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Start or Sit? NFL fantasy football tips for Week 10

What players make the cut in this week’s start/sit list?

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It’s already Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season, which means there are only a few weeks remaining in the fantasy football regular season. As games become more and more meaningful, it’s important to fill out that starting lineup to maximum efficiency. Each week we’re faced with some tough choices as deciding which fringe players to insert into your lineup isn’t always cut and dry. So, we’re here to help you out with this week’s fantasy start/sit suggestions.

QUARTERBACK

Start’Em

Jared Goff (Rams) vs. Seattle Seahawks (Week 10 position rank: 10th)

It’s just become a regular thing for the opposing quarterback of the Seahawks to have big games as their defense gives up a ridiculous amount of fantasy points to the position. After failing to get inside the top 15 QB finishes the previous four weeks, the BillsJosh Allen returned to relevance with a top 2 finish last week. That’s what facing the Seahawks will do for you. Jared Goff is just a middling fantasy quarterback that mostly finishes somewhere between 10 and 20, so he doesn’t bring a lot of excitement to your fantasy lineup, but that could change this week.

Sit’Em

Joe Burrows (Bengals) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 10 position rank: 17th)

Fantasy owners have been pleased with the rookie because he throws the ball a ton. Between yardage and touchdowns, Burrows has been able to put together a solid fantasy season. He’s just a couple weeks removed from a 404-yard, four-touchdown performance where he finished as the fourth-best scoring fantasy QB for the week. That’s what he can do with a great matchup. Unfortunately, this week is not so great as he faces a Steelers defense that is the best in the league at getting after the quarterback. When Burrows faced the Ravens earlier in the year, Burrows was shut down as it was the only game this season he hasn’t thrown a touchdown in and he only had 183 yards passing. With a shaky offensive line, this one could be a little bumpy for this year’s no. 1 overall pick.

RUNNING BACK

Start’Em

Leonard Fournette (Bucs) vs. Carolina Panthers (Week 10 position rank: 15th)

It has to be frustrating if you own any of the Bucs running backs as you never know what you’re going to get during any given game. But what we can tell you is that the Panthers surrender the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. With both Ronald Jones and Fournette likely seeing a fair dose of touches, the opportunity is there for either of them to have a big game. And don’t be discouraged by last week’s shutdown as the Saints front seven is much more dominant than the Panthers. The last time these two teams squared off, Fournette ran for 102 yards on just 12 carries and scored twice, making him the fourth-highest scoring RB for the week. Even without an abundance of work, don’t be shocked if he puts up a similar performance.

Sit’Em

Jerick McKinnon (49ers) vs. New Orleans Saints (Week 10 position rank: 19th)

Most weeks you’re happy to start the 49ers running back who is getting the lion’s share of the touches in the backfield. Last week it was McKinnon who held that job, and he performed okay thanks to finding the end zone. But that game was against the Packers, who allow the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Now, McKinnon will go up against one of the toughest defenses against fantasy running backs in the Saints. That, combined with a timeshare role, makes this a very unattractive start for him this week.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start’Em

Josh Reynolds (Rams) vs. Seattle Seahawks (Week 10 position rank: 58th)

If you are scrambling for a player to plug into your flex, then you’ve come to the right place as we dig deep for this one. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods owners are salivating at the mouth as they get to attack that fantasy-friendly Seahawks defense, but what if we told you that there is plenty of love to go around. Gabriel Davis of the Bills (who is that?) put together a 15-point performance last week, making it the fifth time this season that three wide receivers from the same team have produced double-digit fantasy performances against the Seahawks this season. When you consider that Reynolds already has a role regular in the Rams offense and that he’s coming off two straight games with at least eight targets, the opportunity is there for this deep sleeper pick to have a nice game this week.

Sit’Em

Mike Evans (Bucs) vs. Carolina Panthers (Week 10 position rank: 24th)

This suggestion is a little weird because Evans owners aren’t going to be sitting a talented receiver in a contest with the potential for a game script with a lot of points. We understand that. However, it should be noted that there are a few things going on here that could lead to an underwhelming performance by a Bucs receivers. For starters, there are a lot of mouths to feed with not only Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski, but now Antonio Brown is in the mix. If last week was any indication, Brown’s going to be cutting into those targets. And when you consider that teams have a lot of success on the ground against the Panthers, the well is going to run dry for someone in that receiving group.

TIGHT END

Start’Em

Eric Ebron (Steelers) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Week 10 position rank: 9th)

The veteran wide receiver continues to get looks as he’s gotten at least five targets in six of the Steelers last seven games. Ebron has finished inside the top 10 for fantasy tight ends in two consecutive weeks. Of course, a big reason for that is that he’s caught a touchdown in both of those games. Like most tight ends in the league, Ebron is touchdown dependent, but that’s okay as he’ll face a Bengals defense that has surrendered five touchdowns to tight ends over their last three games. Cincy gives up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, making Ebron a solid play this week.

Sit’Em

Jared Cook (Saints) vs. San Francisco 49ers (Week 10 position rank: 11th)

Cook has been a solid fantasy performer thanks to a Saints offense that is fourth in the league in points scored. Over his last four games, three times he’s finished in the top six for fantasy tight ends. But in each of those games he was fortunate enough to find the end zone. This week, he’ll face a stingy 49ers defense who doesn’t give up many fantasy points to opposing tight ends. And when you factor in that Michael Thomas is back and should demand a good share of targets, Cook could be in for a quiet afternoon.

DEFENSE

Start’Em

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10 position rank: 10th)

Last week we suggested starting the Giants defense against Washington and they finished as the fourth-best fantasy defense for the week. That dreadful NFC East is the gift that keeps on giving.

So, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to see that we’re going to double-down with the Giants again as they go up against the Eagles. In fact, the Eagles are slightly more generous than Washington, so the stage is set for another quality outing by the Giants.

Sit’Em

Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Week 10 position rank: 12th)

The Dolphins have a good defense, and they have finished in the top seven for the week in four straight games. This week, they’ll face a Chargers team that has been fairly good on offense in recent games. Despite their inability to close the deal at the end of games, the offense can put up points. Thanks to a productive rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert, the Chargers have scored at least 26 points in five straight games. The Dolphins defense will make plays, but this one could be a lot more high-scoring than some expect.