By Matt Citak
We are in crunch time of the fantasy soccer season with the playoffs just some weeks away. Let’s not waste any time and soar proper into it.
Here are CBS Local Sports’ Week 10 Fantasy Football Starts and Sits.
QB: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff is using excessive after placing collectively the most effective efficiency of his NFL profession in opposition to the Giants in Week 9. The second-year QB threw for a career-best 311 yards and 4 touchdowns whereas serving to the Rams rout the Giants, 51-17. Los Angeles’ offense is clicking on all cylinders proper now, which is wonderful information for Goff’s fantasy house owners as they enter a Week 10 matchup in opposition to the Texans. Houston, whose season appears misplaced after Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in apply final week, simply allowed Jacoby Brissett to throw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9. Goff and the Rams offense is a complete lot higher than Brissett and the Colts, which implies the NFC Week 9 Offensive Player of the Week may find yourself profitable the award two weeks in a row.
QB: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
While Taylor’s pbading stats could not soar off the web page, it’s his skill as a runner that makes him a strong fantasy quarterback each week. The dual-threat QB has carried the ball 26 instances during the last 5 video games, which has resulted in 104 dashing yards and two dashing touchdowns. Taylor is one in all solely 10 quarterbacks with no less than 16 fantasy factors in 5 video games this season. With new goal Kelvin Benjamin now within the fold, together with the return of tight finish Charles Clay, Taylor out of the blue has some engaging weapons to throw the ball to within the Bills offense. Even going up in opposition to New Orleans’ much-improved protection, Taylor ought to be in your fantasy lineup this weekend.
Credit: Abbie Parr/Getty Images
QB: Josh McCown, New York Jets
Believe it or not, McCown enters Week 10 with the 10th-most fantasy factors amongst quarterbacks this season. The veteran quarterback has scored no less than 17 fantasy factors in 5 consecutive video games, together with three with no less than 22 factors. McCown has been taking part in so nicely that Jets GM Mike Maccagnan stated this week that the group is open to bringing the quarterback again subsequent season. This week, McCown and the Jets face the Buccaneers and their 30th-ranked cross protection. Tampa Bay has allowed over 20 fantasy factors to an opposing quarterback 4 instances this season, together with matchups in opposition to Case Keenum and Eli Manning. McCown is in an amazing place to up up one other good efficiency in Week 10.
RB: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
Hyde has quietly been very strong for the 49ers this season. The 27-year-old again ranks 12th amongst working backs in carries, second in targets, and fifth in carries contained in the 10-yard line. Oh yeah, he additionally presently has the seventh-most fantasy factors. While Hyde has been held out of the tip zone for 3 straight video games, his position within the pbading sport continues to make him a robust fantasy play. With Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor, and George Kittle all out for San Francisco, Hyde ought to obtain much more targets this week from rookie QB C.J. Beathard in opposition to the Giants. Between his involvement within the pbading sport, to New York’s poor rush protection (the Giants have allowed 100 yards dashing in each sport however one), Hyde ought to be in each beginning lineup this weekend.
RB: Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
It could also be powerful to belief a Giants working again, and there undoubtedly is a few threat there, however Darkwa’s Week 10 matchup is simply too juicy to cross up. 2017 is now the third straight season that the 49ers are surrendering essentially the most fantasy factors per sport to opposing working backs. Dating again to final yr, San Francisco has allowed both a landing or 100 complete yards to an opposing working again in 24 consecutive video games. Darkwa has additionally been a nice shock out of the Giants backfield. The fourth-year again out of Tulane has both 75 yards or a landing in three of New York’s final 4 video games, whereas ambading 5 receptions over the previous two. Fire Darkwa up as an RB2 this week.
Credit: Steven Ryan/Getty Images
RB: James White, New England Patriots
White has achieved little to impress within the run sport, carrying the ball simply 28 instances for 120 yards by means of the primary eight video games of the season. But it’s his presence within the pbading sport that has been downright spectacular in 2017. White has 43 receptions for 365 yards and a landing, and leads the Patriots in targets since Week four. With Chris Hogan out for the Patriots’ Sunday night time matchup in opposition to the Broncos, White is probably going going to see much more work as a receiver. While the matchup in opposition to Denver could look daunting, Brady would possibly lean closely on White.
WR: Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Jones has seen a ton of quantity during the last month, which has helped make him top-of-the-line huge receivers in fantasy throughout that span. During the final month, the veteran receiver leads all huge receivers in targets per sport (12.zero), targets contained in the 10-yard line per sport (1.three), targets contained in the 20-yard line per sport (2.7), and finish zone targets per sport (three.three). Jones has acquired double digit targets in three consecutive video games, totaling 19 receptions for 331 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Although he will likely be seeing protection from Jason McCourty on Sunday, you merely can not bench Jones with this kind of quantity.
WR: Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
Shepard lastly returned to the sphere in Week 9, and Eli Manning wasted no time getting the ball to him. Shepard was focused 9 instances, trailing solely Evan Engram’s 10 targets, and caught 5 of them for 70 yards. The second-year receiver was ready to do that regardless of a tricky matchup in opposition to the Rams cross protection. This week, Shepard faces a 49ers protection permitting a 126.6 pbader score to opposing quarterbacks when concentrating on slot receivers, which is the second-worst mark within the league. Similar to Darkwa, whereas it might be tough to think about any member of the Giants, Shepard is primed for an enormous sport this weekend.
WR: Robby Anderson, New York Jets
Anderson has performed nicely during the last 4 video games, catching both a landing or ending with over 75 receiving yards in each sport over that stretch. During that very same span, Anderson leads all Jets receivers in targets by 10 (27) and fantasy factors by 30 (61). Just like McCown, the 24-year-old receiver has a implausible matchup in Week 10 in opposition to the Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay protection is permitting the second-most fantasy factors to opposing huge receivers this season, and has given up double digit fantasy factors to no less than one opposing receiver in each sport this yr.
Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph hasn’t topped 47 receiving yards in a sport this season, however that might simply change this week. The large tight finish has seen between seven and 9 targets in each sport since Dalvin Cook tore his ACL throughout Minnesota’s Week four loss to the Lions, and has scored a landing in two of these contests. The Vikings face off in opposition to the Redskins this week, who’re permitting essentially the most receiving yards per sport to opposing tight ends and the second-most fantasy factors per sport during the last two seasons. All indicators level to an enormous efficiency out of Rudolph in Week 10.
TE: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Similar to Rudolph, Hooper has seen a superb quantity of quantity during the last 5 video games. The second-year tight finish has been focused between six and 9 instances in 4 of Atlanta’s final 5 video games, ending with both 5 receptions or a landing in three of these contests. The Falcons have a house battle in opposition to the Cowboys in Week 10, which may imply excellent news for Hooper. Dallas is permitting the fourth-most fantasy factors per sport to opposing tight ends during the last two seasons. With the variety of weapons the Falcons offense has, beginning Hooper doesn’t come and not using a threat. But in the event you want a fill-in tight finish this week, you could possibly do quite a bit worse than Hooper.
QB: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
While Cousins and the Redskins have been capable of decide up an enormous win in Seattle final weekend, the quarterback didn’t have himself an excellent fantasy day. Cousins didn’t crack 10 fantasy factors, and now has simply 18.Eight fantasy factors over his final two video games. Things received’t get any simpler this weekend because the Redskins welcome the Vikings to Washington. The Minnesota protection has allowed just one quarterback to complete as a QB1 this season, and with Washington’s offensive line nonetheless recovering from quite a few accidents, Cousins might be higher off in your bench in Week 10.
Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images
QB: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
You seemingly weren’t going to begin Rivers this week in any case, however in case you have been fascinated about it, don’t. The Chargers are touring throughout the nation to tackle the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 10. The Jaguars protection leads the NFL with an opposing pbader score of 62.9 on 252 makes an attempt, and has not let an opposing quarterback rating greater than 15 fantasy factors this season. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging a measly 7.5 fantasy factors per sport in opposition to Jacksonville’s elite secondary. Benching Rivers might be one of many best “sit” choices you’ll face this season.
QB: Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
Brissett is coming off a robust efficiency in opposition to the Texans final week wherein he accomplished 66.7 p.c of his pbades for 308 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. This robust outing would possibly result in these in want of a fill-in QB to contemplate the younger Colts signal-caller this week in opposition to the Steelers. Well, that may be a very unhealthy concept. The Steelers protection has been one of many strongest within the league in 2017. Stafford’s 423 yards in Week Eight is the one sport that Pittsburgh has allowed an opposing quarterback to throw for over 246 yards, whereas Andy Dalton’s two pbading touchdowns in Week 7 was the one time they’ve allowed a quarterback to throw a number of touchdowns in opposition to them. Leave Brissett on waivers.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
There’s no denying that Peterson has been higher than the Cardinals ever may have imagined after buying and selling for him final month. Peterson has 314 dashing yards and two touchdowns within the three video games he’s appeared in, whereas including three receptions. But in Arizona’s Week 9 victory over the 49ers, Peterson acquired a career-high 37 carries. 37 carries is quite a bit for any working again, however once you’re 32-years-old and have struggled for many of the season, that may be a ton. Arizona performs on Thursday this week, which means Peterson has a brief week to get his legs again beneath him. Oh yeah, he’s additionally taking part in Seattle, whose protection ranks sixth in fantasy factors allowed per sport to opposing working backs.
Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
RB: Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins
It’s been an fascinating few weeks for Kelley. The bruising working again has appeared in six video games this season, and has solely topped 30 yards solely as soon as (Week 2). In Washington’s final two video games, Kelley has carried the ball 22 instances for simply 37 yards, averaging a mere 1.7 yards per carry. However Kelley has additionally scored all three of his 2017 touchdowns over the last two weeks. Going up in opposition to the Vikings this week, Kelley ought to be no the place close to your beginning lineup. Minnesota ranks fourth in dashing fantasy factors allowed to working backs this season. Kelley barely deserves to even be in your roster, not to mention your beginning lineup.
RB: Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
Drake ran extraordinarily nicely in his first motion because the Dolphins’ lead again, taking 9 carries for 69 yards (7.7 yards per carry) whereas including six receptions for 35 yards. Damien Williams completed Miami’s Week 9 loss with 13 touches for 61 yards, and an identical cut up could be anticipated this week. However final week’s efficiency got here in opposition to the Raiders and their struggling protection. In Week 10, the Dolphins face a tricky Carolina protection on Monday Night Football. No working again has scored double digit fantasy factors in normal leagues in opposition to the Panthers this season. Both Drake and Williams aren’t any higher than dangerous flex performs.
WR: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
It has been a particularly irritating season for anybody with Nelson on their fantasy group. A quad damage led to Nelson leaving Green Bay’s Week 2 matchup in opposition to the Falcons early, inflicting the Pro Bowl receiver to complete with zero factors. That was an entire dud. But forgetting that one sport, Nelson had six landing catches getting into the Packers’ Week 6 contest in opposition to the Vikings. Then Aaron Rodgers received damage, and Nelson has not regarded the identical since. With Brett Hundley beginning at QB the final two weeks, Nelson has a complete of 5 receptions for 48 yards. Fantasy house owners need to hope and pray that Hundley can carry out higher. Otherwise all Green Bay receivers will likely be ineffective for the remainder of the season.
Credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images
WR: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has annoyed his fantasy house owners this season together with his inconsistency. After totaling 61 yards from Weeks 6-Eight, Hilton exploded for 175 yards and two touchdowns within the Colts’ 20-14 Week 9 victory over the Texans. Don’t count on that type of manufacturing this week although. The Colts tackle the Steelers and their elite cross protection in Week 10. Pittsburgh’s protection ranks third in opposing pbader score and third in fantasy factors allowed to opposing huge receivers this season. QB Jacoby Brissett ought to battle in opposition to this protection, which doesn’t bode nicely for Hilton.
WR: Will Fuller, Houston Texans
Fuller is affected by the identical circumstances as Nelson. Deshaun Watson was misplaced for the season previous to Houston’s Week 9 sport in opposition to the Colts, and Houston’s offense is clearly hurting from his absence. Tom Savage was solely capable of full 43.2 p.c of his pbades final week, and in opposition to the Rams and their surprisingly strong cross protection this week, issues are unlikely to get any higher. With Savage below middle, Fuller hauled in simply 2-of-Eight targets for 32 yards. Fuller is a deadly downfield menace, however with an inaccurate quarterback unable to make these deep pbades, his worth is extraordinarily restricted.
TE: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
Clay appears set to make his return to the sphere this week upon lacking the final three video games after present process a process to handle a knee damage. Prior to leaving Buffalo’s Week 5 loss to the Bengals, Clay was having an amazing begin to his season. The veteran tight finish has 20 receptions for 258 yards and two touchdowns in four+ video games this yr, and clearly had established a pleasant rapport with Tyrod Taylor. However since he went down with the damage, the Bills have traded for WR Kelvin Benjamin, a transfer that might reduce into Clay’s targets. While it’s unclear how large of a job Benjamin will play early on, Buffalo’s Week 10 matchup in opposition to the Saints is one to keep away from for Clay. Besides Rob Gronkowski, no tight finish has completed with greater than 30 yards in opposition to New Orleans this season. Wait per week earlier than placing Clay again in your beginning lineup.
TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Old Faithful over right here received off to a particularly scorching begin this season, catching 17 pbades for 156 yards and two touchdowns within the Cowboys’ first two video games. But within the six video games since, Witten has been capable of finding the tip zone solely as soon as, and has seen his targets lower dramatically. After a complete of 17 targets in Dallas’ first two contests, the veteran tight finish has totaled simply 18 within the six video games since. The Cowboys face off in opposition to a Falcons protection that has been stingy in opposition to opposing tight ends this season. Atlanta has surrendered only one landing to a decent finish in 2017, and has allowed solely two tight ends to attain greater than eight fantasy factors. Witten’s outlook will enhance if Dez Bryant or Terrance Williams can’t swimsuit up on Sunday, however both manner, issues don’t look nice for the Pro Bowl tight finish in Week 10.
Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images