Thankfully, the weeks with six teams on bye are over for this fantasy season. Week 10 does have four teams on bye, but it seems like fantasy owners can breathe a little easier only benching players from the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills. The slate of games this week has some good matchups for a lot of fantasy players. Plenty of points should be scored (save for the Rams/Jets game), which is music to fantasy owners' ears.
Please note the five up/five down column is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and match-up. Five up/five down is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers
In the past five games Mariota has thrown at least two touchdowns. He's run for two touchdowns himself in that span as well. In Week 9, he threw for more than 300 yards for the first time this season. The emergence of Rishard Matthews has helped, and Kendall Wright is finally healthy as well. The balance of a running game, thanks to DeMarco Murray, has allowed Mariota to develop as a passer. The Packers gave up more than 280 passing yards in each of their past two games. Mariota is ranked as the No. 10 quarterback but he could easily finish higher.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
Don't let the matchup scare you. Denver allows the fewest points to opposing wide receivers, but the sixth-most to opposing running backs. While Ingram was benched two weeks ago and did share carries with Tim Hightower in Week 9, he showed he was the better back. With 15 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown plus a receiving touchdown, Ingram made a statement: he is the lead back in New Orleans. Hightower will still be in the mix, but Ingram seemingly has done enough to earn his starting role back. With a great matchup, he should exceed his No. 16 ranking.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons
Matthews has been a fantasy disappointment this season due to his inconsistency. He has three touchdowns on the year, but could have had more had it not been for dropped passes and some other missed opportunities. In Week 10, the Eagles face the Falcons, who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. In the past two games, the Falcons have allowed six touchdowns to WRs. Matthews should do well this game and find his way into the end zone. He should easily exceed his No. 21 ranking.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. It's tough to predict a player will finish above their rank when they are sixth at the position to begin with. However, Jeffery has been reunited with Jay Cutler, and when the pair played together in Week 8 before the bye, Jeffery had his best game of the season. Cutler looks for Jeffery, and that will continue this week. Start Jeffery with confidence, and add him in daily formats as well.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers
Kelce is ranked as the No. 7 tight end, but he could finish in the top five this week. He is coming off a five-catch, 58-yard day that was cut short because he was ejected from last week's game. Prior to that, he had a 7-101-1 stat line against the Colts in Week 8. The Panthers give up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. With Jeremy Maclin possibly out - or at least limited - Kelce should have a bigger role.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants (Mon.)
Dalton has struggled in prime time, and this week, he plays on Monday night. He faces a New York Giants team that actually has an improved defense. Both teams are coming off a bye week, so they are equal in terms of an advantage of an extra week of preparation and rest. Dalton has thrown multiple touchdowns in just two games this season. He's thrown for plenty of yards - 200-plus in every game - but the touchdowns have been lacking. He's a QB2 for Week 10.
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
One. That's the total number of rushing yards Michael had in Week 9. His fantasy day was saved by a touchdown, but five carries for one yard is pretty brutal. He had no receptions for the first time this season, and Michael just hasn't looked great in recent weeks. C.J. Prosise has been seeing more carries and eating into Michael's workload. On a short week, flying across the country, this Seattle team that just struggled against the Bills is hard to trust across the board. The Patriots defense' did allow two rushing touchdowns to running backs in the last game they played, but they are coming off a bye. Michael is the 21st-ranked running back, but is a low RB3.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks
Blount is a touchdown-dependent RB2 this week, although he is ranked No. 14 at the position. He has scored a touchdown in all but one game so far this season. However, his rushing totals fluctuate. He's had three games with more than 100 yards and three with 50 yards or fewer. The Seahawks have allowed just three rushing touchdowns to RBs thus far. It is certainly possible that Blount gets into the end zone, but don't count on a lot of yards out of him.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have not given up a touchdown to an opposing wide receiver in their past two games. The Jets have been struggling on offense and Ryan Fitzpatrick is banged up. Marshall has struggled since Eric Decker has been out, as more defensive attention has been focused on him. In the past four weeks, Marshall hasn't had more than five receptions and he hasn't found the end zone. He's the 14th-ranked receiver this week, but is a WR2.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers
After a monster performance in Week 9 (eight receptions, 134 yards, TD), Witten has been climbing the tight end rankings. He's scored touchdowns in the past two weeks, but he has been inconsistent. The Steelers have done a good job defending tight ends. They allowed a big game to Rob Gronkowski, but outside of that, Pittsburgh has given up just one other touchdown (Travis Kelce, Week 4) to a TE. Witten is the 11th-ranked tight end, but is a TE2 this week.
Full Disclosure (Week 9):
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins, Ranked: 14, Actual: 25
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts, Ranked: 14, Actual: 17
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars, Ranked: 17, Actual: 12
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans, Ranked: 26, Actual: Outside the top 50 (left game early with a calf injury)
Lance Kendricks, TE, Los Angeles Rams, Ranked: 18, Actual: 12
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers, Ranked: 8, Actual: 18
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts, Ranked: 13, Actual: 7
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers, Ranked: 5, Actual: 1
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs, Ranked: 26, Actual: Outside the top 50
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts, Ranked: 9, Actual: 18
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.