Fantasy Football Week 10 Start Rankings

November 11, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

This is the last week for NFL byes, and with just 2 in store for this week the depth has been mostly restored to fantasy talent pools. So now comes the next challenge for fantasy owners to embrace, Thursday Night Football. Don’t forget that the Bears are playing in San Francisco on Thursday, so make sure to have any necessary roster changes in by then.

 

While not particularly glamorous from a fantasy perspective, or an entertainment perspective either for that matter, Bears vs. Niners actually appears to have some pretty good potential starts. Be cautious with those expectations though, good defense usually has an easy time with good offense in the extra short week that’s necessary for a Thursday game, and road teams in particular seem to have sync issues on Thursdays. Still, I’m not sure that either of these teams is capable of playing very good defense, and the match up could bring out the best in both teams. Styles do make fights.

 

Speaking of styles making fights, WNST’s salary cap version of fantasy football allows you to not only change your entire team every week, you can change your whole offensive philosophy weekly if you’d like. You can use a traditional offense, a run and shoot, wide receiver heavy offense, or a power I, running back heavy attack if you’d like. And you can change your approach and your entire roster from week-to-week if you’d like. There’s $2500 in cash prizes being split between the top 3 single week scores, so even if you haven’t entered yet, there’s still a good chance at winning, and with less than 500 people currently playing, you have to like your odds. Did I mention that it’s free to play too?

 

Congrats to CanYouHearMeNow?, who came in with 184 points, and the highest single week score for week 9. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough to crack the top 3, where Ravenators still sits in first place with 209 points, followed by PlayLikeARaven and goobirds, who remain tied for second with 195 points.

 

So here are the rankings, and a reminder that they’re not an inducement to do anything crazy. They’re formulary, based mostly on player performance, with defensive expectations factored in, and minor adjustments for injuries, anomalies and changes in role. As always, keep an eye on the injury report, have fun and of course, Good Luck.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Drew Brees @ St.L (14)

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. DAL (15)

3. Brett Favre vs. DET (18)

4. Alex Smith vs. CHI (20)

5. Ben Roethlisberger vs. CIN (22)

6. Josh Freeman @ MIA (24)

7. Tony Romo @ GB (27)

8. Peyton Manning vs. NE (28)

9. Jay Cutler @ SF (28)

10. Donavan McNabb @ SD (30)

11. Tom Brady @ IND (32)

12. Chad Henne vs. TB (34)

13. Phillip Rivers vs. PHI (35)

14. Joe Flacco @ CLE (35)

15. Trent Edwards @ TEN (36)

16. Matt Hasselbeck @ AZ (37)

17. Mark Sanchez vs. JAX (37)

18. Carson Palmer @ PIT (40)

19. Kurt Warner vs. SEA (41)

20. Matthew Stafford @ MIN (42)

21. JaMarcus Russell vs. KC (44)

22. Jake Delhomme vs. ATL (46)

23. Matt Cassel @ OAK (47)

24. Matt Ryan @ CAR (48)

25. Kyle Orton @ WAS (53)

26. Brady Quinn vs. BAL (55)

27. Vince Young vs. BUF (56)

28. Jason Campbell vs. DEN (59) *Collins is about the same here if it’s him

29. David Garrard @ NYJ (60)

30. Marc Bulger vs. NO (62)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Chris Johnson vs. BUF (5)

2. Adrian Peterson vs. DET (12)

3. Ray Rice @ CLE (13)

4. Michael Turner @ CAR (17)

5. Ronnie Brown vs. TB (23)

6. Pierre Thomas @ St.L (23)

7. DeAngelo Williams vs. ATL (25)

8. Ricky Williams vs. TB (25)

9. Maurice Jones-Drew @ NYJ (26)

10. Frank Gore vs. CHI (30)

11. LeSean McCoy @ SD (31) *if Westbrook doesn’t go; put them both around 20th if Westbrook plays

12. Thomas Jones vs. JAX (32)

13. Steven Jackson vs. NO (34)

14. Matt Forte @ SF (39)

15. Marshawn Lynch @ TEN (39)

16. Cedric Benson @ PIT (44)

17. Tim Hightower vs. SEA (44)

18. Ryan Grant vs. DAL (45)

19. Joseph Addai vs. NE (48)

20. Julius Jones @ AZ (49)

21. Willis McGahee @ CLE (49)

22. Rashard Mendenhall vs. CIN (50)

23. Reggie Bush @ St.L (50)

24. Jonathan Stewart vs. ATL (51)

25. Mike Bell @ St.L (54)

26. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. PHI (55)

27. Marion Barber @ GB (59)

28. Lawrence Maroney @ IND (60)

29. Kevin Smith @ MIN (61)

30. Darren Sproles vs. PHI (62)

31. Cadillac Williams @ MIA (63)

32. Jamal Charles @ OAK (63) *he could be 5-10 spots better, this should be his best week

33. Fred Jackson @ TEN (64)

34. LaDell Betts vs. DEN (64)

35. Darren McFadden vs. KC (65) *put Fargas here if McFadden doesn’t go

36. Chester Taylor vs. DET (66)

37. Knowshon Moreno @ WAS (71)

38. Michael Bush vs. KC (71)

39. Jamal Lewis vs. BAL (72)

40. Shonn Greene vs. JAX (74)

41. Correll Buckhalter @ WAS (75)

42. Felix Jones @ GB (76)

43. Beanie Wells vs. SEA (76)

44. Derrick Ward @ MIA (77)

45. Donald Brown vs. NE (78) *put Chad Simpson here if Brown is out

46. Leonard Weaver @ SD (78)

47. LenDale White vs. BUF (79)

48. Jerome Harrison vs. BAL (82)

49. LeRon McClain @ CLE (83)

50. Tashard Choice @ GB (84)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Larry Fitzgerald vs. SEA (14)

2. Myles Austin @ GB (20)

3. Vincent Jackson vs. PHI (30)

4. Chad Ochocinco @ PIT (31)

5. Reggie Wayne vs. NE (34)

6. Marques Colston @ St.L (34)

7. Donald Driver vs. DAL (34)

8. DeSean Jackson @ SD (36)

9. Randy Moss @ IND (37)

10. Devin Hester @ SF (37)

11. Sidney Rice @ DET (37)

12. Roddy White @ CAR (39)

13. Percy Harvin vs. DET (39) *drop him 5 spots or so if he’s questionable or worse

14. Hines Ward vs. CIN (41)

15. Derrick Mason @ CLE (42)

16. Nate Burleson @ AZ (46)

17. Wes Welker @ IND (51)

18. Greg Jennings vs. DAL (54)

19. Brandon Marshall @ WAS (55)

20. Mike Sims-Walker @ NYJ (56)

21. Steve Breaston vs. SEA (56) *switch him with Boldin if Boldin is healthy

22. Santonio Holmes vs. CIN (61)

23. Johnnie Knox @ SF (63)

24. Mike Wallace vs. CIN (65)

25. DeWayne Bowe @ OAK (65)

26. Patrick Crayton @ GB (66)

27. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ AZ (66)

28. Lee Evans @ TEN (67)

29. Jerricho Cotchery vs. JAX (70)

30. Sammie Stroughter @ MIA (71)

31. Santana Moss vs. DEN (74)

32. Steve Smith vs. ATL (77)

33. Calvin Johnson @ MIN (78)

34. Braylon Edwards vs. JAX (80)

35. Bernard Berrian vs. DET (81)

36. Antonio Bryant @ MIA (81)

37. Devery Henderson @ St.L (82)

38. Austin Collie vs. NE (84)

39. Jeremy Maclin @ SD (84)

40. Anquan Boldin vs. SEA (88) *switch him with Breaston if he’s healthy

41. Robert Meachem @ St.L (90)

42. Terrell Owens @ TEN (91)

43. James Jones vs. DAL (92)

44. Michael Crabtree vs. CHI (93)

45. Mark Clayton @ CLE (94)

46. Earl Bennett @ SF (97)

47. Pierre Garcon vs. NE (100)

48. Nate Washington vs. BUF (101)

49. Ted Ginn Jr. vs. TB (103)

50. Andre Caldwell @ PIT (109)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Antonio Gates vs. PHI (10)

2. Vernon Davis vs. CHI (14)

3. Brent Celek @ SD (15)

4. Kellen Winslow Jr. @ MIA (17)

5. Visanthe Schiancoe vs. DET (23)

6. Jeremy Shockey @ St.L (24)

7. Dallas Clark vs. NE (26)

8. John Carlson @ AZ (28)

9. Heath Miller vs. CIN (30)

10. Tony Gonzalez @ CAR (31)

11. Greg Olsen @ SF (34)

12. Jason Witten @ GB (39)

13. Zach Miller vs. KC (43)

14. Brandon Pettigrew @ MIN (43)

15. Todd Heap @ CLE (43)

16. Benjamin Watson @ IND (52)

17. Dante Rosario vs. ATL (53) *put King here if Rosario can’t go

18. Will Heller @ MIN (53)

19. Mercedes Lewis @ NYJ (54)

20. Jermichael Finley vs. DAL (54) *put Spencer Havner here if Finley can’t go

21. Jeff King vs. ATL (57)

22. Dustin Keller vs. JAX (60)

23. Spencer Havner vs. DAL (60) *put Donald Lee here if Finley can’t go

24. Tony Scheffler @ WAS (51)

25. Daniel Fells vs. NO (67)

26. Fred Davis vs. DEN (69)

27. Joey Haynos vs. TB (69)

28. Jeramy Stevens @ MIA (71)

29. Sean Ryan @ OAK (74)

30. Kellen Davis @ SF (78)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Ryan Longwell vs. DET (5)

2. David Akers @ SD (11)

3. Stephen Gostkowski @ IND (20)

4. Jay Feeley vs. JAX (28)

5. Matt Prater @ WAS (31)

6. Nate Kaeding vs. PHI (32)

7. Jon Carney @ St.L (32)

8. Mason Crosby vs. DAL (32)

9. Dan Carpenter vs. TB (33)

10. Rian Lindell @ TEN (34)

11. Robbie Gould @ SF (35)

12. Matt Stover vs. NE (37)

13. Nick Folk @ GB (38)

14. Sebastian Janikowski vs. KC (39)

15. Neil Rackers vs. SEA (41)

16. Olindo Mare @ AZ (43)

17. Ryan Succop @ OAK (46)

18. Rob Bironas vs. BUF (47)

19. Steven Hauschka @ CLE (48)

20. Jason Hanson @ MIN (49)

21. Connor Barth @ MIA (51)

22. Joe Nedney vs. CHI (54)

23. Shaun Suisham vs. DEN (62)

24. John Kasay vs. ATL (65)

25. Josh Brown vs. NO (66)

26. Jeff Reed vs. CIN (67)

27. Jason Elam @ CAR (67)

28. Phil Dawson vs. BAL (67)

29. Josh Scobee @ NYJ (73)

30. Shayne Graham @ PIT (82)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Saints @ St.L (3)

2. Broncos @ WAS (11)

3. Vikings vs. DET (16)

4. Bengals @ PIT (22)

5. Eagles @ SD (28)

6. Ravens @ CLE (30)

7. Steelers vs. CIN (31)

8. Falcons @ CAR (33)

9. Cowboys @ GB (34)

10. Bills @ TEN (35)

11. Colts vs. NE (36)

12. Cardinals vs. SEA (39)

13. Seahawks @ AZ (44)

14. Patriots @ IND (46)

15. Jets vs. JAX (46)

16. 49ers vs. CHI (47)

17. Dolphins vs. TB (49)

18. Bears @ SF (53)

19. Chargers vs. PHI (57)

20. Chiefs @ OAK (58)

21. Titans vs. BUF (59)

22. Packers vs. DAL (60)

23. Buccaneers @ MIA (60)

24. Redskins vs. DEN (62)

25. Jaguars @ NYJ (65)

26. Panthers @ ATL (66)

27. Raiders vs. KC (68)

28. Browns vs. BAL (73)

29. Lions @ MIN (75)

30. Rams vs. NO (89)

 

 

 

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