Fantasy Football Insider - Week 10

by Tim Heaney on November 13, 2010 @ 20:00:00 PDT


Here's what else KFFL's inside sources are saying this week.

Wide receivers

  • 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 Fitzpatrick.
  • 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 foreseeable future.
  • 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 alter that.
  • 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.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker
    MSW on the rise
    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.
  • 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.

Tight ends

Place kickers

  • 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 for it.

Team defenses

  • 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.
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