Fantasy Friday: Week 10

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Here’s this week’s look at good and bad fantasy matchups.

Note: I try to pick less obvious players. I’m not going to tell you to play Peyton Manning or LaDainian Tomlinson or Randy Moss. No kiddin’, Sherlock.

Warning: I’m not immune to accidentally suggesting a player that might be injured and out for the week — or even the season. As much as I follow the game, mistakes can happen. If it does happen, just give me a polite jab and I’ll correct myself.

Thumbs Up

The following players should have favorable matchups this week. Their chances of success are greater due to tendencies by the opponent’s defense.


David Garrard, Jac vs. Detroit
Garrard should have plenty of passing opportunities against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

Brett Favre, NYJ vs. St. Louis
Favre’s Jets, while not comparable to the explosive Cardinals, should have some success against the Rams, whom Arizona trounced last week.

Other favorable matchups: Chad Pennington vs. Seattle, Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans, Aaron Rodgers vs. Minnesota.

Running Backs

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac vs. Detroit
The Lions have the second-worst run defense in the league. Expect a big output for Jones-Drew.

DeAngelo Williams, Car vs. Oakland
The Raiders are a mess and cannot stop the run. Williams should have plenty of room to run.

Other favorable matchups: Thomas Jones vs. St. Louis, Steelers RB vs. Indianapolis, Tim Hightower vs. San Francisco.

Wide Receivers

Dwayne Bowe, KC vs. San Diego
The young receiver for the Chiefs is a stud, even if he plays for the 1-win Chiefs. The Chargers pass defense is the worst in the league.

Roddy White, Atl vs. New Orleans
White should have a big day against the Saints, who like to get into shootouts and don’t have a good pass defense. Michael Jenkins might be a good play, too.

Other favorable matchups: Jets WRs vs. St. Louis, Donnie Avery vs. NY Jets, Packers WRs vs. Minnesota.

Tight Ends

Bo Scaife, Ten vs. Chicago
Scaife is the Titans’ top option and the Bears have had trouble stopping the pass all season long.

John Carlson, Sea vs. Miami
Carlson is one of Seattle’s only receiving options so he should see the ball often against Miami.

Other favorable matchups: Anthony Fasano vs. Seattle, Greg Olsen vs. Tennessee, Donald Lee vs. Minnesota.


Jason Elam, Atl vs. New Orleans
The steady veteran has been a surprise this year and he should get a lot of chances in what could be a high-scoring game.

Joe Nedney, SF vs. Arizona
The Cardinals usually get into shootouts and Nedney has been one of lone bright spots for the 49ers this year.

Other favorable matchups: Ryan Longwell vs. Green Bay, Mason Crosby vs. Minnesota, Josh Scobee vs. Detroit.


Carolina Panthers, Car vs. Oakland
The Panthers have a great matchup this week against the lowest-scoring offense in the league.

New York Jets, NYJ vs. St. Louis
The Rams just can’t generate any offense. The Jets should have a good game this week.

Other favorable matchups: San Diego vs. Kansas City, Jacksonville vs. Detroit, Miami vs. Seattle.

Thumbs Down

The following players should have unfavorable matchups this week. Their chances of success are worse due to tendencies by the opponent’s defense.


Steelers QB, Pit vs. Indianapolis
Whether it’s Ben Roethlisberger or backup Byron Leftwich playing this week, it’s not a good matchup against the Colts’ pass defense.

Jake Delhomme, Car vs. Oakland
It’s not that the Panthers can’t pass against the Raiders, but they may not need to do much of that against such a bad run defense.

Other unfavorable matchups: Donovan McNabb vs. NY Giants, Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia, Bears QB vs. Tennessee.

Running Backs

Steve Slaton, Hou vs. Baltimore
Not a good week for the rookie against one of the toughest run defenses in the league.

Matt Forte, Chi vs. Tennessee
The Titans have one of the top run defenses in the league and should make it difficult on Forte and the Bears’ run game.

Other unfavorable matchups: Ryan Grant vs. Minnesota, Titans RBs vs. Chicago, Colts RBs vs. Pittsburgh.

Wide Receivers

Bernard Berrian, Min vs. Green Bay
Berrian does not have a good matchup this week against the Packers’ stout pass defense.

DeSean Jackson, Phi vs. NY Giants
The Giants are playing as well as any team in the league right now and their defense is tough to pass against.

Other unfavorable matchups: Marvin Harrison vs. Pittsburgh, Kevin Walter vs. Baltimore, Santonio Holmes vs. Indianapolis.

Tight Ends

Dallas Clark, Ind vs. Pittsburgh
Clark faces the best pass defense in the league this week and will likely struggle.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Min vs. Green Bay
The Packers have one of the top pass defenses in the league which will probably give the Vikings trouble.

Other unfavorable matchups: Owen Daniels vs. Baltimore, Todd Heap vs. Houston, Kevin Boss vs. Philadelphia.


David Akers, Phi vs. NY Giants
Not only are the Giants one of the top defenses in the league, but you never know what kind of weather will show up on a Sunday night in Philly.

Robbie Gould, Chi vs. Tennessee
The Bears could have trouble moving the ball against the Titans, especially if Kyle Orton misses the game.

Other unfavorable matchups: Sebastian Janikowski vs. Carolina, Olindo Mare vs. Miami, Adam Vinatieri vs. Indianapolis.


Philadelphia Eagles, Phi vs. NY Giants
The Eagles have a pretty good defense, but the Giants have the second highest-scoring offense in the league.

Buffalo Bills, Buf vs. New England
The Patriots will return home for a matchup with the Bills, who have struggled the past two weeks against AFC East rivals. The Bills could have a hard time stopping the Patriots.

Other unfavorable matchups: NY Giants vs. Philadelphia, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay, Atlanta vs. New Orleans.

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