It’s hard to believe that we are heading into Week 10 of the NFL season already. It seems like only yesterday we were making last minute alterations to our fantasy draft rankings.
As we head down the stretch and into the playoffs of our fantasy leagues there will be a slight tweak to the Start/Bench article. Some folks have reached out to me on a weekly basis asking if I could expand by a player at each position as injuries and byes had really decimated their rosters of late. Well folks. You ask and you shall receive.
We will add one player each to the start and bench section while continuing to adjust the ‘Studs’ lists, as we feel necessary. In order to facilitate this move we will be reducing the verbiage describing why each player lands where he does for the week. The article would be a ‘War and Peace’ type of deal if we did not make this adjustment and some readers may skip right on by it due to the sheer size.
Trust me when I say that there will be the same number of hours and painstaking research put into the piece that has always been there. There will be more players broken down to help your fantasy team win that championship and who doesn’t love that?
Let’s get to Week 10!
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Andy Dalton, CINCINNATI: After a hiccup two weeks ago against the Steelers, Dalton rebounded with three more touchdowns last week. He now has 20 total touchdowns on the season and is firmly entrenched as a ‘Stud.’
Blake Bortles, JACKSONVILLE at Baltimore: Normally we would be concerned with turnovers from Bortles. Not against a Baltimore defense that’s allowed 18 total scores to quarterbacks while picking off only three passes.
Sam Bradford, PHILADELPHIA vs. Miami: The Dolphins are who we thought they were (all apologies to Denny Green). Roll out Bradford against a defense that’s allowed eight passing touchdowns in the last three weeks.
Derek Carr, OAKLAND vs. Minnesota: We don’t even care that the Vikings have yet to allow three passing touchdowns in any game this year. We care about the fact that Carr has racked up 11 passing scores with only one pick in his last three games. Start him!
Kirk Cousins, WASHINGTON vs. New Orleans: You won’t see his name here often but we love any quarterback against the Saints. They’ve allowed 24 passing scores on the season and 10 in the last two weeks. We like this matchup a lot.
Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. New England: The Patriots secondary can be thrown on and allowed both Andrew Luck and Tyrod Taylor to throw three touchdowns against them. Eli adds his name to that list this week.
Matthew Stafford, DETROIT at Green Bay: With the sorry state of things in Detroit it’s hard to trust anyone on this offense. In his last four games against the Packers, Stafford has thrown seven touchdowns but also has seven turnovers. No thanks.
Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY at Denver: Starting Smith on the road against an angry Denver defense is not a good idea. Back in week two, Smith threw for merely 191 yards and was picked off twice by the Broncos.
Jay Cutler, CHICAGO at St. Louis: We like the way Cutler has played lately but hate the matchup this week. The Rams are among the toughest defenses on quarterbacks having allowed only five passing touchdowns all season.
Brian Hoyer, HOUSTON at Cincinnati: The Bengals have not allowed three touchdown passes in any game this year and only one (or less) in their last five games. Hoyer remains a lower echelon quarterback that belongs on the bench this week.
Marcus Mariota, TENNESSEE vs. Carolina: Mariota will find the going much rougher than he did last week against the porous Saints defense. Only Aaron Rodgers has thrown for more than two touchdowns against the Panthers defense in a game.