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Week 10 Sleepers

Mark Sanchez

Anybody else affected by the release of Chiefs RB Larry Johnson? Yeah, neither am I. Johnson only had two good seasons (’05 and ’06). He was a flash in the pan, not a reliable stud for years and years. Frankly, if you drafted him still thinking he could rush for 1,700 yds and 17 TD’s, then you really have no idea how to play this game.

You could really think of him as a slightly better Steven Jackson, because Jackson only had one good season (’06). Johnson at least gave you two productive years. In the end, you ended up drafting both of them in the first round year after year, just praying that they could repeat the stats of their best season.

R.I.P. Larry Johnson, try and find another team that shares your closed-minded, homophobic point of view. Priest Holmes you are not, buddy!

Week 10 Sleepers

John Carlson (TE), Seattle Seahawks

In the very first game of the season, Carlson shocked the fantasy TE world by gathering up 95 yds and 2 TD. Since then, he has fallen into a hole of mediocrity. Carlson has not topped 55 yds since week 1, but a game against the Cardinals should bring good things.

Last Sunday against Chicago, Arizona completely failed to shut down Bears TE Greg Olsen as he caught all three of Jay Cutler’s TD passes. They weren’t all just simple goal-line tosses, two of Olsen’s TD’s were for 33 and 20 yds.

Arizona showed they are weak against tight ends last week, so Carlson is a safe play. Plus, Arizona is 1-3 at home this season, giving up 106 points in those four games.

Dallas Cowboys Defense/Special Teams

Although they haven’t been too flashy, Dallas is allowing just 19.0 points per game this season (7th best). They are also near the top of the league in sacks with 21.

A game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers may make you reluctant to start the Cowboys. After all, the Packers are in the top-7 in the NFL in points per game and yds per game. Yet somehow, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense was able to become a fantasy force last Sunday against Green Bay.

The Bucs only had 11 sacks coming into that game, but they were able to sack Aaron Rodgers six times and force him to throw three interceptions.

Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 37 times in eight games, including six times in each of his last two contests. The Cowboys are obviously a better defense that the Buccaneers, so start the Dallas defense with confidence.

Devery Henderson (WR)/Robert Meachem (WR), New Orleans Saints

I really shouldn’t have to elaborate on the NFL’s best offense going up against the St. Louis Rams. But hey, I love numbers, so I don’t mind.

The Rams (1-7) will meet the undefeated Saints (8-0). New Orleans literally has the best offense in football with 426 yds per game and 37.9 points per game. St. Louis has the fifth worst defense with over 370 total yds allowed per game, including a bottom-10 pass defense.

Robert Meachem has scored a TD in two of his last three games, with a season-best five catches and 98 yds last Sunday. Devery Henderson also had a good game last week with three catches for 93. yds. He is usually good for one big pay per game.

I expect Meachem to get more looks and catches, but Henderson could easily burn the Rams’ secondary for a huge play or two. You can’t go wrong with either receiver as a nice bye week fill-in for your team.

Mark Sanchez (QB), New York Jets

The Jets are well-rested coming off the bye week, and they will square off against Jacksonville.

The Jaguars’ pass defense is terrible, allowing 242 pass yds per game. The recently let Matt Cassel walk all over them for 262 yds and 2 TD, and they handed the Titans their first win of the season during week 8. In that game, Vince Young was nearly perfect, going 15-18 for 125 yds and a TD.

Sanchez has bounced back nicely after throwing five interceptions against the Bills in week 6. He has thrown 3 TD and no picks in his last two games, and in his last game, he threw for 265 yds and 2 TD.

The Jaguars’ defense only has five interceptions all season, and they are dead last in sacks with eight. Don’t expect the Jaguars to be putting pressure on Sanchez at all during this game.

Ladell Betts (RB), Washington Redskins

Betts filled in for the injured Clinton Portis last Sunday and carried 15 times for 70 yds (4.7 ypc) and a TD. His ypc for that game were actually better than any of Portis’ ypc for any game this season.

Betts and the Redskins face the Broncos this week. Denver has lost two in a row after winning their first six games. In these two losses, they have allowed opposing teams to rush for 125+ yds. Before that, Denver had not allowed 100 rushing yds to any team all season long.

Betts is still probably available in your league, so if you need a bye week fill-in, pick him up.

Super Shocker Sleeper Pick

Jamaal Charles (RB), Kansas City Chiefs

Yes, for the second week in a row, I am putting Charles here. He failed to live up to my hype last week, carrying the ball only six times all game. However, he rushed for 36 yds (6.0 ypc), and we can’t fault him for the Chiefs having to play from behind and throw the ball.

This makes 69 yds on 10 carries (6.9 ypc) for Charles over his last two games. Now, he will rush against one of the worst rush defenses in football in the form of the Oakland Raiders.

Oakland allows over 160 rush yds per game, and they have let up a league-worst 13 rushing TD. Over the past three weeks, Oakland has allowed an average of 208 rush yds per game, including 316 rush yds to the Jets in week 7.

Charles is officially the #1 back in Kansas City after the release of Larry Johnson, so he needs to prove that he can be an every-down back for an NFL team.

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