If Start 'Em, Sit 'Em decisions were easy, we'd all be millionaires.
Alas, they are not, and of any fantasy sport, it's probably hardest in football. You have one game per week to get it right. There's no room for error.
So we agonize over these decisions. Mike James or Rashad Jennings? Eli Manning? Anquan Boldin?
There's an element of luck in fantasy, to be sure. But I think there are some clear-cut decisions this weekend.
Below, we'll rank the top 20 fantasy players for Week 10, and then get into some of the best and worst plays of the weekend.
|1||Peyton Manning||Denver||QB||San Diego|
|2||Drew Brees||New Orleans||QB||Dallas|
|4||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans||TE||Dallas|
|7||Eddie Lacy||Green Bay||RB||Philadelphia|
|8||Philip Rivers||San Diego||QB||Denver|
|9||Nick Foles||Philadelphia||QB||Green Bay|
|10||Zac Stacy||St. Louis||RB||Indianapolis|
|11||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia||RB||Green Bay|
|16||Eli Manning||New York||QB||Oakland|
|17||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis||QB||St. Louis|
|18||Keenan Allen||San Diego||WR||Denver|
|20||Mike James||Tampa Bay||RB||Miami Dolphins|
Start 'Em: Eli Manning
So no, it hasn't been a great year for Eli Manning.
But I think the Oakland Raiders could provide the medicine he needs.
The Raiders gave up seven touchdowns to Nick Foles and the Eagles. And despite his struggles, there's no way that Eli Manning is worse than Nick Foles.
Now, he might not throw for seven touchdowns, but he could throw for four. The Raiders give up 262.6 yards per game in the air, which is 25th in the league.
You better believe that Manning is going to target D.J. Hayden, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hakeem Nicks receives a ton of targets.
I think the Giants are going to score a lot of points in this game, and I think Eli Manning is going to lead the way. He's a must-start.
Sit 'Em: Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin is the type of receiver to go to when you need to convert a 3rd-and-9 when you're trailing.
He's not the guy, however, to start in fantasy.
The 11-year pro is the perfect case of someone who is better at football than at fantasy.
The Niners have a bad pass offense. In fact, it's ranked last in the league, averaging just 189 yards per game.
By comparison, their running game is the best in the league, as it averages 153 yards per game.
Despite his dapper debut, Boldin has seen his targets decrease sharply:
The 49ers are a good team, maybe even a great one. They just don't throw the ball a lot. They are a running team, first and foremost. You could argue, probably pretty convincingly, that the Niners need to open things up and utilize the passing game more. Somehow, I don't think Jim Harbaugh would agree.
Avoid Boldin if you can. He's not going to replicate that Week 1 performance, and the Niners are just going to grind it out on the ground anyway.
Start 'Em: Mike James
Mike James is the latest fantasy darling and for good reason. The rookie running back was sensational against the stout Seattle Seahawks defense last week, rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries, a healthy 5.6 yards per carry.
He can also do this: (GIF courtesy of Bleacher Report)
James is going up against the Miami Dolphins, a team that might have a few other things on its mind. Besides that, the Dolphins really struggle against the run. The Fins gives up 116.5 yards per game on the ground, which is 22nd in the league.
In addition, according to Matthew Berry of ESPN, the Dolphins give up the third-most fantasy points to running backs.
Look, the Bucs don't really have any options outside of James. He's going to get the rock. The Dolphins are going to struggle stopping him, and James is going to put up big numbers.
He's a must-play, especially if you have the bye-week blues.