Published: Nov. 5, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 6, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Quarterbacks


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England, San Diego, Washington

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Colin Kaepernick vs. New Orleans Saints

Kaepernick has failed to score 15-plus fantasy points in each of his last two games, but fantasy owners should keep the faith when he faces the Saints. After all, New Orleans is allowing over 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Oh, and Kaepernick has averaged an impressive 20 fantasy points per game on the road in 2014.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. New York Jets

Roethlisberger has had tough matchups the last two weeks, and all he did was throw 12 touchdown passes and score a combined 80.48 fantasy points. Now he has a matchup vs. the Jets, who have given up an average of 20.89 fantasy points to road quarterbacks. Unless the fantasy gods are cruel, Big Ben should produce.

Russell Wilson vs. New York Giants

Wilson has hit a rough patch in the stat sheets, scoring just one touchdown and a combined 23.72 fantasy points in his last two games. However, it's tough to ignore this week's home matchup against the Giants. New York has struggled against the pass, allowing almost 18 fantasy points per game to home quarterbacks.

Cam Newton vs. Philadelphia Eagles

There's no two ways around it ... Newton has been a bust so far in fantasy land. But with six teams on a bye and a matchup against the Eagles up next, it's going to be tough to bench him unless you're deep at quarterback. Philadelphia has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points (19.94 PPG) to opposing road quarterbacks this season.

Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy owners looking for a spark from Ryan could be in luck this week, as he faces a Buccaneers defense that has struggled against the pass in 2014. After nine weeks, Tampa Bay has allowed an average of over 19 fantasy points per game to the opposition's quarterback. With six teams off, Ryan can be trusted on the road.

Good matchups: Carson Palmer vs. St. Louis Rams, Matthew Stafford vs. Miami Dolphins, Mark Sanchez vs. Carolina Panthers (Mon.)

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Jay Cutler vs. Green Bay Packers

Cutler has been one of the better draft bargains in fantasy land this season, but can you trust him against the Packers? Listen to these numbers ... in three career games in Green Bay, Cutler has thrown a pair of touchdown passes and 10 interceptions with an average of 190 passing yards per game. He's also never won at Lambeau Field.

Ryan Tannehill vs. Detroit Lions

Tannehill has been awesome in recent weeks, scoring 18-plus fantasy points in four of his last five games. However, this week's matchup against the Lions makes him a risk in fantasy leagues. Detroit will be fresh off a bye, and their defense has surrendered an average of just 13.08 fantasy points to road quarterbacks this year.

Eli Manning vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks defense hasn't been as formidable at home this season, but it's still a tough matchup on visiting quarterbacks. In fact, Seattle has held three of four signal-callers to 250 passing yards or fewer on their home field. That's bad news for Manning, who is unlikely to put up a big stat line in this critical NFC battle.

Mike Vick vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Vick is slated to start for the Jets once again, but fantasy owners shouldn't follow suit. He was mediocre at best last week and had to leave the game in Kansas City at one point due to an injury. His fortunes won't improve against the Steelers, who have allowed an average of 13.5 fantasy points per game to home quarterbacks.

Alex Smith vs. Buffalo Bills

Smith was a decent spot starter last week against the Jets, but an upcoming game against the Bills makes him far less attractive. Overall, Buffalo has allowed an average of 14.12 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Smith has also been less impressive on the road, throwing for one or fewer scores in three of four games.

Bad matchups: Kyle Orton vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Austin Davis at Arizona Cardinals, Derek Carr vs. Denver Broncos

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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