Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your starting lineup for Week 10. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
While Brees had an abnormally pedestrian game against the Jets in the Meadowlands last Sunday that shouldn’t deter owners from plugging him back in there against a poor Cowboys secondary. This game could have the makings of a shootout much like the Denver vs. Dallas game earlier this season. Jimmy Graham is rounding out to better shape after recovering from his injury and Kenny Stills adds a deep threat dimension. The weapons are in place for Brees to make good on a 300 plus/multiple TD day.
The case has been made for making Case an instant starter. Especially for owners of Aaron Rodgers and those with QBs on bye-week this is a sure fire starter. After his 3 TD effort and chemistry with Andre Johnson, it’s apparent that he’ll have some success against the Cardinals secondary this weekend. While at the University of Houston, Case definitely aired it out and he’ll need to do the same as long as Foster and Tate are on the mend from their injuries. He’s a great spot start and has great matchups in the upcoming weeks too.
After disappearing in this offense for a few weeks, Pierre asserted his authority on the Chargers last Sunday. #88 looked like a solid #1 WR and he put on a display with some of his amazing catches. RGIII needs to work on ball placement, but as long as it is in the vicinity of Garcon it appears that will do the trick. The Vikings are on a short week with this being a Thursday night showdown. I expect the Vikings to have their hands full with the flying Frenchman.
Shorts has moved up the pecking order of wide receivers with the news of another suspension to sophomore sensation Justin Blackmon. Tennessee is a solid defensive unit, but I expect Shorts will get those garbage time targets and easily rack up 80 plus receiving yards. If the Jaguar offense can sustain any time on the field and get to the red zone I think Shorts will be the recipient of TD too. 15 fantasy points or bust for Cecil this week because who else is going to move the ball for the Jags?
Right now is a great time to buy low on Spiller. C.J. put up some solid numbers last week against a staunch Kansas City defense. He’ll look to increase that load this week against a Steelers defense that let the Patriots running back committee go wild last weekend. Spiller is in line for a stretch of games where he could get back in the top 10 RB category. Look for him in your league and propose trades. His stock begins to climb this week in a big way.
No Aaron Rodgers…big problem. The broken collar bone suffered on Monday Night Football could doom the Packer’s season. Cheesehead Nation will rely on NCAA Champion and Alabama alum, Eddie Lacy to carry the Packers offense against the Eagles. Unless the Packers go out and get a proven QB they will prepare with Seneca Wallace under center. His limitations as a passer are well known, so the Packers will need a heavy dose of Lacy to overcome the Eagles and expect just that. The Eagles are amongst the worst statistical defenses in the league so there should be great upside for Lacy.
Walker will have a great opportunity to bust out against the beat up cellar dwellers from Jacksonville on Sunday. While he’s been improving his chemistry with Jake Locker, it should be noted that the Jags give up a steady dosage of points at the tight end position. 60 yards and a TD would be about par for Walker’s potential. If he’s available on the waiver then go ahead and grab him, he should have value moving forward the rest of the season.
Gonzo was a sit’em candidate last week and he proved me wrong with a solid performance, albeit in a losing effort to Carolina. The Falcons are headed in the wrong direction, but as long as Matt Ryan is upright at QB Gonzo has value and he should see his fair share of targets again this weekend. Seattle has amazing secondary so I don’t expect much room for the receivers to get open but Gonzalez is a matchup nightmare. If Atlanta expects to stay in this game and give Seattle a fight then Gonzo will be a major factor, much like he was in their divisional playoff game against the Seahawks last season.
San Francisco 49ers Defense
From here forward the 49ers D should be deployed. They’ve got their luster back and even though Carolina is playing well and looking like a contender in the NFC South, I would bet that physical 49er unit will cause a turnover or two and playing at Candlestick should be a considerable advantage. If you’ve got the 49ers D you play them this week.