By: Fan Sports Lists Team
Week 10 brings just 4 teams on bye weeks but 3 of them have elite fantasy QBs and the 4th is a matchup play. Throw in a few good WRs and a couple starting caliber RBs and most fantasy owners are in need of some reserves stepping up and/or some plug-and-play pickups this week. We got the guys to start, sit or pick up if needed!
7 Players to start this week:
1. Jordan Howard – RB – Chi @ TB: Howard put up over 200 yard in his last outing against a solid Vikings D. He will be on the road this week against the Bucs who are giving up 117 yards per game to opposing RBs. He should have locked down the RB1 role in Chicago but always be watching.
2. Chris Ivory – RB – Jac vs. Hou: Ivory is coming off his first 100+ yard performance of the season against a Chiefs D that is giving up similar yardage on the ground as the Texans have. Ivory did lose a fumble but going for over 100 yards is a good sign for his health and the Jacksonville O.
3. Carson Wentz – QB – Phi vs. Atl: Wentz will face an Atlanta secondary that is giving up 289 yards through the air per game and he’s is coming off of a 364 yard performance last week against the Giants.
4. Tyler Eifert – TE – Cin @ NYG: He had a big week going into the bye week and the time off should help him be healthy and fresh.
5. Kendall Wright – WR – Ten vs. GB: He has caught a ball over 20 yards 3 out the last 4 weeks since coming back from injury. He has a great matchup this week against a depleted Packer secondary.
6. DeMarco Murray -RB – Ten vs. GB: Don’t be scared off by the elite Packer run D, Murray is worth the start if he is active. Derrick Henry is very iffy so Murray should get a high amount of reps. Plus, he produces in the passing game which helps his value.
7. Terrance West – RB vs. Cle: West is facing the 2nd worst run D in the league by yardage and TDs allowed. Granted, he has been very average of late but you could do worse than a starting RB against the Browns.
6 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Matt Jones – RB – Was vs. Min: Jones was inactive last week and it sounds like Rob Kelley will get the bulk of the carries to start out in week 10 while Jones will have to work his way back to more reps. That and they are playing Minnesota.
2. Julian Edelman – WR – NE vs. Sea: Edelman has become TD dependent in an O that uses every position to its maximum. He has not topped 100 yards all year and unless you are in a PPR league, the matchup with the Seahawks is not a favorable one.
3. Brandin Cooks – WR – NO vs. Den: The Broncos defense might not have their number 1 CB healthybut even without him they are good against the pass. Cooks has not surpassed a 100 yards since week 6. Looks like Michael Thomas has become Brees’s favorite target.
4. Matt Forte – RB – NYJ vs. LA: Even though he has had 3 nice weeks in a row, the LA Rams will have everyone healthy on the front line and will look to stop the run. He may still get some touches through the passing game but will be sharing the targets.
5. Michael Thomas – WR – NO vs. Den: In our weekly “Bench v. Denver” edition, Thomas is best left on the bench especially if Aquib Talib plays. The Broncos have big physical CBs who should be a significant challenge for the stud rookie WR.
6. Jonathan Stewart – RB – Car – vs. KC: The Chiefs have a bad run D so Stewart is a must-start when healthy.
7 Players to plug-in or pick-up if possible:
1. Ryan Tannehill – QB – Mia @ SD: Tannehill has been less than stellar this season but he should be a safe play going up against a San Diego D giving up 285 yards per game through the air.
2. Jay Cutler – QB – Chi @ TB: Cutler looked good in his last outing against the Vikings and could continue the trend. If you need a QB, you might want to consider looking at Cutler. It would be fitting for him to have a strong to finish to the season.
3. Quincy Enunwa – WR – NYJ vs. LA: Enunwa could start to see playing time slip away if he can’t find any consistency. He will be in a nice matchup Sunday against the Rams. The Rams are stout in the run game and it will force the Jets to throw the ball.
4. J. J. Nelson – WR – Ari vs. SF: In 2 games since he took over the #2 WR spot from Michael Floyd in week 7, he has 19 targets. He might be the fastest player in the league and should continue to get targets going forward.
5. Marqise Lee – WR – Jax vs. Hou: He seems to get targets when he is on the field. Last week he had 8 targets and had his best game of the year 2 weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders. With the injury to Allen Hurns he should be 2nd on the depth chart.
6. Charone Peake – WR – NYJ vs. LA: This 7th round rookie is looking to make a big splash and is getting on the field more and more each week. Even though he has noit put up much of any stats, he is a big receiver and showed in college that he could high-point the ball. Watch for him in the weeks to come.
7. Baltimore D vs. Cle: The Ravens look like a great pick-and-play if you need a D to start this week. They did well against a beat up Steelers team last week and now face the dream matchup at home against the Browns.