Week 10: Start 'Em
Another great week of football, with some great games by some great and not so great fantasy studs. By this point in the season we can safely say there are some new fantasy studs this year: Vernon Davis has gone from a bye week fill in at TE to a very solid WR2 and a great WR3 in league that allow you to use TE as WR. LeSean McCoy has proven that if he gets the start, he is more than capable of putting up very solid fantasy numbers. This week is the last week for teams on a bye with only 2 teams (Texans and the Giants) not playing, so most owners should have full rosters this week. For those of you with injury issues or who have some players who just suck so bad lately that you need someone to start this week, take a look below.
If (and only if) you are in dire need of a QB this week -- as most owners shouldn't with only 2 QB's (Matt Schaub and Eli Manning) on bye and no major injuries to any of the top QB's -- Chad Henne is due for a big game and you should give him a chance. Yes, I know the Dolphins love to run the ball and use the wildcat, allowing RB Ronnie Brown to pass the ball, but this week the Dolphins face Tampa Bay (who have been given up big fantasy points to any and all QB's). Tampa Bay has given up at least 2 passing TDs a game in all but 1 game so far this season. So if you are in serious need of a QB this week, give Henne a shot.
Since Ladell Betts replaced Clinton Portis in 2006 and rushed for 1154 yards to go along with 53 receptions for another 445 yards, Betts has hardly been heard from. Last week Portis left the game early due to a concussion and Betts came in and looked like the back from 2006, as he rushed for 70 yards with a touchdown and had 1 reception for 23 yards. Betts looked like he had fresh legs and at this point in the season that is a welcome sight. Betts still does play for the Redskins -- which is not a good thing as we have seen by how poorly Portis has been playing this season. The difference is that Betts is healthy, fresh and looks to be running much better and faster than Portis was, not to mention he is much better at catching balls out of the backfield than Portis. If you have Portis, or any of the running backs on bye or even an injured RB, then make sure to start Betts this week.
I spoke about Jamal Charles last week, and he got off to a good start; too bad the Chiefs didn't. Charles ran the ball very well -- 6 rushes for 36 yards (he also had 3 receptions for 19 yards) -- but Kansas City fell behind early and so they weren't rushing the ball a lot. Now that Kansas City has released Larry Johnson, the job is Charles' to lose. This week Charles faces the Raiders who are not very good at anything, let alone stopping a team from running the ball -- they have given up over 100 rushing yards 6 out of 8 weeks and 11 touchdowns over 8 weeks. With his ability to run and catch the ball out of the backfield, it is worth giving him another try this week.
Greg Camarillo was having a great season last year, setting career highs and becoming a regular threat in the Dolphins' passing attack, until he went down with a season ending injury. It has taken Camarillo some time to get back into game shape and get back to where he was last year, but he is starting to look more and more like the receiver from last year. Camarillo is never going to be a deep threat, but he has great hands and will get plenty of looks. Camarillo only makes sense in point per reception leagues as a WR3 or a flex start. So if you're in need of a player to start in either of those spots, give Camarillo a chance as he has a good match-up this week vs. Tampa Bay.
Before Jerricho Cotchery missed some time due to injury, he was playing very well and was rookie QB Mark Sanchez' go to guy. In the first 4 games of the season Cotchery was averaging just over 5 receptions and 89 yards per game; in his first game back he caught 3 balls for 71 yards. Now healthy and well rested coming off a bye, Cotchery should go back to being Sanchez' guy. Since his injury, the Jets added Braylon Edwards (who should help spread the field and open it up for Cotchery). If you are unsure or having any doubts about starting Cotchery, don't ne. He has a great match-up vs. Jacksonville this week, and should have no problem going back to the production from the first 4 weeks.