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Good Call/Bad Call – Week 10

Quarterbacks


Ben Roethlisberger

is a guy you can feel safe starting this week. After his big game last week against New England, his matchup with Buffalo this week should get you some good fantasy points as well. Every quarterback that has faced the Bills (except two) has had two or more passing touchdowns. The two that didn’t were
Brandon Weeden

and
Alex Smith

. Smith’s lack of scores was because Kansas City ran the ball all day, and Weeden is Weeden. Roethlisberger should have no problem getting you a couple of passing touchdowns and close to 300 yards. Start him with confidence.


Case Keenum

looks like he could be the real deal. Fortunately for him, he gets another favorable matchup this week. The Arizona Cardinals are a below average defense that ranks 21st against quarterbacks. Most quarterbacks who face Arizona break 250 passing yards and get a couple of passing touchdowns as well. They’re not great at anything but not horrible in any aspect of the game, either. The Cardinals are middle-of-the-league in sacks, interceptions, passing touchdowns allowed and passing yards per game. If Keenum can perform well in this game he should lock up the starting quarterback job for Houston for the foreseeable future, and I think he will.

Scale back your expectations for
Matt Ryan

this week, and if you’ve got another good option at quarterback you’re going to want to start them. Ryan goes up against the Seattle defense which ranks first in interceptions this year, and is second-best in passing yards allowed at 180 per game. Ryan appears to be missing
Julio Jones

a lot more than people realize. Even with
Roddy White

coming back this week Ryan is still going to struggle with the Seahawks defense. Only one quarterback has more than 17 fantasy points this year against Seattle, so I would think that is the ceiling for Ryan this week, and that makes him a bad call.

Running Backs


Mike James

had one heck of a game last week and it helped Tampa Bay almost beat Seattle. This week, expect even more. James faces a Miami defense that ranks as the second-easiest for running backs to go against. Miami allows just shy of 24 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs. Seeing as how James is the primary running back, he should get the majority of these points and that will be very helpful for you this week. Another week or two and James will be a must-start for your fantasy team.


Pierre Thomas

has been a nice flex play this year with only two games of less than 10 fantasy points. This week he’s more than a flex play. Get him in your lineup as he plays Dallas. The Cowboys allow 4.6 yards per carry so Thomas should have no problem moving the ball. Primary ball carriers average 21 points per game against the Cowboys, and Thomas is the closest thing New Orleans has to a primary ball carrier. Thomas should have no problem putting up points for you this week, and he’s a good call for you to start.


Maurice Jones-Drew

is wearing down this year, but he’s still getting the ball for Jacksonville, which is good for you this week. It doesn’t look like the Jaguars are using Jones-Drew as much as they have in the past, but that’s OK. His matchup with Tennessee this week should have him finding the end zone, hopefully more than once. The Titans have given up seven rushing touchdowns to running back in their last four games. That says to me, if the Jaguars can get into the red zone, Jones-Drew should have no problem getting you some solid fantasy production this week.

Wide Receivers


Keenan Allen

had another big game last week. That makes it three out of his last four games that he’s had more than 100 receiving yards. At the moment he looks to be the favorite target of
Philip Rivers

. His matchup this week is a good one against the 27th-ranked Denver defense. The Broncos have already allowed five 100-plus yard receivers, and Allen looks to be the next one to join that group. With the points that Denver puts up, most teams are trying to keep up. Allen should benefit from a game plan that includes lots of passing.


Rueben Randle

was on a nice streak before he put up a big goose egg two weeks ago against Philadelphia. He’ll be back to catching balls again this week with a soft matchup against Oakland, who is the fourth-easiest defense against wide receivers. Twelve receivers have scored 17-or-more fantasy points in the eight games the Raiders have played, so even second and third options are having good games. Randle is only in his second year and I think the Giants are going to want to get him more action since my guess is
Hakeem Nicks

won’t be a Giant next year.


Harry Douglas

has been having solid games with
Julio Jones

out of the lineup. This week however, Atlanta plays Seattle, and you’re going to want to keep him on you bench. The Seahawks have only allowed four touchdowns to ‘go-to’ wide receivers this year, and just three receivers have topped 100 yards. Douglas is not an elite receiver that can overcome a bad matchup. His stats will take a hit this week, and if you don’t want your fantasy score to as well, sit him.

Tight Ends

Tim Wright has been coming on the last few weeks for Tampa Bay. With 15-or-more fantasy points in three of his last four games he should be rostered, but there’s a chance he might not be. Wright gets a soft matchup against Miami, who has given up six touchdowns to tight ends this year. Get Wright into your lineup this week, and grab him of the waiver wire if he’s still there.


Brandon Pettigrew

had 12 fantasy points when he played Chicago earlier this year. This week he’ll be doing it again. Chicago hasn’t improved their defense at all since, and it looks like they’re wearing down by giving up big games to
Jimmy Graham

and
Jordan Reed

since then. There’s plenty of game tape to show Detroit how to use Pettigrew and get him the ball. Getting Pettigrew into your starting lineup would be a good call this week.


Heath Miller

has found a role for himself in the Pittsburgh offense since coming off his injury in Week 3. This week he plays a Buffalo defense that teams just don’t use their tight end against. The wide receivers take a huge share of the work when teams play Buffalo and the tight ends become an afterthought. Things just don’t look good for Miller this week and he’s a bad call.

Good luck this week and, as always, may your starters stay healthy and I hope you make all the right calls.

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