Post-election day blues are fun... mainly because the ads are gone. I want to see more ads for Thursday Night Football, but we never get the chance to. My plea now is for more fantasy football ads, but since we'll never see those, I should just start the column.
Byes: GB, CLE, WSH, ARZ
Who to Start:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. KC MON: He seems to get better every single week, and now, he gets to face the Kansas City Chiefs. It only gets better.
RB Vick Ballard (IND) vs. JAX THU: Since Donald Brown has been out with injuries, Ballard has been very, very impressive out of the backfield for the Colts. The Jags got shredded on Sunday by Mikel Leshoure, who does not qualify as one of the leagues best backs, so Ballard could see a big game.
BONUS PICK (I'm so generous): RB Michael Turner (ATL) vs. NO: After the Saints got run over by LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown on Monday night, Michael Turner comes in to face the same sketchy rush defense. He should have a very big game.
WR Malcom Floyd (SD) vs. TB: The Bucs secondary has been pretty decimated due to suspensions and injuries, and the Chargers come in on 10 days rest to play them. Floyd hasn't been reliable week-to-week for fantasy, but he should have a big game this week.
WR Brandon Lloyd (NE) vs. BUF: He had a big game in the first meeting between these two squads, and since the Bills defense is still pretty terrible, there are no reasons to see why Lloyd can't do it again on Sunday.
TE Vernon Davis (SF) vs. STL: Even though he hasn't put up great fantasy numbers recently, he always has big games against the Rams, and guess who the 49ers play this week?
DEF Seattle vs. NYJ: The Seahawks have been downright dominant at home this season, and they've beaten QB's that include Romo, Rodgers, and Brady. Next up: Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets. You can see why the Seahawks D is a great start this week.
Who to Sit:
QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. HOU: Yes, Cutler had a big game last week against the Titans. But, the Texans come into Soldier Field on Sunday Night packing a much better defense, and they might be the best unit in the AFC. Avoid starting Cutler.
RB Felix Jones (DAL) vs. PHI: DeMarco Murray is still out for the Cowboys, and Lance Dunbar has stolen some carries away from Jones recently. The Eagles are prime for a big game on defense, and Jones might be the casualty in that.
WR Denarius Moore (OAK) vs. BAL: Despite all the injuries on the Ravens defense, their secondary has been solid all year, only allowing 5 TD's to wideouts all season. The Raiders going out East playing a 1 PM game doesn't bode well for Moore.
WR Sidney Rice (SEA) vs. NYJ: About that Revis fellow... Antonio Cromartie has been great all year for the Jets, and I doubt Russell Wilson will attack Cromartie at all during this game, so Rice will not likely have a big game on Sunday.
TE Jared Cook (TEN) vs. MIA: He was seen as a fantasy sleeper prior to the season, but he's done next to nothing for most of the season. The Dolphins have not allowed a TD to an opposing Tight End all season, so the immediate future doesn't look any brighter for Cook.
DEF Atlanta vs. NO: The Saints offense is starting to pick up in steam, and Atlanta's defense hasn't been a juggernaut to begin with. Here's the classic example of a terrible matchup.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) vs. NE: The Patriots secondary has been sketchy all season, and Fitz has been pretty good against the Pats in recent meetings. He could have another good game, since the newly acquired Aqib Talib won't play on Sunday.
TE Greg Olsen (CAR) vs. DEN: The Broncos defense has been good, but not great for most of the season. They have had struggles defending the Tight End this year, and Greg Olsen could be the next benefactor of that.
DEF Miami vs. TEN: Yes, the Dolphins D got torched by Andrew Luck last week. But, the Titans are not the Colts, especially if you saw the stat line from the Bears-Titans game.
QB Carson Palmer (OAK) vs. BAL: Tons of yards are a certainly. Some TD's are also possible. But so are many turnovers. This matchup doesn't look favorable for Palmer on Sunday in Baltimore.
Good Luck in Week 10!