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The Week 10 Fantasy Football slate appears to be highly challenging in terms of replacing bye week players. Miami, which ranks first in the NFL in offense, and Philadelphia, which ranks third, are among the bye teams along with Kansas City (No. 7 ranked offense). The Rams are also off, and fantasy players will have to replace Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua in their lineups.
We provide ideal starting options at all positions for Week 10, including extra picks, to go deeper than usual. Analysis leans to Points Per Reception (PPR) formats.
In Week 9, it was apparent that Jones had put a recent hamstring injury behind him, as he totaled 99 yards from scrimmage and rushed for a TD while catching four passes. He also played on a season-high 57 percent of the snaps. A healthy Jones can further balance the Green Bay offense while supplying frequently satisfying fantasy football production. The Steelers rank 27th in rushing yards and 24th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs this season. Jones should be started as a fantasy RB2 in Week 10.
The New England RB rewarded those who started him in Week 9 with his best game of the season so far. He totaled 129 yards from scrimmage, rushed for a 64-yard TD, and had four receptions against Washington. In a week where we will not be able to start Raheem Mostert, Isiah Pacheco, and D'Andre Swift, or may have to address other RB issues, Stevenson should be plugged into lineups. The Colts have allowed the second-most Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs over the past four weeks. Indianapolis has allowed 11 rushing TDs to RBs, which is tied for the most in the NFL.
"Lombardi Lenny" remains available in many leagues, a week after signing with the Buffalo Bills. He was not active in Week 10, yet he should soon find his place as an important contributor in the offense. Buffalo RBs have rushed for just two TDs this season, and there is an apparent need for a complement to second-year man James Cook. Fournette will emerge as a TD finisher for the NFL's fifth-ranked offense, and he also may play often on passing downs. The 28-year-old should function as a versatile flex play and RB2 option when there is a need created by bye weeks or injuries.
The Ravens will likely continue to employ an RB committee going forward, yet Mitchell has the most fantasy upside of any of their RBs. The undrafted rookie rushed for 138 yards and a TD in his Week 9 breakout performance. Mitchell is a decisive runner with much speed, and he also shows off good escapability. Add Mitchell as a streamer who will come through with a few spike weeks.
Other RBs to Start In Week 10: Bijan Robinson, Breece Hall, Alexander Mattison, D'Onta Foreman, and Zach Charbonnet as a deeper play.
In Week 8, the five-time All-Pro caught three TD passes. Hopkins is another wide receiver who has reminded us that 31-year-old players at the position are still very capable of providing quality fantasy production. The Titans will obviously rely on Derrick Henry as the engine of their offense, but Tampa Bay's eighth-ranked rushing defense looks even more formidable with a healthy Vita Vea anchoring the interior.
The Buccaneers, however, rank second in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to WRs, so expect a busy week from Hopkins as Tennessee looks to their best pass-catcher in many key passing situations.
The Seahawks offense will bounce back at Lumen Field this week. Expect a good game from the wide receivers against Washington's 27th-ranked pass defense. DK Metcalf should be locked in as a fantasy WR2 and Tyler Lockett is a must-start as a fantasy WR3.
Smith-Njigba has also been providing improved fantasy production in recent weeks and deserves strong starting consideration. He has caught TD passes in two of his last three games and has also been targeted seven times in two of his past three. Washington has allowed the second-most TD receptions (13) and yards to WRs this season.
Kendrick Bourne (knee) is out for the season, so Douglas is needed to play a larger role in the New England offense. The speedy rookie will continue to make some key grabs while also operating as a downfield threat at times. Douglas has been targeted 20 times in the past three games, and he has five receptions in each of the last two. As he continues to get more comfortable at the NFL level, you should see improving fantasy returns from Douglas, especially in terms of yardage production.
The former Brown was traded to the Lions at the end of October, and he has some sleeper potential for your fantasy football playoff drive. Peoples-Jones might emerge as a No. 2 WR in a potent Lions offense. He has averaged 16 yards per reception in his career and might fit in as a downfield option to complement Sam LaPorta and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Add Peoples-Jones as a potential sleeper for the fantasy stretch run and playoffs.
Other WRs to Start in Week 10: Michael Pittman Jr., Deebo Samuel, D.J. Moore, Rashid Shaheed, Romeo Doubs.
Quarterbacks And Tight Ends
In Week 8, the rookie busted out for four TD passes in his NFL debut. A swarming Steelers defense prevented Levis from delivering an encore performance, but he still looks promising overall. Tampa Bay ranks 29th in FFPG allowed to QBs, and Levis can bounce back this week while he gains more fantasy recognition as a viable streamer.
Other QBs to Start in Week 10: Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Brock Purdy
The former Cowboy has resurfaced as a fantasy TE1 in recent weeks. He has caught TD passes in three of his past four games, and Schultz had his best game of the season in Week 9, catching 10 of his 11 targets for 130 yards and a TD. Unless you roster another top 5 TE such as T.J. Hockenson or Dalton Kincaid, Schultz is a must-start TE for Week 10. The Bengals rank 29th in FFPG allowed to TEs.
Henry was targeted seven times and caught a TD pass in Week 9. He is another New England pass-catcher who can potentially provide quality production going forward.
Other Fantasy Football TEs to Start in Week 10: Taysom Hill (qualifies at TE on most league platforms), Trey McBride
Week 10 Defenses To Stream: Seahawks (vs. Commanders, who have allowed 44 sacks, second-most in the NFL), Falcons (vs. Cardinals), Raiders (vs. Jets)
Kickers to Add: Brandon McManus, Matt Gay, Nick Folk
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