- Week 10 Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013 (at the bottom)!
We lost TONS of big names this week! Production that can’t be replaced totally. But there has also been a bunch of players stepping up and breaking out to mend those wounds of lost big names and producers.
And the New Orleans Saints lost dual threat RB Darren Sproles to a concussion early in the game, not to mention the Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson suffered a ankle sprain of unknown severity, and the New York Jets lost WR Jeremy Kerley to what they believe to be a serious elbow injury.
Out of everything bad that happened this weekend, the one upside and good thing for some owners is that New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham who was dealing with a foot injury had his snaps jump from 18 to 60 against the Jets.
Week 9 Sleepers/Start’ems RECAP
DA GOODZ! Recommended starts that made us look good!
Cam Newton Car vs ATL - 23 of 37 for 249 yards 1TD 2Ints and 5 rush 22 yards 1TD
Tony Romo Dal vs Min - 34 of 51 for 337 yards 2TD 1Int
Philip Rivers SD @ Wash - 29 of 46 for 341 yards 2TD 2Ints
Nick Foles Phi @ Oak - 22 of 28 for 406 yards 7TDs
Russell Wilson Sea vs TB - 19 of 26 for 217 yards 2TD 2Ints and 6 rush 36 yards 1TD
Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Adrian Peterson Min @ Dal - 25 carries 140 yards 1TD and 3rec 37 yards
Stevan Ridley NE vs Pit - 26 carries 115 yards 2TDs and 3rec 9 yards
Eddie Lacy GB vs Chi - 22 carries 150 yards 1TD
Mike Tolbert Car vs ATL - 6 carries 24 yards 1TD and 3rec 13 yards
Danny Woodhead SD @ Wash - 7 carries 21 yards and 9 rec 77 yards
Alfred Morris Wash vs SD - 25 carries 121 yards 1TD
Chris Johnson Ten @ STL - 23 carries 150 yards 2TDs and 3rec 20 yards
Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Andre Johnson Hou vs Indy - 9 rec 229 yards 3TDs
T.Y Hilton Indy @ Hou - 7 rec 121 yards 3TDs
Keenan Allen SD @ Wash - 8 rec 128 yards 1TD
Denarius Moore Oak @ Phi - 5 rec 82 yards
Harry Douglas ATL @ Car - 3 rec 82 yards
Brandon LaFell Cat vs ATL - 6 rec 74 yards
Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Greg Olsen Car vs ATL - 4 rec 66 yards 1TD
Rob Gronkowski NE vs Pit - 9 rec 143 yards 1TD
Jason Witten Dal vs Min - 8 rec 102 yards 1TD
Kyle Rudolph Min @ Dal - 2 rec 35 yards 1TD
Jared Cook STL vs Ten - 3 rec 36 yards 1TD
NOT so goodz! Recommended starts that made us look bad.
QB Robert Griffin III Wash vs SD – 23 of 32 for 291 yards 1Int
QB Terrelle Pryor Oak vs Phi – 22 of 41 for 288 yards 2Ints and 10 rush 94 yards
QB Jake Locker Ten @ STL – 13 of 22 for 185 yards 2Ints
RB DeAngelo Williams Car vs ATL – 13 carries 42 yards
WR Dez Bryant Dal vs Min – 6 rec 64 yards
WR Marvin Jones Cin @ Mia – 4 rec 66 yards
WR Terrance Williams Dal vs Min – 2 rec 33 yards
WR Kendall Wright Ten @ STL – 3 rec 69 yards
WR Steve Smith Car vs ATL – 4 rec 52 yards
TE Antonio Gates SD @ Wash – 6 rec 53 yards
TE Jordan Reed Was vs SD – 4 rec 37 yards
TE Scott Chandler Buf vs KC – 3 rec 26 yards
WEEK 10 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
Russell Wilson Sea @ ATL - Russell is my MUST START QB of the Week! With 8 total touchdowns in his last 3 games, the Seahawks’ QB is back to being a top Fantasy quarterback, which should make him an easy call for his Week 10 matchup at Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons rank 19th against the pass, allowing 248.6 yards per game, and have given up the 5th-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. They’ve had trouble stopping Wilson in the past. In their divisional round playoff match-up against the Seahawks last year, they allowed 385 passing yards and 60 rushing yards to the then rookie. In terms of overall yardage, it’s still his best game to date.
Drew Brees NO vs Dal - Brees surpassed 300 passing yards for the 6th time and was able to record multiple touchdowns for the 7th time this season. Over the past 2 weeks the Cowboys have allowed each opposing QB they have faced to produce multiple touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) and at least 230+ yards passing.
Nick Foles Phi @ GB - Foles carved up the Raiders secondary the entire game. Foles picked on the Raiders rookie CB D.J. Hayden early and often with 3 of the 7 touchdowns to receivers matched up again Hayden. Foles was able to beat the Raiders on sustained drives, with 3 scoring drives consisting of at least 8 plays or more. He also was able to come up with quick scores, with 3 touchdown drives consisting of just 3 plays or less. Foles threw all 7 touchdowns in just 3 quarters.
Philip Rivers SD vs Den - Rivers finished 29 for 46 for 341 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2interceptions in the game. He had a QB rating of 81.9. He has struggled a bit as of late inside the redzone as he has just 4 touchdowns in his past 3 games. He has been able to produce 5 games with at least 275-plus yards passing and has 5 multiple touchdown games thus far but has cooled off a bit as of late. The match-up this week is in Rivers favor though as he will likely be forced to throw and throw alot. In games that Rivers has thrown for multiple touchdowns (5 games total) 4 of those games he has thrown for 40+ pass attempts and has 3-400+ yard passing games in that 5 game span.
Marshawn Lynch Sea @ ATL - NOT a Sleeper but Beastmode is my MUST START RB of the Week! Lynch produced his 2nd 100-yard rushing effort in 2013 last week against the Buccaneers, and he could be in line for another big performance Week 10 at Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons rank 20th against the run, allowing 116.3 yards per game, and are giving up 4.5 yards per carry. Lynch has been BEASTMODE producing 6 games with at least 75+ yards rushing and adding 6 touchdowns thru 9 weeks. Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams couldn’t muster much against them last week, but with the help Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and, yes, Cam Newton, the Panthers still managed to pile up 131 yards on 33 carries and 2 rushing touchdowns. And the Arizona Cardinals‘ RB Andre Ellington, normally a backup, went for 154 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries with a 80-yarder against them in Week 8.
Chris Johnson Ten vs Jac - Johnson easily bested his total from the team’s previous 4 weeks combined, as he rushed for a season-high 150 yards on 23 carries. He had a number of long runs in the game, including touchdowns of 14 and 19 yards. Johnson added three receptions for 20 yards while being targeted four times. Johnson did lose some carries to Shonn Greene, especially near the goal line, but Greene didn’t cut into his workload as much as coach Mike Munchak hinted at earlier in the week. Johnson showed his typical burst Sunday, and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry over the last 2 games.
Eddie Lacy GB vs Phi - Eddie ran for a season-high 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries vs. the Chicago Bears. Since he has returned from his concussion, Lacy has run for 545 yards and 3 touchdowns in 5 games on 119 carries (4.5 YPC) and has added 11 receptions for 47 yards. The Packers appear to of lost QB Aaron Rodgers for 3-6 weeks due to a fractured collarbone and Lacy has recorded 22-plus carries in 5 weeks straight could end up seeing a even larger work load but could also see 8 defenders in the box. Still a great play with a ton of upside.
Reggie Bush Det @ Chi - Bush rushed 21 times in the game for 92 yards. He scored on a 1-yard run in the 4th quarter to make the score 27-24 Cowboys. Bush easily topped 100 total yards as he added 8 receptions for 30 yards on 9 targets in the game. The 28-year-old veteran is now up to 2 rushing TDs this season while adding 2 more touchdowns through the air. He’s topped 100 total yards in 2 of his last 3 games and has recorded 3 of more receptions in every active game this season.
Andre Johnson Hou @ Ari - Not a Sleeper but Johnson is my MUST START WR of the Week! Johnson was unstoppable Week 9 vs. the Colts. Notching his third career 200-yard game, Johnson caught nine passes for 229 yards and a career-high 3 touchdowns, his first scores this season. Johnson caught scoring grabs of 62, 41 and 5 yards from Case Keenum in the first half. Keenum targeted Johnson a team-high 13 times, more than twice as much as any other receiver. Until the 62-yard bomb on the opening drive, Johnson had made 74 straight receptions dating to last year without scoring a touchdown. Case Keenum kept looking for Johnson. Their 5-yard, end-zone fade 39 seconds before halftime was a welcome sight for Fantasy owners used to seeing Matt Schaub lock in on his tight ends.
Cecil Shorts Jac @ Ten - Shorts has produced 60-plus yards in 6 of his last 7 games and has recorded 70-plus yards 5 of the last 7 games. He continues to be a consistent fantasy producer and with teammate Justin Blackmon serving an indefinite suspension we can expect Shorts production to rise. Shorts has been a target monster, producing 7 games with at least 11 or more targets thus far with the Jaguars usually trailing and having to play catch-up.
DeSean Jackson Phi @ GB - DeSean had a huge game after halftime against the Raiders. Jackson was a threat during the first half, but took a backseat to Riley Cooper. At halftime, Jackson had 3 receptions for 45 yards. Cooper already had 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. But after halftime, Nick Foles hooked up with Jackson for 2 big gains. Jackson scored on a 46 yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter, and added another bomb of 59 yards later in the game. Jackson’s 150 receiving yards led the team. While Cooper was the big weapon during the game, Jackson still churned out a tremendous effort and looks to keep things going against the Packers.
Antonio Brown Pit vs Buf - Brown caught the first of Ben Roethlisberger‘s 4 touchdown passes, scoring on a 27 yard strike in the second quarter. Brown finished the game second on the team with 10 targets behind Emmanuel Sanders who recorded 11 targets. Brown caught 5 of his 10 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown but was benched late due to a missed assignment that led to a interception. Brown has produced great numbers with the loss of Mike Wallace, Brown has recorded 70-plus yards in 6 of 8 games this year while adding 3 touchdowns and 5-plus receptions in every week this season.
Keenan Allen SD vs Den - Allen has clearly become the favorite wide receiver target of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. That was evident during Sunday’s Week 9 overtime loss at Washington. Allen was targeted 11 times in the game and Rivers appeared to look his way in every big situation. He ended up going for 8 receptions for a team-high 128 yards and a touchdown in the game. The 21-year-old rookie out of Cal now has scored in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s topped 100 yards in 3 of those contests as well.
Other Wide Receivers with nice matchups - T.Y Hilton Indy vs STL, Victor Cruz NYG vs Oak, Rueben Randle NYG vs Oak, Denarius Moore Oak @ NYG, Golden Tate Sea @ ATL, Doug Baldwin Sea @ ATL, Kendall Wright Ten vs Jac, Nate Washington Ten vs Jac
Vernon Davis SF vs Car - Not a Sleeper but Vernon is my MUST START TE of the Week! Davis was really only utilized on one big series during the Week 8 blowout win over Jacksonville from London. Davis wasn’t really needed much as the running game destroyed the Jaguars defense. Davis hauled in a 2-yard touchdown pass from QB Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter. He had a couple big catches on the drive and finished with 3 grabs for 52 yards and the TD. He saw just 4 targets on the game but had recorded 19 targets in his prior 2 weeks combined and has also recorded 50-plus yards in 4 weeks straight with 4 touchdowns over that span.
Jordan Reed Wash @ Min - With Fred Davis firmly out of the picture, he’s a healthy scratch most weeks, Redskins rookie TE Jordan Reed has completely taken over the top spot on the depth chart. Reed has proven to QB Robert Griffin III that he’s a reliable pass-catching option who can get open and make plays down the field. That is why he’s been targeted 28 times in his last three games combined. He has 21 receptions over that span for 261 yards and a touchdown. The Minnesota Vikings have not defended against opposing tight ends well this season. They are allowing the third-most standard fantasy points per game to the position they have allowed 7 touchdowns to TE’s thus far.
Jason Witten Dal @ NO - Witten caught his 4th touchdown pass of the season during Sunday’s Week 9 home win over Minnesota. He had just 3 TDs all of last season. Witten led the way for the Cowboys with 8 receptions for a game-high 102 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. He hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in the 3rd quarter.
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article.
Good luck and enjoy!