Fantasy Football Start 'em Sit 'em Week 10

A few teams are on bye this week, so be sure to adjust your lineup to remove all Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, New York Jets players from your lineup. Don’t be that guy who doesn’t adjust his lineup.

The following is a Start ‘em-Sit ‘em list for Week 10. This is just a guide and shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Trust yourself and don’t be a rankings slave.

These rankings assume a standard 10-team fantasy league; 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 Flex, 1 Defense. If I missed a player or you have a question, sound off in the comments.

Redskins at Vikings

Start ‘em:

Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB; Alfred Morris, RB; Pierre Garcon, WR; Jordan Reed, TE

Vikings: Adrian Peterson, RB

These are obvious starts. The Redskins should have success offensively against the Vikings.

Sit ‘em:

Redskins: Roy Helu, RB; Redskins D

Vikings: Greg Jennings, WR; Vikings D

Both defenses aren’t very good, while Jennings and Helu aren’t consistent.

Seahawks at Falcons

Start ‘em:

Seahawks: Russell Wilson, QB; Marshawn Lynch, RB; Seahawks D

Falcons: Steven Jackson, RB; Harry Douglas, WR; Tony Gonzales, TE

Douglas and Jackson are low-end starts this week. Lynch, Gonzalez, Wilson and the Seahawks D are high-quality starts.

Sit ‘em:

Seahawks: Percy Harvin, WR; Golden Tate, WR

Falcons: Matt Ryan, QB; Falcons D

Ryan is usually worth a start, but he’s got a tough matchup against the potent Seattle D. Harvin will be worth a start once he comes back, but I don’t think that will be this week.

Lions at Bears

Start ‘em

Lions: Matt Stafford, QB; Reggie Bush, RB; Calvin Johnson, WR

Bears: Matt Forte, RB; Brandon Marshall, WR; Alshon Jeffery, WR; Martellus Bennett, TE

These are clear starts. Jeffery is still worth playing, even if Cutler doesn’t come back this week.

Sit ‘em:

Lions: Kris Durham, WR; Brandon Pettigrew, TE; Joseph Fauria, TE; Lions D

Bears: Jay Cutler, QB; Bears D

Durham, Pettigrew and Fauria aren’t consistent enough to start, although you can get away with Durham in deep PPR leagues.

Eagles at Packers

Start ‘em:

Eagles: LeSean McCoy, RB; DeSean Jackson, WR

Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB; Jarett Boykin, WR; James Jones, WR

McCoy and Jackson are two of the best at their positions. Lacy is going to get plenty of carries with Aaron Rodgers hurt. Boykin and Jones are still worth starts despite the loss of Rodgers.

Sit ‘em:

Eagles: Nick Foles, QB; Bryce Brown, RB; Riley Cooper, WR; Brent Celek, TE; Eagles D

Packers: Packers D

If you played Foles last week, you’re either a genius or a fool. Or both. Even after his record performance, he is still not a top-10 play this week, unless you’re really desperate. The rest of the players above aren’t worth starts.

Jaguars at Titans

Start ‘em:

Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew, RB; Cecil Shorts, WR

Titans: Jake Locker, QB; Chris Johnson, RB; Titans D

MJD, Shorts, Johnson and the Titans D are safe starts this week. Locker is a low-end play this week, but the Jaguars D is awful.

Sit ‘em:

Jaguars: Everyone else

Titans: Kendall Wright, WR; Nate Washington, WR

Wright and Washington aren’t worth starts, but you might be able to play them if you’ve got guys on bye. The Jaguars have no players remotely worth a play in a 10-team league aside from MJD and Shorts.

Rams at Colts

Start ‘em:

Rams: Zac Stacy, RB

Colts: Andrew Luck, QB; Trent Richardson, RB; T.Y. Hilton, WR; Coby Fleener, TE; Colts D

Stacy is the only Rams player worth a start. Luck, Hilton and the Colts D are high-end plays this week. Richardson is worth a play since the Rams struggle stopping the run, but he has been a disappointment all season. Fleener is a low-end play at tight end this week.

Sit ‘em:

Rams: Everyone else

Colts: No one of note

Nothing to discuss here.

Raiders at Giants

Start ‘em:

Raiders: Denarius Moore, WR

Giants: Victor Cruz, WR; Hakeem Nicks, WR

Moore is the only Raider worth a start this week and he is a low-end play. Cruz and Nicks are usually worth starts.

Sit ‘em:

Raiders: Terrelle Pryor, QB; Darren McFadden, RB; Marcel Reese, RB; Rashad Jennings, RB; Raiders D

Giants: Eli Manning, QB; Andre Brown, RB; Giants D

You can get away with starting Pryor, but there are better options this week. McFadden is hurt again (shocker) and Reese and Jennings aren’t worth starts. Avoid all Raider running backs this week. The Raiders D just can’t be started after last week’s effort. Brown is someone to monitor and pickup if he is available, but sit him for now.

Bills at Steelers

Start ‘em:

Bills: Fred Jackson, RB; C.J. Spiller, RB; Stevie Johnson, WR

Steelers: Le’Veon Bell, RB; Antonio Brown, WR

Jackson, Brown and Bell are clear starts. Johnson is a low-end play this week, while Spiller finally performed last week. We’ll see if that continues.

Sit ‘em:

Bills: Robert Woods, WR; Scott Chandler, TE; Bills D

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB; Heath Miller, TE; Steelers D

These are obvious sits.

Bengals at Ravens

Start ‘em:

Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB; A.J. Green, WR; Bengals D

Ravens: Ray Rice, RB; Torrey Smith, WR

If you have these guys on your roster, you should be playing them.

Sit ‘em:

Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB; BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB; Tyler Eifert, TE; Jermaine Greshman, TE

Ravens: Joe Flacco, QB; Bernard Pierce, RB; Marlon Brown, WR; Dallas Clark, TE; Ravens D

These are obvious sits. Green-Ellis has lost too many touches to Bernard, although you can play him in deep leagues. Dalton was mediocre against Dolphins, but he should rebound slightly. But he’s still not worth a start in any 10-team league.

Panthers at 49ers

Start ‘em:

Panthers: Cam Newton, QB; Steve Smith, WR; Greg Olsen, TE; Panthers D

49ers: Colin Kaepernick, QB; Frank Gore, RB; Vernon Davis, TE; 49ers D

Everyone on this list is a high-quality play except Kaepernick. He’s a low-end play, but should bring in solid points thanks to his rushing ability.

Sit ‘em:

Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, RB; Brandon LaFell, WR

49ers: Anquan Boldin, WR

Williams is usually worth a start, but he has a terrible matchup against the 49ers defense. Sit him if you’re able.

Texans at Cardinals

Start ‘em:

Texans: Ben Tate, RB; Andre Johnson, WR; Garrett Graham, TE

Cardinals: Andre Ellington, RB; Larry Fitzgerald, WR; Cardinals D

I don’t expect Arian Foster to play this week, so you can start Tate. Ellington is finally getting the majority of the rushes, so you can play him. The Cardinals D is a great matchup and Fitzgerald is almost always worth a start. I just have a feeling about Graham this week. I think he’s a good for bye-week fill-in against the Cardinals.

Sit ‘em:

Texans: Case Keenum, QB; Arian Foster, RB; DeAndre Hopkins, WR; Texans D

Cardinals: Carson Palmer, QB; Michael Floyd, WR

I mentioned Foster above, but if you have him and he’s gets the all-clear; you pretty much have to play him. The rest of these guys are obvious sits.

Broncos at Chargers

Start ‘em:

Broncos: Peyton Manning, QB; Knowshon Moreno, RB; Wes Welker, WR; Demaryius Thomas, WR; Eric Decker, WR; Julius Thomas, TE

Chargers: Phillip Rivers, QB; Danny Woodhead, RB; Ryan Matthews, RB; Keenan Allen, WR; Antonio Gates, TE

These two defenses struggle, so this should be a high-scoring affair. All of these guys are safe plays with high upside.

Sit ‘em:

Broncos: Montee Ball, RB; Broncos D

Chargers: Eddie Royal, WR; Chargers D

You might be able to get away with Royal, but he hasn’t come close to his early season numbers. The defenses are never worth plays, while Ball isn’t seeing steady touches.

Cowboys at Saints

Start ‘em:

Cowboys: Tony Romo, QB; DeMarco Murray, RB; Dez Bryant, WR; Terrance Williams, WR; Jason Witten, TE

Saints: Drew Brees, QB; Pierre Thomas, RB; Jimmy Graham, TE

With Darren Sproles likely out, I think Thomas sees even more touches. The rest of these guys are safe starts.

Sit ‘em:

Cowboys: Miles Austin, WR; Cowboys D

Saints: Darren Sproles, RB; Marques Colston, WR; Kenny Stills, WR; Saints D

I don’t think Sproles plays, so bench him unless he gets the green light. The same goes for Colston. Stills and both defenses are inconsistent. Austin hasn’t done much this year, even when healthy.

Dolphins at Buccaneers

Start ‘em:

Dolphins: Lamar Miller, RB; Mike Wallace, WR; Charles Clay, TE; Dolphins D

Buccaneers: Mike James, RB; Vincent Jackson, WR

Jackson is always a safe start and James looked great last week. The rest of the Dolphins are low-end plays.

Sit ‘em:

Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB; Brian Hartline, WR

Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, QB; Timothy Wright, TE; Bucs D

These are guys you should never have to play unless truly desperate.

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