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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 10 Key Matchups

Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10 in Fantasy Football

November 6, 2013

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Fantasy owners are in quite the quandary right now. In addition to the upcoming round of byes in Week 10, we’ve been hit with a powerful collection of new injuries to key players. It’ll be tough to find the right names out there on the waiver wire, but we’re here to help. We’ve taken a look at the matchups and come up with a handful of players who have favorable conditions for big performances this weekend. Let’s take a closer look and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: By now, Aaron Rodgers owners have climbed back down from the ledges and started perusing the waiver wire for a replacement option over the next few weeks. They need not look far; Cutler is expected to return this week following a groin injury and is probably one of the best options out there. He’ll have some hurdles to clear before he can take the field against the Lions, but if he is able to make his return he should put up some great numbers as a replacement option.
Even if Cutler isn’t able to play, his backup Josh McCown isn’t too bad of a pickup either--at least for one more week.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 10 Key Matchups

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Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Speaking of returning from injury, Mendenhall will most likely be back in action this weekend against the not-so-scary-anymore Houston defense. His presence will dampen the spirits of Andre Ellington owners, but for anyone needing RB help, he’s one of the better names out there. Better yet, Mendenhall has touchdowns in two of his last three outings.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Baldwin took advantage of the Tampa Bay secondary’s attention being focused elsewhere in Week 9 and posted a 75-yard, one-TD outing. It was his first sign of life after managing just two catches over the previous two games. Baldwin made some tough grabs late in the game for Seattle QB Russell Wilson, and as a result he’ll likely get some extra attention this weekend in a pretty good-looking matchup against the Falcons.

Miami Dolphins Defense: Fretting about Kansas City’s bye week? (Or New York, New England or Cleveland for that matter?) The Dolphins could provide a semi-smooth transition across the chasm. They gave up a lot of yards against the Bengals, but also posted some huge plays in the win, including five sacks, four turnovers and a 94-yard pick-six. They’ll get Tampa Bay this weekend on “Monday Night Football,” and though the Bucs played well early on in that one, they were completely shut down in the second half.

Dan Carpenter, K, Buffalo Bills: Don’t forget about your kicker this week; we’ll see a few normally reliable options on byes. Carpenter is a widely-available lottery ticket, as he’s shown off a few big performances this year. He’s got four double-digit fantasy outings to his credit, and is coming off a solid seven-point effort against a great KC defense. Carpenter will be in Pittsburgh this week, and even if the weather is a little sketchy it shouldn’t bother him much.

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