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Start e’m/Sit e’m Week 10

Our fantasy writers Nick and Brett look to give you some vital information as fantasy owners scramble to set their lineups. Below are their picks for week 10 with some key teams on the Bye.  Best of luck to all of the Fantasy Football owners out there!

STARTS OF THE WEEK

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)-  Stafford has a very favorable matchup this week in a home contest against the Cleveland Browns. The Lions quarterback is on an impressive three-game streak with at least 300 passing yards and should make it four in a row this week. If Stafford isn’t available to add via free agency, strongly consider picking up Jets QB Josh McCown who has a favorable road matchup against a poor (and banged up) Buccaneers defense. (Nick)

Running Back:  Bilal Powell (New York Jets)-  After exploding for a two-touchdown performance last week, (and Matt Forte sidelined with a knee injury) the door is wide open for Powell.  Powell has shown he can be a legitimate fantasy option this season when given the chance. In week 4 against Jacksonville, Powell dominated the Jets backfield with Forte out and managed 163 yards along with a touchdown. This week the Jets travel to Tampa Bay who have been a bottom five defense when it comes to stopping the run in fantasy this season. Pair that with the fact that Jameis Winston is out this week, the Jets have the chance to go up early and rely on their ground game.  (Brett)

Wide Receiver:  JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)-  Despite coming to popularity (in part due to having a fun name and in part to his bike saga), Juju Smith-Schuster has actually emerged as a rock-solid fantasy option this season. Although there were well-documented struggles about Big Ben and the Steelers offense, they have hit their stride as of late. Historically, the Steelers have been a team that has seen good, consistent production from their second receiving option opposite Antonio Brown.  After coming off of a 193-yard performance, Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh passing attack now get to play in a dome against the 26th ranked defense against fantasy receivers. While he may not match his totals last week, Smith-Schuster is an extremely strong flex play this week against the Colts.  (Brett)

Tight End:  Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts)-  On a week where the top two tight ends in fantasy are currently on a bye, tight end options are very minimal. Jack Doyle is a name that has flown under the radar this year in the fantasy tight end conversation, but he has been one of the more productive options this season (especially as of late) mostly due to the amount of targets he gets. Doyle has a whopping 33 receptions over the last four games as well as two touchdowns. With the lack of options, Doyle has emerged almost as a must-start especially during a week like this.  (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams:  Detroit Lions-  The Detroit Lions defense/special teams has been arguably the best in the league for the majority of the season. A home match up against the winless Cleveland Browns makes them a must start once again.  Another defense/special teams to strongly consider is the Pittsburgh Steelers in a contest against an inconsistent Indianapolis Colts offense.  (Nick)

SITS OF THE WEEK

Quarterback:  Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)-  Marcus Mariota has yet to take the leap that many people expected.  He has top ten QB type potential, but is playing somewhere more along the lines of a middle of the pack QB.  He has failed to throw for a touchdown in four games this season, including a goose egg against the frequently mentioned winless Cleveland Browns. His rushing ability was also a struggle in that matchup. In ESPN Standard scoring, Mariota has failed to score 20 fantasy points more than once this season. It is justified to keep Mariota on the bench this week in favor of another quarterback like Josh McCown who has exceeded expectations.  (Nick)

Running Back:  C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos)-  Anderson had his worst game of the season last week against the Eagles where he totaled only 13 yards. Although it was a tough matchup against the stingy Philadelphia run defense, Anderson also was banged up with an ankle injury as a result. Although it will likely not hurt his status on Sunday, Anderson also missed practice on Thursday due to an illness. The week seems to only get worse for C.J. Anderson as they play the Patriots this week who, although have not been very good against the run, will likely set the tone and get ahead early in the game. With game-flow, injuries, illness, and lack of production all considered, keep C.J. Anderson on the bench this week as he is nothing more than a flex option.  (Brett)

Wide Receiver:  Jermaine Kearse (New York Jets)-  Kearse has been trending downward in recent weeks with the emergence of fellow wide receiver Robby Anderson. Kearse is competing with Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins for targets, so he is starting to get lost in the shuffle. He is coming off of two straight games with less than five fantasy points. I wouldn’t even consider Kearse as a flex option this week.  Another option to consider leaving on the bench is Will Fuller V, whose value has dropped dramatically after the season-ending injury to quarterback Deshaun Watson.  (Nick)

Tight End:  Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills)-  After getting off to a fast start this season, Charles Clay left the Bills week 5 contest against the Bengals with a knee injury.  This week the Bill host the Saints in the game where Clay is finally expected to return. Although it is exciting and the tight end position is not very deep in fantasy, owners should be cautious when making the decisions to put Clay in lineups. Kelvin Benjamin and Jordan Mathews are also likely going to play this week, so it will be interesting to see where the targets go as there are now more options compared to when Clay went down. The Saints have also been outstanding when it comes to stopping opposing tight ends, keeping pretty much everyone in check outside of Rob Gronkowski.   (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams:  Houston Texans  The Houston Texans have been a good defense/special teams for the majority of the season with the exception of two bad weeks in which they had negative fantasy points. The Texans match up against the Los Angeles Rams and star running back Todd Gurley this week. I would avoid this match up and find an alternative like the New York Giants to start this week.  (Nick)  

 

Authors: Nick Eberhardt and Brett Santos

 

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