Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE - What can you say about a guy that turns a bad team into a winning team? START HIM! Hillis had 220 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs this week in a HUGE upset of the Patriots in week 9. You can’t afford to sit this guy at this point. He has done it against tough match ups and with a variety of different mediocre quarterbacks leading his offense. If you were able to pick this guy up, ride him until he gets hurt or has two bad games in a row.
Arian Foster, RB, HOU - This guy has been a huge boost for people that were able to draft him after the 3rd round of this year’s fantasy drafts. After another big day in week 9 where he was able to put up over 30 fantasy points, your faith in him is re-enforced despite the struggles of the Texans after their very strong start. Houston is now a run-first offense and Foster is a must-start, regardless of match up, as long as he is healthy.
Terrell Owens, WR, CIN – Every time I finally give-in and concede a higher spot in my rankings to this guy, he goes and outperforms my rankings. After he caught 10 passes for 141 yards and 2 TDs on Monday night, I give up! He is a top 10 WR from here on out, until he proves otherwise.
Micheal Vick, QB, PHI – Vick lived up to my expectations this week by throwing for 218 yards and a TD, as well as adding 74 yards and a TD on the ground. He led the Eagles past the Colts this week by using his feet to evade pressure and extend drives. Vick is still a nightmare for defensive coordinators to plan against and with him having matured in his ability to keep his eyes down field and stand in the pocket he currently has the most fantasy value of his career. He is fast becoming one of the elite group of QBs but with his style of running he is always a risk to get hurt again!
Michael Turner, RB, ATL - 107 yards and 2 TDs… I don’t know anyone that could complain about that! Turner has been great, it was only because of his injury late last season he fell out of contention for being one of the elite running backs on draft day. Turner is a top 5 back and a must start regardless of match up.
Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, SD – After catching just 4 passes but totaling 111 yards and scoring twice, many people are left wondering if there will be any chance of a repeat. The answer is not likely. With Floyd and Naanee being injured, but likely to return after the Chargers week 10 bye week, Seyi will be buried too deep in the depth chart to have any fantasy value. Especially considering he was only targeted 5 times with these two being out. Oh, and rumor has it Vincent Jackson is pretty good so his return is the final nail in Tutu’s coffin.
James Jones, WR, GB – Jones’ 8 catches for 123 yards and a TD were enough to make him my number one pickup this week. It is unfortunate for him that the Packers are on bye for week 10, because if he was able to put up another performance like that while the team was without Donald Driver, he just may win over his job.
Miles Austin, WR, DAL – He may be the most talented receiver on the field, but when your offense is playing like crap it doesn’t always matter for fantasy purposes (see Lee Evans and Steve Johnson). Kitna’s inability to use his best offensive weapon is a cause for concern, but it is too hasty to bench him just yet… even with the Giants for opponents in week 10.
Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL - Even though Boldin was only able to haul in two passes for 28 yards on Sunday, there was a close call on a TD catch that was ruled against him and he was targeted 7 times. He should still be considered a starter, unless you had a phenomenal draft!
Thomas Jones, RB, KC – Todd Haley is going to need to wake up and give the lion’s share of the carries to Jamaal Charles, or the Chiefs will have some serious issues down the stretch. This past week he saw 19 carries against the league’s 26th ranked run defense and was only able to come up with an embarrassing 32 yards (1.6 yards per carry). Charles on the other hand averaged 5.3 yards per carry but only got 10 attempts, what am I missing coach?
Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN - Much as I have given up on ranking Owens too low, I have given up on ranking 85 too high. He was only able to catch one pass for 15 yards, even with 7 targets. Chad is also becoming frustrated with the amount of double teams he is drawing, so sit him down until teams switch to a more balanced defensive alignment (though it’s doubtful since it has been such a successful strategy this year).
Pierre Garcon, WR, IND – He was inconsistent before he was injured and I for one thought he was too good of a player to let that haunt him all year. Collie won’t miss too much time from his concussion so next week will be Garcon’s last chance to compete for the number 2 spot on the depth chart. If he isn’t able to get it done this week he won’t have much chance of being a fantasy starter again this season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE – After such a great game in week 8, it was very disappointing to see him only able to manage one single fantasy point this week. This is why you will always see me discredit a guy for being in a committee backfield. Prepare for a lot of inconsistency, but at least the law firm gets the goal line work.
Brent Celek, TE, PHI – He did have a TD pass called back on a holding call, but that sure doesn’t matter much. Since Vick doesn’t look to Celek in the passing game, I won’t be putting Celek in my top 10 at TE.