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Whole Nine Yards: Week 10


Stevan Ridley looks to be a solid start against Buffalo this weekend. Photo via

By Zac Bellman

Special to the Tribune


Start: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills) vs. Patriots – With some elite fantasy quarterbacks on a bye this week, like Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III, Fitzpatrick could prove to be a valuable option to plug in. He threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in his first meeting with the Patriots this year.

Sit: Andrew Luck (Colts) vs. Jaguars – It may be tough to sit a guy coming off of a record-setting game like Luck had last week, but on a short week and against a defense that has held the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in check the last two weeks, find a better alternative.

Sleeper Start: Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins) vs. Titans – Tannehill is taking better care of the ball than most quarterbacks of his experience, going the last four games without throwing an interception. This week he takes on a passing defense that is in the bottom three in the league.


Start: Stevan Ridley (Patriots) vs. Bills – The Patriots are still using a running back by committee theme, but Ridley is good for a good 15-20 touches every single week. In their first meeting against the Bills, he put up 106 of the Patriots’ 243 yards on the ground and scored two of their three rushing touchdowns.

Sit: Fred Jackson (Bills) vs. Patriots – C.J. Spiller continues to get the bulk of the carries for Buffalo and the Bills will likely have to pass to stay in the game like they did in their first matchup with the Patriots.

Sleeper Start: Andre Brown (Giants) vs. Bengals – Brown has rushed for a touchdown in three straight games and seems to be the go-to-guy around the goal line for the Giants. The injury he sustained against the Steelers is a concern, but he should be good to go.


Start: Mike Williams (Buccaneers) vs. Chargers – Williams caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown last week on eight targets from Josh Freeman. San Diego will be focusing their game plan on stopping running back Doug Martin after his career day against the Raiders, so Williams could slip under the radar.

Sit: Hakeem Nicks (Giants) vs. Bengals – Nicks has had an injury-plagued season and has not scored a touchdown or gone over 100 yards since Week 2. Also, the Bengals rank No. 11 in the league against wide receivers this season, so he likely won’t get an opportunity to break out this week.

Sleeper Start: Danario Alexander (Chargers) vs. Buccaneers – Alexander saw an increased role with Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal out last week. Even if they return this week, coach Norv Turner suggested Alexander will still have a role in the offense going forward. Tampa Bay is struggling to contain opponents through the air, giving up four passing touchdowns last week.

Wavier claims:

Add: Raiders RB Marcel Reece (Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo! leagues) – There’s a lot of uncertainty in the Oakland backfield following ankle injuries to both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. Reece will see touches in both the passing and running game against a beleaguered Ravens defense.

Add: Colts RB Vick Ballard (Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues) – Ballard is still seeing a majority of the carries when it was speculated that he would be sharing them with Donald Brown. Brown is still nursing an injury so for now the carries are mostly Ballard’s.

Drop: Your backup quarterback. Week 11 is the last bye week so once you have cleared your starter’s bye; you can either trade off or drop your backup unless you have Matt Ryan. If you have Ryan, I would suggest holding on to what what you have in case the Falcons aren’t playing for anything in Weeks 16 and 17.

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