Check out our fantasy football Start’em or Sit’em picks for Week 10 of the NFL season before setting all of your lineups.
Last week was certainly an interesting one in the NFL. Between the multiple 50 point games and all the altercations, there were a lot of storylines to follow and it has set up a very interesting Week 10. With the Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders and Eagles on bye, here are my Start’em and Sit’em candidates for Week 10.
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QB Start of the Week: Jared Goff (LAR) vs. HOU
Jared Goff has completely shed the previous notion that he would never be a fantasy relevant quarterback so far in 2017. He is the QB12 and has without a doubt outperformed any expectations that fantasy experts and analysts had for the second year Pro. He is running one of the NFL’s best offenses (Top five in the league in most statistical categories), and there is no reason to think that he won’t continue to do so.
This week the Los Angeles Rams take on Houston, a newly decimated squad that ranks as the 29th ranked defense against the QB. Look for Goff to keep things going and to have another strong week in Week 10.
QB Start’em: Matthew Stafford (DET) vs. CLE
After many years of being unable to perform at Lambeau Field, Matthew Stafford shook the fantasy football world. He not only performed well against the Green Bay Packers on their home turf, he did well in a primetime Monday night game, something that has giving him trouble in his career. Stafford had 361 yards and two TDs and was playing as effectively and efficiently as he has throughout his career. Though he has struggled at times to be fantasy relevant, this next matchup should be a very positive one for the Lions offense, which would obviously give Stafford lots of opportunity to play well. In Week 10 the Lions take on the Browns, the 25th ranked defense against the QB position. Look for this game to be a great one for the Lions, and expect big things from Stafford this week.
QB Start’em: Josh McCown (NYJ) vs. TB
Josh McCown was never really expected to be as good as he’s been in 2017. Some analysts expected him to possibly be a good stream option in some weeks, but McCown has proven over the past few weeks that he could be more than that and in certain situations could be a week-to-week starter in fantasy football. McCown has proven to be just the leader that the Jets offense needed, making the best of what was thought to be a terrible situation and even making his options fantasy relevant (four of his receivers/running backs rank 26th or better in their positions). Look for McCown to keep up with his impressive performance in this week’s matchup versus the Buccaneers, a team that looks to have thrown in the towel on all sides of the ball and is also the 26th ranked defense against the QB. Start McCown in Week 10.
RB Start of the Week: Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs. MIA
In what has been certainly the year of the rookie RB, Christian McCaffrey’s name has not been thrown around as much as some of the other headliners like Leonard Fournette and Kareem Hunt. While it took him nine weeks to get his first official rushing TD, McCaffrey is a great utility player for the Carolina offense and has proven to be a super important aspect in what makes the Panthers go. His pass catching ability gives him an edge over a lot of running backs in the NFL with good running ability to boot.
In Week 10 the Panthers take on the Dolphins, a defense that just allowed two TDs to the Raiders last week. McCaffrey will keep up the good work he is put in in his rookie campaign and will be a great start this week.
RB Start’em: Orleans Darkwa (NYG) vs. SF
In what has been a terrible season for one of the New York football teams, but not the one that most were expecting, Orleans Darkwa has emerged as the seemingly primary running back for the Giants. Darkwa has been great in recent weeks with 54 rushes for 292 yards and one TD since Week 5 and should be able to keep it going this week. The Giants take on the 49ers, the 32nd ranked defense against the RB. With the Giants season in peril and them allegedly looking to see what they have for the future, expect Darkwa to continue getting high volume and look for him to capitalize in this great matchup.
RB Start’em: Bilal Powell (NYJ) vs. TB
Bilal Powell is a part of an ugly three-headed rotation for the New York Jets. He along with Forte and Elijah McGuire seem to have an even share for the Jets backfield, which is normally unappealing. What makes Powell so exciting though is his ability to produce even if he does not get a lot of snaps. In last week’s game Powell had 74 yards on nine rushes, meaning he is a good candidate to have good production even if he is not the workhorse in the offense. In week 10 the Jets take on the Buccaneers, the 29th ranked defense against the RB. With his explosiveness Powell will be a great start in this plus matchup in Week 10.
WR Start of the Week: Adam Thielen (MIN) vs. WAS
Adam Thielen had a big game in London two weeks ago with 98 yards on five receptions and one TD. Thielen is one of the players that has continued his 2016 success and has paid off for any owners that thought he could produce again. Thielen will look to continue his success after the Vikings bye last week. He should be able to do so and what should be a good matchup for him in the Vikings offense.
In Week 10 the Vikings play the Redskins, a defense that just allowed almost 170 yards and one TD to the WR position last week. With Josh Norman expected to shadow Stefon Diggs on Sunday, Thielen will have the better matchup. Start Thielen in Week 10.
WR Start’em: Terrance Williams (DAL) vs. ATL
A breakout star in Week 9 was Dallas WR Terrance Williams. Williams finished with 141 yards on nine receptions, a career high in both categories. This is good timing for the Dallas offense, they will have to rely on their passing game if Elliott is to actually serve his suspension starting in Week 11. Dak Prescott seems to have a rapport with Williams, which will only stand to help him more going forward. This week, the Cowboys take on the Falcons, a defense that has allowed over 110 yards to the WR position over the past four weeks. Williams will not only benefit from this matchup, but will also see more targets in this game with Dez Bryant projected to be out with a leg injury. Start Williams this week.
WR Start’em: Jordan Matthews (BUF) vs. NO
Another WR that changed teams via trade this season is Jordan Matthews. He was traded to the Bills earlier this year as a part of the Sammy Watkins departure, looking for a new opportunity and a change of scenery. Matthews has been slightly disappointing though so far this season, only ranking as the WR79. Most of that had to do with injury however, as Matthews has missed time due to a hand injury. Matthews came back strong in Week 9 and had one of his most positive games of the season. He saw eight targets, second most on the team, and made some timely plays that helped the Bills out. Many fantasy owners are expecting him to be an afterthought with Kelvin Benjamin coming into the fold this week, but I believe this will be better for Matthews, especially in this matchup. The Bills face off against the Saints, the 10th ranked defenses against the WR. While this may look like a tough matchup, the best player on the Saints secondary Marshon Lattimore will spend lots of time covering Benjamin, leaving Matthews to run free and continue to build his rapport with Tyrod Taylor. Start Matthews this week.
TE Start’em: Charles Clay (BUF) vs. NO
The man is back in town. After four and a half weeks of absence, Charles Clay is projected to be back in the lineup for the Bills in Week 10. This is huge news for the Bills offense, who have done fine in the time that he was gone, but are certainly excited to have the versatile player back. Look for Clay to continue his impressive usage rate that he had before his knee injury and go back to being a TE1 week in and week out.
This week the Bills take on the Saints, a defense that allows eight fantasy points per game on average to the TE. Clay will pick right back up where he left off and is a great start this week.
TE Start of the Week: Julius Thomas (MIA) vs. CAR
Julius Thomas has finally made a name for himself in the Miami offense. He had a big game last week with 84 yards on six receptions and one TD, which was easily his best game of the season and was one of his best performances in years. If Thomas and Cutler have made a connection and are finally establishing some chemistry, this could be a big thing going forward. This week, the Dolphins take on the Panthers, a defense that has allowed over 60 yards on average the past two weeks. Look for Thomas to build on this performance and be a good start for Week 10.
TE Start’em: Garrett Celek (SF) vs. NYG
With George Kittle out for Week 10, it is up to the six year pro Garrett Celek to be the starting TE in San Francisco. Though he is not much of a receiving target, (seven catches through nine games), his new found opportunity and this delightful matchup make him a sneaky play this week. In Week 10 the 49ers face off against the Giants, the 32nd ranked defense against the TE position, and a defense that has allowed at least one TD to a TE in every game they have played this season. Celek is set up to have a good game this week, and is someone to stream and start this week.
D/ST Start of the Week: Los Angeles Rams vs. HOU
This matchup would have been unthinkable fantasy play two weeks ago, as the Texans offense was on fire and couldn’t be stopped. But now that we live in a world where the Deshaun Watson is out for the rest of the season, the Texans offense is now a laughing stock due to the incapability of Tom Savage. This makes a great matchup for the Los Angeles Rams, who are a good fantasy pick in most matchups but are exceptional in good matchups. Expected big week from the Rams D/ST.
QB Sit of the Week: Drew Brees (NO) vs. BUF
Drew Brees is one of the most notable quarterbacks in the NFL and certainly in all of football. He has performed well in the past, but he has underperformed this year, ranking as the QB9. He is certainly gotten better since his bad start to the season (less than 15 points in Week 1) but he still isn’t the game changer he has been in years past.
This week the Saints take on the Bills, the 6th ranked defense again the QB. This matchup inof itself is pretty rough for Brees but what makes it even worse is its location. This game will be outdoors in cold Buffalo. Drew Brees’ reputations not being able to perform on the road been true this season, which hampers his projections for this game. With this being a cold weather game outside away from the Superdome and Brees underperforming like he has this year, I would sit him in Week 10 and look for better options on the waiver wire.
QB Sit’em: Kirk Cousins (WAS) vs. MIN
While the Redskins were able to get a win last week in Seattle, Cousins did not perform especially well with 247 yards, zero TDs and one INT. The tough matchup along with his lost weapons proved to be too much for Cousins and his fantasy implications. Unfortunately things won’t get better this week as Cousins and the Washington offense as they will face off against Minnesota, the 8th ranked defense against the quarterback. Look for Cousins to have another poor game this week and he is someone I would sit for Week 10.
QB Sit’em: Philip Rivers (LAC) vs. JAX
Philip Rivers is enjoying another season in the Chargers offense with 2028 yards, 13 TDs and 6 INTs. The veteran QB has shown that he can perform in good matchups that favor the Chargers. However, his Week 10 matchup is not one of those game, as Los Angeles will take on Jacksonville, the 1st ranked defense against QB. This is a matchup I would not want to start any quarterbacks, let alone Philip Rivers. Bench him this week.
RB Sit of the Week: Adrian Peterson (ARI) vs. SEA
After having an off game in London in Week 7, back to normal last week with 15.7 fantasy points (0.5 PPR scoring). Adrian Peterson broke his career high for rushing attempts in a game with 37, which is amazing when you consider Peterson age and usage throughout his career. While many fantasy owners are going to be excited to continue to play the Cardinals RB I would hamper expectation for this week.
In Week 10 the Cardinals play the Seahawks, the 6th ranked defense against the RB. Another aspect that many owners are overlooking is that this game is on Thursday night. After having such a high volume, Peterson’s body won’t bounce back like the way it used to be, which could make the Cardinals coaching staff consider listening his carries this week or will make Peterson less effective on the field. This matchup along with the quick turnaround both have me sitting Adrian Peterson this week.
RB Sit’em: Doug Martin (TB) vs. NYJ
Doug Martin has been sensational since coming back from his suspension five weeks ago. He is put up at least RB2 numbers in all of his games except last week, which could possibly be one of the worst of his career with only seven yards on nine rushes. The Buccaneers as a team are at a crossroads, they have underperformed vastly this year and are short of a miracle, not expected to make a playoff run. This along with the Jameis Winston injury has many people thinking the Buccaneers will just fold and try again next year. While I don’t expect them to go into a full tank mode, it could happen and is something to consider going forward. Even then the Buccaneers have problems to face next week. Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting in place of Winston and Mike Evans will miss the game based on his altercation last week. These holes in the offense along with the tough matchup versus the Jets, the 15th defense against RB, has me very concerned about Martin and his outlook this week and going forward. Bench Martin this week.
RB Sit’em: Demarco Murray (TEN) vs. CIN
One of last year’s fantasy darlings was DeMarco Murray. The running back was traded from the Eagles to the Tennessee Titans and had a stellar 2016 season with 1664 all-purpose yards and 12 TDs. Unfortunately Murray has not lived up to his last year hype and is only the RB28 through 10 games. Along with his injury concerns that have cost in time this year, Derrick Henry has also been a factor in the offense unlike last season where Murray was the lead back. His diminished health and role in the offense along with the tough matchup vs Cincinnati, the 11th ranked defense against the RB, have me benching Murray this week.
WR Sit of the Week: Davante Adams (GB) vs. CHI
Another player that had a fantastic finish to 2016 was Davante Adams. The Packers WR finished as the WR7 for 20 16 and was expected to do well this year. Adams has been a disappointment though this season with 37 receptions for 404 yards and five TDs. What’s even worse than his season-long numbers is the quarterback change for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is out for the rest of the year, meaning Brett Hundley is now running the ship. This is an unfortunate turn for Adams as his role has evaporated since Hundley took over(nine receptions for 65 yards and zero TDs in that time).
In Week 10 Green Bay take on Chicago, the 15th ranked defense against the WR. With Adams taking a backseat in the Packers offense he has lost his fantasy relevancy going forward and will be especially poor in this matchup. Keep Adams on your bench this week.
WR Sit’em: T.Y. Hilton (IND) vs. PIT
The number one WR for Week 9 with T.Y. Hilton. Hilton exploded with175 yards on five receptions and two TDs, capitalizing on big plays and making anyone who started in very happy. Many owners will be hoping that Hilton will use this performance to turn around his very subpar season and become the relevant WR he once was. I would not expect a drastic change however, especially this week. The Colts face off against the Steelers, the 2nd ranked defense against the WR. The Steelers defense will run wild versus Colts offense, which will keep Hilton in check. Sit Hilton in this matchup.
WR Sit’em: Josh Doctson (WAS) vs. MIN
One of the last remaining weapons for Kirk Cousins in last week’s matchup in Seattle was Josh Doctson. With other receivers being out, such as Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, Doctson was expected to be a big factor in this game. This idea did not materialize however asDoctson only finished with 59 yards on three receptions. Some of these players are expected to be back this week, which will limit Doctson’s upside. Washington also has another rough matchup this week versus Minnesota, the 14th ranked defense versus the WR. Doctson and the whole Redskin offense will have another down week this week; keep Doctson on the bench this week.
TE Sit of the Week: Cameron Brate (TB) vs. NYJ
Another player set to suffer from the upcoming regression of the Buccaneers offense is Cameron Brate. Brate has cooled since his hot start to begin the year with 11 receptions, 135 yards and zero TDs in the last three weeks. He has settled back into the land of mediocre fantasy tight ends, dashing the hopes of many that he would break out and be a weekly start at the position. This trend will surely continue with Fitzpatrick throwing the ball for Tampa going forward and Mike Evans being out of this upcoming match up.
This week, Tampa takes on the Jets, a defense that allowed less than nine fantasy points to the TE last week. Bench Brate this week and look for better options on the waiver wire.
TE Sit’em: Delanie Walker (TEN) vs. CIN
Delanie Walker has yet two separate himself from the rest of the fantasy tight ends in 2017. He ranks as the TE10and has only produced over 60 yards four times this year. His inability to be effective along with his current injury make him an undesirable fantasy asset this week, especially when you add in is tough matchup versus the Bengals, the 12th ranked defense against the TE. Bench Walker this week.
TE Sit’em: Hunter Henry (LAC) vs. JAX
After starting the year with the zero point performance, Hunter Henry has never been able to recover from the disdain he gained from fantasy owners in that game. Henry has performed well in some games, including three 11 fantasy point games this year, but on the whole hasn’t been someone that can be trusted week-to-week, making him merely a matchup dependent tight end. This week the Chargers take on the Jaguars, the 19th ranked defense against the TE. This matchup is one I would avoid for Henry, keep him on the bench this week and look forward to better matchups.
D/ST Sit of the Week: Cincinnati Bengals vs. TEN
One of the biggest disappointments in the NFL is the Cincinnati Bengals. They have underperformed from what they were expected to do and are currently now to track to finish among the basement dwellers of the league. There have been some bright spots on the team however, the Bengals D/ST has been good this year and has flourished in good matchups for Fantasy (three double digit performances this season in most formats). While the Bengals can be a playable D/ST unit, this week is one I would avoid playing them. They are playing Titans, an offense that has shown this season what it can do and are also one that does not turn the ball over often. With lots of better options available on waiver wire, I would sit the Bengals D/ST this week.