Week 10 Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

Welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 10, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.


START

Jared Goff (QB - LAR) vs SEA


At this point, you could just start any QB who plays against the Seahawks. It’s that simple. Their swiss cheese pass defense allows 26.7 FPPG to the QB position, the most in all of fantasy, so I would be willing to take a shot with Jared Goff this week. Don’t be surprised if Goff has a QB1 performance and goes off for 300 yards and 3 TDs in what should be a shootout in Los Angeles.


Other QBs to start:


Aaron Rodgers - GB (vs JAX)

Baker Mayfield - CLE (vs HOU)



Ronald Jones II (RB - TB) @ CAR


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running game was non-existent in last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints because they were down by 4 TDs before they even had a first down! The game script was not kind to Tampa’s RBs as the team only rushed the ball 5 times, an NFL record low. That’s not going to happen every week to Brady’s bunch. Next up, the Carolina Panthers and their soft run defense that allows 21.6 FPPG to the RB position. Expect the Bucs to return to their balanced offensive attack and for RoJo to put up solid RB2 numbers with Fournette serving as a FLEX option.


Other RBs to start:


Antonio Gibson - WAS (@ DET)

Gus Edwards - BAL (@ NE)

Zack Moss - BUF (@ ARI)



Jerry Jeudy (WR - DEN) @ LV


It took a while, but Jerry Jeudy seems to have established himself as the number one WR for the Denver Broncos with Courtland Sutton out for the season with a torn ACL. He absolutely went off on the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary, putting up a 14/7/125/1 line. He's now seen two consecutive games of 10 targets or more. Expect more of the same for Jeudy against the Las Vegas Raiders’ beatable secondary this week that allows 24.4 FPPG to WRs. Another WR1 performance may be waiting in the wings for the 2020 first round pick.


Other WRs to start:


DeVante Parker - MIA (vs LAC)

DJ Moore - CAR (vs TB)

Allen Lazard - GB (vs JAX)



Austin Hooper (TE - CLE) vs HOU


Hooper is expected to be back for the Cleveland Browns in their Week 10 matchup against the Houston Texans and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Texans defense isn’t very good, as they let 6th-round rookie Jake Luton throw for over 300 yards and a score against them. This ineptitude extends to defending TEs, as Houston allows 9.0 FPPG to the position. With Odell Beckham Jr. out for the season, Hooper's target share is expected to go up. He should safely reach six catches and 60 yards in this one with a good chance of finding the endzone.


Other TEs to start:


TJ Hockenson - DET (vs WAS)

Eric Ebron - PIT (vs CIN)


SIT


Justin Herbert (QB - LAC) @ MIA


I know, it’s very difficult to sit Justin Herbert considering the tear he’s been on since his first career start in Week 2, but I believe this is the week the glass slipper falls for the 6th overall pick. Sure, the Miami Dolphins just gave up the QB1 performance this past week to Kyler Murray, but they still have a solid pass defense, allowing 18.6 FPPG to QBs. While Herbert is a mobile QB, he doesn’t have the legs Kyler does. Xavien Howard and Byron Jones will be shadowing Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, making things difficult for the Los Angeles Chargers’ electric receiving duo. Miami is currently the number four scoring defense in the NFL, so points may be hard to come by for Herbert in this one.


Other QBs to sit:


Matthew Stafford - DET (vs WAS)

Joe Burrow - CIN (@ PIT)



Damien Harris (RB - NE) vs BAL


Harris was having himself a good couple of weeks until a chest injury forced him out of last week's matchup against the New York Jets. If he's deemed fit for Week 10, I would avoid Harris as he has far from established himself as an RB2 due to the crowded New England backfield. Harris is their main downhill runner, but Sony Michel is expected to be activated from IR this week, which really muddies the waters. On top of that, the Patriots have a matchup with the stout Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 10 that allows only 13.6 FPPG to RBs, so things might not go Harris’ way in this game. There are just too many variables at this point, none that are in Harris’ favor, so I would look away from all New England RBs this week.


Other RBs to sit:


Devonta Freeman - NYG (vs PHI)

D’Andre Swift - DET (vs WAS)

David Montgomery - CHI (vs MIN)



DJ Chark Jr. (WR - JAX) @ GB


Chark exploded in Week 9 against the Houston Texans, putting up a 12/7/146/1 line, but let’s pump the brakes a little on last year’s breakout WR. While those numbers are great, Laviska Shenault Jr. left the game early on Jacksonville’s second drive, allowing Chark to soak up the rookie’s vacant targets. If you take away Chark’s 73 yard TD catch, he didn’t do too much in this game. Again, the Texans defense isn’t very good to say the least and I expect Jake Luton to have more Ben DiNucci-esque performances in the future, which isn’t good news for any of his WR options. If Jaire Alexander is on the field this week for the Green Bay Packers’ solid pass defense, limiting WRs to just 20.8 FPPG, he will be shadowing Chark and making things very difficult for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ number one WR.


Other WRs to sit:


Marquise Brown - BAL (@ NE)

Marvin Jones Jr. - DET (vs WAS)

Antonio Brown - TB (@ CAR)





Jared Cook (TE - NO) vs SF


While the New Orleans Saints absolutely took it to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Jared Cook did not impress one bit. He fumbled the ball at the 1 yard line and dropped an easy catch for a first down later in the game, but that was last week. This week, he faces a San Francisco 49ers defense allowing only 5.0 FPPG to the TE position, so it might be a repeat of last week for Cook. I would look elsewhere for a TE in Week 10.


Other TEs to sit:


Jonnu Smith - TEN (vs IND)

Logan Thomas - WAS (@ DET)


GRAB


JD McKissic (RB - WAS) @ DET


Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen suffered a gruesome ankle injury against the New York Giants last week, which opened the door for Alex Smith. If there’s one thing Smith likes to do more than miraculously recover from a nearly life-ending injury, it’s checking the ball down to his RB. JD McKissic is Smith’s favorite dump off guy, who turned a whopping 14 targets into 9 catches and 65 yards. That makes McKissic a solid FLEX option moving forward in PPR leagues and one of this week’s hottest waiver wire adds, alongside Texans RB Duke Johnson Jr. who should be the priority this week with David Johnson in the league's concussion protocol.


Other players to grab from waivers:


Duke Johnson Jr. (RB - HOU) @ CLE

Curtis Samuel (WR - CAR) vs TB

Jakobi Meyers (WR - NE) vs BAL

Drew Lock (QB - DEN) @ LV


DROP



Le’Veon Bell (RB - KC)


It’s really hard to tell people to drop a player drafted in the first five rounds, but that’s exactly where we are with Le’Veon Bell. Since signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, Bell has averaged a measly 6.7 touches per game. Now, KC has been throwing the ball much more than they’ve been running it over those three weeks, but even in their high powered offense, 6.7 touches a game isn’t going to get it done for fantasy. If you can hold onto Bell, I would recommend doing so - as he’s a handcuff to Clyde Edwards-Helaire - but with KC currently on their bye week, he’s definitely in droppable territory.


Other players to drop:


Michael Gallup (WR - DAL)

Mecole Hardman (WR - KC)

TY Hilton (WR - IND)



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