The PFW staff brings you its late-week fantasy tips for quarterbacks, in which Josh Freeman and Russell Wilson should be strong plays, while the Eagles' leaky offensive line makes it difficult to have confidence in Michael Vick.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson looks like he just might be on the cusp of really spreading his fantasy wings. In the Seahawks’ best offensive performance of the season last week in the win over Minnesota, Wilson threw three TD passes (two to WR Golden Tate) and now has a 5-1 TD-interception ratio in the last two games. He also, it appears, is being encouraged to operate more on the run, as evidenced by his 9-27 rushing last week, and his legs provide an extra fantasy dimension that could result in a few TD runs down the stretch. Our sources in Seattle have been telling us for weeks that the offense has been handicapped by the fact Tate, Sidney Rice and slot specialist Doug Baldwin have been unable to play at the same time due to injuries. But all three receivers look to be healthy now, and the team’s improved offensive numbers show as much and bode well for Wilson.
For owners in deeper leagues, Josh Freeman warrants strong consideration as a low-end No. 1 QB this week. He has produced a TD-INT ratio of 11-1 in the four games since Tampa Bay’s bye, and has a favorable matchup at home, where he has a TD-INT ratio of 8-2 in four games this season, against the Chargers’ 18th-ranked pass defense on Sunday.
With the Eagles’ offensive line in disrepair, do you want to start Michael Vick? We hope you have the sense — and the backup on your roster — to seek out alternatives. Vick is often good for a big play or two (see his 77-yard TD pass last week in a blowout loss) but can’t be written in as a reliable option vs. Dallas and its strong defense.
The Chiefs are allowing more yards per pass than any other team (8.44). Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is a solid start on Monday night, to say the least. The only fear is that the Steelers get out to a big lead and take the air out of the ball, but it’s a risk many fantasy owners will be happy to take.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford didn’t throw a TD pass in the first meeting with Minnesota, but he did throw for more than 300 yards, and he did rush for a TD. Though the Vikings rank in the top 10 in passing yards per game and per play allowed, they don’t have a shutdown cornerback, and they have also had their issues vs. the run of late. In short, there’s no real reason to sit Stafford or any of your Lions skill-position players simply on the basis of the matchup.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton gets a good matchup in Week 10. The Giants are 26th in both yards per pass allowed and passing yards surrendered per game. With Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on bye, some fantasy owners will have to go the bench, and if Dalton is one of your backups, you have at least one viable fill-in option.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco is an interesting spot-start proposition in Week 10. The Raiders struggled mightily vs. the run a week ago, and now they have to deal with Ray Rice. Flacco has a strong arm, and there could be some prime play-action opportunities. Oakland is 21st vs. the pass.
Barring any setbacks, the Titans will return to starter Jake Locker Sunday on the road against the Dolphins. Locker has missed the previous five games because of a left shoulder injury. On the heels of Andrew Luck’s record-breaking performance against Miami a week ago, Locker is an intriguing play if your roster is looking for a boost, though taking a wait-and-see approach might be most prudent.
The early forecast for Sunday night’s titanic matchup between the Bears and Texans calls for freezing rain. That is unlikely to affect Texans QB Matt Schaub, who, despite playing in a dome, has had some good performances in bad weather over the years. Chicago boasts the league’s best defense, so expectations for Schaub’s production must be tempered, but it is a safe bet he will do a better job protecting the football (one interception every 62.3 attempts) than the rest of Chicago’s recent foes.