By Joe Horning
Attention rare owners of someone from the Miami Dolphins offense because you were desperate, this week you’re in luck. They get the Bills, AKA the worst defense since the 2011 Packers. Dolphins Ryan Tannehill and Brian Hartline are good starts. All Packer receivers are must start against a crippled Lions secondary. Jordy Nelson will back from injury, creating another option for Aaron Rodgers to go to. Who knows what the Rams are doing with their running game, but Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson are good starts against the Jets. Since Mike Vick might be benched by week 11, only LeSean McCoy is a viable fantasy starter against the leaky Redskins defense. In the bi-annual Armageddon match between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the normally stout defenses will falter and offenses will fly. Ray Rice and Heath Miller are the highlight fantasy starters.
Honestly, I’m not sure how the Atlanta Falcons win games when Michael Turner runs like he’s stuck in the mud. Against a tough Cardinals defense, bench him. The Cowboy’s Dez Bryant will likely be matched up with All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden all afternoon. You can find better value elsewhere. Shonn Greene and Pierre Thomas have come on as of late, but dates with the suffocating run defenses of St Louis and Oakland respectively will leave you wishing you started the ineffective BenJarvus Green-Ellis instead. If you are still desperate enough to own Phillip Rivers, don’t. Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) owners might throw something after he gets shut down by the Tampa Defense. The 49ers’ Frank Gore is a must sit this week. Few backs can break loose against Chicago. You’ve been warned.
Remember how I said Michael Turner is like a mud runner? Well the beneficiary of his struggles is his backup Jaquizz Rodgers. Rodgers is seeing more and more touches and morphing from just a passing down back. He is primarily a good option in points per reception, or PPR leagues. Another new star is Danario Alexander of the Chargers. With their high priced free agents, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal busting down, Alexander has stepped up after just being signed. He is a 6’5 athletic matchup nightmare. He will see many passes come his way soon, provided Phillip Rivers doesn’t fumble and actually throw accurate passes.
If you have questions I didn’t cover feel free to ask me on Twitter: (@JoeHorning_) As a final warning, I may not be right, anything is possible on any given Sunday. Schemes and game plans may change and you’re out of luck, but best of luck they don’t. *Editor’s Note: Joe is Irish, so luck is inevitable.*