Fantasy Football Week 10: Start Ems

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 13, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Vikings 27-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In a pinch for a skill player that will produce at a high level for you this week but not sure what route to go? Well no need to fret the small stuff because the Bruno Boys will help make your lineup decision easier. From Quarterbacks to Defenses we have you covered on who you should feel comfortable about plugging into your Week 10 lineup. Now it’s time to cut to the chase and read our Fantasy Football Week 10 Start Ems advice .


Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) vs. Jacksonville

Not only are the Jacksonville Jaguars one of the worst teams against the pass in 2009, but their ability to stop the run is ranked 22nd in the NFL. The only good thing they do on defense is not allow opposing running backs to score at will (evidenced by five touchdowns through eight games). The Jaguars have allowed nearly two passing TDs per contest, have only five interceptions and a league worst eight sacks in 2009. With rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez at the helm and coming off a bye week, you can expect the Jets to be working on all cylinders against a desirable opponent. While the Jets won’t lean on Sanchez to consistently make big plays, you have to like his chances to make it three straight games with two or more TDs in a game.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ Cleveland

Playing on Monday Night Football, you can expect the Baltimore Ravens will come out swinging after their blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9. Flacco has been solid (his only two poor outings have come against those same Bengals) this season, and obviously a match-up against a Cleveland Browns defense that allows over 400 yards per game is always a blessing. While we believe Ray Rice is going to be the high scorer on the Ravens, Joe Flacco won’t disappoint. Baltimore may quit throwing early if they get off to a fast start, but not before Flacco does enough to make him a top quarterback play in Week 10. It’s not just Flacco and Rice that produce, but expect Derrick Mason and Todd Heap to benefit from the cushy match-up against a Browns’ defense that allows 26 points per games..


Ronnie Brown / Ricky Williams (Miami Dolphins) vs. Tampa Bay

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers really impressed in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers, running back Ryan Grant was still able to rush for 96 yards and a score. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have both paid big-time dividends this season, and should find ample opportunity as the Dolphins are able to control the clock in this match-up. The Buccaneers are 30th in the NFL having allowed 163 rushing yards and over a touchdown per game, so Brown should be a solid RB1 play while Williams should play a role as a RB2 option.

Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Oakland

Six carries and nine total touches was disappointing for fantasy football owners who hoped to take advantage of Jamaal Charles taking over the “main” running back position in Kansas City last week. However, it comes down to his total production, and while 36 yards rushing and 19 receiving yards is nothing special, he was still able to muster over six yards per touch. In Week 10, Charles has the pleasure of going up against the NFL leader in rushing touchdowns allowed with 13 through eight games; the Oakland Raiders. As bad as the Raiders have been against the rush, they have also been quite solid against the pass in 2009, meaning that quarterback Matt Cassel could be forced to hand the ball off to the Charles, and backup Kolby Smith. While it seems like Charles is just a RB3/Flex, his solid match-up against the Raiders makes him a nice Week 10 plug-n-play. Expect Charles to have 70-80 total yards and if he can find pay dirt his fantasy points could rival those of RB2 plays for the week.

Knowshon Moreno (Denver Broncos) @ Washington

It’s hard to know what to make of the Washington Redskins. On one hand, their pass defense has been top notch (1st in the NFL in passing yards allowed), but on the other hand, their rush defense has been near the bottom. Josh McDaniels’ offense has been stagnant since coming off a bye, and they will need to establish the run game to open up things for quarterback Kyle Orton. Despite a lackluster performance in Week 9 (five carries for three yards), Moreno’s overall numbers have been slightly above average (sans the fumble woes), but if given 15-20 touches he had been getting leading up last week, Moreno could get back on track against a Redskins rushing defense that allows 4.2 yards per carry and 126 rushing yards per game.


Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Detroit

Sidney Rice has undoubtedly been the Vikings most impressive wide receiver this season, overtaking Bernard Berrian as the No. 1 option in a efficient Minnesota Vikings passing offense. His big play potential and sure hands have led to future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre trusting Rice and looking his way often. Speaking of his hands, Rice has hauled in 71% of all balls thrown his way, which is a higher percentage than bigger named wide outs like Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne. In what looks to be a lopsided match-up against the Detroit Lions, almost all Vikings players should be started, but Rice should see some of the biggest benefits against a Lions defense that allows over 22 points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Braylon Edwards (New York Jets) vs. Jacksonville

Coming off their bye week, the New York Jets big play wide out Braylon Edwards was finally given ample time to build rapport with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Hopefully the extra work has paid off for Edwards’ fantasy football owners. Edwards’ modus operandi has been to be consistently inconsistent in his career, but we’re expecting a big day from him against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed 100 fantasy points (standard scoring) to the wide receiver position over the last four games.

Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis Colts) vs. New England

At the start of the season Garcon had a big game early and became the flavor of the week on the waiver wire only to fizzle as time went on. However, an injury to Austin Collie helped Garcon see more reps and haul in five receptions in Week 9. The reason why we feel Garcon is worthy of a start this week is his speed. Speed looks to play an asset against a defense like the New England Patriots who will be looking to confuse Peyton Manning this weekend. We’re not gonna lie and say that this is a great match-up for the Colts; New England is 4th in the NFL allowing 180 passing yards per game (and only 9 TDs through 8 games), but with Peyton Manning, match-ups typically don’t matter. Garcon’s value still is as a WR3 or Flex play in but with the Patriots’ making sure Reggie Wayne doesn’t beat them he could be the open man on Sunday, and that typically means Manning will find him.


Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Miami

With the strong showing that quarterback Josh Freeman put up in Week 9, it’s hard to say that Winslow isn’t a worthy start on a weekly basis. With rookie QBs under center it’s always hard to know what to expect consistently, but most rookies tend to lean on their tight end and Winslow is a good option to rely on. Even if Freeman struggles against a Miami Dolphins defense that will show multiple defensive packages to throw the rookie QB off guard, Winslow has the match-up to produce. The Dolphins have allowed 8.8 fantasy football points per week to opposing TEs, so expect Winslow to play a big role in the Buccaneers offensive game-plan this week.


John Carney (New Orleans Saints) @ St. Louis

Typically we wouldn’t think that it is necessary to put the kicker from the best offense against what might be the worst team in the NFL on our Start ‘Em list, but Carney is only owned in 82% of Yahoo! Standard Leagues, so it’s obvious that some people aren’t paying attention anymore. John Carney is a good kicking option anyway you look at this match-up. If the St. Louis Rams defense comes out flat the Saints will score loads of touchdowns and Carney will kick multiple extra points. But if the Rams defense comes out fired up off a bye week and happens to stall a few Saints’ drive it will allow Carney to mix in a few field goals as well. Anyway you look at it, Carney is a must start in Week 10. 


Tennessee Titans D/ST vs. Buffalo

The Tennessee Titans played a solid overall game versus the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9, posting 4 sacks, 3 interceptions and a defensive touchdown by defensive back Cortland Finnegan. The 49ers could be considered an offensive juggernaut compared to the Buffalo Bills (OK, that may be an overstatement, but the Bills are 29th in the NFL with 265 yards of offense per game) and this looks to be a favorable match-up in which the Titans’ make it three straight games with 10+ fantasy football points. Since the Week 7 bye Tennessee has looked like a different team and a big Week 10 will get them one step closer to becoming the defense that everyone drafted in August.