Britt Happens In Week 10
Of course, it wouldn’t be Fantasy Football without another entertaining week. One of the teams on bye this week is the Vikings, who seemingly grab headlines at an unnerving rate, whether they like it or not. Not only did Jerick McKinnon owners have to sit through watching that plow of a running back Matt Asiata vulture three touchdowns last week, but there is a serious chance Adrian Peterson could return now. If that manages to happen, I will truly believe “anything is possible” as quoted by the effervescent Kevin Garnett. Joining the Vikings on bye in Week 10 are the Texans, Colts, Patriots, Chargers, Redskins. Rejoice! As this is the final week in which six teams are on a bye. We are nearly to the point when all the dust clears and the smoke settles, leaving only the strongest teams ready for a playoff push after the bye weeks. As usual, if for some unforeseen reason you are unaffected by the teams that are off this week, you can still use these suggestions as sleepers or injury replacements.
This might be an obvious suggestion at this point in time, but the matchup is just too juicy to pass up, and this player is still likely available in some leagues. That’s right, I am talking about the one and only Mark Sanchez. This is how you know it’s been a wacky NFL season. There will be doubters, but look, this isn’t nearly the same situation we are used to when it comes to Sanchez. I am a Jets fan and can admit that even if a young Peyton Manning fell in their laps, they wouldn’t know how to develop him. Seriously, I think the organization goes out of their way to ruin the careers of young quarterbacks. Sorry, but that doesn’t bode well for Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston if you guys are reading this. Sanchez will have a chance to thrive in this up tempo offense, as he showed the world last week. He made a few mistakes, tossing two interceptions in that game (one of which wasn’t his fault) but also made some beautiful throws. At worst, he will likely give the team what Nick Foles was giving them, completing just 59.9-percent of his passes with a 13:10 TD:INT ratio. The Eagles take on the Panthers this week, a team that has allowed 17 passing touchdowns this season and nearly 19 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. For those owners who decide to roll the dice, #NeverForget this.
Start Sanchez over: Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Michael Vick
Looking Deeper: It’s been an up and down season for Derek Carr, but what rookie quarterback doesn’t make mistakes? The Raiders host the Broncos in Week 10 and will likely be trailing. I fully expect the Broncos to take out their frustration from last week’s loss on the Raiders, but that shouldn’t shy people away from Carr. He’s only played one divisional home game so far this season and that was the game in which he threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns against the Chargers. This kid has talent and the right mesh of receivers surrounding him in James Jones the veteran, Andre Holmes the young stud, and Mychal Rivera the reliable tight end to at least be a viable option. Not to mention the Broncos are allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.
Is it possible to ‘Make it Rainey’ two weeks in a row? Seriously, I just want to start any and every running back that plays against the Atlanta Falcons. I won’t cop out though, and suggest the same player for week 10. Not that I ever really want to tell Fantasy owners to start Steven Jackson but having six teams on a bye could take it’s toll on anybody. For those realistic fans out there who aren’t living in the past, we know S-Jax isn’t the running back he once was but with that being said, he has been serviceable at times this year. You can analyze the stats and obviously he isn’t impressive at 3.6 yards-per-carry but he does have three rushing touchdowns. To put that in perspective, that’s more than LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, and the same amount (total touchdowns) as Le’Veon Bell. Jackson isn’t going to rush for 100 yards but he will get the goal-line touches. He faces the Buccaneers this week, who are allowing just over 20 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Also, they have allowed five total touchdowns (rushing and receiving) to running backs in their past four games. The cherry on top is they even allowed a touchdown to S-Jax earlier in the year when the teams faced off. This is by all means an unsexy start but his chance to get a touchdown is much higher than the other scrubs available.
Start Jackson over: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Jets Running backs, Rams running backs, Panthers running backs, Raiders running backs, Frank Gore
Looking Deeper: No Fantasy owner really wants to start a backup running back, but sometimes they have no choice. If that’s the case, the guy I am referring to here is the ‘Seahulk’ Robert Turbin. Why is Turbin called the Seahulk? Well, as you can see from this picture from his combine, he is built like a linebacker in a running backs body. Nonetheless, the Giants continue to plummet in terms of their effort and their overall output this season and that shouldn’t change when they head to Seattle. This game could get ugly and perhaps in an effort to preserve ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch for the remainder of the season, we could see Turbin. Turbin did have his highest rushing yardage last week, going for 35 yards on seven totes with a 14-yard reception. When owners are down this low, why not take the chance here?
In my personal opinion, Patrick Peterson is overrated in terms of being a cover cornerback, which leads me to my next bye-week replacement in Kenny Britt. While I despise the Rams passing situation with Austin Davis at the helm, they need to throw the ball to somebody and that somebody is Britt. With Brian Quick now done for the year, Britt is stepping in as the primary receiver and the numbers prove it. Just last week he was in the game for a season-high 92-percent of the offensive snaps, hauling the Rams’ only touchdown of the game. The Cardinals are allowing just over 27 Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, fifth worst in the NFL to date. The Rams will likely be trailing in this game and Britt has flashed explosiveness at times throughout his career. The only things holding him back might be his own motivation and highly questionable play-calling of one Brian Schottenheimer. If it makes owners feel any better, I am actually starting Britt in a league this week as my flex so there!
Start Britt over: Steve Johnson, John Brown, Dwayne Bowe, Jarvis Landry, Riley Cooper
Looking Deeper: As we saw last week in primetime, Markus Wheaton has some big-play ability and lucky for him, who does he play this week? You guessed it, my New York Jets. This is an obvious one. Ben Roethlisberger has tossed for 12 touchdowns in the past two weeks and Jets have allowed a league-worst 24 passing touchdowns. It’s a recipe for success when it comes the Steelers passing game this week. The only worry I have is that the Steelers go up big early in this game and then take a backseat and just run the ball. However, they need to score points early to get that lead. That is where Wheaton comes in.
As I mentioned earlier, I am a fan of the Raiders passing game this week and with that comes Mychal Rivera. He has been inconsistent at times and his numbers may be skewed from playing the Seahawks last week (they are dreadful against the tight end) but I like this matchup. The Broncos are allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year and Rivera is coming on strong lately. He has 20 targets over the past two weeks and Carr seems to be gaining comfort with him. Also, the ONLY two tight ends that have more Fantasy points than Rivera over that span are Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. Let that sink in . . .
Start Rivera over: Scott Chandler, Charles Clay, Heath Miller, Jason Witten
Frank, how can you possibly suggest a defense that just allowed 43 points last week? Well, its simple. Six teams are on a bye and they are going up against Zach Mettenberger. The Ravens host the Titans in week 10 and will be hungry after getting embarrassed by their rival Steelers. This is just an obvious start as they will bring a lot of heat on the rookie quarterback and running back. I expect multiple sacks and this game and we could see a defensive touchdown. Also, Jacoby Jones is still returning kicks of them, which adds another element.
Start Ravens D/ST over: Every team except the Seahawks and Cardinals
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