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Week 10 Rankings

By Cody Smith

Week 10 is a huge week for many fantasy owners out there.

Multiple teams find themselves in must-win situations with the playoffs quickly approaching. However many of these teams also face one large hurdle. Bye weeks.

Six teams find themselves on a bye this week, forcing many fantasy relevant players to manager's benches in lieu of players that wouldn’t sniff their starting lineup otherwise.

The Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins are all on bye this week, forcing managers to replace the likes of DeShaun Watson, Carlos Hyde, Philip Lindsey, Terry McLaurin, Carson Wentz, Leonard Fournette and maybe the most crucial of all, the Patriots D/ST.

I decided to make a bit of a PSA here for owners that may not be struggling with byes. Check those waivers! There may be teams out there that have had to drop good fantasy players just to be able to field a lineup. So keep those eyes peeled on who gets dropped in your league and hopefully you have a real chance to improve your roster by picking up players dropped due to the increased bye week.

Injury Notes

Patrick Mahomes is looking likely to return this week against Tennessee. Keep an eye out for any changes, but if he plays, he is obviously a must start. Matt Ryan is also on track to return this week after missing just one game. Once again, an obvious must-start as long as he plays.

Jacoby Brissett suffered what was originally referred to as an “MCL-ish” injury. It ended up being just a sprain and the potential to suit up this week is there for the starter. He practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday and is trending toward playing. If he’s a go, he has an amazing match-up with the Dolphins on the slate. If he is scratched, Brian Hoyer gets the start and honestly is not the worst streaming option if your team is in a bind.

Fantasy MVP Christian McCaffrey was held out of practice Wednesday with a knee injury. He was limited with a knee injury last week and was still a full go. I would expect him to be fine this week.

James Connor looks to return from a shoulder injury after missing last week. Coach Tomlin says he is “optimistic” that Connor will be ready to go. If he is a go, he can be played against a mediocre Rams run defense. If not, Jaylen Samuels should get a healthy workload again and should also be in lineups.

Le’Veon Bell had an MRI this week that showed no structural damage to the running back’s knee or ankle. Bell did not practice Wednesday and according to Coach Adam Gase is, “pretty sore." Josh Adams was signed to the practice squad this week which is a red flag, but it was apparently done to keep Adams from being signed by the Dolphins. I expect Bell to go, but keep an eye on practice reports this week.

Alvin Kamara missed two games and had a bye week which should have him primed to return from knee and ankle injuries. However Kamara is still on the fence as he has been limited at practice. Like Bell, expect him to play, but have Latavius Murray ready just in case.

Amari Cooper did not practice Wednesday with a knee injury. Cooper left Monday night’s game momentarily with the injury, but returned. He ought to be fine, but keep an eye on the practice reports.

Adam Thielen will more than likely miss this week after reaggravating his hamstring injury. If you own him, make other plans for at least this week if not longer. Curtis Samuel is also nursing a sore hammy and did not practice Wednesday. His status is up in the air. For this week’s match-up with Green Bay.

T.Y. Hilton’s calf has him unlikely to play against the Dolphins this weekend according to head coach Frank Reich. Fellow Colts wide-out Parris Campbell fractured a hand last weekend and will also miss some time.

Others to keep an eye on: Chase Edmonds (hamstring), Ito Smith (neck), Malcolm Brown (ankle), Justin Jackson (calf), Corey Davis (hip), Davante Adams (toe), Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Demaryius Thomas (hamstring).

As stated above, teams on a bye this week include the Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins.


Quarterbacks I like

Russell Wilson has been a fantasy MVP candidate this year as well as a favorite for the actual MVP award. He has a tough match-up this weekend against the tough 49ers' defense, but the ‘9ers just allowed Kyler Murray to have a big game. Wilson and Murray share very similar skill sets, and with Wilson’s experience, I expect the veteran to put up numbers this weekend. Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven of nine games this season and I expect those type of numbers again this weekend.

My Rank: QB3

ESPN Rank: QB8

Kyler Murray was impressive against San Francisco last Thursday night and now has had a long week to prepare for a soft Tampa Bay defense. Murray has had a problem disappearing in some games this season, throwing zero touchdown passes in five of nine games, but Tampa Bay has allowed 14 touchdown passes in their last four games. When Murray throws for one touchdown, there are usually more on the way, as he has not thrown for exactly one touchdown in any game this season. Murray’s legs could also pose a problem for Tampa Bay. I’m expecting a big game from the rookie.

My Rank: QB5

ESPN Rank: QB7

As strange as it may seem, Ryan Tannehill has been just what the doctor ordered for the Titans’ offense this season. Tannehill has started three games thus far and the Titans have scored exactly three touchdowns apiece in those three games. Tannehill has thrown for over 300 yards twice in those three games and faces a nice match-up with Kansas City this week, where if nothing else, he will be forced to throw due to Kansas City more than likely playing with a lead for the majority of the game. Tannehill is a solid streamer this week.

My Rank: QB16

ESPN Rank: QB18

Quarterbacks to avoid

Don’t get the wrong idea here, but Patrick Mahomes makes my list this week just because he is ranked QB2 by ESPN this week. Obviously if Mahomes makes his return from a dislocated kneecap this week he is a must start, but I’m not getting too excited for his return. It may take a game for Mahomes to get his legs back under him and for him to regain his confidence in the pocket. I expect a QB1 performance, but maybe temper expectations a tad coming off of an injury.

My Rank: QB6

ESPN Rank: QB2

Matt Ryan is on the list for the same reason. Returning from an injury, Ryan should be started, but let's not forget the fact he was injured. It could take Ryan a bit to get back up to speed, especially against a tough division opponent in the Saints. I expect low-end QB1 numbers from Ryan this week.

My Rank: QB10

ESPN Rank: QB6

Daniel Jones has looked like an all-star some weeks and like a rookie some other weeks. Look back to his last two performances for proof. But this week he faces the Jets, who have a middle-of-the-road pass defense. Expect Jones to post middle-of-the-road numbers. He is a desperate flex play.

My Rank: QB21

ESPN Rank: QB15

Week 10 Quarterback Rankings

1. Lamar Jackson @Cin

2. Aaron Rodgers vs. Car

3. Russell Wilson @SF

4. Drew Brees vs. Atl

5. Kyler Murray @TB

6. Patrick Mahomes @Ten

7. Jameis Winston vs. Ari

8. Dak Prescott vs. Min

9. Josh Allen @Cle

10. Matt Ryan @NO

11. Jacoby Brissett vs. Mia

12. Philip Rivers @Oak

13. Matthew Stafford @Chi

14. Kirk Cousins @Dal

15. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Sea

16. Ryan Tannehill vs. KC

17. Sam Darnold vs. NYG

18. Jared Goff @Pit

19. Derek Carr vs. LAC

20. Mitchell Trubisky vs. Det

21. Daniel Jones @NYJ

22. Kyle Allen @GB

23. Baker Mayfield vs. Buf

24. Mason Rudolph vs. LAR

25. Ryan Finley vs. Bal

26. Ryan Fitzpatrick @Ind

Running Backs I Like

Le’Veon Bell sees a plus match-up against the New York Football Giants this week, so long as he is healthy enough to play. The Jets don’t have any reliable options behind Bell (Ty Montgomery and Josh Adams) so if Bell can play, he should have plenty of work. Bell had eight receptions last week which is a good sign. Bell as an effective pass catcher almost guarantees RB1 numbers.

My Rank: RB4

ESPN Rank: RB9

Marlon Mack is the top remaining skill player on the Colts with T.Y. Hilton and Jacoby Brissett hurt. If Brian Hoyer starts this week, I would expect the Colts to attempt to establish the run, especially against the lowly Dolphins defense. Mack has had at least 20 touches in each of the last four games for the Colts. This one should be no different with the Colts playing with a lead most of the day.

My Rank: RB7

ESPN Rank: RB11

Derrick Henry faces the No. 30 run defense in the Chiefs this weekend. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has rejuvenated this team and if the Titans can stay within a reasonable amount, Henry could get a nice workload. Henry has scored in six of nine games this season while the Chiefs have allowed a rushing touchdown in three of their last four.

My Rank: RB9

ESPN Rank: RB14

Running Backs to Avoid

Alvin Kamara is coming off of an injury and is not even a lock to play yet this week. The star running back faces a mid-tier run defense in the Falcons, but could also be eased back into things with his knee and ankle injury still on the mend. Latavius Murray has filled in admirably, so I expect him to still get a few touches which could cap Kamara’s ceiling.

My Rank: RB8

ESPN Rank: RB2

Aaron Jones may currently be the RB3, but his consistency is nowhere to be found. After a 40-point performance against Kansas City, Jones had just nine touches last week against the Chargers. Though the Panthers are a good match-up for Jones, the team just limited Derrick Henry to less than 100 yards last week and Jones may not receive as many touches as Henry has last week.

My Rank: RB21

ESPN Rank: RB6

Nick Chubb will have carries to split this week. Head Coach Freddie Kitchens stated that Kareem Hunt would have a roll in the Cleveland offense upon his return, and with the team at 2-6 and the offense struggling, I expect Hunt to have a significant role. This will cut back on Chubb’s production. It starts this week against Buffalo.

My Rank: RB13

ESPN Rank: RB8

Week 10 Running Back Rankings

1. Christian McCaffrey @GB

2. Saquon Barkley @NYJ

3. Dalvin Cook @Dal

4. Le’Veon Bell vs. NYG

5. Ezekiel Elliott vs. Min

6. Josh Jacobs vs. LAC

7. Marlon Mack vs. Mia

8. Alvin Kamara vs. Atl

9. Derrick Henry vs. KC

10. David Johnson @TB

11. Chris Carson @SF

12. Mark Ingram II @Cin

13. Nick Chubb vs. Buf

14. David Montgomery vs. Det

15. Devonta Freeman @NO

16. Melvin Gordon @Oak

17. Jaylen Samuels vs. LAR

18. Tevin Coleman vs. Sea

19. Devin Singletary @Cle

20. Todd Gurley @Pit

21. Aaron Jones vs. Car

22. Joe Mixon vs. Bal

23. Austin Ekeler @Oak

24. Ronald Jones II vs. Ari

25. Damien Williams @Ten

26. Matt Breida vs. Sea

27. Tarik Cohen vs. Det

28. Jamaal Williams vs. Car

29. Latavius Murray vs. Atl

30. Ty Johnson @Chi

31. LeSean McCoy @Ten

32. Kalen Ballage @Ind

33. Nyheim Hines vs. Mia

34. Peyton Barber vs. Ari

35. Frank Gore @Cle

36. Kareem Hunt vs. Buf

37. J.D. McKissic @Chi

38. Kenyan Drake @TB

39. Alexander Mattison @Dal

40. Dare Ogunbowale vs. Ari

41. Giovani Bernard vs. Bal

42. Chase Edmonds @TB

43. Ito Smith @NO

44. Dion Lewis vs. KC

45. Tony Pollard vs. Min

46. Gus Edwards @Cin

47. Rashaad Penny @SF

48. DeAndre Washington vs. LAC

49. Jalen Richard vs. LAC

50. Justice Hill @Cin

Wide Receivers I Like

Diontae Johnson intrigues me this week because of the match-up against the Rams. Juju Smith-Schuster should see coverage from Jalen Ramsey all day which could open things up for the rookie wide-out. Johnson struggled against the Colts last week, catching just one of two targets, but the week prior to that, Johnson had 5-84-1 against Miami. I like Johnson’s chances this week.

My Rank: WR41

ESPN Rank: WR46

In the same game, Robert Woods is on my list of players that could make an impact. The Steelers have the 18th ranked defense against wide receivers. Woods also receives a bump due to Brandin Cooks being out of the lineup. Woods has struggled to start the season, but I believe the bye week may have given the Rams offense a chance to find a way to get Woods more involved. If the Rams are to succeed the rest of the way out, they will need Woods to be productive in order to do so

My Rank: WR21

ESPN Rank: WR26

John Brown has led the Bills' offense in targets and is quietly putting together a very nice fantasy season. He is currently the WR18 in PPR scoring and should produce these numbers again this week against the Browns. John Brown had recorded exactly five receptions in the last four games prior to last week, but “only” got four receptions for 76 yards against Washington last week. Brown should post WR2 numbers this week due to his amazing consistency.

My Rank: WR14

ESPN Rank: WR25

Wide Receivers to Avoid

At first glance, Christian Kirk doesn’t look like a player that should be listed here. He faces the worst pass defense in the league and is arguably the Cardinals' best pass catcher. The problem is that the Cardinals have spread the ball around much more since Kirk’s return from injury. Last week Kyler Murray threw for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. Kirk was on the receiving end of just two passes for eight yards.

My Rank: WR23

ESPN Rank: WR13

DJ Moore is a player that I really like in general, but has a bad match-up this week. Moore with have to navigate his way through the Green Bay defense that hasn’t allowed a wide receiver to score in three of the last four weeks. Moore is coming off of his lone 100-yard effort of the season, but the 8th ranked Packers defense presents a different type of challenge.

My Rank: WR20

ESPN Rank: WR14

Sammy Watkins bounced back to a half-relevant performance last week when he caught seven balls for 63 yards against the Vikings. Watkins is a guy I can’t trust, whether it is his injury history or the fact that it seems like he is invisible for the majority of most games. I don’t think that even Patrick Mahomes’ return this week will spark Watkins into a startable asset.

My Rank: WR32

ESPN Rank: WR20

Week 10 Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Michael Thomas vs. Atl

2. Mike Evans vs. Ari

3. Julio Jones @NO

4. Cooper Kupp @Pit

5. Chris Godwin vs. Ari

6. Tyreek Hill @Ten

7. Davante Adams vs. Car

8. Keenan Allen @Oak

9. Amari Cooper vs. Min

10. Tyler Lockett @SF

11. Allen Robinson II vs. Det

12. Kenny Golladay @Chi

13. Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Buf

14. John Brown @Cle

15. Stefon Diggs @Dal

16. Tyler Boyd vs. Bal

17. Calvin Ridley @NO

18. Emmanuel Sanders vs. Sea

19. Marvin Jones @Chi

20. DJ Moore @GB

21. Robert Woods @Pit

22. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. LAR

23. Christian Kirk @TB

24. Michael Gallup vs. Min

25. Golden Tate @NYJ

26. Curtis Samuel @GB

27. Zach Pascal vs. Mia

28. Jarvis Landry vs. Buf

29. Jamison Crowder vs. NYG

30. Tyrell Williams vs. LAC

31. Mike Williams @Oak

32. Sammy Watkins @Ten

33. DK Metcalf @SF

34. Larry Fitzgerald @TB

35. Randall Cobb vs. Min

36. Danny Amendola @Chi

37. DeVante Parker @Ind

38. Auden Tate vs. Bal

39. Darius Slayton @NYJ

40. Corey Davis vs. KC

41. Diontae Johnson vs. LAR

42. Robby Anderson vs. NYG

43. A.J. Brown vs. KC

44. Cole Beasley @Cle

45. Marquise Brown @Cin

46. Adam Humphries vs. KC

47. Mecole Hardman @Ten

48. Ted Ginn Jr. vs. Atl

49. Jakeem Grant @Ind

50. Demaryius Thomas vs. NYG

Tight Ends I Like

Jason Witten jumps from the avoid list to the like list this week after an 8-58 line last week. Witten faces the 19th ranked Vikings tight end defense and provides a decent floor to fantasy owners.

My Rank: TE9

ESPN Rank: TE13

Tight Ends To Avoid

Jared Cook will be coming off of an injury if he even plays at all this week. Cook hasn’t played since Week 6 with an ankle injury. The Saints may take it easy on the veteran in his return. I’m also low on Cook because of the Falcons’ struggles against perimeter receivers. Atlanta is one of the worst defenses against wide-outs, which may take some potential targets away from the tight end position. I’m hesitant with Cook this weekend, even against the 18th ranked tight end defense (Atlanta.)

My Rank: TE13

ESPN Rank: TE8

Week 10 Tight End Rankings

1. George Kittle vs. Sea

2. Hunter Henry @Oak

3. Travis Kelce @Ten

4. Austin Hooper @NO

5. Darren Waller vs. LAC

6. Mark Andrews @Cin

7. Gerald Everett @Pit

8. Greg Olsen @GB

9. Jason Witten vs. Min

10. T.J. Hockenson @Chi

11. Jimmy Graham vs. Car

12. Jack Doyle vs. Mia

13. Jared Cook vs. Atl

14. Eric Ebron vs. Mia

15. Kyle Rudolph @Dal

16. Jonnu Smith vs. KC

17. Vance McDonald vs. LAR

18. Mike Gesicki @Ind

19. Tyler Eifert vs. Bal

20. O.J. Howard vs. Ari

21. Foster Moreau vs. LAC

22. Irv Smith Jr. @Dal

23. Dawson Knox @Cle

24. Hayden Hurst @Cin

25. Josh Hill vs. Atl

Week 8 likes/dislikes

Quarterback likes

Derek Carr: My Rank - QB8; ESPN Rank - QB12; Actual finish - QB12

Jimmy Garoppolo: My Rank - QB12; ESPN Rank - QB18; Actual finish - QB2

Sam Darnold: My Rank - QB15; ESPN Rank - QB19; Actual finish - QB21

Quarterback dislikes

Daniel Jones: My Rank - QB22; ESPN Rank - QB17; Actual finish - QB23

Jacoby Brissett: My Rank - QB16; ESPN Rank - QB11; Actual finish - QB29

Phillip Rivers: My Rank - QB18; ESPN Rank - QB13; Actual finish - QB24

Running Back likes

Josh Jacobs: My Rank - RB8; ESPN Rank - RB11; Actual finish - RB5

Jordan Howard: My Rank - RB18; ESPN Rank - RB22; Actual finish - RB18

Duke Johnson: My Rank - RB27; ESPN Rank - RB32; Actual finish - RB11

Running Back dislikes

Aaron Jones: My Rank - RB12; ESPN Rank - RB7; Actual finish - RB45

Matt Breida: My Rank - RB30; ESPN Rank - RB25; Actual finish - RB29

Devin Singletary: My Rank - RB35; ESPN Rank - RB30; Actual finish - RB6

Wide Receiver likes

Amari Cooper: My Rank - WR3; ESPN Rank - WR8; Actual finish - WR13

Dede Westbrook: My Rank - WR19; ESPN Rank - WR25; Actual finish - N/A

John Brown: My Rank - WR16; ESPN Rank - WR23; Actual finish - WR31

Wide Receiver dislikes

Devante Adams: My Rank - WR11; ESPN Rank - WR5; Actual finish - WR33

Julian Edelman: My Rank - WR14; ESPN Rank - WR7; Actual finish - WR18

Odell Beckham Jr.: My Rank - WR24; ESPN Rank - WR15; Actual finish - WR26

Tight End likes

Darren Fells: My Rank - TE9; ESPN Rank - TE16; Actual finish - TE22

Tight End dislikes

Jason Witten: My Rank - TE18; ESPN Rank - TE10; Actual finish - TE8

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