Week 10 Fantasy Lames: Evans to drop the ball versus 'Boys

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Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts, TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 10 Lames in the comments section below.

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Peyton Manning, Den, QB (63 percent started, $31 in Yahoo DFS)
Matchup: vs. KC
For years, the thoughts computed behind Peyton's Frankenstein forehead terrorized opponents. His impeccable progressions, defensive reads and timely reactions picked apart even the stiffest of challengers. Those days, however, are long in the past. Manning's mental state is rapidly deteriorating right before our eyes. His once flawless decision-making is very much in decline evidenced in his 4:10 TD:INT split over the past five weeks. Couple that with a chicken-noodle arm and he's become largely mediocre for fantasy purposes. Exhibited in long connections with Demaryius Thomas Week 8 and Emmanuel Sanders Week 9, he does flash occasional glimpses of his former All-World self, but it's asinine the majority of fantasy owners continue to rely on him week-to-week. That my friends, is the persuasive power of a brand name. In statistical terms, he's not even two-thirds Blake Bortles. At first glance, most would believe a matchup with Kansas City is enticing. The Chiefs, after all, have surrendered 272.6 passing yards and 2.0 passing touchdowns per game, but much of that came earlier this season with Sean Smith in street clothes. They've tightened considerable since the DB's return. In fact, since Week 6, they've given up only 6.9 pass yards per attempt and the fewest fantasy points per game (11.07) to the position. Peyton tallied a 256-3-1 line against the Smith-less Chiefs Week 2. If he replicates that in the rematch, on a tender foot no less, Ben Carson really did nearly stab a dude. 

Fearless Forecast: 252 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 2 interceptions, 12.1 fantasy points 

Chris Ivory, NYJ, RB (80 percent started, $28)
Matchup: vs. Buf
1.1. No, that's not my I.Q., though an appropriate guess, it's actually the yards per carry Ivory totaled in Weeks 8 and 9. Throw in his equally humiliating effort against New England Week 7 and that number balloons to a "whopping" 1.5. If not for the three touchdowns he's scored in his past three games, people would be calling for his head. Point blank, the man isn't healthy. He's attempted to power through a nettlesome hamstring injury, a culprit in his precipitous downward turn. The offensive line isn't without blame. As Ivory remarked to the media last week, New York's big uglies have routinely missed assignments creating little to no room for the rusher to operate. Nick Mangold's return Thursday could reignite the ground game, but that's far from a guarantee. Admittedly, Buffalo isn't the immovable fortress many predicted preseason. The Bills have allowed a RB TD in five consecutive games and the fifth-most fantasy points to the position since Week 4. Still, given the short week and Ivory's recent underachievement, it's understandable why owners should be trepidatious. 

Fearless Forecast: 17 attempts, 44 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards, 0 touchdown, 6.3 fantasy points

Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB (71 percent started, $28)
Matchup: at Ten
A hard-working ox over the past several weeks, Stewart has pulled the plow for Carolina. Turning it on around the same time he did a season ago, he's registered 20 or more carries in four-straight contests. Since Week 6, he's averaged 87.8 rushing yards per game and found the end-zone three times. His resulting 13.6 fantasy points per game over that span ranks just inside the RB top-15. No surprise, his Yahoo DFS price has adjusted. Consistently under $20 over the first third of the season, he now costs an arm and half a leg. At his present valuation, avoiding him would be sage. Yes, the workload is attractive, but Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert are constant annoyances inside the red zone. The goal-line gremlins have accounted for eight GL rushes, two more than Stewart. Complicating matters, Tennessee's D-line isn't the Jell-O mold many anticipated it would be back in August. Few RBs have gashed it this season. On the year, the Titans have allowed 3.93 yards per carry, 90.8 rushing yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game to rushers equal to the fifth-fewest fantasy points yielded. Last week, Mark Ingram managed a disgusting 2.48 yards per carry against them. ILB Wesley Woodyard alone has tallied 28 stops this year, which ranks top-10 at his position. Weighing the downsides, Stewart is a marginal option whether in standard or DFS Week 10. 

Fearless Forecast: 20 carries, 74 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.3 fantasy points 

Michael Crabtree, Oak, WR (70 percent started, $25)
Matchup: vs. Min
The crushing strength of an ocean crab is around 90 pounds per square inch. Based on his recent performance, Oakland's version is much, much higher. Squeezing the life out of opposing defenses in recent weeks, the former Niner is killing it across the Bay. Just one of the reasons why the Raiders are one of the more fantasy-entertaining teams around, Crabtree checks in at WR18 on the season. Better yet, since Week 4, he's ventured into WR1 territory ranking No. 11. Specifically, his last three games have been galactic. Targeted 32 times he's hauled in 20 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. Crabtree, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are building a chemistry akin to the Jeff George, Tim Brown and James Jett days. Still, he should reenter the Earth's orbit this week. Very quietly the Vikings have played outstanding pass defense this season. Only five wide receivers have logged double-digit fantasy points versus the Fighting Ragnars. Xavier Rhodes, who's yielded five touchdowns, has been the antithesis of "shutdown," but his battery mates, Captain Munnerlyn and Terrance Newman, haven't been scored upon and combined have allowed an 84.3 QB rating. Crabtree remains highly employable, but I'm predicting a WR3-like performance. 

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 69 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 9.4 fantasy points 

[Week 10 rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Receiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

Mike Evans, TB, WR (76 percent started, $25)
Matchup: vs. Dal
Note to self: Never, ever trust Evans with the turkey platter. Chances are he would ruin Thanksgiving. The banana-handed wide receiver established a new record for futility last Sunday. His six recorded drops against the Giants was the highest amount in 10 years. Brandon LaFell mocks you, Mike. Evans is easily having one of the more terribly fantastic fantasy seasons anyone can remember. Though he's on pace to finish with starter-worthy numbers in 12-team leagues (8.5 fppg, WR35), his 43.3 catch percentage is laughable. When Tedd Ginn ranks higher in that category, it essentially sums up your putridity. With Vincent Jackson a stretch to play Sunday, the sophomore wideout will once again be lined up in the crosshairs early and often. Another 10-plus targets are entirely possible. However, given his nasty case of the dropsies and the formidable opponent, he's an untrustworthy option in shallower leagues. On the year, wide receivers are performing 21.1 percent below the league average versus Dallas. Corners Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr have given up a combined 67.7 catch percentage, but, collectively, the 'Boys have limited explosive pass plays. Only three receivers (Jordan Matthews (twice), Julio Jones and Julian Edelman) have crossed the 10 fantasy point threshold against them. Toss in Big D's sizable problems defending the run and this contest points to more Doug Martin, less Evans. 

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 9.5 fantasy points 



Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

Reader Record: 32-30

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