It’s that time again. Here are your fantasy start and sits for Week 10.
NOTE: This is a list of players who are on the bubble when it comes to deserving a starting spot for the week. Obvious choices won’t be mentioned, and likewise - some under-the-radar guys, will. Advising you to start Tom Brady offers no value to you as a fantasy owner.
Must Start Players
Marcus Mariota, TEN vs. Packers
Mariota has scored at least 19 points in his past four games and he's been catching fire as of late. Considering that the Packers have given up at least 20 points per contest to quarterbacks, Mariota is a sure-fire bet to do just fine this week against a team that is struggling.
Jameis Winston, TB vs. Bears
Though the Bucs have been awful this season, don't count Winston out as a fantasy option. He's been on a tear scoring over 20 points per games for the past few weeks and he gets a favorable matchup with the Bears. Chicago has been getting bruised for near 25 points per quarterback on the road this season.
Jay Ajayi, MIA vs. Chargers
Ajayi has scored almost 80 points in the past three games. He's a perfect start of the week candidate against the Chargers. San Diego gave up 26 points to the running backs from Tennessee last week and the Dolphins' best offensive weapon is their running attack.
Jordan Howard, CHI vs. Buccaneers
Howard has been rolling as of late and he's just about the best thing that a team like Chicago can build around for the final stretch of the season. Howard scored 26.2 points against a good Minnesota defense on Halloween, what do you think he's going to do against a bad Tampa defense?
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs. San Francisco 49ers
If there was ever a week to start the "old man", it's this week against a terrible 49ers team. Over his tenure against the 49ers, he's averaged big numbers including a 20 point performance in week 5 of this season. He's averaged 11 targets, 8.3 receptions with four touchdowns in the last three meetings.
Jordan Matthews, PHI vs. Falcons
I never thought I would ask you to trust an Eagles' receiver but he's scored over 10 points in the last two contests. The Falcons have surrendered the second-most yards (1,624) , touchdowns (14) and 27.8 points per game average. Matthews is the best receiver they have, give him a chance.
Zach Miller, CHI vs. Buccaneers
Now that Jay Cutler has returned, the tight ends have returned to the Chicago offense. Miller had 11 targets against the Vikings, he caught eight passes for 88 yards. This week against a weak Bucs' defense, Miller is a good option to have a relatively productive day.
Antonio Gates v.s. Dolphins
With Hunter Henry still ailing, Gates has turned back time with a great performance last week for the Chargers. He's a good bet again this week as he's a great mismatch in the red zone. He had a touchdown last week and should continue to shine this week.
New York has struggled recently but now they get a date with an offense run by Case Keenum. The Rams have turned the ball over in record fashion but refuse to make a change at quarterback. Both these defenses are good plays in this game because both quarterbacks love to throw the other team the ball.
Take A Seat, Sucka
Kirk Cousins, WAS vs. Vikings
Minnesota is tail-spinning into a downward spiral after starting the year as an NFC favorite. Still, Cousins is middle of the pack as a fantasy quarterback and the Vikings defense is still playing very well. I wouldn't think that Cousins is going to light up this defense, in fact, he'll likely give the ball away once or twice.
Blake Bortles, JAX vs. Texans
Bortles has actually put together some good number for fantasy this season but i expect him to hit a wall this week against the Texans. Houston has only allowed six passing touchdowns and 13 points per game this season. Bortles is borderline a QB2 this week.
Todd Gurley, LA v.s. Jets
The Jets are not All-World on defense but they have only allowed an average of 45 yards per game to running backs at home. The Rams' offensive line is not good enough to win this battle in the trenches and that means Todd Gurley will not be a great start.
Darren Sproles, PHI vs. Falcons
Sproles is great as a flex player for your team but now he's the lead man in Philly. the only problem with that is that he's the biggest boom-or-bust player on your roster. He's not going to carry the ball more than 12-15 times and he's 33 years old. This is just not the guy you want as a starting back in your lineup.
Doug Baldwin, SEA vs. Patriots
Baldwin has been nowhere near the target that he was last season because Russell Wilson has been dealing injuries to his knee and ankles. Belichick is going to find Wilson's targets and limit them as he regularly does. The Patriots pass defense has only given up six touchdowns to wide receivers and averaged giving up 20 points per game to entire receiving units.
Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. Redskins
He's been a monster as of late but expect his numbers to take a dive this week as he goes up against Josh Norman. Sam Bradford is going to struggle in this game because his line is just so bad. Diggs is just not a safe option to go off in this game where he'll be held in check.
Coby Fleener, NO v.s. Broncos
After catching fire early in the season, Fleener has become ice cold in the past several weeks. Don't expect that to change against the Broncos who have allowed only two touchdowns to tight ends and an average of 6.2 points per game.
Julius Thomas, JAX v.s. Texans
He barely broke 2.1 points against the Chiefs last week and don't expect him to have a bounce-back game this week against Houston. The Texans have only given one touchdown to the position and are the fourth-best defense against tight ends, holding them to an average 4.4 points per game.
The Steelers are no longer a defense to play in most contests. They have averaged less than six points per game over the past three contests. The Cowboys' offense is as powerful as any in the league, Pittsburgh is not looking like a team that's going to stop that train.
Must-Start Dallas Cowboy of the Week:
Ezekiel Elliott - Elliott is going to have a great chance at a big performance and he's a starter in every league. I think that the Steelers are very vulnerable on runs that cut to the outside and this could be one of those games where Zeke is continuously eating. They just don't have the guys to chase him around the edge.
Must-Sit Dallas Cowboy of the Week:
Dez Bryant- This is no disrespect to Bryant who could very well have a big game against the Steelers defensive backs. I just think that they are going to put a lot of attention on Bryant, making his counterparts the better start this week.
Fantasy Football Name of the Week:
Belichick Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself