FANTASY FARE: Week 10
By Chris Timoney
Heres a few Dos and Donts of week 10 in the NFL for all you fantasy football players
Under The Radar
QB The Panthers season has been a complete disappointment to its fans and players. Pre-season talk had Carolina making another drive towards the Super Bowl. Well at 1-7 the only drive the Panthers will be making to the Super Bowl is via car pool as spectators. That doesnt mean that you should count Jake Delhomme out of your fantasy league just yet. Delhomme has managed to string together a few nice games as of late and should be able to continue that streak this weekend vs. San Francisco. The 49ers secondary has been depleted by injury as Mike Rumph and Ahmed Plummer are both out, potentially for the season. Look for Delhomme to take advantage of this even though its on the road.
RB - Emmitt Smith, yes I said Emmitt Smith, is the definition of an under the radar fantasy player this week. The Cardinals host the Giants in the desert Sunday. The Giants come into the game depleted on the front line due to season ending injuries to both Michael Strahan and Keith Washington. It looks as though Lance Legree and Osi Umenyiora will fill in on the line. If youve got faith in these two youre a better man than me. Arizona is in the middle of the pack in the league as far as offensive rushing goes and are still in the hunt in their division. Look for Denny Green to take advantage of the Giants d-line shortcomings in the heat. Although Emmitt will likely split carries with Troy Hambrick he still makes for a nice #2RB this week for your fantasy roster.
WR Donald Driver is putting together another nice season for himself in Green Bay. For some reason Jevon Walker seems to get all the wide receiver hype up there. Driver is on pace to match and possibly surpass his 2002 season in which he made careers highs in receptions, yards and TDs. Coming off the bye week Brett Favre & Co. should be well rested as they host the Vikings, who bring a poor secondary(as seen Monday night) into the FROZEN TUNDRA. This bodes well for Packer receivers like Driver. Play Donald and Trump your fantasy opponents.
Dont Do It
QB O.K., so the tundra wont be so frozen at Lambeau Field but its still gonna be pretty cold by the 4:15 game-time and the Viking will still be without the services of Randy Moss. As seen Monday night against the Colts, Minnesotas air attack is slowed without their star wide receiver. Nate Burelson, Kelly Campbell and Marcus Robinson just cant pick up the slack left by Moss absence. If anyone, tight end Jermaine Wiggins could prove to be Dante Culpeppers go-to guy. If thats your best option IN Green Bay then God Bless Ya. If youve got another stud at QB this week roll with him, if not, well good luck and wear slippers.
RB Please dont play any of the possible running back options for the Chiefs this week. Its looking as though Priest Holmes probably wont play Sunday against the Saints. That leaves them with Derrick Blaylock, hes coming off an injury, and Larry Johnson whos gotten little support and playing time from Dick Vermeil. Yeah I know what youre thinking, Blaylock had the big day a couple of weeks back in a romp over Atlanta but I see that as more of a fluke than a trend. Sure New Orleans doesnt have the greatest run defense, but youve got to figure that after last weekends debacle against the Chargers, coach Jim Haslett will have the Saints playing with some amount of pride at home. Find sure bet rushing yards elsewhere.
WR Tory Holt has put together a nice career for himself. That being said, his season so far has been a mixed bag so dont play yourself by playing Tory this week. The Rams play host to the Seahawks who will be geared up to avenge the crushing loss to St Louis back in week 5. And after last week the Rams look to be headed for complete disarray. Holt started out the season putting up solid & steady numbers, but since week 4 his stats have been erratic which is not good for fantasy owners. Jump off Torys see-saw season this week and hold out for next week.
QB Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks travel to St. Louis to find out if Mike Martz can get his team to respond to last weeks embarrassing loss to the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Regardless of whether the Rams can collect themselves and put up the W(feel free to insert George Bush joke here) Hasselbeck should have a field day against a secondary that had trouble stopping a somewhat depleted wide receiver core last week at home.
Hasselbeck is coming off a solid week in which his passer rating was 130 against the 13th ranked pass D in the league(49ERs). Darrel Jackson looks good to go again and the league is yet to suspend Koren Robinson. Combine that with an efficient running game and the Seahawks should be able to use play-action til the cows, or should I say the Rams come home. Roll with Hasselbeck this week, you wont be disappointed.
RB Edgerrin James is a must play Sunday at home against the Texans. The
Texans are an average team defensively both against the pass and the run and
against a high powered offense like the Colts average wont cut it.
Edgerrin ran for 123 yards last Monday night against a team with a better run D than Houston. Plus, the Colts only hold a 1 game lead on the Texans in the division and will need to pull out all the stops to beat a hungry Houston team.
WR On the other side of that AFC South coin, Texans wide-out Andre Johnson has been David Carrs main receiver in the passing game. The Colts are sporting the worst pass defense in the league(shocker). So look for Johnson, Corey Bradford and anyone else running patterns for Houston to rack up some nice fantasy points.
Well thats that. Take my advice or leave it on the web page. Either way, when it comes to playing fantasy football, arent we all winners in the end.
Good Luck and Ill talk to you next week or in the forums.
Chris Timoney provides is a site contributor for the Patriots Insider. You can find him in the forums under the name: jakbrown. You can also find archives of his columns on the Insiders by using the search feature on this site.
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