As we’ve passed the midway point in the NFL season, the bye weeks are starting to wind down and fantasy owners are either confident in their standing or starting to panic. In Week Ten, we will be without Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland. If you need streaming help, you can check out our waiver wire recommendations for the week here. Let’s break down this week’s match-ups and make some decisions about the biggest boom or bust options for Week Ten.
Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN) vs. Packers: Mariota has had a string of impressive fantasy performances over the past few weeks and hosts the 17th ranked Green Bay pass defense this weekend. He could be in line for another big gameand is a solid bet for fantasy owners.
Dak Prescott (QB - DAL) vs. Steelers: Not everyone is ready to trust Prescott as a fantasy starter, but he’s been pretty reliable this season. The Cowboys seem to have decided to keep Prescott at the helm despite Tony Romo’s return, and Prescott has a great matchup against the 24th ranked Steelers’ pass defense this weekend. He’s a legitimate starting option in every league.
Jordan Howard (RB - CHI) vs. Buccaneers: There aren’t very many weeks I have wished for a worse record and higher waiver priority, but missing out on Howard is one of my biggest regrets this season (and my record in that league tanked soon after anyway, so I’m a little bitter). Howard has been a huge asset this season for the most part, and a game against Tampa Bay has him in the must-start column this week.
Stefon Diggs (WR - MIN) vs. Redskins: Diggs has returned from injury in a big way, with many thanks from his fantasy owners. He has 21 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. More importantly, he looks poised for another big game this weekend. Washington’s defense ranks 15th against the pass and should allow Diggs plenty of yardage and a shot at the end zone this week.
Dennis Pitta (TE - BAL) vs. Browns: Pitta has yet to find the end zone this season and is largely here because of the quality of his match-up. The Browns haven’t won a game and are struggling to contain, well, anyone at this point. Plus, Pitta has to find the end zone eventually, right? This is as good a week as any, and he’s a decent option for fantasy owners.
Blake Bortles (QB - JAX) vs. Texans: Bortles has had a rough season from so far, rivaling Brock Osweiler in his ability to make great receivers look mediocre (cough, Allen Robinson, cough). His struggles are likely to continue this week as the Jaguars hosts the dominant Houston defense, who boast the second ranked pass defense in the NFL. The unfavorable match-up makes him even less appealing as a starting option that usual.
Kirk Cousins (QB - WAS) vs. Vikings: Cousins is facing the third best passing defense in the league this week and is unlikely to repeat his huge performance against the Bengals a few weeks ago. Cousins isn’t the worst option as a starter this week, but there are plenty of better games to take advantage of.
Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Matt Jones (RBs - WAS) vs. Vikings: The RB situation in Washington is unclear, and Jones is waiting to potentially reclaim his starting job from Kelley. The Vikings have allowed some decent yardage to backs in the last three weeks, but determining which of these guys will be the best fantasy option is confusing at best right now.
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns (WRs - JAX) vs. Texans: The wideouts have struggled immensely from a fantasy perspective this season, and it probably won’t improve this weekend against a stout Houston pass defense that ranks second in the league. Keep Hurns and Robinson on your bench this week if you can afford to.
Coby Fleener (TE - IND) vs. Broncos: Fleener has had two exceptional fantasy performances this season; the rest have been disappointing. This week, he faces off with a Broncos’ defense that has been tough against tight ends, and is first against the pass. Find a tight end with a better chance this week.
Alright, fantasy owners, what is your fantasy strategy for the week? Is there anyone you’d like to see on the start or sit list? Are there any match-ups you’re hoping to take advantage of? The comments section is yours to discuss all things fantasy football as we head into the Week Ten match-ups. Any questions or advice are welcome!