We've pass the halfway point of the regular season and with that it's time to get super serious about your fantasy football squad. More than ever, each individual decision you make on a weekly basis matters. You can't afford a misstep on your way to the fantasy football playoffs. I'm here to help with my weekly look at matchups. Here's what I see for Week 10.
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WEEK 10 BYES: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
Keenan Allen is averaging 104.3 yards a game the past four including a season best 128 yards last week.
Le'Veon Bell is coming off his best all-around game of the season as he went for 74 rushing yards and 65 receiving yards against the Patriots. Over his five games here are his touch counts: 20, 19, 20, 18 and 20. He faces the Bills who have allowed a mere two rushing scores this season.
The Bengals might have some success passing against the Ravens. Andy Dalton has thrown for 300 yards in 4-straight games. Marvin Jones scored the last time he faced the Ravens. A.J. Green has gone for better than 100 yards in 4-straight games. Andrew Hawkins caught eight passes the last time he faced the Ravens.
Andre Brown should be back for the Giants. He's scored in 5-straight games and has eight rushing scores in nine games. The Raiders have allowed six rushing scores in eight contests.
Antonio Brown is nine receptions from setting a career best (he has 61). The Bills have allowed 123 receptions to WRs this season, the second worst total in football. They've also allowed a league worst 15 scores to wideouts. Partner in crime Emmanuel Sanders has caught 13 balls on 22 targets the past two weeks and he also figures to have a nice game.
Donald Brown is averaging 6.3 YPC this season. Trent Richardson is at 3.0 in his six games with the Colts. TRich has also failed to record 15 carries in 3--straight games though Brown has only averaged seven carries a game in those three outings. They're facing a Rams club that is 4th from the bottom in yards allowed on the ground (125.2) and third worst with 11 rushing scores allowed.
Reggie Bush has been a top-10 RB in PPR setups this season. In Week 4 he torched the Bears for 139 yards an a score on the ground and caught four more passes for 34 yards (he faces them again this week). On the season he's 3rd in the NFL averaging 121.9 yards from scrimmage per game.
Did you know that Jared Cook leads the Rams with 411 receiving yards? The Colts are tough against tight ends though allowing barely three receptions a game an only one score all season long.
Vernon Davis has five scores in his last five games. The Panthers have been beaten for four scores in eight games by the tight end.
Harry Douglas has 22 receptions for 352 yards in his last three games. The Seahawks are allowing only 180 passing yards a game this season, the best mark in the NFC.
Andre Ellington leads the NFL with a 7.7 YPC mark (minimum 40 attempts). He'll have to deal with Rashard Mendenhall this week and a Texans D that is just below the middle of the pack with a 4.2 YPC mark. Speaking of Mendenhall, he's scored in all three home games in which he has appeared this season.
Pierre Garcon has caught at least five balls in all eight of the games he's played this season. The touchdowns will come. It could easily happen this week against the Vikings who are allowing 291 passing yards a week an an NFC worst 18 passing scores.
Mike Glennon has five passing scores and no interceptions in his past three games. The Dolphins bend but don't often break through the air allowing 252 passing yards a week but only nine passing scores in eight games. They've also picked off 11 passes.
Frank Gore has failed to run for 75 yards in either of his last two games. No one cares. Gore has run for 70 and 71 yards, but it's the fact that he's scored twice in each of those two games that really matters. On the season the Panthers have allowed two rushing scores.
Jimmy Graham has scored twice in each of his last two games. The Cowboys have allowed only five scores to tight ends this season but (a) they've allowed the second most points to tight ends on a weekly bases and (b) it's Jimmy Graham.
Robert Griffin III might finally be getting back to the place that saw him dominate in the fantasy game last year. In Week 9 the Redskins ran 13 read-option plays leading to 94 yards. That's a great sign. He rushed for two scores and 138 yards the last time he faced the Vikings.
Chad Henne has thrown for 300 yards in two of his last three games. He's made three starts against the Titans in his career an is averaging 303 passing yards a game.
The last two times Vincent Jackson has faced the Dolphins he has eight receptions, 228 yards an a touchdown.
The Jaguars are the worst team in football against the run allowing a league worst 161.8 yards and 13 rushing scores this season. Chris Johnson, coming off a 150 yard outing, and Shonn Greene, coming off a game in which he scored, are salivating at the thought.
Mike James ran for over 150 yards last week against the supposedly stout Seahawks defense. This week he faces a Dolphins club that is allowing more points to runners in a PPR setup than any club in football.
Andre Johnson scored his first three touchdowns of the season in Week 9. He also had his third career 200 yard game in the outing. The last time he faced the Cardinals he caught eight balls for 101 yards and two scores.
Maurice Jones-Drew has run for 100 yards in 3-straight games against the Titans. The club from Tennessee has allowed 10 rushing scores in eight games this season. They are also allowing 123 rushing yards on the ground, the 7th highest total in the game.
Colin Kaepernick has led the Niners to 5-straight victories duding which the team has scored at least 30 points in each outing. Colin K has nine scores during the streak. Tough matchup this week though as he faces a Panthers club that is more difficult for a QB to put up points against than any team in the league (only seven scores in eight games to the QB).
Eddie Lacy has run for 545 yards over his past five games, the most in the NFL. He faces an Eagles club that is allowing 112 yards a game on the ground and seven rushing scores in nine games.
In 12 home games Andrew Luck has thrown for 20 scores and six interceptions. That's a 16 game pace of 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Not bad. He's also thrown for six scores an no interceptions his last two games this season. Also there's this. Luck's run for eight scores since the start of last season, the most for an AFC QB. He faces the Rams this week, the 13th worst D against QBs this season.
Marshawn Lynch has scored in 3-straight games versus the Falcons (playoffs included). Now if the moronic play callers with the Seahawks will stop calling QB roll outs and draws from the two yard line...
Eli Manning faces a Raiders team that was obliterated by Nick Foles last week. They Raiders are now the 4th worst D against QBs in the fantasy game, but there's also this. Though they allowed seven passing scores last week they had allowed only 10 in their first seven games. Still a great matchup for Manning and the Giants coming off a Bye.
Peyton Manning has thrown for 2,919 yards through eight games, the most in the history of football. His total of 29 TD passes is one behind Tom Brady's record through eight games. Can the Chargers slow him down? The club from San Diego is allowing 275 passing yards a game, the 6th worst mark in football.
Ryan Mathews has gone over 100 rushing yards in two of his last three games. He's run for 100 yards three times against the Broncos in his career. This season though the Broncos are allowing 3.4 YPC and just 81.5 yards per game on the ground. Both marks are in the top-3 in the league.
LeSean McCoy ran for a score the last time he faced the Packers. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a rushing score in his last three games and has only one game with more than 75 yards rushing over his last six outings.
Quietly, Lamar Miller has averaged 97 rushing yards a game the past two weeks. The Bucs are in the upper half of the league allowing 107.5 yards a week on the ground.
Denarius Moore is averaging 17.4 yards per catch over his last six games. In those six outings he's posted an average of 4.5 receptions and 78 yards. The Giants are middle of the pack in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers in PPR setups though they have allowed them to score eight times in eight games.
Lance Moore has scored three times in his last three outings with the Cowboys.
Knowshon Moreno has scored in 5-straight games. He's also failed to rush for 45 yards in his last three games and has been over 80 yards rushing just one time in six outings. The Chargers have allowed only four scores to running backs this season and the 9th fewest points a week in PPR leagues.
In the 11 games in which DeMarco Murray has carried the ball 18 times the Cowboys are 11-0. Makes you wonder why they only ran the ball nine times last week doesn't it? In those 11 games Murray is averaging 113.9 yards a game on the ground, just a hair under the 121.3 yards a game the Saints are allowing this season.
Jordy Nelson is on pace for his second 14 TD season and that would make him the first Packer to ever do that. James Jones has scored 16 time since 2012 and that is tied for 4th in the NFL. Of course they will be catching passes from Senaca Wallace. At least the Eagles are last in the NFL allowing an average of 308 passing yards a week (including 14 touchdowns in nine games).
Cam Newton has scored 10 times in his last four games (seven passing, three rushing). He faces a Niners team that has allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points to QBs this season including just 11 scores in eight games.
Greg Olsen has scored in 2-straight games. He's also been over 50 yards in just one of four games. The Niners allow the 5th fewest points to tight ends in a PPR league.
The Packers have allowed nine passing scores to wideouts this season which bodes pretty well for DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper. Still fell like reiterating... Cooper has caught two or fewer passes six of nine games this season, and in six of nine games he's failed to record 30 yards.
Adrian Peterson has 17 touchdowns in his last 18 games and he's scored 10 times in his last nine home games. Yeah, you should start him versus the 'Skins.
Rueben Randle has four scores in four games. The Raiders gave up seven passing scores last week.
Ray Rice, and Bernard Pierce, have been stuck in neutral all year as the Ravens' O-line has been terrible. History suggests that Rice might have some success in this week's matchup though. Rice has scored eight times in his 10 meeting with the Bengals. Unfortunately the Bengals allow the 7th fewest points to runners in PPR setups this season and have allowed them to score just three times. Hard to look at Rice as anything other than a middling RB2 option, at best, this week.
It's hard to believe at this point, but Jacquizz Rodgers still has four scores in his last four games.
Cecil Shorts had four receptions for 105 yards against the Titans last November. He's caught 15 balls for 154 yards the past two games this season. Teammate Mike Brown has averaged 81.5 yards a game the past two weeks.
C.J. Spiller ran for 116 yards last week, his highest total of the season. The club has also stated that his ankle is finally good, and that means his carry total should increase. He faces the Steelers, the 9th worst D against RBs and one that has allowed 12 scores to runners this season.
Zac Stacy is the first Rams rookie runner over 100 yards in back-to-back games since Steven Jackson in 2004. Stacy faces a Colts team this week that has allowed only five rushing scores in eight games but they are 6th from the bottom allowing 125 rushing yards a contest.
Golden Tate had six catches for 103 yards an a score in the Seahawks last playoff game versus the Falcons. Tate had seen at least seven targets in 4-straight games before he faced off with Revis Island in Week 9.
Demaryius Thomas has scored the last two times he faced the Chargers.
It's virtually impossible to trust Mike Tolbert with DWill and JStew in the house but Tolbert has scored five times in his last four games.
People need to start paying attention to Bucs TE Tim Wright. He's scored in two straight games. The Dolphins have allowed six scores to tight ends, the third worst mark in the league.
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