Fantasy Football 2013: Week 10 Mailbag

By Adam Pfeifer

Nick Foles threw seven more touchdown passes than Aaron Rodgers in Week 9.

Of course, Rodgers threw all of two passes before leaving the game with an injury, so there’s that. The historic game from Foles and unfortunate injury to Rodgers have presented a plethora of fantasy questions as we already approach Week 10 of the fantasy season. You need to make that playoff push, you have questions.

We’ve got you covered.

Q: I have Aaron Rodgers. Backup is Jay Cutler. Case Keenum and Ben Roethlisberger on waiver wire. What should I do?

AP: Wow. Quite the predicament you’ve got there. It appears Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone, which would sideline him until the fantasy playoffs, if you’re lucky. Meanwhile, Cutler is recovering ahead of schedule with a groin injury, but he still may not play on Sunday. So, here’s how I look at it. If Cutler suits up, I play him in what could be a shootout against Detroit. If not, I actually have the young gunslinger Keenum ranked ahead of the grizzled veteran. I love what I saw from Keenum. Not afraid to air the ball out, which could result in some big plays. I like the weapons around him more, even with running back Arian Foster banged up. Keenum actually leads the league in average depth of target (12.4), and has receivers to haul in those big passes. Ben has a very good, safe matchup, but Keenum has massive upside right now.

Q: Who do you like better for dynasty: Case Keenum, Nick Foles, Ej Manuel?

AP: This is a very good question. I guess you could say that I’m sipping out of the Keenum Kool-Aid, because I’m going with him here. Sure, Foles is coming off of a seven-touchdown game. However, Philadelphia still hasn’t stated that he is the starter. They insist on waiting for Vick to get healthy, and to me, that shows that the Eagles may not be 100 percent sold on Foles. Besides, I could definitely see them drafting a quarterback. Manuel will always have a special place in my heart (Bills fan), but he lacks the upside that Keenum presents. The Bills are a run-heavy team, the receivers around him are unproven and consistently banged up and he doesn’t have the arm Keenum possesses. I think this job is his for the taking, and we could be looking at this year’s Colin Kaepernick, perhaps.

Q: I have a plethora of receivers. Would you trade Torrey Smith for MJD or Andre Brown?

AP: I mean, it really depends on who you have at wide receiver already, but I’m really not sold on MJD going forward, and it’s hard to assume what will exactly happen when Brown comes back. He should be the main back, especially at the goal line, but this guy has been ridden with injuries throughout his career. Smith hasn’t been very good lately, but there’s volume here. For some reason, quarterback Joe Flacco is averaging almost 40 passing attempts per game, and the Ravens offense has lost it’s identity. Smith has been targeted a healthy 70 times on the season (8.75 per game), which is good for top-20 in football. I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to trading him, but I’d aim a bit higher, if you can. Perhaps try packaging Smith and another wideout for an even better back.

Q: I need a defense this week. Tennessee, Arizona, Tampa Bay? (Colin McCollick)

AP: I would go with the Titans among this list. Their defense started the season off with a bang, but have trailed off a bit as of late. Still, they get to host the lowly Jaguars this week, without Justin Blackmon. Tennessee has a terrific corner by the name of Alterraun Verner, who ranks third among Pro Football Focus’ cornerback ratings. If he can take Cecil Shorts out of the picture, this defense should roll. The Jaguars are allowing opposing defenses to score exactly 15 fantasy points per game. They are in my top-five for this week.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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