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Who To Start or Sit on Your Fantasy Team

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Looking at the week ten contests throughout the league, we’ve identified some players we feel should be in your lineup this week because of favorable matchups. We’ve also pinpointed some regular starters who you should consider putting on the shelf for a week. Obviously this list doesn’t include the stud players you would start every week.

Weekly Fantasy Rankings

Quarterbacks

Start
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland) - Sporting the league’s second-best passer rating (behind just Tom Brady) Roethlisberger has been on fire, and I haven’t seen anything from the Browns’ defense to indicate that trend will continue. He’s a little banged up right now, but head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects his quarterback to be ready to go on game day.

Sit
Philip Rivers, San Diego (vs. Indianapolis) - If you’re starting Rivers on a semi-regular basis, I already feel for your team. With the Colts’ tough defense on tap, this certainly isn’t a week to have him in your lineup.

Running Back

Start
Cedric Benson, Chicago (at Oakland) - Benson has been a big disappointment this year, but he has an opportunity this week to get on track against a defense that surprisingly has struggled against the run this year.

Sit
Jamal Lewis, Cleveland (at Pittsburgh) - Since posting more than 200 yards against the Bengals in week two, Lewis has been held pretty much in check. Sure, he put four touchdowns on the board last week against the Seahawks, but he only posted 37 yards on 20 carries. Don’t expect the Browns to be able to move the ball as effectively against a stingy Steelers defense to set Lewis up this week for those short TD runs.

Wide Receiver

Start
Greg Jennings, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota) - The Packers have struggled to find a consistent run game this year, and they’re not likely to this week against one of the league’s best run defenses. They should, however, be able to exploit the Vikings pass defense, which is among the worst in the league. Look for the Packers to give up quickly on the ground game and put the ball in the air early and often. Jennings should put up big numbers.

Sit
Chris Chambers, San Diego (vs. Indianapolis) - Chambers is working his way gradually into the Chargers offense, but has yet to put up numbers worthy of being in your starting lineup as more than a flex player. The Colts are third in the league in pass defense, so it isn’t likely this will be the week he breaks out.

Tight End

Start
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh (vs. Baltimore) - Having scored four touchdowns over the last four games, it’s obvious that Roethlisberger is looking his way a lot in the red zone. The Steelers should be able to move the ball at will against the Browns Bend and Break defense.

Sit
Randy McMichael, St. Louis (at New Orleans) - Despite his disappointing numbers, it might be tempting to give McMichael a start against what looks like a very favorable matchup in the Saints defense. However, injuries along the offensive line have forced the Rams to keep McMichael in to help the pass protection, and he’s just not getting many touches at this point. He hasn’t caught more than three passes in a game this year and has scored just one touchdown.

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Defense

Start
Buffalo Bills (at Miami) - The Bills have been playing some pretty good hard-hitting defense over their three-game winning streak, and should have little trouble controlling Miami’s feeble offense.

Sit
Minnesota Vikings, (at Green Bay) - Brett Favre and the Packers offense have shown a propensity for the big play through the air while the Vikings have struggled to stop opponent’s passing attacks all year.

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