Bring in the Backups: Bench Players You Can Start in Week 10 Fantasy Football

Dan Israeli
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Seattle Seahawks
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Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season represents the bye-pocalypse of fantasy football, as six teams – Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins – will be out of commission.

As a result, fantasy owners will be scrambling for less-than-desirable replacements at every meaningful position. Fear not though, as we are here to provide three players, typically on fantasy benches, who can all be started as reliable options in Week 10.

1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (Started in 17 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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In three starts since the Tennessee Titans yanked Marcus Mariota as their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill has been fairly impressive with six passing touchdowns to three picks, while adding another score on the ground. He has averaged 278.6 passing yards per game in that span, and at the very least, has looked way better than Mariota in orchestrating the Titans' offense. In Week 10, Tannehill draws a great matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, who allow the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. In a game where he will likely be chasing points, those who have been riding Tannehill (or need a bye-week filler) should go back to the well in what could be his best fantasy output to date.

2. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Started in 41 percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Playing a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in fantasy football is rarely advisable, but the Bye-pocalypse changes things. Regardless of that, Ronald Jones had his best fantasy performance of the year in Week 9, totaling 82 all-purpose yards and a rushing score. He played a season-high in snaps (53 percent) and has apparently gained confidence from head coach Bruce Arians as the team's lead running back going forward. Awaiting Jones in Week 10 is a home date with the Arizona Cardinals, who are tough against the run, but still play at a very fast pace that is conducive to fantasy scoring. In a game where the Bucs are 4.5-point home favorites, Jones has the opportunity to receive a strong enough workload to merit RB2 or FLEX consideration.

3. Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (Started in 4 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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While Daniel Jones has mostly sputtered since a fantastic debut as a starter in Week 3, he's still shown some strong chemistry with rookie Darius Slayton, who has caught 31 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Slayton, the former Auburn Tiger, who the New York Giants took in the fifth round of this year's draft, is averaging an impressive 16.1 yards per reception. He is a good fantasy play as long as the matchup is right, and this week the Giants face the New York Jets, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers. With Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram both out, Slayton will have a featured role in the offense and has the potential to put up a big fantasy line.

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