Newton has been struggling and now faces the Ravens in Week 10
Fantasy owners are looking to the playoffs, trying to make sure they can get wins when it counts (that's now). In less than a month, the fantasy playoffs will begin, which will be here before you know it. Look at your roster and make sure that you have the players that you need to get you there. Check to make sure you have running back handcuffs, enough depth to sustain injuries (if you have room, grab a backup quarterback), and a solid starting team. It's not easy with injuries, COVID-19 and underperforming players, but it is certainly possible in most formats.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets
START These QBs
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills
On paper, the matchup against the Bills may seem intimidating. Rather, this looks to be a battle through the air for both teams. Both Murray and Josh Allen should be started this week, as the offenses are likely going to do the work in Week 10. Last Sunday, Murray threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 106 yards and another touchdown. While the rushing performance likely won't be repeated, the Bills have allowed four quarterbacks to score a rushing touchdown and Murray has eight this season, including one in each of the past four games. Start him as a QB1 with confidence.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Rams face the Seahawks in Week 10, the team that allows the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Goff has his full complement of receivers and is coming off the bye week. He had a rough outing before the bye, but he should rebound this week. Seattle has surrendered 10 touchdowns to QBs in the past three games alone. Only two quarterbacks facing the Seahawks have put up fewer than 300 passing yards. Goff is a borderline QB1 for Week 10.
SIT These QBs
Cam Newton, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
Newton hasn't thrown a touchdown since Week 3. Let that sink in. His 274 passing yards on Monday night (keep in mind it was against the Jets) gave him his first 200-yard game since Week 2. Sure, he's gotten fantasy points for owners on the ground, thanks to his eight rushing touchdowns, but that category for QBs is always volatile. New England hosts Baltimore on Sunday night, and this is a tough matchup for the entire Patriots offense. Based on his recent performance, Newton is no longer a must-start QB.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Washington Football Team
The Lions face Washington in Week 10. Washington's defense is actually pretty stingy. It has allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards and none have tossed more than two touchdown passes. Kenny Golladay (hip) will probably miss another game, and this clearly affects Stafford's performance. Last week, Stafford threw for 211 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He did leave that game early with a concussion, but he should be ok to play in Week 10, but only as a low QB2.
START These TEs
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers are dealing with COVID-19, and Vance McDonald tested positive on Monday. He'll be out for Week 10, leaving Ebron to be the tight end for the Steelers. Ebron has scored a touchdown in each of the past two weeks (including the game-winner in Week 9). The Steelers face the Bengals in Week 10, who allow the second-most points to opposing tight ends. Ben Roethlisberger is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but even if he remains out on Sunday, Mason Rudolph should be able to get the ball to Ebron.
Evan Engram, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Engram has been a target hog, but he hasn't been able to make his way into must-start TE1 status. He has 29 targets in the past three weeks. He got his first TD catch this past Sunday, and next up is a rematch with the Eagles. In the teams' first meeting in Week 7, Engram had six catches for 46 yards. It was a decent day, although marred by the dropped pass which potentially cost the Giants the game. This is his chance to redeem himself.
SIT These TEs
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings (Mon.)
Graham has five touchdowns on the season, but if he doesn't find the end zone, he doesn't have much fantasy value. He has two games with more than 50 yards and seven with less than 35. The Bears face the Vikings in Week 10, a middle-of-the-road match-up for tight ends. The issue here is that Nick Foles is struggling. The Vikings' defense as a whole is decent and will likely get some pressure on Foles, which could be detrimental for Graham. He's a TE2, with upside if he gets in the end zone, but that's a big if.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
While the Seahawks are a friendly defense to quarterbacks, they allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Only two have scored a touchdown against them this season (and one was Tyler Kroft last week on a one-yard TD catch). Everett also has to share targets with Tyler Higbee as both tight ends are involved. The pair has both underperformed and eaten into each other's fantasy value. Both should be left on the bench for Week 10.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Mon.)
The Vikings play the Bears on Monday night, and Chicago has been struggling mightily on offense. Nick Foles isn't the answer, and with David Montgomery in the concussion protocol, this offense might be even worse than its shown in recent weeks. Foles has seven interceptions and a fumble in seven games. He's likely to turn the ball over again in Week 10. Between the turnovers and the fact that the Bears have trouble scoring, the Vikings DST is a sneaky streamer this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (Thurs.)
The Colts face the Titans on Thursday night, and while the Colts' defense has been great, so has the Titans' offense. This should be a good game between two very good teams, but that usually doesn't bode well for the DSTs. Ryan Tannehill only has three interceptions this season and he's been playing very well. Their offense is clicking; fantasy owners shouldn't drop the Colts DST (although the upcoming schedule is at Tennessee, vs. Green Bay, vs. Tennessee), but keep it on the bench 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.
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