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Kris’s Korner: Don’t get cute, start your studs

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Week 10 is upon us. Only four (or five depending on your league set up) more weeks until playoffs, and there are some pretty good players on bye weeks this week, including the No. 1 quarterback and tight end.

If you’ve made it this far and are still in the hunt for the playoffs then congratulations. However, this is not the week to get cute and try to do something that can ultimately cost you a win. Those times have long been gone.

It’ll be tough goings this week, so look for some of these names for bye week fillers.

As always, start your studs, and good luck this week.

Byes: Indianapolis, Houston, Minnesota, New England, San Diego, Washington


Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Matt Ryan (Atlanta): Remember when Matty Ice threw for 286 yards and 3 TDs in week 3 against Tampa Bay? Yeah? Well, that was the last time Ryan had over 20 fantasy points. Fortunately for him, Tampa Bay has gotten much worse. Currently, Tampa Bay has given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game.

Cam Newton (Carolina): Heavy sighs all around with Cam Newton this year. He’s had only one game this season with over 20 points that came against Cincinnati in week 6. This week, he’s facing Philadelphia’s defense that, although is top-5 in defensive/special teams, has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. SuperCam has also been running more, averaging almost 11 carries per game.

Carson Palmer (Arizona): Since his return in week 6, Palmer is averaging 270 passing yards per game, has thrown 9 TDs and only 2 INTs. In those four weeks, he’s been the fifth-best fantasy quarterback. He’s a must start from here on out.

Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia): Any quarterback in Chip Kelly’s offense is likely to be a top-10 play. Given the fact that Philadelphia plays a Carolina defense that has allowed the eighth-most amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs, starting the Mark “butt fumbler” Sanchez should be an easy decision if you’re looking for a bye week replacement.

Sit ‘Em:

Kyle Orton (Buffalo): Kyle Orton has played pretty well in the past four weeks against some decent defenses. Unfortunately for him, not even an extra week of game planning would make me want to start him against the team allowing less than 225 passing yards per game. Kansas City is also tied for third in sacks on the season with 27, so expect Orton to be under pressure. A lot.

Eli Manning (New York Giants): Seattle’s defense. No running game to help balance out the offense. Did I mention Seattle’s defense? Although Seattle’s defense isn’t as scary as they once were, they still allow the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.

Alex Smith (Kansas City): Smith has been incredibly inconsistent this season against lesser defenses. This week, he plays a Buffalo defense that has not only 28 sacks on the season, but is also tied for first in interceptions with 12.


Start ‘Em: Running backs

Mark Ingram (New Orleans): San Francisco has allowed over 100 rushing yards to only one running back and has allowed the fifth-fewest amount of rushing yards this season. However, Ingram has been playing too well to sit him.

Denard Robinson (Jacksonville): Robinson has averaged 5.8 yards per carry in his three games as the lead back and the Cowboys have allowed 4.6 yards per carry, which is sixth most in the NFL. Run Shoelace! Run!

Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay): If all goes according to plan over in Tampa, Charles Sims will be the starting running back next week. However, that’s not the case this week and Rainey is still the starter this week. That’s not a bad thing, though. Rainey is a decent duel threat back that has 23 catches on the season.

Sit ‘Em:

Frank Gore (San Francisco): San Francisco, for some unexplainable reason, has gone away from the run lately, especially in the red zone. Until that changes, Gore can’t be trusted as a reliable fantasy running back.

Andre Williams (New York Giants): Have you seen him play? Anything stand out to you? No? Me neither. Here’s to hoping Rashad Jennings comes back sooner rather than later.

Any Buffalo RB: Fred Jackson has practiced everyday this week despite his lingering groin injury. However, it’s looking as though he will still miss this weekend’s matchup against Kansas City. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon aren’t reliable enough to want to start.


Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina): Benjamin has had at least 8 targets in all but two games this season. Cam Newton clearly loves him as his No. 1 target. Benjamin should have a good against a porous Philadelphia secondary that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points for receivers, but only if Newton can begin to throw more accurately. 

Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants): I’m sure you saw that game last week. I’m also sure you saw the video of the ridiculous one handed catches that he did in pre-game warm ups. I know, I know. Seattle’s defense. He’s a clear No. 2 fantasy wide out this week with all of the guys on byes. 
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Mike Evans (Tampa Bay): I said it last week, so do I really need to say it again? Evans has been the best receiver in Tampa Bay this season. The change at quarterback doesn’t scare me one bit. There are some big names on bye weeks this week, so if you’re looking for a filler, he’s your guy.

Percy Harvin (New York Jets): Well, look who has finally decided to show up this season. Welcome back to the NFL, Percy Harvin. It’s only taken you nine weeks. With Ben Roethlisberger playing the way he has been lately, it’s likely that the Jets will be playing from behind all day. Expect a lot of throwing.

Sit ‘Em:

Michael Crabtree (San Francisco): Can somebody check Crabtree’s pulse? That’s the only explanation I can think of as to why he hasn’t been producing all season. He’s had only two games with less than 7 targets this season, but has only three games with double-digit fantasy points.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle): He couldn’t produce against the Oakland secondary, it’s not likely he’ll be able to against a Giants’ secondary that has allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Michael Floyd (Arizona): You’ve seen him play this season. Do you really think his production is going to change anytime soon? Probably not considering the emergence of John Brown and Carson Palmer’s willingness to throw it to anybody not named Michael Floyd.


Start ‘Em: Tight Ends

If you are looking for some bye week fillers to replace Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen or Antonio Gates, Heath Miller and Mychal Rivera could help out. With the way Roethlisberger has been playing lately and the Jets defense giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Miller could be in line for a big game. Rivera is a junk time monster, and has seen 20 targets in the last two weeks.


Start ‘Em: Defense/Special Teams

Arizona: They play St. Louis. The same St. Louis team that has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. 

Pittsburgh: Three words: New York Jets.


Picks of the week:

Kansas City over Buffalo

Baltimore over Tennessee

Dallas over Jacksonville

Detroit over Miami

San Francisco over New Orleans

Pittsburgh over New York Jets

Atlanta over Tampa Bay

Denver over Oakland

Seattle over New York Giants

Arizona over St Louis

Green Bay over Chicago

Carolina over Philadelphia (Upset of the Week)

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