QB or not QB? That is the fantasy football question

col-BuddhaAaron Rodgers owners, I feel your pain. Fortunately, none of us feel the Green Bay star’s actual pain, but it’s definitely a colossal blow to fantasy football squads worldwide.

Hopefully, you were able to move swiftly and snag a Jay Cutler or a Nick Foles or even a Case Keenum off the waiver wire to bridge the minimum four-week gap minus America’s favorite A-Rod. Or maybe you chose the trade route? Many Philip Rivers owners out there in fantasy land drafted or added him as a reserve to their much higher profile — Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III type — starting quarterbacks. Same with many Russell Wilson owners. These are the league mates you should be targeting and opening up trade talks with. And if you’re a gambler and want to simply stream your QB position each week, Ben Roethlisberger is widely available and is coming off his best game of the season and facing the vulnerable Bills pass defense.

Whichever route you choose to take, I wish you the best because I’m in that boat with you. I, too, am a Rodgers owner in two leagues and I’ve hitched my respective wagons to Jake Locker and the aforementioned Foles. Good luck to us all.

Beyond the Aaron Rodgers injury, other owners have issues too. Here are some suggestions to help you rectify them this week with stars like Jamaal Charles, Rob Gronkowski, Josh Gordon, Tom Brady and Jordan Cameron on bye.

* Eli Manning – Coming off his bye week, it’s time to trust in Eli. The Raiders defense ranks next to last in the NFL in points per game surrendered to fantasy quarterbacks and they just gave up a league record seven TD passes to Nick Foles. Questions still abound at running back for the Giants, so expect them to lean heavily on their two-time Super Bowl winning QB. Russell Wilson and the most popular man in this column this week, Nick Foles, should also both be Top 10 quarterback starts. Matt Ryan and Seneca Wallace are two players to avoid this week at QB.

* Mike James – Taking into account the highly favorable face-off versus the Dolphins and the fact that he smoked the Seahawks last weekend for a jaw-dropping 166 yards, this one should be obvious. But not only is James not being started in over one-third of leagues, he is amazingly still a free agent in a handful of them. This player needs to owned and started across the board this week, unless you simply have an embarrassment of wealth at the running back position. A couple of C.J.’s should also make for good starts in Week 10. Chris Johnson enters week two of his annual second half turnaround with a matchup against the winless Jaguars while Mr. Spiller gets the unusually weak Steelers coming off an encouraging 100+ yard game against the stout Chiefs D. Ben Tate, Lamar Miller and Ray Rice are all players to consider sitting due to bad matchups, injury, upheaval and general malaise.

* Steelers Wide Receivers – This a recommendation to definitely start Antonio Brown in all leagues, to start Emmanuel Sanders in three WR leagues and to even plug in Jerricho Cotchery in very deep leagues. Buffalo has been lit up all season long by fantasy wide receivers and Pittsburgh shouldn’t let them off the hook in Week 10. It isn’t entirely unreasonable to think that all three of these guys could wind up with double digit fantasy points in this game. Sticking with the theme of WR units, I’m advising people to start the Giants trio of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle. I expect struggles this weekend from Andre Johnson, Harry Douglas and Steve Smith.

* Garrett Graham – Despite disappointing fantasy owners since starting Texans tight end Owen Daniels went down with an injury weeks ago, Graham looks too good to avoid in this game. The Cardinals defense is far and away the worst in the league versus fantasy tight ends, allowing five points per game more than any other team. With Andre Johnson likely to have his hands full with Patrick Peterson, Graham could be the player that young quarterback Case Keenum leans on most heavily. Improving Tampa Bay TE Tim Wright is also a solid start in Week 10 while Coby Fleener and Greg Olsen are likely to be held in check.

The Titans and Cardinals are two defensive units to look into for all you D/ST streamers and if you have any questions — add/drop, trade, lineup, whatever — you can follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha).

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