Baltimore, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Oakland are off this week. You will need to find replacements for studs like Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt and Eagles QB Carson Wentz
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 10 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our
weird magnificent MS Paint masterpiece of a Funko’d Titans QB Marcus Mariota.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- QB Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans) – Mariota has had a pretty bland season when it comes to fantasy football. He was hampered by an injury and is just now starting to look like himself. He’s also been without a lot of weapons on & off all year. He was able to get rookie WR Corey Davis back last week. The Bengals have been pretty solid against fantasy quarterbacks, but they did struggle against the Colts who heavily relied on their tight end. Cincinnati has been fortunate that they haven’t played many teams with good tight ends. As we all know, Mariota loves him some TE Delanie Walker. He’s his #1 target and should have a fantastic fantasy week. If Walker has good numbers, Mariota must have solid numbers as well. Mariota would be a nice streaming option if you have QB Carson Wentz (bye).
- WR Robby Anderson (New York Jets) – The Buccaneers secondary has been horrible against fantasy wide receivers this season. They have given up the second-most points to them this season. It appears that QB Josh McCown is looking for Anderson when it counts. He has scored a touchdown in three-straight games. He’s lightning fast, so he could turn a short pass into a long gain.
- RB Alfred Morris (Dallas Cowboys) – Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a hearing on Thursday to determine if he can play this weekend against the Falcons. He was able to stave off the suspension for an additional game last week. I don’t have very high hopes that he will be able to push this another week. There aren’t many games left in the season and you would think that he would just want this to be over before the postseason (if the Cowboys even make it). I hope you were able to pick up Morris last week in anticipation of Elliott’s suspension. Morris is the clear #1 guy when (if) Elliott starts to serve his suspension.
- QB Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) – Goff is turning into the quarterback the Rams hoped he would become when they drafted him early last year. It helps that he has stud RB Todd Gurley behind him, but he is starting to spread the ball to all his targets. I was happy to see they even included WR Sammy Watkins in last week’s gameplan. The Texans have allowed back-to-back 300+ passing games to quarterbacks. They clearly miss linebackers J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus as they have trouble getting pressure on the quarterback. Goff should have a good fantasy game at home against Houston.
- RB Orleans Darkwa (New York Giants) – The Giants have been God awful this year, but Darkwa is turning into an every week flex option in fantasy. He faces the 49ers who have allowed nearly 500 yards to running backs over the last three weeks. He’s a lock to get 80+ yards rushing and should get redzone carries if TE Evan Engram is double-teamed.
- Detroit Lions Defense & Special Teams – The Lions were a solid fantasy defense for the first handful of games. They started out the season with four-straight double-digit fantasy games. They had a few hiccups this season, but they still put up good fantasy numbers when they were expected to do so. I expect a double-digit fantasy game from the defense against the Browns.
- WR Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers) – There are couple other fantasy wide receivers with low ownership I would rather than Samuel, (NYG Sterling Shepard & LAR Robert Woods), but I have to mention him since he could be in store for more playing time. He isn’t getting a lot of buzz, but he is taking over for the now-traded WR Kelvin Benjamin. Devin Funchess is the #1 receiver in Carolina, but the rookie did appear in more plays than him, even though Funchess had better numbers. Samuel will have a couple good fantasy weeks this year, so if you’re in a deep league, he’s worth a roster spot.
- RB Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks) – Seattle was going to let RB Eddie Lacy do his magic last week, but he went down with a groin injury early in the game. Rawls took over with limited success, but he has been the most productive running back since Week 4. The Cardinals are strong against the run, but if you are struggling with injuries or byes at running back, he could be worth a pickup if you’re desperate.
- TE Tyler Kroft (Cincinnati Bengals) – I’ve mentioned Kroft here a few times and he’s still owned in less than 50% of leagues. QB Andy Dalton MUST have a solid tight end if the Bengals hope to compete with the Titans. He’s better than nearly every fantasy tight end currently on the waiver wire.
- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) – This pick is more of a reminder to get him on your team if he’s still available. He had a 193-yard game two weeks ago, but was on bye last week, so teams could have tried to wait until this week to pick him up. He plays the Colts and their secondary is God awful. QB Ben Roethlisberger should be able to hit open receivers for most of the game.
- TE Garrett Celek (San Francisco 49ers) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – That’s right, I’m picking a guy that is only owned in the deepest of deep leagues. Starting TE George Kittle is injured and they also played WR Pierre Garcon on injured-reserve. The Giants have given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season…and it’s by a huge margin. They have given up at least one touchdown to a tight end in every game this season. Celek should have a better-than-expected game this week,
- RB Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Martin started out the season on the suspension list and honestly, he hasn’t played like himself this season. He only ran for seven yards on eight carries against the Saints. Martin was then benched and RB Peyton Barber played the rest of the game. It doesn’t help Martin that it looks like the starting QB will be Ryan Fitzpatrick, since Winston is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury.
- WR Will Fuller (Houston Texans) – Fuller has been in the ‘Starte’m’ section a few times this season and he had produced those weeks. After watching QB Tom Savage start in place of injured QB Deshaun Watson, I have no faith that Fuller will be a fantasy stud this year. Savage had tunnel-vision and targets WR DeAndre Hopkins 16 times, but only connecting on six of those passes. Fuller was targeted eight times, but only caught two of those passes. He may still get some redzone targets, but I fear his production will only be touchdown-dependent. He was pretty much in that category with Watson, but he was scored seven touchdowns in four games with Watson under center.
- RB Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) – Stewart was started in nearly 3/4 of ESPN leagues last week. I know the dude used to be money as a fantasy player, but he hasn’t be good in a couple seasons. You would have been better off starting RB Le’Veon Bell last week…and he was on bye. Stewart’s negative fantasy production should be the catalyst of an epic drop in his ownership percentage, but we shall see. It would be one thing is he just wasn’t averaging many yards, but the guy is now starting to fumble.
- Denver Broncos Defense & Special Teams – Denver is owned in over half of leagues, but hasn’t been a very good fantasy defense this season. They are a much better real-life defense than a fantasy scoring defense. They play the Patriots this weekend…and I fear Denver’s offense will leave their defense with poor field position to defend.
- RB Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals) – Mixon has been a little above average as a runner this season. His fantasy points have come from swing passes. He hasn’t ran for more than 62 rushing yards in a game. The Titans have only allowed one 100-yard rushing game this season and only two touchdowns given up to running backs. Mixon could have issues against the Titans.
- WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) – Hilton had a phenomenal game last week against the Texans. He had 175 receiving yards with two touchdowns. He faces the Steelers this week and Hilton has struggled this season when faced against elite cornerback. CB Joe Haden will be on ‘T.Y. duty’ this week. Jags CB Jalen Ramsey cut Hilton’s production down to two catches for 27 yards…we could see similar numbers from Hilton this weekend.
- QB Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers) – Rivers haven’t had the best fantasy year since he has been able to use RB Melvin Gordon more this season. He faces Jacksonville and he may struggle against their defensive playmakers. Keep an eye on CB Jalen Ramsey, who Bengals WR A.J. Green suplexed by the neck last week, since he could see sort of suspension for his role in the ruckus. I doubt it will happen, but you never know these days. Nevertheless, there are better QBs out there to start over Rivers this week.
- WR Deonte Thompson (Buffalo Bills) – Thompson had the best fantasy game of his career last week against the Jets. He caught seven of ten targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for Thompson, Buffalo traded for WR Kelvin Benjamin and will be knocked down a spot on the depth chart. WR Zay Jones suffered a gross knee injury, but it apparently looked much worse than it was since he is only listed as day-to-day.
- RB Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins) – Thompson gets most of his yards from passes, but I fear the Redskins will keep using RB Rob Kelley as much or even more, as Kelley gets healthy. The Vikings have the 2nd-best defense in the league and I don’t like Thompson as he relies on YAC yards after his short-yardage receptions. The Vikings have strong tacklers at linebacker and their secondary.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.