Thursday games start this week so get your line ups set for tonight and don’t forget to thank the NFL for making things pleasant for us fantasy owners. Week 10 Start’ems.
Philip Rivers – Last week Rivers was able to break out of his slump against the Packers. He gets a soft Raiders secondary this week, and with his favorite target starting to get back into form in Antonio Gates, Rivers should be able to continue his solid play.
Carson Palmer – The Chargers have been up and down against the pass, and Palmer could be a serviceable start this week against a secondary that was lit up by the Packers last week.
Christian Ponder – The Packers defense has given up points to the pass all season long, mainly due to the fact that they so often play with the lead. Ponder should be able to benefit against the league’s 31st ranked secondary.
Others I like: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh has become a passing team behind Big Ben’s arm and even though they face strong Bengals secondary, should be able to put up serviceable stats. Tony Romo – The Bills are 25th against the pass, and though the Cowboys will likely stick with the hot hand in DeMarco Murray, Romo should still find time to put up good stats against the Bills.
Michael Bush – With McFadden out for another week Bush will get another start and will be in line for similar totals from last week.
Steven Jackson – The Browns have been great against the pass, but just the opposite against the run this season. Jackson has regained a semblance of his former self and should be in line for a big day.
BenJarvis Green-Ellis – In week 5 BJGE ran over the Jets for 136 yards and 2 TDs. We won’t see those kind of numbers from him this week, and after underachieving over the last 3 weeks it’s understandable for owners to want shy away from a big name match up against the Jets. New York is still vulnerable to the run though, and even with Kevin Faulk set to play this week the Law Firm is still worth shot this week.
Others I Like: DeMarco Murray – Felix Jones will likely be out for another week, and the Cowboys have been smart to continue giving the ball to Murray. The Bills are suspect against the run. Michael Turner – The Saints have struggled against the run at times this year and the Falcons are beginning to find balance in their offense, realizing that Turner can help them control the flow of the game.
Jeremy Maclin – DeSean Jackson is nothing more than a deep threat, and so Maclin will be the receiver relied on on tight situations with a dose of Jason Avant. However, just about anyone on the Eagles is looking like a good play for this weekend.
Dwayne Bowe – He has had at least 75 yards in every game this season and faces a less than stellar Broncos secondary. He will likely be shadowed by Champ Bailey all day, but should be a good bet with the Broncos giving up the 2nd most passing touchdowns in the league.
Laurent Robinson – With Miles Austin likely to be out this week and maybe next, Robinson will take his spot. Robinson has already been playing well even with a healthy Austin and has already developed good chemistry with Tony Romo. He’s a good play against a shaky Bills secondary.
Others I like: Stevie Johnson – Johnson’s production has decreased, but against the Cowboys he should be able to bounce back this week. Antonio Brown – He has clearly become a top target for Ben Roethlisberger, and were it not for the ridiculous speed of Mike Wallace, would have had a touchdown last week. He should continue to benefit from increased coverages of Wallace.
Fred Davis – Davis continues to be the top receiver for the Redskins, a trend which should continue against the Dolphins. Even with a struggling John Beck at QB, for now at least, Davis has continued to be a reliable play.
Owen Daniels – Much like Davis, Daniels is the most reliable receiver on the Texans and Matt Schaub’s preferred target. He gets the Bucs this week who are vulnerable to tight ends.
Jake Ballard – The Niners are another team who have had difficulties covering tight ends. Ballard is beginning to fill the role Kevin Boss had in New York, and the numbers are beginning to show it.
Others I like: Brent Celek – As I stated most Eagles players should be a go this week and Celek is no exception after becoming a part of the passing game again. Brandon Pettigrew – The Bears have had trouble with the underneath pass and especially against big bodied tight ends.
Nick Novak – The Chargers offense could be getting their groove back, and Novak could be the benefactor. With Oakland having defensive issues and the Chargers rediscovered offense, Novak should get his fair share of attempts.
Alex Henery – The Eagles will have something to prove after another devastating loss, and Henery should get his fair share of attempts. Despite some missed field goals he’s worth a play this week.
Others I like: Stephen Gostkowski – The Patriots will be able to move the ball, however, the Jets defense is stiffer when they play at home. He should get his shots. Billy Cundiff – Despite a few misses from 50 plus, Cundiff has been a great fantasy kicker. He’s had 3 FGs in each of the last 2 games and should see similar numbers this week.
Philadelphia – With Kolb a question mark and Beanie Wells hurting, the Eagles will be all over the Cards at home. Great match up.
Baltimore – Seattle ranks 29th in total offense with 296 total yards a game, and the Ravens rank 2nd in total defense allowing 279 yards a game. As if you weren’t going to, run’em.
Others I like: St. Louis – The Browns will again have to rely on Chris Ogbonnoya at running back and Colt McCoy who has been unable to get the ball down field. The Rams could be a decent play this week if your desperate for defense. Miami – Washington has been anemic in the passing game with John Beck and the Dolphins can stop the run, which could make their defense worth a look this week.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.