Week 10 Where to Put em

Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm ET

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Where to Put 'em is the Fantasy Football Nerd's look at the best and worst fantasy football match ups for Week 10 of the NFL. Decisions are based upon the FantasyFootballNerd.com rankings and match up analysis. Given the known conditions, these match ups are the ones to watch and/or avoid.

Put 'em In The Game: David Garrard
David Garrard torched the Cowboys for 260 yards and 5 scores (4 passing, 1 rushing) two weeks ago. He's fresh off his bye week and facing another suspect secondary in Houston which makes for another attractive fantasy option.
Put 'em In The Game: Ben Roethlisberger
After serving his 4 game suspension, Big Ben lit it up against Cleveland and Miami. He struggled to put up respectable numbers the past two weeks against the Saints and the Bengals, however we're looking for him to bounce back nicely against a Patriots' defense that ranks 28th in the league against the pass and 27th in the league in points given up to opposing QB's.
Put 'em In The Game: Eli Manning
Garrard torched them and he didn't have Nicks or Smith. There's no reason to expect the Cowboys defense to be significantly better with Wade gone and Eli is on a roll. When Eli faced them in Week 7, he threw for 306 yards, 4 TD's, and 3 picks. We're not saying that he's a lock to have those exact numbers again, but we're confident that he's going to post solid numbers this week.
Put 'em In The Game: Jahvid Best
Jahvid Best has not come close to the amazing Week 2 performance that put him on everyone's radar screen, but he's got a cake match up this week against Buffalo and their 32nd ranked rush defense. Nobody gives up more yards to opposing RB's than the Bills.
Put 'em In The Game: Ahmad Bradshaw
We like Bradshaw this week for the same reasons we like Eli: the Cowboys defense is a shell of its former self. When Bradshaw faced them 3 weeks ago, he tallied up 126 yards on the ground. The only thing better would have been a score to go with it.
Put 'em In The Game: Mike Wallace
It has become obvious that Big Ben loves to throw to Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. Combine that with the fact that the Patriots rank 24th in the league in yards given up and fantasy points given up to opposing WR's and you've got the makings for a solid fantasy day.
Put 'em In The Game: Steve Johnson
Yes, Steve Johnson from Buffalo. Here's a guy who came out of nowhere to become the 8th most productive fantasy WR according to FleaFlicker. He's got a great match up this week against the Lions who are 22nd in the league in yards and fantasy points given up to opposing WR's.
Put 'em In The Game: Chris Cooley
Cooley had 2 receptions for 37 yards and a score in their first meeting earlier this year. Without that score it would have been a poor outing, however Philly has become very generous to opposing TE's this year. The Eagles are currently ranked 30th in the league in fantasy points given up to them and Cooley is still a very talented end.
Put 'em In The Game: Jacob Tamme
Jacob Tamme is currently the #1 ranked fantasy TE on FantasyFootballNerd.com this week. He was a great recommendation last week and he's a solid recommendation this week as well. Peyton is going to continue to throw and Tamme will see those targets.
Put 'em On The Bench: Jon Kitna
Doesn't it seem like the Cowboys are imploding this year? Even with Romo under center, they had their difficulties. It doesn't get much easier with Kitna at the helm. Kitna did alright against the Giants in Week 7 throwing for 187 yards and 2 scores but he's come back down to Earth the past two weeks where he's thrown 2 TD's and 6 picks. I guarantee that the Giants have been watching tape of that game and Kitna's going to have his hands full.
Put 'em On The Bench: Donovan McNabb
In what was a heartfelt reception the first time they met, McNabb only managed an average-type game against his former team. With his "conditioning" being called into question, it's hard to look past his average-type performance on the season and recommend McNabb as a start this week.
Put 'em On The Bench: Felix Jones
It's really starting to feel like we're beating up on the Cowboys, but the numbers do not justify starting Felix Jones or Marion Barber. The Giants are the 3rd toughest team to rush against and Jones could only muster 35 yards rushing in 9 attempts when they met earlier this year. There's little reason to expect anything more from either Jones or Barber this week.
Put 'em On The Bench: Donald Brown
The Bengals rank 21st in the league in points given up to opposing RB's which would make this an attractive option on paper, however the Indy run game is anything but. Addai is out. Hart is out. Brown is the only viable back which should be a good thing. Unfortunately, that doesn't inspire much confidence in us when he could only turn out 50 yards on 15 carries (3.3 yds/carry) last week as the starter. We're looking for "safe" this week and Brown doesn't fit that mold.
Put 'em On The Bench: Wes Welker
Welker-owners (like FFN's Joe) are missing Randy Moss badly. Moss made his teammates better fantasy players. Welker has nosedived since Moss's departure. Welker has become a major disappointment in a Patriots offense that just isn't the same high-powered offense that we all remember. The fact that Welker faces the Steelers this week just makes his prospects that much more dire.
Put 'em On The Bench: Steve Smith
Carolina's Steve Smith is such a talented receiver but 2010 is looking an awful lot like 2009. If they can't get him the ball, how productive can he possibly be? Matt Moore is finished and Clausen's brief history has not had fantasy goodness written on it. We hate to see Smith in this situation, but the safe play is to put him on your bench, and for God's sake, can someone tell Jimmy to target Smith?
Put 'em On The Bench: Brent Celek
After the big, fat doughnut against the Colts last week, Celek-owners have got to be reminiscing better times. Michael Vick has brought a whole new dimension to the Eagles which has benefited the team, but not Celek. He has yet to see the end zone with Vick under center.
Put 'em On The Bench: Visanthe Shiancoe
The Vikings need to win to remain relevant in this NFC North division match up. As great as Shiancoe looked last week, the Vikes did not get him involved until later in the game. In 8 games this year, no tight end has scored on the Bears. In fact, the Bears are the 4th toughest team on opposing TE's. If Shiancoe is going to have any value in this game, Favre and Chilly need to get him involved early and often.

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