Week 10 brings us 4 teams on byes including 3 with at least 4 viable starting options for fantasy owners. Plus 2 notable suspensions came down for WR Mike Evans (1 game) and RB Zeke Elliot (6 games). We are also just a few weeks from the fantasy playoffs so, if you’re sitting pretty well for a playoff slot, moves should be made with an eye towards weeks 14-15.
4 Players to start this week:
1. Detroit Lions – D – Det vs. Cle: The Lions D has been playing at a high level for most of the season and that is likely to continue on Sunday. The winless Browns should provide plenty of opportunity for the lions to add to their D numbers. With 10 INTs, 6 fumble recoveries, and 3 D-TDs, the Lions are a must start D.
2. Jordan Howard – RB – Chi vs GB: Howard is locked and loaded as a stud start for stretch run. The Bears offensive MO is to run and run and Howard makes a perfect battering ram. As long as Da Bears can keep games relatively close, which should be very doable against the Pack, they will feed Howard enough to make him a must play.
3. Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Buf vs NO: Benjamin is a bit of a risky play but I think there is enough upside to play him, especially if you are deploying him as a WR3/flex. Buffalo may look to deploy their new toy early and often as Benjamin gives them their first legit big target for downfield, short yardage and red zone shots.
4. Josh McCown – QB – NYJ @ TB: McCown is one of the biggest surprises in fantasy football. He has progressed from an afterthought in the fantasy universe to a quality streaming option. Now he has the look of a solid platoon QB for the stretch run and playoffs. His matchup is great this week so play him if you got him!
Honorable mention: Kenyon Drake – RB – Mia @ Car.
3 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Ameer Abdullah – RB – vs. Cle: Don’t buy into the 4 yard TD dive he had last week. The carries are there as long as the Lions are leading. However, the production is not. As far as I am concerned, Abdullah is barely rosterable IMO. Note, Cleveland is giving up less than 90 rush yards per game.
2. O.J. Howard – TE – TB vs. NYJ: Although a particularly forgiving matchup, the Bucs O is far too inconsistent as of late. In the last 2 games Howard has only seen 4 total targets with a fumble lost. There is no reason to look to Howie to start.
3. Jonathan Stewart – RB – Car vs Mia: It sure looks like the end is nigh for J Stew. He has been a bad runner this year as a continuation of the downward trend in his career. Now rook Christian McCaffrey has clearly passed him on the talent and opportunity charts. Cut Stew of you need a roster spot.
Honorable mention: Mike Gillislee – RB – NE @ Den, Frank Gore – RB – Ind vss Pit.
3 Players to grab and stash:
1. Vernon Davis – TE – Was vs. Min: This will be something to monitor going into the game. If Jordan Reed does not suit up, VD will be worth starting. Reed appears to be trending towards a start but even if he does, with hamstring concerns, it is tough to see him playing all 4 quarters.
2. Cole Beasley – WR – Dal @ Atl: I think Beasley gets a significant bump with the suspension of Elliott. Dak will almost certainly look to him to move the chains as the ‘Boys potentially start to move to more of a passing O. Beasley is a sneaky start or stash to see how the situation unfolds.
3. Josh Gordon – WR – Cle @ Det: Gordon is certainly worth a stash if you’re in any kind of dynasty or extensive keeper league. He could get some run this year so makes for an interesting stash for the playoffs if you can swing it.
Honorable mention: Baltimore – D (grab now for their playoff matchups).