Starters, Sitters & Sleepers: Week Ten Edition
Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week ten selections.
Start: Matt Forte: Running Back, Chicago Bears: Forte has been on fire lately, averaging 167 total yards per game the last five contests. Look for those numbers to continue against a Lions front seven that struggles to stop the run. Forte should have a big day on the ground, and be able to make some plays on screens as well.
Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick: Quarterback, Buffalo Bills: Fitzpatrick has been one of the strongest quarterbacks this season, with just under 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. However, Dallas needs this home game badly to keep up with the other NFC East teams, and the Cowboys are an underrated pass defense that is capable of generating turnovers. Look for Dallas to get some pressure on Fitzpatrick and force some bad throws, resulting in a bad day for the Ivy League star.
Sleeper: DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart: Running Backs, Carolina Panthers: I really liked Double Trouble coming into this matchup. The Titans are the 22nd worst defense against the run, allowing an average of 127 rushing yards per game. After Brett Jensen’s announcement last night that Cam Newton had an MRI and is nursing a shoulder injury, I like the Panthers tailback duo even more. Look for the Panthers to lean on the run game tomorrow, resulting in a breakout performance for Double Trouble.
Start: Jordy Nelson: Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers: Nelson has quitely become the 12th scoring wide reciever in fantasy. Green Bay is going to continue to score at will and Nelson is the the number two wide reciever on a team the averages 34 points a game. He should be started in all leagues.
Sit: Ray Rice: Running Back, Baltimore Ravens: I get you drafted him early and he is your go to guy, but Seattle has a defense that 9th in fantasy points allowed. Coming off a week that they let Dallas run rampid on them they are going to stack eight in the box and dare Baltimore to try and run on them. it will be tough to take him out of your lineup but don’t expect huge numbers from Snap Crackle Pop this week.
Sleeper: Christian Ponder: Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings: Ponder since he has started has been on the brink of great fantasy numbers. He draws Green Bay this week who has not been able to stop anyone from passing the ball. Minnesota will be down and throwing the ball a lot so look for decent numbers from Ponder especially in garbage time.
Start: Matt Cassel: Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs: Cassel was shaky last week….scratch that, he was downright bad. He completed just 51% of his passes and had zero touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs offense never got going and the Dolphins got their first win of the season, 31-3. So why is he my start for the week? The Denver Broncos secondary. The Broncos struggle against the pass, allowing 258 passing yards per game, and 17 passing touchdowns this season. Look for their struggles to continue against a motivated Chiefs team, and a KC passing attack that now has three viable options in Bowe, Breaston and Baldwin.
Sit: Andy Dalton: Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Newton isn’t the only impressive rookie QB this season. The Bengals Andy Dalton has been surprisingly good, completing 62% of his passes for 1,700 yards and a 12-7 touchdown to interception ratio. The problem, the teams Dalton have faced have an average passing defense ranking of 17. That changes Sunday when Dalton faces the seventh best passing defensive unit, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Dalton has faced the number one and number five passing defenses in Cleveland and Jacksonville, both of those teams are offensively inept. Pittsburgh however is not. Look for the Steelers to get the lead early forcing Cincinnati to resort to the pass. Look for Pittsburgh to confuse Dalton with their complex blitzing schemes resulting in poor decisions by the rookie quarterback.
Sleeper: Brandon Pettigrew: Tight End, Detroit Lions: It’s always tough to find a viable tight end if you don’t jump on one of the top five guys. While Pettigrew isn’t as flashy as Antonio Gates or Vernon Davis, he should be a great play tomorrow. The last time the Bears and Lions got together, Pettigrew had 39 yards and a touchdown catch. Look for those numbers to improve, as he’s been a bigger part of the offense in recent weeks and the Bears are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in the NFL.