Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Vikings vs Bears

Max Staley
Adam Thielen fantasy outlook makes him a tough start in Week 10.
Adam Thielen fantasy outlook makes him a tough start in Week 10. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The final game on the Week 10 slate brings us a divisional clash between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. This matchup carries a ton of playoff implications, as essentially a must-win game for both sides. Minnesota is currently a 3.5-point road favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 10 NFL odds.

But Monday nights are always crucial for fantasy football as well. If you need some help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this NFC North showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Starting fantasy's TE37 against a defense as stout as Chicago's may feel counterintuitive, but there's reason to believe Kyle Rudolph could be in for a nice night here. For one, fellow Vikings' TE Irv Smith Jr. is out, which should lead to a bigger role for the Notre Dame product. And while the Bears rank No. 4 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics, Chicago oddly allows the seventh-most PPR points per game to opposing tight ends.

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Chicago Bears: The Bears have been the first team to really deploy Cordarrelle Patterson as a full-time running back, though he's mainly just been a role player. But with David Montgomery sidelined for this one, it's looking like we'll get our first taste of what Patterson looks like as a true feature back. Lamar Miller and Ryan Nall are likely to be in the mix as well, but Patterson feels like the safest bet to handle the most volume due to his involvement in the passing game. With Chicago sitting as 3.5-point underdogs, the game script could force the Bears to rely on the pass early and often. Plus, Minnesota's defense is nothing special, sitting at No. 15 by defensive DVOA, so a big workload could lead to a huge outing from Flash. The uncertainty of his role does make him a bit of a risk, however.

Sit Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Adam Thielen was red hot to start the year, but Minnesota has transformed into a completely Dalvin Cook-centric offense. And it's working. The Vikings are 2-0 over their last two games, essentially saving their season, and Cook is averaging an otherworldly 239.0 yards from scrimmage in that time. Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, is attempting just 17.0 passes per game during that span with only 4.5 of those going to Thielen. Struggling to see volume against a defense surrendering the second-fewest PPR points to opposing wideouts, this does not look like a good spot for Thielen.

Sit Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears: The game flow could lead to a ton of volume for Nick Foles, but he just hasn't been efficient enough to warrant a look in fantasy. Foles is the QB28 on the year and he's only reached 17.5 points once over his seven appearances. Minnesota's defense isn't great, but it does rank No. 13 in pass defense DVOA. Don't expect Foles to suddenly turn it around tonight.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.