NFL Real Talk: Week 10

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As we enter Week 10, fantasy advice becomes less relevant. Whether it’s because your team is out of the playoff picture or because there are simply no free agents left who might be real difference makers, there really is no reason for most of you to read about fantasy football until next season.

Alas, we still have a job to do on “NFL Real Talk,” and work shall be done. Fortunately, those of you still vying for a playoff spot and angling for a deep playoff run have come to the right place.

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Danario Alexander has never lacked explosive talent, and he is worthy of a pickup after a good start to his tenure in the city of Whale’s Vagina. Alexander was on the field for most of the game and came away with three catches for 61 yards in his SD debut. Coach Norv Turner has already said that Alexander is “going to be a big part of what we do going forward,” and why shouldn’t he be? The WR corps after Malcom Floyd has been unimpressive, and Alexander’s big-play ability could really give the passing game a lift. Alexander is a big injury-risk, of course, but while he’s healthy, he should be owned in most leagues even as simple roster depth.

Sell-ery (or, “These Guys Suck But Still Have Value, So Trade Them To Some Moron”)
Larry Fitzgerald
He scored a TD and was targeted 12 times in Week Nine. This could be your last chance to get something of real value in a trade. You hate to sell a guy who will give you a return that is way lower than your investment, but you have to do what’s necessary to improve your team. Just don’t be greedy and go asking for a WR1 in return. You can’t go offering a bologna sandwich and expect to get back steak. Try packaging Fitz in a deal and hope to plug some holes on your roster.

Buy-sexuals (or, “You Should Want These Guys, But Only In A Platonic Way, Which Is Why They Are Called ‘BUY-sexuals’”)
Kyle Rudolph
Though he’s gone catchless in two of his last three games, Rudolph is a great buy-low option. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said this week that they “have to find a way to get him involved,” and it’s true. The athletic TE has soft hands and is a terrific red-zone option, so scoop him up on the cheap while you can.

Matchup Macking (or, “I’ll Tell You Which Border-line Options To Play With The Help Of Matchup Analysis, And Also I’m A Charming Lad ‘Round The Ladies”)
Last week’s points-per-recommendation (Yahoo! standard scoring with .5 PPR)
QB = 24.3 points
RB = zero points (recommendation did not end up playing)
WR = zero points (recommendation did not end up playing)
TE = 13.8 points

This season’s points-per-recommendation
QB = 19.3 points (four recommendations)
RB = 2.2 points (one recommendation)
WR = 6.67 points (three recommendations)
TE = 12.25 points (four recommendations)

1 – Philip Rivers at TB
2 – Kendall Wright at MIA
3 – Joique Bell at MIN
4 – Jermaine Gresham vs. NYG

Matchup Slacking (or, “I’ll Tell You Which Border-line Options To Sit With The Help Of Matchup Analysis, And Also I’m A Charming Lad ‘Round The Ladies”)
Last week’s points-per-recommendation (Yahoo! standard scoring with .5 PPR)
QB = 18.6 points
RB = 25 points
WR = 12.6 points
TE = 1.1 points

This season’s points-per-recommendation
QB = 13.7 points (two recommendations)
RB = 17.7 points (three recommendations)
WR = 9.4 points (two recommendations)
TE = 1.1 points (one recommendation)

1 – Alex Smith vs. STL
2 – Dwayne Bowe at PIT
3 – Ahmad Bradshaw at CIN
4 – Dennis Pitta vs. OAK

Dropping Deuces (or “These Guys Are Bad, So Bad That One Can Refer To Them As ‘Shitty’”)
1 – Jermichael Finley
Remember when this guy was about to take over the TE position and dominate it in a way we’ve never seen? Well, not only is Finley not dominating, he’s not even worth owning in fantasy. He’s averaging under four catches and 35 yards this year. You can have all the athleticism in the world, but if you’re QB isn’t looking your way, it don’t mean shit.



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