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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 10: QB Josh McCown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The big headline surrounding the New York Jets game this weekend is Ryan Fitzpatrick going up against his old team. But on the other side of the spectrum, quarterback Josh McCown will be a great start in fantasy football against Tampa Bay in Week 10.

Josh McCown and the New York Jets have far exceeded expectations and could climb to .500 with a victory in Week 10. It’s safe to assume that McCown wasn’t even taken in nearly all fantasy football drafts. But now, he’s averaging 15.4 fantasy points per game and has scored in the high-teens to mid-twenties in each of his past four games. His per game average is higher than that of Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, all of whom are owned in far more leagues than McCown.

McCown isn’t exactly an attractive name in fantasy football, which is why he’s still available in about half of ESPN leagues. McCown is a legitimate second option at quarterback and should be owned in far more leagues.

McCown’s fantasy success typically depends on the Jets opponent and gameplan. If their goal is to pound the rock, like they did against Jacksonville, McCown will score low. Although as we’ve seen, Todd Bowles will give McCown the green light to air it out when the circumstances allow it. In fact, McCown actually leads the league in touchdowns from 15 yards or more with 9.

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He will face the Buccaneers defense which allows the 7th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Buccaneers are without both Mike Evans and Jameis Winston, so they could struggle to keep their offense on the field.

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This means McCown will get plenty of fantasy volume by staying on the field. With plenty of opportunities, McCown should have the green light to air it out on Sunday.

We can expect another multi-touchdown game and at least 200-250 yards from McCown against Tampa. Consider McCown a great start for your fantasy team in Week 10.

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