Fantasy Football Week 10: 5 Guys in Your Starting Roster Who Need to Be Benched

Cedric Hopkins@FieldandCourtContributor INovember 12, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 10: 5 Guys in Your Starting Roster Who Need to Be Benched

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    In fantasy football you can't be mind-numb to the changes and trends that are occurring in the NFL—they directly affect your fantasy team.

    You may have drafted a household name—or maybe picked one up from the waiver wire—but that doesn't mean that you put him in your starting lineup and forget about him.

    Matchups matter. Trends matter.

    This week, there are five such instances where a typically every-week starter must be benched. Click below to find out who.

Rashard Mendenhall Will Disappoint in Ohio

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    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has disappointed his owners all season. Considered a first-round fantasy pick, Mendenhall has recorded only four rushing touchdowns.

    Coming into Cincinnati to face the elite Bengals defense, Mendenhall will continue to frustrate his owners.

    The Bengals bring the 2nd best run defense in the league for yards given up per game (84.5). In the fantasy realm, Cincinnati has surrendered the fifth-fewest points to running backs this year.

    They're stingy.

    Against the Bengals, expect to see several plays like the one shown here—Mendenhall stopped in the backfield with no room to run.

It Will Be Raining on Rice in Seattle

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    Yes, I'm telling you to bench Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. No, I haven't been sippin' Purple Drank with JaMarcus Russell either.

    Rice faces a legit Seattle Seahawks run defense, and the Ravens have to go to Seattle in CenturyLink Field to play—one of the hardest places to get a victory in the league.

    Moving the ball against Seattle will be no easy task for quarterback Joe Flacco and his gang. The Seahawks have given up only 5.3 yards per play this year.

    Against opposing rushers, Seattle has allowed only four plays of 20 plus yards.

    Flacco will struggle mightily against Seattle, which will carry over to Rice. A lot of three-and-outs for the Ravens means little production from Rice. 

Jackie Battle Is Losing the War

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    Kansas City Chiefs running back Jackie Battle was a sensational waiver wire add after gaining 119 yards in Week 5. Since then, Battle's yards per carry has dwindled (6.3, 4.8, 3.7, 2.9, respectively).  Over the past two weeks, Battle has averaged only 3.3 yards per carry.

    Battle is losing the war.

    Now the Denver Broncos arrive in town to march against Battle. The Broncos have given up as many rushing touchdowns as Battle has gotten: One. 

    Don't look for Battle to visit the end zone in this one; place him on your bench where he belongs.

Brandon Lloyd Meet Joe Haden

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    Without a question Cleveland Browns' No. 23 Joe Haden is a shutdown corner. 

    Quarterbacks have thrown his way 41 times and Haden has allowed only 19 of those passes to be completed, a 46.3 percentage.  The Browns know how to limit opposing teams No. 1 wide receivers.

    Despite a questionable tag this week (ankle), St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will start against the Browns. Having thrown just three touchdowns in the six games he's played this year, Bradford is not a good bet to throw for a score this Sunday.

    Against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9, Bradford showed inconsistency completing the long pass to receivers downfield; the go-route is Lloyd's specialty.

    Throw in (no pun intended) the fact that these two teams rank 31st (Browns) and 30th (Rams) in points scored, and you can see that Lloyd will not get to practice his touchdown dance this week.

Stevie Johnson—Boo Hoo, Sick with the Flu

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    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson is a dynamic wide receiver to watch. Johnson will leave that dynamite in Buffalo when he travels to Dallas, however.

    The Dallas Cowboys have allowed only one wide receiver to reach the 75-yard mark in receiving yards, and that was Calvin Johnson (96). Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware will trade helmet paint with Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a few times this Sunday. Ware has 12 sacks to date.

    With Fitzpatrick having virtually no time to throw, and Dallas' swarming secondary, Johnson won't catch anything more than the flu in this game. (Johnson was added to the Bills' injury report as suffering from the flu).

    He's under the weather, and his production for your fantasy team will be too.