Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is on pace to have the best season of his NFL career.
Through nine games, Wayne has 69 receptions for 931 yards, which is an average of 103.4 yards per game, and three touchdowns. In fact, Wayne is the only player averaging at least 100 yards per game, although Chicago's Brandon Marshall is averaging 99.6 per game.
In addition, Wayne has been remarkably consistent. He has at least five receptions and 71 receiving yards in all nine games this season.
If he continues at this pace for the remainder of the year, he will finish with122 receptions for 1,654 yards and five touchdowns.
Last night against the Jaguars, Wayne had eight receptions for 96 yards. As great as Wayne has been, it was Jacksonville's Cecil Shorts that led the game in receiving with 105 yards and a score.
Shorts has two 100-yard games in the past three weeks. Since Week 7, Shorts has become much more of a factor in the offense even though he had his share of big plays earlier in the season.
For example, the first time the Jags faced the Colts, Shorts finished with 14 fantasy points, but he had only one reception. That reception, though, was an 80-yard score.
Over the past four weeks, Shorts has at least three receptions and 56 yards in every game. The second-year receiver out of Mount Union has 21 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns during that span.
Players To Consider Starting in Week 10
QB, Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (vs. SD)
Even with Doug Martin being as productive as he has been running the ball, Freeman is on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns, both of which would be career highs. During his past four games, Freeman has averaged 314.3 passing yards per game with an 11:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
RB, Michael Turner, Falcons (at NO)
After no 20-carry games before the team's bye, Turner has 20-plus carries in back-to-back weeks and is coming off his second-best fantasy performance of the season. Against the Cowboys in Week 9, Turner had his second 100-yard game of the season and scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the year.
Turner and the Falcons have a much more favorable matchup this week against the Saints. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game than the Saints and only the Bills have allowed more yards per carry.
RB, Mikel Leshoure, Lions (at MIN)
Even though he had no receptions for the first time this season, Leshoure is coming off his best performance of the year from a fantasy standpoint. Leshoure rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns, which resulted in 25 fantasy points and the third-most among running backs last week in standard-scoring formats.
In the past three weeks, the Vikings have allowed three 100-yard rushers: LaRod Stephens-Howling (104), Doug Martin (135) and Marshawn Lynch (124). After allowing no running backs to rush for a touchdown in the first five games of the year, they have allowed one in four consecutive games.
WR, Denarius Moore, Raiders (at BAL)
Moore ended his touchdown-scoring streak at three games last week, but there is a good chance that the Raiders will throw it even more than usual with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both dealing with high-ankle sprains. On the season, Moore has 30 receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns in seven games played.
WR, Torrey Smith, Ravens (vs. OAK)
Smith has underwhelmed in the past several weeks and could be due for a breakout performance. After four straight games with at least 50 yards to begin the season, Smith has four consecutive games with 46 yards or less. However, he does have five touchdowns in his past six games.
With elite speed, Smith has tremendous big-play potential and the Raiders are one of only 12 teams to allow at least five 40-yard receptions this season. In addition, they are one of 10 teams to have allowed at least 29 receptions of 20-plus yards.
WR, Malcom Floyd, Chargers (at TB)
Through eight games, Floyd, who leads the Chargers in receiving with 509 yards, is on pace to have the first 1,000-yard season of his injury-plagued eight-year NFL career. Although Floyd has fewer than 50 yards in back-to-back weeks, he has a favorable matchup in Week 10.
The Bucs already had one of the friendliest defenses to fantasy wide receivers, but now the Bucs have traded away their best cornerback, Aqib Talib, to the Patriots before last week's trade deadline. Only the Saints and Redskins have allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Bucs this season.
WR, Mike Williams, Bucs (vs. SD)
In many cases, players have huge games against their former teams (or at least have plenty of motivation to do so). [See Meachem, Robert.] In other words, Vincent Jackson should have a huge performance against the Chargers this week.
That said, Williams has been more productive this season than many had expected. After a disappointing sophomore season, Williams is on pace for his first-ever 1,000-yard season and to finish with double-digit touchdowns for the second time in three years.
Over the past four games, Williams has 18 receptions for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
TE, Brandon Myers, Raiders (at BAL)
As noted with Moore, the Raiders are expected to be without their top two running backs. Only the Lions (44.9 pass attempts per game) and Saints (42.8) have thrown more often than the Raiders (41.4) this season.
Although Moore leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, Myers leads the team in receptions (39). Last week, he had eight receptions for 59 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season.
Players To Consider Sitting in Week 10
QB, Matt Schaub, Texans (at CHI)
With their knack for takeaways (and capitalizing on those turnovers), no defense has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Bears this season. If Schaub finishes with more than 15 fantasy points this week, he will become the first quarterback to do so against the Bears this year.
RB, Steven Jackson, Rams (at SF)
The 49ers currently rank fifth in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing only 87.4 yards per game on the ground. Only the Texans (zero) have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the Niners (two).
Through eight games, Jackson is on pace to have his worst year from a statistical standpoint since his rookie campaign. If he maintains his pace, he will finish with 806 rushing yards, 24 receptions for 196 yards and two total touchdowns. So far this year, he has only one game with more than 58 rushing yards.
Essentially in a timeshare with rookie Darryl Richardson and against the stingy 49ers rush defense this week, Jackson deserves to stay on your bench.
RB, Shonn Greene, Jets (at SEA)
In his past three games, Greene is averaging 118.3 yards from scrimmage. During that span, he has 292 rushing yards and four rushing scores as well as 63 receiving yards on eight receptions. While much of that came against the Colts, he has back-to-back games with double-digit fantasy points against the Patriots and Dolphins, both of whom have top-seven rush defenses this season.
Although the Seahawks have allowed two 100-yard rushers in the past three weeks, Greene is not Adrian Peterson, who had 182 rushing yards last week. The Seahawks will get their defense back on track, limit Greene and force Mark Sanchez to beat them.
RB, Felix Jones, Cowboys (at PHI)
The Eagles have a number of things they need to fix. Their rush defense isn't one of them. Through Week 9, they have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. In addition, they have allowed only three rushing touchdowns all year.
Jones has the potential to be a factor as a receiver out of the backfield like last week (five receptions for 70 yards), but he has rushed for 44 yards or less in all three of the games he has started since DeMarco Murray's injury.
WR, Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (vs. DAL)
Maclin has three fantasy points or less in three of his past four games. On the season, he has only 28 receptions for 356 yards and three touchdowns. It's unlikely that Maclin has a breakout performance against the Cowboys, who have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
WR, Michael Crabtree, 49ers (vs. STL)
Although the 49ers passing offense is proficient, it certainly is not prolific. Only the Seahawks throw it less than the 49ers. While Crabtree had his best game of the year last week with two touchdowns, it is just as possible that he has two or three fantasy points like he had the previous two weeks, respectively.
WR, Robert Meachem, Chargers (at TB)
Has there been a bigger bust at wide receiver this year than Meachem?
Meachem, who missed last week's game due to injury (hamstring), has only 12 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season. If you exclude his two-TD performance against the Saints, his former team, Meachem has a total of 11 fantasy points in his other six games combined. In fact, he has three games with zero receptions.
TE, Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. DET)
With two goose eggs and only one fantasy point in his past three games, it is hard to have any confidence in starting Rudolph this week. While he scored in four of five games from Weeks 2 to 6, the exception was his first matchup against the Lions in Week 4. Rudolph had only two receptions for eight yards in that game.
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