Fantasy Football: Week 10 Start’em & Sit’em

Vikings Packers FootballIt can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Brett Favre vs. DET – Coming off a bye week, the 40-year-old Favre should be well rested and ready to resume the second half of the season.  He will get the opportunity to continue right where he left of this week when the Vikings take on the Detroit Lions at home.  Favre has had plenty of success against the Lions over his career and that should continue on Sunday.  Detroit currently ranks 31st in the league in pass defense, allowing 263.1 YPG and 19 touchdowns over 8 games.  Favre should be able to continue his success against what is a very weak Lions defense.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Kurt Warner vs. SEA, Alex Smith vs. CHI, Ben Roethlisberger vs. CIN

Sit’em: Carson Palmer vs. PIT – Carson Palmer has had some big games thus far this year, but don’t expect one of them to come this Sunday against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.  With Troy Polamalu back in the line up, their secondary is as good as ever.  when Palmer played them earlier in the season, he was limited to 183 yards and a touchdown.  He could have even more trouble this time around.  On monday night Kyle Orton was limited to 221 yards and 3 INTs.  Palmer may have more success than that, but don’t expect much.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Ryan vs. CAR, David Garrard vs. NYJ, Kyle Orton vs. WSH

Running Backs

Start’em: Ricky Williams vs. TB – The Wild Cat may have struggled over the past couple of weeks, but expect it to get back on track this Sunday when the Dolphins welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Miami.  Although the Bucs looked much improved with Josh Freeman under center last week, the Dolphins should be able to dominate the ground game and allow themselves to run the ball early and often.  Tampa currently ranks 30th in the league in rush defense with 163.4 YPG and 9 touchdowns over eight games.  This could be just the thing the wild cat needs to get back on track.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Pierre Thomas vs. STL, Thomas Jones vs. JAC, Jamaal Charles vs. KC

Sit’em: Kevin Smith vs. MIN – After a strong rookie season, Kevin Smith has struggled along with the entire Lions offense thus far in 2009.  Those struggles should continue in week 10 when the Lions visit the Vikings and their tough run defense.  Minnesota is allowing an impressive 94.8 YPG on the ground and have only surrendered two rushing touchdowns thus ar through nine eight games.  Smith did rush for 83 yards against them in week two, but he also fumbled and did not find the end zone.  Expect a similar disappointing performance this time around.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Julius Jones vs. ARI, Matt Forte vs. SF, Cadillac Williams vs. MIA

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice vs. DET – Brett Favre has been impressive this year and Sidney Rice has benefited as his favorite target.  It took Favre some time to find Rice, and the numbers show just that.  Over the past three games, Rice has averaged 117 receiving YPG.  Although none of those games have included a touchdown, that should change this week against a Lions team that has given up 19 through the air over eight games.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Braylon Edwards vs. JAC, Hines Ward vs. CIN, Anquan Boldin vs. SEA

Santana Moss vs. DEN – When Santana Moss has impressed this year, he has really impressed.  Don’t expect that to be the case this wek though when the Redkins take on the Broncos.  He will likely have to deal with Champ Bailey, who did not have the best of nights on Monday against the Steelers and he should be looking for a bounce back game.  Jason Campbell has struggle thus far and against Denver’s 7th ranked pass defense that will continue, which is bad news for Moss.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Dwayne Bowe vs. OAK, Mike Sims-Walker vs. NYJ, Nate Washington vs. BUF

Tight Ends

Start’em: Vinsanthe Shiancoe vs. DET – Shaincoe is yet another Viking player who should benefit from playing against the Lions poor secondary this weekend.  The Lions have allowed an average of 10.8 fantasy PPG to tight ends this season.  He should find the end zone in this one.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Brent Celek vs. SD, Antonio Gates vs. PHI, Vernon Davis vs. CHI

Sit’em: Tony Scheffler vs. WSH – Besides one strong game against the Chargers, Scheffler has struggled to produce this year, and that should continue against a strong Redskins defense.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Dustin Keller vs. JAC, Fred Davis vs. DEN, Greg Olsen vs. SF


Start’em: John Carney vs. STL – The Saints should put up loads of points against the Rams on Sunday and when the score gets out of hand, the New Orleans offense may take their foot off the gas peddal enough to kick some field goals as well.

Sit’em: Josh Scobee vs. NYJ – The Jags offense struggles on the road and that should be no different against a tough Jets defense.  Expect Scobee’s opportunities to be limited.


Start’em: Cowboys vs. GB – The Packers have been allowing numerous amounts of sacks on quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and with the Cowboys once again getting their pass rush going, it could be a very productive day for their defense.

Sit’em: Colts vs. NE – The Colts defense has been strong, but with Brady rounding back into form, this may be a disappointing day for them.

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