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Week 10 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Philip RiversWeek 10 is upon us and the fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon. Here’s a look at some players with ideal matchups that you should start and players with the not-so-good matchups that need to stay seated for the week. Good luck in Week 10!


START ‘EM:  Philip Rivers (Chargers vs. Broncos)

We’ve seen this recipe before. In order to compete with the Broncos’ high flying offense you need to wage a shootout. This AFC West matchup is likely to be a high scoring one, and Rivers has a great opportunity to pile on fantasy points this week. The Broncos defense is giving up an average of 17.6 points to QBs this season PLUS they have given up the most points to visiting quarterbacks. This one is going to be a shooting war, and Rivers is a good start.

START ‘EM: Jake Locker (Titans vs. Jaguars)

The Titans are battling for position in the AFC South and the Jags aren’t good…at all. Locker has been looking good in recent weeks, and he stands to continue the trend in Week 10. Jacksonville’s defense is giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

SIT ‘EM: Case Keenum (Texans at Cardinals)

Keenum looked good last week and he’s likely been a highly targeted player for owners looking for late season QB help. That said, be wary of the young Houston quarterback in Week 10 versus Arizona. The Cardinals defense has been hot and cold this season, but they are opportunistic and could cause trouble for the rookie quarterback. They are giving up just over 13 fantasy points to visiting QBs this season. There could be better options out there (See above), so tread lightly.

Running Backs

START ‘EM: Mike James (Bucs vs. Dolphins)

James has done a nice job filling in for injured Doug Martin, and he was particularly hot in Week 9. This week he’ll be facing a shoddy Miami defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to running backs. He’s a good play in Week 10.

START ‘EM: Pierre Thomas (Saints vs. Cowboys)

Thomas has been looking good in recent weeks and with Sproles out in Week 10 he stands to play a much larger role in the Saints offense. That’s good news because the Dallas defense has been giving up big points in the last six weeks to opposing running backs.  Over that span they have surrendered over 22 points per week, and Week 7 was the only week in which they gave up less than 22 points.  It’s looking good for Thomas this week.

SIT ‘EM: Le’Veon Bell (Steelers vs. Bills)

The Bills may not be that great this season, but they have certainly been stingy in their run defense. That spells bad news for rookie Le’Veon Bell going into Week 10. Buffalo is giving up the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and they have been particularly stout in recent weeks (held KC’s Jamaal Charles to under 10 points in Week 9). Bell isn’t a good start this week.

Wide Receivers

START ‘EM: Alshon Jeffery (Bears vs. Lions)

This is a potential big performance that’s been building for weeks. Jeffery is coming on strong just in time to face a Lions defense that is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and they’ve surrendered a whopping 31.5 points per week in the last two weeks.

START ‘EM: Golden Tate (Seahawks at Falcons)

That’s right. Golden Tate is making an appearance on the Start ‘Em list. These things do happen. Tate has fallen into a good position in Seattle because of injuries to the team’s other receivers and the fact that Percy Harvin hasn’t yet returned to action. He’ll be facing an Atlanta defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to visiting receivers this season.

SIT ‘EM: Cecil Shorts (Jaguars at Titans)

The suspension of Justin Blackmon should mean even more targets for Shorts, but this isn’t a good week for him. The Jags will be facing a Titans defense that is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Steer clear of Cecil in Week 10 if you can.

Tight Ends

START ‘EM: Garrett Graham (Texans at Cardinals)

Yeah, yeah. I did say be wary of Keenum, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that his tight end has a very good matchup in Week 10. Arizona’s defense is giving up the most fantasy points to tight ends this season by a very wide margin. Graham is available in 85% of ESPN leagues, so there’s a good chance you can grab him for this ideal matchup.

SIT ‘EM: Heath Miller (Steelers vs. Bills)

This is not the Heath Miller you’re looking for. Miller and the Steelers offense haven’t exactly been lighting it up for most of the season. He’ll be facing a Bills defense that is giving up only 5.8 points per week to opposing tight ends, so this isn’t a good matchup. There are likely better options out there (See above).

Defense/Special Teams

START ‘EM: Titans D/ST vs. Jaguars

Matchup, matchup, matchup. If you’ve been streaming defenses this season, then you’ve likely been looking to see who Jacksonville is facing each week. That plan of action remains a good one going into Week 10. It’s very likely the Tennessee D is available in your league, and this week is a great week to play them as the Jags are giving up 13.4 points per week to opposing defenses.

START ‘EM: Cardinals D/ST vs. Texans

Remember above when I said Arizona’s defense could cause problems for Houston’s rookie quarterback? Yeah, that. The Cardinals defense is sneaky good and the matchup is nice this week as the Texans have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing defenses over the last four weeks.

SIT ‘EM: Cowboys D/ST at Saints

The Cowboys defense has created the most turnovers in the league this season, but they also have given up a lot of points. Based on fantasy points, the Dallas defense is #3 in the league. That said, it’s never ideal to face Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Opposing defenses are scoring the second fewest fantasy points against the Saints (2.6 pts. per week).


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