Week 10: Sit 'Em
Week 9 wrap-up:
Ryan Fitzpatrick - 191 yards passing with one TD and 2 interceptions
Tim Tebow - Tebow redeemed himself rushing for 118 yards and throwing for 124 yards with two TDs and no interceptions
Roy Helu & Ryan Torain - Torain was a complete bust, but Helu got it done in the passing game with 14 receptions for over 100 yards. Helu did lose a fumble.
Chris Johnson - Johnson rushed for 64 yards and added four receptions for short yardage
Stevie Johnson - Johnson grabbed a mere 3 receptions for 84 yards with no score
Torrey Smith - Smith grabbed 5 passes for 71 yards and did score.
This week you should consider sitting:
Shonn Greene - Greene is killing me in my fantasy league. LT is stealing the goal-line carries and Greene is only good for average yardage.
Marshawn Lynch - Lynch faces the number one ranked Baltimore defense this week. Look for Lynch to get shut down and have little fantasy value this week.
Jay Cutler - Cutler provided fans with a show this past week, but do not get too comfortable or even comfortable enough to consider him a start vs. a tough and fast Detroit defense.
Jabar Gaffney - Washington does not have the best passing game going right now and Gaffney finds himself as maybe a third option to Davis and Helu or the running back of choice.
Chris Ivory - Ivory received more carries than Thomas this past week and Ingram appears to be out again, but I think he is a questionable start.
Mike Williams - Williams faces Jonathan Joseph this week and is likely to be significantly limited in production.
Cedric Benson - Benson faces a PIttsburgh defense that held Rice and Williams to a combined 67 rushing yards in Week 9.
Cutler had a solid outing this past week vs. Philadelphia, but as we know all too well, Cutler can be very inconsistent. This week against Detroit in their divisional match-up, I expect to see Cutler surprise his fantasy owners with one of his lackluster performances. Just when we all thought it might be safe to start him, he will remind us of why we should always consider keeping him on our bench. The Detroit defense is fast and I think they will get to Cutler early and often. This means turnovers in my book. The Chicago offensive line needs to protect Cutler, but I doubt their ability to do so this week. I suspect Cutler will throw for just over 200 yards this week with one touchdown, but two interceptions.Injury Status: Out - Thumb
The Pittsburgh defense held Ray Rice and Ricky Williams to a combined 67 rushing yards this past week. Benson has the ability to break off some quality runs, but he has been limited lately both in yardage and scoring. I suspect that Pittsburgh will keep Benson and the Cincinnati running game at bay this week. I suspect that Andy Dalton will hope to throw for 300 yards as did Joe Flacco this week. Dalton and the Cincinnati wide outs can hopefully exploit the few weaknesses that the Pittsburgh defense has and this should support their effort. All in all, I like Pittsburgh to come out on top of this game as Roesthlisberger and his offense are looking solid and they are supported by their menacing defense. Benson is likely to run for 60-70 yards, but not find the end zone.
Greene is just not doing it for many fantasy owners this season. In my league he is on the can't cut list and that is killing me. Greene's 60-70 rushing yards per week do not provide me with enough points to compete with teams that are putting up running back numbers including at least one score. LT is vulturing the TDs here and it was painful to watch yet one more this past week. The up and over by LT was beautiful and reminded me of the old days when LT scored multiple TDs per game, but Greene watching from the sideline confirmed my decision to keep him on my bench if I can. I suggest looking for an option at running back that can get you a TD chance. I just do not see this coming from Greene.
Mark Ingram appears to be out again this week with his heal injury and this makes Ivory look like a potential option for teams with a need at running back. The New Orleans offense is explosive and Ivory looked decent this past week, getting more carries than Thomas, but we must consider Sproles. I think that Ivory has an upside if he continues to get carries, but Thomas could easily get more carries this coming week and Ivory could kill your fantasy output. I think owners should be cautious with starting Ivory and consider other options. I think Ivory will rush for less than 25 yards this week vs. Atlanta.
Lynch faces a stout number one ranked Baltimore defense this week. Baltimore held Mendenhall to 52 rushing yards this past week and Lynch is not Mendenhall. Mendenhall did get a score against Baltimore. Lynch will be lucky to get 60 rushing yards this week. Lynch had some success against a lackluster Dallas defensive line, but this week is going to be a whole different scenario. Baltimore's linebackers are going to shut down Seattle's offense and I have a feeling that Ray Rice on the ground and Flacco and his receivers in the air will wreak some havoc on Seattle. If you have the option, keep Lynch on the pine this week.