvs. Phi480
    49Doug BaldwinSeaat Atl39-10
    50Kenny StillsNOvs. Dal45-5
    51Mohamed SanuCinat Bal71+20
    52Michael FloydArivs. Hou33-19
    53Chris GivensStLat Ind58+5
    54Mike BrownJacat Ten50-4
    55Tavon AustinStLat Ind74+19
    56Vincent BrownSDvs. Den53-3
    57Kris DurhamDetat Chi46-11
    58Jason AvantPhiat GB73+15
    59Ace SandersJacat Ten78+19
    60Kenny BrittTenvs. Jac88+28
    61Andre RobertsArivs. Hou87+26
    62Lavon BrazillIndvs. StL80+18
    63Leonard HankersonWasat Min56-7
    64Rod StreaterOakat NYG54-10
    65Cole BeasleyDalat NO70+5
    66Jerome SimpsonMinvs. Was57-9
    67Santana MossWasat Min76+9
    68Austin PettisStLat Ind62-6
    69Jacoby JonesBalvs. Cin72+3
    70Robert MeachemNOvs. Dal61-9
    71Tiquan UnderwoodTBvs. Mia67-4
    72Ted GinnCarat SF66-6
    73Marquise GoodwinBufat Pit65-8
    74Tandon DossBalvs. Cin82+8
    75Brian QuickStLat Ind97+22
    76Damian WilliamsTenvs. Jac96+20
    77Aldrick RobinsonWasat Min83+6
    78Jermaine KearseSeaat Atl60-18
    79Kyle WilliamsSFvs. Car108+29
    80Cordarrelle PattersonMinvs. Was59-21
    81Jacoby FordOakat NYG103+22
    82T.J. GrahamBufat Pit75-7
    83Earl BennettChivs. Det93+10
    84Justin HunterTenvs. Jac95+11
    85Markus WheatonPitvs. Buf91+6
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Time Is Wright for Most-Added Bucs Rookie

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    The Bucs' Tim Wright has already schooled the Cardinals and now he gets the second-worst team vs. tight ends.
    The Bucs' Tim Wright has already schooled the Cardinals and now he gets the second-worst team vs. tight ends.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

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    Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

    He started the year off hot as a secondary option to Owen Daniels (leg), but Graham hasn't posted fantasy-worthy numbers since Week 4 despite Daniels being placed on Designated for Return IR. Case Keenum proved capable last week, and Graham gets the best matchup in fantasy for a tight end.

    The Arizona Cardinals have allowed a league-high 708 yards to tight ends and are dead last in fantasy against the position to date. Graham is a solid sleeper if you have Rob Gronkowski or Jordan Cameron on bye.

     

    Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The undrafted free agent moved to tight end as a pro, and he has emerged as a favorite target of fellow rookie Mike Glennon. Wright has been the most-added tight end in fantasy by a wide margin, and his consistent numbers make him a solid start against a Dolphins team that has allowed the third-most points to the position in fantasy.

     

    Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears; Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts; and Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

    They are each drawing fairly tough matchups as far as fantasy tight ends go, but they all remain on the right side of the fringe plays at the position. You should feel confident starting any of this trio—regardless of their matchups down the stretch—particularly since they are important pieces in their respective offenses.

     

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    Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers

    The loss of Jermichael Finley (neck) for the season was supposed to make Quarless a sleeper, but that was a function of Aaron Rodgers' (shoulder) potential and a banged-up Packers wide receivers group. Quarless wasn't fantasy viable in Week 9 and facing the Eagles—No. 2 in fantasy against tight ends and haven't allowed a tight end a touchdown all season—makes him someone to cut, not start, this week.

     

    Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

    The Ravens look like a favorable matchup for a fantasy tight end, having allowed the 10th-most points to the position, but most of that damage was done early in the season, as Julius Thomas went off for two touchdowns in the season opener. The Ravens have done a much better job on the position since, and only the Texans (22) and Colts (28) have allowed fewer receptions to tight ends this season (29).

    Gresham and Eifert are fantasy sleepers in good matchups, but this isn't one of them, particularly in Baltimore, with the defending world champion Ravens desperate for a signature victory in the division.

     

    Brandon Myers, New York Giants

    Are you left wondering how Carson Palmer made Myers a fantasy star and Eli Manning can't help Myers get out of his own way? Just watch a Giants game, particularly in the obvious passing situations they have tended to be in all year. Myers hasn't posted more than three receptions since Week 2, and it is a function of the Giants realizing just how bad their offense line is. He has been used in pass protection more often than not on those obvious passing downs.

    Myers is not fantasy viable in any league until the Giants prove they can protect Manning without using the six-plus blockers.

    Week 10 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. Dal10
    2Jason WittenDalat NO6+4
    3Vernon DavisSFvs. Car2-1
    4Tony GonzalezAtlvs. Sea7+3
    5Antonio GatesSDvs. Den3-2
    6Julius ThomasDenat SD4-2
    7Greg OlsenCarat SF9+2
    8Jordan ReedWasat Min5-3
    9Martellus BennettChivs. Det8-1
    10Coby FleenerIndvs. StL13+3
    11Tim WrightTBvs. Mia10-1
    12Heath MillerPitvs. Buf11-1
    13Garrett GrahamHouat Ari12-1
    14Jared CookStLat Ind17+3
    15Charles ClayMiaat TB14-1
    16Rob HouslerArivs. Hou29+13
    17Scott ChandlerBufat Pit19+2
    18Jermaine GreshamCinat Bal22+4
    19Tyler EifertCinat Bal18-1
    20Brandon MyersNYGvs. Oak200
    21Brent CelekPhiat GB27+6
    22Zach ErtzPhiat GB23+1
    23Brandon PettigrewDetat Chi21-2
    24Joseph FauriaDetat Chi26+2
    25Zach MillerSeaat Atl15-10
    26Dallas ClarkBalvs. Cin28+2
    27Andrew QuarlessGBvs. Phi25-2
    28Delanie WalkerTenvs. Jac16-12
    29Lance KendricksStLat Ind33+4
    30Marcedes LewisJacat Ten300
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros 

Defense/Special Teams: It Is a Week to Trust Some Surprising Units

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    You might struggle to name a Titans defender, but you should know they are No. 1 in fantasy vs. wide receivers.
    You might struggle to name a Titans defender, but you should know they are No. 1 in fantasy vs. wide receivers.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

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    Tennessee Titans

    Not only are the Titans among the leaders in fantasy scoring for defenses in standard-scoring leagues (seventh), but they get the lowly Jaguars without their best player (Justin Blackmon suspended). The Jags matchup is the third-most favorable in fantasy too. The Titans are the No. 1 unit on our board this week.

     

    Arizona Cardinals

    Granted, most of this comes from Matt Schaub's awful pick-six streak, but the Texans are second-worst in fantasy against defenses. A raw Case Keenum comes to town to pick on now too.

    There are some very good playmakers on this Cardinals defense, and they are behind just the Seahawks and Broncos (13 apiece) in interceptions. Consider this one of the best weeks to use the Cardinals, especially with Arian Foster (back) out, according to the official NFL Injury Report.

     

    Miami Dolphins

    The Bucs haven't been an overly favorable matchup for opposing defenses, but the Dolphins are hot coming off that victory on an overtime safety against the Bengals. If they can win that one in prime time, handling the Bucs and a rookie quarterback on Monday Night Football shouldn't prove as difficult. Consider this a great streaming play.

     

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    This has been the worst defense in fantasy this season in standard scoring, but the Bills are a matchup to take advantage of if you have your defense on bye (Kansas City, New England, N.Y. Jets or Cleveland) or in a tough matchup (see below). The Bills have struggled with continuity on offense and are sixth-worst in fantasy against defense/special teams. The Steelers are a viable Hail Mary play here at home.

     

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    New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys

    We don't like either surprising unit in this matchup in the Superdome. Sure, Rob Ryan knows the Cowboys well, but both quarterbacks can light up even the best defenses in football when they are going well and when they have to. They figure to have to in a shootout here. Both the Cowboys (No. 1) and the Saints (No. 8) are in the top 10 against opposing defenses.

     

    St. Louis Rams

    They have a good pass rush, but the Colts have been the second-best team in fantasy against opposing defenses to date. They have turned the ball over just six times thus far this season and Andrew Luck can light up anyone at home. You can like the Rams defense as a sleeper down the stretch, but don't use this unit here.

     

    San Diego Chargers

    Obviously, you cannot mess with Peyton Manning, but the Chargers have been unable to recreate their defensive-touchdown magic from a year ago. The Chargers are just 29th in standard scoring after finishing fourth last season with a fantasy-best nine combined defense/special teams touchdowns. The Chargers are not worth owning in any leagues right now, much less starting.

     

     

    Week 10 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Tennessee TitansTenvs. Jac10
    2Arizona CardinalsArivs. Hou3+1
    3Seattle SeahawksSeaat Atl2-1
    4San Francisco 49ersSFvs. Car40
    5Carolina PanthersCarat SF7+2
    6Miami DolphinsMiaat TB8+2
    7Cincinnati BengalsCinat Bal6-1
    8Denver BroncosDenat SD9+1
    9Pittsburgh SteelersPitvs. Buf15+6
    10Washington RedskinsWasat Min17+7
    11Baltimore RavensBalvs. Cin16+5
    12Houston TexansHouat Ari120
    13Chicago BearsChivs. Det22+9
    14New Orleans SaintsNOvs. Dal13-1
    15New York GiantsNYGvs. Oak18+3
    16Indianapolis ColtsIndvs. StL5-11
    17Green Bay PackersGBvs. Phi20+3
    18Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. Mia10-8
    19Detroit LionsDetat Chi190
    20Dallas CowboysDalat NO21+1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Kickers: If You Play Matchups Here, We Have Your Answer Key

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    Graham Gano is coming off a productive week, but the 49ers are the best team in fantasy against kickers.
    Graham Gano is coming off a productive week, but the 49ers are the best team in fantasy against kickers.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Start 'Em

    Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

    The analysis from my Friday Top Plays at Bleacher Report bears repeating here:

    The Falcons have been the most forgiving team in fantasy against kickers, and No. 5 on the scoring list, Hauschka, comes to town. Hauschka wasn't highly regarded coming into the year, but he is a must-start fantasy option in all weeks now. The matchup here just makes him a home run play.

     

    Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

    Not only do the Bears get Jay Cutler (groin) back, but the Lions have allowed the most field-goal attempts (22) and the most makes (21) in football. Gould should have a busy day and hit double digits in fantasy.

     

    Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins

    Sturgis is a rookie, but he has displayed one of the best legs in football already in his young career. The Bucs are also in the bottom 10 of fantasy against kickers, and the Dolphins have been through their bye. Sturgis is a set-him-and-forget-him kicker option down the stretch now.

     

    Sit 'Em

    Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

    More analysis thievery from my Friday Top Plays:

    The Panthers' Graham Gano is coming off a double-digit week, but the matchup in Week 10 doesn't make him a fantasy option. The 49ers have been the toughest team in fantasy against kickers, allowing a league-low 10 field-goal attempts (and just eight makes).

     

    Josh Brown, New York Giants

    The Giants scored the second-most kicking points in football last season, but Brown has struggled at times along with the Giants offense. Brown faces a Raiders team that has allowed the fewest made field goals in football to date (tied with San Francisco [8]). Ignore Brown this week.

     

    Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans

    We understand the desire to stack Titans against the lowly Jags, but don't apply this strategy to the kicker. The Jags have allowed just 12 field-goal attempt this season. Only the aforementioned Bay Area teams, San Francisco and Oakland (11), have allowed fewer.

    Week 10 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Matt PraterDenat SD10
    2Steven HauschkaSeaat Atl5+3
    3Dan BaileyDalat NO7+4
    4Alex HeneryPhiat GB9+5
    5Phil DawsonSFvs. Car13+8
    6Adam VinatieriIndvs. StL2-4
    7Mason CrosbyGBvs. Phi4-3
    8Robbie GouldChivs. Det11+3
    9Garrett HartleyNOvs. Dal3-6
    10Caleb SturgisMiaat TB23+13
    11Matt BryantAtlvs. Sea14+3
    12Justin TuckerBalvs. Cin8-4
    13Nick NovakSDvs. Den6-7
    14Mike NugentCinat Bal16+2
    15Greg ZuerleinStLat Ind26+11
    16Blair WalshMinvs. Was18+2
    17Sebastian JanikowskiOakat NYG21+4
    18Shaun SuishamPitvs. Buf17-1
    19Graham GanoCarat SF20+1
    20Kai ForbathWasat Min15-5
    21Rob BironasTenvs. Jac12-9
    22Randy BullockHouat Ari27+5
    23Josh BrownNYGvs. Oak19-4
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

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