“Off the Matt”: In Question, Week 10 (Key Injury Advice)
Week 9 Review
Jeremy Hill – 28.3 – top scorer among all rb/wr/te
Odell Beckham – 15.6
Chris “the tusk” Ivory – 2.2
Cordarrelle Patterson – 0.9
Jared Cook – 1.2
Poorhouse really doesn’t really do those numbers justice. I think homeless would be a better fit this week.
With six teams on bye in week 10 it is bound to wreak havoc on fantasy line-ups. Here is a quick glance at what fantasy owners will be missing today. In parenthesis represents that players rank at their position using standard scoring.
Quarterbacks: Andrew Luck (1), Tom Brady (3), Philip Rivers (6)
Running Backs: Arian Foster (2), Ahmad Bradshaw (6), Alf Morris (8)
Wide Receivers: T.Y. Hilton (5), DeSean Jackson (8)
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski (1), Antonio Gates (2), Dwayne Allen (7)
With all that weaponry sitting on the couch today, the fantasy gods showed mercy on owners with there only being a handful of relevant names with questionable tags.
There are no questionable quarterbacks on the injury report, but with three elite options on bye owners will be digging for a quality option to go with today.
Plan B: I am very excited to be recommending one of my all-time favorite fantasy players to watch – – Mike Vick. This is shaping up to be a pretty nice match-up for Vick as he is facing a Steelers defense that allows 253 pass yards per game.
Last 3 QB’s vs Steelers
Flacco – 303 / 2 / 1
Luck – 400 / 3 / 2
Fitzpatrick – 262 / 2 / 1
The already generous Steelers defense will be down two more starters this week with Troy Polamalu and Ryan Shazier out. The red-hot Steelers offense should not have any problems putting up points on the worst ranked pass defense in the league. If the Jets want to keep up, it will be on Vick’s arm and legs.
Fred Jackson (Questionable), Lamar Miller (Questionable), Mark Ingram (Questionable), Antone Smith (Questionable), Charles Sims (Questionable), Montee Ball (Questionable)
If healthy, the only two names fantasy owners should be looking at from this group is Lamar Miller and Mark Ingram. I am not crazy about Miller’s match-up but unless you have an embarrassment of riches at running back you are probably stuck playing him if healthy. MLFS writer Bryan Robinson does a nice job covering the Charles Sims situation in his article. I personally am holding off on Sims this week, but if you are in a pinch there are options far worse than Sims. Montee Ball practiced some this week, but with as good as Ronnie Hillman has looked I can’t think they will rush Ball back. Once Ball does make it back on the field it will most likely be only in a complimentary role to Hillman.
Plan B: There is no player in the league who is less flashy than Steven Jackson at this point in his career. With that said, when I find myself moving deep into the rankings opportunity is an eye-catcher. Although, none of the opportunities will likely result in breath-taking highlight runs; I do see him getting the ball enough to be worthy of a start today.
There has been some debate this week on if the Eagles offense will take a step back with Mark Sanchez running the show. I think Chip Kelly’s offense is more system driven than personnel driven, so the machine should continue to run just fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if they run the ball more and try quick passes to ease Sanchez in. Enter Darren Sproles, who I envision being the biggest beneficiary of additional runs and easy completions. He hasn’t received double-digit touches since week 2 but I think this week they get him involved early and often.
Sammy Watkins (Questionable), Vincent Jackson (Questionable), Harry Douglas (Questionable)
Sammy Watkins injured himself in practice on Wednesday and missed the rest of the week. A direct replacement for him would be Robert Woods, but I think we can do better than that. Jackson and Douglas both participated in practice to wrap up the week making it likely that they play.
Plan B – Quick, what Pittsburgh Steelers receiver has 50+ rec yards and at least 1 touchdown in each of his last two games? Martavis Bryant
you say? Wrongggggg the correct answer is Markus Wheaton. Of the two players Bryant is the more desirable option. However, I am sure that he has been gobbled up off waivers in your league by now. With defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to slow down Antonio Brown and now Bryant things should really open up for Wheaton. Keep in mind he did play more snaps than Bryant last week and had only one fewer target. He is very much still a part of this offense and playing in a dream match-up today. If you are desperate, Wheaton is a lottery ticket that could pay-off.
Some people are jumping off the Allen Robinson bandwagon after last weeks disappointing 35 yard outing vs the Bengals. While 35 yards is nothing to be excited about the seven targets that he received is. That now marks seven straight weeks that he has had at least seven targets. Even more impressive is his string of eight consecutive games with at least four receptions. Robinson is a great start in ppr leagues.
Martellus Bennett (Questionable), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Questionable)
It’s time to get on the Mychal Rivera train. Touchdowns are a flukey stat. Expecting two from him again this week would be like expecting Andy Dalton to play well in a prime-time game – – it probably won’t happen. However, Rivera’s targets and receptions (20 targets / 15 receptions) the past two weeks should be enough to give owners the confidence to go with him in a game where the garbage stats should be on parade in the 4th quarter. Rivera is a very suitable bye week replacement for Gronk and Gates owners.
Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone today.
In conclusion, I would like to congratulate Nick Saban on achieving one of the toughest accomplishments out there…covering a 6.5 spread in overtime$$$
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