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Week 10 Start_Sit: Could We See Le’Veon Bell Return

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Another week down and the NFL is starting to really heat up. For the Week 10 Start_Sit article we could see some familiar faces that we haven’t seen in a while, but you’re going to have to scroll down to find out. Some teams laid ostrich size eggs and we’ll get to that later because we have some big news.

In a more cryptic message than the Zodiac, Le’Veon Bell has shook the NFL to its core.


We could see the return of Bell this week. To make myself clear, he most likely won’t suit up because Pittsburgh plays on Thursday. He could return to the facility and that alone could have serious repercussions on James Conner’s Fantasy status.

If we look back to Week 9, defenses were a big factor this week. Minnesota, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Chargers were all phenomenal. Those Top 5 defenses had a combined 30 sacks, eight interceptions, and five touchdowns. That is insane! In Week 10 there are four high profile teams on their bye weeks: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, and Minnesota.

Week 10 Start_Sit

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Quarterbacks

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Alex Smith at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you’re looking for a streaming option then look no further. Smith passed for 306 yards, which was a season high and has four straight games with a touchdown. This week he is facing off against Tampa Bay, who have given up the most Fantasy points to QBs. Tampa Bay has allowed two or more passing touchdowns to seven of the eight QBs they’ve played this season. They’re also allowing over 320 passing yards per game to opposing QBs. Smith has serious upside and could end the week as a Top 10 Fantasy QB.

Philip Rivers at Oakland Raiders

A dismantled Oakland team will be a prime game to start Rivers this week. Rivers has two or more touchdowns in every game this season. In their first matchup of 2018, Rivers threw for 339 yards, two touchdowns, and finished as a QB6 that week. You can expect similar results from the Chargers’ QB this week.

Running Backs

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David Johnson at Kansas City Chiefs

Week after week of disappointing games, we could see D.J.’s resurgence this week. All season long, Kansas City has struggled on defense. There have been eight RBs who have over 100 total yards against the Chiefs this season. Johnson has only 24 catches and with a matchup against the Chiefs, he could end the day with a season-high in receptions. He could have a solid day in PPR formats.

Dion Lewis vs New England Patriots

Back-to-back successful Fantasy weeks entices me to start Lewis. He’s more valuable in PPR formats with a combined 10 receptions in the last two weeks. On Monday night against the Cowboys, he received a season-high 23 touches and he also had a season-high 19 carries, too. Lewis will continue to lose goal-line carries to Derrick Henry but makes up for it with his receptions. A matchup against his former team could make this a revenge game for Dion this week.

Wide Receivers

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Larry Fitzgerald at Kansas City Chiefs

A game against one of the best offenses could lead to Fitz having double-digit targets. Before the bye week, Fitz secured a season-high in targets, catches, and receiving yards. This was proof that his hamstring injury is completely healed. With new Offensive Coordinator, Byron Leftwich, calling the shots it is evident Arizona is heading in a new direction. The future Hall of Famer could have a big game this week.

Tyler Boyd vs New Orleans Saints


With A.J. Green out for a couple of games, it makes Boyd a must start. The Bengals are running short of weapons with all of the injuries they’ve racked up this season. Tyler Boyd will be the go-to WR for this offense and has a high chance to receive double-digit targets. Based off pure volume alone, he is a must-start and has WR1 upside.

Tight Ends

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Jack Doyle vs Jacksonville Jaguars

A dominant return followed up with a bye week could put this stud TE under the radar. In the three games in which he’s been active, Doyle has five or more targets. Andrew Luck is averaging 42.75 passing attempts per game and that bodes well for Doyle. If you’re in need of a TE, go ahead and pick up Jack Doyle, he’s available in more than 60% of Yahoo leagues.

Chris Herndon vs Buffalo Bills

This young TE has been a bright spot for the New York Jets’ offense. Since Week 6, he has a touchdown and/or over 60 receiving yards per game. The TE position is getting more scarce with multiple teams on a bye week and injuries. Herndon has proved himself and being available in 86% of Yahoo leagues makes this TE an interesting play for Week 10.

Defenses

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New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills

A reoccurring theme this season is starting defenses against the Bills. Low key, the Jets’ defense has been amazing this season and are a top seven defense in Fantasy. Even with a loss last week, New York only allowed a touchdown and got to Brock Osweiler four times. Right now, the Buffalo Bills are allowing the most points to Fantasy defenses. This rivalry game could be a low scoring affair between two struggling offenses and two solid defenses.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

In their first matchup, Los Angeles sacked Derek Carr three times, intercepted him once, recovered a fumble, and held the Raiders to 10 points. Since Week 5, they haven’t allowed a team to score more than 19 points. In that time frame, the Chargers have totaled 14 sacks, five interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown. This is an appealing matchup to start the Chargers’ defense this week against a rebuilding Oakland team.

 

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Quarterbacks

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Matthew Stafford at Chicago Bears

I’m avoiding Stafford at all cost this week. Chicago has the top-ranked defense in Fantasy and this past week Stafford was sacked 10 times by the Vikings. The Bears have 24 sacks this season and are holding QBs to 234 passing yards per game. If you’re able to stream another QB like Baker Mayfield, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Alex Smith, those matchups are better than Stafford’s.

Derek Carr vs Los Angeles Chargers

The departure of Amari Cooper left Carr with minimal help and it showed against the 49ers on Thursday. Two of his last three games he’s failed to throw a touchdown or more than 172 yards. I’m not a fan Carr for the rest of the season. In that Thursday night game, he was replaced with backup, A.J. McCarron, and if he struggles again, Carr could suffer the same fate.

Running Backs

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Peyton Barber vs Washington Redskins

One common theme for the Buccaneers is their lack of a running game. The bright side for Barber is that he’s had double-digit targets the last four games. He’s failed to rush for over 85 yards and has five games this season with less than 34 rushing yards. Playing from behind in most games due to their below average defense makes Peyton a must sit against this stout Redskins defense.

LeSean McCoy at New York Jets

If you still own or play McCoy, I’m not sure what you’re doing. He’s owned in 85% of Yahoo leagues and you have to think it’s due to his name. “Shady” hasn’t scored a touchdown all season, has five games with under 25 rushing yards, and last week he averaged one yard per carry. This offense is abysmal and with us approaching the Fantasy playoffs, he’s better off as a free agent.

Wide Receivers

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Nelson Agholor vs Dallas Cowboys

The addition of Golden Tate could have consequences to Agholor’s Fantasy relevance. Since Week 3, Nelson has only eclipsed more than 50 receiving yards once. On top of that, he has only scored one touchdown and that was back in Week 2. There are many negatives that make it hard to play Agholor this week, even as a Flex.

Kenny Golladay at Chicago Bears

Since Detroit’s bye week, he has struggled significantly. Golladay has a combined 95 receiving yards on six catches. That is just not acceptable being one of Detroit’s top two receivers. I’m nervous about the amount of time Stafford will have to throw with his struggling offensive line. If you’re able to put Golladay on your bench and replace him with Larry Fitzgerald, Sterling Shepard, Cooper Kupp, or Marquez Valdes-Scantling, I’d perfer that.

Tight Ends

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Evan Engram at San Francisco 49ers

Plain and simple, the reason for Engram’s downfall this season is due to New York’s lackadaisical offense. He missed four weeks due to a knee injury and has only had two Fantasy relevant games all season. For the five games he has been active, Engram has less than 20 yards in three of them. There is too much risk involved in playing him this week and looking ahead, Evan is more of a TE2.

Rob Gronkowski vs Tennessee Titans

At this point in the season, I’m trying to trade away Gronk because I can’t trust him as an every week starting TE. A continuous back injury has kept him sidelined before and forced Gronkowski to have surgery. If he is active this week I’m skeptical of how efficient he’ll be. He hasn’t even scored a touchdown since Week 1. Jack Doyle is a much more favorable TE option in Week 10.

Defenses

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Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams

This is the game that you want to sit Seattle’s defense. Los Angeles is scoring 33 points per game this season. In their first encounter this season, Seattle allowed 33 points to the Rams, too. In that game, Seattle got the upper hand on Goff by intercepting him twice, but that was the lone bright spot for the Seahawks’ defense. Avoid starting this defense at all cost.

Cincinnati Bengals vs New Orleans Saints

Facing one of the highest scoring teams in the league makes the Bengals a must sit this week. I’m not particularly keen on the Bengals defense due them allowing almost 30 points per game. Cincinnati is towards the bottom in takeaways this season with only 13. Of their 10 interceptions, they had four in one game. Look to see if the Jets are available this week or any other top streaming option.

 

Conlin Postma

Fantasy Football Writer at So Called Fantasy Experts
An aspiring Fantasy Football Analyst, a member of the #RavensFlock, and the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan you'll meet.
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