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Week 10: Start

* I want to apologize. I started writing this post earlier (as you can tell by the inclusion of some Browns and Broncos — right and wrong), but was not able to finish it… Unfortunately, some “work-related-obligations” occupied most of my day.

Here are some players who I recommend that you start this week. In addition to the fringe players discussed below, here is a list of must-start players:

QB Drew Brees (NO), QB Jay Cutler (DEN), QB Donovan McNabb (PHI), QB Philip Rivers (SD), QB Aaron Rodgers (GB), QB Kurt Warner (ARI)

RB Matt Forte (CHI), RB Frank Gore (SF), RB Chris Johnson (TEN), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (SD), RB Adrian Peterson (MIN), RB Brian Westbrook (PHI)

WR Anquan Boldin (ARI), WR Plaxico Burress (NYG), WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), WR Greg Jennings (GB), WR Andre Johnson (HOU), WR Calvin Johnson (DET), WR Brandon Marshall (DEN), WR Steve Smith (CAR), WR Reggie Wayne (IND), WR Roddy White (ATL)

TE Dallas Clark (IND), TE Owen Daniels (HOU), TE Antonio Gates (SD), TE Tony Gonzalez (KC), TE Kellen Winslow

QB Jake Delhomme (CAR): Delhomme will be up against the Raiders, who recently cut starting CB DeAndelo Hall. Although I expect the Panthers to keep the ball on the ground quite a bit, Delhomme should hook up with WR Steve Smith quite a few times, as well.

QB Trent Edwards (BUF): He has not been playing very well lately, but New England has a fairly soft pass defense. Consider him a borderline start, though.

QB David Garrard (JAX): He plays against Detroit, who gives up the most fantasy points to QBs. He is definitely worth a start this week.

QB Eli Manning (NYG): Even against Philly, he is a good start.

QB Chad Pennington (MIA): Pennington gets to play against Seattle, who is very user-friendly these days. Start him.

QB Matt Ryan (ATL): Ryan has been playing very well this year, and the Saints are vulnerable against the pass. Also, since I expect Turner to have some struggles, the Falcons will have to rely on Ryan to move the offense.

QB Tyler Thigpen (KC): Thigpen has been playing pretty well lately, and he is up against the Chargers, who are awful against the pass. Look for him to have a pretty good game.

RB Ryan Grant (GB): Yeah, I know, he plays against Minnesota. And he has not been playing very well this year. But he had his best game running the ball last week agianst Tennessee, and I think he will do pretty well this week against Minnesota, who will likely be without DE Jared Allen. Do not start him over any of your studs, but do not bench him in favor of some lesser player, either.

RB Tim Hightower (ARI): Hightower took over for the ineffective RB Edgerrin James last week and had a huge game. I think the trent will continue this week against the 49ers.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX): MJD gets to go up against the Lions, who are the most fantasy-friendly defense in the NFL. Plus, RB Fred Taylor has been limited in practice, which means MJD will likely get the bulk of the carries.

RB Jamal Lewis (CLE): Denver gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to RBs. And Cleveland will likely rely on Lewis to take the pressure off QB Brady Quinn.

RB Mewelde Moore (PIT): It sounds like RB Willie Parker is likely to miss this week, so look for Moore to get most of the carries this week. And the Colts are soft against the run.

RB Ray Rice (BAL): I am not sure which Baltimore RB will get the start, but if RB Willis McGahee is out, you should definitely start Rice. My gut tells me Rice will get most of the carries, since he is healthy and has outplayed McGahee recently, but keep an eye on the injury reports to be sure.

RB Ryan Torain (DEN): Torain is my sleeper this week. For better or worse, it looks like Torain is going to get a chance to carry the load this week. With every other RB on Denver’s roster out with injuries, the Broncos will rely on Torain and RB Peyton Hillis. I think Torain will do pretty well.

RB DeAngelo Williams (CAR): I usually hate to recommend starting RBs who share carries, but DeAngelo has been getting quite a few carries lately and goes up against a very friendly Oakland run defense. I think he will have a big day, particularly since RB Jonathan Stewart is dealing with a heal injury.

WR Bernard Berrian (MIN): The Packers are pretty tough against the pass, but their weakness is the deep ball. And I think Berrian will catch one or two deep passes, making him worth a start. And if  you want a super-sleeper this week, try WR Sidney Rice.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC): See Thigpen, Tyler.

WR Marques Colston (NO): Colston has been a huge disappointment this year, but I think he should be ready to contribute now. He had a week off after the game in London, and should be fully healed.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE): I am guessing that QB Brady Quinn will look to Edwards early and often. And although I fully expect that Edwards will drop a ball or two, I think he will catch a TD.

WR Ted Ginn (MIA): Seattle is bad. Ginn should be able to catch one and take it to the house.

WR Vincent Jackson (SD): Jackson has been playing very well lately, and KC is just plain bad.

WR Matt Jones (JAX): Until he gets suspended, he is worth a start — especially against Detroit.

WR Randy Moss (NE): Moss has been playing pretty well lately, averaging around 10 points per game. Buffalo has a pretty solid defense, but they do not play as well on the road. I think Moss will have a decent day.

WR Eddie Royal (DEN): He has never matched his big game from week 1, but he has been pretty solid all year. I think he will have another solid week against the Browns.

TE Kevin Boss (NYG): Philly can give up fantasy points to TEs, so Boss is a sleeper this week.

TE Bo Scaife (TEN): QB Kerry Collins looks to Scaife all the time.

TE Jeremy Shockey (NO): Shockey is expected to be back in the lineup this week, and he should do well enough to make him worth a start.

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