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Week 10: Pros and Cons - 11 comments

By Drew Szczerba

As you may have heard, Wade Phillips was mercifully fired this week. I think we’ll all remember where we were when we heard the news. And, while Jason Garrett has been promoted to interim head coach, the Cowboys may look elsewhere after the season. Let’s take a look at a few of the main candidates for the Dallas job, and examine their pros and cons.

Jon Gruden, former head coach of the Raiders and Buccaneers.
Pro: Won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2002; would’ve taken Oakland to Super Bowl if not for the “Tuck Rule.”
Con: As a commentator, Gruden has praised all 1,696 players in the NFL so he’s basically forced to be a “players coach,” which is something Dallas is trying to get away from. Also, his resume indicates he prefers pirate-based organizations.

John Fox, current head coach of the Panthers.
Pro: 1–7 record should allow for a seamless transition; considered a “name” coach that could “excite the fan base.”
Con: Fan bases would be located in New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

Bill Cowher, former head coach of the Steelers.
Pro: Won a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh in 2005; has shown good decision-making abilities throughout his career.
Con: Would request ability to make decisions.

Jason Garrett, interim head coach of the Cowboys.
Pro: Was “hand picked” by Jerry Jones to eventually succeed Phillips.
Con: (see pro)

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager.
Pro: Would eliminate middle man.
Con: Would eliminate Cowboys.

Only time will tell who coaches America’s Team. In the mean time, let’s get to some picks that have a more immediate impact. Let’s get to Start/Sit! Here at the Café, we rank all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly match-up, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him. Finally, below each table, I will give my personal Start/Sit recommendations for each position. Without further ado, here’s Start/Sit for Week 10.

1Peyton ManningINDCIN91.50
2Michael VickPHIat WAS87.75
3Eli ManningNYGDAL84.25
4Matt SchaubHOUat JAC83.25
5Ben RoethlisbergerPITNE81.50
6Kyle OrtonDENKC81.25
7Ryan FitzpatrickBUFDET74.25
8Jay CutlerCHIMIN72.25
9Tom BradyNEat PIT71.25
T-9Mark SanchezNYJat CLE71.25
11Joe FlaccoBALat ATL71.00
12Matt RyanATLBAL70.75
13Carson PalmerCINat IND69.00
14David GarrardJACHOU68.50
15Josh FreemanTBCAR68.25
16Vince YoungTENat MIA68.00
17Donovan McNabbWASPHI67.75
18Sam BradfordSTLat SF67.50
19Brett FavreMINat CHI65.23
20Matt CasselKCat DEN64.50
21Troy SmithSFSTL61.00
22Jon KitnaDALat NYG58.00
23Chad PenningtonMIATEN57.25
24Derek AndersonARISEA57.00
25Jimmy ClausenCARat TB54.25
26Shaun HillDETat BUF49.25
27Colt McCoyCLENYJ48.25
28Matt HasselbeckSEAat ARI42.99
29Charlie WhitehurstSEAat ARI39.25
30Drew StantonDETat BUF15.00
31Alex SmithSFSTL12.38
32Chad HenneMIATEN4.00
33Kevin KolbPHIat WAS1.85

Start: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles. Vick looked better than ever last week, leading the Eagles past the Colts. He was very productive as both a passer and a rusher, making good decisions throughout the game. The only bad choice he made was his refusal to slide after he scrambled for a long run. I’m guessing he won’t make the same mistake this week against a Washington defense that injured him back in Week 4. Vick should stay both healthy and productive in this one, making him a must-start at the quarterback position.
Sit: Vince Young, Tennessee Titans. When evaluating Young’s Week 10 prospects, it appears there are more cons than pros. On the plus side, he has Randy Moss as a potential deep threat. On the minus side, Young is still nursing an ankle injury. He also has to face a Miami defense that yields a better-than-average 213 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Young himself has thrown for over 200 yards just once this season. It’s also important to consider that, while Randy Moss is a plus, he is also a bit of a question mark. Will he be motivated? Will he quit on plays? Are the catering services in Tennessee any good? I’m keeping Young benched until I get some answers.
RankRunning BacksTeamOppAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat CHI93.25
2Arian FosterHOUat JAC92.75
3Chris JohnsonTENat MIA89.50
4Ahmad BradshawNYGDAL86.25
5Frank GoreSFSTL85.50
6Maurice Jones-DrewJACHOU84.75
7Rashard MendenhallPITNE83.50
8Steven JacksonSTLat SF83.00
9Ray RiceBALat ATL82.00
10Peyton HillsCLENYJ81.50
11Jamaal CharlesKCat DEN81.00
12Cedric BensonCINat IND80.75
T-12LeSean McCoyPHIat WAS80.75
14Michael TurnerATLBAL80.50
15LaDainian TomlinsonNYJat CLE79.75
16Jahvid BestDETat BUF77.90
17Thomas JonesKCat DEN77.00
18Knowshon MorenoDENKC74.25
19Matt ForteCHIMIN72.00
20Fred JacksonBUFDET71.25
21Marshawn LynchSEAat ARI69.00
22Ronnie BrownMIATEN67.00
23LeGarrette BlountTBCAR66.50
24Brandon JacobsNYGDAL66.25
25Ryan TorainWASPHI65.90
26Ricky WilliamsMIATEN63.50
27Felix JonesDALat NYG63.25
28Shonn GreeneNYJat CLE62.25
29Cadillac WilliamsTBCAR60.50
30Mike GoodsonCARat TB59.25
31BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat PIT58.50
32Tim HightowerARISEA58.25
33Justin ForsettSEAat ARI57.75
34Keiland WilliamsWASPHI57.25
35Willis McGaheeBALat ATL57.00
36Marion BarberDALat NYG56.25
37Kevin SmithDETat BUF55.50
38Donald BrownINDCIN55.18
39Danny WoodheadNEat PIT51.50
40Beanie WellsARISEA51.24
41Jason SnellingATLBAL51.00
42Javon RingerTENat MIA47.00
43Toby GerhartMINat CHI46.75
44Derrick WardHOUat JAC43.50
45C.J. SpillerBUFDET42.25
46Bernard ScottCINat IND39.50
47Jarvarris JamesINDCIN38.75
48Chester TaylorCHIMIN38.00
49Deji KarimJACHOU37.50
50Correll BuckhalterDENKC35.50
51Mike HartINDCIN34.38
52Mike BellCLENYJ29.00
T-52Tashard ChoiceDALat NYG29.00
54Laurence MaroneyDENKC28.75
55Jerome HarrisonPHIat WAS28.25
56Clinton PortisWASPHI26.10
57Rashad JenningsJACHOU23.75
T-57Leon WashingtonSEAat ARI23.75
59Joseph AddaiINDCIN23.13
60Brian WestbrookSFSTL22.25

Start: LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his two games as the lead back in Tampa Bay, Blount has lit up Arizona (22/120/2) and been stuffed by Atlanta (13/46/0). It’s a limited track record, but Blount’s physical style seems to be tough matchup for weaker defenses. Enter the Panthers, who are fresh off surrendering 149 yards and a score to a Saints rushing attack that was without Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Look for the Buccaneers to grab an early lead and control the clock with Blount getting around 20 carries.
Sit: Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins. He was a “full go” earlier in the week, but was then limited in Wednesday’s practice by a lingering hamstring injury. My guess is he plays, but the matchup (Philadelphia) isn’t all that great. If he had a more favorable opponent, I’d be willing to take a chance. However, the Eagles are hot right now and I think Torain owners would be best served by resting him another week, even if the Redskins don’t.
RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAverage
1Andre JohnsonHOUat JAC93.40
2Hakeem NicksNYGDAL90.50
3Reggie WayneINDCIN88.50
4Calvin JohnsonDETat BUF86.50
5DeSean JacksonPHIat WAS84.26
6Terrell OwensCINat IND83.00
7Anquan BoldinBALat ATL82.25
8Roddy WhiteATLBAL81.75
9Larry FitzgeraldARISEA81.00
10Hines WardPITNE80.25
11Steve JohnsonBUFDET79.50
12Steve SmithNYGDAL78.50
T-12Brandon MarshallMIATEN78.50
14Mike WilliamsTBCAR77.75
15Mike WallacePITNE76.75
16Miles AustinDALat NYG76.00
17Pierre GarconINDCIN75.50
T-17Jeremy MaclinPHIat WAS75.50
19Braylon EdwardsNYJat CLE72.75
20Santana MossWASPHI72.25
21Brandon LloydDENKC71.75
T-21Dwayne BoweKCat DEN71.75
23Percy HarvinMINat CHI70.30
24Michael CrabtreeSFSTL70.00
25Mike WilliamsSEAat ARI69.50
26Santonio HolmesNYJat CLE69.25
27Chad OchocincoCINat IND69.00
28Mario ManninghamNYGDAL68.50
T-28Randy MossTENat MIA68.50
30Jacoby JonesHOUat JAC68.25
T-30Nate WashingtonTENat MIA68.25
32Steve BreastonARISEA67.50
T-32Mike Sims-WalkerJACHOU67.50
T-32Mike ThomasJACHOU67.50
35Dez BryantDALat NYG66.50
36Johnny KnoxCHIMIN66.25
T-36Wes WelkerNEat PIT66.25
38Lee EvansBUFDET66.00
39Derrick MasonBALat ATL65.25
T-39Kevin WalterHOUat JAC65.25
41Steve SmithCARat TB64.25
42Jabar GaffneyDENKC63.50
43Danny AmendolaSTLat SF61.50
44Eddie RoyalDENKC61.00
45Jerricho CotcheryNYJat CLE60.25
46Deion BranchNEat PIT59.50
47Nate BurlesonDETat BUF59.00
48Davone BessMIATEN57.25
49Roy WilliamsDALat NYG56.50
50Devin HesterCHIMIN55.75
51Josh MorganSFSTL55.50
52T.J. HoushmandzadehBALat ATL54.75
53Anthony ArmstrongWASPHI53.75
54Michael JenkinsATLBAL53.00
55David GettisCARat TB52.50
T-55Brandon GibsonSTLat SF52.50
57Bernard BerrianMINat CHI52.00
T-57Deon ButlerSEAat ARI52.00
59Blair WhiteINDCIN51.50
60Sammie StroughterTBCAR51.25
61Earl BennettCHIMIN50.25
T-61Jordan ShipleyCINat IND50.25
63Brandon TateNEat PIT48.25
64Brandon LaFellCARat TB47.00
65Mohamed MassaquoiCLENYJ46.50
66Joshua CribbsCLENYJ44.25
67Jason AvantPHIat WAS40.75
68Mardy GilyardSTLat SF39.75
69Arrelious BennTBCAR38.25
70Demaryius ThomasDENKC37.75
71Brian HartlineMIATEN37.50
72Early DoucetARISEA36.75
73Chris ChambersKCat DEN35.25
74Justin GageTENat MIA35.00
75Greg LewisMINat CHI34.50
76Antwaan Randle ElPITNE34.00
77Joey GallowayWASPHI32.75
78Harry DouglasATLBAL32.00
79Golden TateSEAat ARI26.25
80Devin AromashoduCHIMIN25.25
81Chansi StuckeyCLENYJ24.75
T-81Brandon StokleySEAat ARI24.75
83Dexter McClusterKCat DEN23.75
84Bryant JohnsonDETat BUF23.00
T-84Michael SpurlockTBCAR23.00

Start: Steve Smith, New York Giants. He posted somewhat modest totals last week (4/46/1), but Smith’s day could have been a lot better if not for a long pass that he dropped on a play that he may have been interfered with. This week, Smith faces a Cowboys defense has allowed a league-worst 145 points over the past four weeks. Dallas was unable to cover Smith in Week 7 when he torched the Cowboys secondary for nine catches, 101 yards and a score. A repeat performance is likely.
Sit: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers. Pro: talent, speed, hands, toughness. Con: James Richard Clausen. Sometimes it’s not about quantity.
RankTight EndsTeamOppAverage
1Vernon DavisSFSTL82.50
2Dustin KellerNYJat CLE79.50
3Jason WittenDALat NYG79.00
4Jacob TammeINDCIN78.75
5Chris CooleyWASPHI77.50
6Brandon PettigrewDETat BUF76.50
7Marcedes LewisJACHOU75.25
8Visanthe ShiancoeMINat CHI73.50
9Heath MillerPITNE72.75
10Kellen WinslowTBCAR71.73
11Tony GonzalezATLBAL71.25
T-11Aaron HernandezNEat PIT71.25
13John CarlsonSEAat ARI70.00
14Tony MoeakiKCat DEN69.00
15Todd HeapBALat ATL68.00
16Brent CelekPHIat WAS67.50
17Kevin BossNYGDAL66.25
18Jermaine GreshamCINat IND65.50
19Greg OlsenCHIMIN63.50
20Ben WatsonCLENYJ62.25
21Anthony FasanoMIATEN60.25
22Bo ScaifeTENat MIA58.25
23Jeff KingCARat TB50.75
24Owen DanielsHOUat JAC50.58
25Daniel GrahamDENKC50.50
26Ben PatrickARISEA50.25
27Tony SchefflerDETat BUF48.25
28Daniel FellsSTLat SF44.75
29Rob GronkowskiNEat PIT41.00
30Michael HoomanawanuiSTLat SF40.75

Start: Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts. Any concerns about Tamme’s ability to produce in place of the injured Dallas Clark were put to rest last week as he caught 11 passes for 108 yards and a score. He’s a must start this week and should remain so for the balance of the season.
Sit: Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears. Olsen found the end zone last week, but he has a total of just six catches since Week 4. During that time he has become a smaller part of the Bears offense, losing targets to Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, and DeAngelo Hall. Look elsewhere.
RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAverage
1JetsNYJat CLE85.75
4TitansTENat MIA78.25
6RavensBALat ATL76.75
7ChiefsKCat DEN76.25
T-7VikingsMINat CHI76.25
T-7EaglesPHIat WAS76.25
11LionsDETat BUF75.00
12SeahawksSEAat ARI72.50
T-16CowboysDALat NYG70.50
18TexansHOUat JAC69.50
21PatriotsNEat PIT69.00
22RamsSTLat SF68.50
24PanthersCARat TB64.75
25BengalsCINat IND63.50

Start: New York Giants. The Giants defense was featured here last week and they did not disappoint against Seattle. Now they’ll face the Cowboys in what has to be considered an equally favorable matchup. A must start.
Sit: New England Patriots. The Patriots were run over by Peyton Hillis and the Browns last week. Now they face Pittsburgh. Better options are available.
1Lawrence TynesNYGDAL82.00
2David AkersPHIat WAS81.75
3Neil RackersHOUat JAC81.50
4Dan CarpenterMIATEN81.00
5Nick FolkNYJat CLE80.50
6Rob BironasTENat MIA80.25
7Dave RaynerDETat BUF79.00
T-7Adam VinatieriINDCIN79.00
9Matt PraterDENKC78.50
T-9Shayne GrahamNEat PIT78.50
11Mike NugentCINat IND77.00
12Robbie GouldCHIMIN76.75
13Jeff ReedPITNE75.75
14Josh ScobeeJACHOU74.50
15Ryan SuccopKCat DEN74.00
16Joe NedneySFSTL73.25
17Matt BryantATLBAL73.00
18Graham GanoWASPHI72.75
19Jay FeelyARISEA71.75
T-19Connor BarthTBCAR71.75
21Olindo MareSEAat ARI71.50
22Ryan LongwellMINat CHI71.25
23Josh BrownSTLat SF70.50
24Rian LindellBUFDET70.00
25Billy CundiffBALat ATL69.25
26David BuehlerDALat NYG67.00
27John KasayCARat TB65.75
28Phil DawsonCLENYJ65.25

Start: David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles. Twenty-seven fantasy points in his last two games. Philadelphia is 4th in total offense, but 15th in the red zone, meaning the Eagles should continue to give Akers plenty of chances.
Sit: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions. Likely being moved back to defensive tackle after hitting upright.

Drew is a lifelong Jets fan. Playing and writing about fantasy football has proven helpful in easing the pain.
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11 Responses to “Week 10: Pros and Cons”

  1. User avatar HomerJay says:

    Nice list again guys….however I would strongly argue Tamme for being a top 2 this week easily.

  2. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Nice rankings this week. Fitzpatrick at 7 is a great call and I would have to give some greater consideration to his opponent, Shaun Hill this week, who’s got a great matchup against DET and played well when Stafford was out.

    I’m :-L and :-) that we’ve finally recognized the greatness of Steve Johnson and put him at 11. B-Marshall is still way too high and I’ll keep posting that every week until he drops below 20 or he scores a TD. :-B

    Mike Williams (TB) at 14 is ;-D and people definitely need to start him.

    Looks like Greene has dropped to the dregs of the RBs.

    For the DST – anyone vs. CAR is always the right play, which is why TB comes in at a solid 5.

  3. Blair White at 59???? Really?
    I might be a homer for the Colts.. But really?
    Garcon can’t catch a ball this season.. Unless Peyton throws it 8 feet above him or off to the side.. Throw it right to him and he will either miss it or drop it..
    Wayne gets doubled teamed so he’s either fest or famine.. He’s 50/50
    Collie is out….
    Tamme is now having back issued – which still won’t effect Whites points too much..

    Blair white will get at least 12 Fantasy pts this week.. He will be great for a ppr..or even a standard league..

    Donald brown couldn’t plow through a pile of snow.. And baby James will have very limited snaps..

    I myself would place Blair White around a 15 this week..

    Ok.. I feel better that’s off my chest.. lol.. Sorry if it seems I’m ranting.. I just hope I can help someone that needs a BYE player for the week..

    Go Colts!!

  4. Also on a side note… How I the world could y’all rate Clausen higher than Colt McCoy? Really? :)

  5. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Zombie! C’mon now…You’d put Blair White at 15??? Of course you’re exagerrating. That means you’d have him ahead of Brandon Lloyd and Miles Austin in these rankings. I understand your frustration with Garcon, but top-15 is reserved for guys who play consistantly week in and week out – guys you should be able to count on.

    Guys like White, who could blow up, but haven’t yet don’t deserve to sniff the top-15. The most yards White racked up was last week: 3 catches for 42 yards. And he’s only got 1 TD on the year, which was 6 weeks ago (total career TDs?). Add in the fact that he didn’t even practice yesterday and I’m sure you understand what a reach that would be to put him at 15.

    White should be considered no better than a WR3 or flex. Make a case for him to be bumped up in the 40s, but not 15.

  6. Megalodon says:

    Steve Smith (Super Bowl Champ Steve Smith) is OUT, pec muscle. 2 weeks minimum. Revised your Start and Sit.

  7. pcoyote7411 says:

    i agree with you guys 99% of the time but you are way off on shaun hill this week, 26th! Hill put up more than 20 points in 3 of his 4 complete games this year and he’s going against one of the worst defenses in the league in buffalo. i think he should be a top 15 qb this week.

  8. Tmacdunk says:

    Garrard and Schaub need to be swapped. Houston is run first now and their pass def is worst in the league..

  9. User avatar joejlitz says:

    No way Jose. Garrard should be moved up, and Schaub might could be moved down, but not swapped.

    Schaub goes against JAX (28th against the pass, 267 yards against/game and 17 receiving TDs allowed) who also just lost DE Kampmann for the season. Schaub will have all day to pick apart the Jags.

    Garrard has the best matchup out there against HOU (32, 298, and 20). But Schaub is the better QB, has the better arm, and better weapons – I’ll take that over the better matchup: especially when they both have amazing matchups. It’s not like Garrard is going against the worst passing defense and Schaub is going against #10 or better. True, HOU is running more now, but I think this is where Schaub bounces back.

    It’s likely they end up with similar numbers – or Garrard may even post slightly better numbers in the end. But Schaub does not deserve to be 14 and Garrard does not deserve to be 4.

  10. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Any rankers/authors got a reason they put Mendenhall above Charles? That’s my dilemma for today and I could use some more insight…

  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Blair White was inactive this week…


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