Week 9 in the NFL saw Tampa Bay push the Seahawks to overtime in Seattle and Buffalo nearly take out Kansas City. But nothing beat Nick Foles waking up from his concussion thinking he was Peyton Manning 2.0 and throwing for seven touchdowns. At Footballguys we make it our business to keep you on top of who’s moving up and down the Fantasy Football value charts. Here are a few players we like—and a few guys we don’t like so much—for Week 10.
I’ll say it. Ben Tate is a better
running back than Arian Foster.
He’s more physical, he runs harder,
and he’s more productive.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
As fun as they were, forget the seven touchdowns that Foles threw against the Raiders, as that won’t be happening each week (if ever again). Here’s what you want to remember: of the last three games Foles has played, two of them have been nearly perfect. The Dallas game was obviously awful, but it’s looking like that may have had plenty to do with his concussion. Chip Kelly’s been coy about the future, but barring injury, Foles is the guy for an offense with a very high ceiling.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
Brown should return next week to a running back spot that’s been kept warm for him. David Wilson is busy wearing a rabbit head (and recovering from a neck injury) and Brown should slide right in. This team desperately wants to continue righting itself, and you know coach Tom Coughlin is going to think the running game is a big part of that.
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
If the Harvin owner in your league is running out of patience, take advantage of him by offering up a guy who will produce this week as you stash Harvin for your playoff run. The Seahawks are being careful with him and rightfully so. They expect to be playing deep into the postseason, but you can bet they’ll want the multi-threat Harvin back on the field in the regular season to shake off any rust.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
This game is about opportunity, and with Reggie Wayne on the shelf, Fleener has the potential to see a slew of passes thrown his way. When you’re thinking receiver, you always have to consider the quarterback throwing to him, and few are better than Andrew Luck.
With Reggie Wayne out, expect to see Coby Fleener catching more balls from Andrew Luck.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
The talk you hear everywhere is that Newton’s turned the corner toward an elite Fantasy Football quarterback. As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend.” The Panthers have been facing pretty weak defenses, and we’ll see a lot more of what Newton’s made of this week as Carolina travels to San Francisco.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan is still an excellent quarterback for real-life NFL, but we’re giving up on him for now as a Fantasy Football QB 1. It’s not entirely his fault, as his weapons have been stripped bare with injury. But my league doesn’t award sympathy points and I bet yours doesn’t either. He’ll see some good days as his receivers get healthy, but he’s heading in the wrong direction. Side note for Falcons fans: we listed Tom Brady here last week, so maybe we’re the reverse jinx you need…
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Have you ever tried to like a girl just because most everyone else did and you felt that you were “supposed to,” even though the bells in your head were going off, telling you it wasn’t right? That’s what Arian Foster feels like to me. I’ll say it. Ben Tate is the better running back. He’s more physical, he runs harder, and he’s more productive. Foster’s status as a RB 1 is over for me. He’s just not reliable. His value is low right now so there’s not a lot you can do if he’s your guy, but I’d trade him away after the first positive flicker.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers
As I said above with Coby Fleener, the quarterback means everything for a receiver. Boykin’s been a sneaky upgrade recently, but without Aaron Rodgers under center, his value drops way off.
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