Our Week 10 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 10 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
To say Big Ben is HOT is like saying I am a fantasy football know-it-all guru, it’s a no-brainer. Not really or even remotely close, but there is no denying the momentum the Steelers offense has riding into the Meadowlands against the Jets. Big Ben should be able to carve up the Jets depleted secondary much like he did the Colts and Ravens in his last 2 home games. Over or under 6 touchdowns again for Big Ben? Let’s just say 50% of that production is a much more likely scenario. That’s HOT sauce!
Who remembers the early season Thursday Night Football tilt in ATL where the Falcons posted 40 plus by halftime on the Buccaneers? Matt Ryan probably does because it was one of his only complete games and fantasy relevant ones of the year. In an otherwise dismal season for the dirty birds, Ryan has a juicy matchup again in Week 10. I would advise all owners of Brady and Luck, who are on bye-weeks, to look closely at adding Ryan. The Tampa Bay defense against the pass is worse than the Jaguars, or at least it will be this Sunday.
No nevermind the threat of Sims to Rainey’s carries this week. Rainey is due for a large allotment of carries in this offense. He established himself as a strong and elusive runner in the first half last week and Atlanta has been exploited with it’s poor rush defense this year many times. Rainey is an excellent pick up and play flex. To all those Doug Martin owners, I apologize but let the Muscle Hamster experience free agency and make it Rainey this week.
Asking yourself why Boobie “Anthony” Dixon has made the starts list this week? It is all in the name folks. What spells start better than a running back with a name like Boobie. The Bills are a very good defense and it’s at home. That means it should have good field position and I expect this to be a ball-controlled game. The goal line carries are his and so is fantasy relevance at least for this week. With Fred Jackson still on the mend and Spiller out it’s time to cash in on Boobie.
Dear Michael Vick, want to get away from an aggressive/blitzing Steelers defense? Find Percy early and often. The answer to the Jets woes are much more than getting the ball in Harvin’s hands, but it would be a good start. His stellar fantasy output in Week 9 against the Chiefs points towards even better days ahead as long as Vick is at the helm. The Steelers are a veteran defense, which means they are old and Percy has youth on his side and a touchdown dance or two in him this week.
Going out on a limb with Wright on the starts column this week. While Wright sees nearly 50% of the passing targets on average in the Titans offense, there has been a change in guard at the quarterback position so there will be growing pains. The Ravens were gutted by the Steelers and Bengals in consecutive weeks via the pass. Someone has to catch passes and Wright poses a very intriguing flex play and borderline WR2 due to the matchup. I like his propensity for a garbage time touchdown too.
Olsen has been famine the last 2 weeks against a couple potential playoff teams. In walks Philly, who is amongst the playoff contenders as well. However, the script is destined to change for Olsen this week in primetime on Monday Night Football. This game has shootout written all over it if Cam Newton can find some confidence. Olsen will be the focal point to open up the middle of the field. Start Olsen without a doubt this week.
Larry is as random as Rafi from FXX’s TV show, The League. You just don’t know if he’ll throw up a 3 TD game like he did against the Redskins or go for a donut and scoreless. Going against one of the worst tight-end defending units, I suspect Donnell will exploit the mismatch against Seattle. While I do not see the Giants moving the football with ease, I can see more garbage time Eli Manning stats and a late Donnell touchdown to make him a fantasy start this week. Rafi-Bomb!
Green Bay Packers
Playing the Chicago Bears? Start that opposing defense! The same logic that goes along with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders can start being applied here. The Bears have many questions and concerns coming off their bye-week. Playing at Lambeau Field against a turnover prone quarterback and with an offense that is beginning to hit on all cylinders. I like the Packers and their defense in a very big way this weekend.