The Fantasy Footballers’ Starts of the Week for Week 10
I want to take a bet that this week will produce some of the lowest scores on fantasy rosters all season long. Between a lot of teams with superstars all on bye and the large pile of studs on IR, the high-flying fantasy football we all know and love will be lacking this week. Plenty of us are desperate to try and find a way to keep competitive and start a good roster this week. Well, on the 1,500th episode of The Fantasy Footballers, we got the Starts of the Week. Andy, Mike, and Jason did their best to help you find some players you could confidently put in your lineup if you are trying to replace an Eagle, Dolphin, Chief, or Ram on your roster. To check out the entire 1,500th-episode spectacular, see the YouTube link below.
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Andy’s Starts of the Week
QB – Brock Purdy @ JAX
Purdy is getting his weapons back. That is the critical part of this start. The 49ers are coming off their bye week and should be healthy again. Purdy is a good quarterback who has taken the brunt of the shame for the team’s losing streak. They come into Jacksonville and will look to prove that they are one of the best teams in the NFL, and that should mean we get back to Purdy’s trusted 245 yards and two touchdown-type games.
RB – Javonte Williams @ BUF
Javonte has looked better and better as the season has gone on, and that matches the preseason expectations that the back half of the year would be when he would return to his true self. The Bills’ defense has struggled lately. They are allowing almost five yards per carry on the ground. The week before the bye, he had 30 opportunities, and Andy feels he could be a top-15 running back for the rest of the season. If the team continues to show the improvement they have the last few weeks, there is a chance he could be a focal point for your roster from here on out.
WR – Drake London @ ARI
The London pick is wholly contingent on him being healthy and playing in the game. If he does play, then he should have a good week. He is averaging eight targets per game with 63 receiving yards. The Cardinals’ secondary is very weak, and their offense just upgraded. That means the Falcons will have to try to score with Arizona, which should set up London for success.
TE – Logan Thomas @ SEA
Thomas is safe to play almost any week. He averages 5.6 targets per game and is a focal point in the red zone. The Commanders have to throw the ball a ton because their defense is terrible, which means Thomas’ floor is solid. The TE position has dominated Seattle the last two weeks, and Andy thinks Thomas could get back into the end zone this week.
Jason’s Starts of the Week
QB – Kyler Murray vs. ATL
Jason has been preaching that Murray should be in your lineup all week, and he is putting his money behind his mouth. You should feel confident starting him in his first week back from injury. Unless you have one of the six obvious starts, some of whom are on bye this week, you should be considering Murray. In his career, Kyler averages 20.3 points per game and is a QB1 63% of the time he finishes games. That is behind only Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Jalen Hurts since 2019. He is returning against the 31st-ranked Atlanta Falcons in schedule-adjusted points, given up the QB position in the last month. Younger athletic QBs returning from ACL injuries have a history of producing at a high level quickly after returning from the injury. Also, it is essential to remember that he has taken longer to get back from this injury. He should be good to go, and the matchup is perfect for his return.
RB – Rhamondre Stevenson vs. IND
Jason is going international with this pick for the Germany game. The plan has been working, as Stevenson has been the RB9 over the last month. He is averaging 15 opportunities a game. If he gets 15 carries against the Colts, he should be great! The Colts have allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this year, and they aren’t just touchdowns. On the year, he is averaging as many targets as Christian McCaffrey. The matchup makes him not just a good play but a must-start.
WR – Tyler Lockett vs. WAS
Last week was very bad for the Seahawks against Baltimore. However, this team doesn’t take their losses and let them turn into losing streaks. This game should be a bounce-back week for Seattle, and Washington’s defense is a big reason. Washington is the 31st best in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs and 30th in expected points added per pass attempt. Lockett is averaging six targets per game, and while there could be some rain during the game, he has had plenty of games in the rain where he has still been good. So, don’t worry about the weather or last week, and get Lockett into your lineup.
TE – Dalton Schultz @ CIN
Someone call the doctor because Cincinnati is bleeding points to the TE. Schultz had eleven targets last week. He has been a difference-making TE over the previous month. He did get off to a slow start, and everyone wrote him off like he wasn’t necessary to the offense, but that has changed. Schultz is crucial to how the Texans want to function as an offense. He is a good TE for the rest of the season, and this week should be extra good. Cincinnati is dead last in schedule-adjusted fantasy points given up to TEs. This matchup should be a good week to put in good old Dr. Schultz.
Mike’s Starts of the Week
QB – Jared Goff @ LAC
It is risky taking Jared Goff on the road, but the Lions are three-point favorites despite being on the road. Teams are throwing on the Chargers at the third-highest rate in the NFL. Meanwhile, Goff averages 40 passing attempts per game on the road, which could be even higher due to the matchup. The best news is that the Chargers rank last in the NFL in schedule-adjusted fantasy points given to QBs. L.A. should be a very good spot for Goff, and even though it’s on the road, being at the Chargers is an extra home game for most teams.
RB – Tony Pollard vs. NYG
Pollard has been unable to get into the end zone consistently this year. He has been on a crazy long streak of touches without a touchdown, and Mike thinks that will change this week. The Cowboys have the highest implied team total on the week, and there is no reason to believe they will not be up big in this game, which should mean Pollard gets plenty of opportunities. In the last decade, 64 teams were favored by two touchdowns at home, and the running back on those teams averaged 30 rushing attempts, 137 yards. It should be a hot Tony Pollard week, finally.
WR – Deandre Hopkins @ TB
Hopkins is in the top five in target share and air-yard share. He is the true alpha for the Titans, and this matchup is perfect for him. The Buccaneers just got destroyed by the Texans, and Will Levis has looked competent. Levis has also been force-feeding Hopkins in big situations and giving him big plays down the field. Tampa is a beatable opponent, so Hopkins has to be in your lineup.
TE – Dalton Kincaid vs. DEN
It is time! Over the last three weeks, Kincaid has averaged 7.5 receptions and 73 yards per game. He is the second-best WR for the team. He has taken over the number two pass-catching role, which is fantastic for a TE. The Broncos are 30th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points given up to TEs. The matchup is perfect at the ideal time for a player like Kincaid, who has been heating up over the last few weeks.