Nov 7,2013

Fantasy Football Advice for Week 10: Taking your Side Piece to the Bank can be Risky Business

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there won’t be an episode of X’s and Y’s this week. Not to worry, John and I are available to answer your Twitter questions through Sunday morning and we’ll be back with a cracker jack of an episode next week. So as not to leave you totally hanging, I decided to write out my picks for “Take it to the Bank” and “Risky Business.” Just in case that wasn’t enough, I’ve also added a little “side piece.” Enjoy, hit me up on Twitter, and WIN BIG!

Take it to the Bank… DeAndre Hopkins returns to early season form in Week 10 at Arizona.
There’s a new gunslinger in Houston and he goes by the name of Case Keenum. This homegrown hero-in-the-making went off last week, throwing for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. While it wasn’t enough to best Indianapolis, it did breathe new life into the Texans‘ passing game and Andre Johnson‘s fantasy value. Lost in the shoot out was, unfortunately, rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The WR2 found fantasy fame early in the season, but has since been hushed. I think that’s all going to change on Sunday when the Texans travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The Cards rank amongst the top ten receiving defenses in the league and are only giving up an average 16.4 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Shutdown corner Patrick Peterson has been a large part of Arizona’s success. I expect the Cardinals’ stud CB to shadow Andre Johnson for four very intense quarters, which should in turn provide Hopkins – who lines up opposite the vet – with an opportunity to shine. While he only caught three balls last week, he was targeted six times by Keenum. Taking into consideration both the quarterback change and matchup, fantasy owners can feel comfortable starting Hopkins as a low-end WR2 or a solid flex.

Risky Business… Pierre Thomas is an A-OK RB2 in Week 10 vs Dallas.
The Saints of the Sean Payton era tend to do a lot more flying than marching. So it makes sense that running back Pierre Thomas might get overlooked on fantasy draft day. The seven year vet, however, is not to be counted out. While he has yet to score a rushing touchdown this season, he has hauled in two receiving TDs, which is exactly one more than fellow RB and PPR darling Darren Sproles. In just the third snap of the Saints head-scratching loss to the Jets last week, Sproles was knocked out of the game with a concussion. As a result, Thomas saw an increased amount of action and racked up total of 90 all-purpose yards. While Sproles was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and is expected to play on Sunday, I still think Thomas is worthy of a start. The Saints are hosting Dallas at home in what is sure to be one hell of a pissing contest. While the passing game will definitely be firing on all cylinders, watch for Thomas to eat up the clock and truck it over the endzone for six. The Cowboys can be run on, and Thomas is an under the radar RB2.

Side Piece… Shonn Greene is gonna get some!
By this point in the season, fantasy owners know to roll out just about any RB facing Jacksonville‘s hapless run defense. For those paying attention, the Titans will still play the Jags not once, but TWICE in 2013. They’ll meet for the first time this Sunday and again in Week 16, which is typically the Fantasy Super Bowl. Chris Johnson owners were rewarded for their patience last week when the East Carolina product broke out for his first two touchdowns of the year. While I certainly expect CJInsertNumberOfChoiceHereK to build upon that performance, I think the Titans’ RB2 Shonn Greene has an opportunity to show off as well. Greene is currently only owned in about 20% of fantasy leagues and also scored in Tennessee’s Week 9 win over the Rams. Coach Mike Munchak openly said he was committed to getting Greene the ball now that he’s back from a knee injury that had him sidelined for five weeks. Look for Greene to gobble up the goal line opportunities and spell Johnson when the Titans take the lead. With running backs being exceptionally shallow this season, and four teams on a bye this week, grab Greene to give your team a little extra oomph heading into the playoffs.