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Start/Bench – Week 10

Welcome to Week 10! We’ve got a lot in store for you this week including a new addition to the ‘Studs’ list and a deep sleeper ‘Start’ at wide receiver. Let’s take a break from all the election coverage and do something we can all agree on…checkout this week’s Start/Bench.
 

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Tom Brady
Drew Brees
Robert Griffin III
*Bye*
Eli Manning
Peyton Manning
Aaron Rodgers
*Bye*
Ben Roethlisberger
Matt Ryan

START

Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Tennessee: Lost in Andrew Luck‘s record setting day of 433 passing yards in Week
9 is the fact that Tannehill passed for 290 yards and one touchdown. It was the fourth game in a row in
which Tannehill did not turn the ball over. This week he’ll be facing a Tennessee defense that is the
third most generous versus opposing quarterbacks in fantasy having allowed two-or-more touchdown passes in
seven of nine games played this year. The Titans have allowed 20 touchdowns passes on the season while
only picking off six.

Jake Locker, Tennessee at Miami: Locker, who has been cleared to practice this week, is coming off an
injury to his non-throwing shoulder and could be ready to start should he prove healthy enough this week
in practice. The Titans will be facing a Colts defense that has allowed 14 touchdown passes on the season
while only recording two interceptions. With Kenny Britt back healthy and Chris Johnson running like the
CJ of old there is plenty of fire power in this Titans offense. But remember to check back throughout the
week as we’ll be awaiting the green light from Titans head coach Mike Munchak for Locker to start.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Oakland: Flacco has been downright unimpressive over his last four games having
thrown for under 200 yards on three occasions while throwing only three touchdown passes over that span. 
But a matchup versus a Raiders defense that has allowed 14 touchdown passes on the season while only
picking off five passes could be just what the doctor ordered. Those five interceptions have come in just
two games as they had three versus Atlanta and two versus Kansas City. Opposing quarterbacks have scored
double-digit fantasy points in seven out of eight games versus the Raiders this season.

 

BENCH

Carson Palmer, Oakland at Baltimore: Coming off of his massive performance in Week 9, where he threw for
414 yards and four touchdowns, it’s going to be real hard to sit Palmer this week. But he’ll be facing a
Ravens defense that is the third toughest versus quarterbacks in all of fantasy. He’ll also be facing that
Ravens defense without Darren McFadden or Mike Goodson. Although, neither has officially been ruled out,
it doesn’t look good for either to be active. Also, Palmer has thrown for one touchdown or less in five
out of eight games.

Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. Houston: Cutler will be facing a Texans defense that has allowed one-or-less
touchdown passes in five out of eight games this season. Cutler has thrown for 300 yards or more only once
this season and that was back in Week 1. In two out of his last three games Cutler has thrown for 186
yards or less and only one touchdown. This will be Cutler’s toughest matchup so far this season, and as
we’ve seen back in Week 2 versus Green Bay when he threw four interceptions, when things go bad, they go
really bad.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. Dallas: Oh, Michael Vick, if you couldn’t be productive against the lowly Saints
pass defense how can you possibly be effective versus a top pass defense like the Cowboys? The Cowboys are
the fifth toughest defense in fantasy versus opposing quarterbacks having only allowed seven touchdown
passes. On the bright side, they’ve only picked off three passes. Vick will be lucky to make it through
this game healthy, let alone productive.

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