Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit article.
There are four teams on bye this week, the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and the New York Giants.
So make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup. If you are under .500 heading into Week 10, this week is a must-win for your team! The Playoff picture is starting to open up in your leagues with the NFL season being more than halfway done.
In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 10 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.
In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.
Now let's help you win your pivotal matchup this week with my 2021 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit!
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2021 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start-Sit
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Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts, (ECR QB13)
Wentz is coming off three straight games of having 20 plus fantasy points in each game.
He has also thrown multiple touchdowns in six straight games and is currently QB10 on the season averaging 18 fantasy points per game.
The Indianapolis Colts offensive line is finally healthy and playing great the last few games. The Colts have scored over 30 points in the last four games, as their offense continues to roll.
Everyone will say it has to do with the second-year running back Jonathon Taylor breaking out, but Wentz has done his job as well and should continue to do so this week.
The Matchup - Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off their biggest win of this season after beating the Buffalo Bills 9-6.
The Jaguars' defense played fantastic last week, but I feel that was just a flash in the pan and an outlier. The Jaguars have been in the middle of the pack so far against opposing quarterbacks.
They are allowing just over 19 fantasy points per game to the position. With Wentz playing as solid as he has, there is no reason why he shouldn't put up QB1 numbers this week.
D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (ECR RB39)
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Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns, they had a covid-19 outbreak this week. It sounds like heading into this weekend's game they will be without Nick Chubb Demetric Felton and John Kelly.
Chubb and Felton are both vaccinated so they will need two negative tests in a row to be eligible to play on Sunday.
If Chubb is out this weekend, D'Ernest Johnson should be ranked as an RB1 this week.
We saw what Johnson could do with a full workload in Week 7 when he rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for 23.8 fantasy points in half PPR formats.
Johnson not only was good for fantasy purposes but he also looked from a real football perspective. He was shifty, and quick and knew exactly when to explode through the hole.
The Matchup - New England Patriots
The Browns are traveling to the east coast to take on the New England Patriots. The Patriots have had a solid defense so far this season, and have only allowed two rushing touchdowns to running backs this season.
However, they have allowed the ninth-most rushing yards to the position this season.
They have also allowed the second-most receiving yards to the position as well, and with Felton out Johnson should see an uptick in those touches.
Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (ECR WR37)
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Van Jefferson is starting to become more and more involved in this Rams offense. Earlier in the season, Jefferson was working behind veteran wide receiver Desean Jackson as the field stretcher.
Well, Jackson is now in Las Vegas, and we are now finally seeing what Jefferson can do with a higher volume of targets.
Through the last three games, Jefferson has seen 20 targets and hasn't seen less than six in either of those games. Jefferson has also played at least 83% of the snaps in all three of those games, only behind Woods and Kupp.
He has also scored double-digit fantasy points in two of those three games. The Rams offense has been very explosive this season and you should want a piece of this offense in your lineup weekly.
The Matchup - San Fransico 49ers
The Rams will be traveling to take on the San Fransisco 49ers on Monday Night Football this week. The 49ers' defense has been solid for the most part this season.
The Rams should be able to take advantage of the secondary, which could lead to a big day from Jefferson. I'm more confident in starting Jefferson than Devonta Smith and Courtland Sutton this week.
Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (ECR TE11)
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Believe it or not, in the last two weeks Dan Arnold has emerged as the number one pass-catching option in this Jaguars offense.
He has seen 17 targets over those last two games which are tied for the team lead with Jamal Agnew. He turned those 17 targets into 12 catches for 128 yards but has yet to find the endzone.
Which I feel is pretty impressive for a guy who is sitting on a lot of leagues waiver wires.
Arnold has only seen three red-zone targets on the season, which you have to believe that we will see an uptick in those.
He also has yet to score this season, and we should see some positive regression in that part of Arnold's game as well.
The Matchup - Indianapolis Colts
This is a very solid matchup against the Indianapolis Colts for the Jaguars pass-catchers. The Colts have allowed the third-most yards through the air this season.
The even more alarming stat for this Colts defense is that they have allowed 23 touchdowns through the air, which is three more than The Washington Football Team, and six more than any other team in the NFL.
That bodes very well for the possibility for Arnold to find the end zone for the first time this season.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (ECR QB14)
Last week in a good matchup against the Baltimore Ravens Cousins went 17-28 for 187 yards two touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown.
The touchdowns saved his fantasy production for that week, considering he threw for under 200 yards for the second straight week.
Before the last two games, Cousins hadn't thrown for less than 244 yards in any of the first six weeks of the season. Cousins is starting to slow down after a hot start, and I wouldn't expect much to change this week.
The Matchup - Los Angeles Chargers
We have seen time and time again that the way to beat the Los Angeles Chargers is to run the ball against them.
The Chargers just allow teams to run on them, they have allowed the second-most rushing yards in the NFL this season. It is quite the opposite through the air, however.
The Chargers are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season along with the second-fewest touchdowns thrown with 10.
If you can avoid starting Cousins this week, I would. I'm starting guys like Teddy Bridgwater and Ben Rothlisberger over Cousins this week.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Fransico 49ers (ECR RB17)
Mitchell was still able to put up double-digit fantasy points for the third straight game on the back of catching all five of his targets.
He still led all the running backs in the 49ers backfield in touches and snaps which is still a good sign.
Mitchell played 39 snaps while Jamychal Hasty only played on 20 snaps.
The 49ers fell behind 14-o to the Arizona Cardinals last week so the 49ers had to abandon the running game pretty early which is why Mitchell didn't see quite the volume on the ground that he normally has throughout the season.
We could also see Jeff Wilson Jr. this week as he works his way back from injury.
The Matchup - Los Angeles Rams
In this matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, I'm worried that once again Mitchell will be game-scripted out early with the Rams being better than the 49ers.
The Rams defense has shown this season that it is hard to run against them as well.
They are have allowed the 12th fewest rushing yards in the league and have only allowed six touchdowns on the ground which is 5th best in the league.
If there is a way to stay away from the 49ers backfield this week, I would.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (ECR WR26)
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Let me start by saying this, I love Courtland Sutton as a player. He has already had some big weeks for your fantasy team, but unfortunately, he is starting to slow down at an important time of the season.
Sutton has failed to finish with double-digit fantasy points in three straight weeks. These weeks are the most important weeks to your season as we try to make a playoff push, and he is just killing lineups.
The biggest red flag to me is what Sutton has done when Jerry Jeudy is on the field. In Week 1 with Jeudy on the field, he only saw three targets.
In the last two games with Jeudy in the lineup, Sutton has also only seen six targets and has 49 yards in two games, yikes.
Jeudy saw eight targets last game alone while catching six of them. It's looking like Jeudy is the alpha in this offense, and that is bad news for Courtland Sutton owners.
The Matchup - Philadelphia Eagles
This matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles isn't as easy for wide receivers as it has been for the past few seasons.
The Eagles have allowed the fifth-fewest yards to the wide receiver position the seventh-fewest fantasy points, and the fifth-fewest receiving touchdowns this season.
If you have guys like Christain Kirk, and Hunter Renfrow on your benches, I'd start them over Sutton this week.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR TE8)
He is coming off a game in which he only caught three balls for 46 yards for just over five fantasy points.
For the most part, his floor has been there, scoring 10 fantasy points in two of the three games Ertz has been gone.
However, I just don't see Goedert having quite the ceiling we want, or thought he was going to have.
The Eagles just aren't throwing the ball enough like they were earlier in the year.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts has only thrown the ball 14 and 17 times in the last two games, that is just not enough volume to produce fantasy numbers for his pass-catchers.
I also don't believe that will change much this week.
The Matchup - Denver Broncos
This matchup against the Denver Broncos has all the makings of an old-school ground-out type of football game. That worries me for a lot of pass-catchers in this game, especially Dallas Goedert.
The Broncos are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to the tight end position this season.
The most alarming stat however is the fact that the Broncos have yet to allow a touchdown to the position as well.
With that being said, I am looking to the waiver wire to start someone over Goedert, like Dan Arnold and Pat Freiermuth.