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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 10

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks

Start

Drew Brees, Saints (vs. 49ers): The 49ers defense struggled over the past two weeks against the Seahawks and Packers. Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers each had four passing touchdowns against them. Brees is coming off a four-touchdown performance against the Buccaneers. Look for him to keep the momentum going on Sunday.

Jared Goff, Rams (vs. Seahawks): The Seahawks are giving up the most passing yards per game and the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Bills scored 44 points against them last week. Although Goff has not had great fantasy production over last three games, he is a great streaming option with this matchup.

Sleeper: Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (vs. Lions)

Sit

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. Colts): I listed Tannehill as a sit against the Bears last week, and he finished as the week’s QB20. Overall, Tannehill is an underrated fantasy quarterback, but he will, once again, draw a bad matchup this week. The Colts are allowing the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Tom Brady, Buccaneers (vs. Panthers): Brady had a brutal game against the Saints last week finishing with only 2.36 fantasy points. The Panthers’ pass defense has been respectable, but they should not be feared. However, Brady did face the Panthers earlier this season and was held to 8.68 fantasy points. With both of those performances in consideration, I would bench Brady this week.

Running backs

Start

Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. Texans): Nick Chubb was activated off the IR earlier this week. His status is still unclear for Sunday’s game, but there are positive signs:

Still, Chubb’s status may not have a large effect on Hunt. In the four games Chubb played this season, Hunt averaged 17.425 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues.

Regardless, Hunt is a must-start against the Texans, who are allowing the most rushing yards per game in the NFL.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (vs. Lions): The Lions are allowing the most fantasy points per game to running backs this season, so this is a great matchup for Gibson, who continues to lead Washington’s backfield.

Sleeper: DeAndre Washington, Dolphins (vs. Chargers)

Sit

Mark Ingram II, Ravens (vs. Patriots): Ingram may return against the Patriots. However, Ingram will also return to sharing carries with Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins. With Dobbins performing well, Ingram may even see his touches decrease. I would not trust him in my lineup this week.

Jordan Howard, Dolphins (vs. Chargers): Matt Breida is questionable, and DeAndre Washington has been removed from the exempt list. So, Howard will likely face more competition for touches this week. Although Howard led the Dolphins in carries last week, he only gained 19 yards. For the season, he is averaging 1.2 yards per carry. Yes, he is averaging 1.2 yards per carry. Even if Washington and Breida sat out, Howard offers little upside.

Wide receivers

Start

Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. Seahawks): Kupp was targeted 20 times in his last game. Now, he will face the Seahawks’ porous secondary. The Seahawks are giving up the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. As a result, Kupp is a must-start this week.

Christian Kirk, Cardinals (vs. Bills): Here are Kirk’s statistics from his last three games:

Week 6 vs. Cowboys: 2 receptions, 86 yards, 2 touchdowns

Week 7 vs. Seahawks: 5 receptions, 37 yards, 2 touchdowns

Week 9 vs. Dolphins: 5 receptions, 123 yards, 1 touchdown

In the midst of this hot streak, he is a great flex option.

Sleeper: Michael Pittman Jr., Colts (vs. Titans)

Sit

A.J. Green, Bengals (vs. Steelers): Green only had two receptions for 19 yards against the Titans before the bye week. Now, he will face an even tougher test against the Steelers defense.

Antonio Brown, Buccaneers (vs. Panthers): As I previously mentioned, Brady struggled against the Panthers earlier this season. Brown carries a lot of upside, but he still trailed Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in targets last week. I don’t like him as the third wide receiver in a questionable matchup.

Tight ends

Start

Austin Hooper, Browns (vs. Texans): Hooper will return this week. He will have a fantasy friendly matchup in the Texans, and he should see an uptick in targets with Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined.

Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. Bears)

Sit

Richard Rodgers, Eagles (vs. Giants): Dallas Goedert returned ahead of schedule and played for the Eagles in Week 8. With Goedert back, Rodgers will likely not see enough volume to remain fantasy relevant.