Fantasy Football: Week 10 Start or Sit

Matthew BeckCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 01:  Wide reciever Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 34-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Before I get to my Week 10 selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy. 

Good Starts from Week Nine:

Mike Sims-Walker, WR (JAC): Sims-Walker recorded a career-high 147 receiving yards on six receptions and scored a touchdown last week against the Chiefs.

Julius Jones, RB (SEA): Jones had 114 total yards of offense and scored a touchdown against the Lions last week.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT): Roethlisberger continued his great season last week recording three touchdowns on 233 yards against the Broncos.

Donald Driver, WR (GB): Driver continued to be the Aaron Rodgers number one target, catching four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Bad Starts from Week Nine:


Clinton Portis, RB (WAS): Portis suffered a concussion in the first quarter of last week’s game against the Falcons.


Brian Westbrook, RB (PHI): Westbrook was a game-time decision last week and ended up being sidelined for the second week in a row.

Good Sits from Week Nine:


Anquan Boldin, WR (ARI): Boldin was a game-time decision and decided to sit out last week’s matchup with the Bears to rest his ailing right ankle for one more week.


Nate Washington, WR (TEN): Washington only recorded three receptions for 30 yards in the Titans victory over the 49ers last week.

Bad Sits from Week Nine:


Laurence Maroney, RB (NE): Maroney continued to run the ball well last week recording 82 rushing yards and a touchdown.


Matt Cassel, QB (KC): Cassel had a great game in Week 9 scoring two touchdowns on 262 yards passing against the Jaguars.


Here is my Week Ten list of who to start and who to sit: 

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers                                     

Start: Alex Smith, QB (SF)

Explanation: Although Smith didn’t look too good last week, he should be able to help out your fantasy team this week.  The Bears secondary has been atrocious as of late, giving up three touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks.

Sit: Bears Defense/Special Teams

Explanation: The Bears defense has been suspect all season, and this week should be an exception. If you still have them on your roster be sure to go ahead and switch them out, as the 49ers offense is playing well as of late.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers                                     

Start: Steve Smith, WR (CAR)

Explanation: This is an excellent matchup for Smith this week, as he has come up huge in the last two games against Falcons, including 131 yards receiving when the two teams met earlier in the year. Expect Smith to finally have a big game this week, based on his career statistics against his inter-conference rival.

Sit: Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)

Explanation: Though the Panthers defense as a whole hasn’t been playing well as of late, the secondary has been solid. With the lackluster performances Ryan has been putting up the last few weeks, this game could spell trouble for the second-year quarterback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins                          

Start: Kellen Winslow, TE (TB)

Explanation: With Josh Freeman under center, the Buccaneers now have a consistent quarterback to throw to Winslow.  The two hooked up for a touchdown on four receptions and 57 yards in the team’s first victory of the season against the Packers last week.  Expect Freeman to continue to try and get the ball into Winslow’s hands as they try and upset the Dolphins.

Sit: Ronnie Brown, RB (MIA)

Explanation: Brown’s production as of late has been up and down, and this week should be no exception. Expect Ricky Williams to get the bulk of the carries as the Dolphins run all over the Buccaneers this week.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings                                        

Start: Calvin Johnson, WR (DET)

Explanation: Johnson looks to be fully healthy heading into this week’s matchup against the Vikings, and will likely get plenty of chances to have a big day.  He was able to find the end zone last time these two teams met, so expect the same this week.

Sit: Visanthe Shiancoe, TE (MIN)

Explanation: Although Shiancoe did score last time these two teams met, he only recorded one reception for one yard receiving.  The Vikings should get up early in this game, so don’t expect Brett Favre to be airing the ball out too much.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers                           

Start: Mike Wallace, WR (PIT)

Explanation: Wallace is emerging into a consistent target for Ben Roethlisberger and had a big game last time the Steelers took on the Bengals.  Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes should get most of the attention in the passing game, leading to a potential big game for Wallace.

Sit: Carson Palmer, QB (CIN)

Explanation: The first time Palmer faced the Steelers he had decent numbers, but nothing to brag about throwing for only 183 yards and a touchdown.  This week, safety Troy Polamalu is back for the Steelers so don’t expect Palmer to force anything downfield, limiting the Bengals passing offense.

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans                                                             

Start: Titans Defense/Special Teams

Explanation: The Bills offense has been flat the last few weeks and the Titans are starting to get on a role.  Although the Titans secondary is suspect, they should have a good week as the Bills continue to struggle through the air.

Sit: Marshawn Lynch, RB (BUF)

Explanation: Since his return from suspension, Lynch hasn’t done much of anything to better the Bills offense.  The Titans defense is good enough to control the Bills running game, so don’t expect much from him this week.

Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins                            

Start: Ladell Betts, RB (WAS)

Explanation: With Clinton Portis doubtful this week, Betts steps in as the starting running back for the Redskins.  The Broncos do have a solid run defense, but the redskins passing game is suspect so Betts should get enough carries to justify a start this week.

Sit: Kyle Orton, QB (DEN)

Explanation: Defenses around the league are starting to figure out the passing game of the Broncos, and have forced Orton into making bad plays.  This week should be no different, as the Redskins secondary has been solid all season.

New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams                                    

Start: Donnie Avery, WR (STL)

Explanation: This game is going to be a blowout, and probably will be early.  The Rams will have to pass a lot, leading to a possible big game for Avery.

Sit: Reggie Bush, RB (NO)

Explanation: The Saints will not be looking for any big plays form Bush this week as they shouldn’t handle the Rams relatively easy this week.  Expect Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell to get the bulk of the carries as the Saints run all over the Rams.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets                            

Start: Jerricho Cotchery, WR (NYJ)

Explanation: Cotchery is reportedly 100 percent for the first time in over a month and has a great matchup this week against the suspect Jaguars secondary.  If Cotchery can get back on pace with Mark Sanchez, expect the numbers he put up early on in the season before his injury.

Sit: David Garrard, QB (JAC)

Explanation: The Jaguars are realistically one-dimensional at the wide receiver spot, and the Jets have one of the best cornerbacks in the league that will take away that option.  Expect a heaving running attack form the Jaguars leading to a dismal game form Garrard. 

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders                                 

Start: Darren McFadden, RB (OAK)

Explanation: Although his role is yet to be determined for this week, McFadden is back into the mix in the backfield for the Raiders.  The Chiefs defense has plenty of holes to take advantage of, so if he plays be sure to get him in.

Sit: Matt Cassel, QB (KC)

Explanation: The Raiders secondary is solid thus far in 2009, and Cassel has been inconsistent.  The Black Hole is not the most welcoming place to play, so don’t expect much from Cassel this week.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals                            

Start: Matt Hasselbeck, QB (SEA)

Explanation: This is a great matchup for Hasselbeck this week, as he looks to rebound from a horrible game the last time these two teams met.  The Seahawks passing game is now in full throttle and should be able to take advantage of the Cardinals secondary.

Sit: Steve Breaston, WR (ARI)

Explanation: It looks as if Anquan Boldin is going to play this week, which will take away targets from Breaston.  Go with a different receiver this week if it is possible.

Philadelphia Eagles at San Diego Chargers                          

Start: Donovan McNabb, QB (PHI)

Explanation: McNabb had a bad game last week, throwing two interceptions, but it wasn’t necessarily his fault.  Whenever he has a bad game he usually bounces back with a good game, so expect him to be a good play this week against a Chargers team that can be passed on.

Sit: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB (SD)

Explanation: The Eagles rushing defense has been good as of late, and Tomlinson just doesn’t have the breakaway speed he once had.  If you start him this week, don’t expect much from him.

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers                                   

Start: Roy Williams, WR (DAL)

Explanation: Williams seems to be getting on the same page with quarterback Tony Romo, as the Cowboys continue on their hot streak.  The Packers can be passed on and will likely be concentrating on rising-star Miles Austin which could lead to a good day for Williams.

Sit: Ryan Grant, RB (GB)

Explanation: Grant has only gone over 100 yards rushing once this season, and it was against the horrible defense of the Browns.  With the Packers offensive line not producing, expect the Cowboys front-four to dominate the Packers running game.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts                    

Start: Laurence Maroney, RB (NE)

Explanation: Maroney continues to be the go-to running back for the Patriots with Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris sidelined.  He should get plenty of carries as the Patriots balance out their solid passing game against one of the elite teams in the NFL.

Sit: Dallas Clark, TE (IND)

Explanation: Clark has horrible numbers against the Patriots in his career.  In six games against the Patriots, he has a combined 206 yards on 12 receptions and zero touchdowns.  This leads me to believe that the Patriots should be able to stop him once again this week.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns                                

Start: Ravens Defense/Special Teams

Explanation: Any defense that plays the Browns has a good chance of having a good game.  With Brady Quinn taking the snaps once again for the Browns, expect the Ravens to harass him all night leading to a great game for the Ravens defense.

Sit: Jamal Lewis, RB (CLE)

Explanation: Lewis had a bad game against them earlier in the season, in which he was only able to rush for 49 yards in the Brown’s loss.  Expect much of the same this week as the Ravens shut him down once again.

Key Fantasy Players on Bye Weeks in Week Ten:

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, Mario Manningham, Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss

Houston Texans: Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones

Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to E-mail me at .

This article was originally published at Rotoinfo .


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