FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 10

Fantasy FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 10

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The Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, and Jets are on the bye this week

Winning picks for Week Ten


Kellen Clemens— Rams at Colts

We are flying way beneath the radar with this pick, but it makes sense. Clemens is never going to be a regular starting quarterback in the NFL, but he is a competent back-up. The Rams will attack the Colts with three and four-receiver sets and spread the ball around. The Colts allowed Case Keenum 350 passing yards and three scores; and having Andre Johnson sure made it easier, but the Colts are vulnerable. The Rams probably will not win the game but Clemens will give you a multiple touchdown performance on Sunday.

Running Back

Shonn Greene— Titans vs. Jaguars

You have to play the match-ups, and the Jaguars are not tackling. They are allowing 161 yards per game on the ground. The next worse run defense is that of the Steelers who are allowing 30 yards less per game. The Jaguars are horrible and you have to play a running back against them every week. Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak said he wants to get Greene fifteen carries a game. They need to scale back Chris Johnson some—so this should translate into 70 yards and a touchdown for Greene this week.

Dennis Johnson— Texans at Cardinals

When you see this name it takes you back to the great Celtic teams of the 1980’s, or the now defunct Seattle Supersonics of the late 70’s, as the basketball playing Dennis Johnson won a few NBA titles with those teams. This Dennis Johnson is the third-string running back for Houston. With Arian Foster nursing his tweaked hamstring, (again…) and Ben Tate playing with four broken ribs, Johnson will have to get touches. Houston is having an awful season but they can run block. Johnson averaged more than four yards per carry against the Colts on eight carries. He will get 14-17 touches this week against a tough Cardinal run defense. While the Cardinals have held their own against the run, Houston will pound the ball on Sunday and Johnson will be involved in the passing game. He will get you at least 10 fantasy points this week.

James Starks— Packers vs. Eagles

Even without Aaron Rodgers, Starks is a good play on Sunday. Rookie Eddie Lacy is the featured back but most rookies fade just a bit after November. They are not used to the weekly NFL pounding. Mike McCarthy knows that and will give more touches to the veteran Starks. He averaged eight yards per carry and scored against the Vikings in his last contest. He faces the 23rd ranked run defense of the Eagles, a team allowing 110 yards a game on the ground. Starks has two 100 yard games in his career and one of them was against the Eagles the only time he has ever faced them. Starks will get 20 touches Sunday afternoon and against the Eagles. How can that not translate into a favorable fantasy day?

Wide Receiver

Michael Floyd—Cardinals vs. Texans

Floyd is the second leading receiver on the Cardinals and has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games. His quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown more interceptions then touchdowns, but they are facing Houston at home. In 2012, Houston was 6-2 on the road in the regular season and in 2013 they opened with a miracle comeback win in San Diego. They did give the Chiefs a fight in Kansas City, but they have just three interceptions, and this match-up is just what the 4-4 Cardinals need. They are just one game out of the playoffs and are catching this Houston team at the right time. Houston will double Larry Fitzgerald and Roberts will get man coverage in the slot. He finds the goal line Sunday.

Greg Jennings— Vikings at Redskins

Head coach Leslie Frazier is handling his quarterbacks about as bad as his mentor Buddy Ryan did. In 1986 with the Eagles, he alternated Ron Jaworski and Randall Cunningham on each series. That was a joke with Jaworski playing on first and second down and Cunningham playing on third down. Trying to play Josh Freeman against the Giants with virtually no time to learn the offense was a joke in its own right. As of now, Christian Ponder is their best quarterback and Greg Jennings is their best receiver. This week, Minnesota faces the 27th ranked pass defense of the Redskins who have allowed 17 touchdown passes. Jennings has fallen from the category of elite fantasy receivers but still has enough to take advantage of favorable match-ups.

Tight End

Jordan Reed—Redskins vs. Vikings

Reed is going to be a Pro Bowl tight end one day—he is that good. The Washington playmaker has averaged seven receptions in their last three games. He gets separation, has very good hands, and if you haven’t noticed, he goes old school with no gloves once in awhile. John Mackey did not need gloves and he was the best that ever played. The Vikings are ranked 29th against the pass and have allowed seven touchdown passes to the tight end. Old-school Reed will find pay dirt this week.

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Kurt Backert

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Kurt’s passion for the game began in the 60’s watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi’s Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980’s where he’s captured more titles than John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins
Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

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