NFL Week 10 Fantasy Fill-ins

Nov 11, 2009

Before we get started, click here for my Week 10 NFL picks.


Putting the final piece of your fantasy football puzzle together

I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle will have to throw plenty to keep up with Arizona on the road. Arizona has the 29th ranked pass defense, which works in Hasselbeck’s favor. In his last four starts against the Cardinals, he’s averaged 208.8 yards per game, 5 rushing yards, 1.5 TDs, and 1 INT. Not great numbers, but good for a 14.94 fantasy point average.

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
They play the early game so you’ll have to decide early to roll with Smith. He takes on the Bears that have allowed 10 TDs the past two weeks (I don’t count the Browns).

Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins
Ricky has shown that he’s more than a flex option or a bye week replacement. He has become a legitimate RB2, and should not be avoided because only two teams are on bye. Don’t be afraid to start both Ronnie Brown and Ricky against Tampa Bay’s 30th ranked run defense.

Laurence Maroney, RB, New England Patriots
The Patriots are going to have to mix in the run against the Colts to keep their defense fresh. Maroney should play well on the fast track against the 17th ranked Colts’ run defense.

Mike Bell, RB, New Orleans Saints
Bell takes on the St. Louis Rams’ this week, who are tied for the second-most TDs allowed (12). The Saints should roll on the Rams giving Bell plenty of mop up duty.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs aren’t running the football very effectively this year, but facing Oakland’s 27th ranked run defense, with a league high 13 TDs allowed, could be just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps Charles could score his first NFL rushing TD.

Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts
I assume that Bill Belichick will have a game plan in place to try and slow down Dallas Clark. I can see Peyton countering by hitting Collie instead. This looks to be one of the best games of the year, and a shootout is not out of the question.

Bernard Berrian/Sidney Rice/Percy Harvin, WRs, Minnesota Vikings - The Vikes take on the Lions so get your Viking wides into your lineups. Rice is the best best of the trio.

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After a quiet week against the Titans, look for Crabtree to bounce back against the struggling Bears’ pass defense.

Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Mason was also slowed in Week Nine, but should bounce back nicely against the lifeless Cleveland Browns.

Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota Vikings
See above. Viking vs. Lions equals big fantasy numbers.

Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
Shockey was not heavily involved in the comeback last week, but should be in line for a big day against the smelly Rams.

Matt Prater, K, Denver Broncos
The wheels have come off on the Redskins’ bus and they should be exactly what the Broncos’ need following their last two games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Skins are tied for 29th with 15 Field Goals allowed making Prater a nice play this week.

Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Succop has multiple Field Goals in three of his last four games. He faces Oakland, who has also allowed 15 Field Goals on the year.

Miami Dolphins Defense/Special Teams
Tampa Bay looked great last week playing the struggling Packers. That game was at home. This week they face the Dolphins on the road, which should provide a much stiffer test for Rookie Quarterback Josh Freeman. Plus, Ted Ginn, Jr. is a threat to take a return to the house every game.

Tennessee Titans, Defense/Special Teams
Are the Titans back? They beat a mediocre Jags team at home and a sinking Niners team on the road. One thing I do know is that the Bills are a mess. Tennessee should come out swinging against them at home as they continue to get back on track.

I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Hasselbeck has the good fortune of facing Detroit’s 27th ranked passing defense. What’s worse is they have allowed 18 passing TDs, which is one behind Tennessee for the league lead.

David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Garrard squares off with Kansas City’s 28th ranked pass defense at home. In three home starts Garrard has averaged 313.3 passing yards and 32 rushing yards. He also has 5 passing TDs. On the road he’s averaging just 165.8 passing yards and 16.5 rushing yards. His lone rushing TD came on the road, but all of his passing TDs came at home.

Julius Jones, RB, Seattle Seahawks
I don’t love JJ this week, but he does face the 21st ranked Detroit run D at home. Jones averages a respectable 78.3 total yards in four home games with 2 TDs versus a 44 total yards and 1 TD in road games.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal faces the 25th ranked Jacksonville rushing defense this week. Charles also contributes in the passing game, so he could be a sneaky source for total yardage this week.

Nate Burleson, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Despite T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s big contract in the offseason, it’s Burleson who has been the Seahawks’ primary receiving threat. With Detroit on the docket, Nate makes a very intriguing play this week.

Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
The Titans’ M.O. this year was to get burned by #1 WRs. However, that changed last week as their secondary got healthier over the bye. They shut down Sims-Walker last week. I will give Crabtree the nod here, but I hesitate a bit to do so, in case last week was the new norm.z

Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears
The Cardinals are 20th against the pass, and Hester has really started to play well the last few weeks. He’s clearly Jay Cutler’s primary target so he’ll be very active  once again.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
I have to warn you that this is somewhat of a “hunch” pick, but I can see Maclin burning the Cowboys’ 22nd ranked pass defense for a long score. So much attention will go to DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, McCoy, and Westbrook that they would account for Maclin. That’s when McNabb will burn them.

Kevin Walter, WR, Indianapolis Colts
This is another one of those hunches. With Owen Daniels out for the year, I’m expecting Walter to work the middle of the field and get a lot of looks. You can’t throw to Andre Johnson every down.

Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals
With Anquan Boldin likely out, Breaston slide into the starting lineup, moving him from a decent fantasy play to a very good one.

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Floyd slid into the Chargers’ starting lineup last week, and with the release of Chris Chambers, Floyd’s stock went even higher. He’s a big play threat with the good size and leaping ability in the red zone. Plus, he plays for one of the game’s best QBs.

John Carlson, TE, Seattle Seahawks
It’s getting a bit much picking on the Lions, but when you have their track record it should come with the territory. Carlson could be in line for a big game this week.

Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
He had a nice game filling in after Chris Cooley went down. With a check down Charlie under Center, look for Davis to get plenty of looks this week.

Jason Elam, K, Atlanta Falcons
Washington has allowed 14 FGs this year to only 9 PATs, which truly is a reflection on how well their defense has played considering their offensive shortcomings. Clearly Atlanta can move the chains, so look for Elam to get multiple FG opportunities this week.

Shayne Graham, K, Cincinnati Bengals
Graham faces the Ravens this week, wo have allowed 13 FGs. Their defense looked a mile better last week than they had looked all season long. The Bengals have a lot of fire power to move the chains, but I can see Baltimore hunkering down in the red zone to hold the Bengals to multiple FGs.

Green Bay Packers Defense/Special Teams
The Pack got beat at home by Brett Favre and the Vikings last week. They will take it out on Tampa Bay this weekend as Josh Johnson gets the start.

Atlanta Falcons Defense/Special Teams
The Falcons welcome the lowly Redskins to town. Last game they had a bingo caller running the offense. Maybe this week they go with a square dance caller.

I’m going to cut “You Know Who” a break, but obviously the defense that plays in the great Northwest makes a good start against those kitties this week.

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