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Depending on your league format, Week 10 is either the final week or second-to-last week in your regular season. If you are still fighting for a playoff spot, each roster decision you make could determine your playoff fate. Once again, we’ve tried to identify as many on-the-fence players as we could to help with some of the tougher roster decisions. As always, if you have any start/bench questions or need additional insight on roster decisions, please reach out to us via emailor twitter.
James Sims, RB-Kansas at Baylor
Sims has carried the ball at least 27 times and rushed for over 100 yards in each of the past four games. This week, that streak should continue when he faces a Baylor defense giving up 194.1 rushing yards per game.
Damon Bullock, RB-Iowa at Indiana
Fullback Mark Weisman is doubtful to play this week against Indiana, which leaves Bullock to carry the load against a defense giving up 222.5 rushing yards per game.
Alex Singleton, RB-Tulsa at Arkansas
The Razorbacks are ranked 31st in the nation against the run, giving up a respectable 123 rushing yards per game. However, they are giving up 30.9 points per game and have given up more rushing touchdowns than any of the 35-best run defenses in the country.
Storm Woods, RB-Oregon St vs Arizona St
Look for Woods to get a lot of work against a defense giving up 173.6 rushing yards per game. In fact, the Arizona State defense is allowing an average of 43.3 rushing attempts per game, the 16th-highest rate in the FBS.
Eric Monette, WR-Western Michigan at Central Michigan
Last week, we identified Josh Schaffer as the favorite target of quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen, but with fellow receiver Jamie Wilson sidelined with a groin injury, Monette has posted two consecutive eight-catch games.
Justin Hunter, WR-Tennessee vs Troy
We’ve suggested benching Hunter the past two weeks against Alabama and South Carolina, but we are inserting him into a starters role this week against Troy, especially since all four of his touchdowns this season have been scored against non-BCS schools.
Jalen Saunders, WR-Oklahoma at Iowa St
It is nearly impossible to suggest sitting Saunders after he caught 15 passes last week, especially when his offense may be without its best running back (Damien Williams) against Iowa State.
Ryan Grant, WR-Tulane vs Rice
Grant’s success has a lot to do with the return of Ryan Griffin at quarterback. Over the past two weeks, the junior receiver has caught 12 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Taylor Martinez, QB-Nebraska at Michigan St
Martinez is having the best passing season of his three-year career in Lincoln, but his fantasy value is minimized if his ability to run the football is neutralized. The Spartans have the seventh-best rushing defense in the country and we expect they will force Martinez to beat them with his arm instead of his legs.
Ray Graham, RB at Notre Dame
We were just about ready to write off Graham until he had his most productive week of the season last Saturday. Not only does he lose carries to the freshman running back Rushel Shell, but he’ll go up against the nation’s eighth-best rushing defense in Week 10.
Adam Muema, RB-San Diego St at Boise St
After scoring a touchdown in each of the first seven weeks of the 2012 season, Muema faces the possibility of going scoreless for a third consecutive game. The odds are certainly against him this week when he faces a Boise State defense that gives up less than 14 points per game.
Kendial Lawrence, RB-Missouri at Florida
In Missouri’s four wins this season, Lawrence has rushed for 395 yards and seven touchdowns. In four losses, the senior running back has only mustered 237 yards and has been held out of the end zone. Simple math tells us that we’re looking at a 60-yard day on the road in The Swamp this Saturday.
Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon, RBs-Alabama at LSU
Lacy and Yeldon will go up against a LSU defense that is giving up less than 100 yards per game. Even if the two backs combine for 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns, they will most likely split that production.
Taylor Kelly, QB-Arizona St at Oregon St
Besides the game against Oregon a couple of weeks ago, Kelly has thrown for 15 touchdowns in his other four PAC-12 contests. This week, the Sun Devils travel to Oregon State, a team that is allowing 260.7 passing yards per game. However, the Beavers have only allowed seven passing touchdowns this season, tied for ninth-best in the FBS.
by Joe DiSalvo, thecffsite.com
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