FanNation Week 10 fantasy picks
There is an awful lot of strategy involved in these weekly fantasy games, like the one I'm challenging you to over at FanNation. (Join up here.)
Do you play a 'sure thing' option over a lower-priced player with more upside? Or do you go all out in rolling the dice, taking a team of boom-or-bust talents ahead of the obvious choices?
My team this week walks the line between the two approaches. I'm going with an ol' reliable at quarterback, a proven option at receiver ... and a fast-riser at running back.
Think you can do better? Prove it.
Week 10 lineup
If Aaron Rodgers tells us his hamstring is "fine", I'm going to believe him. At this point, I would give him the benefit of the doubt if he told me he had seen Bigfoot or knew where Jimmy Hoffa was buried. Even at less than 100 percent, Rodgers should be plenty amped for key intra-divisional matchup with the Bears on Sunday night. Chicago's defense has not stopped much of anything this season.
Roethlisberger is a no-brainer choice if you want to ride the hot hand. Even more so if you want to ride the hot hand against a crummy opponent.
McCown and Vick, on the other hand, could be your plays if you're feeling lucky. The Bucs will drop McCown back in as their starter just in time to face Atlanta's 30th-ranked pass defense. Mike Evans has found a bit of a groove, too, so that's a bonus. And Vick draws what could be a high-scoring game against a ridiculous banged-up Pittsburgh defense.
Robinson is on a roll since taking over as Jacksonville's starter -- he's averaging 109.7 yards rushing in his last three games. Dallas' front seven has proven to be far from a pushover this season, but the Jaguars will give Robinson plenty of chances to find some cracks. Arizona's Andre Ellington posted 134 total yards and a TD vs. the Cowboys last week.
Speaking of the Cowboys, flip the matchup and Murray vs. Jacksonville's defense is appealing, even if Tony Romo sits. Murray had his streak of 100-yard games halted by the Cardinals, so he should be motivated to get back on track.
Lynch is coming off his best game of 2014: 76 yards receiving, another 67 rushing and two touchdowns. Seattle will want to keep that momentum rolling at home vs. the Giants.
Meanwhile, Hillman draws the same Oakland defense that had no answers for Lynch. The Raiders may put up a fight against Denver, especially at home, but Hillman should have a nice day-- doubly true if the Broncos can grab a comfortable early lead and want to grind the clock late.
Yep, putting a little faith in Mark Sanchez here. Heck, why not? Maclin has been incredible of late (345 yards and four TDs in his past two games) and Sanchez immediately hit him for a 52-yard gain upon replacing Nick Foles last week. Sanchez and Maclin later connected on an eight-yard touchdown. The Eagles trust Sanchez to run this offense, and right now this offense goes through Maclin.
No receiver in football has been as good as Brown over the course of the 2014 season. With Roethlisberger locked in like he is, there is not much of a counter-argument to playing the Steelers' No. 1 option.
Better use Megatron now before his projected-point total skyrockets. At a 17-point valuation, he is a bargain ahead of his first game back from injury. Johnson said this week that he feels as fresh as he ever has at this point of the season, no doubt thanks to sitting three games and enjoying a bye.
Mentioned Evans above in the pro-McCown push. Tampa Bay's QB change may not come at a great time for the rookie receiver, but he is coming off a two-touchdown game. If McCown is smart this weekend, he'll keep feeding Evans.