Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Matchups at Every Position
Having the top matchup in fantasy football can literally save a victory each week.
Not every player will hit their exact projections or consistently go above, so having a guy like Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, who is simply capable scoring a lot on any given week, is extremely valuable. Squaring off against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, Brady can be expected to put up some impressive numbers.
Buffalo brings an inconsistent pass rush and coverage to New England and we know Brady will utilize all available weapons to move the rock. Additionally, Brady is always better inside the red zone and the Pats' offense boasts great balance courtesy of an improved ground game.
To that end, let's take a look at Brady along with the rest of the most favorable fantasy matchups offered this week.
Quarterback: Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. Bills)
The Buffalo Bills allow an average of 417.9 total yards and 31 points per game.
So can we expect Tom Brady and his explosive offense to get shutdown? No.
The New England Patriots have too many outside weapons for Buffalo to isolate and Brady is backed by a solid rushing attack. Throw in the threat of play-action and it would be surprising if the Patriots scored less than 35 points.
Brady's ability to spread the field and use all levels and dimensions will keep the Bills off balance as well as allow New England to find the end zone.
Running Back: Ray Rice, Ravens (vs. Raiders)
We're gradually seeing a paradigm shift in the Baltimore Ravens: from being a defensively dominant team to one which is offensively oriented.
The Ravens have been uncharacteristically weak against the run and pass this season, so Ray Rice and the offense have taken over the spotlight. Fortunately, Baltimore faces the Oakland Raiders this week who gave up about a million rushing yards to Doug Martin last Sunday.
Rice is just as capable of hurting Oakland on the ground because the Ravens' passing game will keep the Raiders from stacking the box. Not to mention Oakland allows an average of 4.6 yards per carry.
Wide Receiver: Roddy White, Falcons (at Saints)
Because the Atlanta Falcons possess a high-powered attack, we can virtually pick anyone on Mike Smith's offense as a top fantasy play versus the New Orleans Saints.
Well, Roddy White has been Atlanta's top receiver thus far as he leads in receiving yards, catches and converted first downs. Since everyone knows New Orleans is suspect defensively and allows tons of yards and points per game, White will have a big day.
The Saints can't afford to double-cover White and Michael Turner can help the Falcons utilize play-action as well. That said, expect a big day from White and the rest of the Dirty Birds' offense against a weak defense.
Tight End: Heath Miller, Steelers (vs. Chiefs)
Along the same lines as the Falcons-Saints game, basically anyone on the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense will be a solid fantasy play against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City's pass rush, although still decent, is having a down year and the Chiefs have yet to consistently stop any opposing offenses. By comparison, Pittsburgh rarely turns the ball over. Heath Miller's red zone impact will flourish.
After all, the complete tight end leads the Steelers in receiving scores and is tied for second on the team with 39 receptions.
Kicker: Alex Henery, Eagles (vs. Cowboys)
As we saw against the Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles do possess the offensive consistency to move the ball up and down the field. Then again, Philly has been proving this all season.
The downside is red zone scoring. Michael Vick turning the ball over series after series doesn't help either. Although the Dallas Cowboys certainly have a tougher defense than the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles rushing attack can find success.
Dallas is weaker against the run than the pass and LeSean McCoy remains Philly's best offensive weapon. As a result, the Eagles get in or near the red zone quite often and rely on kicker Alex Henery to put up points.
He is quite the reliable kicker, entering this week hitting on 14-of-15 field goals.
Defense: San Francisco 49ers (vs. St. Louis Rams)
For starters, the San Francisco 49ers rank No. 1 in points allowed at 12.9 per game. Secondly, the 'Niners are just that by ranking No. 2 in overall defense: Allow 271.4 total yards per game.
Facing the St. Louis Rams at home, Steven Jackson and Co. get only 316.5 total yards and 17.1 points per game. The Rams lack any kind of explosiveness to put San Francisco on its heels and the 49ers offense also plays a key factor.
Ranking No. 1 in rushing offense, Frank Gore's impact will control the tempo and keep St. Louis' offense off the field. San Francisco's defense is already an elite challenge, but with reduced possessions and time, the Rams will hardly move the rock.
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