Here’s a look at the stats for Week 10’s passing matchups.[table “53” not found /]
The Colts have an unbelievably poor pass defense, but they are facing Blaine Gabbert and an unbelievably poor passing offense. Could Jason Hill or Mike Thomas end up with a decent game? Sure. Do you want to chance it? Only if you have to. Gabbert has thrown for 299 yards . . . in his last three games. That’s less than 100 yards per game. That’s not good . . . The Redskins get the poor Miami pass defense, but John Beck has been playing craptastically and Rex Grossman was splittling snaps with him in practice. Who knows what’s going to happen there. Fred Davis is the only play in the passing game . . . The Patriots are usually a “start every able body receiver against them” play each week but Mark Sanchez makes it a little harder to go all in. If you own Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, or Dustin Keller you probably shouldn’t own them unless you are going to start them against the Pats, but there are no guarantees . . . So far all of the easy passing matchups are against poor quarterbacks and Matt Cassel against Denver is no exception. Cassel is the 22nd ranked fantasy quarterback this season, but it’s still hard not to like the Chiefs receiving trio of Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin. With Champ Bailey on Bowe, Breaston and Baldwin should have plenty of time in wide open land . . . Oh, ok, so Aaron Rodgers is the first good quarterback as we go down the easy matchup list. The rich just get richer. In week 7 the Vikings and newly appointed Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder were actually leading 17-10 in the second quarter and then quickly were down 33-17. Greg Jennings was Rodger’s go to receiver with 147 yards and a TD in that game, but it’s tough to know who Rodgers will get the ball to week in and week out. Thankfully he spreads the ball around well and efficiently and every receiver not named Donald Driver or Randall Cobb is a start . . . On the other side of the ball the Vikings don’t have nearly the playmakers as the Packers, but they do face the inept pass defense of the Pack. Christian Ponder is very risky, but he does make the passing game better and their best receiver by a country mile is Percy Harvin. I’m going all in on Harvin this week. He had the bye week to rest his ribs and should be ready to go in a game where his team will most likely be behind and need to throw the ball.