Two Minute Warning - Week 10
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups.
Injuries are quickly mounting throughout the league making lineup construction difficult for many fantasy owners in Week 10.
Also remember we are in the "bye week" portion of the NFL schedule. Make sure all Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and New York Jets players have been removed from your lineup.
Once again fantasy owners should not be worried about bad weather. No snow, no rain and the worst that can be said in Week 10 is it will be a bit breezy in Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Below is the latest information to help you make your last-minute decisions.
E.J. Manuel, Buffalo - Bills coach Doug Marrone confirmed he'll start on Sunday. Manuel hasn't played since Week 5, but should have seen enough reps to be sharp. He'll face a Steelers' defense that yields just 210 ypg through the air, so he's not a great play in Week 10.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay - Unless you've been living under a rock you know that Rodgers is sidelined with a collarbone injury and Seneca Wallace will start. Wallace will be improved over his emergency replacement performance because he's gotten a week's worth of reps with the first team. The Eagles pass defense has given up a league-worst 2,768 yards (307.5 ypg) making Wallace a fantasy option, though a risky one.
Jay Cutler, Chicago - Cutler is back, well ahead of schedule for this important battle with rival Detroit. He should be ready to go and he's worthy of a start in most fantasy leagues.
Running Backs -
Arian Foster, Houston - Reports are that he needs season-ending surgery on his back. If you have backup Ben Tate as a handcuff, you have nothing to worry about. If you never made that move ... oops!
Darren McFadden, Oakland - No surprise here, McFadden will miss a game. Fantasy owners have come to expect that and should certainly have an alternative strategy ready to go given that he's never played a full season of football in six years in the NFL.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati - Bernard was a fantasy stud last week, but did get a bit banged up. He's expected to play, however, and is a must start.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver - His appearance on the injury report without any sign of injury is a bit concerning, but it may just be a sore knee and nothing too serious. Until we see a significant drop in his production we continue to recommend putting him in your starting lineup.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona - Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Mendenhall will start, but Andre Ellington is their most productive back, not Mendenhall.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas - His knee is healthier than last week, but if the Cowboys only hand him the ball four times like they did last week then he could be Superman and he won't help your team. We like Dallas to give him the ball a lot more to help play keep away from Drew Brees and the Saints offense.
Darren Sproles, New Orleans - Sproles (concussion) was a full participant on Friday and should be ready to play. In what should be a shootout with Dallas, he could be a solid fantasy option if he can stay on the field.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis - Stacy has dealt with this ankle issue and played through it, so we have no worries. He'll be the Rams' primary offensive weapon this weekend. He's a must start.
Wide Receivers -
Roddy White, Atlanta - White has looked better this week than anytime this season, but after nine weeks of "nothing" we're going to recommend you take a wait-and-see attitude before starting him. We still like Harry Douglas more than White, but that could change next weekend if White makes it through the game without incident.
Robert Woods, Buffalo - The return of E.J. Manuel won't help Woods' owners as he isn't likely to play in Week 10. Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Scott Chandler and Marquise Goodwin should see the targets.
Eddie Royal, San Diego - Royal has produced double-digit points the last two games after disappearing from Week 3 through Week 6. In what should be a high- scoring affair, Royal should be active and worthy of a spot in your lineup.
Nate Burleson, Detroit - Burleson has been practicing, but won't play this weekend. Perhaps next week against Pittsburgh.
Marques Colston, New Orleans - Based on his past play it doesn't matter whether he dresses for the game or not. Colston hasn't been a viable fantasy option since September.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants - There has never been a doubt that Cruz would play this weekend and given what the Eagles did to the Raiders' pass defense, Cruz should have a fun day out there. We're expecting 100-plus yards and at least one score.
Dez Bryant, Dallas - Bryant took an injection for his back and will play as expected. He's a must start as long as he's in uniform.
Percy Harvin, Seattle - Those waiting patiently for Harvin to return will have to wait one more weekend.
Tight Ends -
Julius Thomas, Denver - Of all the Broncos' offensive players listed as "probable" on their injury report, the only one we had real concerns with was Thomas and his ankle. He'll probably start and if he does fantasy owners will be forced to play him even if he's not a big part of the Denver game plan.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans - Being on the injury report hasn't been a problem for Graham the last two games, so why would you even think about his injury? He'll play and play well against a Cowboys' secondary that has given up 305.2 ypg through the air.
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland - Janikowski missed a Wednesday practice with sore ribs, but he'll be ready to go on Sunday.
11/10 10:44:23 ET