Fantasy Football Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Week 10: Newton, Bryant, Ridley and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 9, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 4, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions for fantasy football owners in Week 10.



Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. Denver): Start

Newton has frustrated owners to no end this season, but there is too much upside to sit him this week.  He has thrown the ball a little bit better in recent weeks (despite two touchdowns against three interceptions in his past three games), and he finally picked up another rushing touchdown. 

It’s the latter that is really important to fantasy owners.  Add in the fact that Newton is going to have to make plays to try to keep up with Peyton Manning, and his upside is too great to leave on the bench.


Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. Houston): Sit

It is easy to look at Cutler’s Week 9 performance (229 yards, 3 TD) and think that maybe he has turned the corner.  Then again, that came against Tennessee, and the Texans are not the Tennessee Titans. 

The bulk of the damage came from Brandon Marshall, something I would think Houston will game-plan to take away (it's among the best pass defenses in the league, allowing 203.8 yards per game).  Also, keep in mind that Cutler had thrown for fewer than 200 yards in each of his previous two games. 

There’s too much risk for a dud to trust him outside of two-quarterback formats.


Running Backs

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. Buffalo): Start

The Bills rushing defense has been so bad (169.5 yards per game, 14 TD) that all Patriots running backs are in play, at least as flex options.  Ridley has proven to be the lead dog, however, and is a must-play in all formats. 

When the Patriots took on the Bills in Week 4, all he did was rush the ball 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.  There’s always a threat of New England going pass-happy, but it’s hard to imagine with this favorable of a matchup.


Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. Atlanta): Start

While we would’ve expected a bigger performance from Thomas in Week 9, with Darren Sproles missing (6 carries for 44 yards and 2 receptions for 26 yards), this week should be different. 

The Falcons are an electric offense (not that the Saints aren’t), but they could look to control the ball a little bit more than usual.  Also, Atlanta struggles stopping the run, having allowed 127.5 rushing yards per game and eight touchdowns. 

As an RB2, this has all the makings of a favorable situation.


Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (at San Francisco): Sit

He already has started giving up carries to Daryl Richardson (he has gone three straight weeks with 12 carries or fewer) and now draws one of the elite rushing defenses in the league.  In two matchups with the 49ers in 2011, he totaled 26 carries for 95 yards and zero touchdowns.


Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (at New England): Sit

It is very easy to think that the Bills will be forced to go airborne to try to keep up with the Patriots.  While Jackson has produced in the passing game, we all know that C.J. Spiller is the better option in this regard. 

As it is, you would think that the Bills would like to get the explosive Spiller more involved in the offense than they have.  That puts Jackson as a risky option, even as a flex play.


Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats) 

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Oakland): Start

It may seem obvious, but Smith hasn’t cracked 50 yards in four straight games and has over 60 yards just twice all season.  That said, with the Raiders falling in the bottom half of the league in yards allowed, as well as giving up 14 passing touchdowns, this should be an ideal matchup for Smith to get things back on track.


Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at Philadelphia): Sit

I am sure his injuries have contributed to his recent inconsistency, but Bryant has posted 15 yards or fewer in two of his past three games.  He also hasn’t found the end zone since Week 6 (the only week he actually scored), watched Jason Witten and Miles Austin excel, and in two games against Philadelphia in 2011, totaled nine receptions for 90 yards and zero touchdowns.


Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)

Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (at San Francisco): Start

He’s expected to return to the lineup this week, something that the Rams desperately need.  Despite playing in only five games this season (and one of those was ended early due to injury), Amendola leads the team in receptions (32), targets (49) and receiving yards (395). 

He also is tied with Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with two.  In other words, look for him to make an immediate impact.


New York Jets Receivers (at Seattle): Sit

The Seahawks are a much better team at home, and let’s face it, the Jets offense is not that good to begin with.  Would it be a surprise to see the Jets finally give up on Mark Sanchez?  There’s just too much risk to trust any of the receivers, unless you are desperate.


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