Well Rush Nation, we are now into the double digit weeks. This means that the wins become even more important and the loses are twice as damaging as before. The race to 8 plus wins and a spot in your fantasy football playoffs are on the line every week, making Starts and Sits decisions even more crucial.
However, don’t worry. I am on hand to help you navigate these difficult choices. I have put some players below to be thinking about from a starts and sits perspective. However, you can also join our Patreon page and get access to the most up to date rankings and also ask Stocks and I a question.
So, without further ado, here are the top Starts and Sits selections for Week Ten:
Last week, Brees was an easy sit candidate, playing the best fantasy defense against Quarterbacks. He then scored 4 Touchdowns, putting away the theory that he was past it.
This week, Brees has a favourable match-up against the banged up 49ers who have allowed a QB to score 27 or more fantasy points in 3 of their last 5 games. Also, they have allowed 4 passing scores in back to back games. This 49ers defense is no long one to fear.
Fresh off a bye, Jared Goff and the Rams now get an incredibly kind match-up for Fantasy Football. They get to play the second worst defense for fantasy points allowed in the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have allowed fantasy QBs to score 29.9 points per game so far this season.
Given that Goff has had the rest and McVey has had the time to plan and prepare scripted plays for this one, it seems like an easy start decision of Goff this week for your starts and sits conversation.
I have been frustrated with Gibson this season. I am sure a lot of his owners have. However, he has been an incredibly safe play, putting up over 10+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games. This week, he has the luxury of going against the Detroit Lions, who are the worst defense in football for fantasy points allowed to Running Backs (28.1 Fantasy Points Per Game). This is a smash game for Gibson for sure.
Another must start is James Robinson. Yes the game script will go against him, since the Jaguars will play the playoff bound Green Bay Packers. However, as I have said time and time again, the Packers cannot stop the run. They are the second worst defense in football for fantasy points allowed to Running Backs (26 Fantasy Points Per Game) and they have Jake Luton the rookie under centre. Robinson will get a lot of the red zone work and is an every down back right now. Expect him to load up.
A two for one here as both will eat against Seattle. I have already mentioned how historically bad this defense is against Quarterbacks, but they are even worse against Wide Receivers, giving up 35.9 Fantasy Points per game to Wide Receivers.
This is a narrow target tree and you can expect Kupp to smash the Seahawks up on the inside, whilst Woods will teach the CBs a lesson on the outside. There is potential for both these guys to score 20 PPR Points each this week.
It would be easy to slot Will Fuller in here, but the man who has seen significant improvement over the last few weeks is Brandin Cooks in this offense. Since Week Five, Brandin Cooks has put up 30.1, 21.8, 13 and 17.3 Fantasy PPR Points. These are huge numbers that have seen rise to the fringe of the WR2 conversation, despite starting the season with just 23.8 points in his first four games combined.
Cooks has found the end zone in 3 of the last four games. And, against this Browns defense, I expect him to find it again in Week Ten.
Hockenson has been averaging 9.3 Fantasy Points Per Game this season and the the Washington Football Team have been conceding 9.5 Fantasy Points Per Game to Tight Ends. Hockenson has been incredibly consistent this season and knows how to find the end zone. And, whilst Washington’s defense has been solid this season, they are a bottom 6 defense to Tight Ends this season for fantasy points allowed. All this matches up to be a smash game and a must start for T.J Hockenson. An easy Starts and Sits discussion involving him for fantasy owners.
Tannehill has hit a bit of a fantasy football slump. In his last 3 games, he has failed to get to 17.5 fantasy points. This week, he faces the Colts, who are only conceding 15.5 fantasy points per game to QBs. This game could end up low scoring. Or it could end up being really high scoring. Either way, I don’t like the trend for Tannehill in this game. He is a sit in this starts and sits column.
Burrow will find the matchup against the Steelers extremely tough. The Steelers have won the last six vs. the Bengals. They are also averaging over one interception a game so far this season. With the Bengals and Burrow not afraid to go for it, I can see multiple turnovers for Burrow. There are other more favourable plays this week than the number one overall draft pick.
A lot of factors go against Mixon this week. The Steelers are a top 10 fantasy defense against Running Backs, the game script of this game will not favour the Bengals running the ball too often, and he’s still recovering from injury and hasn’t practiced yet. If I was Zac Taylor, I would let Geo Bernard run the ball this week take rest Mixon one more week.
Jonathan Taylor, what are we supposed to do with you? Ultimately, he is a top prospect. But he dropped the ball last week, and ended up being 3rd on his team in snaps and carries. With that kind of risk, mixed in with the uptick in production from Wilkins and Hines in the last two games, makes Taylor a gamble at best, and a bust at worst. Others should be preferred to Taylor in your starts and sits discussion.
There are a lot of factors that go against Jefferson this week. Firstly, Dalvin Cook has gone bananas in his last 2 games, racking up almost 500 yards from scrimmage. There is no need to do anything extra if Cook keeps bulldozing over teams. Then you have the fact the Bears are a top 3 fantasy defense against Wide Receivers, conceding just 16.4 fantasy points to Wide Receivers. As a result, you would expect Adam Thielen to get the majority of those points. All signs point to a sit for Jefferson this week unless you are in bye week hell.
Jones has not really stepped up into the number one Wide Receiver role in the absence of Kenny Golladay. This week, he takes on the meanest defense to Fantasy WRs in the shape of the Washington Football Team. The Football Team have given up just 3 Touchdowns all year to Wide Receivers and a humbling 14.2 Fantasy Points Per Game. Expect Amendola, Hockenson and maybe even Marvin Hall to outperform Jones this week.
We are heading into Week Ten and the Colts defense have yet to concede a Touchdown to Tight Ends this season. Their season average is 4 receptions for 36 yards. When you factor in fumbles by Tight Ends, the Colts defense is giving up a measly 3 points per game to Tight Ends. That is so stingy. Even if Smith outperforms that, he is at best a Touchdown or bust option this week.
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