Welcome Fantasy nerds, its that time again to start setting your lineups for the week. I’m here to help you with some 2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit decisions. I will be here to help you with the start sit article from now until the end of the season.
We are nine weeks into the season, and boy has it been a wild ride so far. With games being postponed, and teams' bye weeks being changed, I can honestly say that this has been the wildest fantasy season that I’ve been apart of.
Hopefully, most of your teams are still in good shape and are ready to make a playoff push. For those of you whose teams have been hit with the injury bug, try and hang in there and keep battling. Now let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit!
2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit
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Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns vs Houston Texans
Kevin Stefanski believes Baker Mayfield is 'ready to ascend' during the 2nd half of the season
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 12, 2020
Baker Mayfield hasn’t quite taken the leap this season that some fantasy analysts were hoping to see. He is only the QB25 on the season. But if you have started him in his good matchups this year, you should have been pleased.
In the three games that Mayfield has had good matchups against (Cincinnati twice and Dallas once), he has scored at least 15 fantasy points. He has also thrown for multiple touchdowns in five out of his eight games.
The matchup this week against the Houston Texans is a great one. The Texans defense is coming off a game in which Jake Luton from the Jacksonville Jaguars threw for 304 yards and a touchdown and ran for one more. The Texans defense as a whole has allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season with 21 a game. I am fully comfortable rolling Baker out in any team I have this week.
J.D McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team vs Detroit Lions
J.D. McKissic was in on 83% of snaps in Week 9 (45 total) and had 14 targets (35% share).
The WFT faces the Lions this week, who are giving up the most FPPG to RBs. Antonio Gibson isn't practicing due to injury.
McKissic is a top 12 play if Gibson sits.@MyFantasyLeague
— The Fantasy Football Sackos (@TheFFSackos) November 12, 2020
Smith loves to check down to his running backs. In fact, when Smith took over for Allen last week, McKissic saw a whopping 14 targets, which led the team. McKissic also played 82% of the snaps, which was season-high. The last time Smith was the starting quarterback for Washington in 2018 he ranked 26th in the NFL in air yards per attempt at 6.2.
With the solid floor of the passing game work, McKissic should have flex value week in and week out, especially in PPR leagues. He is part of a running back by committee along with Antonio Gibson who is banged up.
But with a matchup against the Lions, I can see fantasy value for both running backs this week. The Lions rank dead last to opposing running backs this season while giving up 30.2 fantasy points per game.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns vs Houston Texans
Target Share Leaders for the past month:
Jakobi Meyers (38%)
Davante Adams (37%)
Stefon Diggs (33%)
D.J. Chark (31%)
Terry McLaurin (31%)
Corey Davis (29%)
Keenan Allen (28%)
Jarvis Landry (28%)
Justin Jefferson (28%)
Cooper Kupp (27%)
Robby Anderson (27%)
Tyreek Hill (26%)
— Amr Gabr (@amrgaabr) November 11, 2020
Jarvis Landry has been a disappointment this season as he’s only WR47 in PPR formats. But with Odell Beckham sidelined for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, Landry is, and should continue to be, Baker Mayfield's favorite target for the rest of the year.
Landry is coming off a game in which he saw a season-high 11 targets, although he only caught four of them for 52 yards. He did unfortunately have a touchdown overturned on him, so he would have had a solid day if the touchdown would have stood.
Landry is still playing in the slot, which is good because he has done most of his damage in his career out of the slot. The player who covers the slot for the Texans is Safety Eric Murray, who has allowed 20/26 balls to be caught for 252 yards and two touchdowns in his coverage. Landry should produce borderline WR2 numbers in this matchup.
Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Ebron go-ahead hurdle TD ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 9, 2020
When Dionte Johnson returned from injury, I was skeptical that Ebron would be able to sustain his production with all those mouths to feed in the Steelers offense. Well, apparently I was wrong. Ebron has seen almost six targets per game since the start of Week 2.
Ebron has also had at least 11 fantasy points in his last three games and has also found the end zone in his last two games while playing over 80% of the snaps. It's safe to say that Ebron is an important piece right now, and moving forward for the Steelers.
The matchup against the Bengals is a good one. They are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in the NFL At almost 12 per game. The Browns have also allowed three straight top-three finishes at the position to Harrison Bryant, Trey Burton, and Mark Andrews. Ebron should be in your starting lineups moving forward.
Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers
Highest % of throws on target:
1. Drew Brees - 84.2%
2. Teddy Bridgewater - 83.5%
3. Josh Allen - 81.4%
4. Russell Wilson - 81.1%
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick - 81.0%
1. Drew Lock - 65.6%
2. Dwayne Haskins - 68.8%
3. Carson Wentz - 71.1%
4. Sam Darnold - 73.9%
5. Tom Brady - 74.1%
— ProFootballReference (@pfref) November 11, 2020
Tom Brady is coming off of his worst performance of the year. He looked completely out of sync with all his pass-catchers, even in a great matchup against the Saints, who everyone has been able to throw on this season. He finished with only five fantasy points and threw three interceptions.
Everyone thought that it was going to be all sunshine and rainbows with the pickup of Antonio Brown, but it was everything but that. It should eventually work out, but the matchup this week doesn’t get easier for Brady and the Bucs.
In Week 2 when the Bucs matched up against the Panthers, the Bucs offense, and especially Brady, struggled that day. He had his worst fantasy week besides last week by only scoring 9.6 fantasy points that week while also throwing two interceptions. I’m staying away from Brady this week until he can show that he and his pass-catchers are back on the same page.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos vs Las Vegas Raiders
Broncos finally getting some momentum offensively, and this looks like a pretty well-blocked running play to me.
Any ideas why Melvin Gordon bounces this one outside? pic.twitter.com/92DiKpC0Eb
— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) November 9, 2020
Ever since Philip Lindsay has come back in the lineup, the Broncos backfield has kind of been a mess. Gordon leads the running backs in snaps since then with him getting 126 touches to Lindsey‘s 71. That seems like a large disparity, but the touches are a lot closer with Gordon at 41 and Lindsay at 29. I wish the Broncos never signed Gordon, because to me, Lindsay is the better running back.
For the most part, if Gordon gets the volume he produces for fantasy purposes. In games which Gordon has gotten at least 15 carries, he’s had 12 plus fantasy points in every one of those games. In the three games he has gotten less than 10 carries he hasn’t scored more than 10 fantasy points.
The matchup isn’t what scares me away from Melvin Gordon this week. The Raiders are giving up 4.7 yards per carry which is 6th worst in the league. It's Gordon's usage in the last three games that scares me away. If he doesn’t get double-digit carries in this game, he has dry high bust potential. I don’t want to have Gordon in my lineup until he shows me a bit more consistency.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Green Bay Packers
Highest-graded CBs ?
1. Jaire Alexander - 90.0
2. Bryce Callahan - 87.3
3. Jason Verrett - 81.7 pic.twitter.com/KSIcvz6nJT
— PFF (@PFF) November 5, 2020
D.J. Chark finally had the week that fantasy owners have been hoping for all season long. He took a 70-yard pass to the house on the very first play of the game. He finished the game catching seven of his 12 targets for 146 yards and that long touchdown.
It is great to see that Chark is being used as a focal point in the passing game. He has seen 33 targets in his last three games. Chark also seems to have great chemistry with now starting quarterback Jake Luton as well.
But this week I am putting Chark on my bench this week strictly because of the matchup against the Packers. Jaire Alexander has had plenty of time to recover from his concussion he suffered last Thursday night and should be shadowing Chark in this game. Alexander has only allowed one receiver to have over 12.5 fantasy points in his coverage all season and that was Adam Thielen in Week 1. If Alexander is healthy this week, try and find a way to sit Chark this week in your lineups.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers vs Miami Dolphins
This really ain’t it!
McMillan plays SLB, he’s exclusively a run stopper, in the Pats game he even did that terribly. But he’s awful in coverage, he will never be a WLB!
— ???? (@Raider_Ryan1) November 11, 2020
Hunter Henry had a solid start to the season, scoring at least 10 fantasy points in his first three games of the season. But in the five games since then he has only been able to eclipse that 10 point threshold just one time.
Volume isn’t an issue since he has only seen less than seven targets in a game two times this season. But for some reason, he just hasn’t been on the same page as his quarterback Justin Herbert.
The matchup for Henry this week isn’t a favorable one to say the least. The Miami Dolphins are the only team in the NFL to not allow a double-digit scoring week from an opposing tight end. If Austin Hooper or Dallas Goedert are on your waiver wire, I would pick both of those guys up and start them over Henry this week. Or check out our Week 10 Tight End Streaming article for more options!
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