Week 10 Rest-Of-Season Rankings- Risers and Fallers
Alex Dunlap, Rosterwatch.com
Here is a position-by-position recap of the players who had the largest increases and declines in our projected values for the remainder of the season.*
*note that we will not be including players in this column who were moved down due to injury like Miles Austin.
Andy Dalton (CIN) and Tavarris Jackson (SEA) – Andy Dalton got a 7-spot bump, moving to QB17 moving forward, while Tavarris Jackson moved from out of our Top 30 entirely to QB26. We feel both are entering into solid QB2 territory moving forward, and are serviceable options for owners who have employed a matchup-based QBBC approach.
John Beck (WAS) – We liked Beck to start, but my enthusiasm is beginning to wane. He looks lost at times, and the absence of Santana Moss for basically the remainder of the Fantasy Regular Season has had (and I feel will continue to have) a clear effect on his comfort level and efficiency. He drops 7 spots to our QB30 moving forward and should be entirely off your radar.
Roy Helu (WAS)- As I predicted in my Buy Low, Sell High Week 8 column– It has officially become apparent that Ryan Torain is absolutely terrible. Roy Helu was given the start, and while only racked up a little over 40 yards on the ground against a 49ers defense that has not allowed a rushing TD this season or a 100-yard rusher in 30 games, he was super-productive in the pass game. 14 receptions for over 80…..14. That is a PPR monster, and a big deal against such a stifling defense. He looked better than any Skins back has looked this season and will be the clear-cut starter moving forward. Even Shanahan cant play head games with this personnel decision at RB. He gets a 15-spot bump in my rankings for Rest-Of-Season coming into Week 10.
Ryan Torain (WAS)- I hate this guy. The reason he went from #34 moving forward to unranked in my Top 50 is described in the note about Helu above.
Jerome Simpson (CIN)- After scoring TDs in 2/3 of his last 3 games and going for over 100 yards in the other, it is becoming apparent that A.J. Green is not the only valuable piece in that receiving corps. There is no reason to consider Jerome Simpson as anything less than a WR3 moving forward, prompting me to move him from WR52 to WR36, a 16 spot bump.
Earl Bennett (CHI)- When asked about the return of Earl Bennett from chest injury last night, Jay Cutler’s face lit up. He loves him. He went back to Vanderbilt to throw to him at Pro Day. In his return from injury last night, he led a terrible Bear receiving group with 5 receptions on 5 targets for almost 100 yards and a TD against one of the toughest, most physical home pass defenses in the Eagles. He moves from out of our Top 70 to Number 54. This week’s biggest riser, and a trend we expect to continue.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN)- After looking like he would be Tim Tebow’s new favorite target following the Miami game, Thomas has absolutely disappeared in his last two games vs. the Lions and the Raiders. Initially thought to be the impetus for the Broncos’ reasoning for shipping off Brandon Lloyd, it is now seeming like Thomas is really just a guy. At least as long as Tim Tebow is throwing (or in this case) not throwing him junior high-looking passes. He falls 11 spots to WR62 and is droppable in most all standard leagues.
Greg Olsen (CAR)- He scores a TD every other game, and when he doesn’t get you a touchdown- you can usually count on him for a 5-6 point floor. To me, that puts you into solid TE1 territory. Now that he is past his bye week, he will be available to owners for the remainder of the season, and gets a 4-spot bump from TE12 to TE8.
Owen Daniels (HOU)- Where is all the extra production we were anticipating in the absence of Andre Johnson? Over the last 4 games, he has averaged just over 40 yards a contest with no TDs. When there is TE scoring production from the Texans as of late- it has been to Joel Dreesen. With an upcoming bye week and the imminent return of Johnson to the lineup, Owen Daniels moves down 4 spots to TE12, basically flip-flopping with Greg Olsen.