Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday morning observations - Week 10

Good morning, Fools. It's chilly in North Texas (winter is coming) but things are heating up in Fantasyland as we move closer and closer to the fantasy postseason.

Let's take our weekly trip around the NFL to discover the news we can use to dominate another weekend.

First off, have you heard Dion Lewis has been activated? He has, and he could make his 2016 debut tonight. Lewis is a dynamic player who should be a major part of the Patriots' offense during the stretch run. (LeGarrette Blount called him "nasty" in practice this week.) His return likely signals the impending end of James White's nice fantasy run. I just grabbed and stashed Lewis in one of my leagues so I don't have to compete for him on Tuesday's waiver wire. If you have the roster space, I recommend you do the same.

Doug Martin is back, too, and is expected to face the Bears today. I wouldn't start him, as he will surely be sharing touches with Peyton Barber against the solid Chicago run defense. But assuming he makes it through today's game unscathed, Martin should help his owners (and the Bucs) in the weeks to come.

Bryce Petty will make his first start at QB for the Jets today, with Ryan Fitzpatrick's knee not yet fully healed. That should translate to a high volume of touches for Matt Forte and potential trouble for Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and whoever else qualifies as a receiver in Jet land. We'll see...

Preliminary reports are that Carlos Hyde will suit up today for the tough matchup in Arizona. DuJuan Harris has performed well in Hyde's absence, and will share carries while Hyde's touches are limited. I wouldn't start either player if Hyde plays.

Want to swing for the fences this weekend? Consider C.J. Prosise, who could start for the Seahawks tonight in Foxborough. Christine Michael will be a game-time decision and Thomas Rawls is probably a week away from returning. Prosise was a WR at Notre Dame, so his primary value is as a receiver out of the backfield. He could come up large in PPR leagues, in particular. (Meanwhile, if Rawls is available, he's another guy worth picking up while he's free.)

James Starks is hopeful to return today for the Packers, which would mean a downgrade to Ty Montgomery. Stay tuned to the inactive reports (tweeted by yours truly in a bit) for more on that.

After some initial worries over his shoulder, Jarvis Landry is expected to play in San Diego today. He's faded a bit of late, perhaps due to the injury but certainly because of Jay Ajayi's emergence, but Landry is always a solid start in PPR leagues.

The Steelers have activated TE Ladarius Green from the PUP list, and he's one to watch going forward. If he can stay healthy, there's every chance Green could supplant Jesse James as the starter and become one of Big Ben's key targets going forward. It's too early to grab him, but he bears watching.

Other players who are out or highly likely to be out in Week 10: Tony Romo, Tevin Coleman, DeAngelo Williams, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Travis Benjamin, Will Fuller, Markus Wheaton, Jacob Tamme, Jared Cook.

That's it for now. On to the inactives and other late-breaking news, via Twitter. Go get 'em, Fools!

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