Man. Week 10 is upon us and there are another bevy of fantasy superstars on the shelf with byes. I have six of my nine starters out in one league this week. I have never been an advocate of drafting a team around byes, after all, it’s only one week you have to suffer. Karma isn’t kind to me this time around, as I am rolling into battle with the ferocious backfield of Frank Gore and Jonathan Stewart against the team one game ahead of me for first place. Well played, schedule makers, well played.
Last week, when some of fantasy’s biggest scorers were on bye, you relied on us to get you the right starts and sits. How did we do? Fee missed on starting Russell Wilson who had a quiet game against the Raiders, but hit big with Jeremy Maclin‘s 35-point performance. He was right in sitting Doug Martin, Cam Newton and Stewart, but Percy Harvin surprised a lot of people (including yours truly who had him on my bench) with his 2014 breakout performance. Ted Reed hit on Shane Vereen with his 17-point day and looked like he was right about Andrew Hawkins, who was averaging 10 yards per catch before leaving the game injured. Ted was also correct in sitting all of the Rams’ running backs. J.D. was right in both of his Starts of the Week as Ronnie Hillman and Martavis Bryant both had multiple touchdown days. Me? My Start of the Week Ryan Tannehill blew up for 30 points, while my Sit of the Week Andy Dalton finally had a good game. It still wasn’t a monster output for a quarterback (23 points) but it’s amazing what A.J. Green can do for a slumping QB.
This week, names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Philip Rivers, Arian Foster and Alfred Morris are on a bye. Once again, our gurus had to dig deep for some important starts and sits for you. As the season has gone on, we have gotten better and better. Hopefully, you have been listening to us and doing the same!
Starts of the WeeK: There are four guys poised for huge weeks you need to start this week. Russell Wilson failed me last week, but against a banged up Giants’ defense, he should be able to bounce back both through the air and with his legs. Matt Ryan hasn’t scored more than 22 points in four weeks, but that should end against a Bucs team he scorched earlier this year. Justin Forsett should have plenty of work against the Titans and has been consistently dropping double-digit point as of late. Kelvin Benjamin is a must-start squaring off against the Eagles’ defense that is allowing the fourth most points to receivers this year.
Sits of the Week:
Ryan Tannehill had a great week against a formidable Chargers defense last week. What Tannehill hasn’t done this year, or for most of his career, is have back-to-back great games. Going against the number one defense in football, it is safe to bench Tannehill against the Lions. Also, Ruben Randle should be benched against Richard Sherman.
Starts of the Week: Mychal Rivera, TE
Is Mychal spanish for Michael? Who cares? He’s become Derek Carr‘s safest target and the Raiders should be throwing a lot against Denver this week. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this dude two weeks ago and now I am starting him on Antonio Gates‘s bye. He could become the guy no one has heard of that takes you to the playoffs! Jeremy Hill is a no-brainer after his monster game last week and Gio Bernard likely out once again. The Browns D can’t stop the run and Hill should get similar number to last week or better.
Sits of the Week:
Hopefully you took my repeated advice earlier this year and added Odell Beckham when he was available in almost every league as he is now Eli’s #1 receiver. The Giants are a mess and I don’t recommend starting any of their offense, although I am starting Beckham in both leagues…because I owe it to him. Terrance West and Bobby Rainey are stuck in backfields full of question marks. I like the wait-and-see approach on the West, Crowell, Tate situation in Cleveland. At some point this season, Charles Sims will be given an audition for the feature RB role in Tampa and against the Falcons it may be a good time to let him run.
Starts of the Week
QB: Andy Dalton – The Browns have allowed 600 yards passing and three touchdowns the past two weeks against Mike Glennon and Derek Carr. Dalton has Green back and Mohamed Sanu is having a breakout season. Dalton may only get you 20-25 points, but he is a solid start for the big three QBs on a bye this week.
RB: Denard Robinson – I still don’t believe he is legit, but you can’t deny his last three weeks have been amazing. The Cowboys defense is banged up and the Jags will do everything to keep Tony Romo, Demarco Murray and the high-flying Cowboys offense off the field. That means Robinson will get his chances.
WR: Mike Evans – Evans has four double-digit games in a row and is going against a bad Falcons’ defense. I don’t care about the QB switch in Tampa, Evans is a big target and will get some nice points as a replacement for T.Y. Hilton or Brandon LaFell.
TE: Owen Daniels – Tennessee isn’t a very good defense and Daniels has been surprisingly reliable as an underneath option for Joe Flacco while Torrey and Steve Smith are stretching the field.
Def: Packers – It’s prime time at Lambeau Field against a slumping Bears team. Jay Cutler has thrown 10 picks in three career games at Lambeau.
Sits of the Week:
QB: Jay Cutler – with names like Brady, Rivers and Luck on a bye, you need a good back-up QB this week. Unfortunately, Cutler does not play well in Green Bay.
RB: Andre Williams – I have had to start him twice this season, and while he has snuck into the end zone twice in those starts, he simply isn’t reliable enough against the Seahawks defense. Peyton Hillis is bigger and may see split touches against the stout Seahawks.
WR: Mike Wallace – Let me make this simple. I would never start Wallace in any week… ever. Against the Lions’ defense at home that has allowed just one receiving touchdown all season is not the time to change my mind.
TE: Vernon Davis – The Saints haven’t allowed a touchdown to a tight end since week one and have only allowed one tight end to go for over 50 yards receiving all season. Davis is struggling and will continue this week.
Def: Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are good for points, but I see a Buffalo win at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kyle Orton has been playing relatively mistake-free football, so turnovers should be at a minimum.