Week 10: Sit 'Em
Despite four straight 300 yard passing games, I would leave Andy Dalton on fantasy benches in Week 10. Dalton had been on fire lately, but was cooled off by Miami in Week 9. In the Bengals' Week 9 overtime loss, Dalton threw the ball 53 times for 338 yards, but with no touchdowns and four turnovers. The Bengals do not want to put Dalton in the same postion to throw the ball so many times this week, and his stats should take a bit of a dip against the Ravens. Fantasy owners should strongly consider keeping Andy Dalton on their benches this week.
Matty Ice has not been himself as of late, throwing seven interceptions and just two touchdowns over the past two games. The losses of Julio Jones and Roddy White have been too much for the the former Pro Bowl quarterback to overcome, sending him from a QB1 down to barely being startable in fantasy leagues. Ryan will have a tough time getting back on track this week as the Seahawks come to town. The Seahawks' pass defense has been stellar this season, ranking second in the league -- giving up just 180 yards per game. Fantasy owners should keep Ryan on their benches until he gets his season back on track.
One of the biggest disappointments of the first half of the NFL season, Ray Rice has performed more like a fantasy reserve than the first round pick he was most likely drafted as. Rice is coming off a 14 touch, 38 yard performance against the Browns and faces a top ten rush defense this week against the Bengals. Rice has rushed for more than 50 yards just once this season, and his three touchdowns are a tremendous let down for fantasy owners. The Ravens' offensive line is part of the problem, as they have not been able to open many holes for Rice. Fantasy owners can not depend on Rice as a fantasy starter this week.
After back to back 100 yard rushing performances in Weeks six and seven, Ryan Mathews carried the ball just seven times for 34 yards in an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Mathews has been up and down / very inconsistent this season, and fantasy owners should expect no different going forward. Mathews is an early down back with almost no involvement in the Chargers' passing game, as he has not caught a pass since a four catch outburst in Week 4. If the Chargers get behind against the Broncos this week, Mathews could spend a large portion of the game on the sideline. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a RB2 this week.
Injuries and ineffectiveness have plagued Darren McFadden so far this season, leaving fantasy owners disappointed in the Raiders running back. McFadden was forced to leave the Raiders' Week 9loss to the Eagles after just five carries with a reaggravation of his hamstring injury. The former college star would like to play this week, but even if he is on the field, he will likely be at less than 100 percent -- with the strong possibility that he would have to leave the game again by testing his injured hamstring. Fantasy owners should not assume the risk that goes along with Darren McFadden this week.