Fantasy football week 10 officially means it’s crunch time! The next three weeks are crucial for those sitting in the middle of the packs in their leagues. You must not make mistakes or second guess yourself from here on out.
As always, I’m not here to waste anyone’s time and/or state the obvious. We are too far along in the season for me to construct an article telling you to start Drew Brees, that’s a waste of everybody’s time. With that being said, insert the following players with full confidence heading into your week 10 fantasy football battle.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton continues to impress in his sophomore campaign, but fantasy players still haven’t taken notice I guess. Despite Dalton being a top ten fantasy quarterback, he’s being started by only 17% of his owners. That just blows my mind. Are you all really that set at the quarterback position? Doubtful.
Dalton’s week 10 opponent, the New York Giants, are ranked 26th in pass defense and are giving up 264 passing yards per game. The Bengals have become a pass-happy team as Dalton has thrown the ball roughly 40 times in each of his last four contests. That will continue this Sunday so get him in those lineups.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
Can’t help but keep putting Big Ben as a featured starter lately. Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown in each game this season, and is currently ranked as the 7th best fantasy quarterback.
Despite this, Big Ben is still only being started by 47% of owners. Apparently everyone owns the other top 5 QBs in the NFL because Ben should be started almost every week.
The match up against the Kansas City Chiefs bodes well for Roethlisberger and his owners. The lowly Chiefs have been scorched for 757 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns in the past three weeks. KC has also allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Uncertainty looms in the backfield for the Steelers, so Ben will continue his nice run of production. If you own him, start him!
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley
Here we go again, another top ten player at his position, but only being started by 66% of his owners. Ridley has already seen the Buffalo Bills once this season, so I’m sure he’s licking his chops anticipating this week’s match up.
In week 4 against the Bills, Ridley popped off 106 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. In that same game, his counter-part, Brandon Bolden ripped off 137 rushing yards of his own. Well, Bolden is not suiting up for this game, which should mean a heavy workload for Ridley.
Bills have given up the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and have surrendered the most fantasy points to RBs in the past five weeks. Don’t be a member of the 34% club who aren’t starting this guy, it’s for dummies.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman
Anybody pick up Isaac Redman last week? I sure did, and boy did it aggravate my opponent. The Steelers backfield is a complete mess at the moment, but Redman played like a fantasy stud last week against the New York Giants. Isaac rumbled for 147 yards on the ground and a touchdown to top it off.
Rashard Mendenhall is “iffy” at this point for Monday night’s game, but Jonathan Dwyer looks probable to play making the Steelers backfield a time-share situation. The coaching staff has said they will “go with the hot hand,” and if anyone is hot right now, it’s Redman. If you need a bye week fill in or have been hit by the injury bug, Redman is a nice option to roll with.
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline
Brian Hartline has been a roller coaster ride for owners this season. Whether you drafted him very late, or picked him up via the wire after the season started, Hartline has been an inconsistent player. He came onto the fantasy scene in week 2 with 9 catches for 111 yards. 2 weeks after that, he electrified the NFL with a 12 reception, 253 receiving yards and a touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
Hartline disappeared after that, failing to reach the end zone in four consecutive weeks. He has shown some life however, last week against the Indianapolis Colts, he tallied 8 receptions for 107 yards. Look for that success to continue against a lousy Tennessee Titans secondary which have allowed the 7th-most fantasy points to the WR position in the last five weeks.
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt
Since we are on the subject of the Titans…here it is Kenny Britt owners. This is the week he finally breaks out and shakes off the knee injury that has hampered his production all season. He looks to be back at 100% and the Titans offense is about to get a jump start with QB Jake Locker getting the start against the Swiss cheese defense of the Miami Dolphins.
Britt has not scored a touchdown since week 6, but that should change against the 30th ranked pass defense in the NFL. The Dolphins have literally been smoked the past two weeks against wide receivers. And I’m not talking good wide receivers either, I’m talking New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts receivers. 38 receptions, 496 yards, and 3 touchdowns….that’s the stat line for the Miami secondary the past two weeks. You kidding me?
If Britt doesn’t score this week, I will honestly be shocked. Britt is owned by roughly 85% of leagues, but only being started by 20% of his owners. Keep the faith my friends, this is the week that he makes it worth your while.
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler
If history repeats itself, then Scott Chandler should have his 2nd-best game of the season against the New England Patriots. Chandler has not reached the end zone in four consecutive weeks. The last time he did score was against, yep you guessed it, the Patriots. Week 4 he hauled in four passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns which was easily his best game of the season.
Look for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to connect with Chandler on Sunday. The Patriots rank 27th at defending the tight end position and have allowed 16 receptions, 170 yards, and one touchdown the last two weeks. Chandler is a solid option in week 10.
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph’s value goes through the ceiling with WR Percy Harvin possibly out with an ankle injury in week 10. Rudolph has not scored since week 6 against the Washington Redskins, but the recent struggles can also be placed on QB Christian Ponder. The former Florida State Seminole has struggled these past few weeks, and the Vikings have tried to rely on Adrian Peterson and their defense to keep them in games.
Look for the offense, especially Ponder to get back on track, with Rudolph being part of the equation. The match up against the Detroit Lions is a favorable one as they rank 24th defending opposing tight ends. If Harvin plays, Rudolph’s value comes back to reality, but assuming Harvin can’t go, Kyle is a viable option at tight end this week.
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