Our Week 10 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. 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.
Ryan Tannehill has gone from Coach Philbin’s dog house to the penthouse after a 3 game stretch that has put the Dolphins back in the playoff picture. But not so fast my friends, he is still nowhere near an elite quarterback and the matchup this week favors the Lions at Ford Field. The Lions have been stingy against the pass this season and there are better bye-week options out there, including Romo and Ryan if you are desperate.
Cam is regular to this column in 2014. While I expect him to remedy some of his recent poor play on Monday Night, he is not a sure-fire start. His inconsistency has been very consistent this season and at this point I would suggest owners look at picking up an RGIII, or even look at the opposing quarterback on Monday night in Mark Sanchez as a viable option this week. Cam has not developed the necessary chemistry yet with his revamped receiving corps and cannot be a trusted starter as a result.
The Sankapottomus, as his UDub Husky teammates might call him, has been a little underwhelming thus far in his rookie campaign. I would be higher on him this week, coming off a bye-week, if he did not have to face an angry Ravens defense that was embarrassed nationally on Sunday night by Big Ben. Sankey has upside as fantasy playoffs linger, but this week looks to be another single digit output for him.
Marcus Lattimore’s retirement might have been a hint to Frank Gore for him to follow his lead. Gore has been averaging under 3 yards per carry this season and looks like a ghost of his former self on the field. I might have to go into Shawn Alexander territory with him if his slide continues. The 49ers are not just in trouble when it comes to the future of their head coach. The transition to rookie Carlos Hyde is coming and Gore might be walking that proverbial plank after this Bayou trip.
Rueben was in line for the spotlight after Cruz suffered his season-ending injury weeks ago. Unfortunately for Rueben owners it has been Beckham’s stock that has risen and not Randle’s. While the Seahawks’ defense has taken a beating in the press compared to last year’s elite unit, it still possesses some of the best talent in the NFL. Randle will have plenty of difficulty finding way to get open at CenturyLink on Sunday. Sit’em.
Is Welker still injured? He has played like it of late and just does not look like the same stud receiver from the Patriots or even early last season. Peyton Manning might have lost a little trust in him too after his bobbling act that led to an easy Patriots interception last week too. Denver has so many weapons, especially with Emmanuel Sanders emergence, that Welker has gotten lost in the shuffle. That probably means one of these games Welker will get all of Manning’s attention. Just not this game, bench him.
It’s all about the rhetorical questions when it comes to this University of Maryland alum. Does Vernon Davis play football? Does he play it well? Well, of course he plays but it’s hard to tell since he has only turned in one fantasy performance this season that amounts to anything more than 40 yards receiving. That was Week 1. Welcome to Week 10 fantasy owners. The 49ers will need his production to make a playoff push, but he’s one more clunker away from being droppable in all fantasy formats. I don’t see a turnaround in the Big Easy happening Sunday.
Fantasy defense alert: Mark Sanchez is now under center for the Eagles. Deploy opposing defense ASAP against the butt-fumble specialist. While Sanchez is a serviceable quarterback, has he ever made his money going to his tight-end to pass the football? The answer is simply no and that’s where it ends. Ertz is very talented but he has fallen from fantasy relevance lately. Sanchez would be smart to use Ertz more, but that is giving Sanchez too much credit. I expect the running game to see an uptick and the passing game to go in the opposite direction.
The Bengals played the Jags last week at home and were expected to be the fantasy defensive play of the week. Well, that did not go according to plan and it exploited a unit that is riddled with injuries. This matchup versus the Browns is an in-state division rivalry that should be hard fought. I do not expect a blowout and Cleveland has been playing like they deserve to be taken seriously. Hold off on the Thursday night defenses this week.