Week 10 Thoughts
I hope this finds each of you doing well and sitting at the top of your league standings. This week is very significant for me because I have a couple of high stakes teams that are in contention for the playoffs. Some of the leagues I participate in have an 11-week regular season and they take the best two win/loss teams and the next best two teams who have the highest point totals through week 11. These four teams participate in a two week playoff to determine who will play in the tournament in weeks 14-16.
Last night, I sat down at 8:20 p.m. to watch Big Ben play, as I have him as my starting QB in two of those leagues. I was looking for at least 250 yards and 2 TDs. When I saw the rainy weather, I adjusted my thinking to 200 yards and hopefully 2 TDs. What I got was 9 points and the possibility that Ben Roethlisberger could be out for a few weeks or longer with a shoulder injury. Once again -- the life of a fantasy football player! You must have icewater in your veins and nerves of steel if you are going to play this game. My backups are viable but I will be looking to see if there are any QB upgrades on the waiver wire.
Teams are starting to separate themselves in the overall standings. The Texans winning at Chicago on Sunday night was impressive, because they were a dome team playing outside during inclement weather. On paper you would have expected Chicago to win this game, but the Texans beat the Bears at their game and they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Saints beating Atlanta didn't surprise me at all, because they have been very successful against the Falcons in the past. I am sure the 1972 Dolphins are happy now that there are no unbeaten teams left in the NFL.
The significant injury news from this past weekend is centered at the QB position with Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, and Alex Smith sustaining injuries. Fred Jackson is also out this week as the Bills play against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. C.J. Spiller should be a monster against the Dolphins.
Week 11 Free Agent Focus
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
It appears this team will not be making the playoffs as they are on a five-game losing skid. Vick could be out a week or two with a concussion. Enter Nick Foles as the starting Eagles QB. Foles has a big arm but will be playing behind a suspect offensive line. His stat line on Sunday for three quarters was 22 of 32 for 219 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. He has a great matchup this week against the Washington Redskins, who rank dead last against quarterbacks.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
Early in the season I highlighted Locker as a viable backup QB -- and then he got injured. His overall stats were not pretty against the Miami Dolphins, but he finished with 2 TDs and 122 yards passing. He also added 36 yards rushing. He is very athletic, but needs to be more consistent. He is on a bye this week. He is a high risk/high reward player but if you are looking for a starter later in the season, you could certainly do worse than Locker.
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
I highlighted Marcel Reece last week as the 3rd down back to own in a PPR league. He didn't disappoint as he finished the game with 48 yards rushing and also hauled in 7 catches for 56 yards. His 9 targets led the team. Up next is the suspect New Orleans defense at home. If you are lucky enough to own Reece, you must find a way to insert him into your lineup this weekend against New Orleans.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons
Okay, I admit that I have been on the Rodgers bandwagon all season. He is clearly the RB to own on this Atlanta team. But what is frustrating is that the coaching staff limits his touches. He hasn't topped 15 touches in a game this season. Michael Turner finished the game against the Saints with 15 yards on 13 carries. This is a defense that has allowed 5.3 yards per carry to opposing RBs. I am hoping the coaching staff sees that Rodgers is the better RB in this type of offense. If you have a roster spot, I would add Rodgers for later in the season.
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
Alexander finished with 5 catches and 134 yards and a TD against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He has plenty of upside and Robert Meachem continues to disappoint owners. I would add him if you need a flex or WR4 on your team.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shorts continues to make plays and did so on Thursday night against the Colts. He had 100 yards plus receiving, and his fourth TD of the season. He has plenty of upside and with Justin Blackmon continuing to disappoint owners, Shorts would make a great bye-week replacement player.
The Denver defense has scored a special teams TD in each of the past two games. Their schedule is very nice moving forward. I have highlighted them the past two weekends and if they are available on your waiver wire, please go get them now.
Enjoy the games and good luck this week. Let's bring home a championship!
Kimra was selected by Toyota for its inaugural Fantasy Football Hall of Fame class in 2011.