Fantasy Football Week 10: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
It is coming down to the wire here in Fantasy Football Land—the final home stretch before the postseason.
Here's some Week 10 start-em, sit-em breakdown with quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
The rankings are according to standard leagues.
The subsequent slideshow will sure to help you win your fantasy football battles this week.
Start: Ben Roethlisberger
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2012 Stats: 2,203 yards, 16 TD to 4 INT
Week 10 Opponent: vs. Chiefs
Big Ben is quietly the seventh ranked quarterback this season. He rarely has a monster game that draws attention, but he never performs poorly. But this week, he will explode.
New offensive coordinator Todd Haley has an affinity to pass, averaging 58 percent on the season.
Also, the revolving door of running backs help Roethlisberger's cause. The team has been without starting running back Rashard Mendenhall and second stringer Jonathan Dwyer, but both are questionable this week—if they play they will not be near full strength.
And, most importantly, the Steelers square off against the lowly Chiefs—the 30th ranked defense in the NFL. They have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game this season except one.
This trend will continue. Expect the future Hall of Famer to torch them for multiple touchdowns.
Sit: Michael Vick
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2012 Stats: 2,095 yards, 10 TD to 9 INT
Opponent: vs. Cowboys
Michael Vick has gained a lot of yards on the ground this season, amassing 40 yards in four of the past five weeks—albeit with only one touchdown. He has even cut down on his early season turnover struggles.
With a depleted Eagles offensive line, Vick has been forced to leave the pocket and pick up yards on broken down plays. If he doesn't get hit, that is.
Last week the Saints—yes, the porous Saints defense—sacked him seven times.
This week, he faces the division-rival Cowboys, who boast an elite pass rush. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer will be in Vick's grill all day long. The Cowboys also have three solid corners.
Don't expect much for Vick this week.
Start: Mikel Leshoure
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2012 Stats: 92 att., 375 yds. 4 TD
Opponent: @ Vikings
In his first healthy season, Lions' running back Mikel Leshoure has proven to be a consistent threat from the backfield they have lacked in recent years.
He complements the lethal air strike of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, holding defense's honest and preventing them from playing six in the box.
The former second-round pick from Illinois has had at least 10 carries in every game he has played, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He also averages three receptions a game.
Leshoure had a tremendous game last week, totaling 70 yards and three touchdowns.
He should give fantasy owners more of the same against a weak Minnesota defense versus the run. The Vikings have let up 100 yards and a touchdown in three straight weeks.
That streak will continue.
Sit: Steven Jackson
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2012 Stats: 108 att., 403 yds. 1 TD
Opponent: @ 49ers
Steven Jackson certainly hasn't been the reliable fantasy player people have come to expect.
His highest rush total of the season is 76 yards and he has scored only one touchdown. Now he's splitting carries with promising rookie Daryl Richardson.
And this week, the Rams face the stout 49ers defense who have only allowed one rushing TD all season. Only Ahmad Bradshaw and Marshawn Lynch have ran for 100 yards against them.
In addition, the Rams will be trailing early and often and will abandon the running game.
Don't touch Jackson with a 6" pole.
Start: Reggie Bush
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2012 Stats: 122 att., 534 yds. 4 TD
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Reggie Bush has been inconsistent this season, but he gets touches, receiving at least 10 carries in every single game.
And he is facing the porous Titans' defense this week.
Anyone who gets touches versus Tennessee who put up numbers.
They have allowed over 120 yards on the ground seven out of nine weeks. They have let up a rushing touchdown in all but two weeks.
Bush's explosiveness will be on full display on Sunday.
Sit: Fred Jackson
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2012 Stats: 59 att., 218 yds. 1 TD
Opponent: @ Patriots
Another Jackson to keep on your bench.
CJ Spiller has finally lived up to his sky-high potential, taking carries away from the dependable Fred Jackson.
Jackson has received fewer than 10 carries in four of the six games he has played in. He has scored only one rushing touchdown all season
And this week he faces the Patriots, who are giving up only 88 yards per game and have allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season.
The Bills will trail early and they will rely on Ryan Fitzpatrick's shoulder to bring them back. More often than not, Spiller will be in the backfield because of his big play capabilities.
Stay away from Fred Jackson this week.
Start: Vincent Jackson
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2012 Stats: 33 rec., 710 ydss 6 TD
Opponent: vs. Chargers
This Jackson is a must-start.
He will be extremely motivated against the Chargers, his former team. In 2010, he sat out almost an entire season in protest over his contract. He will be eager to prove that he is worth every penny of his five year, $55 million deal.
On the field, Vincent Jackson has been on a tear. On only 33 receptions, he has totaled 710 yards for a whopping average of 23 yards per catch. He also has caught six touchdowns.
V-Jax will put up a few big plays and prove that the grass is much greener in Tampa Bay.
Sit: Dwayne Bowe
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2012 Stats: 45 rec., 571 yds. 3 TD
Opponent: @ Steelers
It's hard not to feel bad for Dwayne Bowe owners. He has all the tools to be an elite receiver, except a quarterback to pass him the ball accurately.
The Chiefs are a complete mess and Bowe lacks another competent receiver to complement his prowess. Thus, he often is double-teamed.
He has not scored a touchdown since Week 4—mostly because the anemic Kansas City offense does not score often.
That won't change against a physical Steelers secondary in Pittsburgh, who rank No. 1 in the league in passing yards against averaging merely 174 yards per game.
The Steelers will contain Bowe's varied skill set and force another receiver to beat them.
Will the real Dexter McCluster please stand up!
Start: Denarius Moore
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2012 Stats: 30 rec., 485 yds. 4 TD
Opponent: @ Ravens
After missing the first two games due to a right hamstring injury, Denarius Moore has slowly become a strong fantasy performer.
He quickly became Carson Palmer's favorite target, having at least eight targets in every game this season.
Moore possesses rare breakaway speed and has a knack for big plays. He has scored a touchdown in three of the last four weeks—not last week.
He will cause major problems for the depleted Ravens defense that ranks 22nd against the pass this season.
I think he will reach the end zone again this week.
Sit: Jeremy Maclin
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2012 Stats: 28 rec., 356 yds. 3 TD
Opponent: vs. Cowboys
After becoming the Eagles No. 1 receiver last year, everyone had high expectations for Jeremy Maclin this season. But he has not been in synch with Michael Vick.
Desean Jackson has returned to his 2010 form and become the focal point of the offense.
Against a strong Cowboys' secondary, I do not foresee much action for Maclin, who has reached the 100-yard threshold only once this season.
Especially with Vick under constant duress from DeMarcus Ware, he will not have time to hit his receivers.
Start: Jermaine Gresham
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2012 Stats: 34 rec., 433 yds. 2 TD
Opponent: vs. Bengals
Jermaine Gresham is one of the more consistent tight ends in the game. He has had at least three receptions in every game this season.
Gresham is the perfect No. 2 option for Andy Dalton. He has AJ Green streaking down the sideline, or the physical monster in the middle.
With the way the Giants play against tight ends, Gresham is a must start. They have not held the opposition's tight ends to under three catches. And don't forget about Jason Witten's record-setting 18 receptions against the G-Men two weeks ago.
Sit: Jared Cook
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2012 Stats: 30 rec., 379 yds. 2 TD
Opponent: @ Dolphins
After finishing last year on a tear, everyone expected Jared Cook to break out this season. It looked promising early on--averaging six targets per game-- but his opportunities have dwindled recently.
In the last three games, he has combined for seven receptions for 88 yards. Not the production wanted out of a tight end these days.
On top of his recent struggles, he faces the Dolphins who have not allowed a touchdown to a tight end all season.