Each week we take a look at a marquee matchup in the dynasty league managed by the IDPDynasty.com writers. We use Matchup of the Week to highlight key players and provide sit/start advice
So it finally happened. Take it Breezy took down Saved By Le’Bell 174.8 to 169.8 for his first loss this season (the week after he lost Le’Veon Bell). It was a good run but this league is wide open now. Can You Digglet? is surging after his second win in a row demolishing Team Jones 258.8 to 131 and now is just 2 games back of Saved By Le’Bell. Other notable victories were Team He Hate Me, who won his third straight by taking down Team Mascia giving him second straight loss and Renegades of Punt also won their third straight by taking down Team Woodman. Here’s how we stand going into Week 10:
1. Saved By Le’Bell 8-1 L1
2. Can You Digglet? 6-3 W2
3. Take It Breezy 5-4 W2
4. Hostile Combover 4-5 W1
5. Team Santigate 3-6 L3
1. Team Mascia 6-3 L2
2. Renegades of Punt 5-4 W3
3. Team He Hate Me 4-5 W3
4. Team Woodman 2-7 L5
5. Team jones 2-7 L6
Renegades of Punt’s win last week put him within one game of the division lead which makes it easy to chose this week’s matchup of the week. The Renegades are going against Team Hate Me and as mentioned earlier, both currently have three game win streaks so lets see who will keep the train going. In their previous matchup Renegades of Punt easily cruised by He Hate Me 233-172.
After a great start to the season Julius Peppers has cooled down dramatically for Team He Hate Me. Peppers had 5.5 sacks through the first six games of the year before the bye. After the bye it has been a different story recording zero sacks and only three tackles in the past two games. This week Peppers has to be in your lineup as he is going against the Lions who have been feeding DE’s and LB’s sacks all year. In their five games against 3-4 defenses this year they have given up up six sacks to the LB’s alone. Also, Peppers loves to face Detroit. In his 14 career games against them he is 10-4 with 26 total tackles and 13 sacks, second most against any team in his illustrious career. As Detroit has given up a total of 22 sacks this year and 60 QB hits, it’s almost a foregone conclusion Peppers will be all over Stafford this weekend and he needs to be in your lineup.
Darren McFadden has been a revelation for Team He Hate Me after given full reign of the Cowboys backfield, but this week he needs to be on your bench. Without Tony Romo once again, the Cowboys are looking to get their first win since Week 2 and the lowly 3-5 Buccaneers are the only thing in their way. Even at 3-5, the Buccaneers have been quite stout against the run. They have not allowed a 100 yard rusher or a rushing TD since Alfred Blue in Week 3 and that includes games against workhorse backs like Jonathan Stewart, TJ Yeldon and Devonta Freeman. Even though McFadden is averaging over 25 carries in the past three games Tampa Bay is only giving up 3.7 yards per carry which would still leave him under 100 yards. McFadden doesn’t help much in the pass game either averaging 3 catches for about 21 yards per game in his last three. With little QB presence from the Cowboys, Tampa can stack the box and McFadden will struggle to find room all game so it is recommended you leave him on your bench this week.
The Renegades of Punt have been carried by his LB’s all season and this week will be no different. The Renegades are hogging seven of the top 21 LBs including Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Brandon Marshall, and CJ Mosley but Kwon Alexander is the top LB out of his bunch this week. Kwon is having a fantastic rookie season and is actually playing better than counterpart Lavonte David. This week is a dream matchup for Alexander against Dallas and he will be a huge reason Darren McFadden needs to be on your bench this week. If you take away Alexander’s Week 4 dud he is averaging 19.5 FPPG which would be good for second in the league. Even with that game he is still top five and Dallas has given up the seventh most FPPG to LB’s this year. Last week alone Jordan Hicks, Brandon Graham and Mychal Kendricks combined for 71.4 fantasy points against Dallas. Obviously, if you have Alexander he will be in your lineup as not all of us have the luxury of seven elite LBs on our team. Nonetheless Alexander could finish as the #1 scoring LB this week and he deserves some more publicity during his stellar rookie year.
It has been a great year for the Renegade’s Chris Johnson, but this week he needs to be on your bench. Even though Johnson has had over 100 rushing yards in four of his last six games, he wont reach that mark this week. Seattle hasn’t given up a 100 yard rusher all season and the only two rushing TD’s by a RB were given up to Jonathan Stewart in Week 6. Also, Arizona rarely involves Johnson in the passing game as he only has five catches all year so I could see Andre Ellington and David Johnson getting some more work this week as that’s the only way running backs have success against Seattle. They have given up at least three catches to running backs in all but one game this year, but no TDs. Don’t try and be smart and start Johnson this week.
Overall this is a great East division matchup. Team He Hate Me has some injury concerns with Peyton Manning, Amari cooper and Charles Woodson all questionable. Renegades of Punt has Luke Kuechly and Ben Roethlisberger on his injury report. Ben Roeth’s injury is backfilled by Cam Newton but the Renegade’s Antonio Brown will take a hit with Landry Jones filling in. Also the Renegades are hurt a little with PPR monster Danny Woodhead on his bye week. Even with The Renegades elite LB’s, I think Team He Hate Me will pull this one off and make the East division really interesting.
Team He Hate Me 221
Renegades of Punt 213