With six teams on a bye, some of the players on the sit list very well may end up starting for fantasy teams in Week 10. It is hard to sort through the waiver wire and injuries and find enough players to start in weeks with so many teams not playing. However, some matchups are difficult and should be avoided, if possible. Others are great and those players should be in starting lineups. Some players move up because of injuries to others on their team. Fantasy owners should take advantage of these opportunities and use them to their advantage.
Teams on bye: Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia, Washington
START These Running Backs
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Samuels should have been the top add from the waiver wire heading into Week 9. With James Conner out, Samuels became Mason Rudolph's way to move the ball downfield. He didn't excel on the ground, but he caught all 13 of the passes thrown his way for 73 yards. The Steelers face the Rams in Week 10, which is a tough matchup. However, they did allow a receiving touchdown to Joe Mixon in Week 8 (prior to their bye). Based on volume, Samuels is an RB2 in PPR leagues.
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Mitchell Trubisky is having a rough year, to say the least. The Bears have committed to going with the ground game, first, to see what they have in Montgomery, and second, because Trubisky is struggling so much. Ever since committing to the running game, Montgomery has 175 rushing yards and 48 receiving in two games. He also has three touchdowns in that span. In Week 10, the Bears face the Lions, who allow the most fantasy points to running backs. Montgomery is an RB2 with upside this week.
SIT These Running Backs
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Coming off the bye, Freeman should be rested and ready to go. Unfortunately his performance this season has not given fantasy owners any indication that he'll be a worthwhile start in Week 10. The Falcons face the Saints, who have only allowed three rushing touchdowns to running backs this year. They haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher either. Freeman has yet to score a TD on the ground or put up 100 rushing yards in a game. This is not going to be the week either of those streaks come to an end.
Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Surprising many, Drake took advantage of both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds being out in Week 9, despite only having been on the Cardinals for less than a week. He had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown as well as four receptions for 52 yards. The Cardinals now face Tampa Bay, who is surprisingly good against opposing running backs. Johnson claims to be healthy enough to play, and he'll regain the starting role. Fantasy owners hoping for Drake's success to carry into Week 10 may be quite disappointed.
START These Wide Receivers
Golden Tate, New York Giants at New York Jets
With Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram out for Week 10, this presents an (ahem) golden opportunity for Tate. The Giants face the Jets, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Tate has had at least six receptions in the past four games. He only has one touchdown in that span, but this could be the week where he adds to that total. Saquon Barkley will still be the primary weapon for the Giants, but Tate could sneak into the WR2 consideration for this week.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After missing three weeks, Kirk returned in Week 8 and had eight receptions for 79 yards. Fantasy owners thought they had their WR3 with WR2 upside back. Yet, in Week 9, he had two receptions for eight yards. Ouch. However, Week 10 may be what the Cardinals need. They face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers. In eight games, they have allowed an opposing wide receiver to score at least one touchdown in every game but one (Week 2, Carolina). Kirk is a back to a WR3 with upside this week.
SIT These Wide Receivers
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
In Week 9, Beckham was listed as a sit, and he had five receptions for 87 yards (he also had a run for negative five yards). While 13.7 points aren't terrible in PPR formats, it's not quite what fantasy owners hoped for when they drafted him in the early rounds. The problem here is Baker Mayfield, and that doesn't show signs of getting better in Week 10. The Browns face the Bills, who have allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers this year. Beckham is a low WR2.
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Mon.)
It's going to be hard to sit Metcalf after how well he's performed over the past two weeks. In Week 8, he had three receptions that went for two touchdowns. In Week 9, he had six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. However, the Seahawks go from one of the worst secondaries (Tampa Bay) to one of the best (San Francisco). Josh Gordon is with Seattle now as well, and his presence may take targets from Metcalf. The rookie is a low WR3.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.