7 Superstars You Must Sit in Fantasy Football Week 10
Fantasy football Week 10 is officially here with the arrival of Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season and there are a variety of start 'em or sit 'em scenarios that every fantasy owner should be paying attention to on an hourly basis.
Just like every week in fantasy football, there are a variety of sleepers out there, but more importantly there are a variety of superstars that must be benched as well.
An NFL superstar is typically a player that seems like a no-brainer to start every week, but the players in the following slideshow should be benched in Week 10—it could save your fantasy season.
Let's take a look at seven NFL superstars you should absolutely bench in Fantasy Football Week 10.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Matthew Stafford has had a mediocre season at best so far while leading the Detroit Lions to a 4-4 record and last place in the NFC North.
Stafford has thrown only eight touchdowns to seven interceptions along with his 2,393 yards. He's had two 350-plus yard outbursts, but has only thrown more than one touchdown in a game just once this season.
There won't be a productive outburst from Stafford in Week 10 as he faces a top-10 pass defense in the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings only surrender 220 yards per game through the air and 21 points a contest.
Let Stafford ride the pine for variety of reasons listed above.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: Denver Broncos
In 2012, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has defined the term "sophomore slump" with his 77.7 quarterback rating courtesy of his 1,902 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.
Newton has massive value because of his ability to run the ball, as he's already accumulated over 300 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Unfortunately for Newton and his fantasy owners, the second-year quarterback has a run-in with one of the NFL's best all-around defenses in Week 10 against the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos don't rank worse than 13th in any major defensive statistical category, which means the pass rush and great crop of linebackers will be able to get to Newton while shutting down the run.
If you haven't already, it's time to bench Newton.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
There are a plethora of reasons Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles must be benched in Week 10 without even mentioning his opponent.
For one, the offensive game plan for Kansas City has been borderline idiotic the past few weeks as Charles has only carried the ball 17 times in the past two losing efforts.
The coaching staff's refusal to use of the the NFL's best players is not only mind-boggling, it's killed his fantasy value. There's also no quarterback to speak of, so defenses will be entirely focused on stopping Charles.
Finally, the opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that only gives up 88 yards on the ground per game. Pittsburgh has a top-10 defensive unit and is No. 1 in yards and passing yards allowed per game.
Charles has no shot at being productive in Week 10.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Opponent: Chicago Bears
Arian Foster of the Houston Texans could be considered the best running back in the league, but it's unlikely he'll have the best performance at the position in Week 10.
Foster has been great so far in 2012, averaging exactly four yards per touch thanks to his 770 yards and 10 touchdowns on only 192 carries. He's only went over 150 yards once, but has four 100-plus yard games in eight attempts.
The problem for Foster is that he's scored twice in three contests, which accounts for the bulk of his points. That won't be happening against a Chicago Bears defensive unit that only gives up 88 yards on the ground and 15 total points per game.
It's too risky to start Foster against the Bears in Week 10.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
It's easy to pile the blame on Michael Vick for the Philadelphia Eagles offensive woes this season, but take a closer look and you'll discover the league's worst offensive line. For that reason alone Vick must sit in Week 10.
Vick has thrown for 2,095 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but he's also fumbled the ball six times.
On the opposite side of the field stands the Dallas Cowboys defensive unit, which specializes in shutting down opposing passers thanks to elite players such as DeMarcus Ware. Dallas gives up only 205 passing yards a game, which ranks them No. 5 overall in that category.
Vick is going to be on the run against the 'Boys like he has all season, but the only place he should be going on your roster is the bench.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
Darren McFadden is one of the NFL's best running backs, but he can never manage to stay healthy. According to Paul Gutierrez on Twitter, McFadden has missed practice all week with an ankle issue.
McFadden, Goodson, Spencer, Seymour NOT practicing for #Raiders
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezCSN) November 7, 2012
It's an unfortunate situation for all involved considering the Oakland Raiders face a rather weak defensive unit in the Baltimore Ravens now that cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Ray Lewis are lost for the year.
Baltimore gives up 140 yards per game on the ground, which is one of the league's worst in that category. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the oft-injured McFadden is not a safe gamble unless something drastically changes at the last second.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams
Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
It appears as if St. Louis Rams wide reciever Danny Amendola will play in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers despite suffering a serious clavicle injury early in the season, according to Jim Thomas via Twitter.
Rest of Rams report unchanged from Weds: LT Saffold (knee), WR Amendola (SC joint), LB Haggan (thigh), OT Hunter (back) all were limited.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 8, 2012
Amendola is a stud when healthy as he is the favorite target of quarterback Sam Bradford, but coming off an injury against an elite defense is never good for any wide receiver.
The San Francisco 49ers have the NFL's best defense, giving up only 12.9 points per game. It should have no issues shutting down the erratic Bradford and hobbling Amendola.
Amendola should be treated with a wait-and-see approach. That means sit him in Week 10.