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Jag-er Bombs

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


As I pointed out in Monday's Morning After column, the Texans' pass defense is a fantasy rock this season. They entered Week 9 allowing 24, 27, 27, 24, 31, 31 and 30 points in their first seven games. Despite missing his All-Pro tight end and his top three (arguably four) wideouts, Philip Rivers torched the overmatched secondary for 29 points and four TDs.

Houston's young corners have been torched for a league-worst average of 300 yards, 2.5 TDs, and 25.1 fantasy points per week. To put their ineptitude into perspective, opposing quarterbacks have posted a completion rate of 67.7 in addition to 8.2 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 107.7. Every quarterback they face is the best quarterback in the league that week.

This week, it's David Garrard's turn, coming off five TDs of his own against the Cowboys. With the exception of the concussion game against the Titans, Garrard has averaged an eye-popping 27.9 fantasy points over the past month while throwing up 11 TDs in three games. He may be flying under the radar, but Garrard is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league since early October.

With elite starters Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees on bye this week, Garrard has reached QB1 status in a matchup made to be exploited. Along for the ride, are Mike Sims-Walker, Marcedes Lewis, and Mike Thomas. While Sims-Walker and Lewis are already owned in over three-fourths of all CBSSports.com leagues, Thomas is widely available as a legit WR3 option this week.

On to the players. Here is how I rank the top players available at each position as we head into Week 10. Full writeups of each player are below.

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Quarterbacks
1. David Garrard
2. Vince Young
3. Shaun Hill
4. Kevin Kolb
5. Derek Anderson
6. Troy Smith
7. Matt Hasselbeck
8. Jason Campbell

Running Backs
1. C.J. Spiller
2. Mike Goodson
3. Tashard Choice
4. Jason Snelling
5. Derrick Ward
6. Clinton Portis
7. Javarris James
8. Tyrell Sutton

**Reggie Bush is owned in 82 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. He should be owned in 100 percent considering the Saints backfield woes.

Wide Receivers
1. Nate Burleson
2. Mike Thomas
3. James Jones - Week 10 bye
4. Blair White
5. Louis Murphy - Week 10 bye
6. Seyi Ajirotutu - Week 10 bye
7. Jacoby Ford - Weeek 10 bye
8. Nate Washington
9. Bernard Berrian
10. Brandon Gibson

**Sidney Rice and Vincent Jackson are both in over 70 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. They should be owned in 100 percent at this point.

Tight Ends
1. Tony Moeaki
2. Joel Dreessen
3. Tony Scheffler
4. Jimmy Graham

**Brandon Pettigrew is a top-10 option at Buffalo, but he's already owned in 67 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.

Defense/Special Teams
1. Buccaneers
2. Cardinals

Quarterbacks

David Garrard, Jaguars - What you might not have known about Garrard this season: He's on pace for a career-high in TDs, completion percentage, and fantasy points per week. He's posted a passer rating over 122.0 in 4-of-7 starts and his season rating of 98.8 is higher than Peyton Manning's (96.1). Against the Texans this week, Garrard is the No. 7 fantasy QB option in Rotoworld's Season Pass rankings.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Vince Young, Texans - Young is second in the NFL in passer rating (only Michael Vick's 105.3 is better than V.Y.'s 103.1), and he's added Randy Moss for the second half. More importantly, he faces the league's two most generous secondaries three times in the next six weeks. Mixed in are matchups against the Redskins (fourth-most QB points) and Colts (17th).

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Shaun HIll, Lions - In games where Hill has played all four quarters, he has averaged 24.2 fantasy points, which would place him second only to Philip Rivers. That's the rub, though. Although Hill (fractured foream) was unable to take snaps from under center or hand off with his right hand last week, he's talking like he'll push to play at Buffalo this week with Matthew Stafford out once again. There's some risk of in-game aggravation, but the matchup would leave Hill as a borderline QB1 option.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Kevin Kolb, Eagles - With DeSean Jackson back healthy and the Eagles' offense clicking on all cylinders, Kolb should be owned in the majority of 12-team leagues going forward. Michael Vick owners should look to deal their other quarterback if he's a QB1 or drop him for Kolb if he's merely a QB2. Yes, Kolb is the rare "QB handcuff."

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Derek Anderson, Cardinals - Stronger than expected early in the season, the Seahawks defense is in tatters after giving up season-best games to Jason Campbell and Eli Manning in successive weeks. It's hard to imagine Anderson ever being a recommended play in this column, but there are worse options this week. With Larry Fitzgerald coming alive, Anderson has actually graduated to low-end QB2 for Week 10.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Troy Smith, 49ers - Smith will draw a second straight start against the Rams this week, but the matchup isn't as attractive as you might believe. The Rams have surrendered just the 23rd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks through nine weeks. Smith is only an option in two-quarterback leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks - The twilight of Hasselbeck's career will continue after the Seahawks decided to hold him out rather than throwing him to the Giants' wolves last week. Hasselbeck has a plumb matchup against a Cardinals offense allowing the 11th-most points to opposing quarterbacks, but his own offense has been punchless the past two weeks. He's only a desperation play in Week 10.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Jason Campbell, Raiders - Coach Tom Cable is inclined to stay with the hot hand even if Campbell's hand was far from hot against the Chiefs. He can thank Jacoby Ford's circus catches and Hue Jackson's play-calling for the comeback victory because he failed to pick up first downs on eight of his first nine possessions. Though Campbell is averaging 20 fantasy points per game over his last three starts, he's a poor use of a roster spot this week with the Raiders on bye.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Fliers: Colt McCoy, Drew Stanton, Tony Pike

McCoy is a good bet to remain the Browns' starter, but he's a poor fantasy bet with Revis Island returning to the Jets. ... Stanton could end up starting in Buffalo if Shaun Hill isn't ready. ... Pike has a shot to take over the Panthers offense, but he won't be a fantasy option.

Cut Bait: Chad Henne, Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen

Henne can be dropped in deeper leagues after his three-interception performance in Baltimore. There's now danger that he could be pulled for Tyler Thigpen or Chad Pennington.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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