From Fantasy Focus
It starts early this week. Hope you made your changes for Thursday night. There is still time! There is also time to check out Cakes and Danny’s fantasy football advice for Week 10.
Each week, Cakes and Danny Rouhier will answer your questions and give you their opinions on what your moves should be. If you have any questions you’d like them to tackle, click here.
Should I start Reggie Bush or Rashard Mendenhall in the flex? Also, I have Santonio Holmes starting with Vincent Jackson, but should I wondering if I should play Dez Bryant, Jacoby Ford, Or Sydney Rice? – Grant, Suck For Luck
Cakes: I think you have to start Reggie Bush against the Redskins this weekend, rather than Mendenhall in your flex spot. Reggie Bush is a much more integral piece of the offensive puzzle at this point of the season than is Mendenhall, and if it’s a PPR league, then it really tilts this decision in Bush’s favor. Bush already has 24 receptions to just 10 for Mendenhall, and Dolphins QB Matt Moore likes Bush as his security blanket out of the backfield. Plus, Bush gets to face the Redskins porous run defense that yields over 122 yards per contest; Mendenhall has to travel to face Cincy’s 2nd-ranked rushing defense, that allows just 84.5 yards per game. Bush is the play.
As far as Santonio is concerned, I just don’t think you can bench him against a Pats secondary that’s ranked dead-last in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Even though he’s having a disappointing year overall, he found the end zone last week against Buffalo, and he’s scored in each of his last two matchups against New England. Stick with Santonio.
Do you see Ben Tate having another big game? I sit him, he blows up…I start him, he gives me a dud. What do I do? – Walt, DMV Showstoppers
Danny: Short answer: yes he will have another big game. Long answer: no one, not even Ben Tate, can tell you when that’s going to be. He’s a backup. His touches/opportunities are dependent on score, game situation, the mood of a secret council that meets every fortnight, and other factors that are impossible to predict. He’s a back that should be owned because if Foster goes down, he’ll shine. With Foster healthy tho, he averages out to be a 10 touch per week back. The Houston ground attack is proficient enough to yield some solid production there. So, if your lineup can live with a 10 carry, 44 yard day with the potential of a 100 yard day any given week, you can roll with him. Otherwise, don’t feel bad benching him for a more consistent option.
Flakes, I have Forte, Fred Jackson, Mendenhall, and M. Bush. I need WR help. Should I trade Forte for AJ Green and Dez? – Colby, Mountain Men
Cakes: As tempting as this package may be, I just can’t part with Matt Forte. He leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage, and is just too valuable to deal away. Take a look at Forte’s remaining matchups, through Week 16 of the NFL regular season, when most fantasy leagues hold their championship games…of the six defenses he faces, only one (Green Bay) ranks in the top ten in rushing defense, and all six give up at least 100 rushing yards per game. Keep Matt Forte on your roster, and scour the waiver wire for an upgrade at wide receiver. Check on the availability of Jason Hill; he’s emerging as one of the few threats for Jacksonville’s offense, and gets a nice matchup with Indianapolis this weekend.
Danny, I’m in a PPR. Do I start Helu after last week or Chris Johnson? I can’t believe I’m really asking this. – Chris, Landover Leap
Danny: I can’t believe it either. I had an awkward reaction, went for a walk, and then sat back down and had slime poured over my head like I said ‘I don’t know’ on You Can’t Do That On Television. This is a question that I would have laughed at my future self if he came back and told me this would be an issue in week 10 when I was sitting down to draft. I’d also ask future self why he gained so much weight. Anyway, The 14 receptions in a PPR cannot be ignored and we can def get some value out of Roy this year in the format. We also shouldn’t overreact to it. The Redskins offense stinks and we know Mike Shanahan hates your fantasy team and your happiness.
Chris Johnson has been awful this year and single handily assassinated 2 of my fantasy squads. Quietly last week, he went over the century mark and has been catching his handful of passes. What was of note in that game is that he ran hard vs a very good Cincy run D. He looked explosive and quick and while it might be too early to say he’s back, I think the very real possibility of Javon Ringer taking his job lit a fire under CJ. Enter Carolina this week who gives up absurd rushing totals and I think CJ has a nice get right day. While it’s closer than it might seem, I’d roll with Johnson.
Do I start Eli Manning or the comeback king, Tim Tebow this weekend? – Trace, Van Dorn Furries
Cakes: Even though I’m not crazy about his matchup, taking on the 49ers on the road, I can’t bench Eli Manning for Tim Tebow. We saw what the 49ers can do defensively right here in our own backyard last weekend, as they bottled up the Redskins anemic rushing attack in a dominating 19-11 win. And the Giants know they will have to throw the ball to be effective against a 49ers unit that is tops in the NFL at stopping the run, allowing opponents just 70.8 rushing yards per game. Throw in Eli’s 4-1 TD to Int. ratio over the last three games, and this decision seems pretty straightforward…keep Tebow on the bench, and keep riding the hot streak with Eli.
In my flex this week, do I start Michael Bush or Julio Jones? Or do I bench Beanie Wells who has had a couple off games? Tom- Real Curtain
Danny: This is all with the caveat that Beanie Wells is healthy which he really hasn’t been the last couple weeks. He’s bravely run through the pain and discomfort but we don’t care about toughness in fantasy sports, we care about production. When healthy, Wells is a must start in all formats. He’s having a 1000 yard double digit TD year and that doesn’t grow on trees anymore. Owners were thoroughly let down with his 20 yards on the ground last week and the reports about his ailing knee are gloomy. You know those right? The ‘he’s going to have to deal with the discomfort’ and the ‘maybe resting all week will help’. You’ve read those before. You know the warning signs, especially when we’re talking about knees. I don’t think Beanie is long for this season and a promising campaign will likely get shutdown soon. He’ll try to gut it out but another performance like last week is in the cards because he physically can’t do it. So if it’s me, I play Bush this week at RB and Julio at the flex. It should be noted on Julio, like so many other times in fantasy, we shouldn’t overreact to a breakout game vs. a terrible opponent. I think ATL has finally figured out how to spread the ball around and it means JJ is in for some solid days in the coming weeks but don’t count on 20 points per week from him.