Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Chris Johnson checks in with his highest rank of the season in what is a) a possible overreaction to his outstanding game against the Rams but b) a justifiable position given that the team faces a Jaguars defense that is very generous to the RB position. Even if Johnson can’t break any off, he should see enough work to post RB1 numbers. The same is true for Shonn Greene who ranks as one of my highest RB backups this week. I’m all in on CJ Spiller after reports that he’ll be a full go with his ankle injury (despite appearances that he was still bothered by it last week). The Steelers have been a productive matchup for RBs last week and are coming off a game in which they allowed Stevan Ridley to score twice. If I could talk myself into anyone below him, I’d gladly put Ray Rice outside the top 30. Whether it is the Baltimore play calling or his inability to post more than four yards per carry all season, he’s about as unappealing start as their gets. Check your free agent listing, there should be a player or two I’ve got ranked higher than Rice available out there (Jennings, Tate, Brown, Hillis?). I understand that Cam Newton faces a tough matchup against San Francisco this week but he’s been one of the virtual game’s best QBs over the past month while the 49ers have been more generous during that same timeframe. They’re giving up an average of 17 FPPG in the last four weeks. The last time I ranked Nick Foles as a starter, he tanked against the Cowboys. Still, it’s impossible to bet against the guy coming off a 7 TD outing. This week, he draws a Packers D that may have more trouble than usual sustaining drives and just let Josh McCown go over 20 points. Jake Locker didn’t live up to the billing in Week 9 but the Rams are giving up the 7th fewest points in the league to QBs, so, it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk matchup. This week, he’ll face a Jaguars defense that has allowed four QBs to go over 20 points in their eight games played. Already fantasy’s 2nd leading scorer at RB, Matt Forte takes on the Detroit Lions who have given up eight combined scores to RBs, coming off a game where he dominated the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 179 yards on 29 touches. Whether it ends up being Josh McCown or Jay Cutler under center Forte remains a focal point of the Bears offense and is a virtual lock for top five numbers this week. I recognize that six is awfully high on Keenan Allen but he’s had 100 yards and a score in three of his last four games and faces a Denver defense that faces plenty of pass attempts against and is giving up the 6th most fantasy points per game to the position. If it weren’t for a matchup against the Titans, allowing a league low 14.04 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs I’d be much higher on Cecil Shorts (and Mike Brown, for that matter). Still, at 18 I think he’ll see enough targets to put up a solid yardage day, with a boost in PPR settings. Jacksonville’s struggles in getting into the endzone might be compounded this week against the Titans, but, based on volume alone Shorts is a solid WR2 this week and every one from here on out. With the Saints taking on the Cowboys this week at home I like Kenny Stills more than his Week 9 stat line suggests I should, and about 16 spots more than expert consensus. He was in his normal range for targets last week against the Jets, but, he didn’t catch ‘the big one’. This week, against a Dallas defense that has been extremely generous with long passes (surrendering 36 completions over 20 yards to date) and has allowed 16 passing touchdowns on the year I think Brees and Stills can connect. A line around 4/5 for 80 can be reasonably expected, with a touchdown if owners are lucky. I have Garrett Graham inside the top 10 this week, he’s got the most generous TE matchup on the slate and has drawn an average of six targets per game with Case Keenum. I’d like to be higher on Greg Olsen who feels like the only Panther you can count on for a reliable receiving stat line from week to week (LaFell and Ginn are both interesting options from time to time, but, they tend to alternate). This week against San Francisco, though, I don’t see enough upside to rank him as anything but a back-end TE1 play. The post Week 10 Fantasy Football Ranks appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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