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Week 10 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Week 10 is here and we’re in the homestretch for our season long fantasy leagues. Each week I will be taking a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings and weekly waiver wire targets.

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Start ‘Em

Joe Flacco (QB, Baltimore Ravens) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Steve Smith or no, Flacco has a decent matchup in what could be a back and forth matchup offensively versus the Jags. Jacksonville is giving up the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Joe Cool has been quietly effective in 2015 and look for the trend to continue in Week 10.

Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington Redskins) vs. New Orleans Saints

Really? Start Kirk Cousins? Yep. Sure, he’s not a top tier QB. He’s not flashy. But, he’s a streaming delight going into his Week 10 matchup versus the Saints. The Saints are giving up the most points to QBs by a relatively wide margin. Other middle of the road quarterbacks like Mariota, Bradford, and Winston have looked like stars versus the Saints. It’s as ideal as it gets for Cousins this week.

Blake Bortles (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars) at Baltimore

That’s right. I’m saying start both quarterbacks in this matchup. It has the makings of a slugfest. The Ravens are giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Look for Bortles and the Robinson/Hurns combo to have a good week.

Charcandrick West (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) at Denver Broncos

Now firmly seated at the top of the Chiefs’ depth chart, the best running back name in the league has a sneaky nice matchup going into Week 10. We get so wrapped up in Denver’s pass defense and points allowed numbers that we tend to miss that they have been so-so in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs this season. Not to mention, snaps and volume speak wonders for RBs. West will be very involved in the game and that could be good news for his production. Don’t be afraid to play him versus the Broncos in Week 10.

LaGarrette Blount (RB, New England Patriots) at New York Giants

We often forget about New England running backs, but Blount has been a solid play of late. He’s seen 17+ carries two weeks running and he’s averaging 4.4 yards per carry over that time. Going into Week 10 he’ll be facing a Giants defense that has struggled against power running up the middle which is where Blount excels. Look for him to have a nice week.

James Starks (RB, Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit Lions

Remember Eddie Lacy? He used to be good or something, right? Well, that memory is getting hazy. Starks is the running back to play for the Pack nowadays. He’s by far the most productive and that’s good news for his owners going into Week 10. Green Bay will be up against a Detroit defense that is bad. They’re giving up the fourth most fantasy points to RBs this season.

Allen Robinson (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) at Baltimore Ravens

Picking up on the trend. This is a good fantasy matchup for both offenses. Robinson and the Jags will be facing a Baltimore defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. That bodes well for Robinson and Hurns. Look for Robinson to have another solid week in Week 10.

Davante Adams (WR, Green Bay Packers) vs Detroit Lions

Sure, according to points against numbers the Lions are middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers this season. The numbers aren’t what make this matchup appealing. Adams and Aaron Rodgers make it appealing. Rodgers is…well…Aaron Rodgers. And Adams…when he’s played this season he’s been in on nearly all of the Packers offensive snaps. With snaps comes potential. Plus, the targets are up as he was targeted 11 times in Week 9. I like Adams in Week 10.

Jordan Reed (TE, Washington Redskins) vs. New Orleans Saints

This plays into that whole ideal Cousins matchup thing (see above). New Orleans has struggled mightily in pass defense all season, and they are giving up the second most fantasy points in the league to tight ends. Reed is a good play this week.

Sit ‘Em

Jay Cutler (QB, Chicago Bears) at St. Louis Rams

Cutler has been fairly solid since coming back from injury. He hasn’t been blowing the roof off, but he’s been a more than serviceable fantasy option at QB. That said, the matchup isn’t so good this week going in to St. Louis. He’ll be facing a Rams defense that is giving up the second fewest fantasy points to QBs this season.

Eddie Lacy (RB, Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit Lions

At this point it’s time to give up the ghost on Lacy. For whatever reason his productive days in Green Bay are in the past. Regardless of the reason, James Starks is the fantasy option to lean on for fantasy at this point (see above). I know it’s hard to let go, but at this point you have to sit Lacy down until something changes.

Sammy Watkins (WR, Buffalo Bills) at New York Jets

Sammy looked good coming back after sitting out with injury, but that doesn’t mean he’s a good play in Week 10. The Bills will be facing a Jets defense that isn’t unbeatable when it comes to the passing game, but they are effective at shutting down a team’s primary receiver thanks to Revis and his island. Be wary with Watkins this week.

Jimmy Graham (TE, Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona Cardinals

Sit Jimmy Graham? Are you nuts? Despite his 7 catches in Week 8 Seattle still seems to be where tight ends go to die. Graham hasn’t been involved enough to be worthwhile many weeks. Going into Week 10 the matchup is fairly dire as the Cardinals have given up the third fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. You may not have another option, but be careful with Graham this week.



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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...