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Week 10 Studs/Duds

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Studs

Ben Roethlisberger – QB – Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is coming off his best fantasy game of the year last week against the Patriots. Roethlisberger and the Steelers get Buffalo at home this week and a Bills defense that has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in all but two games this year. The Bills are a middle of the road pass defense and have allowed a league-high 20 TDs through the air this year. Roethlisberger can be a nice fill in with Tom Brady and Alex Smith both off this week. I’d also look for big games from Antonio Brown and Lev Bell this week.

Mike James – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

James is fresh off a shredding of the Seahawks defense in Week 9 and is poised for another big game this week. James has been running well since he took over the bulk of carries when Doug Martin went down, and the offensive line has been opening gashing holes. The Dolphins are an average rush defense but have given up an average of 135 rush yards a game in three games since their bye. I expect the Bucs to use the ground game to neutralize the great Dolphins pass rush. James could also see some work out of the backfield on quick dump-offs or screens if Glennon is under heavy pressure. Mid to high end RB2 this week for James. He might even throw for another touchdown.

Garrett Graham – TE – Houston Texans

A great start to the season (3 TDs in the first four games) has faded for Graham as he hasn’t gone over 46 yards since week 4. The good news for Graham is that the Cardinals have allowed multiple-score games to TEs four times this year. Their linebackers are too slow to cover tight ends and Graham will be able to get open all day Sunday. With Case Keenum throwing the ball as well as he has in his last two games, I look for Graham to put up solid TE1 numbers this week. He’s cheap on daily sites and is a nice stream play.

Duds

Colin Kaepernick – QB – San Francisco 49ers

After his 412 yard outburst in week 1, Kap has thrown for over 200 yards just once in the 7 games since and fantasy owners have had to rely on his running ability to provide somewhat consistent point totals over the past three weeks. With a tough Carolina defense coming to San Fran this week, I don’t see Kap getting much room to run or pass. The Panthers front seven is deadly and can stuff the run. If his receivers can’t get open quickly, it could be a long day for the 49er offensive lineman and force Kap to make decisions quicker than he would like. If you have other options this week I would leave Kap on the bench.

Ray Rice – RB – Baltimore Ravens

Where to start with Ray Rice. I understand the Ravens offensive line hasn’t been able to block anybody in the run game (3rd worst run block grade according to PFF). I get thatRice hasn’t had any holes to run through, but he hasn’t been making people miss either. Rice has only forced 4 missed tackles all year. That’s good enough for fourth worst in the league for runners with at least 25% of his teams’ snaps and he is dead last in PFF’s “elusive rating”. Aren’t you glad you used your first round pick on him!? Oh and Rice gets a Bengals defense that hasn’t allowed a rushing TD to a running back since week 3. I’m staying away from Rice this week and the rest of the season.

Anquan Boldin – WR – San Francisco 49ers

As I talked about earlier with Kaepernick, the Panthers have a very good defense. They have only given up 7 passing touchdowns all year and haven’t allowed an opposing wideout to score in the last six games. Boldin is as good as ever in the middle of the field and in the endzone but its getting tougher to get open. Other than Vernon Davis, he is the only receiving option for San Francisco and defenses know that. I expect him to see a lot of double coverage on Sunday as the Panthers will try to make someone else beat them. I see Boldin as a low-end Flex play this week with slightly more value in PPR leagues.

Week 9 Results:

My QB picks last week were not close to being correct. Locker had a tough game and Flacco was able to hit for 2 TD passes. Bilal Powell lost most carries to Chris Ivory (9 to 18) and Ivory ran well whereas Powell looked like he was lacking a step. Brandon Lafell had a good game but was unable to get in the endzone. Antonio Brown was able to grab 5 passes and a TD in the shootout against the Pats. Hopefully we can get back on track this week.

Studs

Weekly Rank

Jake Locker

QB20

Bilal Powell

RB47

Brandon Lafell

WR29

Duds

Weekly Rank

Joe Flacco

QB9

Steven Jackson

RB28

Antonio Brown

WR13

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