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Week 10: End of the Bye Weeks

Welcome to Week 10 of the
Brew Crew Corner. It’s the last remaining week of teams off in the bye and then
it’s the playoff crunch. Larry Johnson is the latest player to get cut due to
his off-field antics. Johnson has been derailing his career for awhile with
assault chargers, comments and work ethic.

I don’t think I remember
a season where so many players were cut during the year but this season is full
of cuts, and you should be making those cuts too. It’s time to rid your team of
players that doesn’t perform or can’t stay healthy. At this point you know what
players you can count on and which players you need to hit that drop button

It’s that time of the
year also where you need to make those deals. I’ve been pretty busy this week
throwing out proposals, checking teams that may seem like they have thrown in
the towel and those who have players I can use. I had one big trade in my money
league. It’s a deep 16 team league so talent is spread thin to all teams. Your
forced to rely on the average fantasy player and bank on your studs. I make a
move to send Ronnie Brown, Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell along with Brent Celek
for Chris Johnson, Steve Smith of

and Heath Miller. It is a gamble to take Smith but I am thin at receiver so I
am confident that he can have a better second half. Smith is averaging 13.3
points per game over the past three weeks as compared to 9.4 per game he
averaged from Weeks 1-6. Johnson is the second-best running back in fantasy
football and will be a top back for the second half of the season. Smith is too
talented not to bounce back in the second half of the season as well. This
league that I made the trade in is a deep 16-team league where only four teams
per conference make the playoffs. I’m currently sitting at the fourth spot with
a chance to finish third and maybe second if I can win the division. The talent
is spread pretty thin in a league like this which include two keepers so I’m
also investing in 2010 as well as my chase for a playoff spot.

Now that the bye weeks
are over there will be plenty of owners looking to drop the extra defense, tight
end or kicker. Look to upgrade in these areas if you need to. Because these
teams will be looking to fill other areas, you should be looking to fill all

Fantasy football is made
for interaction and involvement. If you are just setting your lineup every week
and watching games then you are not doing enough for your team. Even if you
find yourself out of playoff contention, you should still be trying to knock
other teams out of their playoff run. I know losing sucks and if you don’t have
the players to win then that is even more reason to swing some trades and pick
up some players. There are still 3-4 games left in the fantasy regular season
so make the post of it.

Teams off on the bye
week: Texans, Giants

Top 10 QBs Last Three

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Aaron Rodgers 25.3

2. Tony Romo 22.3

3. Drew Brees 21.3

4. Tom Brady 21


Palmer 20.5

6. Mark Sanchez 20.5

7. Brett Favre 19.5

8. Philip Rivers 18.3

9. Matt Hasselbeck 18

10. Peyton Manning 18

Top 10 RBs Last Three

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Chris Johnson 38

2. Maurice Jones-Drew 28.5

3. Cedric Benson 27

4. Ray Rice 26.5

5. DeAngelo Williams 26.3

6. Adrian Peterson 25

7. Michael Turner 24.3

8. Steven Jackson 23

9. Frank Gore 21.7

10. Thomas Jones 21

Top 10 WRs Last Three

according to
Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Vincent Jackson 23.7


Ochocinco 22

3. Reggie Wayne 22

4. Wes Welker 21.5

5. Miles Austin 21.3

6. Jason Hill 21

7. Larry Fitzgerald 19.7

8. Randy Moss 19.5

9. Devin Hester 18

10. Mike Wallace 16.5

Top 10 TEs Last Three

according to
Shark League scoring by average points per game



Davis 21.7




3. Greg Olsen 14.3

4. Owen Daniels 14

5. Fred Davis 12.5

6. Tony Gonzalez 12

7. Dustin Keller 12

8. Brandon Pettigrew 11.5

9. Kevin Boss 10.3

10. Brent Celek 10.3

Top 10 Ks Last Three

according to
Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. David Akers 14

2. Rob Bironas 13

3. Nick Folk 12

4. Stephen Gostkowski 11.5

5. Olindo Mare 11.5

6. Matt Stover 10.7

7. John Carney 10.3

8. Josh Brown 10

9. Kris Brown 10

10. Jay Feely 9.5

Top 10 D/STs Last
Three Weeks

according to Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Steelers 22

2. Saints 18

3. Cowboys 17

4. Jets 17

5. Chargers 16.3

6. Titans 16

7. Bengals 15.5

8. Colts 15

9. Eagles 14.7

10. Buccaneers  14.5

10 Struggling Players
Last Three Weeks

according to
Shark League scoring by average points per game

1. Austin Collie 9.7

2. Roy Williams 7.7

3. Johnny Knox 7.3

4. Visanthe Shiancoe 7

5. Heath Miller 6.5

6. Mike Bell 6.3

7. Marc Bulger 6

8. Felix Jones 5




10. Chris Brown 3.5

Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the
fantasy player who came through for their team.

Chris Johnson – 25 carries
for 135 yards, 2 TDs. Johnson is hot and at the right time of the fantasy
season. He has 491 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns over the past
three games.

Michael Turner – 18 carries
for 166 yards, 2 TDs. Turner is on pace to rush for less yards then he did last
season, but he may put up more touchdowns. Turner has been stellar over the
last two weeks with 317 yards and three touchdowns. He faces a Panthers team
this week in which he ran for 105 yards and a touchdown in their Week 2

Larry Fitzgerald – 9 receptions,
123 yards, 2 TDs. After two games of average stats, Fitzgerald had his second
100 yard game of the season. His last 100-yard game came against the Seahawks,
which he plays this week.


The Urinal Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you

Knowshon Moreno – 5 carries
for 3 yards. This was the rookie’s worst game since Week 1 and against a very
tough defense. Still you wouldn’t have expected to get zero points from him.

DeSean Jackson – 2 receptions
for 29 yards. It was going to happen eventually, when the big play wasn’t

was going to be limited in stats because he doesn’t get thrown to enough – just
five targets last week. Credit the

defense from allowing him to run free.

Roddy White – 3 receptions
for 27 yards. The flip side of Michael Turner’s big day is that it can limit
the wide receivers’ production. White had a four-game touchdown streak


The matchups
I like this week for QBs:

Joe Flacco against the Browns.
Flacco has had two lackluster games since the bye week, but he gets a matchup
against the Browns, which he torched in Week 3 for 342 yards and 1 touchdown.
Look for Flacco to carve up a defense that is allowing 26.1 points per game
(28th) with 238.6 passing yards (22nd) and 10 passing touchdowns. The Browns
look to have quit on the season and the turmoil is getting worse with players
like Jamal Lewis calling out the coach.

Tony Romo against the
Packers. Romo has been the second-best quarterback over the past three weeks
(Aaron Rodgers is first), averaging 22.3 points a game. He’s also averaging
291.3 passing yards and has seven passing touchdown to just one interception
over those games. Last week the Packers lost to the winless Buccaneers and now
face a hot Cowboys team coming off a big division win at

Philadelphia. The Packers haven’t given up a
lot of passing yards, just 185.8 (eighth) but they have surrendered 16 passing
touchdowns. With Rodgers passing the ball as well, we could see plenty of
passing touchdowns in this game.

Kurt Warner against
Seahawks. Warner played the Seahawks just four weeks ago where he completed a
season high 32 passes on 41 attempts for 276 passing yards with two touchdowns and
an interception. Last week, Warner threw for a season-high five touchdowns and
has eight over the past three weeks. This time he plays the Seahawks at home
and they will look to sweep them for the second year in a row. The Seahawks enter
the game allowing 20.9 points per game (13th) with 219.6 passing yards (17th)
and 12 passing touchdowns.

The matchups
I like this week for RBs:

Thomas Jones against the
Jaguars. While running backs like Chris Johnson and Michael Turner have been
getting the attention the past few weeks, Jones has been just as good. Just
before the Jets’ bye week Jones put up 433 yards and two touchdowns in the
three games prior. The team has had a week to rest for a

Jacksonville team that is struggling to get
wins against bad teams and have looked bad against good ones. The Jaguars run
defense have had success against the run with only five touchdowns allowed, but
they give up 119.8 yards (22nd). Look for Jones to be fresh this week and run

Ronnie Brown/Ricky
Williams against the Buccaneers. Brown and Williams have limited their fantasy
potential to put up RB1 numbers but they make a very good RB2. Last week
against a good Jets defense they each scored a rushing touchdown. The Bucs
defense is weak and they give up 163.4 rushing yards (30th) and have been
scored on nine times on the ground. I plan to see more Wildcat this week than
ever before because it will work very well.

Frank Gore against the
Bears. Gore has been productive in the past two games averaging 87 yards and
scoring in both. He has also caught the ball well out of the backfield. The
Bears defense has allowed a ton of points over the past four weeks in the games
they have lost. In those three losses, they averaged 35.6 points allowed with
296 rushing yards and two touchdowns to the starting running back. Gore will
look to duplicate the 189 rushing effort Cedric Benson put up in Week 7.

matchups I don’t like this week for QBs:

Brady Quinn against the
Ravens. Quinn will resume the starting role but with no weapons on the team, who
will he throw to? The last time Quinn faced the Ravens, it wasn’t pretty. He
managed to go just 6-for-8 with 34 yards and an interception. The Browns are
last in the league in passing yards with 121.5 and have three passing
touchdowns all season. When the Browns defense is giving up 26.1 points a game
(28th) and you can’t score, it’s going to be a long game. Now

defense has been good but not great, but they stepped up against

Cleveland in their first
game and have enough talent to shout them down in this on. The Ravens defense
is allowing 242.1 passing yards (10th) with 10 passing touchdowns allowed with
seven interceptions.

Vince Young against the
Bills. Young has help his team avoid going 0-for the season and has led them to
two straight wins. As a fantasy quarterback he is averaging 15 points per game
in those two weeks, which makes him a borderline starter, but there are teams
desperate at quarterback. Although

has just one more win than the Titans, they play the pass well. They are
allowing just 198.8 passing yards (10th), but more importantly they have given
up just six passing touchdowns (tied for third) and have 15 interceptions, one
less than the Saints who lead the league with 16.

Marc Bulger against the
Saints. Speaking of the Saints and the 16 interceptions, they are also tied for
third with only six passing touchdowns allowed and 219.5 passing yards. Bulger
will have to face this team that is explosive on offense, putting up 37.1
points per game (first). This will force Bulger to have to throw the ball. It’s
not going to get ugly quick in the Edward Jones Dome.

matchups I don’t like this week for RBs:

LaDainian Tomlinson/Darren
Sproles against the Eagles. The Chargers’ rushing attack used to scare everyone
but it is now a shell of its former self. L.T. is no longer the best running
back. He’s been slowed by age and injures, and Sproles has not provided the
change of pace ability that he had last season. L.T. has just three rushing touchdowns
this season and Sproles has only one. Combined, the team is averaging 69.6 rushing
yards (32nd). They will face a good Eagles defense that is allowing 99.8 rushing
yards (10th) with five rushing touchdowns.

Cedric Benson against the
Steelers. As good as Benson has been this season it’s hard to keep him out of
the lineup. Now you should play him but know that he is in for a tough game. In
Week 3, Benson ran for 76 yards and a touchdown but the Steelers have been
clamping down on the run game. They have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this
season and have given up just two rushing touchdowns. They are holding teams to
just 70.4 rushing yards, and over the past three games have held teams to 52.3
rushing yards. The Steelers will be playing at home and both teams are 6-2, which
will set up a hard defensive battle.

Ladell Betts against the
Broncos. If you picked up Betts off the waivers to help your running game or if
you had him as your back up to Clinton Portis, this isn’t a good week to use
him. First, Betts has been limited in practice and second he has a tough
matchup against the Broncos.

is holding running backs to 97 rushing yards per game with three rushing touchdowns.
The Broncos will look to stack the box, forcing

Washington to throw the ball.

Good luck to everyone in Week 10.


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