Fantasy Football Week 10: Risers, Fallers and Top Trade Candidates

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2015

Fantasy Football Week 10: Risers, Fallers and Top Trade Candidates

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    The man that is pictured above, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, was a fantasy football maniac in Week 9.

    Heading into Week 10, the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers are all on bye.

    At least we don't have to worry about too many fantasy-relevant players, as one team listed above has almost no startable players.

    The injury bug struck again in Week 9, most notably taking out New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis, as he is now lost for the season with a torn ACL.

    In addition to Lewis, we also saw a scary moment in the St. Louis-Minnesota game when Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater took a hit directly to the head and was knocked unconscious.

    Well, we've finally made it into double digits—let's get ready for Week 10.

Riser: Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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    According to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to be sidelined for two to six weeks due to a lacerated kidney.

    Yikes.

    If there is a bright side to this otherwise gruesome injury, it's that Colts running back Frank Gore should see an uptick in fantasy value.

    If you look at the two starts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has made this season (Weeks 4 and 5), Gore received 17 and 22 carries in those games, respectively.

    At the time, those were the most carries Gore had seen in a contest.

    Over the last two weeks, though, we've seen Gore get more carries, and that's obviously encouraging.

    Don't expect this load to stop with Hasselbeck set to game manage the next two to six games.

Faller: Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

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    If you're a regular reader of this column, you'll know I've been conducting the buy-low train for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

    However, I'm losing confidence in him, and quickly.

    Lacy left Week 9's game with a groin injury. Not only that, he appeared to be nonexistent after his second-quarter fumble.

    Recently, Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said "we definitely need to get him going," according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

    That's a line we've heard too often lately.

    Watching the games, Lacy appears to be very slow and sluggish. Not that he was a blazing runner before, but you get it.

    Fellow running back James Starks may be the guy from here on out.

Riser: James White, RB, New England Patriots

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    One thing is for certain: The comments section will be filled with support for other New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, and I'm OK with that.

    The reason we are even discussing Patriots running backs is due to what was mentioned in the introductory slide—fellow running back Dion Lewis has been lost for the season due to a torn ACL.

    As we all know, the narrative that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a nightmare to predict is all too real.

    If you look back to Week 7, a game Lewis missed due to injury, you'll see that it was White, not Bolden, who filled in for Lewis.

    Also, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, White is the "top candidate" to see an expansion in his respective role.

    On that note, both White and Bolden are worthwhile adds, but have fun playing that game of darts.

Faller: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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    Before you start calling for my head, let me make it known that this only applies to Week 10.

    In Week 10, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will be taking on the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.

    Now, the thought process is really quite simple—the Seahawks are absolute menaces against opposing quarterbacks.

    To be exact, they are the third-stingiest unit against the position, allowing a total of just six passing touchdowns this season and around 204 passing yards per game—204.

    Of course, it's hard to sit Palmer if you own him, but beware!

Riser: Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

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    A Chicago Bears running back ran for 72 yards and had 70 receiving yards on Monday Night Football. This was another fantastic night from Matt For...wait a minute, it wasn't Forte! It was fellow running back Jeremy Langford.

    Langford absolutely shined in Forte's absence. Sure, it was against the worst run defense in the league, but Langford looked like a starting NFL running back.

    According to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, Forte underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection to spur the healing in his right knee and is being labeled as "in great doubt" to play Week 10. Forte has been dealing with an MCL injury.

    Another thought process is that the Bears are obviously not going anywhere this season, Forte is aging, so why rush him back if Langford continues to play well?

    Let's be honest here, that injection sounds intense.

Faller: LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

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    After leaving Week 9's game against the Miami Dolphins, it was revealed that Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is dealing with a shoulder strain, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. McCoy has been limited in practice as of Tuesday, per WKBW's Joe Buscaglia. Despite that, fellow Bills running back Karlos Williams thinks McCoy will be 100 percent for the team's Thursday night game, for whatever that's worth.

    Although Williams expects that outcome, this game comes against the New York Jets, who are the second-strongest unit against opposing running backs.

    Couple the injury with the team he'd be going up against, and valuing McCoy as a top option at the running back position is a bit risky in Week 10.

Trade Candidates

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    Buy Low: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Once again, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to miss time due to injury.

    If you're looking for another quarterback to help with flexibility come playoff time, direct your attention to Roethlisberger. Outside of Week 8, he has put up respectable numbers when healthy.

    If an owner in your league has Big Ben, they could be looking to dump him with the fear that he won't be back in time for the first week of the playoffs.

     

    Sell High: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

    Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has had a very respectable rookie season.

    However, from a fantasy perspective, he's really only had two games that of note—Week 1 (24 points) and Week 9 (32 points).

    The weapons around Mariota are destitute to say the least, but seeing wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham get more involved in Week 9 was at least encouraging.

    You could probably package him with another player to upgrade at that position after a spectacular Week 9 performance against the New Orleans Saints, the league's most generous unit to opposing quarterbacks.

     

    Sell: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    If you read any fantasy football publications prior to Week 9, the name that came up in 99.9 percent of them was Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, the reason being he had a spectacular matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

    However, he managed just 3.5 yards per carry and was outplayed by fellow running back Giovani Bernard.

    I would trade Hill straight up for LeGarrette Blount today.

     

    All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football FocusFantasy numbers courtesy of ESPN.

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