Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Michael Crabtree and More Must-Play PPR Studs

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 12, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns is called for pass interference while breaking up a pass intended for  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 30, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The fun thing about fantasy football is that different leagues use different formats. Sure, there is a standard scoring set, but many leagues alter those a little.

One of those alterations is Points Per Reception, or PPR.  

I don't know what kind of yardage or scoring totals these guys will put up this week, but look for a lot of catches. 

If that happens, PPR owners everywhere will be satisfied.

 

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

Crabtree hasn't had a particularly strong game this year. He's yet to hit 80 yards in a single game and has caught only one touchdown pass.

But over the last three games, he's caught five passes or more, and that's a great PPR output. Against the Giants' secondary, I fully expect that to continue. 

The yardage totals may not be particularly attractive, but he catches an awful lot of passes and is by far Alex Smith's most reliable receiving option, at least as a receiver. Vernon Davis would still be ranked ahead of him in that regard.

 

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

I must admit, including Brown here is a little misleading. He's not a great PPR play, he's a great play in any format, bar none.

Now, he's great in PPR too. Over the last three weeks, he's had seven, nine and five catches. He's quickly turning into one of the more dangerous weapons.

I have to think that the Bengals' focus will be on Mike Wallace. Brown will catch plenty of passes and rack up plenty of yards. He's still available in a lot of leagues, which baffles me. Unfortunately, he's not available in any of my leagues. Oh well.

 

Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears

Bennett had a fine return to action a few weeks ago, catching five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. With that kind of production, wouldn't you think that Jay Cutler will look his way early and often?

I sure would.

The Lions have a good defense, but it has some holes. Bennett is the kind of receiver to exploit them. At the least, he'll catch a lot of passes this week.

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