Sorry for this being a day late, I was ill yesterday and couldn't write. I am better now. Was I ill because I was lugging heavy equipment around a major city on little food and water, or was it because I really wanted to find an excuse to not have to write for a day? You be the judge.
Byes: HOU, IND, MIN, WSH, NE, SD
Who to Start:
QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) vs. STL: He struggled mightily last week against the Rams at home, but this game against New Orleans could kick-start his season. The Saints defense is usually porous (last Thursday against Carolina aside), and Kaep has been consistently effective on the road in his career.
RB Ronnie Hillman (DEN) vs. OAK: I think we've found who Denver's new running back is, and it's Hillman. Now consistently getting the bulk of the carries, Hillman should be in for a big day against the Raiders, because most everyone has success running the ball against Oakland.
WR Julio Jones (ATL) vs. TB: Now while he and his team have struggled mightily this season, the Bucs are the perfect tonic to cure what ails you. Jones has had really good success against Tampa in his career, and it also helps that the Bucs are generally really bad.
WR Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) vs. PHI MON: Benjamin is one of the best rookies in the NFL this season. His stature and hands are something to behold, and he has single-handedly made Carolina's offense not be the worst in football. The Eagles secondary is prone to give up the big play, and Kelvin Benjamin can usually make the big play. He could have a monster game.
TE Owen Daniels (BAL) vs. TEN: The former Texan is still trucking along quietly, and having many big games to boot. The Titans are generally quite terrible, and usually can't defend tight ends either, so Daniels could have a nice rebound game from last week's quiet showing in Pittsburgh.
DEF Arizona vs, STL: Austin Davis, meet another one of the NFC West's gauntlet. He's been able to beat both San Francisco and Seattle this season, but Arizona and this defense is at another level. The Rams have scored 20 points combined the last 2 weeks combined, and they'll score fewer than that on Sunday as well.
Who to Sit:
QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. GB: As the Jeff George comparisons look more and more apt, that means Cutler will throw more and more interceptions. Also, the former Vandy QB has never played well at Lambeau in his career, and you can bet the Packers will be ready for him this Sunday Night.
RB Lamar Miller (MIA) vs. DET: Did you know the Lions still have the league's #1 total and rush defense? Well now you do, and now that you know that, it's likely you won't start the inconsistent Lamar Miller on Sunday.
WR Percy Harvin (NYJ) vs. PIT: While Pittsburgh's defense may not be the same steel curtain of old, it's still pretty solid and opportunistic. With the questions at QB for the Jets, Harvin is absolutely one who should be benched on Sunday.
WR Reuben Randle (NYG) vs. SEA: While the Seahawks defense isn't the same unit as a season ago, they're still pretty tough to beat at home. Randle has seen his share of targets with Victor Cruz on the shelf, but this game presents a multitude of matchup problems for him.
TE Delanie Walker (TEN) vs. BAL: It's not gone well for him this season, and against the Ravens who are typically stout at home defensively, it could continue for Walker this Sunday in Baltimore.
DEF San Francisco (SF) vs. NO: It's the Superdome, the Saints, and the 49ers defense hasn't looked great on the road all season.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Mark Sanchez (PHI) vs. CAR MON: He looked surprisingly competent against Houston last week, and this week's matchup against Carolina is quite favorable. Their defense has not given up fewer than 28 only 3 times this season, and 2 of those games were at home and the other was against Tampa Bay. He could have a huge Monday Night.
RB Bobby Rainey (TB) vs. ATL: If Doug Martin is still on the shelf due to injury, Rainey could have a massive day against the sieve that is the Falcons defense, especially their porous run defense.
WR Mohamed Sanu (CIN) vs. CLE THU: It almost looks as if it won't matter that A.J Green is back and healthy, since Sanu will still get his targets and catches every week. The Browns will look to try to take away Green, so Sanu will be left open to reap the rewards.
QB Ryan Tannehill (MIA) vs. DET: While he's starting to look like a bonafide top-tier QB in this league, this matchup against the Lions may quickly send him back to earth. The Lions defense has been incredibly good this season, especially at home.
Good Luck in Week 10!