Fantasy Football Week 10: Which Guy Do I Start?

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles out of the pocket as New York Jets defensive end Kony Ealy (94) defends during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles out of the pocket as New York Jets defensive end Kony Ealy (94) defends during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Which Do I Start?

Hello my fantasy football friends and family! We are back again to help you decide which guys you need to have in your lineups for Week 10 of the NFL Season. Injuries and bye weeks are wreaking havoc on our lineups, but do not be afraid. I am here to help!


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Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor: BUF vs NO – Start
Ben Roelithsberger: PIT @ IND – Sit

Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during the first quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during the first quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

A friend of mine asked this question to me and it is pretty close. Both Taylor and Big Ben are viable options this week. The Saints have allowed the 19th most fantasy points to opposing QBs, while the Colts have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to QBs. However despite the slight advantage in matchup for Big Ben, Taylor is the much better start this week. Taylor is playing at home where he has averaged 18.33 fantasy points per game. This compared to Big Ben on the road who has averaged 12.92 fantasy points per game. That in the fact that Taylor will have to continue to keep up with the Saints offense makes him my start.

Running Backs

DeMarco Murray: TEN vs CIN – Start
Doug Martin: TB vs NYJ – Sit

Oct 22, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Both of these two players are coming off disappointing performances, but realistically they both should be started across formats. Martin has a tough matchup this week against the Jets who have allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to RBs over the last four weeks. Murray’s matchup is much better, against the Bengals who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to the RB position over the last four weeks. Based on the matchup Murray is the better start along with the fact that he is more involved in the passing game. But as I stated before both players should see a decent amount of volume. The Jets and Bengals have allowed the fourth and fifth most rushing attempts to opposing RBs this season.

Wide Receivers

DeSean Jackson: TB vs NYJ – Start
Adam Thielen: MIN vs WAS – Sit

NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep 17, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) runs after a catch against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, this guys could both be started, but who is the better pick? For me, it is DeSean Jackson because of his high upside ability. The Jets have allowed the most passing touchdowns this season and Jackson should see an uptick in targets with Mike Evans out. Thielen on the other hand has a touch matchup against the Washington Redskins on the road. The Redskins at home have allowed one passing TD/game and less than 200 passing yards. Stefon Diggs will also be returning and with Josh Norman drawing matchups to Thielen throughout the game, Jackson is the guy to roll with.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay: BUF vs NO  – Start
Tyler Kroft: CIN @ TEN – Sit

Oct 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay (85) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (20) in the second half during the NFL game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay (85) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (20) in the second half during the NFL game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

This is an easy one for me. Neither matchup is particularly great as both rank in the top 12 in terms of least fantasy points allowed to the TE position. Clay is coming back from an injury which is always a risk, but Tyrod Taylor loves to utilize his TEs. From a volume stand point, Clay has the higher upside to produce in a higher scoring game. Kroft has played well this season, but if he does not score his upside is limited.

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