It’s a Week 10 edition of the Brew Crew Corner. There are different phases in the fantasy season, and as we approach another the final bye week, we are getting to the point in the season where the contenders are establishing themselves and the pretenders are fading out of the picture. What is getting these teams through to the playoffs are the players that are hot right now. Adrian Peterson, Philip Rivers and Roddy White are tops in their category over the past three weeks. Miles Austin, Anquan Boldin and Tom Brady have been awful during the same stretch. If we look at the Top 10 players that were drafted at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver position, more than half of them are not listed on the Top 10 through nine weeks.
Drafted by Position
Drafted by Position
Drafted by Position
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
Peyton Hillis – 29 carries, 184 yards, 2 TD. Hillis has been a hidden gem for the Browns and fantasy owners as he is just behind Arian Foster for top running back of the year.
Arian Foster – 27 carries, 127 yards, 2 TD; 4 receptions, 70 yards. Foster has established himself as the midseason fantasy MVP and is on pace to have the more fantasy points than anyone has had in the previous two years at the end of the season.
Terrell Owens – 10 receptions, 141 yards, 2 TD. The Pittsburgh Steelers double-teamed Chad Ochocinco, which allowed Owens to rack up yards and scores. Let’s see if Batman will have the support of his sidekick this week as there is too much ego on the field.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
Chris Wells – 1 carry, -2 yards. Hopefully you did not have Wells in your lineup, but if you started him to fill a roster spot, you received nothing.
Ricky Williams – 2 carries, 1 yard. What has happened to Williams that he is no longer part of the game plan? He has just two double-digit fantasy point games this season.
Brandon Tate – 1 reception, 12 yards. After breaking 100 yards for the first time this season in Week 8, Tate was held in check this week.
Good quarterback matchups this week:
David Garrard and Matt Schaub in the Jaguars/Texans game. This is going to be a slugfest and the highest scoring game of the week. Start everyone one of your main guys on both teams. The Texans are pitiful on pass offense and we love it! You can start your quarterback with confidence against the Texans because the points will come. They are allowing 298.2 passing yards per game (32nd) and have given up 20 passing touchdowns this season (32nd). Garrard has had some big games this season after a slow start and will take advantage of this matchup. As for Schaub, he has averaged just 12 fantasy points since the Week 7 bye and will look to have a big game against the Jaguars who he has played well against in the past. Jacksonville is not too far behind the Texans in poor pass defense with 267.1 passing yards allowed per game (28th) and 17 touchdowns allowed this season (30th).
Eli Manning against the Cowboys. It has been a very long time since the Giants were heavily favorite to beat the Cowboys. The early line has them favored by two scores. They are playing at home and the Cowboys have been reeling for weeks, which led to Wade Philips getting fired. The Giants will look to continue their hot streak against a Cowboys defense allowing 214.4 passing yards per game (14th) and 18 passing touchdowns this season (31st). Manning threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns in their Week 7 matchup in Dallas.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Lions. If Matthew Stafford was playing in this game, it would be a bigger shootout. Fitzpatrick is the No. 2 fantasy quarterback over the past three weeks and has another matchup where he can put up some good numbers. Last week he threw 51 passes, and if his arm hasn’t fallen off, he can throw for a good amount of passes in this game. The Lions’ defense is allowing 233.2 passing yards per game (22nd) with 12 passing touchdowns allowed this season.
Good running back matchups this week:
Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones against the Broncos. Denver is coming off a bye week, but before that, had given up a ton of yards to San Francisco and Oakland. Charles is the running back to have for the second half of the season. The Broncos’ defense is allowing 154.6 rushing yards per game (31st) and have given up 14 rushing touchdowns this season (32nd).
Cedric Benson against the Colts. Benson has not had the season his owners had hoped for, but over the past three weeks he has been averaging 14.5 fantasy points. The Colts are a team you can run on, as they are allowing 140.9 yards per game (29th) with nine touchdowns allowed this season. The Colts are also banged up, which will allow the Bengals to hang in this game.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: LeGarrette Blount against the Panthers. The Panthers have not yet mailed it in, but the season is all but lost for them and this could be the week that John Fox gets the boot. The Buccaneers have been trying to establish their run game and Blount has shown flashes. He should have a good week against a Panthers team allowing 124.8 rushing yards per game (25th) with five touchdowns allowed this season.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Tom Brady against the Steelers. Maybe letting Randy Moss go wasn’t a good thing for the Patriots. Brady has not been a top quarterback over the past three weeks, averaging just 14 fantasy points and ranking 24th among quarterbacks. Brady will have another tough week to produce facing a Steelers team coming off of a Monday night win over the Bengals. The Steelers’ pass defense hase allowed 240 passing yards per game (24th), but they have allowed just eight passing touchdowns and have 11 interceptions this season.
Matt Ryan against the Ravens. Ryan has been playing very well this season and is averaging 18.3 fantasy points over his last three games. Ryan struggled against the Steelers earlier this season and will have trouble against the Ravens who run a similar style of defense. Roddy White‘s injury does not help Ryan’s situation even if White plays. The Ravens’ defense is allowing 206.8 passing yards per game (ninth) and have allowed eight touchdowns to eight interceptions this season.
Chad Pennington against the Titans. This week, the Dolphins benched Chad Henne to boost the offense after Henne struggled the pass two weeks failing to throw a touchdown while getting picked off four times. It shouldn’t be a long time before Henne is back under center because Pennington can’t stay healthy, and I have been so surprised how many comebacks he has made. The Titans have caused problems for quarterbacks as they are one interception behind the league lead of 14.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Felix Jones/Marion Barber against the Giants. The Cowboys’ run game has disappeared this season. The team is averaging 75 rushing yards a game (31st). Jones has not scored this season, while Barber has two touchdowns to go with just 211 yards. In Week 7, the Giants held Jones to 35 yards and Barber to just six. The defense has been playing well, holding teams to just 80.9 rushing yards per game (second) with only four touchdowns allowed this season.
LaDainian Tomlinson against the Browns. The Browns are flying high after last week’s win and rookie Colt McCoy is 2-1 so far. What people don’t know is that the defense has allowed just one rushing touchdown all season. They are also allowing 105.9 rushing yards per game (15th). After beating his former team last week, coach Eric Mangini will look to knock off the team he used to lead. Let’s not forget the Ryan brothers will be at it all game.
Frank Gore against the Rams. Think of the Top 10 run defenses and the Rams don’t cross your mind. However, they are playing the run well, allowing 97.8 rushing yards per game (eighth) with just two touchdowns yielded this season. The Rams are leading the division and can put themselves in a good position with a win.
Week 10: With the bye weeks behind us moving forward, look to drop the excess players that are sitting on your bench and build depth at the running back and wide receiver positions.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 10. Follow @BrewCrewCorner