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NFC East showdown


The NFC East showdown Features some of the best fantasy matchups this weekend

While it is Week 10 of the NFL and fantasy season, it is just Week 1 for Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings. Rice is making his way back from hip surgery and the Vikings sure could use his big-play ability after the embarrassment of trading for, then releasing, Randy Moss. Brett Favre has been a far cry from his 2009 self (9-13 TD/INT so far in 2010) and word around the campfire is that Rice will only see between 15-30 snaps on Sunday, which means 20-25 is likely.

Byes: Packers, Saints, Raiders, Chargers

Start 'em

David Garrard:Garrard isn't one of the QBs that most people own or think about starting most weeks, but this week is different. The Jaguars face the Texans and their last-ranked pass defense (298.2 YPG) and my mouth is just watering with the thoughts of 300-plus yards and 3-4 TDs.

Michael Vick:If the MVP voting were to happen right now, Vick should be the winner, hands down. In the games he has finished, the Eagles are 3-0 and he has yet to throw an INT this season. The Redskins have some major problems on defense and Vick has some major weapons on offense, so I think you can put Vick in the top three for QBs this weekend.

Jamaal Charles:Charles has shown flashes of greatness as he racked up 177 yards on 22 carries and 61 receiving yards on four receptions in Week 8. That was against the Bills' last-ranked run defense and this week he faces the Broncos' second-to-last-ranked run defense. Play him!

Jahvid Best:Remember that last-ranked run defense we just talked about (Bills)? Well, Best faces them this week and the Lions just lost their starting QB… again. Best has yet to post a 100-yard game and hasn't scored since Week 2, but one or both is going to change this weekend.

Mike Sims-Walker:I normally try and stay away from putting all my eggs in one basket, but as I mentioned earlier, the matchup is too juicy to pass up. Sims-Walker busted out with 153 yards and a TD on eight receptions in his last game and should do more of the same this week.

Jeremy Maclin:Maclin has had one game with 100-plus yards this season but has six receiving TDs to show for it. This weekend he gets to face the Redskins' horrible secondary and I like this matchup more and more as I am looking over the stats.

Chris Cooley:To say I am excited about this Redskins/Eagles game would be an understatement. Cooley is primed for a breakout game and his owners need it now more than ever, so play him this weekend and let's see what he can do in the best possible situation.

New York Giants defense:The Giants get the pleasure of facing the shockingly bad Cowboys offense and fantasy owners of their defense are salivating. Not only do they have QB problems, but their running game is putting up the second-lowest YPG at just 75.6… and they have scored just twice (dead last in the NFL).

Sit 'em

John Kitna:Many of the owners who had Tony Romo went out and picked up Jon Kitna to solve their QB issues, but it worked about as well as drafting Romo. Kitna is a statue in the pocket and the Cowboys are the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. Kitna is sporting a 4-6 TD-INT line and in the three games he has under his belt this season, two of them he finished with less than 200 yards passing and the one in which he had 379 yards he also threw four INTs.

Donovan McNabb:McNabb faces his old team this week, but I don't see it ending any better than it did in Week 4 when he finished with 125 passing yards, one TD and one INT. The Eagles are 15th against the pass this season and have allowed the eighth-most passing TDs, but I have a feeling they are going to step their game up and cause problems for McNabb.

Adrian Peterson:The last time I told you to sit Peterson I was right… are you going to test me this time? The Bears sport the #3-ranked run defense this season and the 19th-ranked pass defense; you think the old gunslinger will pass up a chance to play pitch-and-catch? I personally have Peterson ranked as a mid-RB2 this week and that is not what you drafted AP in the top three for.

Peyton Hillis:Who would have thought we'd be talking about a guy named Peyton without the last name of Manning this season? Hillis has to be the best story in the NFL this season, but this weekend he faces the Jets' stifling defense and I want no part of him this weekend.

Sidney Rice:I laid out the whole problem with Rice and the Vikings passing game this season earlier, so it is no surprise that he makes the sit list. Coming off a nine-week absence, Rice is a true unknown this week and I wouldn't play him if I owned him under any circumstances.

Chad Ochocinco: Ochocinco and Carson Palmer are not on the same page and the whole world saw it this past Monday night. He is averaging just five catches and 59 yards a game, whereas Terrell Owens is putting up nearly seven catches (6.875) and 96 YPG, and has caught seven of Palmer's 14 touchdowns this season. The simple truth is that Owens is the go-to guy, not Ochocinco.

Aaron Hernandez: We all thought Hernandez was going to be something special with Tom Brady tossing him the pigskin, but that hasn't really happened. Honestly, Brady is the best and worst thing for a receiver because he is going to be a HOF QB but he also distributes the ball around so much that you can't count on anyone week in and week out. Hernandez has only scored in one game (last week he had two TDs) and is averaging just 56 YPG.

Dallas Cowboys defense: I know some of you own them because they are owned in roughly 33 percent of fantasy leagues. The problems with the team aren't just on offense though, as the defense was projected in the top-10 in fantasy leagues before the season started and they are currently running right around the bottom 23-25 teams. The Giants offense is #2 in total offense (401.0 YPG) and 7th in total points (216), so please don't play the Cowboys defense if you still own them.

Question of the week

Q: What is the deal with Kevin Walter? I don&39;t expect huge numbers, but a #2 with AJ getting all the attention of the D and Owen Daniels not fully recovered should get him some targets. Has he fallen off that much? Is it time to part ways even in PPR? (D.J. from Jacksonville, FL)

A: Walter isn&39;t someone that you can count on each week because the Texans passing game isn&39;t one you can count on each week. Schaub has to be one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season because he has the weapons to be a top 3-5 QB, and is closer to 8-10 most weeks... and not even worth starting others.

I&39;d see what I could get for Walter as he has been held without a catch for three straight games and Jacoby Jones looks like he has passed him on the depth chart.

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