Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: It's time for the rookies to run wild

Here's who you should start this week

James Rapien
November 06, 2019 - 11:53 pm
Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – Week 10 of the fantasy football season is here. There are six teams on a bye (Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins) and plenty of injuries with fantasy implications. Brandon Cooks and Evan Engram are just two of the top players that are expected to be out this week.

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Here are the players you should start in Week 10:

Start 'Em

Devin Singletary – Singletary finished with 140 yards from scrimmage last week against the Redskins. The rookie running back has RB1 potential this week against the Browns. Cleveland has allowed the 9th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Singletary has scored in back-to-back games and is worth starting in all formats. 

Jameis Winston – Winston has been a roller coaster this season, but he’s a perfect streaming option with six teams on a bye. He’s thrown for 300 or more yards and two touchdowns in back-to-back games. He also has a great matchup against Cardinals defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Winston is a QB1 in Week 10.

David Montgomery – Much like Singletary, Montgomery has had two big weeks in a row. Combine that with a matchup against Detroit and the rookie is a top-15 running back in week 10. The Lions have allowed a rushing touchdown or 100 yards to an opposing running back in each game. They’ve also given up the most fantasy points to backs this season. Start Montgomery with confidence.

Pat Mahomes – Mahomes practiced in full on Wednesday and is on track to return this week against the Titans. Tennessee’s defense is better than league average, but it’s not enough to doubt Mahomes. Start your stud quarterback every week, assuming he avoids a setback and is able to play for the first time since Week 7.

Kyler Murray – Murray could put on a show this week against Tampa Bay. He finished with 25 fantasy points against a tough 49ers defense last week. The Buccaneers have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Murray is a QB1 and is worth a look in daily leagues.

Mark Andrews – Andrews has had a few down weeks, but that should change against the Bengals. He had six receptions for 99 yards in his first matchup against Cincinnati. Fantasy owners should expect similar production in Week 10.

Sit 'Em

Odell Beckham Jr. – Beckham isn’t getting the volume or downfield targets that he needs to reach his full potential. He only has two 100-yard receiving games and one touchdown this season. He also has to deal with a tough Buffalo secondary that is allowing 199 receiving yards per game (3rd best in NFL). Beckham is still a borderline WR1 because he could make a big play at any moment, but he has to be avoiding in daily leagues.

Chris Herndon – Herndon should be active and get snaps this week for the first time this season, but he’s hard to trust against the Giants. He’s a worthwhile bench stash that could pay off down the stretch, but taking a wait-and-see approach is the best strategy for Week 10.

A.J. Green – Green is officially day-to-day after suffering a setback on Wednesday. It’s next to impossible to trust him even if he’s able to make his season debut against the Ravens. Ryan Finley will make his first career start, which makes Green an even bigger question mark. Avoid him this week.

Joe Mixon – Mixon is still looking for his first rushing touchdown of the season. He’s averaging just 40 rushing yards per game and is facing a Ravens defense that will do whatever it takes to take away the Bengals’ ground game. Mixon is an RB3 with a low floor in Week 10.

Kirk Cousins – Cousins has been productive in recent weeks for the Vikings, but is tough to trust against a tough Dallas defense. The Cowboys have only allowed two quarterbacks to score more than 20 fantasy points this season. Cousins has topped that mark in four out of his last five games, but he’s better off left on the bench in Week 10.

D.K. Metcalf – The rookie exploded for two touchdowns last week, but he’ll face a much tougher test against the undefeated 49ers. San Francisco has only allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers since Week 3. Metcalf could also lose targets to Josh Gordon, who signed with the Seahawks last week. Metcalf is still a WR3, but he’s a risky play this week.

Sleepers

Mike Gesicki – Gesicki has emerged in recent weeks for the Dolphins. He has at least 41 yards receiving in three out of his last four games and finished with six receptions for 95 yards last week. He should get even more targets with Preston Williams out for the season. Gesicki is a great streaming option this week against a Colts defense that has struggled with opposing tight ends.

Josh Reynolds – Reynolds was targeted eight times in Week 8 after Brandin Cooks went down with a concussion. Reynolds has streaming potential against the Steelers with Cooks out. The Steelers have allowed the 16th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Pittsburgh’s focus will likely be on Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, which makes Reynolds a sneaky play this week.

Kareem Hunt – Hunt returns from an 8-game suspension this week for the Browns. The former pro bowler is reportedly in great shape, which bodes well for his fantasy value. He’s a risky play in Week 10 against the Bills, but the gamble could pay off – especially in daily leagues. Buffalo has allowed the 13th most fantasy points to running backs, which makes Hunt an interesting flex option.

Christian Kirk – Kirk could explode against the Buccaneers in a game that could be a shootout. Tampa Bay has allowed nearly 30 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, which is the most in the NFL. Kirk is a WR3 with high upside in Week 10.

Jamison Crowder – Crowder had eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown last week against the Dolphins. He has a chance to continue his stellar play this week against the Giants. New York is allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Crowder is a WR3 with plenty of upside, especially in PPR leagues.

Gerald Everett – Everett should see an uptick in targets with Brandin Cooks out with a concussion. The Steelers have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their last three games. Everett is a TE1 and is worth a look in daily leagues.