Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 10 Notes, Observations, and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 10 What We Learned
November 12, 2013
Week 10 What we learned
Backup quarterbacks are just as important in Fantasy as the NFL. When the season started, the quarterback market seemed abundant with talent, and there was no need to draft a backup QB. As the season has progressed, fantasy owners have learned that carrying two quarterbacks on your roster is actually a good idea, especially in 12+ team leagues. The injury bug has attacked the quarterback position all year, and five quarterbacks that have put up very strong games this season are now sitting on the sidelines. Sam Bradford and Jake Locker both showed glimpses of having a breakout year, and now both are on season ending IR. Jay Cutler and Michael Vick also worked their way into many fantasy teams' starting lineups and now they are both on the bench watching their backups play very well. And the big boy, Aaron Rodgers, is also down and out with no definitive date to return. Not too mention, Peyton Manning had an MRI on his leg this week to see if he had injured his ankle more than it had already been hurt. The injury bug has shown a willingness to attack star players without mercy this year, and fantasy teams should look to insure their starting quarterbacks like they handcuff their star running backs.
Injuries are not the only reason fantasy teams have needed to carry a backup quarterback this year. Several big name quarterbacks who have been reliable fantasy options for years now are having very underwhelming seasons. Tom Brady tops the list of underperforming superstar quarterbacks, and eventhough he broke out against the Steelers two weeks ago, the Patriots have a tough remaining schedule and Brady could struggle during the fantasy playoffs. Matt Ryan has struggled because the injury bug attacked all his weapons, and Eli Manning has struggled for reasons unknown. The quarterback position has been a very turbulent spot on fantasy rosters this year, and teams who decided to invest in a good backup will have a smoother time cruising down the fantasy playoff stretch.
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Ray Rice is not 100% healthy. Finally fantasy owners are getting a reason for Rice's struggles. Reports are coming out of Baltimore that Rice's hip flexor injury was actually more serious than he was letting on. This situation is very similar to Roddy White and how White tried to play through injuries only to perform very poorly. The difference being that fantasy owners knew White was not 100%, whereas Rice claimed to be at full strength. Rice has been terrible this year, but so has Bernard Pierce, and that leads one to believe that Rice's injury is not the only reason for the Ravens struggles in the running game. Rice has developed a chip on his shoulder this year because people are starting to say that he is done. Rice has made people miss his whole career and if he can get back to 100% health then he should be able to start avoiding tackles once again. The Ravens have a very nice schedule for the fantasy playoffs, and they have nearly a month to right their rushing ship before the fantasy playoffs start. If Rice gets back to full strength, he could make fantasy owners forget all about his terrible start with a torrid run through the fantasy playoffs.
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