Fantasy Football Start em, Sit em Advice for Week 10

There are many different factors that make fantasy football difficult: bye weeks; injuries; random lucky days for your opponent; and worst of all, Chris Johnson.

In my opinion though, the hardest thing is staying in the present.

What do I mean?

fred-jackson-fantasyWell, not only do you have to keep track of all of your players -  every rookie, waiver wire guy, and breakout performer on both your regular teams and weekly fantasy football teams – but you also have to be able to forget about the past and the future.

Who cares if Fred Jackson was bad last week…how will he do THIS week?

I know LeGarrette Blount’s prognosis for the rest of the year looks bleak…but can he give me one more week of solid production?

Most importantly, you have to remember that nobody can be perfect; and no matter how much you know, sometimes the athletes just have bad days.  (Yes, Jerod…I’m talking to you.  I will take my Tim Tebow, Fred Jackson, and Julio Jones predictions with me on my way to a big time network.)

[Editor's note: FINE! GO! I presciently told some people to sit Vincent Jackson and DeMarco Murray with very solid reasoning last week...you think I'm worried about losing YOU and your successful picks? HA!]

In all seriousness though, making predictions is quite hard…especially when you know it’s impossible to hit every pick out of the park.  Fortunately, I was on the money last week, nailing almost 75% of my picks.

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fantasy football start em, sit em advice week 10

As always, we begin this week’s post with a quick recap of last week’s picks.  (And also, don’t forget: the Raiders and Chargers play this Thursday Night, so make sure you set your rosters now!)

Last Week’s Picks: 16 for 22 (73 %)

  • Hits: Matt Ryan, Tim Tebow, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Turner, Fred Jackson, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Steve Johnson, Nate Washington, NE Wide Receivers, Jake Ballard, and Scott Chandler
  • Misses: LeGarrette Blount, Beanie Wells, Roy Helu, Plaxico Burress (by a half-yard), Dustin Keller, and Vernon Davis.
Once again, “Start Em” guys are QBs/TEs outside of the Top 12 and RBs/WRs outside of the Top 25. “Sit Em Guys” include QBs/TEs that are in the Top 12 and RBs/WRs that are in the Top 25.

Fantasy Football Start Em, Sit Em Picks for Week 10: Quarterback

Start Em QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Dallas)

Is Dallas’ defense better this year?  Yes.

Has it regressed in recent weeks?  Yes.

Is their passing defense still below average?  Yes.

Is Fitzpatrick coming off of a rough week and ready to showcase his Harvard pedigree?  Who knows.  I think he is.  And I think that he’s a must-start this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick fantasy football Week 10 projection: 290 yards, 3 TDs.

jay-cutler-fantasy-football-week-10-start-em-sit-emOther start ‘em QBs for Week Ten:

  • Mark Sanchez – Not that he’s good…but New England’s pass defense is BAD.
  • Philip Rivers – Very favorable matchup against a reeling Oakland defense.  Hey, you would be reeling too if your coach just traded TWO #1 draft picks for Carson Palmer.
  • Tony Romo – He’s been pretty good at home this year, and Buffalo’s pass defense is atrocious.

Sit Em QB: Jay Cutler (v Detroit)

I actually REALLY like Jay Cutler.

I think he’s a really good quarterback, and he’s incredibly underrated for reasons that are completely unrelated to his actual play on the field.  Unfortunately for him, his offensive line has been, let’s just say…below average this year.  And in Week Ten, he will be matched up against the Detroit defensive line that is coming off a bye.

Yikes.

Jay Cutler fantasy football Week 10 projection: 240 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs.  8 sacks.

Other sit ‘em QBs for Week Ten:

  • Andy Dalton – He’s good…but Pittsburgh’s pass defense is better.
  • Eli Manning – As I’m sure Jerod will note, San Francisco MIGHT have the best defense in the league…Eli might not be ELI-TE this week.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-10-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

I like Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, but I don’t want to take him out for Valentine’s Day dinner, get down on one knee, and give him a ring…as you seem to want to do. Fitzpatrick has actually thrown 3 TD passes in a game twice this year, but both came in the first two weeks of the season. The league has caught up to Buffalo since them. Fitzpatrick is a solid start at QB, but hold off the Washburnian marriage proposals.

I’m fine with sitting Cutler against Detroit. The Lions’ D-Line is at least 5X better and tougher than the Eagles’, so I can see this game going much, much differently.

As for Eli struggling against the 49ers, yes I think it will be tough for him. Still, I think Eli is a borderline top-10 QB this week because the way to beat San Fran is through the air – you do not run on them – and frankly, Eli deserves as much respect as any non-Aaron Rodgers QB in the league this year. So sit him at your peril.

Fantasy Football Start Em, Sit Em Picks for Week 10: Running Back

Start Em RB: DeAngelo Williams (v Tennessee)

Coming off a bye, Williams will be fresher than he’s been all year.  He’s also playing a Tennessee defense that is ranked 23rd in the league against the run.  With an increased emphasis on stopping Cam Newton, I expect the Panthers to respond by pounding it out on the ground just like old times.

I actually like Jonathan Stewart this week as well, but I expect DeAngelo Williams to have a big game.

DeAngelo Williams fantasy football Week 10 projection: 140 total yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em RBs for Week Ten:

  • All starters in the Kansas City/Denver game
  • Michael Turner – Atlanta really likes to pound the ball on the ground against the Saints in order to try and control the clock.  Expect Turner to have a great game.

Sit Em RB: Jahvid Best (at Chicago)

He’s a little banged up, and he’s been slipping a lot lately.  The fact is, if not for a few lucky home run plays the last few games he played, Best has been a huge disappointment.  Plus, he only has 3 TOTAL TDs this season – even with Megatron’s unbelievable dominance and all.

I don’t trust Best against Chicago this week at all, even if he somehow plays.  Expect the Lions to throw it…a lot…and be successful.

Jahvid Best fantasy football Week 10 projection: 45 total yards

Other sit ‘em RBs for Week Ten:

  • Knowshon Moreno – HE’S NOT GOOD!!!
  • Patriots’ RBs – The Jets will make NE completely one-dimensional this week.

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-10-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

Loyal MSF fantasy readers, I cannot in good faith endorse DeAngelo Williams as a start in all but the most desperate of circumstances. Just know if you start him that DAW has had one – one – useful fantasy week all season (Week 5 v New Orleans…thanks to one big run). So trust Washburn at your own peril on this one.

As for Jahvid Best, well I can’t let this go without some lampooning, now can I? Jon, you realize you’re telling us all to sit a guy that is widely expected not to start anyway, right?

Best is dealing with yet another concussion, a problem he’s had since college. It’s sad, because he’s a talented player, but I don’t think he’ll ever be able to reach his potential because of injury.

Regardless, Best is a guy to consider dropping, not just sitting, so don’t give Washburn any bonus points next week if he correctly predicted a fantasy football invalid to be worthless.

And finally…sit Knowshon Moreno??? Really? Was that before or after Willis McGahee almost single-handedly spurred the Broncos to victory last week while Moreno had 8 total yards?

Come on Jon. You’re better than these picks; and I only feel comfortable honestly calling you out because I know our readers like you and respect you and will demand more from you.

Besides, honesty and candidness is the MSF way.

Fantasy Football Start em, Sit em Picks for Week 10: Wide Receiver

Start Em WR: Steve Breaston (Denver)

He’s quietly having a solid season, and Denver’s pass defense is very mediocre.

Look for Champ Bailey to cover Dwayne Bowe all day, and look for Breaston to run wild in the process.  This isn’t to say that Bailey will shut down Bowe; actually, I’m trying to point out that a mildly washed up Champ Bailey is Denver’s BEST defensive back, which is good news for KC WRs.

Steve Breaston fantasy football Week 10 projection: 5 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em WRs for Week Ten:

  • Josh Cribbs – He is having a randomly solid season as well…and he should put up some nice numbers against St. Louis.
  • Pierre Garcon – This week might be Indy’s best chance for a W all season.  Look for “the waiter” to have a solid day against Jacksonville.

Sit Em WR: Deion Branch (@ NY Jets)

At this point, if you are still starting New England wide eeceivers not named Wes Welker, you are DEFINITELY not staying current.  However, just in case, don’t start Deion Branch.

Darrelle Revis does NOT do a great job of defending the slot, so he will probably be matched up with Branch all day.  I shouldn’t have to say anything else.

Deion Branch fantasy football Week 10 projection: No catches

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-10-jerodJerod’s thoughts:

I guess we don’t get any other potential sit ‘em WRs this week? Geez Jon; I know you’re distraught about the NBA lockout, but there is no reason to take it out on our loyal fantasy football readers.

Here you go folks…here are a few normally startable WRs that you may want to think twice about:

  • AJ Green and the Bengals finally face a good defense, the Steelers. Be wary. The last elite defense Cincy faced was when San Fran shut Green down to the tune of 4 catches for 29 yards.
  • You know I like Brandon Lloyd for the balance of the season, but I could see him struggling a bit this week in a low-scoring affair against Cleveland in which Joe Haden will surely be draped all over him.
  • Mike Williams has six catches in each of his last three games for Tampa Bay, but he’s averaging less than 10 yards per catch over his last four. Last year’s TD machine isn’t producing TDs, and while I continue to profess patience with him, I’d be okay with you placing the burden of proof on him.

As for Jon’s picks, I think Breaston is a solid option at WR this week, and Deion Branch is a weekly wild card; but with Tom Brady and New England’s offense struggling, I too would sit Branch against the Jets and Revis.

Fantasy Football Start em, Sit em Picks for Week 10: Tight Ends

Start Em TE: Jake Ballard, New York Giants (@ San Francisco)

San Francisco’s defense is VERY good, especially at shutting down opposing running games. Ballard should get a lot of touches in Week Ten as Eli will probably have to throw but still be under pressure much more than he was this past week. Plus, he is gaining trust with Big Play Ballard by the week.

Jake Ballard fantasy football Week 10 projection: 5 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD

Other start ‘em TEs for Week Ten:

  • Brandon Pettigrew – Chicago has a rough time defending TEs.

Sit Em TE: Dallas Clark (Jacksonville)

May he Rest In Peace.

Dallas Clark fantasy football Week 10 projection: 1 reception, 10 yards, 0 TD

fantasy-football-start-em-sit-em-week-10-jerodJerod’s Thoughts:

Hmm…well since Dallas Clark reportedly has a “significant leg injury” I suppose that’s a pretty good Sit ‘Em pick, though I hope you won’t take credit for that as a “hit” next week.

As for Ballard, I continue to like him, so I endorse that start ‘em pick, and I think Brandon Pettigrew could have success against the Bears like Brent Celek did last week.

As for the potential misses in Week 10, I continue to look at Jermichael Finley with skepticism because he just isn’t that involved in the Packers’ offense. He wouldn’t be in my top 12 TEs for this week, and I think you’d be well within your right to place a “prove it” tag on him.

Fantasy Football Start em, Sit em Picks for Week 10: Defenses

[Editor's note: the rest of this post is written by Jerod.]

Start Em Defense: Miami Dolphins (v Washington)

The Dolphins have played better than their record, and their defense showed a lot in last week’s drubbing of the Chiefs. Kansas City isn’t a great team this year, but they can be explosive on offense. The Dolphins wouldn’t let them. This week they face a John Beck-led offense that could do nothing more than dump off to the running back last week against San Francisco.

Miami Dolphins fantasy Football Week 10 projection: 14 or fewer points, 3 or more sacks, 1 or more turnovers

Other Start em D/ST units for Week 10:

  • I know that Philly’s D has let you down this year, but against John Skelton and the Cardinals it could be very worthwhile to start them this week.
  • The Detroit Lions get to face the porous Bears’ O-Line. Please tell me you aren’t fooled by the Eagles going sackless against them Monday night; the Bears O-Line remains not very good.

Sit Em Defense: Cincinnati Bengals (v Pittsburgh)

I just have a bad feeling that the Steelers are going to exact revenge on Cincy for Sunday night’s loss to Baltimore. I think a major part of it is that I don’t totally trust the Bengals’ D yet. They are good, but are they great?

Big Ben, Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown can take full advantage of a good-but-not-great D, and I have a feeling that is what will happen here.

Cincinnati Bengals fantasy football Week 10 projection: 21 or more points, 2 sacks, 1 turnover

  • Houston’s D has been great this year, but I just have a feeling they will underperform your expectations against a desperate Tampa Bay team in Tampa.
  • Stay away from the Saints’ and Falcons’ defenses in Week 10. I would not be surprised if 70+ points are scored in that game.

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There are your start em, sit em picks for Week 10 of the fantasy football season. You know the drill from here. Read ‘em, digest ‘em, and then ask about ‘em. The comment section awaits your lineup-specific questions below.

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About Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.

Comments

  1. Well, Jerod, let me just say that I'm loving your increased involvement in the Sit 'em Start 'em Column… Your advice has guided me to victory two years in a row, it's good to have you back. Here's my lineup this week (PPR league).
    QB: Rivers
    WRs: AJ Green, J. Maclin
    RBs: Shonn Greene, LaGarette Blount
    TE: Antonio Gates
    FLEX: B. Jacobs OR Percy Harvin OR Jordy Nelson OR Heath Miller

    So really it's an issue of which of my flex play options is best/which if any of my flex options should I sub into my starting slots. I'm nervous about A.J. Green against Pitt, and I hesitate to start Jacobs at SF despite last week's awesomeness. Is Percy or Jordy worth a start over Green at the WR position? Let me know what you think. Cheers,

    -Nick-

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Your FLEX pick will be a risk either way, but personally, I like Percy Harvin's upside more than anyone else. Green is still the best player, and he's talented enough to score points on any team, but if you are very worried about his potential against Pitt (and Jerod and I both are by the way), I would play Harvin over him. The Green Bay defense is pretty soft against the pass, Minnesota will have to throw the ball a lot, AND Harvin is good for some return yardage. In fact, he is a player I wish I would have included in my Start Em section now.

  2. Hey, new here. My lineup. nonppr.
    QB: Romo, Newton
    WR: BMarshall, GJennings, LFitzgerald
    RB: APeterson, LMccoy
    TE: GOlsen
    Flex(W/T):AJGreen,or FDavis, or LRobinson or DKeller
    Flex(W/R):AG, or LR or DMurray or MTolbert or BWells

  3. thedrtwitch says:

    Romo vs. Newton is a hard one, but I would probably give the edge to Romo this week because of the favorable defense he is playing. That said, we both know how many points Newton can explode for on a given week…so you can decide how much risk you really want to play with.
    As for your flex, I would probably play AJ Green and Mike Tolbert. You have a lot of good options here, and I think that Laurent Robinson and Dustin Keller could play well too (and Beanie Wells if he's healthy)…but I like Tolbert and Green as my flex.

  4. Too busy for fantasy football but not to go to the game. :) #indy

  5. #indy I need 5 of six. McCoy, forte, MJD, mike Wallace, roddy and megatron. I will be sitting DAW Tebow and Ryan this weekend, have Vick. Also giants or jets d?

  6. WR-marques colston or brandon marshall
    QB-Tom Brady or Cam Newton

    -last time Brady played NYJ I sat him and played Newton against all advice and it payed off. What are your thoughts this week. I'm leaning strong towards Newton again.

    Thanks.

  7. LOve the site! #indy

  8. Help this week. On a 3game slide.

    Qb: Romo/Tebow

    Wr: Green/Fitzgerald/Maclin/Breaston

    Rb: Rice/Beanie/Helu/Oban (Clev)/Bradshaw

    Te: Finley

    K: Kasay

    D/St: Need help here: I have Cincinnati and Dallas. Available: Jacks/Stl/SD ?? Thoughts here??

    Thanks for your help again. Desperate need of a win.

    • Also, would you move Beanie and Fitz for McGahee and Holmes??

      • thedrtwitch says:

        Romo over Tebow for sure (and remember…I'm one of Tebow's biggest supporters).
        I would play Fitzgerald and Maclin, Rice and Helu, and Breaston as a flex.
        Jacksonville's defense is intriguing with the matchup against Indy, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to drop Cincy and Dallas…they are both better defenses going forward.
        I would probably just plug in Cincinnati's defense against Pittsburgh this week…I think they should have a fine day.

  9. Do I start: colston or cruz?

    Greene or battle?

    #indy

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would start Colston and Green. It looks like the Jets are back to their running ways, and I like Colston's upside in a dome over Cruz's matchup against a tough defense.

  10. Hey Jerod and Jon, would you say Pittsburgh def is better/safer to go with this week than Giants? Also I have C.Benson on my team as a backup when needed but I allso have J.Stewart. Should I let one go and focus on improving a diff part of my team or just leave it?
    Thanks
    #indy

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would probably play the Steelers, even though the Giants have a pretty nice matchup as well. I just think Pitt's defense is a little better in general, and I also look forward to seeing them face off against a rookie QB.
      As far as your running backs go, it would be nice to try and improve a different part of your team, but to be honest, I really don't know if you are going to find better value than them on the waiver wire. Maybe you could package one of them with a starter to get a little better starter at WR or RB…but I would probably need more details to be able to tell you for sure.

  11. Tynan VanSickle says:

    Best defenses overall for this week?

    #indy

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I think that Baltimore is far and away the best defense this week…since they are great AND they are playing the Seahawks. After them, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Fran, NY Giants, and the Packers intrigue me the most.

  12. OK…I'm sitting at a frustrating 3-6 but will not give up!!
    QB: Big Ben or Tebow
    WR: Maclin, Antonio Brown, Sidney Rice, Darrius Heyward-Bay
    RB: Steven Jackson, Beaniw Wells, Jackie Battle, Roy Helu
    TE: Kellen Winslow or Jermaine Gresham
    As usal Thanks…and I'll piggy back the other comment on this sit/start…nice to have ya playing more of a role!

    • thedrtwitch says:

      No worries HiWay96…I am 3-6 too! Sometimes, injuries and freak weeks just kill you in fantasy. Anyway, as for your team, I am assuming you need 2 WRs, 2 RBs, and a Flex to go along with a Tight End so this is who I would start.
      Big Ben, Maclin, Heyward-Bey, Steven Jackson, Helu, Jackie Battle, and Kellen Winslow.

  13. krazyjhawk says:

    Good morning guys!
    So here is what my lineup looks like this week. Let me know what, if any changes you would make.
    QB- Stafford
    WR- Megatron, Mike wallace, James Jones
    RB- Fred Jackson, Mendenhall
    TE- Hernandez
    DEF- Green Bay

    On my bench I have…
    QB- Romo, Matt Ryan
    WR- Breaston, Doug Baldwin
    RB- M. Lynch, Reggie Bush, Helu
    TE- Pettigrew

    I know you like Breaston this week, but on KC every other receiver aside from Bowe is just to hard to have faith in getting thrown to. Pettigrew saw 0 action the last game. Mendenhall makes me nervous as hell and Reggie Bush has played great since Kim filed for divorce, but how long can he keep this up? Would you start Romo over Stafford with the favorable matchup?

    Thanks for the help.

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would leave everything the way you have it with the exception of Romo and Stafford. I think both should have good weeks, but I absolutely LOVE Romo's matchup against Buffalo. That said, you know that Stafford could fall down and throw the ball from his back five times and still come away with 3 TDs to Megatron…but as a whole, I still like Romo's potential slightly more.
      I MIGHT also look at James Jones…he's just as hit or miss as Breaston…that will probably be a gut call by you.

      • thedrtwitch says:

        Oh wait…I just saw Roy Helu. I think he has a VERY favorable matchup against the Dolphins…so if you are nervous about Mendenhall (and that are a lot of good reasons to be nervous about him this week), I would actually give him the nod before I thought about Bush.

      • krazyjhawk says:

        So you would plug Breaston in over Jones? They are tough, when Breaston gets attention its a lot… But when jones even gets a catch or two he scores LOL…

  14. Who would want to go to a jaguars/colts game? Way to go verizon for making everything suck.

    • thedrtwitch says:

      You're right. Nobody would ever want to go to an NFL game for FREE…
      Sometimes, I just wonder about America…

  15. Jon/Jerod,

    I'm in a standard league and wondered who to start at QB this week out of Stafford and Eli.

    With McFadden out again, I need 2 from Michael Bush, CJ, and Tolbert (already have Ray Rice going). If Andre Johnson is out, would you play Boldin or Garcon this week?

    Which Defense would you play this week…49ers or Lions?

    Thanks guys!

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would start Stafford over Eli…San Francisco is good and it looks like a possible trap game for the Giants.
      As for your running backs…initials can sometimes throw me off. Is that CJ Spiller or Chris Johnson? If it's Johnson, I would play Tolbert and CJ. However, if it's CJ Spiller, then I would play Tolbert and Michael Bush.
      As for your WRs, I would probably go with Garcon. Boldin is better, but I just have a bad feeling that Baltimore will be up like 90-12 at halftime and won't need to throw the ball.
      On defense, I think the safe pick is the 49ers, but the Lions have more upside with the possibility of creating some turnovers from Jay Cutler. It's up to you. What does your team need this week? If you think ten points will get you the win, I would play the 49ers, but if you need a huge week from somebody, I might play the Lions instead.

  16. Morning to all once again..
    Thanks Jon for the advice last week to go with Matty Ice and steping in and sharing your comments on Vincent Jackson even though Jerod was down on him. Anyway on to week 10 guys, sitting in a 2 way tie for first with a 6-3 record, lets keep it trucking!! Starters…..QB: Big Ben, RB: Turner, Rice, WR:B.Marshall, VJAX, Flex: CJ2K, Def: Jets…..Bench: Matty Ice,Starks, A.Brown, Crabtree, Aj Green, Torrain…Would you plug any guys into my starting line from the pine?
    #indy

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I think you have made every right choice here. I will say that Crabtree is the bench guy I am HIGHEST on this week, but I don't really like him more than Marshall, VJax, or CJ2K.
      I would say you are looking good.

  17. Here's my line-up right now:
    QB: Brees
    WR: Bouldin
    WR: Harvin
    RB: MJD
    TE: O Daniels
    W/R: C Johnson

    Bench: DJAX, J Battle, L Tomlinson, Romo, S Rice, B Celek

    Thoughts?

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would play DJax over Boldin…I don't like Boldin's matchup this week. Also, I might look at Celek over Owen Daniels, but I like BOTH of their matchups so that should be your call.

  18. Ben-Jam-In says:

    Hey guys here is my lineup this week:
    QB: Stafford
    RB: Mendenhall
    RB: Murray
    Flex: Sproles
    WR: Dwayne Bowe
    WR: Antonio Brown
    TE: Brandon Pettigrew
    D: Jaguars
    K: Hanson

    Bench:
    McFadden (Im guessing he will not be ready for thursday, that's why he's here)
    Aaron Hernandez
    Heyward-bey
    Jackie Battle
    Brandon Jacobs
    Laurent Robinson
    Donald Brown

    Ok here are my questions. First off this is a must win week for me, I could move into second place in my division and have a shot at the playoffs. My first question is I'm really high on Laurent Robinson this week but I dont know how to tinker with my lineup for him to fit. I was thinking of putting him in my flex and then having sproles replace mendenhall, but mendenhall always has the potential to go off for some big points. What would you suggest I do? My second question is my D, I went with the Jaguars based on the fact they are playing the Colts, the Dolphins are available do you think that would be a more solid pick up? and finally, what do you think of my lineup? do you have some other suggestions I could do to make this a higher performing team this week?

    Thank you all for your help and suggestions in advance,
    Ben-Jam-In

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Your team is very deep…lots of options here.
      I do like Laurent Robinson as well. I would advise you to be careful about trying to force guys into spots just because you like them…sometimes we can talk ourselves out of solid players that way. However, to me, the decision is easy this week. I really like him a lot better than Brown this week, so I would just plug him in at your second WR spot.
      I also would consider playing Jackie Battle over Mendenhall…I don't like Rashard's matchup this week, and I LOVE Battle's matchup against Denver.
      Other than that, I really like Aaron Hernandez…but probably not quite as much as Brandon Pettigrew so I would probably leave the rest of your lineup the way you had it. Good luck!

  19. Matt Quillin says:

    Steve Smith or Boldin?

    #INDY

  20. The Maryland/ND game is going to be gloriously hideous on Saturday. #indy

  21. Hey guys,

    I've got Jimmy Graham who will be on a bye next week. I have Helu and Lynch on my bench to go along with my starting RB corps of Sproles and Grant. I have been offered by multiple people TE's for one of my backup RB's. For example, Vernon Davis for Helu or Lynch and Kellen Winslow for one of them. Is this worth it or should I just wait and see who's available on waivers for week 11? Right now Ben Watson, Anthony Fasano and a few others are available. I'm first place in my league and I kind of feel I should leave well enough alone but a solid TE for week 11 is very tempting. What do you guys think?

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would go with your gut. TE isn't an important enough position to mess around with…especially since Jimmy Graham is a must start every single week. Being in first place, I would look ahead to the playoffs and make sure your team was set for then…not week 11.

  22. #indy
    Jerod it was good to see you back giving advice on the sunday chat… even if you advised me to bench Tebow, julio, BJGE, and to instead start Freeman, battle, Garcon… thanks Jerod you cost me my game!!!

  23. Hey Jerod,
    Stafford or Matt Ryan.
    Helu or Ryan Mathews?
    Thank You

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would play Stafford and Helu. I think ATL will play more conservatively this week against New Orleans and Mathews is too much of an injury risk at this point.

  24. Should I start Chris Johnson/Roy Helu

    AND

    Eli Manning/ Tim Tebow

    AND

    Wes Welker/ A.J. Green

    • If I had to pic one of each position

    • who should I start at these positions?

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Wow! Three tough calls.
      I love Roy Helu's matchup this week…I would give him the edge over Chris Johnson and hope that CJ2K doesn't finally explode for his breakout game.
      I would actually consider Tebow over Manning. I think Tebow could be in for an ugly game, but with his running yards and even one TD, he should have a 15-20 point game and that's better than what I think Eli will do against San Fran.
      WR is easy…I would play Wes Welker.

      • ok. Cool.. Thanks. What about my TE: Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez. Right now This is my starting line up. Should I keep it????

        QB: Tim Tebow
        RB: LeSean McCoy
        RB: Ray Rice
        RB/WR: Demarco Murry
        Flex: Chris Johnson
        WR: Megatron
        WR: Wes Welker
        TE: Rob Gronkowski
        K: Dan Bailey
        Defense: Ravens

        BENCH
        QB: Eli Manning
        RB: LeGarrett Blount
        WR: A.J. Green
        WR: Laurent Robinson
        TE: Aaron Hernandez
        Defense :49ers

  25. Eric Hsieh says:

    Standard, non-PPR

    Rivers vs. Oakland, or Tebow @KC?

    Also need 2 RBs, 2 WRs and a Flex out of the following:

    RBs: Ray Rice (@Seattle), Ryan Mathews (vs. Oakland), LeGarrette Blount (vs. Houston), Michael Bush (@SD)
    WRs: Brandon Lloyd (@Cleveland), AJ Green (vs. Pitt), Dez Bryant (vs. Buffalo), Julio Jones (vs. NO)

    My gut says to start Rice, Mathews, Bush, Bryant, and Jones. Don't trust Blount vs. a very good Houston team that Tampa will fall behind against. Lloyd will have Haden draped over him and Green I feel will get shut down by an angry Pitt team. Thoughts?

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would play Rivers. He just HAS to have a good game eventually…right?
      I would play Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Ray Rice, Blount, and Michael Bush…I think Blount is safer with rumors of Mathews being hurt/limited for tomorrow's game.
      Yes…i just picked Jones over AJ Green. I will now go light my hair on fire.

  26. I need help on my WR this week. I need to start 3 since DMC is out. I have Colston, Lloyd, Laurent Robinson, and Denarious Moore. Also I could trade one of these for Antonio Brown… any thoughts

    • thedrtwitch says:

      I would play Colston, Lloyd, and Robinson. If you could trade Denarious Moore for Brown…I would do that in a heartbeat and plug him in over Lloyd as well.

  27. Any thoughts on Ringer? Is he worth keeping, I can also pick up Morris who is available.

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Ehhh…I just don't think Ringer will get a lot of play unless CJ2K gets hurt. However, I don't know that I would pikc up Morris to play OVER Ringer…it might be a pretty safe risk to just hold onto Ringer for a week or two more.

  28. Need a bit of help: This week its #1 overall vs me (#2 overall) head to head. DMC is out, who should I replace him with, Jackie Battle, BJGE, or Roy Helu. I'm personally leading towards Battle paired with Blount.

    For my WR's I need 3 of Aquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Mike Crabtree, Nate Washington, Eric Drecker, james jones.

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Actually, I would probably pair Battle with Roy Helu and sit Blount…I'm not completely sold on Tampa Bay's running game this week.
      As for your WRs, I would play Washington, James Jones, and Michael Crabtree.

  29. Need a bit of help: This week its #1 overall vs me (#2 overall) head to head. DMC is out, who should I replace him with, Jackie Battle, BJGE, or Roy Helu. I'm personally leading towards Battle paired with Blount.

    For my WR's I need 3 of Aquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Mike Crabtree, Nate Washington, Eric Drecker, james jones.

    Also #indy

  30. hey for my flex who should i play, Jackie Battle, Brandon Pettigrew or Fred Davis…. its a ppr league. Thanks

    • thedrtwitch says:

      Hmmmm. Since it's PPR, I might play Brandon Pettigrew…but I really think Jackie Battle will have a good week as well.

  31. NEED HELP GUY says:

    who should I start at these positions?
    Eli Manning or Tim Tebow
    Wes Welker or A.J. Green or Laurent Robinson

  32. Really? Sit Jahvid Best? Besides the fact he is benched due to recovery of a concussion

  33. Wow. Ive just been offered a trade. I like it but id like ur guys opinion. I have some decent receivers but no real money rbs with real potential to pull 2 tds and 100+ yards. In my league I only get points if u go over 100 or u score a td.
    My receivers are
    Jennings, bowe, maclin, cruz and decker.

    My rbs are
    Murray, sproles, m.bush, jacobs, and mendenhal.

    The proposed trade is bowe and mendy for fred jackson.
    I never play mendy ever. As for bowe I have some other talented receivers that could fill his spot. We play 2 wr, 2 rb, & 1 flex in our league. Whats ur opinion? He also said je would consider l.mccoy instead of jackson.

  34. Its mike from 5 min ago. I was offered mccoy for bowe and sproles. Which trade do u like better? Bowe and mendy for jackson or bowe and sproles for mccoy?

  35. i am starting matthews and peterson question start 2 shonne green,aj green,percy harvin,brandon lloyd i am leaning towards shonn green and harvin i am playing top team in league non ppr

  36. Ok, thoughts on lineup. Half PPR league.

    QB: Romo / Newton
    WR (start 3): Cruz / Manningham / Meachom / Bennett / Little / MJenkins
    RB (start 2): Mendenhall / Murray / Morris / CJ2K / BJGE
    Flex: Any WR or RB listed above
    TE: Gronkowski

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • QB – I feel Newton is always a must start with his run ability, but (and as a Bills fan it pains me to say) the Bills secondary is weak (despite all the picks) and we can't stop Tight Ends, so Romo could play well.

      WR – I am thinking Cruz, Manningham and Bennett, but I am cautious to start 2 receivers on the same team (although it worked out ok last week). Little gets the looks, but not the catches and Jenkins hasn't done much since the last time the Vikings played GB. Meachom got me a goose egg last week and I can't afford that again this week.

      RB – Murray is a no brainer (again, a Bills fan, but he's explosive). CJ2K hasn't been there this year, but you never know and Mendenhall is slowly disappearing from the offense, but the BJGE will do nothing against the Jets and Morris hasn't done too much.

    • QB: Newton
      WR: Cruz, Manningham, Bennett
      RB: Murray and Mendy
      Flex: CJ (I know, but he might actually be improving…)

  37. Hey guys here is my lineup this week:
    QB: Rivers
    RB: Gore
    RB: Benson
    Flex: Hernandez
    WR: VJAX
    WR: Brandon Lloyd
    WR: _______
    TE: Gates
    D: Bengals
    K: Nugent

    WR Bench:
    H. Douglas
    Damian Williams
    Jon Baldwin
    Greg Little
    Austin Pettis
    Vincent Brown

    Scoring is PPR, standard everything else. I need to decide which other WR I should start. I am leaning towards Pettis only because I think he is good for 5/60 in the slot. Clayton's activation concerns me, however.

    What do you think?

  38. Burress or Robinson??

  39. Brady- Brady says:

    Hey Guys…..It might be a really dumb question, but i'll go ahead and ask.
    Do you think after how Jets treated Brady a few weeks back, I should start Josh Freeman over Tom Brady?

    You can be brutal in your answer, i can take it. Ha !!!
    Thanks

  40. mikeonabike says:

    Should I trade Beanie and Julio for Greene and Antonio Brown? No PPR and return yds count (Brown is ranked 7 so far at WR). I have AP and Forte along with VJax and pretty much nobody at WR.

  41. #indy

    RB Help (Need 2 to start)
    M.Forte
    D.Murray
    S.Greene
    R.Bush

    WR Help (Need 1)
    V.Jackson (Starting)
    D.Bryant (Starting)
    D.H.B
    T.Smith
    P.Garcon
    need 1 of the 3

    Looking foward to checking my email tonight!

    • Tough call at RB. I'd go with Forte and Murray, though I really like Green this week.

      At WR, I'd go with Smith. I think Baltimore will continue to target him.

  42. I'm hurting at wide out (thanks Wayne), do you think jon baldwin KC will do anything this week?

  43. Grab Helu for sure. Drop Ogb for him.

    Keep your WRs. Start Brown with CJ.

  44. Vincent Brown is available on the wire should I add for depth? #Indy

  45. 12 tm ppr trade: Forte+Gaffney+Ballard in exchange for Turner+Julio J+Heath Miller? Which side?

  46. WR:
    Starting: Roddy White & Dwayne Bowe
    Bench: A.J Green, Desaun Jackson, Hakeen Nicks

    WR/RB: Ryan Matthews

    RB: Adrian Peterson & Demarco Murray

    I don't know if I should sub Matthews for Green after Matthews is coming off the groin injury. Green going against Pitt this weekend or play any other receivers. PLEASE HELP!!!

    • White and Bowe are fine options. If you have the stomach for it, I like DJax against Arizona to have a few big plays…but I think I'd still go with White and Bowe.

      at flex, I like Mathews over your WRs.

  47. Big Ben vs. Cin or Eli vs. SF? Both good QB's and Def….tough one this week

    Thanks in advance!

  48. Hey Jerod, what do you think about the trade Aaron Hernandez for Torrey Smith, My wideouts are larry fitz, roddy white, and marshall, and my TE's are Gresham and Winslow? Also Ryan Mathews or Roy Helu in PPR league?

    • No way. Hernandez is by far your best TE and Torrey Smith is not consistent enough to start over any of the guys you have. I'd start Helu. I love Mathews' matchup but I don't trust his health.

  49. Need help w/ starting lineup.

    Starting

    QB Tebow

    RB Gore

    RB Murray

    WR White

    WR Fitzgerald

    WR/RB S.Smith (Car)

    Bengals

    Bench

    M. Ryan

    Julio Jones

    Battle

    Wells

    Ingram

    Hunter

    available def Jaguar saints chiefs

    • I like the Jags D over the Bengals since they are playing Indy. I would also Matt Ryan over Tebow since the Falcons are playing New Orleans and there will likely be a lot of scoring. I'm still worried that Tebow could get benched at any minute, and that would screw you. I like Jones this week, but with your other options I'm okay with sitting him since he has a tender hammy.

  50. krazyjhawk says:

    Of these three WR Breaston, James Jones, and Laurent Robinson who would you start this week as a #3

  51. Thank you Veterans says:

    Hey, need help at WR. I have Megatron but the rest are inconsistent hacks. Non-PPR, no return yardage. Pick 2 out of Harvin, Bennett, D Nelson, Garcon and Crabtree. Please and thanks.

  52. Hernandez or Ballard?

    Breaston or A. Brown? Thanks!

  53. start 2 out of these very important non ppr matchup aj green vs pitts ike taylor – aj green vs a great joe haden cleveland — tb mike williams — i love percy harvins matchup and he is healthy now— brandon lloyd dont like the matchup or larry fitzgerald with kolb as a gametime decision :( leaning green and fitz what do i do

  54. HELP! IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MNF!

    Is Percy Harvin or Jordy Nelson gonna get me the 12.24 points I need to win this week?

    FULL POINT PPR league. I know it's a bit of a coin flip, I assume the smart money is on Nelson, Harvin feels like a gut play… Thoughts?

    • Well Nick, I think you're right that Nelson is the safe play. But I was telling people all morning on Sunday that I felt Harvin had a chance to really explode Monday night because he's healthy, because of GB's pass D troubles, and the likelihood that the Vikes will have to throw often. There is more risk there, as we know with Harvin, so I'll just this: if it were me, he'd be my guy. But I'd be very, very nervous about it.

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