BYE: Green Bay, New Orleans, San Diego, Oakland
Each week we scour the injury reports and analyze the box scores to offer up some players that are destined for fantasy success but could be available on the fantasy waiver wire. Five offenses (San Diego, Indianapolis, Denver, and Dallas) are averaging over 275 passing yards per game. On the flip side, the four worst passing games (averaging less than 180 passing yards per game) can be found in Seattle, Kansas City, Arizona, and Carolina.
In week 10, there aren’t many top flight WR options that owners will need to replace. Marques Colston has been a disappointment and the musical chairs in San Diego should cease soon enough as Malcolm Floyd (hamstring) and Vincent Jackson (suspension) should return in the next two weeks. Oakland is a fantasy wasteland for WRs and Green Bay’s Greg Jennings is one of the more frustrating players to own based on his inconsistency.
Now that we’ve hit the half way point of the season, its worth analyzing the remaining NFL schedule to determine which teams face defenses that have been shredded by opposing QBs and which formiddable pass defenses should be avoided if you have a legitimate alternative.
Best remaining QB schedules: Tennessee, NY Giants, NY Jets, Jacksonville, San Diego
Worst remaining QB schedules: Carolina, San Fran, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati
ProFootballWeekly.com is on board with adding Packers WR James Jones as he might be finally reaching his potential as evidenced by two 100 yard performances in his past 3 games.
FFToday.com is expecting Nate Burleson to be fantasy relevant but notes that likely starting QB Shaun Hill favored the TEs (Pettigrew/Scheffler) during his 4 week starting stint earlier this season.
BrunoBoys.Net recommends adding Vikings WR Sidney Rice if he’s available as his quick recovery from hip surgery might allow him to play in limited action this week.
CBSSports.com points out that Ravens veteran Derrick Mason could produce especially in the fantasy playoffs as Baltimore as a few potential high scoring games with Houston and New Orleans in weeks 14/15.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN:
Now in his 8th NFL season, Nate Burleson has been irrelevant in the fantasy world since 2004 when he had 68 catches for 1,006 and 9 TDs in Minnesota. Fast forward to 2010 and his first year with Detroit has been less than impressive as week 9 marked the first time that he topped 60 yards receiving. The Jets smartly decided to roll coverage to limit Megatron and Burleson benefited by hauling in seven passes for 113 yards and a score. He has a touchdown in three of his last four games but will be a risky start going forward with QB Matthew Stafford likely sidelined for the remainder of the season. Detroit faces the 11th most favorable schedule for WRs in its remaining games with three straight favorable matchups on the horizon (BUF, DAL, NE).
He is the team’s second-leading receiver behind Mike Sims-Walker with 387 yards but has only found the end zone once all season. The 2nd year WR from Arizona could be worth starting in week 10 against a porous Houston secondary. Jacksonville has a favorable remaining schedule (ranked 6th for WRs) with matchups against Cleveland (week 11) and Washington (week 16).
With the 35 year old Donald Driver in obvious decline (dealing with quadriceps injury), the beneficiary of additional playing time looks to be 4th year WR James Jones. The San Jose St alum has posted two 100 yard performances in the past three weeks and seems be developing chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers passing game ranks 9th (243 yards/game) and with TE Jermichael Finley out for the season, their #2 WR is destined to be starter worthy. Jones has struggled with dropped passess and will need to compete with Jordy Nelson for playing time for as long as Driver remains sidelined. Jones is an explosive WR and is averaging an impressive 15 YPC (27 catches for 407 yards).