Week 9 is in the books and A-Mac had one of the worst calls in the history of SBS Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Ems. Last week, A-Mac suggested that Charger back Melvin Gordon would be a bad play since the Titans only allowed three rushing touchdowns so far. While Gordon did add a fourth touchdown to that total, he also went for 261 total yards, 196 of those yards were on the ground, to be the number one player in fantasy in Week 9 with 31 points in ESPN standard scoring leagues. Not only was Gordon the best player in Week 9 but he is now the number one running back in fantasy football.
Week 10 is here though and it’s a new week for GOAT and A-Mac! The Bills, Lions, Colts, and Raiders are all on bye, so if you need a pick up for a guy on those teams, especially at quarterback, we have a few names for you to look at. Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 10!
A-Mac’s Week 10 Start Ems’
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 30.2% owned): The four teams that are on bye in Week 10 all have quarterbacks that are ranked in the top ten in ESPN fantasy scoring leagues; Andrew Luck (3rd), David Carr (5th), Matt Stafford (6th), and Tyrod Taylor (8th). If your team owns any of them, Flacco maybe the guy you start this week. This week the Ravens play the Browns and their 28th ranked pass defense that has allowed 22 passing touchdowns, second most in the league.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (ESPN 29.3% owned): Matthews has emerged as Marcus Marriota’s favorite wide receiver target lately, catching touchdowns in four of the past five weeks. The Titans play the Green Bay Packers who are good against the run, but mediocre against the pass. The Packers have allowed at least 20 fantasy points to wide receivers in three of the last four weeks, so with Matthews leading the charge at the position for Tennessee, he should reap most of the benefits this Sunday
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN 58% owned): After disappointing fantasy owners all season, Ertz finally had a great game this past week, catching eight passes for 97 yards. Ertz looks to build some momentum when the Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.
GOAT’s Week 10 Start Ems’
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (ESPN 6.8% owned): Two weeks ago was Cutler’s first game back from injury. He threw for 252 yards and 1 touchdown without any turnovers. While that doesn’t seem all that impressive, it was good enough to upset the Vikings on Monday Night Football. Coming off a bye, against a Tampa Bay defense that is underwhelming at best, and already gave up 18 receiving touchdowns this year, is a good matchup for Cutler to dazzle.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (ESPN 94.3% owned): Booker put up a whopping three fantasy points last week against the Raiders while averaging 2.2 yards per carry. The Saints have proven they don’t know how to play like an NFL defense, as they are currently ranked 29th in the league. It is a great sign for Booker that they gave up 142 yards to DuJuan Harris last week. Yup, the fourth RB on the 49ers depth chart. I am all in on Booker with that kind of matchup.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (ESPN 15.0% owned): Nelson had eight catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina before their bye week. This week he will be up against the 49ers defense that is good enough to be ranked 28th in the league. If he continues to produce, he should see a consistent number of targets that could average in the 5-10 targets a game range.
A-Mac’s Week 10 Sit Ems’
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (ESPN 90.9% owned): After posting double-digit outing entering Week 9, Crowell did not get much run against the Cowboys, running the ball just six times in the Browns 35-10 loss to Dallas. The Cowboys are fourth against the run, and Week 10 doesn’t get easier for Crowell as the Browns visit the Baltimore Ravens and their second-ranked rush defense.
Bradin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 98.8 % owned): Cooks and the Saints went up against a terrible 49er defense and Cooks had a lackluster day, catching five passes for just 66 yards. This week, the Saints remain on the road when the visit Denver and their fourth-ranked pass defense.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN 95.6% owned): Graham’s 103-yard and two touchdown performance on Monday night vaulted him to the second-ranked tight end in ESPN standard scoring leagues. The two touchdowns were his first touchdowns since Week 3, so consistency has been lacking with Graham. This week, the Seahawks play a New England Patriot defense that has not allowed a touchdown to a tight end since Week 2.
GOAT’s Week 10 Sit Ems’
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (ESPN 94.3% owned): Edelman has yet to break double digits in a standard scoring league this season. Outlook not so good for that happening this week with the Legion of Boom coming to Foxboro. The Seahawks are the sixth-ranked defense and Edelman has made it into the end zone once so counting on touchdowns is probably not a winning proposition either.
Demarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans (ESPN 99.3% owned): Murray has averaged 23 touches per game, which might make some consider this advice to be madness. However, the Packers have quietly been one of the top rushing defenses so far this season. They have given up 75.8 rushing yards per game which is good enough for the number one rank. This isn’t a guaranteed week of productivity for Murray.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (ESPN 68.6% owned): Cousins threw for 458 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in his match up against the Bengals. While that production is pretty good, I don’t see any way he can replicate that against the Vikings this week. Home field advantage isn’t enough to tip the scales in his favor. Look elsewhere for production under center in Week 10.