Fantasy Football: Week 10 Pickups
Andre Brown, RB (NYG)--After missing the Giants first eight games with a broken leg, Andre Brown will be returning to the Giants backfield versus the Raiders on Sunday. Brown and the Giants have reported that he is 100 percent healthy and that there is no extra-risk in him re-fracturing his fibula for a third time. Before suffering an injury at the end of last season, Brown had tallied eight touchdowns on 73 carries in a committee backfield with David Wilson. This time around, Brown will be in line to receive the bulk of the carries with no sign of Wilson returning anytime soon. The Giants have yet to officially activate Brown for Week 10, but barring any setbacks at practice this week he will be the No. 1 running back going up against a Raiders defense that has allowed three rushing touchdowns in three road games this season.
Nick Foles, QB (PHI)--For the second time in 2013, Nick Foles has come out of nowhere to sweep us off of our feet after a ridiculous Week 9 performance. Foles finish 22-for-28 for 406 yards and seven touchdowns without throwing an interception. What is even more impressive is that he threw more touchdowns (7) than he had incompletions (6), increasing his completion percentage to 62.7 percent on the season. If you take away his terrible start against the Cowboys in Week 7, Foles now has 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions as a starter this season. With Michael Vick unable to practice on Monday, Foles once again took the first-team reps and will likely be the Eagles starting quarterback when they take on the Packers on Sunday. Looking ahead, Foles has matchups against the Packers and the Redskins before a Week 12 bye, both of whom struggle against the pass, making him a QB1 if you are in a pinch.
Rashad Jennings, RB (OAK)--Surprise, Surprise. Darren McFadden is injured, again. Considering he has yet to play a full 16-game schedule over his six year career, McFadden owners should have handcuffed him with Rashad Jennings on draft day, but if you didn't, now is the time to buy-in. After McFadden left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, Jennings rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while adding seven receptions for 74 yards on 10 targets making him the fifth-highest scoring running back in Week 9. With how well Jennings ran the ball, it is hard to believe that the Raiders will rush McFadden back if he is not 100 percent, so there is a good chance he will get the start in Week 10 when the Raiders travel to take on the Giants.
Riley Cooper, WR (PHI)--With Nick Foles back under center, Riley Cooper has once again become a viable option in the fantasy game. In the three games started by Foles, Cooper has recorded 15 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns, compared to just 10 catches and zero touchdowns in contests started by Michael Vick. Those numbers are staggering, and with games against the Packers and Redskins heading before a week 12 bye, Cooper and Foles should have plenty of chances to hook up for even more fantasy production. So those in need of help at wide receiver for the stretch run need to look no further than the Eagles No. 2 receiver, who finished behind only Andre Johnson among wide receivers in Week 9 with a three touchdown performance.
Jonathan Stewart, RB (CAR)--I said it last week, and I'll say it again. Stewart will be a solid fantasy contributor over the course of the next seven games. In his first game back following an ankle injury, Stewart was supposed to be given between six and 10 touches, but ended up finishing with 12 in the Panthers win over the Falcons. Stewart finished with nine carries for 43 yards and was also a factor in the passing game adding three catches for 22 yards. Panthers starting running back DeAngelo Williams received 15 touches in the contest and Mike Tolbert only nine, so despite it being only his first game, he got his fair share of the pie. Moving forward, Stewart's activity in the Panthers offense should continue to rise as we have seen in the past when all three running back are healthy. On the downside, both Tolbert and Cam Newton will continue to take away goal line reps from both Williams and Stewart, which is going to limit his potential upside.
Mike Brown, WR (JAC)--The league was forced to suspend Justin Blackmon for the rest of the season after violating the league's substance abuse policy, which has opened the door for Mike Brown to take over the Jaguars No. 2 receiver role. Over the Jaguars last three games, Brown has started to become involved in the air attack, totaling 12 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown on 20 targets. If you factor in the amount of targets looks Blackmon received over those same three games, 39, Brown should be in store for a significant increase in production, even if he receives a third of his portion. While I don't think he is anything greater than a WR3 until we see how well he does in his new role, he is definitely worth picking up now in the hopes of turning into this year's version of Cecil Shorts.
Case Keenum, QB (HOU)--Bye, Bye Matt Schuab. Although Case Keenum is 0-2 as a starter, the Texans starting quarterback job now belongs to the Houston University standout moving forward. In his second start, Keenum was superb, finishing 20-for-34 for 350 yards and three touchdowns giving the Texans a fighting chance for their third victory. Unlike his predecessor, Keenum has yet to throw an interception this season making him a better long-term option for both the Texans and potential fantasy owners. If you suffering at quarterback after losing Aaron Rodgers, or miss out on Nick Foles, Keenum is worth a look, considering he has a favorable scheduel the rest of the way.
Shonn Greene, RB (TEN)--Heading into Week 9, the Titans stated that Shonn Greene would receive the goal line carries, and they weren't lying. Greene finished the game with nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown, with three of those carries coming in the red zone. Sunday's game marked just the third game Greene was active, but he now appears to be 100 percent following a knee injury. In an effort to protect a much smaller Chris Johnson, Greene should continue to get the looks where they count the most, making him a solid add for those in deep leagues or suffering from a case of the bye-week blues.
Cole Beasley, WR (DAL)--No Miles Austin, no problem. The Cowboys continue to put up number through the passing game, and this week received a nice effort from Cole Beasley, who was second on the team behind only Dez Bryant in targets with nine on the day. With Austin unlikely to play again in Week 10, Beasley is in line to receive the start in the slot once again for the Cowboys when they take on the Saints. While I don't see this Wes Welker-esk (5'8" 180 lbs.) wide receiver having value long term, he makes for a solid addition for those in deep formats considering how much attention Bryant and Terrance Williams attract by opposing defenses.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR (PIT)--After three weeks of practically zero production (seven catches for 80 yards), Cotchery made the most of it on Sunday in a loss to the Patriots. Cotchery surprised the fantasy world with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns, ending up being the fourth-highest scoring wide receiver in standard leagues. We have seen this act before, dating back to his days with the Jets, but as with Cole Beasley, the Steelers speedy wide receivers have opened up the short-passing game, giving Cotchery new life to his career as a possession receiver. It will be interesting to see how the targets get distributed once Markus Wheaton gets back on the field, but adding the veteran wide receiver is still worth a shot.
Defensive Matchup Play of the Week
Philadelphia Eagles Defense/Special Teams--Despite having just two games of double-digit fantasy production, this week would be the time to pickup the Eagles if in a pinch. With Aaron Rodgers out, the Packers will be rolling with Seneca Wallace under center, who was contemplating retirement less than two months ago. As long as the Eagles can muster up some semblance of a pass rush, there is a good chance they can force Wallace to make bad decisions that could lead to solid fantasy production. Even though Rodgers will be out, the Packers have good wide receivers and a great running game, so they could still put up points, but if you are in a tight spot, it is worth targeting a backup quarterback no matter the offense around him.
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