It’s Election Night. Who do you choo, choo, chooooooooooooooose for week 10’s fantasy roster?
Bye week: Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers
Carson Palmer – With the injuries to Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, I imagine Carson Palmer will likely throw the ball 100 times a game. With that type of volume, Palmer could play himself into the QB1 range for the rest of the season.
Russell Wilson – Wilson continues to be a viable play in home games for the Seahawks. He (and the Seahawks) are bad on the road, but something happens at home that makes the Seahawks look like Super Bowl contenders.
Jake Locker – Locker was cleared for practice this week. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play in a good matchup this week. Locker has a chance to be a QB2 for the rest of the season and could be a matchup play over the remainder of the season.
Kevin Kolb – It looks like Kevin Kolb may return after the bye week. And perhaps not a moment too soon for the Cardinals. However, for your fantasy team he’s best left on the waiver wire until the Cardinals solve their offensive line issues.
Nick Foles – The cry has been getting louder for weeks. It does not seem like the Eagles are going to make a change (unless Michael Vick succumbs to an injury). Andy Reid seems intent on going down with Vick as his QB. Vick has been bad and he has admitted as much. However, Foles is a rookie and it’s not clear he would be an upgrade from Vick. Another loss on Monday night leads to another endorsement from Andy Reid for Vick. In dynasty leagues, Foles is useful. In others, I don’t see him getting any meaningful playing time this season.
Saints RBs – Monday night’s game did not bring any clarity to the Saints RB situation. Darren Sproles was out, but there was still a split of touches between Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory (who scored a TD). Travaris Cadet contributed on special teams, lost a fumble and did nothing else. It looks like only Sproles (who may be back in a week or two) is still the only back who will contribute regularly. The others aren’t worth owning except as bye week fill-ins or in deep leagues. Their performance is just too difficult to predict week to week.
Raiders RBs – Darren McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain. Mike Goodson suffered a high ankle sprain. Marcel Reese picked up eight catches for 95 yards in relief as the Raiders tried to throw their way back into the game. Taiwan Jones is still on the roster.
It looks likes Darren McFadden is pushing to start in Week 10 which muddles the picture. I don’t see McFadden being useful this week (even if he does play). I’d grab Marcel Reece for this week as he’s got the talent to be useful in many formats. Jones has had fumbling issues according to his coach and I can’t see the Raiders trusting him with more than a change of pace role at this point.
Cowboys RBs – DeMarco Murray is out for Week 10. Felix Jones is a china doll. Lance Dunbar moved ahead of Philip Tanner this week. Murray is clearly the lead dog and should regain his starting role as soon as he’s healthy. I’d still rather have Dunbar than Felix Jones for the long term because I don’t see Jones staying healthy over a long period. That said, Jones will likely continue to be the most valuable Cowboys back until Murray returns.
Joique Bell – Lions coach Jim Schwartz loves Joique Bell. He’s the Mariano Rivera of the Detroit Lions. The Lions get a lead and they put Bell into salt the victory away. This gives Bell a clear role and cuts into Mikel LeShoure’s value. Bell is a flex play for the rest of the season (especially in those games where the Lions are expected to win).
Beanie Wells – Wells is due back in Week 12 according to reports so if you have room on your roster snag him now or tuck this note away for later after the bye weeks end.
Danny Amendola – If he’s on your waiver wire for some reason, grab him as your first choice. He’s back in the lineup for Week 10.
Michael Floyd – The Cardinals have said they are going to continue to get Michael Floyd more involved in the offense. It will be interesting to see how he performs when Kevin Kolb returns. The Cardinals are on bye this week so I imagine very few fantasy players will be on Floyd so you might be able to snag him during the week. I like Floyd more in PPR leagues than standard leagues and he’s a flex option for the rest of the season.
T.Y. Hilton – When T.Y. Hilton speaks, people listen. Hilton had a breakout game with Donnie Avery leaving early and Coby Fleener missing the game. If Avery returns this week (as it looks like he might even with the short turnaround), Hilton goes back to a being an afterthought in fantasy circles. In dynasty leagues, Hilton is an intriguing play. Reggie Wayne isn’t getting any younger and Donnie Avery isn’t particularly special. I can see Hilton being a breakout star next year. If you are out of it this year, plant Hilton on the bench and see what blooms.
Danario Alexander – “Coach” Norv Turner said that Alexander has earned a big role with the Chargers. Turner is effusive in his praise of nearly every player who plays for him so take this with a grain of salt. Alexander has not been able to stay healthy in his career and will likely be a rotational player with the other Chargers WRs. Do not break the bank on him.
Rob Housler – I’ve mentioned Housler a couple of times in this column. He’s getting more and more opportunities as the season has progressed. I like Housler as a low end TE1 for the remainder of the season (especially in PPR leagues).
Dwayne Allen – Allen took advantage of the injury to Coby Fleener and will continue to put up TE1 (in PPR leagues) numbers as long as Fleener is injured (which may only be one more week).
The Redskins are on bye, but the Titans play this week so take a look at Anthony Fasano as a good matchup play this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers aren’t a good fantasy defense, but they play the Chiefs this week and should be starting in all leagues this week. The Chiefs make bad defenses look good.
Chris Garosi is a contributor for District Sports Page. One of his favorite sports memories is witnessing Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter at Memorial Stadium in 1991. Chris has played fantasy sports since the pre-Internet days and participates in any league for any sport to which he’s invited. He even won an XFL fantasy league. Really. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisgarosi