Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 10: Stars to Avoid and Studs That Must Be in Your Lineup

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Wide Receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers throws the ball after a reception against the Tennessee Titans on September 16, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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It's not often that you'll find most people recommending that you sit down one of the bigger names on your fantasy squad, especially with most of us in the home stretch before the playoffs begin in about a month.

But that's exactly what I'm going to suggest you do as you enter Week 10 action in your fantasy squad.

It's all about matchups, and how you react to them will go a long way toward determining your team's fate over the next few weeks.

Let's take a look at some big names who have struggled that you need to start, and some other big names you don't want anywhere near your starting lineup in Week 10.


Start 'Em: Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice hasn't exactly made fantasy owners who used a first-round pick on him feel all warm and fuzzy with his play thus far in 2012, picking up over 70 yards rushing only three times through the first seven weeks of the NFL season.

He returned from his Week 8 bye with a solid performance against the Cleveland Browns, picking up 98 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Next up is an Oakland Raiders defense that allowed Tampa Bay's Doug Martin to rush for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Week 9.

Rice will not only eclipse the 100-yard mark for the third time this season against the Raiders, but he'll have multiple touchdowns as well


Sit 'Em: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Atlanta's Matt Ryan may have thrown for 342 yards against the Cowboys defense on Sunday night, a defense that was allowing under 188 passing yards per game heading into the contest, but Michael Vick is not Mat Ryan.

As it is, Vick has barely been worthy of a starting spot in your fantasy team's lineup, with more turnovers than touchdowns through the first nine weeks of the NFL season.

While the Eagles are at home in Week 10, going up against a 3-4 Dallas team that will be desperate for a win, look elsewhere for your starting quarterback in Week 10 than in the city of brotherly love.


Start 'Em: Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

Malcom Floyd has been only one of a number of San Diego Chargers players who have frustrated fantasy owners on a weekly basis in 2012.

Big things were expected from him with the departure of Vincent Jackson, yet he's only posted two 100-yard receiving games and picked up as many touchdowns over the first nine weeks of the regular season.

Facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that allows more than 300 yards passing per game, expect both numbers to increase for Floyd in Week 10.


Sit 'Em: Atlanta Falcons D/ST

Regardless of how your league's scoring works, the Falcons defense has been a top-10 unit all year long.

In Week 10, they aren't even close to a borderline start as they travel to the Big Easy to face Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense.

The Saints might be awful defensively, but Brees remains one of the best quarterbacks in the league and it's a guarantee that he's going to put points on the board early and often, regardless of the defense that he's facing.

If you've got the Dirty Birds' defense, bench 'em and scour the waiver-wire for another option in Week 10.