Does anyone else face an existential crisis when we hit Week 10? No? Just me? Time keeps flying in football season and before you know it, the playoffs will be here. Obviously, I’m talking about the fantasy playoffs. Now is the time to prep your rosters for the weeks ahead. Of course, that all starts with winning this week first.
As always, I outlined some players you should consider starting and sitting in Week 10, which includes my favorite—or least favorite—player at each position. Have any more fantasy questions? Feel free to reach out on Twitter @ZachCohenFB!
Start: Carson Wentz v. JAX
Ladies and gentlemen, your QB6 over the last six weeks! Aside from a couple of head-scratching interceptions, Wentz has been surprisingly good for fantasy. His point range in those six weeks is 17-24.2, and if you remove a poor performance in Week 3, Wentz has averaged 19.5 points. That’s better than Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow. As the cherry on top, Wentz gets a sweet matchup against the Jaguars in Week 10. Jacksonville has allowed multiple touchdowns—including rushing touchdowns—to quarterbacks in all but two games this season. Wentz has scored multiple times in all but one game. And don’t be concerned about those interceptions. Wentz has tossed just three of them, and the Jaguars have snared just four of them. Wentz is a good start this week and maybe beyond.
Other Players to Consider: Matt Ryan at DAL, Derek Carr v. KC
Sit: Kirk Cousins at LAC
Cousins scored 21.6 points in Week 9, but don’t let that stat line fool you. His one-yard rushing touchdown inflated that number. Remove that and he actually scored 15.5 points, for all you math majors out there. The performance comes a week after scoring 13.2 points against Dallas. In both games, Cousins failed to surpass 190 passing yards. I sense a trend brewing, though one more game would need to solidify it. It doesn’t help that the Vikings play at the Chargers this week. Los Angeles has surrendered the third-fewest passing yards per game, though that number climbs a bit at home. There’s just too much risk in starting Cousins against a top passing defense. There are better options available.
Other Players to Consider: Ryan Tannehill v. NO, Jimmy Garoppolo v. LAR
Start: D’Ernest Johnson at NE
Sound the alarms, it’s D’Ernest Johnson time again! Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton tested positive for COVID-19, thus requiring two negative tests 24 hours apart to play on Sunday. Unless that happens, Johnson is a solid RB2 for the week. Remember what he did in Week 7 against Denver? He ran the ball 22 times for 146 yards and a touchdown to the tune of 24.8 points. I’m not saying Johnson replicates that success on Sunday, but it’s pretty clear he can be the focal point of Cleveland’s offense. After all, Kevin Stefanski built their offense around the run game. The Patriots have allowed at least one running back in each game to post double-digit points, excluding their game versus the Texans in Week 5. It’s Houston, though—they don’t really count. All jokes aside, Johnson should be firmly planted in your lineups for Week 10.
Other Players to Consider: Darrel Williams at LV, Kenyan Drake v. KC, Ty Johnson v. BUF
Sit: Any Titans RB
Can you blame me? I know it was just one game, but none of Derrick Henry’s replacements looked even half as good as Henry, which may be a lot in itself. Look, I get you may be desperate. I get you may fall in love with the perceived upside of Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols, or D’Onta Foreman. If the Titans’ win against the Rams is any indication, Mike Vrabel isn’t ready to anoint a new bellcow back for the offense. Peterson and McNichols basically split carries while Foreman earned a few near the end of the game. I don’t expect any of them to put up many points against the Saints’ run defense—a defense, might I add, that has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Only three running backs have scored 20 points on New Orleans: Christian McCaffrey (Week 1), Saquon Barkley (Week 4), and Antonio Gibson (Week 5). Catch my drift? Maybe one of Tennessee‘s running backs finds some real footing, it just won’t be this week. For what it’s worth, I actually think Foreman looked the best of the three.
Other Players to Consider: Antonio Gibson v. TB, Michael Carter v. BUF, Devonta Freeman at MIA
Start: Hunter Renfrow v. KC
I’ve teased Renfrow as a player to consider starting for a couple of weeks now. Well, it’s finally time to give him a promotion. The 45-year-old, I mean, the 25-year-old wideout has become Derek Carr’s second-favorite target behind Darren Waller. Those are the only two Raiders that are seeing more than five targets a game—Renfrow’s averaged 7.5 of them. His production has become pretty predictable in a good way. He typically sees 5-9 targets each game, 45-70 receiving yards, and 11-18 points. That shouldn’t change against a Chiefs’ defense that’s allowed the 10th-most yards to wide receivers this season. Renfrow has become a huge security blanket for Carr, thus resulting in steady fantasy production. He should at minimum be in your flex spot moving forward.
Other Players to Consider: Rashod Bateman at MIA, Russell Gage at DAL, Cole Beasley at NYJ
Sit: Jarvis Landry at NE
This is me tossing my hands up in the air as I try to figure out Landry‘s fantasy value. Hindered by injuries for most of the season, Landry hasn’t done enough to give us a solid projection for Week 10. Could he see 10+ targets like he did last year? Sure, but in four games, his targets have ranged from 5-10. Could he rely on a touchdown to please his fantasy managers? Sure, but he’s scored just three receiving touchdowns in two seasons, including none this season. Besides, this is a New England defense that just held D.J. Moore to 7.6 points. There’s simply way too much we don’t know here, especially since Cleveland throws to their wide receivers at the third-lowest rate in football. Start a wide receiver with more certainty and a higher ceiling.
Other Players to Consider: Chase Claypool v. DET, Corey Davis v. BUF, Julio Jones at NO
Start: Pat Freiermuth v. DET
Plain and simple: Freiermuth is a TE1 moving forward. In the last three weeks, he’s seen 6-7 targets and 43-58 receiving yards a game. He’s also found the endzone three times. With Chase Claypool ailing, Freiermuth is starting to emerge as a go-to target for Ben Roethlisberger, especially in the red zone. As if his value couldn’t look any better, he faces a Detroit defense that’s allowed at least 9.6 points to a tight end in all but two games this season. Expect Freiermuth to play an important role again in what should be a solid passing day for the Steelers. *knocks on wood*
Other Players to Consider: Dan Arnold at IND, Tyler Conklin at LAC
Sit: Jared Cook v. MIN
At this point, I feel like I just churn through the same tight ends in my ‘Sit’ section. This week, Cook is the victim. He scored a respectable 10.8 points in Week 9, which was the fourth time he’s reached double-digit points all season. My main concern with Cook is his decrease in playing time. Donald Parham has slowly been playing more snaps, but it was Stephen Anderson who saw a drastic uptick in playing time versus Philadelphia. With Mike Williams also stealing valuable red-zone opportunities, Cook’s role seems to be diminishing in Los Angeles. It doesn’t help that no tight end has scored against Minnesota this season. In fact, Mark Andrews and T.J. Hockenson both had one of their worst games against the Vikings. It’s all a recipe to keep Cook on your bench.
Other Players to Consider: Noah Fant v. PHI, Hunter Henry v. CLE