By: Jesse Cook (Sports Editor)
We saw a historic matchup between Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and many other exciting games in Week 9.
Alex Smith is a good bet at quarterback because his Washington Redskins have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even though he lost, he passed for 306 yards, hit 30 of 46 targets, and threw a touchdown pass. Plus, the Buccaneers allowed 42 points to the Carolina Panthers (Cam Newton threw for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and completed 19 of only 25 passes). Smith also scored 16.4 fantasy points on ESPN and NFL and 17.4 points on Yahoo.
Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns rushed for 85 yards on 22 attempts versus the Kansas City Chiefs last week. This week, the Browns are playing the Atlanta Falcons who have allowed 108.5 rushing yards per game. Atlanta also allows 1.2 rushing TDs per game. He’s a good pick at running back.
Alternatively, Tevin Coleman of the Falcons should prove a formidable foe at RB in Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. game. He rushed for 88 yards on a mere 13 carries, averaging 6.77 yards per carry. He also acquired 27.6 points on ESPN and NFL and 30.1 on Yahoo. Also, the Browns average allowing the most rushing TDs per game at 1.6 and they’re the fourth worst rushing defense as they’ve allowed 138.9 rushing yards per game.
Josh Gordon of the New England Patriots is a real good pickup for wide receiver. He’s playing against the weak Tennessee Titans. The Titans did have a good game in Week 9 on Monday night, but they were playing the faltering Dallas Cowboys. Gordon caught for 130 yards on five receptions, averaging 26 yards per play, and one touchdown.
The Titans have allowed 226.2 yards per game this year, as well as 1.4 touchdowns per game. This, combined with the absolutely nasty connection between Patriots’ QB Tom Brady and Gordon, does not foreshadow a good week for Malcolm Butler and the Titans’ defense. Pickup Gordon for Week 10.
Additionally, at WR, pick Maurice Harris of the Redskins. Often times, it’s a good idea to pick one of your QB’s targets as one of your WRs. You should start Smith at QB, so when he connects with Harris on a lot of plays, you’ll acquire lots more points. Harris received the ball ten times, totalling 124 yards in the game. He also acquired 12.4 points on ESPN and NFL and 17.4 on Yahoo.
At tight end, you can’t go wrong with O.J. Howard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught for 53 yards on four receptions and scored two TDs. He also acquired 17.3 points on ESPN and NFL and 19.3 on Yahoo. He’s playing against the Washington defense who have allowed the third worst in the league 307.1 passing yards per game and 1.9 passing touchdowns per game.
As for defense, the Kansas City Chiefs have the Arizona Cardinals in KC. You should pick the Chiefs. The Cardinals are averaging scoring 13.75 points per game (110 points over eight games). That makes them the second-worst scoring team in the entire league (beaten by the Buffalo Bills). No matter how good or bad the Chiefs have been lately, they’re playing a team that has only scored above 20 points in a game, once (28 points against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5).
Lastly, your kicker should be Cody Parkey of the Chicago Bears. They’ve got the Detroit Lions this week and Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky’s best quality is his ability to put up massive numbers on the scoreboard. A kicker is only as good as his offense and his offense has been excellent scoring 29.4 points per game, the fifth best in the league. The Lions have also had a poor defense this year, allowing a total tenth worst in the league 26.2 points per game.
Good luck with Week 10 and hopefully, like the week number, all your players will be in double digits.