Welcome to the Week 10 edition of Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
A few top guys that you would usually have in your fantasy football lineup might be better off on your bench this week. Then there are a few guys that haven't stepped up this year that are poised to do so on Sunday.
Let's take a look at 10 NFL players that could potentially hurt or help your total points scored this week.
Aaron Hernandez - TE - New England Patriots
Aaron Hernandez is one of 14 Patriots players listed as questionable on this week's injury report. He was limited in practice all week while nursing an ankle injury. From an outsider view, it just looks like a tactic put together by New England to keep their opponents guessing as to who will suit up on Sunday. The Boston Herald has speculated that Hernandez will indeed suit up. Score him in as a must-start this week as the Patriots are going up against a Buffalo Bills defense that ranks in the bottom ten in the league against the pass.
UPDATE: Appearing on NFL Network's First on the Field, Albert Breer reported that Aaron Hernandez will not play in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills.
Obviously now that Hernandez won't suit up, you are going to need to bench him and find a quick replacement this week. A potential replacement option would be Scott Chandler, tight end for the Buffalo Bills. In Week 4, Chandler caught four balls for 62 yards and two touchdowns against the same Patriots team he will face off against today.
Kenny Britt - WR - Tennessee Titans
In his early career that has been plagued by multiple injuries, Kenny Britt has shown much promise for his Tennessee Titans team. Although he has only caught 25 balls for 276 yards and one touchdown this season, he has a matchup against a Miami Dolphins secondary that ranks third worst in the NFL giving up 298.3 yards per game. Britt will be a nightmare for Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, who had much trouble last week guarding Reggie Wayne. I expect Britt to have a solid game that could jump start the rest of his season.
Taiwan Jones - RB - Oakland Raiders
With both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with ankle injuries, Taiwan Jones will finally get an opportunity to showcase his 4.3 speed at the NFL level. The opportunity comes at a perfect time for Jones, who will square off against a Baltimore Ravens defense that ranks in the bottom five in the NFL against the run. He will also be a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield as he has tremendous hands. Look for a solid game Sunday out of the former Eastern Washington Eagle.
Philip Rivers - QB - San Diego Chargers
Rivers has struggled to help out any fantasy team over the last year and a half. He will definitely get back on track this week against a Buccaneers team that ranks dead last in the league against the pass. Moving forward, Rivers won't be a reliable option, but with quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III on bye weeks, Rivers is a solid replacement option.
Felix Jones - RB - Dallas Cowboys
With DeMarco Murray nursing an injury, Felix Jones is set to shine against a Philadelphia Eagles run defense that was owned by New Orleans Saints backup running backs on Monday night. Jones' multi-threat abilities make him a must start this week in Philadelphia.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
It is very difficult to bench a guy that you likely drafted in the first round of your fantasy draft, but Forte is facing a Houston Texans run defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this year. The Texans also rank second in the league only to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in rushing yards allowed per game. Forte will struggle to get it going on Sunday night.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles squares off on Monday night in Pittsburgh against a Steelers team that has won 14 consecutive Monday night games at home. It is going to be virtually impossible for Charles to get anything going as the Steelers have the number one overall defense in the NFL this season. Charles has only seen 29 total carries in his last three games. He most likely won't see many of them on Monday night as his team will be playing catchup all night.
Michael Vick - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
If Michael Vick had an offensive line that was able to protect him, he would be on the Start 'Em list this week. Vick won't be able to get anything going against the Dallas Cowboys who are desperate for a win. He will be seeing DeMarcus Ware in his sleep on Sunday night.
Percy Harvin - WR - Minnesota Vikings
It looks like the Vikings are leaving the door open for Percy Harvin to return on Sunday from an ankle injury he suffered last week in Seattle. Even if he does play, he goes up against a Lions defense who ranks in the top ten in the league in total fantasy points allowed per-game to wide receivers. Not to mention, I would usually bench a guy who is unsure of whether or not he would be playing all week.
Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Spiller and Jackson will head to Foxboro to take on a Patriots run defense that ranks seventh in the NFL against the run. Factor in New England having an extra week to prepare for the game as they are coming off a bye week, and life won't be easy for either of the two star running backs to get it going on the ground. Not to mention, they share the backfield and you can't be sure which one will get more carries week-to-week. Keep both of them out of your lineup unless you have no replacements for them.
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