With Week 10 arriving, the push for the fantasy football playoffs is beginning.
Now is the time when every move you make could make or break your postseason hopes and hopes of winning a league championship. With that in mind, here is a look at the toughest calls to make in your lineup for Week 10.
Jared Goff has gone from being waiver-wire fodder to now being a quarterback you can rely on in the push for the fantasy playoffs. Heck, you may end up starting Goff in a playoff game or two if he keeps up his torrid pace, which includes six touchdowns over his last two games. Expect the scoring to keep up Sunday against a depleted Texans team, which is a allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Start Goff on Sunday.
The Giants are a mess, but Orleans Darkwa has been a bright spot over the last month, averaging 85.7 total yards per game over the last three weeks. Here’s a good reason to expect at least a good game from Darkwa: The 49ers have allowed at least running back to score double-digit points in every game this season. They’re also allowing the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Find a way to put Darkwa in your starting lineup this week.
With Jeremy Hill battling an ankle injury, Joe Mixon made his first career start in Week 9. He totaled just 46 yards against a stout Jaguars defense, but he did reach the end zone for the second time in four games. He’s now average 74.3 total yards per game over the last three weeks. The promising rookie will now face the Titans, who have a solid defense, but pass-catching backs have consistently burned them. They enter Week 10 allowing the sixth-most receiving yards to running backs. Get Mixon into your starting lineup.
Just when you thought father time had caught up with Matt Forte, he’s back tearing apart opposing defenses on the ground and through the air. He’s racked up 64 receiving yards on 10 catches to go with 84 yards and two scores on 14 rushes over the last two games. And did we mention the Buccaneers’ defense is awful? That’s even truer when it comes to the ground, where they’re allowing the second-most fantasy points to running backs over the last five weeks. Start Forte this week.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The rise of Robby Anderson has been a big reason why the Jets are in the playoff hunt past the midway point of the regular season. Anderson has now caught a touchdown in three-straight games and being targeted an average of seven times over the last four games. He’ll now face a Buccaneers secondary struggling mightily. They’ve allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Start Anderson in Week 10.
Washington QB Kirk Cousins vs. Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins is once again a top-10 fantasy quarterback and has Washington back in the playoff hunt. However, he’ll face arguably his biggest test of the season as the red-hot Vikings come to town. Normally an elite fantasy defense under Mike Zimmer, Minnesota is allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. With the Vikings also fresh off their bye week, this is shaping up to be a really bad matchup for Captain Kirk, so keep him benched this week.
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray vs. Cincinnati Bengals
DeMarco Murray is doing everything in his power just to be active on game days, mostly because he’s in danger of losing his job to the more promising Derrick Henry. Murray has played through hamstring, shoulder and knee injuries this season, which have limited his production. He’s coming off pedestrian 41-total-yard game against the Ravens. He’ll now face a Bengals defense allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. Bench Murray this week.
Washington RB Chris Thompson vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Washington backfield has been a wild card when it comes to rushing yards and carries, but Chris Thompson has consistently produced as a pass-catcher all season. Don’t expect that to continue against the vaunted Vikings in Week 10, as they’re allowing the fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Keep Thompson safely on the bench this Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide receivers against Jacksonville have largely been a no-no this year. Whether it’s DeAndre Hopkins, T.Y. Hilton, or A.J. Green just last week, starting your receivers against Jacksonville has proven to be fatal this year, which would also be the case with Keenan Allen. He’s having a so-so year to begin with, so don’t expect much of anything against a Jaguars defense allowing the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Bench Allen for Week 10.
Even without Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton has proven to be a viable fantasy option in favorable matchups. He won’t be getting one this week, as the Steelers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Stick Hilton on the bench for Sunday.