Fantasy Football: Week 10 Start ’Em Sit ’Em
Week nine in fantasy football was filled with tremendous performances from Antonio Brown, Steelers wide receiver, who had over 280 yards receiving to Marcus Mariota, Titans quarterback, throwing his second, four touchdowns and zero interception game. Mariota is the only rookie ever to achieve that, according to ESPN.
Notable performances from week nine: DeAngelo Williams (Steelers) 36 points, Marcus Mariota (Titans) 32 points, Cam Newton (Panthers) 32 points, Dree Brees (Saints) 31 points, Antonio Brown (Steelers) 28 points, Derek Carr (Raiders) 26 points, Lamar Miller (Dolphins) 25 points, Cole Beesly (Cowboys) 23 points and DeMarco Murray (Eagles) 21 points according standard ESPN scoring.
Week 10 has many exciting matchups which should provide another wild week in fantasy football. It is a pivotal week for fantasy football owners as the playoffs are four weeks away and it is make it or break it time.
Teams on bye for week 10: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.
Start Blake Bortles, Jaguars: Bortles is coming off a 20-point game with two touchdowns against the Jets according to ESPN. It was a game where Bortles was expected to struggle but he played very good and continues to put up nice numbers. This week he goes up against the Ravens who have been a defense that has struggled to stop offenses. Bortles has two great young receivers in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Also he has his tight end, Julius Thomas former Broncos tight end, getting healthy and will give Bortles another weapon. Bortles is a top-15 play this week.
Start Derek Carr, Raiders: Carr is coming off a huge game against the Steelers last week where he threw for four touchdowns. He scored 26 points in week nine to give him three straight games with 20 point performances since his bye week. This week he faces a stingy Vikings’ defense that doesn’t allow many points to teams, but Carr should still put up a decent game. Carr has the weapons in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to put up another good game. Carr has top-10 potential this week.
Sleeper: Start Kirk Cousins, Redskins: Cousins is coming off a poor game last week against the Patriots. This week though he faces the Saints who have allowed the most points to quarterbacks in fantasy football. For the second straight week Cousins will have all of his weapons on the field. DeSean Jackson just came back from his hamstring injury last week, which has kept him sidelined since week one. Cousins has top-20 potential this week and is a good option to use if your starting quarterback is on a bye or if your quarterback is hurt.
Sit Marcus Mariota, Titans: Mariota is coming off his best performance of the season against the Saints where he threw for four touchdowns. It was his first game back from his injury that kept him out for two weeks. But this week he goes up against the tough Panthers’ defense that ranks in the top-10, which should make things more difficult for Mariota. He doesn’t have the weapons around him to create a problem in this game. He will have to use both his arm and legs to just put up an okay game.
Sit Carson Palmer, Cardinals: Palmer is coming off a bye in week nine and will travel to Seattle for the Sunday Night game. Carson has been putting up great numbers all year and has turned the Cardinals into a high scoring team. But he will face the tough Seahawks defense in Seattle. Seattle’s defense plays hard when they are at home and causes many difficulties for quarterbacks. Palmer probably will be started by many owners, but their expectation should be lowered for this week in a tough matchup.
Start DeAngelo Williams, Steelers: Williams got the start last week in place of injured running back, Le’veon Bell, and he didn’t disappoint. Williams scored two touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing, according to ESPN. Now he gets a matchup with the Browns’ defense that rank near the bottom in stopping the run according to ESPN. The Steelers will also be without their starting quarterback again which means Williams could see more carries in this game. Williams is a strong play this week.
Start LaGarrette Blount, Patriots: Blount had a great game last week against the Redskins as he rushed over 100 yards and a touchdown, according to ESPN. Now he goes up against the Giants who have struggled to stop the run. Blount should see more carries in this one too as his teammate Dion Lewis tore his ACL last week and is done for the season. Blount is a top-10 play this week.
Sleeper: Start James Starks, Packers: Starks is coming off a huge performance last week against the Panthers in which he scored 17 points, according to standard ESPN scoring. This week he faces the Lions who are a terrible run defense. Starks teammate, Eddie Lacey, is dealing with an injury in which Starks could see more playing time. Starks has outplayed Lacey all season and has a good chance of doing it again this week. Starks is a good flex play or fill in for the bye week this week.
Sit Ronnie Hillman/CJ Anderson, Broncos: Hillman and Anderson are both coming off a terrible performance against the Colts’ last week. It was a favorable matchup for both of them and they did nothing. Now this week they go up against the Chiefs who have been tough on running backs. Neither Hillman nor Anderson should be trusted because they split too many carries to trust one guy. It is messy backfield that you want to avoid.
Sit Eddie Lacey, Packers: Last week for Lacey was another disappointing week for him as he finished with negative one point, according to standard ESPN scoring. He faces the Lions who do rank in the bottom for stopping the run. But Lacey is dealing with a groin injury and his back up James Starks has outplayed Lacey all season. Lacey has only scored double digit points this season which was all the way back to week one. Lacey could finish outside the top-20 for running backs again this week.
Start Allen Robinson, Jaguars: Robinson is coming off a great performance against the Jets last week with over 100 yards receiving. It was a game where he went up against the top corner in the league, Darrelle Revis, but was still able to put up a strong game. Now it has been four straight weeks for Robinson to score double digit points. He faces against the Ravens’ secondary this week who have allowed the second most points to wide receivers this season, according to ESPN. Robinson has great chemistry with his quarterback, Bortles, who looks for Robinson quite a bit. Robinson is a top-10 play this week.
Start Amari Cooper, Raiders: Cooper is coming off a nice performance against the Steelers’ last week where he was able to score a touchdown. This week he faces a tough matchup against the Vikings’ but he should be fine. Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr, is playing really great football right now and has been looking Cooper’s way often. Most of the defenses’ attention could be on Cooper’s teammate Michael Crabtree which could give more space for Cooper. Cooper is a top-20 play this week.
Sleeper: Start Kamar Aiken, Ravens: Aiken is going up against the Jaguars this week after his bye last week. Aiken will be filling in the spot for Steve Smith Sr. who tore his Achilles heel two weeks ago. Aiken has built a good chemistry with his quarterback, Joe Flacco, and should put up a strong game this week. This game should be a high scoring game which could benefit Aiken even more. Aiken is a strong flex play this week.
Sit Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: Fitzgerald is coming off a bye last week and he will be going up against the Seahawks this week. It is a tough matchup for Fitzgerald has he could face one of the top corners in the league, Richard Sherman. The Seahawks defense has been very tough on team’s wide receivers all year. Fitzgerald will have his work cut out for him in this matchup. Fitzgerald is a flex play at best this week.
Sit Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs: Maclin had a bye last week and this week he faces the Broncos. This will be the second meeting between the Broncos and Chiefs. In the first meeting Maclin was held to five points in standard ESPN scoring. Maclin has only scored double digit points twice this season. His quarterback, Alex Smith, throws shorter yard passes then the deep ball which hurts Maclin. Maclin is a flex play this week.
Start Tyler Eifort, Bengals: Eifort is coming off a three touchdown game last Thursday against the Browns. He now has scored nine touchdowns on the season according to ESPN. Eifort has been a beast all season and looks to continue his career season against the Texans on Monday Night. Eifort has a big body that creates problems for defenses and his quarterback, Andy Dalton, looks for him often in the red zone. Eifort is a top-five play this week.
Start Gary Barnidge, Browns: Barnidge is coming off a disappointment game last week where he did not score double digit points for the first time in six weeks. But he should bounce back this week against the Steelers’ as Browns’ quarterback Josh McCown should return after missing last week’s game. McCown has built great chemistry with Barnidge this season making the tight end a top five tight end in fantasy football. Barnidge is a top-five play this week.
Sleeper: Start Delanie Walker, Titans: Walker had a huge game last week against the Saints where he scored two touchdowns. Walker goes up against the Panthers who allowed two touchdowns to Packers’ tight end Richard Rodgers. Walker has been heavily involved with the Titans passing game and looks to continue that this week. Walker could be a sneaky top-10 play this week.
Sit Owen Daniels, Broncos: Daniels is coming off a huge game last week where he had a touchdown and 100 yards receiving against the Colts according to ESPN. This week he goes up against the Chiefs who have been tough on tight ends all year. Daniels was a pleasant surprise last week. But this week will be a different story. It was his first game of the season where he scored double digit points. Also there are so many weapons for Peyton Manning that it is hard to see Daniels having another game like he did last week. Daniels will finish outside the top-10 this week.
Sit Richard Rodgers, Packers: Rodgers is coming off a two touchdown performance last week against the Panthers. It was his third game where he has scored double digit points. Rodgers now faces the Lions this week. Rodgers is on an offense that has too many weapons that he just doesn’t get the targets from his quarterback. It will be hard for him to re-duplicate that type of performance again. Rodgers will finish outside the top-10 this week.