NFL Week 10 Start ‘Em And Sit ‘Em
With over half the NFL season under our collective belts, we have a much better sense of the players you should start, and perhaps even more importantly, the teams you shoud start those players against.
Here are some of our favorite starts for Week 10:
Quarterback: Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers — Phillip Rivers continues to be the Rodney Dangerfield of NFL quarterbacks: it’s hard for him to get any respect, at least when it comes to fantasy football. Often overlooked in the discussion of top fantasy quarterbacks, Rivers is currently 5th in the NFL in touchdown passes, and fourth in the NFL in yards per attempt. This week, he’s going against an Oakland Raiders team that’s been a complete sieve on passing defense. They’re tied for the 3rd-most touchdown passes allowed this year, and their 9.1 yard per attempt allowed is the most in the NFL by far.
Running Back: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears — It’s admittedly been a disappointing season for Jordan Howard (and those who’ve had him on their fantasy team). He’s on pace to run for less than 900 yards this year, and seems to be playing second fiddle in the offense to Tarik Cohen. But this week is a perfect “buy low” chance for Howard. The Detroit Lions, whom Howard and the Chicago Bears play this week, allow the third-most rushing yards per game in the NFL, and they’re dead last in yards per carry allowed to opposing running backs. While they’re admittedly a bit more stingy in touchdown runs allowed, Howard is coming off three straight games with a touchdown run, meaning he’s still getting usage in the red zone.
Running Back: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons — In Atlanta’s steamrolling of the Washington Redskins last week, Tevin Coleman had 156 total yards, including 88 yards on the ground (his second-highest output of the season). This week, Coleman and the Falcons will be playing the Cleveland Browns, who currently allow the fourth-most rushing yards per game to opponents, and also have given up an NFL-high 14 touchdowns on the ground. While there’s concern about Ito Smith “vulturing” goal line carries, expect Coleman to get plenty of opportunities both on the ground and via the pass.
Wide Receiver: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals — Outside of last week’s performance against the Minnesota Vikings, when Stafford was basically under siege all game long, he had thrown for at least two touchdown passes in six consecutive games. Boyd is just behind Green for the team lead in receiving yards, and has one less touchdown catch than Green this year. The third-year receiver is coming off a 128-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans has one of the most porous pass defenses in the NFL.
Wide Receiver: DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This will be the first time that DeSean Jackson faces his former team in the Washington Redskins, so expect a little more motivation for him this Sunday. More importantly, the Atlanta Falcons exposed the fact that the Redskins – whom the Buccaneers play this week – aren’t very good on pass defense. If Jackson faces off against cornerback Josh Norman, he’ll have a distinct advantage given the fact that the biggest weakness in Norman’s game is his lack of recovery speed.
Tight End: Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints — Outside of the top few guys at the position, it’s been a down year at the tight end position. But the New Orleans Saints are playing the Cincinnati Bengals this week, and the latter are in the top 10 for most points allowed to opposing tight ends. Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is now third among all New Orleans pass catchers in terms of targets, and he has touchdown receptions in two of his past three games. He’s worth a streaming start this week.