Fantasy Football: Top 10 players to sit in Week 10
Nov 8, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers nose tackle Letroy Guion (98) during the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Packers 37-29. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
With several fantasy football injuries across the league heading into Week 10 NFL action, make sure to sit these 10 players to avoid disappointment.
With only a handful of games left of the season, I can’t help but to think where the season has gone. As we enter Week 10 we have so many unexpected injuries that took away valuable fantasy players.
Last week, we even lost Ben Roethlisberger again, after his return only two weeks ago. With valuable players dropping like flies, and our four bye teams; Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers, our roster options are becoming more and more limited as the season goes on.
It’s not always easy weeding out the bad ones when your options are limited. But, look no further! Take a look at the top 10 players to sit in Week 10’s match-ups.
Next: 10. Stay away from this Titan
Nov 8, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Titans defeated the Saints 34-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
10. Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota put on quite a show last week verses the New Orleans Saints. Mariotta threw for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns. This intense game went into over-time where the Titans triumphed over New Orleans. Mariota even managed to end the game without any sacks.
These statistics sound great in any fantasy league however, this week Tennessee takes on the undefeated Carolina Panthers. He enters Week 10 as a high level QB2.
Mariota will be no match-up for Carolina who hasn’t allowed quarterbacks more than 13 fantasy points per game. He is a sure sit in Week 10.
Next: 9. This Bear needs to sit
Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
9. Jay Cutler
In last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers, Jay Cutler had 345 yards, and completed 27-of-40 passes and 2 touchdowns. The Chicago Bears even took home the win in Monday night’s game.
But, let’s not forget about the first quarter where he completely made a fool of himself! Cutler lost a sack fumble at San Diego’s 22-yard line. After that, he threw a 68 yard pick-six on Chicago’s fourth possession.
Week 10 brings him face-to-face against the St. Louis Rams. Cutler ranks at a QB2 against a team who has only allowed one quarterback to throw more than 270 yards per game. There is no question about his seat on the bench in Week 10.
Next: 8. This Jaguar won’t light up the scoreboard
Oct 25, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Buffalo Bills safety Corey Graham (20) eludes Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (80) to score on a 44-yard interception return in the fourth quarter during NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
8. Julius Thomas
Julius Thomas caught 3-of-8 targets for 14 yards in Week 9’s match-up against the New York Jets. This Week 9 game ended in a loss for Thomas and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thomas hasn’t scored more than 3 fantasy points per game in the last two weeks. Week 10’s match-up against the Baltimore Ravens doesn’t look much better.
Baltimore has offered less than 5 fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. Any other Jacksonville receiving target will do, just don’t add Thomas to your Week 10 line-up.
Next: 7. This Steeler will miss his quarterback
Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
7. Heath Miller
Heath Miller didn’t exactly shine in Week 9’s match-up verses the Oakland Raiders. He caught 3-of-6 targets for 32 yards, and no touchdowns.
Miller goes into Week 10 with a match-up he’s not very successful with. Miller has had no touchdowns verses the Cleveland Browns in his last four match-ups against them. These four games only had a combined total of 54 yards for him.
With Roethlisberger out this week, and Miller’s past history, he is a sure sit in Week 10’s fantasy line-up. Don’t play this mistake two weeks in a row.
Next: 6. This Giant won't do any major damage
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) jumps over Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jude Adjei-Barimah (38) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
6. Rashad Jennings
Rashad Jennings was far from superior in Week 9’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jennings accumulated 48 yards on 13 carries. He caught 1-of-1 targets for a weak -1 yards in the New York Giants win over Tampa Bay.
This week, the Giants face the New England Patriots, who are currently undefeated. New England offered less than 15 fantasy points to opposing runners per game. Jennings is a sure bust in Week 10’s fantasy duel.
Next: 5. Undefeated without this Panther
Nov 8, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Packers 37-29. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
5. Jonathan Stewart
This running back was soaring through the fantasy scoreboard up until Week 9. Jonathan Stewart rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries. Stewart received less than 7 fantasy points in his Week 9 win over the Green Bay Packers.
This week the undefeated Carolina Panthers take on the Tennessee Titans. Although this doesn’t seem like a tough match-up, it is in the fantasy world. Tennessee has allowed the fifth fewest points to opposing running backs this season.
Stewart will more than likely be contained this week so it’s best to stay away.
Next: 4. Bye week blues for this Chief
Nov 01, 2015; London, United Kingdom; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) catches a 17 yard pass for a touchdown during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
4. Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin is entering Week 10 off a bye. In Week 8, he caught 3-of-5 targets for 35 yards. Maclin also had one touchdown in this match-up against the Detroit Lions.
Maclin has not been beneficial in fantasy, as he has had less than 10 fantasy points per game in the last three weeks. Week 10’s opposition doesn’t seem much more promising. As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the Denver Broncos, you should prepare a new wide receiver to take his spot.
Denver has made it difficult for wide receivers to receive valuable yards. Even some of the best in the league have averaged less than 60 yards per game against Denver. Coming into Week 10 as a WR3, Maclin should absolutely be sitting on the bench this week.
Next: 3. Another Titan that should ride the bench
Oct 25, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright (13) scores on a reception while defended by Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen (37) during the first half against at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
3. Kendall Wright
Kendall Wright didn’t play in last week’s match-up against the New Orleans Saints due to a knee injury. Harry Douglas played and caught 5-of-5 targets for 73 yards.
Although expected to make a come-back in Week 10, he did not practice on Wednesday, and is still dealing with his MCL injury. Although he has not yet been ruled out, this week’s match-up against the Carolina Panthers doesn’t seem likely.
If Wright does play, he won’t be at his best, and may even lose targets to other teammates. This questionable wide receiver is not questionable in Week 10’s fantasy roster, sit him.
Next: 2. You won’t hear this Lions' defense roar
Oct 25, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions fan holds up a defense sign during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Vikings win 28-19. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
2. Detroit Lions Defense
The Detroit Lions’ defense has had a rough fantasy football season. In the first 8 games, they received less than eight fantasy points per game depending on your league.
This week, Detroit gears up to take on the Green Bay Packers and super-star Aaron Rodgers. That statement alone should make you want to sit this lacking defense. They won’t be able to contain one of the top offenses the NFL has to offer.
2015 is looking more and more like a lost season for the Lions that had a ton of potential entering the year. It’s best to drop or substitute a defense and don’t think for a second they’ll cause an upset in Week 10.
Next: 1. Don’t last week’s performance fool you
Nov 8, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) catches a pass as Miami Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31) defends during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
1. Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins might be a controversial choice after his epic performance in Week 9’s win over division rivals the Miami Dolphins. He secured 8-of-8 targets, totaled 168 yards and a touchdown in the divisional showdown.
Week 10 introduces a match-up against Watkins and cornerback Darrelle Revis. This week, Watkins is a WR3 in this Thursday night divisional showdown against the NY Jets.
Next: Top 5 fantasy football running backs for Week 10
Watkins was limited in Tuesday’s practice with an ankle injury, and was listed as probable on Wednesday. Although Watkins will likely play, you don’t want to risk a not so healthy Watkins against a man who has his own island.