It’s that time of week again with Sunday’s action on the horizon, and Week 10 once again presents fantasy owners with a unique challenge.
Last week, fantasy titans such as Peyton Manning sat out on a bye (unless he truly possessed Nick Foles). Speaking of Foles, fantasy owners who managed to weather the storm with names such as his surely came out on top.
This week, big names such as Tom Brady, Jamaal Charles, Josh Gordon and a host of others ride the pine in what is a critical stretch for owners with playoffs in the forecast.
Here’s a final look at start ’em, sit ’em scenarios to utilize en route to a postseason push. Enjoy.
Note: All scoring info based on ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of Yahoo! Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and New York Jets on bye.
Start ‘Em: Jake Locker (vs. JAC)
Jake Locker is as under-the-radar as it gets.
In three of his last four starts, Locker has scored 18 or more fantasy points, and he’s a lock to make it four of five against Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are horrific in all phases, but it’s especially encouraging for Locker’s fantasy forecast that the team surrenders the fourth-most points to the position with a 20.74 average.
Locker is coming off just a 10-point performance against St. Louis, but there is no better way to get back on track than a date with the Jaguars.
Sit ‘Em: Andy Dalton (vs. BAL)
Andy Dalton’s fantasy reign has all but come to an end for the time being.
After three straight games of 325 yards and three scores or more, Dalton came tumbling back to fantasy reality last week as he scored just six fantasy points against Miami while being held without a touchdown.
Oh, he also threw three interceptions, including one that went back for a score.
Baltimore ranks in the middle when it comes to points allowed against the position but is especially strong at home. Dalton must sit the bench this week.
Start ‘Em: Chris Johnson (vs. JAC)
Yes, we’re double-dipping with Titans this week.
Chris Johnson is a monster in the month of November as Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean illustrates:
During his career, #Titans RB Chris Johnson averages 108.5 rushing yards per game in November
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 6, 2013
Here’s a closer look:
If that’s not enough, Jacksonville allows the most fantasy points to the position, Johnson is coming off 150 yards and two scores as last week’s leading rusher and he’s amassed 1,025 yards and five touchdowns in 10 meetings with Jacksonville.
CJ2K is the start of the week.
Sit ‘Em: Steven Jackson (vs. SEA)
Steven Jackson is an absolute bust.
Jackson scored 11 fantasy points in his season opener against New Orleans, then followed up with six the next week. He then missed four games, scored no points two weeks ago and just six more last week against Carolina.
Things won’t get easier for Jackson in Week 10 with Seattle on the menu. The Seahawks are a top-10 fantasy team against the position as they allow just over 15 points per contest.
Don’t expect Jackson to exceed his career high as a member of the Falcons this week.
Start ‘Em: Riley Cooper (at GB)
The main beneficiary of Nick Foles’ seven touchdown passes, Riley Cooper scored over 30 fantasy points last week and came in second on the week overall.
Cooper won’t have a similar day, but a Green Bay defense that has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers and allows an average of 23.55 points to the position is a great matchup for Foles’ favorite target.
Three starts under center for Foles have equated to point totals of eight, 18 and 32 for Cooper. Somewhere between the first and last totals is a good expectation against Green Bay, which isn’t bad considering how cheap Cooper came in most drafts.
Sit ‘Em: Mike Wallace (at TB)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may allow over 21 points to the wide receiver position, but Mike Wallace is a different story.
The majority of that production from receivers does not come from the No. 1 wideout against Tampa Bay thanks to a guy by the name of Darrelle Revis.
Since joining Miami, Wallace has been an absolute dud with only two games of 10 or more fantasy points. This is partially because quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the most sacked player in the league, but Wallace also simply fits awkwardly in the offense.
Wallace has not scored a touchdown since Week 2, and he certainly won’t against Revis. Avoid at all costs.
Start ‘Em: Vernon Davis (vs. CAR)
Carolina may have an elite defense, but Colin Kaepernick is going to have to go somewhere with the football when the running game is surely stuffed by a top-three unit.
With that in mind, consistency from Vernon Davis, owner of 518 yards and seven scores, is a safe bet for consistent production.
Davis has caught three or more passes in every game this season as a model of consistency and is prone to and has notched 50 or more yards in five games.
Sit ‘Em: Greg Olsen (at SF)
It’s not easy to part with a tight end such as Greg Olsen, but the veteran is in for a horrific day against an elite San Francisco defense.
As a whole, it does not get much better than the 49ers against the position. San Francisco allows just 5.98 points to the position on average, good for a top-five ranking.
Olsen has scored eight or more points in his last two contests and three times overall this year, but his hot streak comes to an end in San Francisco. Much more favorable matchups litter the schedule.