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NFL fantasy football Week 10 sits and starts

Who to sit and start in Week 10, including a couple of quarterbacks you can plug and play.

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This week we get a slight break from bye week hell with only four teams on a bye. We are also only a few weeks away from the playoffs, so it is time to start securing your spot for the dance.

Bye weeks: Ravens, Broncos, Texans and Vikings

Must starts

  • David Johnson (Cardinals RB): Johnson got 20 touches the last time the Cardinals took the field, but he also saw Josh Rosen attempt 40 passes while only catching four passes himself. The Chiefs allow the most points to opposing running backs though, according to Fantasy Pros. The only concern if the Chiefs getting out to a huge lead and making the Cardinals one-dimensional, but you aren’t going to find that much better of a matchup for Johnson this season.
  • Tyler Boyd (Bengals WR): This isn’t my homer running wild. The Saints give up 36.4 points to opposing receivers per game, which is the most of any defense. With A.J. Green out and a lack of many reliable targets, Boyd should get plenty of targets on Sunday.

Favorable matchups

  • Tevin Coleman (Falcons RB): Coleman had 156 yards on 18 touches with two touchdowns in Week 9. The Browns allow 25.3 points per game to opposing running backs, and they just lost linebacker Christian Kirksey for the season, so it isn’t going to get any better.
  • Amari Cooper (Cowboys WR): Cooper had a really good debut with Dallas. He caught an early touchdown, and now he has an easier matchup against the Eagles who are the fifth-best matchup for opposing receivers. Cooper seems like a safe bet as a WR2.

Good but not great

  • Devin Funchess (Panthers WR): Funchess value took a hit with tight end Greg Olsen returning to the lineup. Even against the Buccaneers, Funchess only accumulated four catches for 44 yards. If you are looking for a solid flex option Funchess will have a great matchup against the Steelers defense that has allowed some big plays to opposing receivers.
  • Bears RBs: Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are hard to project. It seems the Bears love using Cohen in the passing game and Howard as the main runner. Cohen is dependent on being in PPR leagues and Howard needs to get in the end zone, which he did two times last week. They are set to go against the Lions who are the fifth worst defense against running backs, but both are risky plays because of the other.

Temper expectations

  • Kerryon Johnson (Lions RB): Johnson has been pretty hit or miss, and he should be a pretty big miss against the Bears this week. They are only allowing 11.8 points per game, so you should probably look elsewhere for a running back this week.
  • T.Y. Hilton (Colts WR): Hilton is usually a boom or bust prospect each week. Against the Jaguars, he should be more of a bust. Hilton has five catches for 78 yards with a touchdown in his past two games against the Jaguars, but that was in 2017 without Andrew Luck. It still doesn’t seem promising.

Quarterback Stream

  • Alex Smith (Washington QB): This is purely based on matchups as the Buccaneers have been one of the softest defenses against quarterbacks this season. Smith only has three games with two touchdowns (his high for the season), and it would be shocking if he didn't have that this week. It isn’t the sexiest play of the week, but it should be solid.
  • Baker Mayfield (Browns QB): Mayfield has had at least two touchdowns in his past three games. He has a matchup with the Falcons this week who are the third best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Not to mention he should probably be playing with some garbage time this week with the Chiefs

Defense stream

  • Jets defense against the Bills: If the Bills trot out Nathan Peterman or even Matt Barkley it is hard not think about starting the Jets defense. Neither quarterback inspires much hope. The Bills fans even started a GoFundMe to get Peterman to retire, which tells you everything you need to know about how things are going on offense for the Bills.
  • Chiefs defense against the Cardinals: The Cardinals have been the second best matchup to stream for defenses. Rosen hasn’t exactly lit it up since taking over, and the Cardinals have just been a mess without Bruce Arians at the helm.