Whuta Start!? Fantasy Week Ten Matchups

Posted by Jason Hawk on November 15, 2012 


1.  Aaron Rodgers - - Aaron Rodgers has had the bye week to rest up as he is an oft sacked quarterback, but even more so extra time to prepare for a key divisional opponent.  If that wasn't enough Detroit may be playing with the worst secondary in the NFL not named Oakland.

2.  Drew Brees - - Drew Brees has played lights out since the return of Joe Vitt.  Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston both appear fully healthy and their usual selves.  Granted this is a cross country game on grass, two conditions that aren't the best for the Saints right now, but Drew is on fire and I wouldn't dare sit him.

3. Tom Brady  - - Tom Brady vs. the Colts used to be something to look forward to so much.  Well it may again with a scrappy Rookie of the Year candidate in Andrew Luck.  This might turn into a surprise shootout and you have to favor the veteran in situations like that.  The Colts secondary has played admirable considering their talent level, but good luck covering Gronk.

4.  Matthew Stafford   - -  Matthew Stafford has not looked like himself this year at all.  It troubles me and anyone else that figured he was a no brainer top 5 QB draft pick.  But if you sacrificed that high of selection on him you must roll with him and hope he eventually gets out of his funk.  At least he finally found Calvin last week to the tune of 200 yards and a touchdown.  Green bay is hurting in the back end so a repeat 300 yard game and 3 touchdown performance is likely.

5. Cam Newton - - Cam needs to be renamed Towel Pout.  At least for the last handful of late lost games that has been his M.O.  The Broncos rubbed in his touchdown dance in his face quite a bit.  Not to mention Tampa made him look pretty mortal in the first contest but I like the big guy to bounce back in a prove it game here.

6. Peyton Manning - Peyton needed a dramatic comeback the last time these two tussled.  What that means is that San Diego had a game plan and some gift turnovers.  They have the scheme to do it which is why he's not in the top 5 but clearly this is the comeback player of the year.  He's thrown multi-touchdown pass games in so many contests this year.  He rewarded those risktakers who drafted him pretty well.

7.  Matt Ryann                                   13.  Josh Freeman

8.  Tony Romo                                   14. Joe Flacco

9.  Robert Griffin III                           15. Carson Palmer

10. Phillip Rivers                                16. Brandon Weeden

11. Matt Schaub                                17. Nick Foles

12. Andrew Luck                                18.  Ryan Fitzpatrick


1. LeSean McCoy   - - It will surprise some how much Nick Foles starting well not hurt the Eagles.  IF anything the lack of turnovers and the better deep ball may be just what the doctor ordered.  And with Robert Griffin struggling as of late, Philly may lean LeSean with the lead should they capture it in this key divisional game.

2.  Arian Foster - Arian Foster has just been business like in his retention of fantasy's top player.  He quietly is producing a healthy dynamite season on one of the best teams in the NFL, playing with leads, getting 25-35 touches a game and scoring consistently.  Ben Tate has been banged up and Justin Forsett is no threat to steal touches.  I'm impressed because he seemed to be immature and brittle but this guy is all stud.

3. Ray Rice - - The biggest complaint will always be why Cam Cameron doesn't use Ray Rice as much.  Baltimore is just high after their 55 point scoring blowout of the Raiders but as usual the game was keyed by Joe Flacco and not the wild running of Ray Rice.  This dual threat is such a weapon but easily the most underutilized of the top options.

4. Frank Gore - - Frank Gore will have to pick up the slack if Alex Smith is to miss any time.  But it's always fun to watch how a running threat at quarterback helps the tailback so much.  Chris Johnson's best days came with Vince Young which is what Colin Kaepernick basically is.  Look for Frank Gore to be big, even against a strong defense - Arian showed last week that he can still be done.

5. Jamaal Charles - - The Chiefs will surely be heartbroken after a valiant fight against Pittsburgh on a national stage but it's pretty much par for the course.  The lone bright spot on offense for KC is this guy.  He went over 100 yards against a very tough defense and he did it in consistent gash and slashes, never breaking one and thus all the more impressive.  Peyton Hillis has not been the change of pace so he has carried this team on offense and will continue to do so.

6. Reggie Bush - -This is really high considering that Reggie Bush may be in the doghouse, but Miami is reeling and may not have a choice.  After his fumble last week, it turned into the Daniel Thomas show but make no mistake - Bush is the top offensive threat for this team.  I would be stunned if he sits on a national spotlight.

7. Alfred Morris  - - Philadelphia's defense just made a gimpy Felix Jones look good and a once stout unit can be beaten on the ground.  Alfred is recovering from a minor shoulder injury and hopefully the bye week was able to help out. He will be a key part of the gameplan and this Fantasy Rookie of the Year promises to have a great game.

8. Doug Martin -  Doug Martin had another solid if not splashy game against San Diego.  We started getting used to those 3+ TD 200+ yard rushing games that he had put together for the last two or three games.  Still the Muscle Hamster is someone who needs to be in your lineup. 

9. C.J. Spiller - - With Fred Jackson out with a concussion - there is no threat to C.J. Spiller's touches.  He has really broken out this year and the Giants offense has opened holes for whomever is back there.  Fred Jackson sadly had an impressive game against New England and his injury occured late.  But it's next man up for C.J.

10. Trent Richardson - - We may finally be looking at a healthy Trent Richardson and he is the beast that he appeared in college.  The Dallas defense is really peaking at the right time but expect a touchdown and a 100 yards from Trent regardless running behind Joe Thomas and an underrated Cleveland team.

11. Michael Turner - - Michael Turner is coming of a 15 yard downer of a game in their first loss of the season at New Orleans.  Arizona's defense can be stout at times and loose at others, but Michael needs to have something for the critics who are pretty loud this game.  This game appears to be one sided so Turner will get his chances.

12. Ryan Mathews - As I type this I learned of Ryan Mathews neck injury that kept him out of Wednesday's practice.  This will be something to monitor but all Chargers offensive players need to be started in a game that may very well be a shootout.  Mathews is coming off a pretty tame game in Tampa.

13. Stevan Ridley - - Danny Woodhead is the vulture that you curse if you own Stevan Ridley but still he is the lead back in a usually strong New England offense.  The Colts just shut down Reshad Jennings but I doubt they'll have the same luck against an efficient NEw England offensive line.

14.  Matt Forte                             26. Donald Brown

15.  Willis McGahee                      27. Daniel Thomas

16.  Mikell Leshoure                     28. Jonathan Dwyer

17.  Steven Jackson                      29. Jonathan Stewart

18.  Law Firm                                30. Mark Ingram

19.  LaRod Stephens Howling          31. Pierre Thomas

20.  Shone Greene                         32. Vick Ballard

21.  Felix Jones                            33. Ben Tate

22.  Marcel Reece                         34. James Starks

23.  Reshad Jenings                      35. Alex Green

24.  Reshard Mendenhall                36. Kendall Hunter

25.  Darren Sproles                        37. Joique Bell


1.  Calvin Johnson - Megatron has underperformed to his own superstandards that he set last year.  But you have to continue to roll with him, trust me, the week you consider benching him is the week he'll catch 3 touchdowns and 200 yards recieving.   Like he did last week

2. A.J. Green- Another game and another gigantic touchdown for fantasy's most consistent stud receiver.  Cincinnati opened some eyes in their blowout of the Giants and Green was in front of the great performance.  The Chiefs defense just cut a starter in Stanford Routt mysteriously.  They just turned in a good performance against Pittsburgh but how much of that was Byron Sandwich?

3. Julio Jones - - Julio again went down with injury for half the game against New Orleans.  But I don't want to sit him when he is the best deep touchdown threat for a red hot Matty Ice.  Patrick Peterson has regressed this year and can be beaten, the Birds will be flying high against Arizona.

4. DeMaryius Thomas - -Eric Decker has to feel like the jilted ex girlfriend after Peyton's top options in the passing game have become Joel Dreesen and DeMaryius.  Thomas is playing with an elite quarterback for the first time in his career and the results are a testament to his big time skill level.

5. Vincent Jackson - - Vincent Jackson is proving that Phillip Rivers wasn't the key to his success.  For a receiver drafted down in the late 20s of wideouts off the board he is putting up top ten numbers and a consistent threat to house a score each week.  The Panthers secondary can be exploited

6. Larry Fitzgerald  - - With no viable starting runningback for the Cardinals, John Skelton will have to pass a ton.  Remember he won the job in training camp and has a better deep ball than Kolb, figure that Fitz is bound to see 12-15 targets a game and with his great hands he can make fantasy numbers out of that even if he is doubled every play. 

7. Marques Colston - - Marques Colston started the year injured that was certainly apparent and perhaps lead to the losing start for the proud Saints.  However he was on fire like a player from NFL 2K the most recent games and he should feast on a Raider secondary.

8.  Wes Welker - Brandon Lloyd keeps dropping touchdown passes so Welker is the wideout to own in Boston.  Wes meanwhile is quietly remaining a points per reception monster.  As Brady continues to underperform he may lean on his security blanket of the short crossing signature of the Welker.

9. Roddy White - - Roddy gets a downtick because of the easy opponent play.  He surprisingly has outperformed Julio Jones over the course of the season though.  He's the yardage producer and the third down threat to Julio's touchdown machine.  Hard to go wrong with either.

10. Jordy Nelson - - Aaron Rodgers is playing lights out to the surprise of no one.  Jordy Nelson has tragically missed a handful of games but the big red zone threat is practicing and looking healthy again.  Don't sit him in a game that could resemble the Houston debacle where he caught 3 touchdowns.

11. Eric Decker - - Eric Decker, despite the lack of attention will always be worth a start with the red hot Peyton Manning under center.  In the Chargers amazing comeback he played a gigantic role, both in his fumble to cost them and then in the comeback.  I expect a rebound here.

12. Brandon Marshall - Brandon Marshall tumbles down the ranks in the wake of the Jay Cutler injury.  He proved in his time in Miami that he doesn't need an elite quarterback, but still Jason Campbell isn't keeping any defensive coordinator up late at night.  Yikes and he gets Carlos Rogers and that tough San Fran D.

13. Denarius Moore - Denarius will score in every game it seems as the Raiders are in full out abandon the run mode.  Carson Palmer's arm may fall off but in the world of fantasy we could care less.  Denarius has the best hands on the team and is a solid No.1 on this poor team.

14.  Reggie Wayne                          28. Dwayne Bowe

15.  Miles AUstin                              29. James Jones

16.  Andre Johnson                          30. Brandon Lloyd

17.  Randall Cobb                           31. Mike Williams

18.  Danny Amendola                      32. Malcom Floyd

19.  Darryius Heyward Bey                33. Kenny Britt

20.  Stevie Johnson                         34. Lance Moore

21.  Steve Smith                             35. Titus Young

22.  Mike Wallace                            36. Cecil Shorts

23.  Torrey Smith                             37. Michael Crabtre

24.  Dez Bryant                               38. Danario Alexander

25.  DeSean Jackson                        39. Anquan Boldin

26.  Brian Hartline                            40. Andre Roberts

27.  Jeremy Maclin



1.  Rob Gronkowski  - - The Patriots have their best group of receivers since Randy Moss rode off into the sunset.  Should open things in the middle quite nicely

2. Antonio Gates - -Antonio Gates came up big the first time San Diego met the Broncos catching two touchdowns.  This may be a matchup Phillip Rivers can exploit again and to win this game points will be at a premium ala high scoring affair.

3.  Vernon Davis - Vernon Davis is the best wide receiver, er, tight end for the 49ers.  If theres a red zone touchdown put up in the air he's the San Fran player you want to own in fantasy.

4.  Tony Gonzalez                       8.  Greg Olsen

5.  Jason witten                          9.  Aaron Hernandez?

6.  Jimmy Graham                      10. Brent Celek

7.  Brandon Pettigrew 


1.  San Francisco 49ers  - - The 49ers top defense takes on Jason Campbell?  nuff' said.  They will shut down Matt Forte first, blanket Brandon Marshall and this one may be ugly from the get go

2.  Chicago Bears- The Bears won't be the only team starting a backup quarterback it looks like on Monday night.  This bodes very well for one of the top 5 defenses in the league.  Expect Peanut to be punching and that defensive line to cause havoc for poor Colin Kaepernick.

3. Houston Texans -- You would think that I would start one of the best defenses as my No.1 in this week's ranks going up against Jacksonville missing Mojo and hurting with Blaine Gabbert?  I don't trust divisional matchups.  The Jaguars will know better than near all teams how to beat Houston and where to protect the football.  I wouldn't be surprised if they scored over 14 which for them would be a success.

4.  Miami Dolphins                      8.  Pittsburgh Steelers

5.  Cincinnati Bengals                  9.  Atlanta Falcons

6.  Denver Broncos                    10.  Cleveland Browns

7. Saint Louis Rams

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