Tate sneaky start versus Jets
Two big-time rookie backs also get a break for their weary bodies as Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris take a combined 316 carries into the bye week. At receiver, only Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb and James Jones remove healthy and effective options from starting lineups. Not a single tight end of note is out.
The Titans, Bills, Jaguars and Bucs all remain with weaknesses that are primed for exploitation. So keep taking advantage of the obvious defensive trends and continue paying attention to injuries that will hold out or limit a starter and open the door for someone like an Isaac Redman, Vick Ballard or Chris Ivory to kick it in. That means following the status of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson's respective ankle sprains could be crucial. You just never know when that next guy up will give you a big week.
1. T.Y. Hilton at Jacksonville - While it's fairly certain Andrew Luck isn't going for back-to-back 400-yard games, one thing that seems apparent is the Colts are ready to involve the speedy rookie Hilton more often. The diminutive wideout with great quickness and acceleration led the team in targets last week with 11 and posted 100-plus yards and a touchdown for the second time this season. Oh, and it just so happens the first time came in just Hilton's second career game when he put 113 and a score on these very Jacksonville Jaguars.
2. Daniel Thomas vs. Tennessee - The Titans cannot stop the run. They cannot stop the pass. That means the Dolphins will sustain drives and have chances to score. For Thomas, who's had at least 60 total yards or a touchdown in four of his last five games, that means he'll have plenty of opportunities for yards and may punch in another short score.
3. Joique Bell at Minnesota - Bell has just one game with less than 40 total yards since Week 1 despite seeing 10 or more touches in just two of those contests. Coincidentally, those are the last two Lions games. Bell just keeps playing better and is carving out a decent split with Mikel Leshoure because of his impressive play. If the Lions can build any type of lead on the spiraling Vikings, don't be surprised if Bell comes close to hitting 100 total yards in consecutive weeks.
4. Golden Tate vs. New York Jets - Expect Antonio Cromartie to square off with the longer and more heralded Sidney Rice, leaving Tate to draw Kyle Wilson most of the game. Wilson is no match for the deceptively strong and acrobatic Tate, so don't be surprised if the emerging third-year wideout finds the end zone for the fifth time at home.
5. Danario Alexander at Tampa Bay - The Bucs are absolutely hemorrhaging yards through the air, giving up a league-worst 321 per game. Conversely, they're first against the run. So when they continuously stuff Ryan Mathews, expect Philip Rivers to turn to the air often, and when he does the lanky Alexander figures to be on the other end of a good amount of targets. The 6-foot-5 big-play threat has the speed and length to beat defenses over the top and will not have a better chance to do that all year than in Tampa.
6. Ronnie Brown at Tampa Bay - See Alexander, Danario. Brown has 240 yards receiving on 23 catches over his last five outings and its safe to say he's locked up the third-down role in the Chargers offense. With Rivers likely dropping back a ton in this game, Brown should at least be a strong option in PPR leagues, with a legit chance at 100 total yards for those standard owners in need of an emergency play.
7. Shane Vereen vs. Buffalo - In the deepest of formats, Vereen actually looks like a good option this week. When the Patriots faced the Bills in Week 4 Brandon Bolden exploded out of nowhere for more than 100 yards and a score. With Bolden out, Vereen, the former second-round draft pick, has eaten into Stevan Ridley's workload and even stolen 1-yard scores in two of his last three games. Given the horrendous play of Buffalo's 31st-ranked run defense, don't be surprised if Vereen approaches 100 total yards and/or grabs another touchdown.
WEEK 10 FLEX-PLAY RANKINGS * Check injury status 1. Ray Rice BAL vs. Oak
2. Adrian Peterson MIN vs. Det
3. Doug Martin TB vs. SD - Best performance by a hamster since the movie 'Bolt.' Ok, maybe better.
4. Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. NYJ
5. Roddy White ATL at NO - Both White and Jones went over 100 yards this week.
6. *Calvin Johnson DET at Min - Caught seven passes for 129 yards despite not practicing all week with a knee injury. Expects that the knee issue won't go away.
7. A.J. Green CIN vs. NYG
8. *Arian Foster HOU at Chi - Played through flu-like symptoms last week.
9. LeSean McCoy PHI vs. Dal - McCoy had over 100 yards in the first half but was an afterthought in the second half after the Eagles fell behind.
10. Marques Colston NO vs. Atl
11. Brandon Marshall CHI vs. Hou
12. Stevan Ridley NE vs. Buf - Patriots had two 100-yard rushers earlier this season against the Bills.
13. Demaryius Thomas DEN at Car
14. Julio Jones ATL at NO - Both White and Jones went over 100 yards this week. In the case of Jones, it helps alleviate any small-sample concerns about his home/road split.
15. Chris Johnson TEN at Mia
16. Frank Gore SF vs. StL
17. Matt Forte CHI vs. Hou
18. Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Buf
19. *Victor Cruz NYG at Cin - Injured a rib and had the wind knocked out of him last week, but came back to the game and is likely to play against the Bengals this week.
20. Reggie Wayne IND at Jac
21. Denarius Moore OAK at Bal
22. Vincent Jackson TB vs. SD
23. Jimmy Graham NO vs. Atl
24. Mikel Leshoure DET at Min - Three touchdowns for Leshoure against the Jags - continually they'd drive down the field in the passing game, with Leshoure coming in to be the closer.
25. Reggie Bush MIA vs. Ten
26. Michael Turner ATL at NO
27. Ryan Mathews SD at TB
28. C.J. Spiller BUF at NE - Was the Bills' best offensive player last week, so naturally he got only six carries.
29. Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Buf
30. Mike Wallace PIT vs. KC
31. Steve Smith CAR vs. Den
32. Eric Decker DEN at Car
33. Andre Johnson HOU at Chi
34. Jason Witten DAL at Phi
35. *Isaac Redman PIT vs. KC - Was great against the Giants (147 yards and a touchdown) - possible that Dwyer and/or Mendenhall could return this week, though.
36. Steven Jackson STL at SF
37. Willis McGahee DEN at Car
38. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at Cin - Once again had a touchdown carry vultured away from him by Andre Brown.
39. *Jamaal Charles KC at Pit - Suffered a head/neck injury against the Chargers on Thursday night. The Chiefs have said it was not a concussion.
40. Miles Austin DAL at Phi
41. Torrey Smith BAL vs. Oak
42. DeSean Jackson PHI vs. Dal
43. Michael Crabtree SF vs. StL
44. Tony Gonzalez ATL at NO
45. BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. NYG
46. Fred Jackson BUF at NE
47. Rashad Jennings JAC vs. Ind
48. Felix Jones DAL at Phi
49. *Steve Johnson BUF at NE - (Thigh) Expects to play this week.
50. Dwayne Bowe KC at Pit
51. Hakeem Nicks NYG at Cin
52. Mike Williams TB vs. SD
53. Malcom Floyd SD at TB
54. Lance Moore NO vs. Atl
55. Brandon Myers OAK at Bal - Team high 13 targets to go along with two touchdowns in the loss to the Bucs.
56. Heath Miller PIT vs. KC
57. Vernon Davis SF vs. StL - Back to complaining about his role - justifiably. We'll see if that got addressed during the bye week.
58. Shonn Greene NYJ at Sea
59. Pierre Thomas NO vs. Atl - So much for the notion that PT Cruiser would get more work with Sproles out. Both Ingram and Ivory got more carries.
60. Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at NO
61. Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. Den
62. Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. KC - Big beneficiary to Antonio Brown's injury.
63. Davone Bess MIA vs. Ten
64. Titus Young DET at Min
65. Brian Hartline MIA vs. Ten
66. Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. Dal
67. *Dez Bryant DAL at Phi - (Hip) Had only four targets last week.
68. Golden Tate SEA vs. NYJ - Two touchdowns on four catches, also had two receptions that were classified as laterals and thus runs.
69. Anquan Boldin BAL vs. Oak
70. Dustin Keller NYJ at Sea
71. Brent Celek PHI vs. Dal
72. Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. NYG
73. *Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Buf - (Ankle) Did not practice Tuesday for personal reasons.
74. *Andre Brown NYG at Cin - Injured his shoulder against the Steelers, but not before scoring another short-yardage touchdown. Should be able to play this week.
75. Joique Bell DET at Min
76. Kendall Hunter SF vs. StL
77. Daniel Thomas MIA vs. Ten
78. DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. Den - Six carries and a touchdown for Williams, compared to 10 carries and 51 yards for Stewart.
79. Chris Givens STL at SF
80. Cecil Shorts JAC vs. Ind
81. Brandon Gibson STL at SF
82. Donald Jones BUF at NE
83. Sidney Rice SEA vs. NYJ
84. Kenny Britt TEN at Mia
85. T.Y. Hilton IND at Jac
86. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at Bal
87. *Marcel Reece OAK at Bal - Could have a big role with the Raiders after injuries to McFadden and Goodson.
88. Nate Washington TEN at Mia
89. Jeremy Kerley NYJ at Sea
90. Antonio Gates SD at TB
91. *Owen Daniels HOU at Chi - Suffered a bruised hip against the Bills, to go along with all his other injuries.
92. Daryl Richardson STL at SF
93. *Taiwan Jones OAK at Bal - Could have a much bigger role this week following the injuries to McFadden and Goodson, though Marcel Reese got a lot of the work afterward last week.
94. Ryan Broyles DET at Min
95. Stephen Hill NYJ at Sea
96. Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. NYG
97. Justin Blackmon JAC vs. Ind
98. Randy Moss SF vs. StL
99. *Donnie Avery IND at Jac - Coming off his first big game in a long while but injured his hip in the win over Miami.
100. *Danny Amendola STL at SF - (Shoulder) Expects to play this week, practiced Tuesday.
101. *Kevin Walter HOU at Chi - Suffering from a tight groin.
102. *Kendall Wright TEN at Mia - Elbow injury, expects to play this week.
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