Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Joe Mixon, T.Y. Hilton, Charles Clay & More

by Will Overton

Week 10 is set to kick off in just a few hours now, and if you’re like me you are spending the morning drinking your coffee and agonizing over fantasy football lineups. We will try and help you get caught up with some players I like or don’t like based on recent news:

 

Bilal Powell – New York Jets – Running Back
News broke on Friday that Matt Forte wouldn’t be playing this week due to the continued swelling in his knee. The last few weeks Forte has been the Jets featured back, but now Bilal Powell should get a chance to win the coaching staff over. Powell will almost certainly still share snaps with Elijah McGuire, but the Bucs run defense has been pretty average this season, and Powell is also a better than average receiver out of the backfield and Josh McCown loves to throw to RB’s. This is a good opportunity for Powell and fantasy owners should take advantage. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 10: Josh McNown, Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson & More

by Ray Kuhn

Each week is a struggle. Filling out a starting lineup is not easy, and at times it feels like you might be better off just flipping a coin. However, we know that is not the case (at least most of the time), and there is a real science to making lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at some potential choices we might have for Week 10:

Quarterbacks:

Start – Josh McNown – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay

Yes, this feels weird to me as well. Before the season started, it was questionable whether or not McNown would even still be starting at this point in the season. Instead, here we are advocating for the Jets’ quarterback against Tampa Bay. Personally, I found myself grabbing McNown in a few leagues to replace Carson Wentz, and it is well deserved. The Jets have been moving the ball better than expected so far this season, and so far this season, McNown actually ranks as a borderline QB1 so far this season based solely on point production. So far this season, Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth most points to opposing quarterbacks, so he stands to be in for another good week. You aren’t going to get a spectacular outing from McNown, but he has been averaging two touchdowns a game over the last five weeks, and will continue to be a dependable option. Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This week things get a little easier, as there are just four teams on bye. Of course, you are going to want to do more than just making sure that your kicker is active and healthy, as every point you can is vital. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for Week 10: Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Each week, even if I don’t set out to stream my defense, it is always something I consider. If not, you might be leaving potential points on the table. However at the same time, you don’t want to make a move just for the sake of making a move. This is also the part of the year when you should begin to look ahead a few weeks. Let’s take a look at how our options rank: Read more

Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Thomas Rawls & More

by Will Overton

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

Arizona Cardinals

Drew Stanton – Quarterback
You’ve got a career backup quarterback taking on one of the better defenses in the league, this is a pretty cut and dry one here I think. There’s a chance that the Cardinals get down big and Stanton is forced to throw more than they would like, but even then the results probably won’t be very good. Let’s just keep moving… Read more

Week 10 Ranks (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

One. Entering play on Monday night, we had just one running back last week who eclipsed 100 yards. And that running back, Adrian Peterson, was likely floating around your waiver wire a few weeks ago as he was struggling to find a role on the Saints. Instead, we saw him gain 159 yards against San Francisco on Sunday; although Peterson did fail to find the end zone. In fact, the third most rushing yards last week came from a quarterback; Cam Newton.

Things do get a little better this week with Jordan Howard, Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell, and others returning from bye this week. This week, we have four teams on bye, and that means we will be without Kareem Hunt and Jay Ajayi, among others. Let’s take a look at how our options rank: Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

We’re back to just four bye weeks finally, but things still feel pretty thin at WR. Mike Evans is looking at a one game suspension, while Pierre Garcon is out for the year now and Chris Hogan is also likely to miss action this week. With all this in mind I’ve got my breakdown of the top 50:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee
  4. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona
  5. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Buffalo
  6. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ LA Rams
  8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end continues to be one of the most frustrating positions to try and fill.  You had better hope that you have one of the elite options, or even a solid one that you can depend on for a few points each and every week.  If you are forced to settle for a desperation play, whether it’s due to bye weeks or injury, puts you at risk of taking a goose egg (and many learned that this past week).  Who are the players we can depend on for Week 10?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  3. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  7. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Jets Read more

Streaming Defenses (2017): Week 10: Which Offense Do We Want To Exploit?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Things are constantly changing in the NFL, and what we knew at the time of our drafts is already “out of date” and irrelevant three weeks into the season though we are starting to get a grasp of the offenses we should look to pick on.  With that in mind, which defenses that were likely ignored on draft day are worth considering for Week 8?  Let’s take a look:

 

New England Patriots
at Denver
CBS Sports – 36%, ESPN – 29.2%

The New England defense hasn’t been very good this season, but they draw a Broncos offense that is falling apart at the seams.  Brock Osweiler is currently the starting quarterback, and even if they went back to Trevor Siemian or gave Paxton Lynch an opportunity would they scare you?  Their running game has also dissolved into a lifeless three-man committee and there’s no guarantee that any of them produce big numbers. Read more

Week 10 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries have played a significant role in the quarterback landscape, but they are not the only think wreaking havoc.  There have been numerous quarterbacks across the league whose performance has struggled (like Eli Manning), though others have stepped up and emerged as viable QB1 (like Josh McCown and Jared Goff).  How does it all come together, along with the bye weeks, for Week 10?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  3. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Buffalo
  5. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Cleveland
  6. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New Orleans
  7. Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay Read more