Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 10 outlook

Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 10 outlook
November 6, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Panthers have given up touchdowns to tight ends in four of the past five weeks. (USATSI)

Week 9 recap
 Starts:
Denarius Moore: 5-82-0
Case Keenum: 20-34-350 yds, 3 TDs, 3 rush-26
Andre Johnson: 9-229-3

*Darren Sproles: 1 catch-2-0
Jacoby Jones: 4-27-0 
Sits:
*Darren McFadden: 5-12-0, 1 catch-3-0
Matt Forte: 24-125-1, 5 catches-54-0
Bold = correct
*Did not finish game due to injury

In a reserve role this year, Ben Tate has rushed for 399 yards on 88 carries, with one touchdown, now he is starting. (USATSI) 

Editor's note: Welcome to the weekly installment of "Tacklin' Fantasy," our recap of the news and trends you need to keep top of mind for fantasy dominance

49er to start: Vernon Davis, TE
49ers tight end Vernon Davis is having another stellar year in 2013  -- 29 catches, 518 yards and seven touchdowns. In Week 10, the 49ers’ play the Carolina Panthers, a team that has given up a touchdown to a tight end in four of the previous five weeks. Don’t overthink things, start Davis. 

Raider to start: Terrelle Pryor, QB
Even though Terrelle Pryor has struggled some in the previous three games for the Raiders, the third-year pro is still putting up good statistics running the ball -- 26 rushes for 256 yards in the past three games. The Raiders play the New York Giants in Week 10, who, prior to playing sub-par quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Josh Freeman in Weeks 7 and 8, gave up multiple touchdown passes to quarterbacks in each of their previous six games.

[RELATED: Pryor practicing, McFadden sits out]

49er to sit: Frank Gore, RB
In Week 10 the 49ers play the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers rank second in the NFL in rush defense (79.1 yards per game) and rushing touchdowns (two). Gore is also averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in his last two games.

Raider to sit: Rashad Jennings, RB
In their past two games, the New York Giants -- the Raiders Week 10 opponent -- have held Adrian Peterson to 28 yards on 13 carries and LeSean McCoy to 48 yards on 15 carries. While Jennings had a nice game last week with 176 total yards and a touchdown, the matchup isn’t worth the risk.

NFL trend: Filling in for Mr. Blackmon
With Jacksonville wideout Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely, the Jaguars have a massive void at the receiver position. Former slot receiver Mike Brown steps into a starting role for the Jags. In the previous two games, Brown came into his own as a receiver with eight receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown. He should be owned, and started, in all deep leagues going forward. The Jaguars play the Tennessee Titans in Week 10, and while the matchup is not great -- the Titans rank No. 7 in passing yards per game allowed -- both Brown and incumbent starter Cecil Shorts III are great receiver options for the remainder of the year.

[RELATED: Jaguars' Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely]

Buy-low candidate: Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
Houston Texans running back Ben Tate is the biggest beneficiary of Case Keenum’s breakout game in Week 9. Opposing teams cannot focus on the Texans running game like previous weeks. Also, starting running back Arian Foster has been dealing with back-related issues all year. Tate and the Texans play the Arizona Cardinals, a team that has given up 90-plus yards to a running back in two of the past three weeks.

Sell-high candidate: Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fresh off his 28 carry 158-yard rushing performance in Seattle, sell Tampa Bay running back Mike James. No misprint. The Seahawks have given up more than 200 rushing yards in each of the past two weeks, so his 158 yard performance isn’t as outrageous as it appears. This week, the Bucs play the Miami Dolphins, who haven’t given up more than 86 rushing yards to a running back all year. Time to sell James. 

Star to sit: Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Chances are if you have Richardson on your team, you drafted him in the first two rounds. Since being traded to the Indianapolis Colts after Week 2, Richardson is averaging a mere 3.0 yards per carry. He looks slow and shouldn’t be started this week. In the Week 9 game, Richardson had eight rushes for 20 yards. Meanwhile, backup Donald Brown carried the ball six times for 49 yards. And in the fourth quarter of a close game, it was Brown on the field, not Richardson. Even though Richardson’s Colts are playing the Rams and their lackluster run defense, don’t expect much from the Alabama alum, and his average of 32.3 rushing yards per game over the last three contests.

No-namer to start: Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
With Sidney Rice out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin immediately gets bumped to the No. 2 slot. Normally a slot receiver, Baldwin took advantage of the promotion last week with six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. If Percy Harvin is still out (hip surgery), Baldwin is a strong play against an Atlanta Falcons defense that gives up 7.7 targets and 66 receiving yards a game to No. 2 receivers.

 

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