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Patriots bye week is one of the weeks in the year Boston sports fans are especially thankful for fantasy football. The Jets, Chiefs, and Browns join the Pats on the bye this Week 10 and most fantasy owners have a good inclination as to whether they are a contender or pretender. Nick Foles reappeared in Oakland torching the Raiders en route to matching Peyton Manning’s record-setting 7 TD outing. Foles will start again this week for Philadelphia in Green Bay against a Packers team likely to start Seneca Wallace. Mike James performance in Seattle is almost more impressive to me given the Seahawks reputation as the best defense in the NFL, especially with the 12th man at home.
Here are some players to target for your playoff push.
Terrelle Pryor and Jake Locker both performed poorly last week, Pryor is likely to start against the Giants despite suffering a knee injury last week. I like Locker more than Pryor going forward, I believe he has more talent, a superior supporting cast, and a more generous schedule. Mike Tolbert found paydirt again and he is the back to own in Carolina while Dennis Johnson ended up averaging 4.5 yards on eight carries and he’s a good reach especially if Arian Foster or Ben Tate is out. Marvin Jones was decent but Miami had a lot of pressure on Dalton and I felt like Jones looked good opposite A.J. Green. He’s a viable starter. Tim Wright scored in Seattle and is worth rostering and Dreesen may get some time if Julius Thomas continues to miss time in Denver.
Nick Foles (PHI @ GB) Foles has a chance to be solid again, but the Packers may try to take the air out of the ball and feed Eddie Lacy. However, last night McCown played well in Lambeau so Foles has a chance to succeed.
Case Keenum (HOU @ ARI) The Houston alum lit up the Colts for 350 yards and three scores (all to Andre Johsnon). Arizona in Glendale is a much tougher matchup, but Keenum made some great throws under pressure, and he may look more to Hopkins, Posey, and Graham this week with Patrick Peterson likely to cover Johnson.
Mike James (MIA @ TB) James has already been mentioned here for his Week 9 exploits and now he gets a beatable Dolphins defense at home.
James Starks (PHI @ GB) Starks showed nice burst on Monday Night, scoring in relief of Eddie Lacy. The Packers might run the football 40 times at home against Philly, with Starks in line for 12-15 carries.
Shonn Greene (JAX @ TEN) Greene scored and received goal line carries against the Rams while backing up Chris Johnson. He is a viable flex option this week facing the soon to be lottery-eligible Jags at home.
Lance Moore (DAL @ NO) This game sets up nicely for Moore. The entire Saints offense is much better in the Superdome, but Moore seems to have scored 75% of his fantasy points at home. Secondly, Darren Sproles and Marques Colston are both banged up. Lastly, he received 10 targets last week against the Jets.
Doug Baldwin (SEA @ ATL) Baldwin could be Russell Wilson’s No. 2 wideout this week with Sidney Rice done for the season and Percy Harvin still on PUP. Baldwin has nice agility and a great matchup against a Falcon team in a tailspin.
If Timothy Wright is available and you need a tight end, make the addition. Wright has played himself out of the waiver wire column.
Garrett Graham (HOU @ ARI) Graham has not been Owen Daniels 2.0, but Case Keenum sought him out six times last week, with Graham amassing 46 yards on four grabs. Arizona has better talent on the defensive perimeter and against the slot (Mathieu) than they do defending the tight end.
Tennessee is a great DST to add this week as they face Jacksonville at home. They are a nice replacement option for Chiefs owners who don’t want to start a defense against the Broncos twice in three weeks stating Week 11.
Tampa Bay, Miami, Buffalo, and the Giants are all a dice roll of the remaining waiver-likely options at DST.