Week 10 Fantasy Sits and Starts

We are now over the halfway point of the new era 18 week NFL season.  After nine weeks of football the injuries are starting to pile up which makes for some good pickups on the waiver wire for your week 10 lineups.

Week 10 has four teams on byes, just like week nine, so we will also have to dig deeper into the player pool to find some players to start for the bye players this week.

Let’s get into some of the best pickups of the week at every position, who to sit and start, and compare some players one on one for week 10.

RB’s in Week 10

The first position to look at is one that is the most sought after on the waiver wire week after week at running back.

Can Devonta Freeman replace injured Latavious Murray?

A breakout running back who wasn’t even on a roster to start the year is Devonta Freeman. Freeman is a long time NFL veteran who hasn’t been productive for a few seasons but has now found a nice role with the Baltimore Ravens.

With Latavious Murray going down with an injury, Freeman has been the lead back and has been very good. In week nine he set a season high for yards from scrimmage with 89 and also percent of snap share at 59%.  He also has three touchdowns in his last three games and Murray looks to still be out for week 10.

Jordan Howard

Next is one of the running backs in Philadelphia filling in for Miles Sanders in Jordan Howard.  All of a sudden with Sanders out of the lineup the Eagles have found production form their running back position.

Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell have had success but the third back who was an afterthought has been the most productive.  The other Eagles running backs will steal some carries, catches and even touchdowns from Howard but he has been the best.

Last week he ran for 71 yards and a touchdown and the week before he had two touchdowns.  Howard won’t provide much added value in a ppr league but in standard leagues is a great pickup and play.

Rashod Bateman

It is hard to find break out wide receivers this late in the season but there is one in week 10.  That is the rookie Rashod Bateman. Since returning from injury he has 12 catches for 161 yards and is the clear cut No. two wide receiver behind Marquise Brown.

Lamar Jackson has improved as a passer and Bateman should find the end zone sooner rather than later and continue his other solid work in the pass game.

This week the Ravens get the Miami Dolphins where Bateman should be able to exploit that defense.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fallout has benefited Donovan Peoples-Jones

In Cleveland, the unfortunate fallout of Odell Beckham Jr. from the Browns has benefited this wide receiver and that is Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Peoples-Jones is a big receiver who has been a nice deep threat for Baker Mayfield.  He now has three straight solid performances and could even be the best fantasy receiver on the Browns the rest of the season now with his role being expanded even more.  His last three games he has 257 yards and three touchdowns.

The Browns get the Patriots in week 10 which should be a fairly competitive matchup where Peoples-Jones should have opportunities to produce.

QB’s in Week 10

Having three teams on bye this week may mean your starting fantasy quarterback is also on a bye.  There are a couple options out there that are still owned in less than 50% of most sites that could be in for big week 10 performances.

Matt Ryan

The first is Matt Ryan who has come out of nowhere this season getting back to his old self a few years ago when he was a top fantasy quarterback. Ryan threw just 26 touchdowns each of the last two seasons and had 14 interceptions in one of those.

This year, just under the halfway point of games played at eight, Ryan already has 15 touchdown passes which puts him on pace for over 30 for the year.  In three of his last four games this year he has thrown for 336 yards or more with two touchdowns in each game.

Now he faces the Cowboys in week 10 in a fairly fantasy friendly matchup where he could be a good fill in at quarterback.

Taysom Hill

A pickup for the rest of the season could be Taysom Hill as he is a dynamic fantasy quarterback when starting.  The Saints came into last week 5-2 but lost with Trevor Simien as the starter.  Even though he didn’t play that bad, they lost to the Falcons who were under .500 so Hill could take over in week 10 or in the event of another Saints loss.

 

TE’s in Week 10

Peter Freiermuth

The premiere tight end to pick up this week is Peter Freiermuth who is 40% rostered after being picked up a decent amount before week nine. He is still too low owned as he has become one of Big Ben’s favorite red zone targets recently for this year.

The young tight end has back to back weeks with touchdowns and had two on Monday Night.  He could be a top 10 tight end play the rest of the year each week with teams on byes and him producing like he has been for the last three weeks.

Starts in Running Back in Week 10

Josh Jacobs

Looking at some running backs in week 10 that look like good starts begins with the Raiders and Josh Jacobs.

He has been a solid play all year when healthy.  When he is fully healthy he has seen at least 10 carries in each contest so far for Las Vegas.  He even has gotten involved in the pass game this year having four catches last week and also has had three or more catches in six of his games played this season.

Now he faces the Chiefs who have been gashed on the ground all year and Jacobs should be in line for even more carries than he has seen all year.

Kenyan Drake has been good for the Raiders as well but now that Jacobs is healthy he only had four carries last week.

Leonard Fournette

Another running back to start is Leonard Fournette who has been great all year until last week.  His performance last week might put some people off from starting him here as he had just eight carries for 26 yards and no touchdowns.

In the two games before that he managed 81 rushing yards in each game and also four toal catches with three touchdowns. He should be able to get back to dominating here again against the Washington Football Team.

De’Ernest

One star from a few weeks ago looks like a good play here in week 10.  That is De’Ernest Johnson who had 146 rushing yards in week seven but just 38 in the two following weeks combined with Chubb back for Cleveland.  Now Chubb is out again so go back to Johnson.  Michael Carter for the Jets looks like he can be left on the bench after not producing last week and now he faces the Bills in a tougher matchup.  Since being named the starter in Seattle in week four Alex Collins has only two touchdowns and has averaged just 50 rushing yards per game.  Now he faces the Packers and if they are down in the game he won’t get work in the pass game as he only has six catches all year.

Starts in Wide Receivers in Week 10

Hunter Renfrow

A wide receiver that will make a good start for your fantasy lineup is Hunter Renfrow.  Renfrow has been a target monster this season. In every game so far he has had six games now with eight or more targets and has had at least five in every game. In his last two games he has seven catches each which makes him a great ppr wide receiver.

The Raiders get the Chiefs in week 10 which should be one of the higher scoring matchups on the week where Renfrow will continue to see a lot of targets and opportunities for touchdowns.

Can Terry Mclaurin get back on track this week?

Another wide receiver to start in week 10 is Terry Mclaurin who is coming off of his worst game of the season but should be able to get back on track this week.

The Washington Football team played Denver in a brutal game that ended 10 to 17 where Mclaruin struggled with just three catches.  He is in a nice bounce back spot in week 10 against the Buccaneers where they should be throwing the ball a lot and in his direction.

Wide Receivers to sit in Week 10

Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry is a player that can be left on the bench as he has not recorded a single touchdown this year receiving.  He has also only gone over 37 yards receiving in two games this year.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Donovan Peoples-Jones has been a breakout for the Browns and will continue to take more away from Landry.

Julio Jones

Julio Jones is another player that can be left on the bench until it is shown that he is healthy and will see more targets.

Quarterbacks to start in Week 10

Carson Wentz

At quarterback, Carson Wentz looks like a good play. Wentz, most importantly, faces the Jaguars who any offense can expose, except for the Bills apparently. He also is coming off of back to back games with three touchdown passes which he will look to continue in week 10.

Quarterbacks to sit in Week 10

Ryan Tannehill

A quarterback who can be sat in week 10 is Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill only has one game this season with 300+ passing yards and only two games with multiple touchdowns passing.  You are banking on him getting a rushing touchdown to get value but besides that he has limited upside.  Even in the Titan’s first game without Derrick Henry he managed just 143 passing yards and one passing touchdowns in a winning effort for them.

Tight Ends to start in Week 10

Dalton Schultz

In a week where there is a lot of question on which tight ends will show up after the top five guys, Dalton Schultz looks like he can be one of them. Schultz has been one of the few consistent fantasy players on the Cowboys this year.

In six of his eight games played he has had at least four catches and in four games managed at least six. The Cowboys get the Falcons in week 10 where they should be looking to make a statement bounce back game.

Tight End to sit in Week 10

David Njoku

A player to sit this week is David Njoku who showed promise early on with 79 yards in his first game and then a few weeks later a game with 149 yards and a touchdown. Besides those, his next highest yardage total in a game is 39 yards and he only has one other touchdown on the year.

Which Players Should Be on Your Fantasy Rosters in Week 10

For the last part of this, let’s look at some players that you could have on your fantasy rosters that you are debating on starting or not compared to some other players at their position.

Running Backs

Myles Gaskin, Williams or Josh Jacobs

Starting at running back, one player you may be considering this week is Myles Gaskin. Gaskin has been up and down this year but he is finally starting to get consistent carries the last three weeks. He now faces the Baltimore Ravens who will provide a tough matchup but Gaskin’s consistency will be hard to fade.

Gaskin still looks like a better play than both running backs in Denver. Mostly because they are in a timeshare it is hard to see who will have a better game each week between Jevonate Williams and Melvin Gordon.

It would be close between Gaskin and Williams but Gaskin gets more work in the receiving game and more consistent total touches. While Gaskin will be a solid running back play this week, Josh Jacobs still looks like a better play as he will get about the same amount of touches but is in a better offense and has a better matchup in the Chiefs.

Darrell Henderson vs James Robinson

The next running back to look at is Darrell Henderson who has been a suitable RB2 for most of the year. He has seen at least 11 carries in each game so far but he won’t help much in the pass game.

In week 10 he faces an above average run defense in the 49ers but is still a better play than James Robinson who is back after a one game absence. Robinson was good in the beginning of the year but could be eased back in a little this week and has a tough matchup against the Colts.

Cordarelle Patterson

A guy like Cordarelle Patterson is a better play due to his massive upside in the receiving game.  Patterson looks potentially like the new age running back who creates matchup problems for linebackers when he runs routes out of the backfield.  He also has seven touchdowns on the year so he has numerous areas of his game that can translate into fantasy points.

Wide Receiver

Deebo Samuel

At wide receiver, Deebo Samuel is an interesting player to look at this week.  Samuel has been one of the best fantasy wide receivers in the entire NFL this year but now faces the Rams and also has George Kittle back to eat up some of his targets. Last week he only managed 63 yards and five catches which was his second worst game of the year.

Cedee Lamb

Cedee Lamb looks like a better play this week against the Atlanta Falcons where the Cowboys should bounce back in a big way and get the ball to their playmaker in Lamb.

Samuel or Jaylen Waddle

Samuel should still be a better play than Jaylen Waddle.  In Waddle’s last four games he is averaging over 10 targets per game but has only a high of 83 yards in those four games with two touchdowns.  He has a tough matchup against the Ravens and may be without Tua again this week.

Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley is another player who is ranked fairly high at inside the top 25 of receivers for week 10.  Beasley is sometimes a target monster and sometimes he disappears in games. This may be a blowout win for the Bills against the Jets and he may not be needed that much.

The Bills also have Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders who eat up targets.

Terry Mclaruin

A guy like Terry Mclaruin looks like a better play due to his touchdown upside which Beasley only has one on the year. Mclaurin also has more big play ability and will see more consistent targets.

Mike Williams

Mike Williams has had only five targets in each of his last two games but could also be a better play due to his touchdown and big play upside as well.

Jerry Jeudy

Jerry Jeudy, who was thought to be the number one receiver in Denver in the beginning of the year, may not be as good of a play this week as Beasley.  Jeudy is in a below average passing offense with two other wide receivers who will demand targets in Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton.

Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts is a quarterback to look at here as you may have some better options on your roster.  Hurts has been great this year as a fantasy quarterback but gets a tough matchup against the Broncos in week 10.  The Broncos usually just don’t give up a lot of points but still Hurts can make up for it with his legs.

Also, in the last two weeks the Eagles have focused on their running game and Hurts only has 14 and 17 pass attempts in those games.

Dak Prescott can make come back this week

Dak Prescott looks like a better play this week against the Atlanta Falcons who give up a lot of points. Prescott possibly had his worst game as a pro last week and will look to dominate this week which he is very capable of doing.

Hurts looks better play than Kirk Cousins

Hurts still looks like a better play than Kirk Cousins in a tough matchup against the Chargers or Ryan Tannehill who hasn’t been good all year.

Tight End

At tight end there are five guys at the top you are playing no matter what but after that you could have a player such as Dallas Goedert.  Goedert was good early in the year and now Zach Ertz is gone but he hasn’t broken out yet.

A tight end who looks like a better play is the rookie Peter Freiermuth who could be picked up on the waiver wire.  Freiermuth has been great in the red zone lately and was rarely used to start the year but is now one of the favorite targets in Pittsburgh.

Goedert has been decent and if the Eagles decide to pass more this week he could be in line for a good game.  He still looks like a better play than Logan Thomas coming back from injury for Washington or Tyler Higbee on the Rams due to the big play and touchdown upside of Goedert.

Week 10 Fantasy Sits and Starts