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The Fantasy Football Nerd: Week 10 – Part 2

November 10, 2013


Welcome to part 2 of The Fantasy Football Nerd!  Because I split this week into 2 posts, I’ll keep this short and sweet!

In the wake of the recent Miami Dolphin bullying scandal, I say this… there’s a fine line between good-natured ribbing and ill mannered actions.  Fantasy Football is meant to be fun.  Part of that fun is talking trash and giving each other a hard time.  But, be mindful to never cross the line.  If you’re going to be cruel to each other or 1 person in particular, then why play with them?  Clearly it’s not fun for you, and most definitely not fun for them.  Remember, it’s a game you CHOOSE to play with people you CHOOSE to play with.  That being said, I’d like to formerly apologize to anyone that I may have crossed the line against.

Now, let’s get into week 10’s match-ups!



  1. Ben Roethlisberger – This Steeler offense has really been cooking lately.  Despite a loss in Oakland (that you can blame on the defense), the offense is starting to look like an NFL caliber offense.  Against a Bills defense that has been suspect, I expect Big Ben to have another nice game.
  2. Philip Rivers – Every week Rivers could find himself in a shootout.  His offense is good enough, and his defense is bad enough.  Against a fresh-off bye Broncos team, Rivers will need to have it be a shootout in order to keep up with Peyton.
  3. Peyton Manning – Take one shaky Charger Defense, add in a fresh-off bye Peyton Manning, and you get a dream match-up.  Remember what Peyton did week 1?  There’s no reason to believe he can’t do it again in week 10.

Running Backs

  1. Eddie Lacy – Like Manning, it’s simple math.  No Aaron Rodgers + a suspect Eagles’ defense = opportunities galore for the hot rookie back.  I expect Lacy to see a career high in touches week 10.
  2. Matt Forte – Who has been one of the hottest fantasy backs as of late?  Matt Forte!  Who torched the Lions’ defense for 95 yards off 14 carries in week 4 in Detroit?  You guessed it.  At home with Cutler back.
  3. Reggie Bush – Did you see what Lacy and Starks did to the Bears’ defense on Monday night?  Did you see what Bush did to the Bears  in week 4?  Bush should have another break out day in week 10.  I expect 2 scores: one rushing and one receiving.
  4. Chris Johnson – Johnson has demonstrated in 3 of his last 4 match-ups that he still has his breakout speed (the fourth game was against Seattle…).  Do you really think the Jaguars will be able to contain him?

Wide Receivers

  1. Antonio Brown – Brown has stepped up as the number 1 receiver in this offense.  Especially in PPR, trust Brown to receive a lot of Big Ben’s attention.
  2. Brandon Marshall / Alshon Jeffery – The Lions have a problem covering good receivers.  This tandem has proven to be one of the best in the NFL.  In case you have doubts, take a look what they did in Detroit in week 4.
  3. Victor Cruz – The Giants are fresh-off bye.  They’ve won two in a row going into the bye week.  If I were them, I’d work on getting Cruz the ball more often.  Against a soft secondary that was just torched by Nick Foles, I expect Cruz to have big numbers in week 10.
  4. All Relevant Bronco Receivers – It’ll be a shootout, plain and simple.  There’s no reason to think the Broncos can’t repeat their week 1 performance.

Tight Ends

Of course, you always start the relevant tight ends.  Here is one of the less relevant tight ends that has a super salivating match-up.

  1. Martellus Bennett – Cutler’s back.  Bennett is a huge target, specifically in the redzone.  If the Lions find a way to cover both Marshall and Jeffery, Bennett will surely find himself open.

Defense / Special Teams

  1. Titans – They play the 0-8 Jaguars.  THE JAGUARS!
  2. Dolphins – The Dolphins looked great on Thursday night against the Bengals.  Do you think the Buccaneers are as good on offense as the Bengals?  Me neither.



  1. Matt Ryan – Do you really trust the struggling Falcons to turn it around against the Seahawks?
  2. Mike Glennon – Andy Dalton and A.J. Green couldn’t get it done against the Dolphins.  Who is better- Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson or Andy Dalton and A.J. Green?
  3. E.J. Manuel – Sure the Steelers’ defense hasn’t been what it has been in the past, but really, their struggle has been against the run.  Manuel has proven to be mobile, but I don’t expect the Steelers to give up another 90+ yard TD run.
  4. Case Keenum  Sure, Keenum looked good in the first half of the Colts’ game.  But really, it was Andre Johnson who looked good as he torched the Colts’ secondary.  I don’t expect Keenum to find those same openings against Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.  My guess is he’ll try to force the ball and end up throwing his first pick.

Running Backs

  1. Giovani Bernard – Backs have succeeded against the Ravens, but not the type of backs that Bernard is.  My guess is if there’s a back that finds the end zone, it’s the Law Firm and not Gio.
  2. Zac Stacy – The rookie has been one of the hottest things on 2 legs these last 2 weeks.  The Colts should be ready to have Kellen Clemens beat them, and not Stacy.  He’s going to be a for sure start given his trend, but I see less than impressive numbers from him week 10.
  3. Steven Jackson – What has he done this year to prove he’s the guy?  Do you think that will change against the Seahawks?
  4. Ryan Mathews – This game will be a shootout!  If it’s a shootout, then Woodhead should see far more snaps than Mathews.
  5. Rashard Mendenhall  The worst thing that you can do to Mendenhall’s value is cut his carries.  That being said, Andre Ellington has far outplayed Mendenhall in nearly every aspect.  If there’s a big day to be had by an Arizona back, it’ll be Ellington NOT Mendenhall.

Wide Receivers

  1. Cecil Shorts – The Titans’ defense has been pretty good against opposing wide-outs.  No Justin Blackmon means Shorts will receive all of that attention.
  2. Andre Johnson – Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.
  3. Vincent Jackson – It’s not that I think that there’s a defensive back that can cover Jackson in Miami, I just don’t think Cameron Wake will give Glennon the time to find Jackson.
  4. Stevie Johnson – Ike Taylor is playing.  Ike Taylor is playing.
  5. Calvin Johnson – Look, you’re starting Megatron regardless.  Just be warned, Charles “Peanut” Tillman could essentially call himself Optimus Prime for being able to shut down Megatron.  In the past, this match-up has always favored Peanut.

Tight Ends

  1. Jared Cook – If you’re starting Jared Cook, then chances are you also have Rob Gronkowski or Jordan Cameron.  If that’s not the case… HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING THIS SEASON???
  2. Tony Gonzalez – The Seattle Defense isn’t dumb.  They know they need to shut down T-Gon, and they have the defense to do it.

Defense / Special Teams

  1. Chargers – Peyton Manning.
  2. Bears – As I said last week, good defenses have come and gone, and the Lions’ offense has shredded them.  The Bears couldn’t get it done in week 4, there’s no reason to think they can do it week 10.
  3. Cowboys – Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham.

You know the routine on kickers.  Find the highest projected non-Jaguar.

As always, feel free to e-mail me at with any lineup questions you may have.  I will try to do my best to answer them prior to kick-off.

Good luck on your Week 10 match-ups!

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