Fantasy football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Time to start the playoff push
There's about one-third of the regular fantasy football season remaining, so now's the time to make the final push for the league playoffs. Let's break down a few different scenarios:
Owners who are undefeated, 8-1 or 7-2, you've all but locked up a playoffs spot (and possibly a first-round bye). Pick up your star's handcuff if you haven't already, and shop any bye-week depth still on your roster.
If you're 6-3, 5-4 or 4-5, your fantasy team still has a great shot at the playoffs. Target players with weak schedules in Weeks 11-15 to round out your roster.
Those with a 3-6 record, make your moves now. The playoffs (and even a winning record) is still in reach, but the stars need to align perfectly. Talk with the 8-1 and 7-2 teams, and consider trading them your one superstar for a solid package of players that would help you in your lineup. Never say die!
If you're 2-7, 1-8 or 0-9, say goodbye to your season, but go down swinging. Work the waiver wire and try to beat a team battling for a playoff spot.
Week 10 byes: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and New York Jets
These Week 10 Start 'em, Sit 'em recommendations are based on standard scoring, non-PPR, 12-team leagues that start 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 1-FLEX, 1-K and 1-DST. I've tried to list most of the possible players at each position, but if you find one missing -- please comment below, and I'll share my recommendation.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
• Bengals: Andy Dalton, Giovani Bernard, A.J. Green, Mike Nugent
Just when everyone bought in on Dalton as a good QB1 in fantasy , he throws three interceptions and no touchdowns against Miami in a nationally televised game. This, of course, came after he threw 11 touchdowns in his previous three games. The fact is -- he's neither a hero nor a bum. He's a good bye-week replacement and someone to lean on while your good quarterback gets healthy. Jones goes as Dalton goes, and his fantasy value took a step back as well. Bernard and Green are reliable either way. Only Detroit has allowed more points to kickers than Baltimore this year. The Bengals DST continues to lose key players, as tackle Geno Atkins (knee) is now done for the season. It will be difficult for the Bengals to overcome his loss, as well as being without linebacker Rey Maualuga (concussion, knee) and Leon Hall (Achilles') for shorter periods. But this D is still a possible fantasy option because of the defenses on byes.
• Ravens: Ray Rice, Torrey Smith
Ray Rice is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry these days and he's officially become the 2013 version of 2012's Chris Johnson. You'll either get a feast (two touchdowns at Miami in Week 5) or famine (five games with fewer than 40 rushing yards). The Bengals are beat up, and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller just ate them up for 105 rushing yards in Week 9. It's true that Torrey Smith has just one touchdown in 2013, but he's fifth among wide receivers with 707 receiving yards. The touchdowns will come. Hopefully, that's true of both Rice and Smith if you own them.
• Bengals: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Bengals DST
Despite getting 11 targets between them, the Bengals' top tight ends caught just six passes for 47 yards combined against the Dolphins. The Ravens have been hurt by tight ends this season, but you should have better alternatives available on the waiver wire.
• Ravens: Joe Flacco, Bernard Pierce, Marlon Brown, Dallas Clark, Justin Tucker, Ravens DST
Cincinnati's defense is in trouble because of injuries, but Flacco's still a borderline fantasy starter. Only eight teams have fewer touchdown passes than Baltimore's 10. Tucker hasn't missed a field goal since Week 2, but he has two one-field goal games in his past three outings.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
• Lions: Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, David Akers
When you have two of the best pass catchers in the game (Bush and Johnson), you tend to end up in the "start" side of this column. Stafford threw for 488 yards in his last game out, against Dallas, and he has thrown for over 300 yards in four games this season. He only threw for 242 yards and a touchdown against Chicago in Week 4 though. Bush, meanwhile, had his best game of the season against the Bears that week, with 139 rushing yards and a touchdown. Megatron caught 329 yards worth of passes in Week 9, and no team allows more yards per catch to wide receivers than the Bears' 16.76.
• Bears: Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett
Forte continues to be the most consistent fantasy running back around, scoring double digits in fantasy points every week this season. Josh McCown targeted Jeffery nine times Monday night, which is the sophomore's most targets since Week 5. He had the first 100-yard game of his career against the Lions in Week 4. Bennett was targeted eight times, and he remains a second tier fantasy tight end, although, the Lions have given up just one touchdown to the position this season.
• Lions: Kris Durham, Nate Burleson, Joseph Fauria, Brandon Pettigrew, Lions DST
Burleson (arm) is close to returning after missing five games, but fantasy owners should be cautious for now. The Lions DST has just four sacks in its past four games, with just two forced turnovers in that span.
• Bears: Jay Cutler, Michael Bush, Robbie Gould, Bears DST
Josh McCown put up a great performance against the Packers in Week 9, but with Cutler cleared to return, the Bears will be trotting out their starter on Sunday. That doesn't mean he should start for your fantasy team.
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts
• Rams: Zac Stacy
It's time to recognize what Stacy has done in the past couple weeks, and consider him a top-10 running back in fantasy right now. He leads the NFL in rushing over the past two weeks, with 261 yards, and despite facing an above-average Colts rushing defense, he's become a must-start player.
• Colts: Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener, Adam Vinatieri, Colts DST
While we still suggest starting Richardson this week, against a Rams team that has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns, the gap between Richardson and backup Donald Brown has definitely closed in recent weeks. Pick up Brown if he's out there. With Reggie Wayne out for the season, Hilton saw a season-high 12 targets in Week 9, and he caught three touchdown passes against the Texans. He should be a starter in fantasy for the remainder of the season. Just set it, and forget it! The Rams are tough against tight ends, but Fleener should get some of Hilton's scraps, with Wayne out.
• Rams: Kellen Clemens, Daryl Richardson, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, Jared Cook, Greg Zuerlein, Rams DST
Clemens didn't have the huge game in place of his starter like Foles and McCown did, but he did play well in Week 9 against the Titans. Chris Givens is Clemens' favorite target, but even so, he has just eight catches for 114 yards in the past two weeks. Tavon Austin has one of the lowest yards-per-target numbers in the NFL, which is the exact opposite of what we all expected out of the playmaking speedster out of college. Cook has been targeted 12 times in the past two weeks, but the Colts have allowed just one touchdown to tight ends this season, and only the Chiefs are tougher against the position. Zuerlein has five games this season in which he has kicked either just one or zero field goals.
• Colts: Donald Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey
Brown is quickly on the move upward, while Richardson slides down the running back rankings. DHB caught just one of six passes thrown his way, proving he does indeed have feet for hands. Here's a weird unimportant stat for you -- Heyward-Bey has averaged 11.0 yards per catch five times this season, including his one catch for 11 yards in Week 9.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
• Seahawks: Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate, Steve Hauschka, Seahawks DST
Wilson has seven touchdown passes in his past two games, and last week's two interceptions were uncharacteristic. He has thrown more than one interception in just two other games in his career, both of which came within his first five NFL starts last year. Only two teams have given up more touchdown passes than Atlanta's 17. Only a handful of teams have allowed more passing yards than Atlanta, and Doug Baldwin picked up the slack with Sidney Rice out. He was targeted 10 times by Wilson, but mostly because CB Darrelle Revis was covering Tate. Hauschka is averaging two field goals and over two extra points each game. While the Seahawks DST ended up having some problems with a surprising Buccaneers offense, this Falcons offense is in dire straits.
• Falcons: Steven Jackson, Harry Douglas, Tony Gonzalez
Suggesting to start Jackson against a savage Seahawks defense doesn't sound wise, but a closer look shows that Seattle has allowed over 170 rushing yards to running backs in each of the past two games. While Douglas hasn't scored in the past two weeks, he continues to be one of Matt Ryan's favorite targets, while Roddy White (ankle) heals up. With cornerback Richard Sherman on deck, Douglas will have a tough time putting up big numbers, but he and Gonzalez are basically Ryan's only weapons.
• Seahawks: Robert Turbin, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Zach Miller
Harvin (hip) is likely out again this week, but even after he gets the green light, let him prove he's healthy and in shape before inserting him into your lineup over the final stretch. Miller caught five passes in Week 9 for a robust 16.3 yards per catch. His role might have increased a bit, but with Harvin returning soon, the targets should drop again.
• Falcons: Matt Ryan, Jacquizz Rodgers, Roddy White, Matt Bryant, Falcons DST
Many people, like myself, might have started Ryan over Foles last week. Many people, like myself, punched a hole in a wall. The Falcons are just a shell of their former selves at this point, and fantasy owners that invested heavily in them are in deep trouble.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
• Eagles: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Alex Henery
Foles' seven touchdowns against the Raiders came completely out of nowhere, especially as he was still uncertain to play because of a concussion. He posted a perfect QB rating of 158.3%, which is the first time a player has done it since RGIII last November, and he's just the sixth quarterback to do it since 2008. If fantasy karma works like I think it does, he'll throw for seven interceptions this week, but only because everyone that had him on the bench will start him against Green Bay. Either way, you have to start him after seeing him work that offense perfectly for three quarters. Shady scored on a touchdown catch, and while his rushing totals have severely dropped off (averaging 49 rushing yards in his past three games), he's still a playmaker who has been able to stay healthy. You also have to like the rapport Foles had with Cooper, connecting on three touchdown passes in Week 9.
• Packers: Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Mason Crosby
Aaron Rodgers (broken clavicle) is out for at least a couple weeks, which means Seneca Wallace will likely be starting in his place. That brings down the fantasy value of all the Packers receivers, but it's actually a nice boost to the running game. James Starks could be a sneaky play in weekly leagues, as he spells Lacy and is running very well. Over the past three weeks, two rookies lead all running backs in fantasy points. And they rhyme! Lacy and Rams RB Zac Stacy! The return of James Jones (knee) makes Boykin a player you can drop.
• Eagles: Michael Vick, Bryce Brown, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Eagles DST
Between Vick's paper hamstring and Foles' seven-touchdown game, the Eagles won't be rushing back No. 7 anytime soon. Both tight ends scored for the Eagles last week, but which one do you choose? (If you have to pick one, Ertz shared the lead in targets with six in Week 9.)
• Packers: Seneca Wallace, Aaron Rodgers, James Starks, Jarrett Boykin, Andrew Quarless, Packers DST
Seneca Wallace is an interesting fantasy option for weekly leagues because his salary should be pretty low. He still has some excellent offensive weapons around him, and the Eagles are one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL.
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants
• Raiders: Terrelle Pryor, Denarius Moore
Pryor has thrown seven interceptions in his past three games, but the Giants defense is on pace to allow over 4,000 passing yards to opposing quarterbacks. Pryor is a borderline fantasy starter this week, and he's one of those players where, if he doesn't get a good amount of rushing yards, you're in deep trouble. A hamstring injury ended Week 9 early for Darren McFadden, and if he plays Sunday, he'll likely be limited. That makes Rashad Jennings a quality RB2 this week, going up against a Giants defense that is still trying to sort things out. Moore gets over 16 yards per catch, and while he will face cornerback Prince Amukamara, he's still worth a start this week as Pryor's favorite target.
• Giants: Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks
Manning has been an incredible fantasy disappointment this season, throwing for more than one touchdown pass in just two games. Only two other defenses are worse than the Raiders against fantasy quarterbacks, however, so if you're stuck without your starter, he's worth a shot because of his ability, history and weapons. Cruz is a must-start every week, and Nicks has been targeted 22 times in his past two games.
• Raiders: Rod Streater, Darren McFadden, Mychal Rivera, Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders DST
Streater had a big game in Week 9, nearly going over the 100-yard mark, but he's a better gamble as a WR3 in weekly play than he is a reliable fantasy starter. Janikowski has just two field goals in his past three games, and four field goals in his past six games.
• Giants: Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis, Rueben Randle, Brandon Myers, Josh Brown, Giants DST
Brown is ready to come back from a leg injury, but there are too many cooks in the kitchen to consider starting one as more than just a flex. Both of the Eagles' tight ends scored against Oakland last week, so Myers isn't a horrible option by any means. Randle has nine targets in the past three games, and the sophomore was held without a reception in his last game out. The Giants defense has posted solid fantasy outings in back-to-back games, so it deserves consideration as a borderline option.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
• Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts
MJD picked up a season-high 75 rushing yards against a formidable 49ers defense in Week 9, and the Titans rank 26th in the NFL against the run. Shorts' numbers in the first four games of the season: 51 targets, 26 catches, 337 yards and no touchdown catches. We're hoping we can expect those types of numbers again, now that Justin Blackmon returns to suspension.
• Titans: Jake Locker, Chris Johnson, Kendall Wright, Titans DST
Locker is going to be a quiet play this week because he's going up against a bad Jaguars defense, and he's only a couple weeks away from an injury. If you have Tom Brady on a bye or an injured Aaron Rodgers on your roster, Locker's a possibility. Chris Johnson is showing life once again, coming off his best game of the season, and now he faces the worst rushing defense in the NFL. The Jaguars defense has also allowed an NFL-high 12 rushes for over 20 yards this season, and Johnson should add one or two to that total in Week 10. While it's true that Wright has just one touchdown and no 100-yard receiving games in his sophomore season, he is on pace for a 1,000-yard season. His past three-game total of 17 catches for 236 yards is the best three-game stretch of his career. While the Titans haven't caught an interception since Week 5, they should give the Blackmon-less Jaguars problems.
• Jaguars: Chad Henne, Mike Brown, Marcedes Lewis, Josh Scobee, Jaguars DST
Henne has just three touchdown passes this season, and just one in his past three games. He'll remain the starter for now. No team has allowed fewer touchdown passes than the Titans, so while Brown will have some fantasy value at some point -- it's not going to be in Week 10.
• Titans: Nate Washington, Delanie Walker
Washington was shut out on four targets against the Rams in Week 9, and he has been inconsistent all year. While we like Locker and Wright this week, Washington is a recommended "sit," since he hasn't scored since Week 4.
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
• Bills: C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson
Spiller broke out in a big way against a tough Chiefs defense, rushing for 116 yards in Week 9. Jackson had a good game as well, but neither back scored. The duo will be taking away chances from each other, but the Steelers have given up an NFL-high 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
• Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller
Bell ranks among the rushing leaders over the past few weeks, and while the Bills are very tough against running backs (just two rushing touchdowns allowed), Lacy is still someone to rely on. Brown caught his first touchdown pass since Week 3, but he gets so many targets and catches, he's reliable every week. Miller's facing a tough defense against tight ends, but with Jordan Cameron and Rob Gronkowski on bye, you could do worse.
• Bills: E.J. Manuel, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Scott Chandler, Dan Carpenter, Bills DST
There are just three defenses better against the pass than the Steelers right now, which is not a good omen for Manuel, who is expected to return from a knee injury. A couple weeks ago, the Steelers held Terrelle Pryor to just 88 passing yards -- but he also ran for a touchdown. The Steelers have given up just two touchdowns to tight ends, too.
• Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham, Steelers DST
Surprisingly, no team has given up more touchdown passes than the Bills, and Big Ben is a worthy bye-week replacement for Brady or the injured Rodgers. Sanders can also start as a flex for many teams this week. The Steelers DST has forced just four turnovers in the past three games, and no team has allowed more rushing yards in that span than its 476.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
• Panthers: Cam Newton, Steve Smith, Greg Olsen, Graham Gano, Panthers DST
The Niners have allowed just 10 touchdown passes this season, but since Newton's a dual threat quarterback, it's tough to judge him against the drop-back passers San Francisco has played well against. He's a top-five quarterback over the past three weeks. Smith hasn't scored in three weeks, but he has 17 targets in the past two weeks, and he's a decent WR2 against the Niners. The Panthers DST has been very good over the past four weeks, but it also has been playing against the Vikings, Rams, Buccaneers and Falcons, so it's tough to judge. It's getting sacks and forcing turnovers, though, so keep it active.
• 49ers: Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, 49ers DST
Interestingly, no defense has allowed fewer touchdown passes than the Panthers' seven this season. Even so, San Francisco has had two weeks to prepare, and the Panthers' schedule hasn't been that great, with the only above average quarterbacks they've faced being Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, and Matt Ryan, who was missing most of his weapons. You also have to start Gore, who's having a renaissance season, despite the fact that the Panthers have given up just two rushing touchdowns this year. Davis has five touchdown catches in his past five games. After struggling in the first three games, the 49ers defense figured things out a bit, as it has scored double-digit points in fantasy for five straight weeks.
• Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr.
It's difficult to recommend starting any of the Panthers running backs because there are just so many options, including the quarterback, when they get near the goal line. With Stewart back, the situation gets muddier. Williams has rushed over 50 yards just once over the past five games. The Niners are an average team against the run, so if you are in a tough bye-week situation, start Williams or even Tolbert, who has three touchdowns in his past four games. LaFell has been playing very well, leading the team in receiving yards in Week 9 with 74, but the 49ers aren't the team to play a WR2 against.
• 49ers: Kendall Hunter, Kyle Williams, Phil Dawson
Hunter has a touchdown run in three games this season, and he's coming off a game in which he rushed for over 80 yards in Jacksonville. Even so, he's a backup to Gore, and his playing time is limited. Dawson has just six field goals in his past six games.
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
• Texans: Ben Tate, Andre Johnson, Garrett Graham
Tate should be a fine fantasy starter once again in place of Arian Foster (back), but note that the Cardinals are very tough against opposing running backs. This defense has allowed just two rushing touchdowns to running backs all season. Johnson had a career game against the Colts in Week 9, and the 32-year-old has to like Case Keenum as the team's new signal caller. The pair connected for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, so roll Johnson out there against a Cardinals defense that has done pretty well against wide receivers. What the Cardinals haven't done, however, is stop tight ends, as they've allowed an NFL-high eight touchdown catches to the position.
• Cardinals: Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall, Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals DST
Ellington will give up carries to Mendenhall again, but he has great speed and can score from anywhere. Fitzgerald will be facing a defense that ranks as the toughest against fantasy wide receivers, allowing an incredible 792 receiving yards to the position. That's 221 fewer yards than the second-best defense against WRs. The Cardinals have registered 16 sacks in their past four games, and with a few good defenses on byes, they're a good option in Week 10.
• Texans: Case Keenum, Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins, Randy Bullock, Texans DST
Keenum has played well in place of Matt Schaub, hitting Andre Johnson at will last week. But there are too many other options to consider at quarterback than to rely on a still unknown commodity. Hopkins sits because this offense is a bit different now with Keenum under center.
• Cardinals: Carson Palmer, Michael Floyd, Rob Housler, Jay Feely
Palmer has some very good options at his disposal, but this offense still ranks in the bottom half in passing. He has just seven touchdown passes in his past five games, so look elsewhere. Floyd, on the other hand, is an acceptable sleeper start this week -- he has two touchdown catches in his last three games.
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
• Broncos: Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Matt Prater, Broncos DST
Manning and his pass-catching buddies will face a Chargers defense that has just four interceptions this season -- a number they likely won't improve on this week. The Chargers defense is also allowing 4.9 yards per carry, which is the second-highest number in the NFL, so Moreno should have a very good game as well. The Chargers have been good against tight ends, however, but Thomas is too good to sit. Prater remains on pace to kick 86 extra points this season, which would be 12 more than the NFL single-season record set by Stephen Gostkowski in 2007.
• Chargers: Philip Rivers, Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Nick Novak
If you figured that Rivers would be a top-five fantasy quarterback at the halfway point, you are probably dominating your league. Only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tony Romo have thrown more passing touchdowns than Rivers, and the Broncos defense is giving up almost 300 passing yards per game. Allen and Gates should have big days, as well, especially if the Broncos go up early and the Chargers are forced to throw. Only six wide receivers have more fantasy points in PPR leagues than Allen. The rookie has 31 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns in his past five games.
• Broncos: Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman
It's getting tough to find Broncos players to sit, and even Ball, the rookie, scored his first rushing touchdown of his NFL career in their last game before the bye. As long as he holds onto the ball, he'll get some rushing scraps that Hillman won't get because of his butterfingers.
• Chargers: Ryan Mathews, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, Chargers DST
If the Chargers are forced to throw a lot, that's bad news for Mathews, whose output was limited against the Redskins in Week 9. He had just seven touches. The Chargers defense has forced just four turnovers this season -- that's a bad sign for a team going up against the best quarterback in the league.
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
• Cowboys: Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten, Dan Bailey
Romo has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six games this season, including his past two outings. Worth noting is that only two defenses have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the Saints. Figure Drew Brees will be able to throw on the Cowboys defense, and Romo will be forced to play catch up.
• Saints: Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Garrett Hartley, Saints DST
Only the Eagles are allowing more passing yards per game than the Cowboys, making Brees a great start once again. While Thomas hasn't scored a rushing touchdown this season, he has picked up where Darren Sproles has left off in the passing game. Graham caught two touchdown passes in Week 9 for the fourth time this season. The Saints defense is a maybe option against a Cowboys team that can only pass the ball lately.
• Cowboys: Joseph Randle, Miles Austin, Cowboys DST
Randle is at the mercy of the health of DeMarco Murray, and Austin is at the mercy of his ribbon candy hamstrings. The Cowboys defense is in trouble against Brees, although it does look as if it's going to get DeMarcus Ware (thigh) back after a three-week absence.
• Saints: Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Lance Moore
Sproles said his concussion is behind him, but even before the injury, he hadn't been producing like his owners had hoped. Colston continues to deal with a knee injury, which makes Moore and Stills players to consider in weekly leagues.
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Dolphins: Lamar Miller, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay, Dolphins DST
Miller rushed for 100 yards for the first time in his career, and after a 41-yard run -- he fumbled. He seems to have finally latched onto the starting job, and only seven running backs have rushed for more yards than him in the past three weeks. While Wallace will be harassed by Darrelle Revis for most of this game, he's still worth a look as a WR2 in a game the Dolphins had 11 days to prepare for. Hartline might receive more attention in the passing game, if Wallace is covered well. Clay hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 7, and he has just nine catches in his past three games. But only three teams allow more yards per catch to tight ends than Tampa Bay (13.44).
• Buccaneers: Mike James, Vincent Jackson, Tim Wright
The Buccaneers and the Browns have rushed for just one touchdown this season, but James is coming off a big week against the Seahawks. The important thing to note is that the Bucs' offensive line finally showed up to play. V-Jax is coming off his worst game of the season, but let's not jump off the ship just yet, as CB Richard Sherman blanketed him in a game he was hoping to prove he has eclipsed Revis as the top shutdown corner. With that said, the Dolphins defense has allowed just one touchdown catch to receivers this season -- which is the best in the NFL. The Buccaneers are going to target V-Jax a lot this week, so while he might not score, he should come close to 100 receiving yards. TE Wright is becoming one of Glennon's favorite targets, with 25 passes thrown his way in the past four games, and he has a touchdown catch in each of the past two outings. Only two defenses have given up more touchdowns to tight ends than Miami.
• Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, Brian Leonard, Tiquan Underwood, Rian Lindell, Buccaneers DST
Leonard has 10 catches in the past two weeks and he looks like a good flex player in PPR formats, working as one of Glennon's favorite outlet guys. The Buccaneers DST is a borderline option against the Dolphins, especially now with both tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito not suiting up in Miami.
• Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, Daniel Thomas, Caleb Sturgis
While Tannehill has thrown the ball a lot over the past three weeks (107 attempts), he has only passed for a total of 594 yards in that span, which ranks him 12th among the 13 QBs that have thrown it over 85 times from Weeks 7-9.
David Gonos is a fantasy sports veteran of over 20 years and over 100 fantasy football leagues. You can also follow him @davidgonos on Twitter. If you have some good Week 10 Start 'em, Sit 'em opinions, drop them in the comments below.