Heading into Week 10 fantasy football, rookie running back Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets is worth starting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but only as a FLEX option.
With the New York Jets hitting the road in Week 10 to go up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it will come down to which team wants it more. The Jets won a huge game last week but haven’t been consistent at all when it comes to putting together two back-to-back big wins. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, have lost five straight and continue to spiral downward. They’re not good at all when it comes to run defense which bodes well for fantasy football owners that have running back Elijah McGuire.
Now, in case you haven’t heard, starting running back Matt Forte will, unfortunately, miss this Week 10 matchup due to a knee injury. With that being said, expect to see running back Bilal Powell lead the charge and continue what the Jets started last week against the Bills and commit to running the football.
It’s expected that offensive coordinator John Morton will stick with what works and hopefully, establish the run early and often in this matchup to leave this game victorious. Even though Powell will see the majority of reps as a starter, he can’t do it all alone.
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McGuire has shown flashes of brilliance so far with the Jets as he’s also expected to run back punt returns in addition to being in a rotation with Powell in the backfield.
It’s hard to predict what kind of damage he can do since it all depends on how Powell does and of course if the Jets are smart enough to continue doing what works offensively.
Running the football is what works as McGuire should be able to get a decent amount of opportunities which makes him worth starting this week in your fantasy football lineup. While McGuire isn’t up there yet to warrant being an RB2 and especially not an RB1, he’s perfect for the FLEX position.
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Start McGuire in that role as he should produce a good amount of fantasy points since he’s doubling up as a running back and punt returner. Hopefully, he’ll see the end zone considering everything he brings to the table when he spells relief for Powell.