Fantasy Football Insider - Week 10
by Tim Heaney
on November 13, 2010 @ 20:00:00
Here's what else KFFL's inside sources are saying this week.
- David Nelson will see ample snaps
as the Buffalo Bills look to replace Injured Reserve
inhabitant Roscoe Parrish (wrist).
Nelson has good size and presents a big target for Ryan
- Earl Bennett on the spot? Chicago
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler can count
on him in this offense based on timing - something Bennett understands. The
Vanderbilt connection between the two can't be ignored.
- Hoping for a Chad Ochocinco turnaround?
It'll heavily depend on coverage. Will opponents shift toward covering Terrell
Owens more now? Though Ocho complained about his role, don't expect
the Cincinnati Bengals' Carson
Palmer to force-feed him the ball. Owens' route running has trumped Ocho's,
and Palmer trusts Owens to do that properly more than he does Ocho.
- Colt McCoy's insertion has coincided with
the Cleveland Browns' improved use of Mohamed
Massaquoi, it seems. McCoy may also have a thing for Chansi
Stuckey. This offense doesn't pass enough for this stuff to matter
in fantasy football leagues, though.
- Though the team hasn't hinted at it, our Denver Broncos
source speculated that Demaryius Thomas
could become more involved as the season goes along, just because Thomas is
becoming more familiar with the playbook.
- With Shaun Hill back under center for the
Detroit Lions, expect the passing game to remain
just as effective as it was when he replaced Matthew
Stafford (shoulder) the first time. Nate
Burleson should continue to see increased fantasy stock, especially
since Hill likes the underneath routes; this will prevent tight end Tony
Scheffler from increasing his output.
- If Blair White (shoulder) goes, he
has a chance to pose as Austin Collie
(concussion). All five of White's targets in Week 9 came after Collie exited.
The thought here is that the Indianapolis Colts
target Pierre Garcon considerably this
week, though, since he failed to make a mark last week.
- Mike Sims-Walker's big Week 8 is
just a taste. Spirits are high, and word is that the Jacksonville
Jaguars are going to try to get him the ball as much as possible in the
- The Kansas City Chiefs will probably seriously
consider giving Dwayne Bowe a contract
extension this offseason. They have a lot invested in him and seem to believe
that he's becoming a consistent producer.
- Sidney Rice (hip) will decide tomorrow
whether he can return to the Minnesota Vikings
in Week 10. Our source isn't positive but thinks Rice gives it a go; Rice
reportedly will see about 30 to 35 snaps when he comes back. Today, he said
he'd like to play a full workload.
- Rice's return might cut into the positive signs shown by Bernard
Berrian, who looked to be on the same page as Brett
Favre last week. Berrian ran more slants instead of go routes, and it
looked like they found ways to get Berrian the ball more often. Our source
doesn't think Berrian will drop off the map even when Rice comes back, but
Rice will eat into his looks.
- Wes Welker isn't thrilled with the
stability of his knee yet. However, he should have a clear advantage versus
the Pittsburgh Steelers' William
Gay, and the New England Patriots may need
to rely on the pass heavily.
- With Steve E. Smith (pectoral) out
for Week 10 and potentially beyond, expect the New
York Giants' pecking order for wideouts to be Hakeem
Nicks, Mario Manningham and
Ramses Barden, with Barden seeing a
handful of looks. This might corrupt Nicks' play, because he might see more
double teams; Smith was attracting ample attention in the middle of the field.
- Matchup notes for Nicks and Manningham and future opponents of the Dallas
Cowboys: All you hear about is how awful Mike
Jenkins is; Orlando Scandrick has been
just as bad, and you never hear of it. Expect no changes on defense that could
- The Philadelphia Eagles have been working on
ways to free up DeSean Jackson. He
didn't fare well against the Washington Redskins'
Cover 2 in these teams' first matchup. Having such new wrinkles and Michael
Vick for a full game should benefit Jackson greatly in Week 10.
Multiple observers agree: This could be a big week for Hines
Ward. The state of the Pittsburgh Steelers'
offensive line will dictate a lot. They'll have trouble running, particularly
to the left, and probably won't be able to protect Ben
Roethlisberger on deep drops regularly. Precise route runners - Ward qualifies
- have given the New England Patriots' young corners
the most trouble.
MSW on the rise
- Ted Ginn Jr. has been a pleasant
surprise to our San Francisco 49ers scribe. Ginn's
hands have improved, and maybe he'll start cashing in on his rapport - since
elementary school, literally - with quarterback Troy
Smith. It isn't a fantasy gamble worth taking yet. Just watch for it.
- The Seattle Seahawks' Mike
X. Williams struggles to create separation - he doesn't have enough
speed to get past solid cornerbacks. He's attracting defenses' focus because
he's a large target. No other wideout is as strong or consistent enough to
step up and take advantage of Williams' coverage.
- The St. Louis Rams' Laurent
Robinson is looking better, but the pecking order remains Danny
Amendola, then Brandon Gibson
(whom they're gaining confidence in) and a combo of Mardy
Gilyard and Robinson, whoever starts to pick it up.
- Vince Young (knee, ankle) worked out a little
this week, but signs point to Kerry Collins
being the guy in Week 10. That obviously benefits the Tennessee
Titans' wideouts, particularly Randy Moss.
Expect Moss to play a lot and quite possibly lead the charge.
Kenny Britt (hamstring) has no firm
timetable, but the Titans do expect him to return
sometime this year.
- The Cincinnati Bengals' Mike
Nugent has been working on his technique. Cincy thinks he has improved
on whatever was detracting from his effectiveness in recent games.
- Given Dave Rayner's lack of regular
season action in the last two years, the Detroit Lions
might not trust Jason Hanson's (knee)
replacement to take a deep three-point try. If it's a long field goal situation
and it's a short fourth-down conversion, they'll think harder about going
- Skeptical of the Cleveland Browns' defense? It
gives up yards but really bears down in the red zone, and the run D is tough.
Our insider says that this unit may not play as well every week as it has
in the past couple, but the upswing they're experiencing is legit.
- The injury to Aaron Kampman (knee)
is devastating to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jeremy
Mincey and, once again, Derrick Harvey
have their work cut out.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have devoted too many
resources to Tamba Hali to say adios
this offseason. They could be building something special on defense, so how
could they let their best pass rusher leave? If there's something like a franchise
tag under the new CBA (and, for that matter, a new CBA), Derrick
Johnson's new deal just means KC could slap it on Hali.
Around the league
- Jerry Jones is looking for a reason to give
Jason Garrett the reins on a permanent
basis. If the Dallas Cowboys are even competitive,
Garrett will probably be running the show next year.
If it doesn't go Garrett's way, our insider could see the 'Boys pursuing (soon
to be former) Carolina Panthers head coach John
Fox because of some significant ties. And Jon
Gruden is rumored to have interest, although his arrangement with
ESPN could be an obstacle.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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