Our Week 10 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 10 wide receiver starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
Alshon Jeffery posted a 4-63-1 line in the Bears Week 8 win over the Vikings. Although, Jeffery was targeted eight times total and could have easily had a much bigger night had Jay Cutler been able to put some more throws on the money. It’s clear that Jeffery played a more pivotal role within the offense and Cutler isn’t afraid to force the ball his way. I think it’s only a matter of time, barring injury, for Jeffery to burst out in a big way with Cutler back at the helm. This week, Jeffery squares off against a beatable Bucs secondary and should continue to rack up targets in the Bears offense. Look for him to have a nice week, as he projects as a high-end WR2 for Week 10.
In standard leagues, Emmanuel Sanders has not broken double-digit fantasy points over his last five games. He’ll look to break that streak this weekend when the Broncos travel to New Orleans to do battle with the surging Saints. Despite the recent success, the Saints rank last in the NFL in pass defense, as they’re the only defense giving up 300 + passing yards a game. Sanders will have a great opportunity to demonstrate chemistry with Trevor Siemian this week in the Big Easy. He’s a high upside WR3 for Week 10.
For those of you who watched Monday Night’s Bills/Seahawks game, one of the consistent themes was Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane getting toasted in coverage. This is good news for the Patriots and their wide receivers, most notably Julian Edelman, who lines up all over the field and can expect to see a heavy dosage of Lane in coverage. With Edelman yet to pop off for a monster week, he has a great chance at home on Sunday Night to drop a gem on the ‘Hawks. Look for Brady to target JE11 a good amount, as the Patriots will be in full attack-mode. Fire him up as a legit WR2 for the week.
Rishard Matthews has been on a heater catching the football lately. Matthews has tallied five touchdowns over the past five weeks and has posted double-digit fantasy points in four of those five contests. After dropping two touchdowns on the Chargers last week, Matthews will face the Packers this week. This is where I think his successful streak will lose some steam. In what is still an offense dominated by the run, the opportunities won’t consistently be there for Matthews to capitalize. Marcus Mariota likes to spread the ball around in the passing game and Matthews’ success won’t necessarily be sustainable. Sit ’em!
For as bad as the Los Angeles offense has been this season, Kenny Britt has managed to post respectable lines throughout the season. That being said, he doesn’t make for anything more than a dart-throw WR4 with the way Case Keenum is throwing the football. For an offense that is completely ill-equipped at moving the football down the field in a nonexistent vertical passing game, none of the Rams “playmakers” make for viable fantasy plays. Owners can do better than Britt in Week 10. Sit!
With the way that Sam Bradford and the Minnesota offense is currently performing, no one other than Stefon Diggs is a reliable target in the passing game. Adam Thielen has chipped in throughout the season, hauling in some big catches, but has yet to carve out a consistent role as a receiver. Thielen won’t be anything more than a TD-dependent play this week for owners who are in dire straits at the receiver position.