DENVER - The teams on bye this week are: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New York Jets
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Here’s what’s trending around the league for week 10.
Green Bay Packers: So Aaron Rodgers is on the bench after breaking his collarbone. Clearly after watching Seneca Wallace hand off most of the night, the Packers running game will be spotlighted until Rodgers returns. Eddie Lacy, and to a lesser degree James Starks, will be the primary offense. If you have any of the Packers receivers, expect a drop off until Rodgers’ return, which may be right in time for the fantasy playoffs, or just after the fantasy playoffs. Jordy Nelson is the only one worth starting in the passing game, but it’s more than likely going to be WR2 or WR3 numbers from here on out.
Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles is back in the limelight after lighting up the Oakland Raiders. If you owned Aaron Rodgers, hopefully you were fortunate enough to get Foles off the waiver wire this week. He’s easily the best option at the quarterback position. Foles was the step up the Eagles offense needed since he and Michael Vick were on the bench and Matt Barkley was in at quarterback. Riley Cooper is another hot waiver wire pickup, and you should feel confident playing the rest of the Eagles supporting cast on a weekly basis again. As long as Foles continues to play well, Chip Kelly won’t have to make a decision on who’s the starting quarterback when Vick’s hamstring starts to feel better.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon is out for the year, so you can expect much of the same offense from the first four weeks of the season. This means that Cecil Shorts is the only thing relevant again, somewhat. Maurice Jones-Drew has found the end zone in the last few games, but still remains a low end option at running back. He’s basically got to get a touchdown to produce anything.
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson has become worthy, (I feign at saying the words trustworthy and Chris Johnson in the same sentence) of a weekly start again. The past four weeks he’s been a vision of his old self. Ride the wave as long as you can, knowing he can be a dud any given week, for no apparent reason.
Indianapolis Colts: It took a half of a game against the Texans, but Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton figured out how to play without Reggie Wayne. Coby Fleener was the only “other” who was relevant in the passing game. Trent Richardson is a huge disappointment, and a liability in your lineup. Donald Brown is taking over in the backfield so if you’re looking for some flex help; he can fill in given the right matchup, like this week against the Rams.
Houston Texans: Case Keenam has breathed some life back into the Texans passing game. Of course it helps to have Andre Johnson to throw passes to. Keenam has actually performed pretty decent since playing in two full games after Matt Schaub was injured. Arian Foster can no longer be trusted with his hamstring issue. Even though he more than likely was a first round pick, he has to stay on the bench. Ben Tate played hard through the broken ribs and should be the primary back in a rejuvenated offense, as long as the ribs don’t sideline him.
San Francisco 49ers: This week Mario Manningham was activated by the 49ers and Michael Crabtree was cleared to resume practicing. Manningham has been practicing for almost a month, and should be on the field soon, if not this week. It’s worth grabbing Manningham and stashing to see what happens when he gets in the game. Crabtree may be back before the end of the season, but the timing might be after the fantasy season is over.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike James had a good game last week since filling in for Doug Martin. It was kind of a shaky situation in the first few games, but he went for over 150 yards against Seattle. That’s twice in a row the Seahawks have been burned by the run, the prior week by Zac Stacy of the Rams. James is worth grabbing and playing in a flex or at best an RB2 for the time being, but monitor the situation.
New York Giants: Andre Brown returns from a broken leg injury, and he’s been practicing the last two weeks. The Giants’ run game had been anemic at the beginning of the season but the offense in general has been producing prior to their bye, last week. Who is not producing, is Hakim Nicks. Rueben Randle has pretty much taken over opposite Victor Cruz. The Giants have the Raiders in New York this week and Eli Manning and company should have a good game.
Week 10 defensive ranks against run and pass, best to worst.
AGAINST THE RUN --- AGAINST THE PASS