Our weekly version of the start 'em, sit 'em is back - Fine or Pine. Take it away, Adam Filadelfo! (@Frostt24)
Here we are as fantasy owners another week closer to the fantasy
playoffs and every move that's made is magnified just a little more.
Owners need every point that they can get to ensure the playoffs are a
certainty. Everything from free agent pickups to setting rosters becomes
even more critically important with every passing week. The Fantasy Sports Brain wants
to make sure every fantasy player reading this achieves their goal: Making the playoffs and winning it all! Read on for help setting your
lineups and finding a way to maximize your points in week ten.
Fine- Drew Brees- Coming off of a week nine where Brees passed for three
hundred eighty five yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
against an aggressive Jets D-line, the Saints get the Cowboys D in week
ten which is nowhere near as good as the Jets. Brees will have another
outstanding fantasy game as both teams figure to air the ball out a
majority of the time. If Brees can amass almost four hundred yards on
fifty one attempts against the Jets, imagine what he can do against the
Pine- Matt Ryan- After his three interception game in week nine, Ryan
now has seven interceptions to just two touchdowns in his last two
games. Ryan seems to be forcing the ball more to Tony Gonzalez and
playing much more conservative with his receiving corp tandem in
shambles. Matt Ryan no longer looks like the elite quarterback fantasy
owners drafted ten weeks ago.
Fine- T.Y. Hilton- Hilton has clearly become the number one receiver for
the Colts and with a lack of running game to help out, should benefit
from Andrew Luck needing to pass more. As a bonus to fantasy owners that
have been patient with him, Hilton is also staying on punt return
duties so there should be plenty of yards for Hilton moving forward.
Week nine saw Hilton explode for seven catches for one hundred twenty
one yards and three touchdowns.
Pine- Jarrett Boykin- Without Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, Boykin may
very well become a fantasy afterthought. In week nine, Boykin had one
reception for fifteen yards. Green Bay will most likely rely heavily on
their running game even more now that Rodgers is out for four to six
Fine- Eddie Lacy- Over his last five games, Lacy has rushed for five
hundred forty five yards and three touchdowns. While defenses may choose
to crowd the box a bit more with the Aaron Rodgers injury, Lacy proved
he can handle stacked boxes. Chicago tried in week nine and Lacy still
rushed for one hundred fifty yards and a score. Expect Lacy to get more
carries while Rodgers is out.
Pine- Trent Richardson- Unless fantasy owners are hurting for a running
back, T-Rich is barely startable every week. He's averaging just 2.5
yards per carry and Andrew Luck figures to pass a lot more since the
ground game isn't providing much success. Richardson hasn't produced
double digit fantasy points since week four and has double digit fantasy
points in just two games this season.
Fine- Jimmy Graham- Not that any fantasy owner wouldn't start Jimmy
Graham, but the injury may scare away some owners. Don't let it. Even
though he hasn't played his usual number of snaps the last two weeks, he
is making the most of the limited snaps he is getting. In week nine,
Graham played almost seventy percent of the Saints snaps and finished
with nine grabs for one hundred sixteen yards and two scores. As long as
Jimmy Graham is active, he needs to be in lineups.
Pine- Julius Thomas- It's very difficult to "pine" Thomas with the way
he's been playing this season but the ankle injury may be a concern.
Thomas has a history of ankle injuries and with all the targets in
Denver, Thomas may not see his usual amount of work. It's still
undecided how much action Thomas will see and there are plenty of other
options for Peyton Manning.
Fine- Seattle- Seattle gets the Atlanta offense coming off of a three
pick game for Matt Ryan. Ryan needing to force the ball a lot more plus
the Seahawks secondary being as good as there is, means happy fantasy
owners of the Seattle defense in week ten.
Pine- Green Bay- Having to face an Eagles offense that was unstoppable
in week nine, the Packers D won't have an easy time stopping DeSean
Jackson, Shady McCoy and company from running all over the field this
week. Being that Clay Matthews is still out for the Packers, the Eagles
should have no problems putting up points on Green Bay.