Cardinals-Buccaneers and Falcons-Saints are great Week 10 fantasy football matchups you should take a look at, while Vikings-Cowboys is worth avoiding.
Below are some good plays for this week, as well as some other NFL players you should consider avoiding.
Reminder that the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are all on bye in Week 10 (if you need a bye week fill-in, check out Week 10 waiver wire pickups).
Who to Start
— Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (QB): After missing five games with a hand injury, Brees returned with a vengeance in Week 8. He completed 34 of 43 attempts for 373 yards and three touchdowns. With two weeks to prepare for the Falcons, who are 31st in the league in points allowed, he should put up big numbers this week.
— Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals (RB): A popular waiver wire add for Week 10 as it appears Jones has taken over the top spot in Tampa from Peyton Barber. He had 18 carries in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in comparison to Barber’s four touches. Jones should put up solid RB2 numbers against the Cardinals in what is shaping up to be a shootout.
— Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (RB): When coach Sean McDermott said after Week 8 that they wanted to get Singletary more involved in the game, it was not just lip service. Singletary had 20 rushing attempts in Week 9, almost three times as many as his second best game this season. He also had 95 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. Meanwhile, veteran Frank Gore has seen a downtick in work, with 15 attempts for 11 yards on Sunday. Singletary should be the workhorse back moving forward.
— Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins (WR): Pascal is looking like the last man standing with T.Y. Hilton sidelined with a calf injury for three-to-four weeks and Parris Campbell set to miss multiple weeks with a hand fracture suffered in Week 9. Pascal has an excellent matchup this week against a Dolphins team that has been like a cheat code for opponents in fantasy. Expect him to see a high target share in a receiving corps bereft of competition.
— Golden Tate, New York Giants at New York Jets (WR): Since his suspension to start the season, Tate has carved out a key role for himself in this offense, drawing at least six targets in each game. Tate caught all six of his targets for 42 yards during Monday night’s loss to the Cowboys, one of which set up an eventual Cody Latimer touchdown. He comes in as a high-end WR3 with upside this week against a feeble Jets secondary.
— Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (TE): Henry has been a must-start in each game since returning from injury in Week 6. He had a season-high ten targets on Sunday against the Packers and caught seven passes for 84 yards. He is averaging 85 yards a game over the last four weeks, which is very impressive for a tight end. Henry’s continued target share gives him a high floor at a position that tends to be touchdown-dependent and he is a high-end TE1 this week — and most weeks moving forward.
— Baltimore Ravens D/ST at Cincinnati Bengals: Veteran Andy Dalton was benched during the team’s Week 9 bye and will be replaced by North Carolina State rookie quarterback Ryan Finley, who was selected in the fourth round. Since Finley is a wild card, it is tough to say if he will be an upgrade from Dalton, though it may not matter since the 0-8 Bengals have much more incentive to lose than to win at this point. They are averaging 15.5 points per game, all of which sets up the Ravens defense to have a nice Week 10.
Who to Sit
— Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (QB): Cousins has been up-and-down this season and faces a tough Week 10 matchup against the Cowboys. He has been serviceable in the last few weeks facing subpar defenses in the Giants, Eagles, Lions, Redskins and Chiefs. Dallas is sixth in the league in points allowed, and Cousins will likely be without his favorite target, Adam Thielen, who is expected to sit out this game battling a hamstring injury. He falls out of QB1 consideration, even in a lean week.
— Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (RB): Ty Johnson was the heir apparent in the Lions backfield when Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve, but he has disappointed fantasy owners thus far. He has yet to score a touchdown, or post more than 30 rushing yards. J.D. McKissic has been more efficient with his workload and picked up a receiving touchdown in Week 9. Ty could see his touches decrease, and even if he maintains the starting role, Chicago is fifth in points allowed this year. Avoid both Lions running backs until someone emerges as the clear No. 1.
— David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB): Johnson is expected to return on Sunday after essentially missing three games in a row with an ankle injury. The matchup against the Buccaneers is an attractive one, but now that Kenyan Drake has been added to the roster, there is a good chance Johnson will be in some kind of timeshare. Drake had a monster first game on Thursday against the 49ers, and has earned playing time. It is hard to envision a scenario where Johnson slides right back into the feature role.
— Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills (WR): Landry picked up his first touchdown on Sunday against the Broncos in what has been a disappointing year. Baker Mayfield’s palpable regression and the Browns’ porous offensive line have hampered both Landry and Odell Beckham’s production for fantasy. This weej Landry faces Buffalo, whose defense trails only New England and San Francisco in points allowed this season. He is worthy of WR3 status in PPR formats and should be avoided in standard leagues.
— Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers (WR): The cast of Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Allen Lazard are the closest thing to a receiver-by-committee situation in the league. Lazard led the team in receiving with four targets, three catches, and 44 yards on Sunday, while MVS and Allison both had two targets. MVS posted zero fantasy points and is a low-end flex for Week 10. Any Packers receiver not named Davante Adams should be avoided at this point.
— Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (TE): The Packers are 28th in the league against fantasy tight ends, which certainly makes for an attractive matchup, but Olsen has not scored since Week 3. Like most tight ends, Olsen is touchdown-dependent and has had fewer opportunities in this newly conservative offense led by Kyle Allen. He is a borderline TE1 this week due to positional scarcity.
— Seattle Seahawks D/ST at San Francisco 49ers: Four different San Francisco receivers scored in its Week 9 win against the Cardinals, including trade-deadline acquisition Emmanuel Sanders. It was also Jimmy Garoppolo’s best game of the year; he attempted a season-high 37 passes for 28 completions, 317 yards and four touchdowns. Seattle’s defense has been usable on a week-to-week basis, but sit them in Week 10 in favor of a waiver wire pick up, such as the Giants.
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