Posted: Friday November 9, 2012 5:47PM ; Updated: Saturday November 10, 2012 3:21PM
David Sabino
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Salary cap advice: Falcons, Saints worth the cost in Week 10

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Matt Ryan and Drew Brees will face off in Week 10; they're both smart buys

Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson could shred the visiting Jets

Peyton Manning has turned his top receivers into no-brainer fantasy starts

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is a smart fantasy play in Week 10, when he'll face a New Orleans defense giving up 311.4 passing yards per game.
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The Falcons are undefeated. The Saints are one of the league's most disappointing teams. They are separated by five games in the NFC South standings. And yet, Sunday's game between the two high-powered offenses has the potential to be one of the most entertaining contests of the season. The quarterbacks are a big reason why, and they lead this week's salary cap advice.

This position-by-position look at some of the best bargains entering Week 10 is based on current prices in FanDuel 10-team leagues. If you're looking for a salary cap challenge, test your skills by going head-to-head with SI's Peter King in the Peter King Fantasy Challenge.

Quarterbacks: It's hard to go wrong with either Drew Brees or opponent Matt Ryan, but since Brees is this week's highest priced passer and Ryan pulls in fourth, going with Atlanta's main man means saving money. Ryan also has the advantage of going up against a Saints defense allowing an average of 311.4 yards and two passing touchdowns per game. Down a rung in price you'll find Philip Rivers, who is coming off the finest accuracy game in Chargers' history and is taking on the Bucs' league-worst passing defense. Russell Wilson is also worth considering, as he's thrown nine touchdowns without a pick in four games at Qwest Field and is the league's top quarterback at home this season.

Running backs: For help in the backfield stay in Seattle, where Marshawn Lynch is currently second to Adrian Peterson in rushing yards and sixth in fantasy points among running backs. If Lynch's bad wrist allows him to play Sunday as expected, he'll go against a Jets defense allowing 141.4 yards on the ground per contest. Ray Rice is another pricey but valuable runner; his doppelgänger Doug Martin ripped through the Raiders for 251 yards and four touchdowns last week, and Rice should perform well against Oakland too. Meanwhile, Miami's Daniel Thomas continues to provide much more bang for the buck than other bargain-basement options.

Wide receivers: After a sluggish start to the season, Peyton Manning has regained the form that made him a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and he's elevated receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to must-start status. Both are recommended as value picks against the Panthers. And since the Dolphins have struggled stopping the pass recently and give up more receptions than anyone else in the league, Titans Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright are all worth grabbing.

Tight ends: All eyes will be on the tight ends when NFC East rivals the Eagles and Cowboys square off at the Linc. Jason Witten is in the midst of a historic stretch, having hauled in 25 passes over his past two games, while Brent Celek feasted on Dallas' defense last season, accounting for nine total catches in both meetings. And although Kyle Rudolph has done virtually nothing the past three weeks, Christian Ponder will have no choice but to find him with Percy Harvin hobbled by an ankle injury.

Kickers: We always look to save when it comes to kickers, and there are a bunch of bargains this week. The Dolphins give up yards but stop the opposition on more than two-thirds of third-down chances, which should equate to a busy day for Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas. And while Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski will boast the strongest leg in the Raiders-Ravens game, rookie Justin Tucker is a great play at home for a team struggling to score touchdowns. Fellow rookie Blair Walsh will also be busy for the Vikings.

Defense: The Steelers have really jelled in the past few weeks, and since Pittsburgh is a puzzlingly cheap option, owners should take full advantage. The Giants are another great choice, as they are second best in the league with a plus-14 turnover mark this season; opponent Cincinnati is tied for 24th at minus-five.

 
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