Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is upon us, and the wild action of Thursday Night Football has fantasy owners in a panic over which players to start due to injuries and bye weeks.
All of the following players would be great bye week fill-in starters and will steal the show Sunday.
*Stats via NFL.com. Based on standard scoring leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
The best news for owners lucky enough to have Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stashed on their benches was the team’s transition to rookie quarterback Case Keenum and his big-play ability.
Keenum proved to be a gunslinger in his opportunities to lead the Texans (threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns last week), but his dependence on No. 1 receiver Andre Johnson will have defenses double- and triple-teaming the star.
That will leave one-on-one coverage on Hopkins.
At 6’1” and 218 pounds, Hopkins will tower over the smaller Arizona Cardinals defenders and exploit the team’s lackluster 24th-ranked secondary (allowing 254.3 yards per game) for a huge statistical day.
Predicted Stat Line: Seven receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have faced plenty of controversy off the field this week, but the franchise has found the lead running back on the field it has needed all season, with Lamar Miller taking the No. 1 job and not letting go.
With 89 yards rushing against the New England Patriots in Week 8 (then a season high), Miller followed it up with a career-high 105 yards on the ground against the tough Cincinnati Bengals.
The lack of scoring over the last four games has been frustrating, but with several of fantasy football’s elite running backs injured or on bye this week, Miller going up against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be a perfect spot start.
Predicted Stat Line: 16 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, four receptions for 40 yards and zero touchdowns.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders have found a great quarterback of the future in Terrelle Pryor, and his most reliable threat down the field has been third-year wide receiver Denarius Moore. While his inconsistency has been maddening, fantasy owners should expect a big game in Week 10.
Oakland travels to New York to play the Giants in a battle that should feature Pryor (listed as probable with a knee injury, per Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News), and the Raiders will look to exploit Big Blue’s 16th-ranked pass defense.
Moore has four touchdowns on the season and amassed five receptions in five of seven games he has played in this season. Add in his 513 yards, and it is clear that he is still the team’s most dynamic deep threat.
Predicted Stat Line: Six receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.