Man Up/Step Aside Week 10
Are we seriously already in double-digit weeks in the NFL season? Where has the time gone? It’s been a great season to say the least besides the ridiculous amount of injuries we’ve seen. Add Richard Sherman to the list now with a ruptured Achilles, which already took a toll on the struggling Seahawks defense. With the playoff picture still shaping up there’s plenty of great games slated this week. You’ve got the Bills trying to keep up with New England as they host the Saints. The Chargers trying to keep up out West but they’ve got their hands full with a scary Jacksonville defense.
Leading up to Week Ten we haven’t had much drama besides the whole Zeke and court circus. Also it’s just been a bad week for several teams. Mike Evans was suspended for his dumb actions, and Winston was fined for acting like an idiot, which I for one thought he was over that phase. Although I need more friends like Evans, because if I’m even in danger and someone doesn’t have my back like Evans does for Winston then I don’t want anything to do with them. So I think this meme can pretty much sum up life at the moment. Enjoy Week Ten my friends, and you can always find me on Twitter.
It was back in Week 4 when we saw Davante Adams being led off the field on a stretcher after taking a scary hit from Danny Trevathon. This time around is time for some revenge. Adams remains one of Hundley’s favorite targets, and if you think the Packers are just going to lay down for the remaining teams they have to play think again.
Tarik Cohen looks to be out of the dog house finally, but with Chicago being an absolute run first offense Howard will remain to be the workhorse he’s been all season. Remember when several people had Howard falling off the earth coming into the season? Well he’s proved them wrong. Howard is as tough as they come, and will have yet another big game against their division rivals.
Each week I should just keep adding Kamara. He’s that damn good! This time around he has another tough test against the Bills on the road, but Kamara isn’t looking to stop for anyone, so don’t hesitate to play him on the road against a tough Bills defense.
Fitz magic is upon us, and this week he’s filling in for that crazy, crazy man who wears #3 and likes to snack on his fingers… Fitzpatrick will be without Mike Evans, so look for Cameron Brate and Doug Martin to have good games here, and if you need a streamer for QB this week, go ahead and add Fitz as this is a revenge game for him against the Jets.
Adam Thielen has been the #1 in the Vikings offense as of late, but Diggs finally looks to be healthy and got his bye at the right time. This week Minnesota will have their hands full with a Redskins team who can score at anytime with Cousins at the helm, so I expect Keenum to get back into rhythm with their main guy Diggs in this NFC showdown up North.
Gordon is just an animal. No matter how many times you see him listed as questionable, when he’s on the field you know he’s going to perform at a high level. The Chargers might not want the Jags in an ideal matchup, but if they have any hope of getting best of this elite defense on the road it won’t be by throwing them on the floor and punching them in the face like A.J. Green… it’s going to be through the run game with Gordon.
My man crush Sammy Watkins makes the cut this week and for very good reasons. One, he’s at home and the Texans are without Watson. Two, the Texans defense is very prone to the big plays. Watkins has only one catch last week for a 67-yard touchdown so that saved his day if you started him, but after not being targeted as much last week, I can see Goff favoring Watkins this week.
This is a no brainer, but don’t be one of those foolish people thinking he’s going to replicate what he did back in 2015. Although C.J. Anderson and the Broncos defense played a big part, stay away from starting any Broncos if possible.
If you have Hopkins you’ve got to keep rolling him out there, but Fuller on the other hand no longer provides that big play-ability he once did with Watson. And going against a tough Rams team on the road does not look good for the Texans this week in general.
It actually looked like Henry was finally going to best DeMarco Murray and take over as the lead back, but in his last 21 carries he’s only produced 39 yards, and will likely take a back seat to Murray again unless something comes up.
Washington’s pass catchers have had a black rain cloud over them this whole season. Chris Thompson and Vernon Davis have been his best receiving options, and in general I just expect Minnesota’s defense to be all over Cousins.
Matt Forte looked like 2013 Forte last week against the Bills, but this week he’s dealing with a lingering knee issue, so if you benched Forte last week and are hoping you’ve got some value in him for this week look elsewhere.
We finally get a look at the new Bill play this week. We’ve seen Tyrod Taylor deliver the deep ball to Watkins when he was in Buffalo, so we know Benjamin will be productive at some point. However this Saints defense comes to play, and they’ve been very fun to watch, so a spoiler for Benjamin’s debut as a Bill is very likely.
It has been great seeing Allen be healthy and play with no problems this season thus far, but this week Allen has a tough match up against the best CB combo in the league with Bouye and Ramsey. I understand that benching Allen on your team is probably not possible, but temper expectations if you’re starting Allen this week.