Each week we analyze the match ups and provide our take on which Quarterbacks you should start and which should be sitting on your fantasy pine.

We take several variables into account including matchups, injuries, potential weather problems, arrests, baby mama trouble, etc.

WEEK 10 Byes: Green Bay, Washington, Arizona, and Cleveland

So you have some real talent sitting this one out.  Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Josh Gordon, and well, the Redskins are off too.

Check out our interactive Injury Chart with Fantasy Football Advice which is posted every Friday afternoon.  It will keep you up to date on the latest news, views, and SPIN on player status.

Wide Receiver Upgrades

Miles Austin (vs. Eagles):  Facing a team that has quit has it’s benefits.  Austin will be squaring off against big-name corners who either don’t seem care or have lost a step…looking at you Nnamdi.  There is a good chance that Dez Bryant and Austin have a very productive day.  The Eagles defense has gotten significantly worse as the season has progressed.  Over the past 2 weeks Austin has 16 receptions for 209 yards but hasn’t found the endzone.    Austin hasn’t done well historically against the Eagles but despite that fact we like him a lot this week.

Season Ranking at Postition

FF CrystalBall Aggregate Rank

 Opponents Rank vs. Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)
14 (86.7 fantasy points) 1415th (229.4 ypg)

23.4

  • On the season the Eagles are in the top half of the league in fantasy points (19.2) surrendered to receivers but over the last three weeks they are the 7th worst in the league (23.4  points per game).
  • The Cowboys offense was expected to be potent but have scored the 7th fewest points  (150)
Brian Hartline (vs. Titans) – Why Brian Hartline?  Because he has the distinct pleasure of playing against the Titans.  The Titans are doing a great job of making receivers look very good.  Last week Hartline tallied 8 receptions for 107 yards.  Between his breakout performance in Week 4 (12/253/1) and last week, Hartline managed just 8 catches, 100 yards, and no TDs over three games.
Fantasy Points Last 5 GamesFF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank Opponents Rank vs. Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 5 Games)
31,5,0,4,10 (non-PPR)20274th (273.4 ypg)

25.8 (7th worst)

  • Hartline likes playing against the Titans.  He’s averaged 97 yards per outing in 2 previous match ups.
  • Our friends at ProFootballFocus Fantasy have tons of interesting stats, including Points Per Opportunity, Hartline ranks 11th among WRs in PPO in standard leagues and 1oth in PPR.  When he’s on the field he’s producing.
  • The Titans have surrendered a TD to opposing receivers in 6 of their last 7 games.

Wide Receiver Downgrades

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Steelers) – Bowe is a victim of atrocious QB play.  Over the past three games he has 12 receptions, 150 yards and 0 TDs.  Things aren’t going to get any easier against the stingy Steeler defense.  Bowe is playing for a contract and under the bright lights of Monday night he will be giving it his all, but you can’t count on him as any more than a WR3 and we’d be a little uncomfortable even starting him in that capacity.

Fantasy Points Last 3 GamesFF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank Opponents Rank vs Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)
6,2,6 (non-PPR)321st (174 ypg)

18.4 (4th best)

  • The Steelers D is tough, but has given up 7 TDs to WRs this year, so they can be scored on.
  • The Chiefs have the 8th worst passing offense (207 ypg) and have scored just 6 TDs through the air (3 to Bowe).
  • In his one start vs. the Steelers in November 2011, Bowe caught 7 passes for 69 yards.

Brandon Marshall (vs. Texans) – We are by no means saying you should even consider sitting Marshall.  He’s a stud but you should temper your expectations a bit.  The Texans have been clear about the fact that they plan on double-teaming Marshall every play.  He’s been on fire but we don’t think he’s going to finish with WR1 stats this week.  He hasn’t punched any women or slipped on any McDonald’s bags lately, so he’s got a lot going for him.  The Texans should be able to slow him down a bit though.

Fantasy Points Last 5 GamesFF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank Opponents Rank vs Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)
19,20,14,9,30 (non-PPR)6  4th (203.8 ypg)

12.8 (3rd best)

  • Over the last 4 games Marshall has 34 catches, 461 yards, and 3 TDs.  Clearly this a Downgrade with a lower case ‘d’.
  • The Texans are the 9th best this season in fantasy points allowed (19.4) but over the last 3 games they have been even better (12.8 fantasy ppg).
  • In 2 previous contests Marshall has accumulated very good stats vs. the Texans; 17/186/1

Wide Receivers Sleepers

Hakeem Nicks (@ Bengals): Nicks a sleeper, craziness! Could Nicks be the most disappoint fantasy player in the league?  Maybe.  Injuries have slowed him down but there is good news on the horizon.  We wrote today about the news that the swelling in Nicks knee went away and he is expected to play.  He’s struggled this year, especially of late; when he’s on the field that is.  Victor Cruz has proven to be almost unstoppable and the Giants have relied on a two-headed monster at RB with Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown.  The Bengals aren’t a bad defense against the pass but Nicks is a stud who has to break out of this funk at some point and this is more about opportunity that it is strength of opponent.  We like him as a WR3, which is higher than his recent production warrants.  You’ll see below that No. 2 WRs have been beating up the Bengals secondary.

Fantasy Points Last 4 GamesFF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank Opponents Rank vs. Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Last 3 Games)
4,5,4,1 (non-PPR)2814th (240.4 ypg)

28.4 (5th worst)

  • Nicks has just 13 catches, 153 yards and 0 TDs over last 4 games.
  • This will be Nicks’ first time ever facing the Bengals.
  • Team’s No. 2 WRs have been gashing the Bengals of late; Eric Decker 8/99/2, Antonio Brown 7/96/1, and Josh Gordon 3/99/1.

 Kenny Britt (vs. Dolphins) – Britt looked more like his old self last week than he has at any point since his 2011 injury.  His 67 yards on 5 catches represents a season high.  Not exactly something to write home about, but it represents progress.  Now he gets to face a porous Miami defense that is giving up over 27 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.  This has the makings of a break out game if Britt can managed to keep his mind right – no small task.

Fantasy Points Last 4 GamesFF Crystal Ball Aggregate Rank Opponents Rank vs. Pass Opponents Avg FF Pts to WR (Season)
12,3,3,6 (non-PPR)3819th (298.2 ypg)

25.8 (7th worst)

  •  Britt hasn’t gotten arrested in months (it’s worth pointing out, right?)
  • Britt has averaged 4 receptions per game over the past four games.
  • Nate Washington has 3 TDs in 4 games against the Dolphins while Britt has only one game (2009) vs. the Dolphins.
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