Week 10: Start 'em
Once again the injury bug hit last weekend, with stud fantasy players like LJ and Chad Johnson leaving with injuries and Frank Gore not being able to play at all. This is the last weekend when teams have a bye. With regular fantasy starters such as Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Thomas Jones, Laveranues Coles, and others sitting this week out, take a look below and if you have any of these guys, make sure to put them in your lineup.
Not only might Cedric Benson turn out to be one of the bigger draft day busts (drafted 4th overall in the 2005 NFL draft), but he will probably prove to be as big of a fantasy bust. With that said, Benson is coming off a bye week and the Bears face the Oakland Raiders, who are one of the worst teams in the league against the run. Oakland gives up 152 rushing yards per game and the Bears want to take pressure off the passing game by establishing the running game. With 2 weeks since their last game, Benson should be fresh and ready to finally show everyone what made him the #4 pick in the 2005 draft. Give Benson one last chance to start and hopefully you will see him put up some solid numbers.
Edgerrin James has been up and down this season, much in the same way the Arizona Cardinals have been up and down. After facing some tough defenses the past few weeks and failing to put up good fantasy numbers, James has a much easier match up this week when the Detroit Lions come to
If you listened to any of my advice from last week's article, I hope it was to start Marshawn Lynch. He not only ran for 153 yards and scored a TD, but he also passed for another one vs. the Bengals. If that isn't enough reason to start him, then maybe the fact that he is playing the Dolphins this weekend will be enough for you to have enough faith to start Lynch in your lineup. The Dolphins have yet to win the season and are giving 160 yards a game on the ground, which means that Lynch should be in for another big fantasy day. Good chance Buffalo will get out to an early lead vs. the Dolphins and then they can just pound the ball with Lynch. Expect nothing less then 100 yards and a TD from Marshawn this coming weekend.
Donald Driver started off the season just the way he ended last year, getting tons of catches for all sorts of yards and touchdowns. For the past number of years Driver has been Brett Favre favorite target and whenever Favre needs a big catch, the first place he always looks is Driver. Problem is that it seems that most defenses think the same thing and cover Driver with their best DB and sometimes even double cover him. After catching at least 6 passes in each of the first 2 games for at least 58 yards, Driver has failed to catch more then 5 passes and has only gained over 58 yards once and hasn't scored a TD since week 3. This week all that will change when he faces the Minnesota Vikings, who are giving up 275 yards per game through the air. After fellow WRs Greg Jennings and James Jones have put up big numbers the past 2 weeks, look for Driver to make his mark this weekend. The Vikings don't seem capable of stopping anyone, let alone Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers passing offense, so make sure not to give up on Driver too soon. Keep him started in your lineup this week.
Derrick Mason is the prototype point per reception receiver. He doesn't gain many yards on his receptions (9.1 yards per reception) and doesn't catch many TD's (only 2), but he is averaging close to 8 receptions per game. This week Mason faces the Cincinnati Bengals, who are giving up huge fantasy points to the opposing teams' wide receivers, 14 receptions for 180 yards and 1.9 TD's. Last week vs. the Steelers, Mason struggled with only 6 catches for only 35 yards, but that was due more to Steve McNair's ineffectiveness and poor weather conditions. In the first game of the season against the Bengals, Mason caught 7 balls for 76 yards and there is no reason to expect that he can't do that and more when he faces them again this weekend.
Hines Ward has been up and down all season dealing with inconsistencies and injuries, but this weekend he has an amazing match up vs. division rival the Cleveland Browns. So far this season the Browns are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers, 15.4 catches for 200 yards and 1.5 TD's. Those numbers mean that Ward is in the perfect position to put up great fantasy numbers and as Big Ben's favorite target, he will get plenty of looks. If you're in a point per reception league, then this match up is even better. With the Browns giving up 15 receptions a game, Ward will get plenty of chances to make some plays. Make sure to keep Ward in your lineup and expect something in way of 7-8 catches for at least 80 yards and possibly a TD.To view our weekly rankings for all offensive positions, visit our who to start rankings.