Week 10 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Josh Freeman has been on a tear of late, a wave of momentum our Jamey Eisenberg encourgaes everyone to ride out. He helps you succeed in Week 10 in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.
At some point Josh Freeman is going to slow down and stop posting astronomical stats, but Fantasy owners should buy in now. He's been amazing in his past four games.
|Michael Vick||vs. DAL|
|Philip Rivers||at TB|
|Matt Schaub||at CHI|
|Jay Cutler||vs. HOU|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||at NE|
In matchups against Kansas City, New Orleans, Minnesota and Oakland, Freeman has combined for 1,247 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception. He is averaging 28 Fantasy points over that span and this offense is playing at an unbelievable level with Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
We don't expect Freeman to have a letdown this week against the Chargers. Jackson should get some revenge against his former team, and San Diego has allowed three quarterbacks to reach at least 27 Fantasy points this season, including twice in the past four games against Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
Freeman clearly isn't on the same level with Brees and Manning, but it's hard to overlook his production of late. He's getting the job done, and it's time to trust him as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in the majority of leagues.
|Player||Fantasy Pts. (proj.)||Fantasy Pts. (actual)||Start %||Pos. rank|
|Cam Newton, QB, Panthers||27||23||78||7|
|Steve Smith, WR, Panthers||16||10||93||21|
|Matt Schaub, QB, Texans||21||22||42||8|
|DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles||12||16||85||4|
|Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals||8||10||56||5|
|Steve Johnson, WR, Bills||8||2||44||67|
|Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants||9||1||60||80|
|Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings||7||0||44||35|
|Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions||27||11||91||23|
|Fred Jackson, RB, Bills||13||3||70||44|
|Josh Gordon, WR, Browns||10||3||36||55|
|Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders||18||36||26||1|
|Chris Johnson, RB, Titans||9||16||17||82|
|Michael Turner, RB, Falcons||9||16||77||10|
Tony Romo (at PHI): Romo has been erratic all season, but
he's been productive of late for Fantasy owners with at least 18 points
in three of his past four outings. He hasn't had more than 21 points
since Week 1 and he's due for a big game. The Eagles have allowed
multiple touchdowns to quarterbacks in each of the past three games and
five of the past six outings. Only Ben Roethlisberger during that span failed to reach 19 points, and
if Romo can cut down on the turnovers (he has 10 touchdowns compared to
13 interceptions on the year) he should do well.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. KC): Roethlisberger has been a mediocre Fantasy quarterback lately with only two games with at least 19 Fantasy points in his past five outings. He does have five touchdowns in his past two games and hopefully another multi-touchdown performance will come this week. The Chiefs have allowed at least two touchdowns to an opposing quarterback in all but one game this season, which was Joe Flacco (on the road, of course) in Week 5. Facing Kansas City has been a good way for quarterbacks to pad their stats and we expect Roethlisberger to follow suit.
Carson Palmer (at BAL): Palmer probably won't get 36 Fantasy points again on the road at the Ravens like he got at home last week against the Bucs, but he could have a similar day with a lot of attempts (61) now that Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both have high ankle sprains. Palmer has at least 18 Fantasy points in his past three games and Baltimore's defense has struggled of late because of injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, allowing at least 20 Fantasy points in two of their past three outings. In one of my leagues, I'm starting Palmer ahead of Michael Vick.
Eli Manning (at CIN): Big brother Peyton just faced the Bengals and we hope Eli called for some tips, because he needs some extra help to snap out of his recent funk. He has just eight Fantasy points combined in his past two games against Dallas and Pittsburgh and he hasn't had multiple touchdowns since Week 5. He also has just three games with more than 20 Fantasy points this year, so he's due. The Bengals have allowed five quarterbacks to get at least 19 Fantasy points this season, including two in their past three games. We hope Peyton pointed out some holes in this defense that Eli can exploit this week.
Andrew Luck (at JAC): We're going to back Luck on the road, which hasn't been a good thing this season. He is averaging 26 Fantasy points in five home games but just 11 in three games away from Indianapolis. Let's hope facing a familiar foe in a spotlight game Thursday night helps, because he already had 27 Fantasy points against the Jaguars in Week 3. Jacksonville has allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in five of the past six games and four quarterbacks have reached at least 20 Fantasy points against the Jaguars this season. It will help Luck if Donnie Avery (ribs) is 100 percent, but we still expect this to be the best road outing of his rookie year.
|Joe Flacco||(vs. OAK)||Has at least 23 Fantasy points in three of four home games this year.|
|Russell Wilson||(vs. NYJ)||Averaging 24 Fantasy points a game in past three home games.|
|Ryan Tannehill||(vs. TEN)||TEN has allowed a league-high 20 passing touchdowns this year.|
Philip Rivers (at TB): Rivers has five games this season
with multiple touchdowns, but he's only topped 18 Fantasy points twice
in those outings. He has an interception in six of his past seven games
with 10 over that span and he just isn't trustworthy as a No. 1 Fantasy
quarterback. The Bucs have given up some big passing games this season
to Eli Manning, Brees and Palmer, but
they've also shut down Cam Newton and
Romo. I expect Rivers to post modest stats at best.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (at NE): Don't get caught up in Fitzpatrick's past performance against the Patriots in Week 4 when he had 31 Fantasy points, or even look at New England's pass defense this season, which includes four quarterbacks getting at least 28 Fantasy points. Look at Fitzpatrick on the road of late when he's combined for 17 Fantasy points at San Francisco, Arizona and Houston. Look at the Patriots last outing against the Rams when Sam Bradford was held to 11 Fantasy points. The Bills also want to get C.J. Spiller more involved and the Patriots should be ready coming off a bye.
Jay Cutler (vs. HOU): When Cutler is on his game he can be a solid Fantasy quarterback. We saw that last week at Tennessee when he had 26 Fantasy points behind three touchdowns to Brandon Marshall. He now has at least 21 Fantasy points in three of his past five games, but he should struggle this week. The Texans are among the league leaders in sacks and Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are the only quarterbacks with more than 13 Fantasy points against them. This should be a tough game for Cutler to produce at a high level.
Andy Dalton (vs. NYG): Dalton has thrown an interception in nine straight games dating back to last year's playoff loss against Houston with 14 over that span. The Giants are tied with the Bears for the NFL lead in interceptions with 17. Now, Dalton has overcome his interception woes with four games this season with at least 25 Fantasy points despite the turnovers, but he's struggled of late with three games with 16 Fantasy points or less in his past four outings. We expect another bad performance this week with the Giants defense focused coming off a loss against Pittsburgh.
Matt Schaub (at CHI): Schaub has been stellar of late with 22 Fantasy points in each of his past two games against Baltimore and Buffalo and he now has at least 20 Fantasy points in four of his past six games. But he's facing a Bears defense that has been lights out this season. Romo has the best performance against Chicago with 19 Fantasy points, including matchups with Luck, Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Newton. This is not a good week to consider Schaub a starting Fantasy quarterback in the majority of leagues.
Bust alert: Michael Vick (vs. DAL):
Vick has not played great this season with 17 turnovers and a completion
percentage of 58 percent, but he's not getting much help from his
teammates. His offensive line is a mess and his receivers are dropping
easy passes. Despite all that, he's still managed at least 19 Fantasy
points in five games this season and it doesn't seem like he'll lose his
job -- yet. He has a tough matchup this week with the Cowboys, so use
caution when setting your lineup. The Cowboys have only allowed one
quarterback to reach at least 20 Fantasy points, which was Cutler in
Week 4. Otherwise they have limited Eli Manning
twice, Freeman, Newton and Matt Ryan to
17 Fantasy points or less. This might not be one of Vick's better games
and we could be looking at his last start for the Eagles in Philadelphia
if he struggles.
Mikel Leshoure (at MIN): Last week's performance at
Jacksonville with 25 Fantasy points was not a fluke for Leshoure. He's
been on the cusp of a big outing the past three games against
Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle, but he just didn't find the end zone.
He won't score three times against the Vikings like he did against the
Jaguars, but Minnesota has allowed a running back to score in each of
the past four games. Consider Joique Bell
a sleeper as well in this matchup.
Rashad Jennings (vs. IND): We keep waiting for Jennings to have a breakout game since taking over for the injured Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) as the starter the past two weeks, but he's combined for just 14 Fantasy points against Green Bay and Detroit. This is a great week for it to happen, since the Colts have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing running backs and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including Jones-Drew in Week 3 when he had 28 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 16 yards. If Jennings gets half those total yards with a score we'd be ecstatic.
C.J. Spiller (at NE): The story out of Buffalo following the Week 10 loss at Houston was the Bills have to get Spiller more involved. He had just 11 total touches (six carries and five catches) against the Texans but still managed 102 total yards. He is averaging 7.2 yards per carry and even if he continues to share playing time with Fred Jackson, he should still do well against the Patriots. Last year at New England when Jackson was out for the year, Spiller had 13 carries for 60 yards and four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. It's pretty simple -- give him the ball, and he will succeed.
Vick Ballard (at JAC): Donald Brown (knee) might not play Thursday night and if he does he could be limited. That should allow Ballard the chance to get at least nine Fantasy points for the fourth game in a row. He has yet to rush for a touchdown this season, but the Jaguars have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs, including four last week against Detroit. We have high expectations for Ballard if Brown is out and this could be his best game of the season.
Pierre Thomas (vs. ATL): Thomas didn't get the majority of touches in Week 9 against the Eagles even with Darren Sproles (hand) out. He had six carries for 44 yards and two catches for 26 yards, but Chris Ivory had 10 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 2 yards and Mark Ingram had seven carries for 44 yards and two catches for 23 yards. But we expect Thomas to be more involved this week since this game should be more of a shootout than last week's 28-13 New Orleans victory. Thomas has a good history against the Falcons with at least 90 total yards or a touchdown in four of his past five meetings with Atlanta. The Falcons have also allowed either 100 total yards or a touchdown to a running back in seven of eight games this year.
|Jonathan Dwyer||(vs. KC)||Dwyer and Isaac Redman should do well in tandem vs. KC.|
|Ronnie Brown||(at TB)||Has 20 catches in past four games and is a useful flex for PPR leagues.|
|Marcel Reece||(at BAL)||Gets his chance to shine with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson banged up.|
|Daniel Thomas||(vs. TEN)||TEN has allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs this year.|
|Andre Brown||(at CIN)||Has three touchdowns in his past three games and could score again.|
Felix Jones (at PHI): Jones had his best game since taking
over for the injured DeMarco Murray
(foot) in Week 9 at Atlanta with nine carries for 39 yards and five
catches for 70 yards, but he's still averaging just seven Fantasy points
in three outings as a starter. The Eagles have done a nice job in run
defense with only two rushing touchdowns allowed to opposing running
backs and three reaching double digits in Fantasy points. We would still
consider Jones a flex option, but he's been a disappointment since
taking over for Murray, who hopefully will return soon.
Steven Jackson (at SF): Many Fantasy owners, myself included, are forced to start Jackson this week with Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris on a bye and Darren McFadden (ankle) hurt, but it's going to be tough for him. He has just one touchdown on the season and he continues to lose carries to Daryl Richardson. Jackson had 26 carries for 95 yards and two catches for 26 yards with no touchdowns in two games against the 49ers last year and San Francisco has only allowed one touchdown to an opposing running back this season.
Shonn Greene (at SEA): Greene has been fantastic of late with his worst performance over the past three games a nine-point Fantasy outing against Miami in Week 8. Prior to that he had 14 points at New England and 34 points against the Colts. Going to Seattle will be tough even though the Seahawks have given up double digits in Fantasy points to a running back in two of the past three games against Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson. But Seattle has also held Jackson, Stevan Ridley and Leshoure to six Fantasy points or less, and Greene might not have much running room this week. Consider him just a flex option.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. NYG): Green-Ellis helped Fantasy owners who started him last week against Denver with a short touchdown run and that's what you're hoping for if you keep him active. He hasn't topped 70 total yards in his past four games and Week 9 was his first outing with double digits in Fantasy points since Week 2. The Giants have allowed four touchdowns to opposing running backs this year, but Green-Ellis failed to score against the Giants in two meetings in 2011, including the Super Bowl. We just don't have enough faith in Green-Ellis to consider him a starting option in the majority of leagues.
Jonathan Stewart (vs. DEN): Stewart is worth using as a flex option this week, but this backfield continues to be a mess. It appeared like the Panthers were committed to making Stewart the featured rusher, but he had 10 carries against the Redskins in Week 9 while DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert combined for nine, with Williams scoring a touchdown. Newton also scored a rushing touchdown at the goal line and Stewart only has one game this season with double digits in Fantasy points. He could easily have a big game against the Broncos and his former coach in John Fox, but it's just risky to start him in all leagues. He should only be started where needed.
Bust alert: Jamaal Charles (at PIT): When Charles has been good he's been great. He had 68 Fantasy points in three games against New Orleans, San Diego and Baltimore, but in his five other games he's combined for 18 points. In his past three outings against Tampa Bay, Oakland and the rematch with San Diego, he is averaging just three Fantasy points a game and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. He's also dealing with a neck injury sustained in Week 9 and the Steelers are looking stout on defense again. In the past three games, Pittsburgh has held Green-Ellis, Alfred Morris and Ahmad Bradshaw to 15 combined Fantasy points. It's hard to bench Charles because he's always capable of a big performance with only one long run. But just be aware of his recent play and a tough matchup on the road when setting your lineup.
Mike Williams (vs. SD): This game should be all about
Jackson facing the Chargers, but Williams will still get plenty of
attention. He has a touchdown or 100 receiving yards in all but two
games this season, including two in a row. The Chargers have allowed 11
touchdowns to opposing receivers, including seven since Week 5. We
expect Williams and the Tampa Bay passing game to remain hot in this
matchup, especially with the Chargers coming to the East Coast for a 1
p.m. kickoff, which is never easy for West Coast teams.
Titus Young/Ryan Broyles (at MIN): You're starting Calvin Johnson in all leagues, especially after his solid outing in Week 9 at Jacksonville, but secondary receivers have done well against the Vikings this season, especially of late. Minnesota has allowed four touchdowns to No. 2 receivers in the past three games, including Andre Roberts, Williams and Golden Tate. That should bode well for Young, who can be considered a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in most formats, and Broyles, who is more of a No. 3 receiver in standard leagues. Young has 32 Fantasy points in his past three games and Broyles has 25 Fantasy points over that same span.
Torrey Smith (vs. OAK): Smith has done well at home and he has a favorable matchup this week against the Raiders. In his past three home games against New England, Cleveland and Dallas, Smith has combined for 47 Fantasy points with four touchdowns. The Raiders have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers this season, including four in the past three weeks against Cecil Shorts, Dexter McCluster, Jackson and Williams. In total, 11 receivers have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Raiders and we expect Smith to add to that list.
Brian Hartline (vs. TEN): The past eight No. 1 receivers to face the Titans -- Malcom Floyd, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Percy Harvin, Mike Wallace, Steve Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Marshall -- have combined for 50 catches, 815 yards and seven touchdowns with only Andre Johnson and Wayne failing to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Hartline is coming off a solid game against the Colts with eight catches for 107 yards on 12 targets and he should have the chance for a productive outing based on how the Titans have defended receivers. For the season, Tennessee has allowed nine receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points.
Michael Crabtree (vs. STL): There's no team that Crabtree enjoys facing more than the Rams. In his past four games against St. Louis, Crabtree has 22 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns. He is coming off his best game of the year with five catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns in Week 8 at Arizona and hopefully he can build off that performance against the Rams, who have allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers in their past three games.
|Darrius Heyward-Bey||(at BAL)||Maryland native is averaging eight Fantasy points in his past three games.|
|Emmanuel Sanders||(vs. KC)||Should see an increase in targets with Antonio Brown (ankle) likely out.|
|Cecil Shorts||(vs. IND)||IND has allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing receivers this year.|
|T.Y. Hilton||(at JAC)||Had 17 Fantasy points vs. JAC in Week 3 and could shine again.|
|Nate Washington||(at MIA)||No. 2 receivers have scored five touchdowns vs. MIA in the past six games.|
Dwayne Bowe (at PIT): Bowe's season has gone completely
downhill after what looked like a solid start. He had at least 16
Fantasy points in two of his first four games, but since Week 5 he has
combined for 19 Fantasy points in four outings. He has another tough
matchup this week at the Steelers, who have only allowed three receivers
to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year despite allowing
seven touchdowns. In the past three games the Steelers have held A.J. Green, Santana Moss, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to an
average of five Fantasy points and Bowe should again be limited.
Sidney Rice (vs. NYJ): Rice is playing well of late with three touchdowns in his past four games and he scored last week despite tough coverage from Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield. He gets another tough assignment this week with Antonio Cromartie, who has helped limit Hartline, Brandon Lloyd, Wayne and Andre Johnson to eight Fantasy points or less. Rice is starting to look like the receiver we remember from his breakout campaign in 2009, but he's still not someone to start in all leagues when he's facing a quality cover corner who should be able to limit his production.
Danny Amendola (at SF): Amendola is expected to return this week after missing the past three games with a shoulder injury. But that doesn't mean you have to start him in a tough matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco has only allowed two receivers to score this season and two to reach double digits in Fantasy points, and Amendola has just one touchdown in four career meetings with the 49ers. He will eventually work his way back to being a starting Fantasy option, but let him prove himself first. We're glad Amendola is back, but that doesn't mean he should be active in most leagues.
Steve Johnson (at NE): The Patriots secondary has been abused this season with 11 touchdowns allowed to opposing receivers and eight reaching double digits in Fantasy points, but Johnson was surprisingly quiet against New England in Week 4 with two catches for 23 yards on 10 targets. He could have a breakout game this week since he does have four touchdowns on the season, but he has just one game with more than 80 receiving yards. In the three games where he didn't score he has 13 combined Fantasy points. We would use him as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in the majority of leagues.
Hakeem Nicks (at CIN): Nicks is still dealing with a nagging knee problem and he continues to struggle on the field. In his past four games he has just 14 Fantasy points combined and he only has one touchdown on the season, which was Week 2. We probably won't see Nicks playing at his best until after the Giants' bye in Week 11 and hopefully his knee will improve by then. It's hard to bench Nicks when he's active, but you might consider it this week if you have other alternatives.
Bust alert: Jeremy Maclin (vs. DAL):
Maclin was a colossal disappointment in Week 9 at New Orleans since he
failed to take advantage of a dream matchup. Granted, he had only four
targets against the Saints, but he managed just two catches for 28
yards. He now has just one touchdown since Week 2 and he's combined for
five Fantasy points in his past two games. The Cowboys have done a nice
job against opposing receivers with only four touchdowns allowed and
four reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Maclin did score in both
meetings with the Cowboys last year, but they have an improved
secondary. Their pass rush should also make it difficult for Vick to
look downfield for Maclin to make plays.
Vernon Davis (vs. STL): The Rams have started to struggle
with tight ends of late, allowing three touchdowns in their past three
games to Anthony Fasano and Rob Gronkowski (two). Davis has been miserable lately with six
Fantasy points combined in his past three games and he hasn't scored
since Week 3. But he has a good history against the Rams with at least
70 receiving yards in four of his past five outings and Alex Smith spoke during the bye week about trying to get Davis more
involved. This is a good time to buy into Davis, who closed last season
with a touchdown or 100 receiving yards in four of his final eight
games. A similar stretch run could be on the horizon.
Jermaine Gresham (vs. NYG): We had Gresham as a starter last week against the Broncos and we'll stick with him again even though this is a tougher matchup. The Giants have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing tight end and only four to reach seven Fantasy points, but only three tight ends (Greg Olsen, Logan Paulsen and Jason Witten) have more than six targets against the Giants with all three reaching at least 75 receiving yards. Gresham has at least six targets in five games this season and has at least six Fantasy points in four of those outings. If he continues to get the targets this week then he should be able to produce.
Dustin Keller (at SEA): This isn't a great matchup for Keller since the Seahawks have only allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends and none have reached double digits in Fantasy points, but Keller could still be successful. In two games since coming back from a hamstring injury, he has 14 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets and he should be heavily involved as the Jets best receiving option in a game where they will probably be chasing points.
|Martellus Bennett||(at CIN)||CIN has allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season.|
|Anthony Fasano||(vs. TEN)||TEN has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year.|
|Greg Olsen||(vs. DEN)||DEN has allowed six tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points.|
Brent Celek (vs. DAL): Celek has just one touchdown on the
season and has not reached double digits in Fantasy points since Week 2.
In his past three games against Detroit, Atlanta and New Orleans, he has
eight Fantasy points combined. He scored twice against the Cowboys last
year, but Dallas has improved in defense of tight ends of late. After
allowing three touchdowns to opposing tight ends through Week 3, the
Cowboys have held Dennis Pitta, Olsen, Martellus Bennett and Tony Gonzalez to a
combined 11 Fantasy points and should be able to contain Celek.
Jared Cook (at MIA): Maybe the Titans should have traded Cook like he asked because he's done nothing productive of late. In his past four games, Cook has combined for 10 Fantasy points, including a minus-2 showing in Week 9 against Chicago with two catches for 6 yards and a lost fumble. The Dolphins and Jaguars are the only teams yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end and Cook has only topped 55 receiving yards just once this season.
Kyle Rudolph (vs. DET): It's a shame to see Rudolph completely disappear because he was having such a great season prior to Week 7. In his past three games against Arizona, Tampa Bay and Seattle he has combined for one Fantasy point on just eight targets. The Vikings have taken him out of the offense and even though he could be needed this week with Percy Harvin (ankle) banged up, you can't trust him. Prior to his recent struggles, his worst game was Week 4 at Detroit when he had two catches for 8 yards and the Lions should be able to contain him once again.
Bust alert: Joel Dreessen (at CAR):
We had Dreessen as a starter last week and he scored against the Bengals
with four catches for 38 yards. It was his fourth touchdown in his past
six games, and he has been a solid target for Peyton Manning, especially in the red zone. But the Panthers have
allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends this season and only one
since Week 3. Since then they have held Gonzalez and Witten to a
combined nine Fantasy points and no tight end has reached double digits.
There's always the chance Dreessen scores, but when he doesn't get in
the end zone this year he has six Fantasy points combined in four games.
Lions (at MIN): The Lions DST has done a nice job of late with
double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four of their
past five games, including a matchup with the Vikings in Week 4. Since
that game the Lions have five interceptions, 11 sacks and two fumble
recoveries while holding their opponents (Minnesota, Philadelphia,
Chicago, Seattle and Chicago) to 24 points or less in each matchup. Christian Ponder has been a mess of late with two games with fewer than
65 passing yards in his past three outings and the Vikings might be
without Harvin. This should be another good week for the Lions (4-4) as
they try to get back into playoff contention after a 1-3 start.
Chargers (at TB): The Chargers DST was the No. 1 unit in Week 9 with 29 Fantasy points in a standard league. Playing the Chiefs will do that. The Chargers actually have two games with at least 24 Fantasy points this season, both against Kansas City. Otherwise they have struggled for the most part, especially on the road. In games at Oakland, New Orleans and Cleveland, the Chargers have a combined 24 Fantasy points. The Bucs offense is clicking right now with at least 36 points in three of their past four games and only one interception, two fumbles and four sacks allowed over that span. If you added the Chargers DST last week for the matchup with the Chiefs you can now drop them for a better option like the Lions, Dolphins, Cowboys or Patriots.
|Matt Prater||at CAR|
|Dan Bailey||at PHI|
|Dan Carpenter||vs. TEN|
Shaun Suisham (vs. KC): Suisham is quietly having a
productive season with at least nine Fantasy points in five of eight
games. He has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past five
outings and is the No. 10 kicker in standard leagues. He has a favorable
matchup this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed four kickers to
make at least three field goals this season. Suisham also has at least
nine Fantasy points in three home games this year and has only missed
one field goal this season.
Greg Zuerlein (at SF): Zuerlein, or "Legatron" as he's been called, got off to a hot start with at least 11 Fantasy points in three of his first four games, but he has cooled off of late. He has just one game with double digits in points in his past four outings and his last game against New England in London was his worst of the season with only one extra point. He should rebound against the 49ers, but he's struggled outdoors with 15 Fantasy points combined in three games at Chicago, Miami and in London. The 49ers also have allowed just two kickers to score more than six points this season, which were Jason Hanson in Week 2 and Lawrence Tynes in Week 6.
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