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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 10

Start 'EM Sit 'EM Week 10

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 10

We are past the midway point of the season as we now approach week 10. That means each lineup choice has that much more behind it as we inch closer to the playoffs. With that, let’s dive in and look at the players to start and sit for this weekend.

Recapping last week

It was a better week than last in what has been one of the weirder weeks of this season. Kirk Cousins will finish with a top-10 finish and Tua Tagavailoa was active but did not play and Jalen Hurts finished as a top-12 play. Myles Gaskin finished just outside the top-15 while Boston Scott only saw 10 touches with a finish outside the top-15 and Carlos Hyde finished outside of RB3 territory in James Robinson’s place. Jerry Jeudy finished inside the top-24 while Chase Claypool barely finished inside the top-50 but the biggest miss from me was DeVonta Smith, who had a top-five performance. Jared Cook had a top-12 week despite finishing with the third-most points out of all Chargers’ tight ends and Tyler Conklin struggled with a finish outside the top-18 and Tyler Higbee finished just inside the top-15. We’re on to week 10!

Teams on bye: Bears, Bengals, Giants, Texans

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 10 QB’s

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Derek Carr

Raiders vs. Chiefs

ESPN Starting Percentage: 33.9%

Carr’s performance against the Giants was less than ideal with three turnovers and only one touchdown even though he threw 40+ passing attempts. With that being said, it was his first game adjusting to a different wide receiver room and now has a “get-right” matchup against the Chiefs. Take away Jordan Love’s first start and the Chiefs have only given up two sub-20 fantasy point games to opposing quarterbacks this season (Baker Mayfield, week one and Taylor Heinicke, week six). Besides those two games, opposing quarterbacks have been terrorizing the Chiefs’ defense as they’ve given up five games this season with 275+ yards from scrimmage and at least two total touchdowns. Carr has thrown at least 34 attempts in all but one game this season and may have to continue that trend if/when the Chiefs’ offense gets back on track.

Matt Ryan

Falcons vs. Cowboys

ESPN Starting Percentage: 13.4%

Even without Calvin Ridley and going up against a strong Saints’ defense, Ryan had a strong performance with 343 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and a rushing score as well with no turnovers. Take away his week eight performance against the Panthers and he has three straight games with 330+ passing yards and two touchdown throws. He faces a Cowboys’ defense that has only forced one interception in their last four games after accumulating 10 in their first five games. They couldn’t stop Teddy Bridgewater in week nine and with the Falcons’ passing offense playing better as of late, Ryan has a chance for a top-12 game for those without Joe Burrow or Daniel Jones this weekend.

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Jalen Hurts

Eagles vs. Broncos

ESPN Starting Percentage: 67.9%

For the second straight week, I’m going to my recommendation of sitting Hurts in fantasy football. While he has at least 60 rushing yards in each of his last three games, his usage in the last two games is extremely concerning. He has attempted a combined 31 passes during that time for 265 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown is his only in the past two games and now faces a Broncos’ defense that just shut down Dak Prescott (outside of garbage time). They have also only given up 109 total rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks this season, including limiting Lamar Jackson to only 28 in week four. Hurts is on track to struggle against a defense limiting the run against mobile quarterbacks.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 10 RB’s

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Kenyan Drake

Raiders vs. Chiefs

ESPN Starting Percentage: 13.5%

Even with Josh Jacobs back and healthy, Drake still managed 100 yards from scrimmage on only 10 total touches (four carries, six receptions). Drake is going to continue being a key part of this Raiders’ passing offense moving forward as he’s had five games this season with 30+ receiving yards. He now faces a Chiefs’ defense giving up the eighth-most receptions and fifth-most receiving yards to opposing running backs this season. In the last two weeks, they’ve given up four receptions for 44 yards to A.J. Dillon and five receptions for 65 yards to Devontae Booker. In what should be a much higher scoring affair than the 13-7 victory Kansas City had over Green Bay in week nine, Drake should continue to see plenty of passing volume against a defense struggling in all phases.

Devin Singletary

Bills vs. Jets

ESPN Starting Percentage: 19.6%

This selection is more predicated on Zack Moss not being able to suit up in week 10 due to the concussion he suffered this past weekend. But even if Moss does play, the Jets continue to be a streaming option for almost every position, especially running back. They’ve given up an absurd 10 total touchdowns over the last three games to opposing running backs, with two of those games having multiple running backs cross the goal-line. The Jets have also given up 75+ scrimmage yards to five different running backs over the last three games as well. Even with the entire Bills’ offense struggling in week nine, Singletary still managed 13 total touches, including 43 receiving yards on seven receptions. He would have a top-24 floor if Moss can’t clear concussion protocol in time.

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Michael Carter

Jets vs. Bills

ESPN Starting Percentage: 61.4%

On the other side of that game, we have the upstart Carter going up against the extremely tough Bills’ defense. While Carter went for 86 scrimmage yards and had a clear hold on the running back touches, it was a disappointing outing in week nine for him. Especially after he had 172 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in week eight. He faces a Bills’ defense that has only given up four total touchdowns this season to opposing running backs and three of them came from Derrick Henry in week six. In fact, they’ve only given up 50+ scrimmage yards to four different running backs as well. And outside of Antonio Gibson’s 73-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in week three, the Bills have only given up 20+ receiving yards to an opposing running back twice this season. This is not the matchup to trust Carter in, especially when the starting quarterback for the Jets is still unclear heading into week 10.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 10 WR’s

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Brandon Aiyuk

49ers vs. Rams

ESPN Starting Percentage: 9.8%

After seemingly on-track to being one of the biggest busts in recent memory for fantasy football, Aiyuk has turned it up as of late. He had only 16 targets combined through his first six games but has 15 in just the last two games. He has 10 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown during that time. He now faces a Rams’ defense that will likely be more focused on shutting down Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, which should allow Aiyuk to see softer coverage (a.k.a. not Jalen Ramsey). Plus, it’s likely that the 49ers will need to have high pass volume in a game they’ll likely be trailing in for most of the time.  Aiyuk has high-end FLEX upside in what could be a high-scoring game between two NFC West rivals.

Jerry Jeudy

Broncos vs. Eagles

ESPN Starting Percentage: 38.6%

In only his second game back from his serious ankle injury, Jeudy saw a steady amount of work with eight targets. He would end up turning that into six receptions for 69 yards. He has now seen 12 targets in his first two games since coming off injured reserve and seems destined for a seven-to-eight target per week floor just based on talent alone. Despite the Eagles being particularly tough against opposing wide receivers, they’ve shown they’re not above giving up solid games to teams’ top wide receiver. Keenan Allen just went for 12 receptions and 104 yards on 13 targets in week nine while Tyreek Hill had a monster game in week four with 11 receptions, 186 yards, and three touchdowns. Jeudy has a top-30 floor at worst in week 10 with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, and Brandin Cooks on bye.

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Jarvis Landry

Browns vs. Patriots

ESPN Starting Percentage: 40.5%

Despite Odell Beckham Jr. being out of the picture, Landry’s role in the Browns’ offense is tough to figure out with them being so run-focused. He has seen 23 targets in his three games back from an injured reserve stint but has only turned that into 13 receptions and 113 scoreless yards. Baker Mayfield is hard to trust as he connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 60-yard touchdown in week nine and is so inconsistent in his own performance. The Browns now face a Patriots’ defense that has only allowed one receiver to catch more than four passes in a game over their last three games. They’ve also only allowed one performance of 50+ receiving yards during that time as well. The Patriots’ secondary is playing really well as of late and this could be another run-heavy game script for the Browns in week 10 after seeing the type of production they got from it against the Bengals.

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Pat Freiermuth

Steelers vs. Lions

ESPN Starting Percentage: 24.0%

Freiermuth has been performing extremely well as of late and has been rewarded as such. He has 20 targets in the last three games for 16 receptions, 145 yards, and three touchdowns as he’s become a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger. During that time, he has the second-most targets of any player on the team (Diontae Johnson, 32) and is now coming off two straight games with a touchdown. He now faces a Lions’ defense that has given up at least 46 receiving yards or a touchdown in three straight contests. With C.J. Uzomah, Evan Engram, and Cole Kmet on bye, Freiermuth should continue being a top-12 option moving forward.

Dan Arnold

Jaguars vs. Colts

ESPN Starting Percentage: 13.1%

Since coming back from their bye week, Arnold has actually been a heavily featured player on the Jaguars’ passing offense. His 17 targets are tied with Jamal Agnew for the most on the team and Arnold has turned those targets into 12 receptions for 128 yards. He has at least 60 receiving yards in each of his last two games and continues to be utilized as the top receiving option in the Jaguars’ tight end room. He now faces a Colts’ defense that has given up a touchdown in two straight games to an opposing tight end and six total for the season. His safe floor makes him a very startable option moving forward at the position.

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Dalton Schultz

Cowboys vs. Falcons 

ESPN Starting Percentage: 58.0%

Outside of Ceedee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Schultz has been the top non-wide receiver option in the Cowboys’ passing offense. His 49 targets are third and 20 more than the next player, Ezekiel Elliott. However, that might be changing with Michael Gallup expected back this weekend. Before going down in week one with an injury, Gallup saw seven targets in that game, which was third behind Lamb and Cooper. So Gallup’s return will certainly cut into Schultz’s target share moving forward. The Falcons have also been tough against opposing tight ends as of late with no tight end hitting 50+ receiving yards in a game in the last three and zero touchdowns given up during that time as well. Until we know more of what Schultz’s role will be with Gallup’s return, it’s best to sit him, especially in a tougher matchup.

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