Making start/sit decisions is always difficult for fantasy owners. However, in Week 10, with six teams on a bye, it gets even more difficult. Fantasy owners often look at bye weeks on draft day (a strategy I never endorse) but the biggest key is to make sure if you’re drafting a backup to make sure they have a different bye week than your starter. There are certainly some starters on bye this week; some backups are certainly worth starting in their place.
Teams on bye: Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia, Washington
START These Quarterbacks
Daniel Jones, New York Giants at New York Jets
Jones would be ranked higher if Evan Engram were available. The tight end has been ruled out, but Jones should still find success with Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton. He'll also use Saquon Barkley in the passing game. The reality is that the New York Jets defense just isn't very good. In each of the past two weeks, they've allowed three touchdowns to Gardner Minshew and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jones is a high QB2 and makes for a decent bye week fill-in.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Winston is a solid start based on matchup alone. The Bucs face the Cardinals, who just gave up four touchdown passes to Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 9. In Week 8, Arizona yielded three to Drew Brees. Winston has no problem flinging the ball around – he's attempted 40 or more passes in the past three games. He'll find success this week against a mediocre defense.
SIT These Quarterbacks
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers
Goff is coming off a bye, but he faces a tough Steelers defense in Pittsburgh for Week 10. He's still without Brandin Cooks as well, but he'll continue to rely on Cooper Kupp. This is going to be a tough matchup for Todd Gurley as well, and the Rams will likely struggle to put up points in this game. Goff has struggled in tough games (San Francisco comes to mind), and while the Steelers aren't as tough as the 49ers, Goff is only a QB2 this week.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills
This should be a given: Mayfield has been struggling and shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues. He has yet to have a game with more than one touchdown this year. The Browns face the Bills, who have not allowed a quarterback to throw for more than one touchdown. This is not likely the week that this changes. The Bills' defense is good, and Mayfield has struggled against good defenses. Leave him on the bench for Week 10.
START This Tight End
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers
Fantasy owners know that Everett is hit or miss, as are most tight ends. The Rams travel to Pittsburgh and this is going to be tough for Jared Goff. He's likely going to rely on Cooper Kupp and Everett, especially since Los Angeles will be without Brandin Cooks. The Steelers are a good matchup for opposing tight ends, and Everett has taken advantage of these in the past (4/50/1 in Week 7 against Atlanta). This should be a good week for him as a TE1.
SIT This Tight End
Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Mon.)
Fantasy owners watching the Week 9 games saw someone named Hollister catching the ball in the end zone – twice – including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Hollister is the Seahawks tight end, but he had four receptions in Week 9. Russell Wilson threw the ball 43 times and Hollister was only targeted six times. While he may have a role as a red-zone option, he is going to be very touchdown-dependent. It's a tough matchup against the 49ers and Hollister is in the "if you're desperate" category.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Since Week 3, the Steelers have had double-digit fantasy points (depending on league scoring) in each game. They also have had at least one sack in every game as well as an interception. In that same span, Pittsburgh has recovered at least one fumble in every game but one. The addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick has helped this unit and next up are the Rams at home. It seems like a tough matchup, but Jared Goff is prone to panicking with an intense pass rush – which the Steelers will provide.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Mon.)
The Seattle DST used to be one of the best in fantasy. However, this year, they are simply a middle-of-the-road, matchup-dependent option. The Seahawks face the 49ers on Monday night, and this game has the potential to be anything from a shootout to a defensive battle. Both teams are playing well, and the Seattle offense has been great… almost as great as the 49ers' defense. However, that's the key. San Francisco's D is excelling but the offense has been inconsistent. It's still not worth a gamble with the Seahawks DST this week.
— 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.