With just two teams (the New York Giants and Houston Texans ) on the bye this week, the player pool that fantasy owners have to choose from is the largest it has been since Week Three. That’s good news as it gives you plenty of options to go with for your starting line-up; however, that’s bad news because it gives you plenty of options to go with for your starting line-up. Helping to make your decisions easier, the Bruno Boys present the Fantasy Football Week 10 Sit Ems .
QUARTERBACKS —SIT ‘EM
Kyle Orton (Denver Broncos) @ Washington
Following six straight weeks of double digit fantasy production, Kyle Orton has struggled in his two games since returning from the Broncos’ bye week. Against the Baltimore Ravens , he posted a mere 152 yards, and versus the Pittsburgh Steelers , he amassed just 221 yards and three interceptions. In both games, Orton failed to find pay dirt. After weeks like those, you probably weren’t expecting for it to get much better against the “best” pass defense in the NFL (160 yards per game, seven touchdowns in eight games), but if you were, be warned as the Redskins have been great at not allowing the big plays to occur through the air (sixth in the NFL with 17 plays of 20+ yards). Orton and the Broncos could struggle getting it going offensively.
Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Philadelphia
Surrounding himself with big targets in Vincent Jackson , Malcom Floyd , and Antonio Gates has done wonders for Rivers’ fantasy prospects in 2009. However, while Rivers has undoubtedly been a top-10 fantasy QB, a top-five option in many weeks, he has to go up against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that is fuming after losing to their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys . Second in the NFL in sacks with 27, tied for second in INTs with 15, and 11th with 205 passing yards per game allowed, the Eagles have been a top-five defense versus the pass this season. Even though the Chargers’ offense can definitely be stellar, Rivers could struggle to get things going this weekend versus Philly.
RUNNING BACKS —SIT ‘EM
Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers) vs. Dallas
Grant is a mid-level RB2, who is a must start with good match-ups (see Week Nine against Tampa Bay). The Cowboys, however, don’t fit that mold. Dallas only allows 102.9 rushing yards per game, which is bad news for a running back that has just one 100-yard game on the year, and rank fourth in the NFL having given up only three rushing TDs this entire season. While this game could be a shoot out, we expect it to be QB Aaron Rodgers and the WR corps to put up the numbers for Green Bay instead of the Packers run game.
Ladell Betts (Washington Redskins) vs. Denver
Ladell Betts may be this week’s hot waiver wire pick-up, but his match-up against the Broncos isn’t exactly a good one. Denver has only given up three rushing scores this season, and the Redskins offense is stagnant to say the least, posting just 14.1 points a game. While Betts has some potential as a receiver out of the backfield, we don’t believe he is a worthy start against one of the better defenses this season (even with the last two losses the Broncos have), especially since he’s working with a slight ankle sprain that he suffered in the Redskins’ Week Nine match-up with the Atlanta Falcons.
Marion Barber (Dallas Cowboys) @ Green Bay
It’s hard to know what to make of the Barbarian this season. He runs hard every time that he’s in, but that just hasn’t been on a consistent enough basis this season. With Tashard Choice and Felix Jones stealing a handful of carries, Barber has cemented himself as an RB3 with the potential to go for 10-12 fantasy points each week. The Pack’s rush defense, which is 9th in the league, has easily been good enough to comfortably sit Marion Barber on your team’s La-Z-Boy and not think twice about it in week 10.
Potential Bust Pick of the Week:
Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Pittsburgh
Yes, Benson has cemented himself as a must-start week in and week out. However, his match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers is far from ideal. The Steelers are the best rush defense in the NFL by a lot (better than their foe Cincy by 13 rush yards per game), so while it’s tough to sit Benson, he could definitely struggle in the Steel City. Looking at Benson’s total body of work in 2009, it’s amazing that he failed so miserably with the Chicago Bears . He has been perhaps the most consistent on a week-to-week basis as anyone, but he may fall short of expectations this weekend.
WIDE RECEIVERS —SIT ‘EM
Santana Moss (Washington Redskins) vs. Denver
It’s not to say that Moss can’t put up a good week every now and then, but Champ Bailey is going to be covering him in this one. Santonio Holmes had a solid game in Week Nine against the Champ (six catches, 93 yards), but Santana doesn’t have Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball his way. Jason Campbell is a slight downgrade from Big Ben to put it nicely, and it should directly correlate to a weak week for the lesser Moss.
Eddie Royal (Denver Broncos) @ Washington
Perhaps we should stop picking on the Broncos/Redskins game that will most likely be a low-scoring affair, but both teams have good defenses and below-average offenses (perhaps a compliment when it comes to the Redskins’ offense). Eddie Royal has been perhaps the biggest disappointment for a WR in 2009, posting just 25 catches for 232 receiving yards and zero touchdowns (you can count the return TDs if you’d like, though). Keep him on your bench against the best pass defense in the NFL because this is not the week this sleeper wakes up.
Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Oakland
Bowe has had a solid overall year, but it’s gotta be hard to start him each week with so many unknowns on the Chiefs. While we like RB Jamaal Charles as a RB this week, Bowe is now competing with free agent pick-up Chris Chambers when it comes to the receiving game, and Chambers is 1-0 against Bowe this season. The Raiders have only allowed seven touchdowns to WRs this season through eight games, so while Bowe will see his targets and get some hard-fought yardage, his prospects of scoring a TD are slim. Other than his match-up against the Raiders early this season (56 yards and a TD), Bowe has been relatively contained in his career vs. Oakland (254 yards, 1 TD).
Nate Washington & Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans) vs. Buffalo
With all the struggles the Buffalo Bills have had, it apparently hasn’t been in the air where they have been defeated. The Bills have allowed only six passing TDs to 15 INTs in their eight games this season. This week they go up against a run first (run second and run third) offense in the Tennessee Titans . With Justin Gage out due to fractured bones in his back, some fantasy owners may be looking at the likes of Washington and Britt as WR3 type options; however, that’s a mistake. It actually would be a surprise to see the Titans throw more than 15 times this game. Limited throws means limited opportunities for these two to put up fantasy points.
TIGHT ENDS —SIT ‘EM
Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) @ Carolina
In moving to Atlanta, with a talented young QB and some solid weapons surrounding him, high expectations were set for Tony G. However, the tight end, while still a top-10 option, hasn’t lived up to those lofty projections. Gonzalez has averaged 7 fantasy points over his last three weeks, slightly worse than his season average of 8 fantasy points per week. Things don’t look to improve this week. The Panthers are a tough match-up allowing only 10 passing TDs to 9 INTs and less than 182 yards per game through the air. Tony G.’s been solid, but he could struggle against the Panthers strong secondary in week 10.
KICKERS —SIT ‘EM
Jeff Reed (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cincinnati
For the second week in a row, we place Jeff Reed as our Sit ‘Em Fantasy Kicker . He logged four fantasy points on four extra-points against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, and he has yet to post double-digit fantasy points from the kicker position this year. While his offense may put up a few scores, his chances of double-digit fantasy points aren’t good (Heinz Field is the worst place to kick in the NFL).
DEFENSES —SIT ‘EM
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST @ San Diego
The Eagles were not the typical Eagles when they played against the Cowboys on Sunday Night. While they were able to record one interception and four sacks, they weren’t able to get off the field when it mattered most, and as a result, Tony Romo was able to beat them. The Eagles go up against a well-rounded offense led by Philip Rivers , who while our QB Sit ‘Em this week, can always do damage. The Eagles may win this game, but they are not a recommended start for this weekend versus the Chargers.
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY JACOB LERMAN .