2017 NFL Week 10 Start 'em Sit 'em

2017 NFL Week 9 Starters, Sitters, and Sleepers
***WEEK 10 BYE WEEK TEAMS***
Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles
WEEK 9 RECAP:
Running Back (RB)
Start: Adrian Peterson had 37 rushes for 159.  Christian McCaffery rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a score, and added another 28 yards on 5 catches.  Matt Forte had 14 carries for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns, and added another 19 yards on 4 catches.  Lamar Miller rushed 10 times for 57 yards and reeled in 3 targets for another 34  yards.  Joe Mixon rushed 13 times for just 31 yards and caught 3 passes for another 15, but he salvaged his day with a touchdown.  
Sit: Marshawn Lynch rushed 14 times for 57 yards and reached pay dirt twice.  LeGarrette Blount took 9 totes for 37 yards and didn't catch a pass.  Jay Ajayi ran just 8 times but piled up 77 yards and a score.  Frank Gore rushed 17 times for 51 yards and caught 3 passes for 26 more.  Ameer Abdullah rushed 21 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.  Chris Thompson rushed 4 times for just 20 yards and caught 4 passes for another 11.
Wide Receiver (WR)
Start: Marvin Jones caught 7 passes for 107 yards and 2 scores.  Devin Funchess caught 5 passes for 86 yards.  Jeremy Maclin caught 8 passes for 98 yards, Kenny Stills caught 3 passes for just 28 yards with the return of Devante Parker.
Sit: Julio Jones caught 6 passes for 118 yards, but dropped a touchdown.  Rishard Matthews caught 4 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.  Will Fuller caught just 2 passes for 32 yards.  Jordan Matthews reeled in 6 targets for 46 yards.  Kelvin Benjamin dropped a goose egg thanks to the trade to Buffalo.  Terrelle Pryor, A.J. Green was ejected in the second quarter last week for fighting with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and was a non-factor.
Tight End (TE)
Start: Zach Ertz was ultimately ruled out due to an injury sustained on Thursday.  Jack Doyle caught 8 passes for 63 yards.  Tyler Higbee gained 8 yards on 1 catch that resulted in a touchdown.
Sit: Tyler Kroft caught just 2 passes for 79 yards.  Austin Hooper caught 3 passes for 36 yards.
Quarterback (QB)
Start: Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 33 for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Deshaun Watson tore his ACL on Thursday.  Brett Hundley threw for just 245 yards, no scores, no picks.  Jacoby Brissett completed 20 of 30 for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Sit: Matt Ryan tossed 24 completions for 313 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a pick.  Andy Dalton completed just 10 of 18 passes for 138 yards.  Josh McCown completed 14 of 20 for 140 and a touchdown.  Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 31 for just 247 yards.  
Defense / Special Teams (D/ST)
Start: The Oakland Raiders' defense allowed 397 total offensive yards and 3 touchdowns to be thrown by Jay Cutler of all people.  Los Angeles Rams held the Giants to just 220 yards and 2 touchdowns though the air and just 112 yards on the ground.  They also picked off Eli once and recovered a couple of drops.  Philadelphia Eagles held the Broncos to less than 250 total yards and picked off Brock Osweiler twice.
Sit: Detroit Lions gave up 323 total yards and 2 touchdowns, with Jamaal Williams scoring one of those touchdowns in garbage time.  The Buffalo Bills gave up 3 scores and nearly 200 yards on the ground, and another score through the air.  The New York Giants gave up 6, yes SIX, total touchdowns. 
WEEK 10 PREDICTIONS:
RUNNING BACK (RB)
START
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (at Redskins)
Although McKinnon is a smaller receiving back, he still has big play potential.  It's like that time he carried the ball 14 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, and caught 6 passes for 72 yards against a Browns defense that supposedly does well against the run.  Zeke also ran over the Redskins defense for 33 carries, 150 yards, and 2 touchdowns.  Not saying that McKinnon is Zeke, but McKinnon's owners should be in good shape if he even gets half of Zeke's stat line.
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets (at Buccaneers)
***UPDATE: SIT FORTE - DNP in practice due to swelling in knee; continue to monitor the situation***
Forte is a start this week against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed 6 rushing touchdowns to opposing backfields in the last 4 games.  The Jets have found ways to move the ball with their running backs and are a good bet to hit pay dirt this week.  
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (v. Vikings)
The Vikings did a good job of stopping receiving backs up until week 8 when the Browns' backfield caught 9 passes for 79 yards.  Thompson has done some nice work catching the ball out of the backfield, making him a good start this week.  The Redskins may lean on him more now that their receiver situation is in flux.  
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (at 49ers)
The 49ers defense won't be able to get off of the field because their offense won't be able to get anything going. The Giants should slowly grind down the 49ers with their run game in this week's war of attrition.  Darkwa is a good start.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (at Bears)
The Bears have given up a touchdown in all but 3 of their games this season.   The 5'9", 208lb back out of UTEP is a special player who shouldn't have a hard time reaching the endzone.  He's a relatively small but stout, Devante Freeman-sized back who's explosive with great burst.  The Bears' offense could struggle to stay on the field, affording Jones more than a few chances to break off some big plays.  
SIT
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans (at Rams)
Now that Deshaun Watson is out of the picture for the rest of the season, opposing defenses can focus on stopping Miller and the Texans' run game.  Miller hasn't been spectacular this season.  He still hasn't broken 100 yards and he's only scored in 2 of 8 games this season.  He could struggle against a stout Rams front this week. 
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at Jaguars)
Gordon is on pace for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns this year.  While he may look like he has a favorable matchup this week, the Jaguars did shut out Lev Bell and Todd Gurley.  Starting Gordon behind an iffy offensive line is a dice roll so he should be in the lineup only if there's no other option.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (at Broncos)
Lewis may not be able to get anything going against a stout Broncos front that bottled up Kareem Hunt.  The rest of the league knows  the Broncos cannot be run on, so this game will be more about the Broncos stopping the Patriots air attack rather than stopping their run game.  The Pats may just toss it out to their receiving backs anyway which gives the Lewis a small role in the game plan, if any at all.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts (v. Steelers)
The Steelers' defense is fast and gets after anyone in the opposing backfield.  Gore's owners could be very disappointed thanks the Colts' lack of an offensive line and the RBBC approach.  He could see even less touches with Marlon Mack cutting into his workload.  
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (at Panthers)
Owners who picked up Drake after a trade sent Ajayi to Philly last week could be sorely disappointed this week.  Carolina is still one of the best teams against the run, and they could stonewall the second year back out of Alabama.  Expectations for the young sophomore should be tempered.
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
START
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (at 49ers)
Sterling Shepard is the Giants' top wideout at the moment, without a doubt.  He'll try to put up some numbers as a dismal Giants offense squares off against an even worse 49ers defense.  Needless to say, Shepard's chances are looking pretty good at the moment.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (v. Dolphins)
Funchess fell into the top receiver spot on his team as well after Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Bills at the deadline.  Yes, the Dolphins have a great pass rush, but their secondary can be thrown on.  The 6'4", 225lb wideout should have a good day if he can just get up and grab whatever rebound Cam throws in his general direction.  
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Colts)
Smith-Schuster could go off again against a  Colts defense that doesn't exist.  Big Ben and the young rookie finally seem to be on thhe same page, so the the sky's the limit.  Start Smith-Schuster with confidence.
SIT
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (at Jaguars)
The Chargers travel to Sacksonville, and Rivers could get killed.  The Jaguars still lead the league in sacks by a very wide margin.  Even if Rivers can throw the pass before he gets hit, his timing and placement might be off because of the Jaguars' defense.  This puts Allen on the bench this week.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (v. Seattle)
Fitzgerald has Drew Stanton throwing to him.  Seattle's backfield may be without Earl Thomas, but they're still dangerous, especially with a defensive line that can pressure Stanton into mistakes.  Fitz will most likely be shadowed by old foe Richard Sherman, and shut down most of the game.  
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (v. Vikings)
A road matchup against an elite coverage puts Crowder at a disadvantage, especially with questionable pass protection.  Crowder has been streaky at best all season, making him a risky flex play at best.  
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (v. Steelers)
The news that Luck landed on injured reserve and will not play for the rest of the season must've been devastating for Hilton owners.  Unfortunately, that news also leaves Hilton as a low-end WR3 at best this week in most formats.  He's topped 100 yards just 3 times this season.  Otherwise he's caught 3 passes or less in for 57 yards or less in 5 of 9 games played this season.  The Steelers' defense plays fast and gets pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Hilton is a sit this week.
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (at Rams)
The Texans regressed, as expected, and so did Fuller's numbers.  He caught just 2 pass for 32 yards, and his fantasy output will continue to drop for the rest of the year.  His performance was solely dependent on Deshaun Watson's ability to extend plays with his legs allowing Fuller to get downfield.  It's all downhill for Fuller from here.
TIGHT END (TE)
START
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (at 49ers)
Engram is the Giants' other real receiving threat.  Eli should be able to let it fly against a woeful 49ers secondary.  
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (at Titans)
Kroft has a great road matchup against the Titans this week.  The tight ends that Tennessee has faced this season haven't exactly been elite, but Jimmy Graham and Jack Doyle combined for 17 catches for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Kroft is top 3 in targets among the Bengals' receiving options, and could see a stat line similar to Graham's and Doyle's this week.
SIT
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (at Jaguars)
The Jaguars have been relatively generous to opposing tight ends all season.  Unfortunately, the Chargers' offensive line hasn't been stellar this season, and Hunter Henry is still in a timeshare with Gates and the rest of the Bolts' receiving targets.  He's not worth the dice roll this week.
QUARTERBACK (QB)
START
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (at 49ers)
Manning can finally let it fly against San Francisco's soft coverage.  If there's a matchup that can get the Giants' offense rolling, it's this week in San Francisco.  Big Blue can finally work on all of the things they want to work on in an actual NFL game.  This could be more of a scrimmage for the G-men than an actual game.  Anyway, this is a phrase that doesn't get uttered often: start Eli.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (v. Browns)
The 1-2 punch of Tate and Jones should be more than the Browns can handle.  Stafford is a good start this week against a struggling Browns secondary.  He can throw deep to his wideouts or even dump it off to Theo Riddick against a Browns defense that's been generous to receiving backs.  
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v. Jets)
As inconsistent as Winston has been, he's a good start this week.  He had 2 oversized targets with Evans and Brate, and he'll try to get on the same page as D-Jax, maybe.  The Jets allowed Tyrod Taylor to connect 29 times for 285 yards and 2 touchdowns, some of that in garbage time.  Winston's targets are arguably better than Taylor's, so Winston gets the start this week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (at Titans)
Dalton is a prime bounce-back candidate and should have a better week this week against a much softer Titans defensive backfield.  He struggled last week against the Jaguars' suffocating coverage and a top-tier pass rush, but this week should be a walk in the park.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Colts)
Big Ben has been inconsistent at times, but he's squarely in the QB1 conversation this week thanks to a great matchup.  He still has Brown and Bell, and Smith-Schuster is on the rise.  The Colts just don't have much on defense, so Ben should have a pretty decent day.  
SIT
Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (at Jaguars) 
It's Rivers' turn to suffer the secondary and stout defensive front of the Jaguars.  The duo of Ramsey and Bouye continue to shut down top tier wideouts, and Sacksonville is still leads the league in, well, sacks.  Rivers would be lucky if he gets the ball out of his hands before he's on the ground.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (v. Vikings)
Cousins faces a top-tier defense in Minnesota this week, which could be bad news for his production.  His receiving options haven't exactly been consistent, and he could be under a lot of pressure this week thanks to injuries sustained by his offensive line.  Cousins is a risky play this week.  
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
START
New York Giants (at 49ers)
The 49ers offensive struggles continue, especially with a new QB and the loss of Pierre Garcon.  The Giants defensive unit should have a good outing.
New England Patriots (at Broncos)
The Broncos will see if they can get things on track with Osweiler under center.  Matt Patricia should make the necessary adjustments to apply defensive pressure where it's needed and force the Broncos into some mistakes.  
Detroit Lions (v. Browns)
The Browns are in town.  That is all.
New York Jets (at Buccaneers)
The Jets fly south to Florida to take on a spiraling Tampa Bay team.  Winston has been benched for Fitzpatrick, and Mike Evans is suspended for this game.  Gang Green has found ways to pressure opposing quarterbacks, and they can move the ball on the ground.  The Buccaneers' offense may not have many opportunities on the field, and they may turn it over when they do.  The Jets could be a sneaky start this week. 
SIT
Buffalo Bills (v. Saints)
Drew Brees still calls the signals for an elite offensive unit.  He takes care of the ball and the Bills could be in a lot of trouble, especially after giving up 34 points and over 300 yards of offense to a Jets team that some thought were struggling.  Oh, there's also the 2-headed backfield attack of Ingram and Kamara.  The Bills defense is looking pretty vulnerable this week.
Washington Redskins (at Vikings)
DeAngelo Hall boosts the Redskins' secondary a bit, but it may not be enough for a potent Vikings passing attack.  Washington's front has also struggled against the run, which means they could be gassed by the end of the game if the Vikings choose to pound the rock with Murray.  
Los Angeles Chargers (at Jaguars)
The Chargers could be roadkill when they get run over by the Jaguars this week.

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