Starts of the Week: Week 10



The age o'l question, "Whom shall I Start? & Whom shall I Sit?" Start Patrick Mahomes? Seems too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead here are some of the most-pressing questions this week. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out the latest rankings right here.

Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Derek Carr (LV) The Raiders have a solid run home, with their Week 11 date with the Bengals the only tough on-paper competition for QB Derek Carr. The Chiefs, Carr’s opponent this week, have proven to be particularly beatable for QBs, but Carr is a solid start most weeks for the remainder of the season, assuming he can handle losing his top receiver.


Stream of the Week:

Ryan Tannehill (TEN) The Saints have a strong run defense, and the Titans are without Derrick Henry. That’s a recipe for a Tannehill day. He’s a solid streaming option.



Running Backs


Start of the Week:

James Conner (ARI) This is blatantly obvious, but start James Conner! I’ve been suggesting picking him up since Week 1, so hopefully you’ve got him and can reap the benefits with Chase Edmonds out for much of the remainder of the season.


Co-start of the Week:

Devin Singletary (BUF) Until Zack Moss returns, Singletary is a viable, low-end starter in fantasy. He’s not going to blow your socks off, but he should get plenty of volume with Matt Breida yet to touch the ball since Week 1 and special teams guys the only other options.


Fade of the Week:

Jeremy McNichols & Adrian Peterson (TEN) This has committee written all over it. It may be that one of the backs eventually grasps the lead role, but until that happens, I’d rather avoid using them, especially against the Saints run defense.



Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Robert Woods (LAR) He's no Cooper Kupp, but Bobby Trees is the WR12 on the year. I’ve no idea why people are still considering sitting him. Just start him and take the consistent points.


Stream of the Week:

Julio Jones (TEN) A.J. Brown seems to have started battling an injury right as Julio Jones got healthy. The former Falcon was mediocre in his first game back, but he takes on the most generous defense to receivers, so I’m starting him in a lot of leagues this week.


Fade of the Week:

Chase Claypool (PIT) The Steelers have been trying to get the sophomore receiver involved, but it’s just not happening. At this stage, he’s essentially TD or bust, and of late, that’s meant a whole lot of busting with only 14 receptions and one touchdown since week 3. He plays the Lions, which means the Steelers can feasibly just run all day. Their WR2? No thank you!



Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

Pat Freiermuth (PIT) Last week I said I expect we’ll see Freiermuth in the start section soon, and here he is! Pat was sensational and now has two top 2 fantasy finishes in the last fortnight. He’s surely a top 12 tight end moving forward.


Fade of the Week:

Tyler Higbee (LAR) The 49ers are strong against opposing tight ends, and Higbee is surprisingly TD-or-bust even in this powerful Rams’ offense. I’d sit him this week if you can.



Week 10 Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'


Taysom Hill (QB - NO) Sadly, the Saints decided to trot out Trevor Siemian last week. Hill may win the role back within the next week or two, so he is worth holding until then.


Backup Running Backs

Oh look, it’s back again! As starting running backs continue going down (because running back is a brutal position), it’s your weekly reminder to roster backups. I’ve been spouting James Conner love for much of the season (though he eventually became too heavily owned to list him last week) so hopefully one of these guys becomes a league winner for you. A reminder that my favorites are, in this order: Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, AJ Dillon, Jamaal Williams Mark Ingram, Sony Michel, Chuba Hubbard, Khalil Herbert, Devontae Booker, Carlos Hyde, Nyheim Hines, Ronald Jones, Jeff Wilson, Samaje Perine, and Salvon Ahmed.


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Players to Sell High On


Alvin Kamara (RB - NO) Mark Ingram continues to threaten AK’s volume and the possible change in starter to Taysom Hill would also be bad news for the stud RB. There’s also a lot of chatter he may be battling an injury, as the Saints have just brought in Josh Adams. If someone is willing to value Kamara as a top 3 stud, I will take that trade.


DeVonta Smith (WR - PHI) Is this really the start of something for the Eagles rookie? I don’t think so. We’ve seen him have big games before, but this one was less exciting, with the touchdown making it seem more impressive than it was. Smith turned just six targets into 116 yards and a score, but that’s not a sustainable model for fantasy points. Can he do it again? Definitely. Will it be next week? Will you get a heap of duds in between boom games? Can Jalen Hurts ever sustain a top receiver consistently? That’s a lot of unknowns I’d rather avoid.