Kirk Cousins vs. Saints
The Saints defense has been torched the past two weeks and honestly most of the season. The past two weeks in the Superdome they were lit up by Eli Manning and Marcus Mariota respectively. Cousins has not been terrible this year and has 10 touchdowns on the season. He should also have his full complement of playmaker for the second week in a row which has not happened for a majority of the year. This game could easily turn into a shootout with the way New Orleans offense has been playing as well. The Saints defense is allowing 292 passing yards per game and have given up 24 touchdowns through the air. Cousins is a must play based on these statistics this week.
Blake Bortles vs. Ravens
Baltimore is another defense which has been crushed by injuries this season. Their secondary was not a strong point to begin with anyway. Bortles is still plagued by careless turnovers, but he’s shown improvement in his second season out of Central Florida. Bortles has 17 touchdowns on the season and threw for 381 yards against the Jets vaunted secondary last weekend. He may have second year wideout Marquise Lee back from injury as well. Baltimore has allowed 283 passing yards per game and 16 touchdowns in 2015.
LeGarrette Blount vs. Giants
The loss of scat back Dion Lewis for the year with an ACL tear is a blow to the Patriots offense. However, it’s always a nice fall back plan when you have a punishing style back to counter with as is the case with Blount. The Patriots can take the pressure off Brady and pound the rock with Blount for periods of the game. Blount had 129 yards and a score last week against Washington. The Giants are allowing 114 yards per game on the ground, but only 6 rushing touchdowns given up on the season.
James Starks vs. Lions
Starks was given the starting nod this week by head coach Mike McCarthy with the lack of productivity from banged up starter Eddie Lacy. Starks is facing Detroit who has given up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs this year. The Lions also haven’t won in Lambeau since the creation of a microwave. Green Bay is coming off two losses to playoff caliber teams so expect them to be ultra pissed off this week and perform as such. Starks has 3 touchdowns on the season combined rushing and receiving.
Willie Snead vs. Redskins
As I mentioned earlier this Saints-Redskins game has all the makings of being a shootout in Week 10. Snead has impressed as an undrafted rookie in his first full season out of Ball State. You can tell Drew Brees is gaining confidence in Snead by the week. Snead has combined the past two weeks for 12 catches, 165 yards and 2 scores. Washington has been banged up in the secondary all year and allowed 13 touchdowns to date. Snead has worked his way into a starting role in an offense which is clicking at a high level currently.
Travis Benjamin vs. Steelers
Benjamin is the number 1 target on a bad Browns offense, but nonetheless he’s the number 1 target. He’s had to deal with quarterback shuffling this year between starter Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel. Manziel will get the nod again this week in the Steel City facing one of the easier secondaries in the league. Pittsburgh has allowed 273 yards per game passing and 16 touchdowns thus far. Benjamin has 623 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.
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