With Christian McCaffrey likely out, Davis becomes an instant RB2 again for Week 10
Somehow we've made it to Week 10 of the fantasy football season. Playoffs are literally right around the corner, and teams are in win-now mode. Fantasy trades are being made (as for most leagues, the trade deadline is next week) and the playoff push is on.
By this point of the season, we have an idea of who is consistent, who is struggling, and who is a good matchup-based start. Injuries are always an issue, as owners of Christian McCaffrey, Raheem Mostert, Nick Chubb, and more know. Always try to start your best team, even if that means grabbing a guy off the waiver wire that is on a hot streak.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets
START These RBs
Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Christian McCaffrey owners are likely getting frustrated with their first-round draft pick. McCaffrey has played in three games so far this season. However, Davis has been an adequate replacement. While he can't fill McCaffrey's shoes, he did score four touchdowns in McCaffrey's absence. He has had much more value in PPR formats with 43 catches this season. In Week 10, the Panthers face the Buccaneers, who have a solid defense but can be beaten on the ground. McCaffrey scored two touchdowns against them in Week 2. Since he is likely out for Week 10, start Davis in his place (again).
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers
If you've been riding Robinson so far this season, he's probably already in your starting lineup for Week 10. He's had touchdowns in the past three games and 199 rushing yards over the past two. The Jaguars face the Packers in Week 10, and even though that seems like a tough matchup, Green Bay's run defense is actually not that great. This should be a good opportunity for Robinson to get plenty of yards and find the end zone, assuming the Jags can keep the score close.
SIT These RBs
Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens
There was a point where it seemed that Harris would be "the guy" in the Patriots' offense. Fantasy owners rolled him out week after week and were mostly disappointed. He's had an ankle injury for the past two weeks that he's been able to play through, but he now has a chest injury as well. He left the Week 9 game with this injury, and while his Week 10 status isn't in danger, he should be only treated as an RB4. He's had one good game, Sony Michel may be coming back, and the Patriots are facing the Ravens. If those aren't reason enough to sit him, think of the injuries and put Harris on the bench.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
When it seems like JaMycal Hasty would be the lead back, McKinnon has the better game. And vice versa. Now, Tevin Coleman may be back (although it doesn't look like he'll make it for Week 10). The 49ers' backfield is a mess. They face the New Saints in Week 10, a defense that is in the bottom five in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. They looked great against the Bucs in Week 9, although Tom Brady had to air it out because his team was playing from behind. McKinnon may have some value in the passing game, but he's going to be hard to trust.
START These WRs
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
While the 49ers' running game is a mess, the passing game should come back to life this week. However, Deebo Samuel is still dealing with a hamstring injury and doesn't look like a lock to play in Week 10. Kendrick Bourne is back on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which leaves a very thin receiving corps for the 49ers. Look for them to air the ball out as often as possible against the Saints, and Aiyuk to be a beneficiary of that. He had 10 targets and a touchdown in Week 8, and he should expand upon that in Week 10.
Will Fuller, Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns
Fuller has a touchdown in each of the last six games. The Texans face the Browns, who have allowed at least one opposing wide receiver to score a touchdown in all of their games but one so far this season. Fuller has four 100-yard games this season and is clearly the guy that Deshaun Watson looks to. Fuller is certainly a solid deep threat, and when he's on the field, there is always the possibility of him getting a long pass that he can turn into six points for the team.
SIT These WRs
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (Thurs.)
After missing Week 9 with a groin injury, Hilton was removed from the injury report ahead of Thursday night's game against the Titans. The matchup is a great one, but Hilton just hasn't played well this season. Whether he is unable to connect with Philip Rivers or he's banged up or the fact that his age (30) is catching up to him, Hilton used to be a WR1 and is now a WR4. He hasn't scored a touchdown in the seven games he's played and his best game is six receptions for 69 yards. He has three games with more than 50 yards and four games with fewer than 30. Coming off of an injury, Hilton is going to be hard to trust.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Mon.)
The Vikings are playing the Bears on "Monday Night Football," and this has the potential to be a tough matchup for Jefferson and his position group. He has looked good in bursts this season with three 100-yard games (and he's scored his only touchdowns of the season in two of those). But he's also had four games with under 50 yards. Since Minnesota's bye in Week 7, Jefferson has eight targets, six receptions, 90 yards, and no touchdowns. He's due for a big game, but it likely won't happen against Chicago's tough secondary.
— 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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