Fantasy Football Week 10: Top Plays at Every Position

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 8, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 10: Top Plays at Every Position

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    Psst! Philip Rivers has a secret for you: That Chargers-Broncos game can prove to be a fantasy bonanza.
    Psst! Philip Rivers has a secret for you: That Chargers-Broncos game can prove to be a fantasy bonanza.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    No matter how much the performance of an upstart like Nick Foles makes you believe fantasy football is a crapshoot, you have to stick to your guns when setting your lineups. There is still a method to the madness. We just need to continually strive to figure it out together.

    Our weekly top plays help you do just that as we analyze the matchups and give you the top plays, the bad plays and the players we like more and like less than the other fantasy analysts out there. Sure, these won't prove to be the answer key for the scoring, but you should consider it the way to answer your weekly lineup decisions.

    We break down all the rankings by position in this six-part slideshow.

Quarterbacks: Philip Rivers Is Elite, but Don't Be Convinced Nick Foles Is, Too

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    How many people predicted Nick Foles throwing seven touchdowns last week? Put your hands down, liars.

    How many people expect him to ever do it again? Put your hands down, eternal optimists.

    Those fluke games don't signal an arrival of a fantasy superstar—week-to-week consistency does—right, Derek Anderson owners? We have to see more of Foles before he rates as a must-start quarterback in our rankings below.

     

    Rivers flowing with points

    We will admit, we were quick to return Philip Rivers back to the ranks of fantasy-trustworthy quarterbacks this season. He has earned that spot over the long haul. Against the Broncos, we should probably expect his best performance of the season. The Broncos have been fourth-worst in fantasy against quarterbacks, according to FF Today, and third-worst in the NFL against the pass. Rivers is a must-start in all leagues in this potential shootout.

     

    No life of Ryan right now

    Matt Ryan has had an awful season by his lofty fantasy standards, even if the injuries around him are to blame. Even though he is at home and his supporting cast is getting healthier, you should not trust him against a Seahawks defense that has been No. 1 in fantasy against quarterbacks. We drop Ryan to a season-low 18th in our rankings.

     

    Like him more

    Ben Roethlisberger hasn't gotten enough love this season, but coming off his 400-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Pats, we advise liking him as a starter this week. The Bills are a bottom-10 team in fantasy against quarterbacks and second-worst against wide receivers.

    Big Ben is among the quarterbacks we like more than the masses:

    1. Ben Roethlisberger
    2. Terrelle Pryor 
    3. Joe Flacco
    4. Carson Palmer
    5. Mike Glennon

     

    Like him less

    Tony Romo has had some huge weeks, but the Saints are no longer the pushover defense they were a year ago. Also, defensive quarterback Rob Ryan knows the Dallas offensive nuances all too well, having coached against the Cowboys in practice last year. This makes Romo a tricky play against the Saints, who are the No. 5 team in fantasy against quarterbacks.

    Romo is among the quarterbacks we like less than the consensus this week:

    1. Tony Romo
    2. Nick Foles
    3. Jake Locker
    4. Case Keenum
    5. Ryan Tannehill
    Week 10 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Peyton ManningDenat SD10
    2Drew BreesNOvs. Dal20
    3Philip RiversSDvs. Den30
    4Matthew StaffordDetat Chi40
    5Russell WilsonSeaat Atl50
    6Robert GriffinWasat Min60
    7Andrew LuckIndvs. StL8+1
    8Cam NewtonCarat SF9+1
    9Tony RomoDalat NO7-2
    10Colin KaepernickSFvs. Car11+1
    11Ben RoethlisbergerPitvs. Buf14+3
    12Eli ManningNYGvs. Oak120
    13Nick FolesPhiat GB10-3
    14Terrelle PryorOakat NYG17+3
    15Andy DaltonCinat Bal150
    16Jake LockerTenvs. Jac13-3
    17Jay CutlerChivs. Det16-1
    18Matt RyanAtlvs. Sea180
    19Joe FlaccoBalvs. Cin23+4
    20Carson PalmerArivs. Hou26+6
    21Case KeenumHouat Ari19-2
    22Mike GlennonTBvs. Mia25+3
    23Ryan TannehillMiaat TB20-3
    24Seneca WallaceGBvs. Phi240
    25Kellen ClemensStLat Ind29+4
    26Christian PonderMinvs. Was22-4
    27EJ ManuelBufat Pit270
    28Chad HenneJacat Ten280
    29Josh McCownChivs. Det21-8
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Running Backs: Fantasy Tends to Giveth and Taketh Away

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    Injuries continue to create chaos at this position, but they also continue to create opportunities. Ben Tate moves up the list to be viable for fantasy owners amid Arian Foster's (back) expected absence, while Rashad Jennings is coming off 100-plus yards and a touchdown, spelling oft-injured Darren McFadden (hamstring).

     

    Johnson's no-more-tears run

    Chris Johnson's buzzsaw first-half schedule has lightened up nicely. He is coming off 150 yards and two touchdowns and gets to face the lowly Jaguars in Week 10. The Jags are the worst team in fantasy against running backs, per FF Today, and are dead last in the NFL against the run. Even if Shonn Greene is vulturing the short-yardage carries and getting a bigger piece of the pie, CJ2K is too promising to sit in any league.

     

    Law firm should rest its case this week

    Not only has Giovani Bernard looked like a budding star with his highlight-reel runs, BenJarvus Green-Ellis hasn't reached the end zone since Week 5. BGE is emerging as a difficult fantasy play against anyone now, and the Ravens have proved to be the toughest matchup in fantasy for a running back to date. You have to keep the rolling Bernard active, but not BGE right now.

     

    Like him more

    This stands to be a make-or-break week for Trent Richardson. The first-round fantasy bust hasn't reached the end zone or 60 combined yards since Week 4 of the season. We will give him a pass, though, because the Colts have faced the Seahawks, Chargers, Broncos and Texans. All those defenses are built to stop the run. This week, T-Rich draws the Rams, who are fifth-worst against the run and third-worst against fantasy running backs.

    Richardson, who is expected to play amid his ankle woes, according to The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, is among the backs we like more than the masses:

    1. Trent Richardson
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ben Tate
    4. Andre Ellington
    5. James Starks

     

    Like him less

    Another banged-up back—albeit a much hotter one—Zac Stacy (foot/ankle) returned to practice Thursday, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Unlike T-Rich, though, Stacy's matchup is less favorable.

    You won't sit Stacy against the Colts, a top-five team against fantasy running backs, but he is among the backs we like several spots less than the consensus this week:

    1. Reggie Bush
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Maurice Jones-Drew
    4. Fred Jackson
    5. Danny Woodhead
    Week 10 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinvs. Was10
    2Matt ForteChivs. Det4+2
    3Chris JohnsonTenvs. Jac7+4
    4LeSean McCoyPhiat GB5+1
    5Marshawn LynchSeaat Atl2-3
    6Eddie LacyGBvs. Phi60
    7Alfred MorrisWasat Min8+1
    8Trent RichardsonIndvs. StL22+14
    9Reggie BushDetat Chi3-6
    10Knowshon MorenoDenat SD9-1
    11DeMarco MurrayDalat NO110
    12Ray RiceBalvs. Cin20+8
    13C.J. SpillerBufat Pit15+2
    14Frank GoreSFvs. Car12-2
    15Le'Veon BellPitvs. Buf13-2
    16Zac StacyStLat Ind10-6
    17Mike JamesTBvs. Mia14-3
    18Ben TateHouat Ari28+10
    19Andre EllingtonArivs. Hou25+6
    20Steven JacksonAtlvs. Sea24+4
    21Lamar MillerMiaat TB19-2
    22Giovani BernardCinat Bal21-1
    23Ryan MathewsSDvs. Den27+4
    24Darren SprolesNOvs. Dal29+5
    25Maurice Jones-DrewJacat Ten18-7
    26Rashad JenningsOakat NYG260
    27James StarksGBvs. Phi39+12
    28Fred JacksonBufat Pit16-12
    29DeAngelo WilliamsCarat SF34+5
    30Danny WoodheadSDvs. Den17-13
    31Donald BrownIndvs. StL33+2
    32Joique BellDetat Chi35+3
    33Montee BallDenat SD43+10
    34Rashard MendenhallArivs. Hou36+2
    35Andre BrownNYGvs. Oak31-4
    36Pierre ThomasNOvs. Dal23-13
    37Arian FosterHouat Ari30-7
    38Darren McFaddenOakat NYG47+9
    39Jonathan StewartCarat SF41+2
    40Peyton HillisNYGvs. Oak38-2
    41Brandon JacobsNYGvs. Oak44+3
    42BenJarvus Green-EllisCinat Bal37-5
    43Roy HeluWasat Min45+2
    44Jacquizz RodgersAtlvs. Sea42-2
    45Bryce BrownPhiat GB56+11
    46Bernard PierceBalvs. Cin51+5
    47Shonn GreeneTenvs. Jac32-15
    48Kendall HunterSFvs. Car52+4
    49Robert TurbinSeaat Atl54+5
    50Brian LeonardTBvs. Mia48-2
    51Felix JonesPitvs. Buf69+18
    52Michael BushChivs. Det68+16
    53Daniel ThomasMiaat TB46-7
    54Mark IngramNOvs. Dal55+1
    55Toby GerhartMinvs. Was67+12
    56Jason SnellingAtlvs. Sea50-6
    57C.J. AndersonDenat SD76+19
    58Joseph RandleDalat NO60+2
    59Ronnie BrownSDvs. Den80+21
    60Ronnie HillmanDenat SD63+3
    61Johnathan FranklinGBvs. Phi85+24
    62Benny CunninghamStLat Ind78+16
    63Darrel YoungWasat Min66+3
    64Daryl RichardsonStLat Ind65+1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Wide Receivers: Analyzing the Injuries That Are Dogging Our Options Here

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    Fantasy owners have had to contain their excitement on Roddy White's (ankle/hamstring) expected return this week because of the daunting task of facing Seattle's shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman.

    But White ain't scurred (sic), telling D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

    No, not really. I just don't circle things on the calendar. Every game that I play is the one that is circled throughout the season. There is no one particular game that I go out there and play harder than any other one. We are playing the Seattle Seahawks. They are the top team in the NFC right now. We'll be ready. We're looking forward to having the chance to knock these guys off.

    White is the type of fantasy receiver with whom you base your lineup decision on his health, not his matchup. White told Ledbetter he believes in his health right now:

    How I felt at the beginning of the season and right now is totally different. I've been doing a lot of work inside the weight room and outside, getting myself ready to go. It’s going to be a battle out there. I’m excited. I just want to get back out there on the field and play.

    Use White at your own risk, but expecting six catches for 60 yards is not out of the question and might be enough for you to start him this week.

     

    No Rodgers, no Nelson? Not so fast

    The loss of Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) appears to be costly for Jordy Nelson owners, but it should be considered more of a drain on the values of Jarrett Boykin and James Jones than Nelson. Nelson should be frequently targeted in Mike McCarthy's rhythm passing game with Seneca Wallace under center. Also, the Eagles' matchup is a favorable one. No team has allowed more points to opposing fantasy wideouts than Philly, according to FF Today.

     

    Coming up Shorts?

    The loss of Justin Blackmon (suspension) for the season appeared to open up a big opportunity for Cecil Shorts (groin). Shorts missed practice Thursday, according to the official NFL injury report, and he draws the Titans defense this week. You might be surprised to know the Titans have been tops in fantasy against opposing receivers. If the groin doesn't keep you from sitting Shorts, the matchup might.

     

    Like him more

    Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) is expected to start, barring a setback, according to the Bills official Twitter account. That should mean good news for Stevie Johnson owners. It might be enough to lure you back into starting Johnson against a Steelers team that was ripped by the Pats last week.

    Johnson is among the receivers we like more than the masses:

    1. Roddy White
    2. Stevie Johnson
    3. Eddie Royal
    4. Darrius Heyward-Bey
    5. Brandon LaFell

     

    Like him less

    Harry Douglas has had his moments for fantasy owners amid the absences of White and Julio Jones (foot), but those moments will have a hard time coming against the Seahawks secondary, especially with White expected back in the fold.

    Douglas is among the plays we like less than the consensus below:

    1. Cecil Shorts
    2. Golden Tate
    3. Terrance Williams
    4. Harry Douglas
    5. Michael Floyd
    Week 10 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDetat Chi10
    2Brandon MarshallChivs. Det 4+2
    3Dez BryantDalat NO2-1
    4A.J. GreenCinat Bal 3-1
    5Demaryius ThomasDenat SD50
    6DeSean JacksonPhiat GB8+2
    7Wes WelkerDenat SD6-1
    8Victor CruzNYGvs. Oak9+1
    9Andre JohnsonHouat Ari12+3
    10Larry FitzgeraldArivs. Hou 17+7
    11Pierre GarconWasat Min7-4
    12Eric DeckerDenat SD15+3
    13T.Y. HiltonIndvs. StL 130
    14 Jordy NelsonGBvs. Phi16+2
    15 Alshon JefferyChivs. Det 18+3
    16Antonio BrownPitvs. Buf 10-6
    17Vincent JacksonTBvs. Mia14-3
    18Keenan AllenSDvs. Den11-7
    19Hakeem NicksNYGvs. Oak21+2
    20Torrey SmithBalvs. Cin 200
    21Kendall WrightTenvs. Jac 25+4
    22Roddy WhiteAtlvs. Sea37+15
    23 Denarius MooreOakat NYG 26+3
    24Anquan BoldinSFvs. Car28+4
    25Steve JohnsonBufat Pit32+7
    26Mike WallaceMiaat TB23-3
    27Riley CooperPhiat GB31+4
    28Steve SmithCarat SF27-1
    29Emmanuel SandersPitvs. Buf 30+1
    30James JonesGBvs. Phi34+4
    31Cecil ShortsJacat Ten19-12
    32Lance MooreNOvs. Dal39+7
    33Golden TateSeaat Atl 22-11
    34Eddie RoyalSDvs. Den49+15
    35Marvin JonesCinat Bal 36+1
    36Marques ColstonNOvs. Dal42+6
    37Terrance WilliamsDalat NO24-13
    38Nate WashingtonTenvs. Jac 43+5
    39Brian HartlineMiaat TB35-4
    40Greg JenningsMinvs. Was38-2
    41 DeAndre HopkinsHouat Ari44+3
    42 Darrius Heyward-BeyIndvs. StL 52+10
    43Brandon LaFell Carat SF51+8
    44 Rueben RandleNYGvs. Oak40-4
    45Harry DouglasAtlvs. Sea29-16
    46Mario Manningham SFvs. Car68+22
    47Marlon BrownBalvs. Cin 470
    48Jarrett Boykin GBvs. Phi480
    49Doug BaldwinSeaat Atl 41-8
    50Kenny StillsNOvs. Dal45-5
    51Mohamed Sanu Cinat Bal 71+20
    52Michael FloydArivs. Hou 33-19
    53Robert WoodsBufat Pit62+9
    54Chris GivensStLat Ind58+4
    55Mike BrownJacat Ten50-5
    56Tavon AustinStLat Ind74+18
    57Vincent BrownSDvs. Den53-4
    58Kris DurhamDetat Chi46-12
    59Jason Avant Phiat GB72+13
    60Ace SandersJacat Ten78+18
    61Kenny BrittTenvs. Jac 88+27
    62Andre RobertsArivs. Hou 87+25
    63Leonard Hankerson Wasat Min56-7
    64 Lavon Brazill Indvs. StL 79+15
    65Rod Streater Oakat NYG 54-11
    66Jerome SimpsonMinvs. Was57-9
    67Santana MossWasat Min75+8
    68Cole BeasleyDalat NO70+2
    69Austin Pettis StLat Ind63-6
    70Jacoby JonesBalvs. Cin 69-1
    71Robert MeachemNOvs. Dal61-10
    72 Tiquan UnderwoodTBvs. Mia66-6
    73Ted GinnCarat SF65-8
    74Marquise GoodwinBufat Pit77+3
    75 Tandon DossBalvs. Cin 82+7
    76Brian QuickStLat Ind98+22
    77 Aldrick RobinsonWasat Min83+6
    78Damian WilliamsTenvs. Jac 97+19
    79Jermaine Kearse Seaat Atl 60-19
    80 Cordarrelle PattersonMinvs. Was59-21
    81Kyle WilliamsSFvs. Car108+27
    82Jacoby FordOakat NYG 103+21
    83T.J. GrahamBufat Pit73-10
    84Earl BennettChivs. Det 93+9
    85Justin HunterTenvs. Jac 96+11
    86Markus Wheaton Pitvs. Buf 92+6
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Tight Ends: Good Thing the Fantasy Fringe Is Here to Help Us out

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    Garrett Graham hasn't been great in place of Owen Daniels, but his matchup is a favorable one this week.
    Garrett Graham hasn't been great in place of Owen Daniels, but his matchup is a favorable one this week.Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    We finally got elite production out of Rob Gronkowski, and now we have to do without him once again, as the Pats are on bye. The good news is Jimmy Graham (foot) and Julius Thomas (ankle) are expected to play, and the position has ample options from the fringe and below.

     

    Graham cracker

    Case Keenum has proved to be a viable starter for the Texans, and Garrett Graham's hot start to the season gives him hope of helping fantasy owners in Week 10 now. The Cardinals have been the worst team in fantasy against tight ends entering Week 10, per FF Today, allowing league highs of 708 yards and eight touchdowns to the position. Graham is a nice bye-week replacement for Gronk or Jordan Cameron.

     

    Fleener tweener

    Coby Fleener hasn't been a consistent force yet, but we have said the loss of Reggie Wayne (knee) for the season will make him one. Andrew Luck needs someone other than T.Y. Hilton to count on, and Fleener is as good of a bet as any for the Colts. Sure, the Rams are the third-best team in fantasy against tight ends, but Fleener's potential trumps the matchup in his case. He remains a top-10 option on our board.

     

    Like him more

    You can be wary of Kellen Clemens for the Rams, and the Colts are top-10 team against fantasy tight ends, but Jared Cook showed a bit more last week with Clemens at the helm. Tight end also tends to be a shaky quarterback's best friend. Lance Kendricks will continue to get red-zone looks in lieu of Cook, but the offseason free-agent acquisition is an important part of the Rams' play-action passing game now. Consider him a top-15 tight end again.

    Cook is among the tight ends we like more than the consensus:

    1. Jason Witten
    2. Tony Gonzalez
    3. Greg Olsen
    4. Coby Fleener
    5. Jared Cook

     

    Like him less

    The Packers have officially placed Jermichael Finley (neck) on season-ending injured reserve, but the Andrew Quarless bandwagon doesn't have too many riders right now. The loss of Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) hurts, and Quarless is facing an Eagles defense that has been No. 2 in fantasy against tight ends.

    Quarless is among the tight ends we like less than the masses this week:

    1. Antonio Gates
    2. Julius Thomas
    3. Jordan Reed (already played Thursday night)
    4. Brandon Pettigrew
    5. Zach Miller
    6. Andrew Quarless
    Week 10 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. Dal10
    2Jason WittenDalat NO6+4
    3Vernon DavisSFvs. Car2-1
    4Tony GonzalezAtlvs. Sea7+3
    5Antonio GatesSDvs. Den3-2
    6Julius ThomasDenat SD4-2
    7Greg OlsenCarat SF9+2
    8Jordan ReedWasat Min5-3
    9Martellus BennettChivs. Det8-1
    10Coby FleenerIndvs. StL13+3
    11Tim WrightTBvs. Mia10-1
    12Heath MillerPitvs. Buf11-1
    13Garrett GrahamHouat Ari12-1
    14Jared CookStLat Ind17+3
    15Charles ClayMiaat TB14-1
    16Rob HouslerArivs. Hou29+13
    17Scott ChandlerBufat Pit20+3
    18Jermaine GreshamCinat Bal23+5
    19Tyler EifertCinat Bal18-1
    20Brandon MyersNYGvs. Oak19-1
    21Brent CelekPhiat GB26+5
    22Zach ErtzPhiat GB220
    23Brandon PettigrewDetat Chi21-2
    24Joseph FauriaDetat Chi27+3
    25Zach MillerSeaat Atl15-10
    26Dallas ClarkBalvs. Cin28+2
    27Andrew QuarlessGBvs. Phi25-2
    28Delanie WalkerTenvs. Jac16-12
    29Lance KendricksStLat Ind33+4
    30Marcedes LewisJacat Ten300
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Defense/Special Teams: Making Sense of a Tricky Position This Season

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    This has been an unusual year for fantasy defenses. We seemingly have fewer must-start units this year than others, and the one unit we have counted on all season—Kansas City—is on bye in Week 10. We try to make sense of the multitude of the mix-and-match options here.

     

    Remember the Titans

    Few believed in Tennessee's defense coming into the year. FantasyPros.com listed that unit as the No. 29 in preseason ADP, in fact. But the surprising sixth-best scoring unit in standard leagues (entering Week10) is now a must-start this week against the lowly Jaguars, who represent the third-most favorable opponent for a defense/special teams to date. The Titans are No. 1 on our board below.

     

    Oh, Romo, where art thou Romo?

    For those Tony Romo detractors, how's this for a counterargument against his error-prone nature: The Cowboys are the toughest opponent in fantasy for an opposing defense to date, per FF Today. That makes the upstart Saints defense a tricky proposition to trust this week.

     

    Like them more

    Speaking of odd-ball results this season: How surprising is it to see the Steelers struggling so much defensively? Even Troy Polamalu is healthy and they are still getting ripped. Regardless, we like the Steelers as a sleeper play at home against the Bills, who have been the sixth-most-favorable matchup for a defense/special teams unit.

    The Steelers are among the units we like more than the masses:

    1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    2. Washington Redskins (already played Thursday night)
    3. Baltimore Ravens
    4. Chicago Bears
    5. New York Giants
    6. Green Bay Packers

     

    Like them less

    Continuing with the surprises, who thought Colts would be a trustworthy fantasy unit? Their defense has had its moments in fantasy this season. You can like the matchup against the Rams, especially with Kellen Clemens under center, but the Colts are still among the units we don't trust as a starter in fantasy this week.

    We like them less than the consensus:

    1. Seattle Seahawks
    2. Cincinnati Bengals
    3. Indianapolis Colts
    4. Houston Texans
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Week 10 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Tennessee TitansTenvs. Jac10
    2Arizona CardinalsArivs. Hou3+1
    3Seattle SeahawksSeaat Atl2-1
    4San Francisco 49ersSFvs. Car40
    5Carolina PanthersCarat SF7+2
    6Miami DolphinsMiaat TB8+2
    7Cincinnati BengalsCinat Bal6-1
    8Denver BroncosDenat SD9+1
    9Pittsburgh SteelersPitvs. Buf16+7
    10Washington RedskinsWasat Min15+5
    11Baltimore RavensBalvs. Cin17+6
    12Chicago BearsChivs. Det22+10
    13New Orleans SaintsNOvs. Dal130
    14New York GiantsNYGvs. Oak18+4
    15Indianapolis ColtsIndvs. StL5-10
    16Green Bay PackersGBvs. Phi20+4
    17Houston TexansHouat Ari12-5
    18Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. Mia10-8
    19Detroit LionsDetat Chi190
    20Dallas CowboysDalat NO21+1
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

Kickers: We Should Never Feel at a Loss at This Position

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    Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka has gone from off the fantasy radar to being a must-start option now.
    Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka has gone from off the fantasy radar to being a must-start option now.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    We have the two highest-scoring kickers on bye this week in Stephen Gostkowski and Nick Folk, and the third man on the list, Mason Crosby, lost his starting quarterback. Still, no one should be worried about this position of replaceable parts.

     

    Welcome to Atlanta

    The Falcons have been the most forgiving team in fantasy against kickers, and No. 5 on the scoring list, Steven Hauschka, comes to town. Hauschka wasn't highly regarded coming into the year, but he is a must-start fantasy option in all weeks now. The matchup here just makes him a home run play.

     

    Going, going Gano

    The Panthers' Graham Gano is coming off a double-digit week, but the matchup in Week 10 doesn't make him a fantasy option. The 49ers have been the toughest team in fantasy against kickers, allowing a league-low 10 field-goal attempts (and just eight makes).

     

    Like him more

    Speaking of the 49ers coming off bye, Phil Dawson is a solid addition. He has had a disappointing season with missed field goals, but the 49ers still figure to be one of the teams that relies on kicking points down the stretch.

    Dawson is among the kickers we like more than the consensus this week:

    1. Dan Bailey
    2. Alex Henery
    3. Phil Dawson
    4. Caleb Sturgis
    5. Greg Zuerlein

     

    Like him less

    The Ravens' offensive struggles haven't completely ruined Justin Tucker's fantasy value, but no one is considering him a must-start option any longer. Tucker rates among the kickers we barely like as a starter this week and like less than the masses:

    1. Adam Vinatieri
    2. Garrett Hartley
    3. Justin Tucker
    4. Nick Novak
    5. Kai Forbath (already played Thursday night)
    6. Rob Bironas
    Week 10 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Matt PraterDenat SD10
    2Steven Hauschka Seaat Atl 5+3
    3Dan BaileyDalat NO7+4
    4Alex Henery Phiat GB9+5
    5Phil DawsonSFvs. Car13+8
    6Adam VinatieriIndvs. StL 2-4
    7Mason CrosbyGBvs. Phi4-3
    8Robbie GouldChivs. Det 11+3
    9Garrett HartleyNOvs. Dal3-6
    10Caleb Sturgis Miaat TB22+12
    11Matt BryantAtlvs. Sea14+3
    12Justin TuckerBalvs. Cin 8-4
    13Nick Novak SDvs. Den6-7
    14Mike NugentCinat Bal 16+2
    15Greg Zuerlein StLat Ind26+11
    16Blair WalshMinvs. Was17+1
    17Sebastian JanikowskiOakat NYG 21+4
    18Shaun Suisham Pitvs. Buf 180
    19Graham Gano Carat SF20+1
    20Kai Forbath Wasat Min15-5
    21Rob Bironas Tenvs. Jac 12-9
    22Randy BullockHouat Ari27+5
    23Josh BrownNYGvs. Oak19-4
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros

     

     

    Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.