Players I think have favourable/unfavourable match ups heading into week ten.
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(ATL) QB Matt Ryan vs. (SEA) – I imagine I am going out on a bit of a limb on this one, seeing as how Ryan has thrown seven interceptions and just two touchdowns in his last two outings. Also, he will be throwing against the vaunted Seahawks defence. Despite this I still think Ryan can be a top-15 quarterback and will surprise most people with his production against Seattle. Ryan’s last two games where he struggled mightily he also played against some very good defences, but was playing on the road. When at home Matty Ice is almost always a tough out. Before struggling against the Panthers and Cardinals in the past two weeks, he threw around 1000 yards and seven touchdowns in three games at home. Despite the Seahawks defence, I think Ryan goes for around 300 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
(NYG) QB Eli Manning vs. (OAK) – Now I don’t expect Eli Manning to have a game like Nick Foles was able to have against the Raiders this past weekend, but I do expect him to have one of his better games of the season up until this point. The Giants have won their last two games and are coming off a bye, so they should be motivated and healthier with a division title somehow still in reach. I think Eli takes advantage of a Raiders team that was just embarrassed and has to travel across the country and could be without Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden. Eli has his third multiple touchdown game of the season in this one.
(BUF) RB C.J. Spiller @ (PIT) – Perhaps I am just hoping that Spiller has another game like he had against the Chiefs, because he has been anything but consistent through 2013. I am someone who was very high on Spiller coming into the season and have been burned by it in more than one league. He will have a chance against the Steelers who are not allowing the most yards to running backs, but have allowed a league high 11 rushing touchdowns.
(TB) RB Mike James vs. (MIA) – For the second week in a row the Seattle Seahawks defence allowed a 100-yad rusher, the second time around it was Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike James who went for a career high 150 yards last week. The Miami defence is obviously not as good as the Seahawks defence and should give James another chance at 100+ yards, provided the team does not fall behind and abandon the run.
(PIT) WR Emmanuel Sanders vs. (BUF) – Both the Bills and Eagles are allowing more than 30 fantasy points a game to opposing wide receivers so far in 2013, so the Steelers wide outs should be able to produce some above average stats for themselves. You might also consider starting Jerricho Cotchery, seeing as to how he caught three touchdown passes last week, but Sanders is also a good choice. Sanders has about 70 more yards than Cotchery this season and has been targeted 16 more times.
(CHI) WR Alshon Jeffery vs. (DET) – I knew Jeffery was having a good season, but did not realize he had over 600 yards to go along with three touchdowns already. In what is poised to be an extremely important game between the Bears and Lions this coming weekend, Jeffery should be able to add some quality numbers to his total. Josh McCown has looked impressive in place of Jay Cutler and will need to throw the ball to someone other than Brandon Marshall in what looks like a potentially very high scoring game.
(SD) WR Eddie Royal vs. (DEN) – The Chargers take on the Broncos this weekend and like anyone else playing the Broncos, are going to need to put up a lot of points. I am hoping for a monster game from Keenan Allen who I pretty much guarantee grabs a touchdown, but think Eddie Royal could also have a big game. Royal has been very streaky this year, catching five touchdowns in the first two weeks, then going four weeks without a score before catching touchdown passes in back to back games going into this weekend. I am hoping for a score from Royal for the third week in a row and could see him having his first 100-yard game.
(TB) TE Timothy Wright vs. (MIA) – Wright now has touchdowns in back to back games an will look to make it a third in a row when he takes on the Dolphins on Monday Night Football. The Dolphins have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year with 490 yards and six touchdowns.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton @ (BAL) – The Ravens have been very disappointing so far in 2013, but the disappointment has mostly come from the offence that is putting up 21 points a game, good for 21st best in the league; Joe Flacco is extremely over paid while Ray Rice can’t seem to run the ball this year. The defence however has played pretty well this year despite losing so many veteran players. I like the Bengals to win the game despite being on the road, but it will be a low scoring affair with Dalton only throwing one touchdown pass.
(HOU) QB Case Keenum @ (ARI) – Keenum has been rather impressive through two starts against both the highly regarded Chiefs defence and the not so regarded Colts defence. This week though he faces what could be his toughest test yet as he travels to Arizona to take on the Cardinals, a team that gives pretty much everyone fits when they travel to Glendale. The Cardinals are coming off the bye week and before that intercepted Matt Ryan four times in a win over the Falcons. Keenum is yet to throw an interception, but I think that changes this week.
(PIT) RB LeVeon Bell vs. (BUF) – As bad as the Bills have been against the pass this year, they have been pretty tough against the run at the same time, allowing just one rushing touchdown so far on the season. Steelers running back LeVeon Bell has been pretty productive since joining the Steelers following his injury, but has largely depended on touchdowns. He is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry and has only gone over 70 yards twice in his five starts.
(CIN) RB Giovani Bernard @ (BAL) – It seems a little risky to have both Dalton and Bernard on this list at the same time as the Bengals are going to score some points in the game. I do however see this game having many field goals, and Bernard is still sharing the rock with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bernard has also been dependent on big plays for scores this year, while the Ravens rarely give up big plays and have been the top defence against the run in fantasy, allowing just one rushing touchdown.
(CAR) WR Steve Smith @ (SF) – Smith is yet to hit 70 yards receiving in a single game this season for a total of 387 yards and three touchdowns, yikes. I think the Panthers get beat by the ‘49ers this coming week as the Panthers get sent down a peg and San Fran keeps rolling. But to the main point, Smith gets heavily covered in this one and is held without a touchdown in this game and fails to get double-digit fantasy points.
(MIA) WR Mike Wallace @ (TB) – Did you know that Mike Wallace only has one touchdown so far this season to along with only 480 yards? Emmanuel Sanders has more of both. While he has seen a team high 72 targets, he has only caught 50% of those targets. I really like my Dolphins to head into Tampa Bay and keep them winless this season, but don’t think Mike Wallace has a touchdown in the process. Wallace has only scored double-digit points twice this season.
(IND) TE Coby Fleener vs. (STL) – With a game high of 77 yards this season, you are depending on a touchdown from Coby Fleener to get you nine points or more (something he has done three times this season, all coming in games where he caught a touchdown). So far in 2013 only the Chiefs have allowed less fantasy points to tight ends than the Rams, who have allowed just 348 yards and two scores to opposing tight ends through nine weeks. I don’t see Fleener grabbing more than 60 yards in this one without a score.
Best of Luck!