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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Not Thielen it This Week and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

NFL Injury Report: Adam Thielen

Thielen has been great for touchdowns but has offered little else, statistically speaking

Week 10 is often a whirlwind week in my fantasy leagues as my fellow owners seem to make a new trade faster than anyone else can get the Patrick Price. And it leaves me wondering if it is impacting my Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em suggestions for running backs and wide receivers.

I don't think it is. Only one of the players below I personally acquired in a trade. It was an RB and I've been high on him nearly every single week. If you have been reading me all season, you can probably guess pretty quickly who it was.

Week 10 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

But given that I either acquired or traded away for players in the Chargers, Buccaneers and Chiefs' passing attacks, I decided to refrain from including any of those WRs as starts or sit.

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Most of those players are options you'd be starting anyway. Now I will add that in deeper leagues with Antonio Brown set to miss another game, I would give serious consideration to Tyler Johnson. But I know most of you are in 12-team or smaller leagues.

Enough dilly-dallying. Let's get to it!

Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New York Giants


D'Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots

The Browns are a running team. That's not a secret. And with both Nick Chubb (COVID-19) and Kareem Hunt (IR) still likely out, we can expect another heavy dose of Johnson. And he has answered the call with two touchdowns the last three games. Chubb and Hunt are due back soon, but I'd ride Johnson for one more week.

 Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Williams game is coming. Maybe not this week, maybe not next week, but it's coming. 'Cause 'dat boy good!

And I feel like this might be the week. He and Melvin Gordon are still in a timeshare that is near 50/50, but Williams is averaging half a yard more per carry. Furthermore, Philly is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs. Williams is getting better and better each week and we might see one of his best performances of the season on Sunday.

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Michael Carter, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills 

It's nice to see the flashes of what the Jets might be next year. But I'm expecting Fireman Ed to have very little to cheer about in MetLife Stadium this weekend. The Bills have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Do you really think any Jets offensive players are going to have much luck against an angry Bills team?

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Any and All Tennessee Titans RBs, vs. New Orleans Saints

If you're content with three catches and about 50 combined yards, go ahead, start Jeremy McNichols. My guess is you aren't. And Adrian Peterson getting a whopping 21 yards on 10 carries versus the Rams last week is not exactly awe-inspiring either.

The Rams are no pushover obviously, but New Orleans is allowing even fewer fantasy points to opposing RBs than LA. The Rams are allowing just under 24 points while the Saints are 19.38 per game. Easy fade for me this week. 

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Marquez Callaway, New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

No team has given up more fantasy points to WRs than the Titans. Callaway scored his fourth TD last week. He also has at least three catches in each of his last four games, giving him a solid floor.

I'm not expecting a huge game, but I think 80 yards and a touchdown are quite doable. You'll take that from someone who is likely your WR3 at best, right?

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Jeudy saw a team-high eight targets last week (32 percent share) and might see even more this week. Jeudy can play the slot or outside. I expect Cortland Sutton to be covered mostly by Darius Slay, leaving either Tay Gowan or Avonte Maddox to try and cover Jeudy. The former played his first NFL game last week while the latter is allowing a completion percentage of 80 percent when targeted. Giddyup!

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Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (MNF)

I actually had Woods in the spot before the Odell Beckham Jr. signing, which can only make things worse, not better. Despite seeing 10 targets last week, Woods is getting less than 30 percent of the total. And now you bring in Beckham? Yikes.

Even if Beckham isn't ready to go by Monday night and Woods sees more than his usual share, the 49ers are a tough matchup. They've given up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to WRs this season, and remember they have already played the high-flying Cardinals twice. Emmanuel Sanders and Julio Jones (who may have reaggravated his hamstring injury in practice on Thursday) are two players often ranked behind Woods this week, but I would start either of them (if Jones is healthy) over the Ram this week.

Editor's Note: This article was published prior to Woods suffering a season-ending torn ACL in practice on Friday.

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers

Thielen has been a red-zone monster with seven TDs already. However, he's offering very little elsewhere with only 45 total catches and a middling 477 yards thus far. One of those numbers is going to shift. And I'll bank on the unsustainable touchdown rate. 

The Chargers have allowed 10 receiving TDs this season, tied for the second fewest in the league. The best way to beat the Chargers' defense is on the ground. We should therefore see a heavy dose of Dalvin Cook this weekend and I would not trust Thielen or Justin Jefferson (or K.J. Osborn in deeper leagues) this week.

— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.