Week 10 presents the first ‘bye-free’ week for some time. Now it’s just a matter of making sure you’ve got your studs started, and your duds on the bench. Of course, there are your obvious starts every week. Most QB’s like Brees, Brady, Newton, etc… are good examples. Players like Adrian Peterson, and Calvin Johnson should never be on your bench, ever. Then there’s everyone else. Here’s 5 must starts for week 10; (*** I’d also like to introduce my new burrito rating system. 5 burritos = huge day)
1) Antonio Brown – WR, PIT
Brown has been on a tear the past few weeks, with veteran WR’s Hines Ward and Emmanual Sanders injured. Last week, Brown was targeted a team high 11 times for 100 yards and a shoulda-been-touchdown had it not been for WR Mike Wallace literally stealing the pass from Brown and taking it to the house. Brown has huge speed and some say, may even be battling for the top spot in Pittsburgh’s WR core. This week the Steelers go to Cincinnati who’s also been playing well. Lucky for Brown though, Bengals stud cornerback Leon Hall will be covering the speedy Wallace, leaving Brown to do what he’s been doing the past 3 games. Brown is definately, a must start. 4 Burritos!
2) Demarco Murray – RB, DAL
Murray has been unstoppable since starting for injured RB Felix Jones, who may be in real danger of getting his job back whenever he’s healthy enough to return. It’s obvious just watching Murray play that he’s got that certain something that most RB’s don’t have. The Cowboys have relied heavily on the run game, because of the frequent injuries plaguing WR’s Austin, and Bryant. Which should spell a constant workload for Murray, and this Sunday is no different. The ‘Boys are at home vs the Bills, who’ve given up the 9th most fantasy points to RB’s this season. This one is a no-brainer for Murray owners, so fill up on 5 Burritos!
3) Anquan Boldin – WR, BAL
Boldin has averaged 8.5 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD in his last four games. Last week, the Steelers shutdown corner Ike Taylor was all over Boldin. Regardless, Boldin had a good game with 7 receptions for 88 yards (leaving us to wonder if this is the return of Boldin’s breakaway speed?). The Ravens go to Seattle on Sunday, who’ve given up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing WR’s this season. Boldin has shown huge improvement this year, and shouldn’t have any problems making more improvements against the lowly Hawks. Seattle also has some pretty good Mexican joints. Boldin will down at least 3 Burritos!
4) Owen Daniels – TE, HOU
Daniels is the Texans’ leading receiver with 34 catches 447 yards and 3 td’s. Much of this is due to WR Andre Johnson’s injury woes, but most already know that Daniels has always been a great TE. This Sunday the Texans’ go to Tampa Bay who’ve given up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing TE’s. As of the past few games, Daniels hasn’t had standout numbers (averaging about 4 catches for 55 yards in 4 games). The majority of the scoring in Houston usually goes to the running game, but this week the Bucs will be on all out attack to stop or at least slow it down. Daniels will get his catches and score this week. I got a good feeling on Daniels this week, so he’s chowin’ down on 4 Burritos!
5) Stephen Jackson – RB, St.L
Jackson is back from the depths of fantasy irrelevance. Last week, Jackson ran for 130 yards on 29 carries. The run game is #1 for the Rams as of late. Over the past 4 games, Jackson is averaging 133 yards a game. QB Sam Bradford will return this Sunday in Cleveland, meaning the Browns will need to respect the pass and hopefully leave clear lanes for Jackson to run. Regardless, there is no doubt that the running game is very important for the Rams, and Jackson will get tons of opportunity to beat up the Browns defense. I’m expecting a big game from Jackson, so he’s gonna load up on 5 massive Burritos!!!!