FANTASY FOOTBALL, New York, November 6
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Last week my starters outscored my bench 46-36 – not a big difference, but I did have some good picks.
WR Percy Harvin was the centerfold of a struggling New York Jets’ offense as he put up 12 standard fantasy points – his first time in double-digits this season.
As for my bench, QB Michael Vick looked miserable, RB Branden Oliver was a no-show – along with TE Heath Miller – and the Redskins defense put up a big ol’ 0 in standard leagues.
Good stuff; let’s move on to week 10’s picks
QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) at DET
Some people have been saying that Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill will deflate coming into a tough Detroit environment, and an even tougher defense. However, I believe the third-year quarterback has made significant strides this season, and will establish that further as he leads Miami to victory in style.
WR Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) at PHI
When his quarterback doesn’t show up to play it’s tough for WR Kelvin Benjamin to put up big numbers. However, when Panthers’ QB Cam Newton completes 54.5 percent, or better, of his passes, Benjamin is averaging 10.83 fantasy points and 4 touchdowns over six games. This week, in a high-scoring game, Newton will be on point – he has to be; his job depends on it.
RB Jeremy Hill (CIN) vs CLE
Filling in for Bengals injured RB Giovani Bernard last week was RB Jeremy Hill, and he did so in dazzling fashion – 154 rushing yards and 2 TDs. This week, he faces the second-worst rushing defense in the league (139.6 yds/g), and Bernard likely won’t play.
TE Julius Thomas (DEN) at OAK
Duh, of course you should start TE Julius Thomas – he’s been the third-most productive fantasy tight end this season (92 total points); but you may have forgotten that after his last three games where he’s averaged just 4.3 points. This week, he’ll snap the slump.
K Steven Hauschka (SEA) vs NYG
Teams are beating up on the Giants, and I think the Seahawks will keep that going. I can see Seattle struggling to cap-off some early drives, though, so K Steven Hauschka should get a few chances to split the uprights.
D/ST Cardinals (ARI) vs STL
The Arizona Cardinals are playing the best football in the NFC, period. They’ve only allowed an opposing team to score more than 20 points once – 41 in a loss to Denver, week 5 – and St. Louis won’t be one to change that.
QB Alex Smith (KC) at BUF
QB Alex Smith has never really been a real fantasy threat, but, with the way the Chiefs have been playing, some people may look to him as filler for the bye-week grind. Just remember that Smith is averaging 11 fantasy points per game this season, though.
WR Sammy Watkins (BUF) vs KC
For every monster week WR Sammy Watkins has had, he has a dud to match it. This week, tasked with a stout Kansas City defense, Watkins won’t be able to get much going.
RB Lamar Miller (MIA) at DET
Dolphins’ RB Lamar Miller is hurting – an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder – and that may hobble him on Sunday against Detroit. Miami has some decent alternatives to Miller so, if he looks hobbled, expect the Dolphins to pull him – or not play him at all.
TE Delanie Walker (TEN) at BAL
The tight end position has been a disaster for fantasy owners this season, and TE Delanie Walker has contributed his fair share to that problem. When Walker doesn’t score a touchdown, he’s been useless, and the Ravens have only given up two of those to opposing tight ends in 2014.
K Billy Cundiff (CLE) at CIN
A down-and-dirty AFC North football game – that’s what Thursday’s matchup between the Bengals and Browns will be. Cleveland’s veteran kicker Billy Cundiff is no stranger to the atmosphere, but I think he’ll struggle in it this week.
D/ST Lions (DET) vs MIA
The Miami Dolphins are playing good football and – in what should be a high-scoring game – the D/ST Lions just won’t be a viable option.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, November 6 2014; A29)