I worked in retail for a long time, and I saw a lot of incompetent people get promoted into management. Why? They were willing to work any time, any place, no questions asked. After seeing this for a few years, I came up with this little nugget of wisdom: In retail, the most important ability is availability. If you’re willing to be at the store all the time, you’ll eventually move up the ladder.
The same holds true in fantasy football. The most valuable players are those who don’t get hurt and get the ball all the time. Look at Percy Harvin. Everyone in the world agrees the guy has world-class talent. But he can’t stay on the field. You can’t roster him, because at this point, he’s nothing more than a lottery ticket play.
Target players who stay on the field and are in situations where they get fed the ball constantly, and you’ll find some serious fantasy success.
Let’s get to Week 10:
Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Opponents This Week:
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington—Cousins is facing a Saints defense that has given up the most points to quarterbacks, and he’s had at least forty pass attempts in the his last three games. Sounds like a recipe for points. YOU LIKE THAT? YOU LIKE THAT!
James Starks, RB, Green Bay—Starks will get more snaps than Eddie Lacy on Sunday, and Green Bay faces a Lions defense that gives up a lot of points to running backs. The Packers will pile up points and try to run out the clock, giving Starks a chance to score for you.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans—I love wide receivers who can get points without scoring touchdowns, and Snead does this. He’s had three games where he tallied eight points without scoring a touchdown. This week he’s facing a pretty bad Washington secondary, so start him.
Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Team This Week:
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle—The Cardinals defense is tough against quarterbacks, Wilson has been struggling all year, and he went on vacation in Mexico during the bye week. As a Cowboys fan, I frown on quarterbacks taking trips to Mexico during the season. (See Romo, Tony, 2008 playoffs)
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona—The Seahawks are tough against the run, and while Johnson has had a great year, I still think he’ll struggle against elite defenses. Look elsewhere if you can.
Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Chicago—Jay Cutler is really bad against teams that rush the passer well, and the Rams get after the quarterback. It’s hard for Jeffrey to catch a lot of passes when Cutler is chucking spirals into the turf as he’s pummeled into the ground.
The Guy Who’s Wrecking My Fantasy Season This Week:
Melvin Gordon was not my worst draft pick ever. That illustrious award goes to Trent Richardson, who I’m convinced had all his athletic ability stolen from him by those aliens from Space Jam. But Gordon has been fairly atrocious this year, and I finally dropped him. As always, ladies and gentlemen, never draft a running back from Wisconsin.
Ben Zajdel is a ProFootballBeast.com contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzajdel. His last name would be a great Scrabble word.