Each week Studs
will take a look at the best and worst match-ups from around the NFL
and choose four players that could mean the difference between fantasy
success or failure.
Based on the scoring system
established by Yahoo!'s Flames and Lames, Studs and Duds just can't seem to get back to its winning ways.
After going 3-5 in last week's picks, S&D's season record now stands at
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predictions (no explanation for picks necessary) in the comment section below
and see if you can beat us at our own game.
Joe Flacco / QB / Baltimore Ravens-
(vs. Browns) In his last game against Cleveland, Flacco threw for 342 yards and a touchdown. You can
expect him to improve upon those numbers in week 10, as he'll likely throw for
multiple scores. With the Browns allowing just under 30 points per game during
their last three contests, it's not hard to imagine this being a high scoring
day for Flacco and the Raven offense. If you're regular starter has a tough
match-up this week and the former Delaware QB is available, then plug him in as
it will definitely pay off.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh / WR /
(vs. Cardinals) Houshmandzadeh was expected to be a top fantasy receiver this
year, but has yet to live up to those expectations. He's only managed to reach
100 receiving yards once, and has only three touchdowns on the year. For those
of you waiting for his breakout game, this week's match-up against Arizona's 28th ranked pass D is just what the
doctor ordered. From here on out the Seahawks have a relatively easy schedule,
so it's not hard to imagine Housh being a top 15 receiver the rest of the way.
Ricky Williams / RB / Miami Dolphins- (vs. Buccaneers) In his last three games, Williams has managed to tally four rushing touchdown's. Those are solid numbers that will continue in week 10. This week is likely to be a cake walk for the Dolphins' offense. It's unlikely that the Bucs will replicate their week nine form that saw them beat the Packers. Their 30th ranked rush D will not be able to contain the wildcat, and although Williams is the secondary back he should get somewhere in the range of 12-15 carries. If that's the case he could reach pay dirt multiple times.
Zach Miller / TE / Oakland Raiders- (vs. Cheifs) Miller has only managed to post three stud-worthy performances this year despite having arguably the best year of his career so far. He's not going to be the most consistent guy in terms of finding the end zone, as he only has three touchdown's in his career, but week 10 could easily see him log number four. Kansas City has the 30th ranked pass D and that bodes well for Miller. Although he has the unimpressive QB JaMarcus Russell throwing the ball his way, Miller will still dominate in week 10 since Kansas City's defense is simply terrible.
Prediction: 9 receptions, 100 yards, 1 touchdown
Matt Ryan / QB / Atlanta Falcons- (vs. Panthers) A lot of owners will look at Ryan's last game against the Panthers and automatically assume he has to be a must play in week 10. Well, we all know what happens when you assume. The reason he's going to be a dud this week is a matter of how Carolina's defense has improved as the year's gone on. They're ranked sixth in pass D, and more importantly they haven't allowed a stud-worthy game to an opposing QB since Ryan had his in week two. It's likely that Atlanta will rely heavily on RB Michael Turner to carry the Falcons this week, and that's bad news for Ryan owners.A few QB's that are better plays in week 10 that are available in over 50% of Yahoo! Standard leagues include Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne.
Vincent Jackson / WR / San Diego Chargers- (vs. Eagles) The Chargers are coming off a huge win against the New York Giants, but that's no reason to think they'll carry over their success into week 10. Jackson's string of four straight games with a touchdown will come to a halt against the 11th ranked Eagles pass D. It's likely Philly will lock down on Jackson considering he's been QB Phillip Rivers' main option for the entire year. If you can avoid starting him, then do so as the entire Chargers offense will likely struggle in week 10.
Marshawn Lynch / RB / Buffalo Bills- (vs. Titans) Lynch hasn't done quite as well as many people though he would since his return. The Bills' offense is spinning its wheels, and does not look like they're close to turning it around any time soon. The Titans offense has been playing much better since QB Vince Young took over the play calling duties, and as a result their defense has looked better too. Their 18th ranked rush D is by no means a dominate force, but they're getting better each week. Considering that Buffalo has little to no balance in their offense, the Titans should have no problem holding Lynch and the rest of the Bills to meager fantasy numbers.
Heath Miller / TE / Pittsburgh Steelers- (vs. Bengals) Although Miller is the ninth ranked TE in terms of fantasy points per game, he hasn't been as consistent as many may think. Other than his solid point totals in weeks 4-6, he's yet to notch a stud-worthy performance in '09. Considering that this week's game against the Bengals is a battle for first place in the AFC North, Miller is likely to play the role of a blocker more than the role of receiver. Even though Miller has been solid in the red zone, there are just too many other strong receiving threats on the Steelers for him to have much value in week 10.