- Get Jets QB Mark Sanchez some work this week at home against the Texans. No team has allowed more fantasy points to QBs than Houston. In fact, the last seven QBs to face them (and eight out of nine this season) have tallied multiple passing scores. Sanchez is starting to gain confidence in Santonio Holmes. That connection should come in to play this week since the Texans have allowed at least one reception of 40 yards or longer in all but one game this year. Look for Sanchez to put up 250 yards and 2-3 scores.
- Consider giving Vince Young a spot start this week against the Redskins. Young’s ankle injury has healed and he’s practicing in full this week. He should fare well against a Redskins defense that has allowed a mind-boggling 10 QB touchdowns in the last two games. With Randy Moss in the fold, Young has an excellent chance to put up 250 yards and a pair of scores.
- Ravens QB Joe Flacco sports a perfect 8:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in four home games this season. The Panthers rate relatively well when it comes to limiting fantasy production for opposing QBs. However, they’ve allowed two passing touchdowns in three straight games. Keep Flacco active and look for him to record his fifth straight multi-TD stat line.
- Since he took over the starting job seven weeks ago, Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven he can be an effective NFL QB. However, after racking up four straight stat lines with multiple touchdowns, Fitzpatrick’s fantasy value has come crashing back to earth. He’s tossed just one touchdown in each of his last three starts. It’s a good time to find an alternative because Buffalo faces a Bengals defense that has held seven of the last eight QBs they’ve to one TD or less. Don’t count on anything more than 225 yards and one touchdown from Fitzpatrick.
This Week’s Sleepers: Mark Sanchez, Vince Young, Jon Kitna and Matt Cassel
- San Diego’s Mike Tolbert isn’t a bad option this week. Starter Ryan Matthews looks very iffy for Monday night’s tilt against the rival Broncos so Tolbert could carry the full load. Denver has allowed 13 RB touchdowns in their last five games. That’s an average of 2.2 RB scores per outing. All told, they’ve allowed the fourth most fantasy points to RBs this season. Look for Tolbert to end this contest with at least one rushing touchdown and some decent yardage to boot.
- Making a late week waiver acquisition for Cincinnati’s Bernard Scott could be a move that pays immediate dividends. Cedric Benson missed Wednesday’s practice and was limited Thursday with a foot injury. He’s been ineffective for the last several weeks, due in large part to poor offensive line play. The Bengals could benefit from a switch to Scott who has the speed to get to the corner and make something out of nothing. If Benson sits or splits carries, Scott could come up big against a Bills defense that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to RBs.
- Lower your expectations for LeSean McCoy, who will face a Giants defense that hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in four weeks and has held each of the last six RBs they’ve faced under 52 yards rushing. The versatile Eagles RB is a safe play because he’ll get some receptions. However, rushing yards and a touchdown seem unlikely. Don’t be stunned if the G-men hold him to single digit fantasy points (in standard scoring leagues).
- Redskins third string RB Keiland Williams should be helpful this week against the Titans regardless of whether or not Clinton Portis suits up. Tennessee has allowed five RB scores in the last two games. Moreover, they’ve been getting burned by RBs who can catch the ball out of the backfield, which is one of Williams’ strengths. In the last three games, opposing RBs have caught 29 passes against the Titans, an average of over nine per game. Give Williams added consideration in PPR leagues.
This Week’s Sleepers: Bernard Scott, Keiland Williams, Fred Jackson, Julius Jones and Marion Barber
- The Panthers haven’t allowed a No. 1 WR to exceed 68 yards since Week 1. And no true No. 1 WR has scored a touchdown on them since Week 2. Make sure Anquan Boldin is truly your best option before plugging him into your lineup. Boldin hasn’t been targeted as often as fantasy owners would like, especially early in games. He could be in for a quiet afternoon if the Ravens go with a ground-based attack as many teams have done this season when facing the Panthers.
- The Falcons have yielded 11 WR touchdowns in their last four games. Expose this vulnerability by sneaking one of the Rams wideouts into your lineup this week. Possession wideout Danny Amendola has snagged a touchdown reception in three straight games. His reception totals have returned to respectability (13 in his last two games) after a midseason dip. Look for seven catches, 80 yards and a score from him in Week 10. Brandon Gibson is also a nice bet. He has 14 receptions in his last two outings. Don’t be surprised if he adds a touchdown to the decent reception and yardage totals he’s been putting up.
- Andre Johnson is a borderline candidate for the bench this week against the Jets. QB Matt Schaub is dealing with a knee injury. He’s expected to play but his mobility and mechanics might be impacted. Plus Johnson will likely go up against Revis Island. Darrelle Revis hasn’t been as effective as he was in 2009 but he shut down some elite receivers this season, including Calvin Johnson two weeks ago. Take a look at who else you have available and make the move if you have a viable alternative.
- Don’t chase Seahawks WR Mike Williams’ 145-yard effort last week against the Cardinals. Williams draws a much tougher matchup against the Saints this time around. New Orleans has allowed the fewest fantasy points to WRs this season and they’re coming off a bye week. With an extra week to prepare for Matt Hasselbeck, the Saints defense will continue their improved play. Williams is unlikely to exceed 60 yards on Sunday.
This Week’s Sleepers: Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, Robert Meachem, James Jones and Nate Washington
- Giants TE Kevin Boss has a couple trends on his side heading into this week against the Eagles. First, he’s scored in two straight games. Second, he’s scored in back-to-back meetings against Philadelphia. With WRs Steve Smith and Ramses Barden out, look for Boss to continue to be a frequent target for Eli Manning. Be sure to check his status on Sunday since he’s been a limited participant in practice with a sore back.
- If Jets TE Dustin Keller is ever going to bounce back, this is the week. Keller has been a disappointment since Santonio Holmes returned to action. In his last five games, the Jets TE has only once managed to put up more than 60 yards. Making matters worse, he hasn’t scored a touchdown over that five-game stretch either. But the Texans are up next and that’s a blessing. Houston has allowed the most fantasy points to TEs this season. They’ve ceded four TE scores in the last three games. Keller ought to go for 70 yards and a score here.
This Week’s Sleepers: Kevin Boss and Todd Heap
- Activate Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff for this week’s contest versus the Panthers. Carolina has allowed multiple field goal kicks in eight of their last nine games. Prior to last week, Cundiff was red hot, connecting on nine field goals in three games. Although the Falcons managed to hold him to just three extra points in Week 9, Cundiff figures to bounce back nicely. The Panthers have given up 30+ points in two straight games and their struggles will continue against Baltimore.
- Judging by the stats, Kansas City’s Ryan Succop should be a good option this week against the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed the most fantasy points to kickers this year. But before you go down that path, know that KC head coach Todd Haley goes for it on fourth down more than any coach in the NFL. KC has gone for it 16 times on fourth down. It’s just the way Haley is wired. The result is Succop doesn’t get as many three-point attempts as he probably should. Proceed with caution.
This Week’s Sleepers: Shayne Graham, Garrett Hartley and Matt Prater
Team Defense / Special Teams
- Get the Tennessee Titans defense some work this week against the Redskins. QB Donovan McNabb may have gotten rewarded with a new contract but he’s not playing with much confidence right now. The Redskins have 10 turnovers and 14 sacks in their last four games. Plus they’ve given up a DST score in three straight. Look for the Titans to pressure McNabb into more breakdowns.
- Give the Kansas City Chiefs a spot start at home against the Cardinals. QB Derek Anderson has been sacked 11 times in his last two starts. Coming off a blowout loss to the Broncos, the Chiefs will be looking for blood. They should get a taste considering no team has allowed more DST points than the Cardinals.
This Week’s Sleepers: Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys
This Week's Six-Pack: Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
Brewed by: Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.
Price: $10.99 (sampler 12-pack)
Appearance: Like the rest of the Sam Adams family, this beer comes in a standard brown longneck bottle. The beer is golden in color. Since it’s a wheat beer, I was anticipating cloudiness but it’s almost clear. Near perfect pour. A soapy head climbed rapidly and poofed out over the lip of the glass. It stuck around for quite awhile before reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation appears to be high.
Smell: The aroma resembled that of Luden’s cherry-flavored cough drops. Hints of wheat in the background.
Taste: No big surprise. It tastes like cherries. Close your eyes and you might think you’re drinking cherry soda from a soda fountain. At the finish, you get some wheat tones but it’s sort of a weird combination that left my palate confused.
Drinkability: Somewhat refreshing but it’s a little too sweet and synthetic. It’d probably be better in the summer but regardless of the season, I doubt I could drink more than one or two in a sitting.
Last Call: Tolerable but not something to seek out. Two stars out of five.
Next Week's Six-Pack: TBD
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