In Week 10 of the Home Team Challenge, the free fantasy football game with great prizes on HoustonTexans.com, the winning player will take home a mini-helmet autographed by Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
Here's my weekly fantasy advice, with a few players I like and a few players I don't.
PRICE IS RIGHT
RB Brandon Jacobs, NYG, 45 points (@ PHI): Through eight games this season, Jacobs has rushed for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. Although he does split carries with Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward, Jacobs is still averaging more than 16 carries a game and gets all of the goal line looks. Jacobs is a beast of a back at 6-4, 246 pounds and has been fairly consistent this year, finding the end zone in five of his eight games.
QB Jake Delhomme, CAR, 49 (@ OAK): Delhomme hasn't been in the spotlight much this season but has quietly passed for almost 1,800 yards and nine touchdowns. Having a receiver like Steve Smith, who has 613 receiving yards and four touchdowns, to throw to also helps. Oakland's mediocre pass defense is allowing 216.3 yards per game, a number that should go up now that Oakland released Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall yesterday.
NOT WORTH IT
RB Chris Johnson, TEN, 45 (@ CHI): Johnson is having a terrific rookie season, with 715 rushing yards and five touchdowns through eight games, but he has not had much success against the better defenses he has faced. Earlier this season, Johnson only mustered 61 yards on the ground against Minnesota's strong run defense and only 44 yards against Baltimore's stingy front seven. Chicago's defense is allowing only 81.8 yards per game to opposing rushers, which statistically does not bode well for Johnson.
WR Calvin Johnson, DET, 42 (vs. JAC): While Dan Orlovsky is still listed as the Lions' starting quarterback, the fact that they signed Daunte Culpepper is not a good sign for any of the skill position players on the Lions' roster. Johnson has shown flashes of brilliance this season, catching 37 passes for 682 yards and six touchdowns, but doesn't have the talent around him on the winless Lions to be counted on for spectacular performances on a weekly basis.
TE Kellen Winslow, CLE, 16 (vs. DEN): Cleveland's offense should be giddy about getting to play against Denver's secondary, which is giving up 243.3 passing yards per game. This should be a good first game for newly appointed starting quarterback Brady Quinn. First-time starters often look to their tight ends for quick dump-off passes to help them get out of sticky situations, and with a talent like Winslow at his disposal, this should be the case for Quinn against Denver. Winslow has 251 yards with one touchdown this season. He had his best game of the year last week against the Ravens, with five catches for 64 yards.
TEXANS FANTASY STARTER OF THE WEEK
QB Sage Rosenfels, HOU, 12 (vs. BAL): When Texans quarterback Matt Schaub goes down with an injury, Sage Rosenfels comes to the rescue. The Texans consider Rosenfels to have a starting quarterback's talent, so don't expect a drop-off in production for the NFL's fourth-ranked offense. Sage has done well when starting for the Texans, compiling a 4-1 record in Schaub's absence last season. In the second half against the Vikings last week, Rosenfels threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
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