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If not, then most lineups would be stagnant following Draft Day, and you would never have the guts to bench guys like LeGarrette Blount, Reggie Wayne or DeSean Jackson for players like DeMarco Murray, Antonio Brown or Victor Cruz. And your Fantasy team would be terrible.

So this past week, when looking at matchups and recent play, I had some big-name players as bust alerts in Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis. Throw in the Bears DST, which was listed as a sit, and the results blew up in my face.

Now, as we always say with the bust alerts and explain in the description, these are not players to outright sit in the majority of leagues. But still, we suggested they would struggle when instead they were stars, and this happens from time to time when you stick your neck out there and take chances with stud players. Next time, as we have been most of this season, we will get more right than wrong.

On a positive note, we stood behind the struggling Chris Johnson as the Start of the Week and suggested Week 10 would be his best outing of the season. And it was with 23 Fantasy points at Carolina. We can't guarantee Johnson will continue to play at this level going forward, and he has a difficult matchup in Week 11 at Atlanta, but for one week he played like a Top 5 overall pick and the running back we remembered prior to this season.

Editor's note: The Fantasy points are based on a standard-scoring league with six points for all touchdowns.

Full Disclosure from Week 10
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 11 23 88 No. 3
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 19 24 68 No. 5
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ 18 21 18 No. 6
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 21 20 62 No. 8
Tim Tebow, QB, DEN 22 18 34 No. 10
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 11 18 82 No. 7
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA 9 16 64 No. 8
Mario Manningham, WR, NYG 6 13 40 No. 9
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Matt Cassel, QB, KC 17 10 14 No. 19
Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 9 2 44 No. 46
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 9 2 45 No. 25
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 16 14 24 No. 14
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN 15 14 9 No. 15
Josh Freeman, QB, TB 17 8 20 No. 21
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 17 7 21 No. 26
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN 7 5 50 No. 35
Maurice Morris, RB, DET 6 4 17 No. 38
Nate Washington, WR, TEN 4 4 16 No. 50
Pierre Garcon, WR, IND 5 4 40 No. 51
Mike Williams, WR, TB 3 4 27 No. 52
Kellen Winslow, TE, TB 5 3 27 No. 22
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 4 3 14 No. 45
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Tom Brady, QB, NE 20 31 93 No. 1
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 7 26 84 No. 1
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 8 21 32 No. 5
Deion Branch, WR, NE 6 11 36 No. 13
Brandon Lloyd, WR, STL 7 10 75 No. 16
Vernon Davis, TE, SF 5 10 61 No. 5
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 5 8 3 No. 7
Sleepers that shined in Week 10
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 17 19 13 No. 9
Laurent Robinson, WR, DAL 7 19 45 No. 3
Ben Tate, RB, HOU 7 12 27 No. 11
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, CLE 6 10 23 No. 14
Jacob Tamme, TE, IND 2 7 0 No. 8
Sleepers that struggled in Week 10
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 18 3 14 No. 29
Steve Breaston, WR, KC 5 3 29 No. 53
Josh Cribbs, WR, CLE 4 3 8 No. 54

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Walt Aikens out indefinitely with hand injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Dolphins rookie safety Walt Aikens is out indefinitely with a hand injury, the Miami Herald reports. He suffered the injury in practice this week and may not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount charged with possession
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession Wednesday, with Bell also being charged with DUI, 93.7 The Fan reports.

Bell and Blount reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana in the car at the time of the stop, and an unidentified female with the two was also charged. All three were said to be "cooperative" with the police.


Jordan Palmer to be No. 2 quarterback Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer will be the first signal caller off the bench to relieve starter Jay Cutler in Friday's preseason game against the Seahawks, ESPNChicago.com reports. Jimmy Clausen served as the No. 2 QB in the last preseason game.

"Jay will work certainly into the second quarter and we'll make a decision during the second quarter what we're going to do with him," Trestman said. "That will be dependent on a number of different things. And then after that we'll have Jordan, so expect Jordan to play the third quarter and Jimmy to play the fourth. We'll continue to rotate these guys around. We've got another week after this one and that's the way we'll operate this week."

Palmer and Claussen are batting to win the primary backup spot behind Cutler.


Geno Atkins might play Sunday, good to go for season opener
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who's coming back from a torn ACL, participated in team drills Wednesday and convinced defensive coordinator Paul Guenther he's ready to play a couple series Sunday at Arizona, reports the team's website. Whether or not Atkins plays Sunday, coach Marvin Lewis said the two-time Pro Bowler "is a go" for the regular-season opener in Baltimore.

Tyrann Mathieu practices for first time since injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who tore two knee ligaments last Dec. 8, practiced Wednesday for the first time since the injury, reports the Arizona Republic. He was limited to individual drills, but coach Bruce Arians said he's "amazed" Mathieu has come back so quickly.

Mathieu hopes to graduate to team drills in the next couple days. "There are going to be days where I get sore," Mathieu said. "I'm sure in the middle of a game, I'll get sore, I'll get tight, but I have to push through it. I think it's all about what I tell myself. I try to keep positive thoughts in my mind."


Bengals give Vontaze Burfict contract extension
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) The Bengals signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a multi-year contract extension, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Burfict led the NFL with 171 tackles last year.

Cardinals add two defensive linemen
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) In the wake of Darnell Dockett's torn ACL, the Cardinals signed defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ryan McBean, reports Pro Football Talk. Sopoaga played in 14 games last year for the Eagles and Patriots, while McBean has not played in a regular-season game since 2011.

Steven Jackson might return to practice 'soon'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Falcons coach Mike Smith said running back Steven Jackson has increased his rehab and conditioning work with trainers could return to practice "soon," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith reiterated that Jackson, who has a hamstring injury, is on track to play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against New Orleans.

"We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance [trainers]," Smith said.


Dwayne Bowe likely to watch Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (quad) did not practice again Wednesday and is not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings, reports ESPN.com.

Jamaal Charles still out, not expected to play Saturday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles did not practice again Wednesday due to his bruised foot, and he's not expected to play Saturday against the Vikings, reports ESPN.com. The team will be cautious with all its injured players, the report said.

Charles is considered day-to-day, and is fully expected to be healthy for the season opener.


 
 
 
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