Fantasy Football: Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Picks and Busts

Posted on November 05, 2013 by Ken Zalis

Some Notes:

• Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and NY Jets have Week 10 byes.

• Aaron Rodgers has a broken collarbone, and there is no timetable for his return.

• Michael Vick returns ... then leaves. ... Nick Foles will start Week 10.

• Darren McFadden's out again, which means the return of Rashad Jennings.

• Arian Foster played a snap and hurt his back. Is the Ben Tate era upon us?

• Mike Williams went on injured reserve.

• Mike Shanahan did it again. Roy Helu had 11 rushing yards against Denver Oct. 27, and then fullback Darrel Young had three touchdowns against San Diego Nov. 3.

• Percy Harvin had a setback, and his ability to play during Week 10 is up in the air.

• Julio Jones is out for the year.

• David Wilson is still not approved, but Andre Brown is back for Week 10.

• Brian Hoyer is out for the year, which means the return of Brandon Weeden … errr ... Jason Campbell.

• EJ Manuel might be back for Week 10.

• Randall Cobb is out 6-8 weeks. James Jones was active for Week Nine.

• Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford are done for the year with ACL tears.

• Jay Cutler may be back for Week 10. Josh McCown led the Bears to a win Nov. 4.

• Doug Martin may be gone for the year with a shoulder tear.

THE TOP 10 FANTASY PLAYERS RANKINGS BY POSITION

TOP 10 FANTASY QUARTERBACKS: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton

TOP 10 FANTASY RUNNING BACKS: Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Eddie Lace, Alfred Morris

TOP 10 FANTASY WIDE RECEIVERS: Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Wes Welker, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Josh Gordon

TOP 10 FANTASY TIGHT ENDS: Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Cameron, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Jordan Reed, Tim Wright

TOP 10 FANTASY DEFENSES/SPECIAL TEAMS: Chiefs, Redskins, Cowboys, Bears, Titans, Panthers, Broncos, Vikings, Rams, 49ers

TWO THINGS THE 2013 NFL SEASON AGAIN PROVES: You can always wait to draft a defense and you can usually wait to draft a quarterback. 

FIND(S): Nick Foles, Case Keenum, Riley Cooper, Shonn Greene

FLUKE(S): Darrel Young, Marquise Goodwin and Jerricho Cotchery

TRADE BAIT(S): T.Y. Hilton, C.J. Spiller, Kyle Rudolph

HOT PICKUPS OF THE WEEK: Nick Foles, Eli Manning, Riley Cooper, Rashad Jennings, Case Keenum, Seneca Wallace, Marlon Brown

LAST WEEK: Zac Stacy, Andre Johnson, Nick Foles, Riley Cooper

TWO WEEKS AGO: Mike James, Case Keenum, Roy Helu, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Kerley, Brandon Gibson

THREE WEEKS AGO: Joseph Randle, Chris Ogbonnaya, Marvin Jones, Tim Wright, Keenan Allen

DUD(S) OF THE LAST WEEK: Ray Rice, Vincent Jackson, Ryan Matthews

TEAM(S) OF THE LAST WEEK: The Chicago Bears got it done.

UH-OH OF THE WEEK: The Baltimore Ravens are a loss or two away from ending a five-year streak of making the playoffs.

FANTASY FOOTBALL START 'EMS FOR WEEK 10 

QUARTERBACK MUST STARTS: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker, Terrelle Pryor

RUNNING BACK MUST STARTS: Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Steven Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, Knowshon Moreno, Reggie Bush

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris, Danny Woodhead, Mike James, Ben Tate

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END MUST STARTS: Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Andre Johnson, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Wes Welker, Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski (when healthy), Jordy Nelson, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron

OTHERS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK: Steve Smith, Terrance Williams, Keenan Allen, Denarius Moore, Jordan Reed, Antonio Brown, Alshon Jeffrey

TOP STARTS FOR INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS 

DEFENSIVE LINE: J.J. Watt, Charles Johnson, Jared Allen, Cameron Wake, Greg Hardy, Mario Williams, DeMarcus Ware, Geno Atkins, Derrick Morgan, Michael Johnson, Julius Peppers, Robert Quinn

LINEBACKERS: Luke Kuechly, Paul Posluszny, Sean Lee, James Laurinaitis, NaVorro Bowman, Chad Greenway, Derrick Johnson, Bobby Wagner, Jerod Mayo, D'Qwell Jackson, Wesley Woodyard, Lavonte David, London Fletcher

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Harrison Smith, Tyvon Branch, William Moore, Bernard Pollard, Roman Harper, Morgan Burnett, Eric Weddle, Eric Berry, Cortland Finnegan, Reshad Jones, Glover Quinn, Mark Barron, Charles Tillman 

SLEEPER(S) OF THE WEEK

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning

RUNNING BACK: Trent Richardson

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Lance Moore

KICKER AND/OR DEFENSE: Tennessee Titans 

BUSTS(S) OF THE WEEK

QUARTERBACK: Matt Ryan

RUNNING BACK: Frank Gore

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END: Rueben Randle

KICKER AND/OR DEFENSE: Arizona Cardinals

LOCKS OF THE WEEK

1. NY Giants over Oakland

2. Indianapolis over St. Louis

3. Tennessee over Jacksonville 

PICK WITH POINTS

Historical record is 754-715-46 (51.3 percent). We are a coin flip.

2009 Record: 127-86-1 (59.5 percent)

2010 Record: 131-117-12 (52.8 percent)

2011 Record: 107-110-7 (49.3 percent)

2012 Record: 136-129-2 (finally better than .500)

2013 Record: 65-64-1

Last Week: 7-6

NFL LINES FOR WEEK NINE

Picks are in bold.

Favorite Line Underdog Total
Washington -2 At Minnesota 48.5
At Tennessee -13 Jacksonville 41
At Green Bay -2.5 Philadelphia 48
At Pittsburgh -3.5 Buffalo 43
At NY Giants -7 Oakland 43.5
At Indianapolis -10 St Louis 43
Seattle -6.5 At Atlanta 44
Cincinnati -1.5 At Baltimore 44
Detroit -2.5 At Chicago 50
At San Francisco -6 Carolina 42.5
At Arizona -2.5 Houston 40.5
Denver -7 At San Diego 57.5
At New Orleans -7Dallas 53
Miami -3 At Tampa Bay 41

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