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Week 10 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Patriots

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots Week 10 matchup, including D'Ernest Johnson, Hunter Henry and Baker Mayfield.
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots Week 10 matchup, including D'Ernest Johnson, Hunter Henry and Baker Mayfield. / Jason Miller/GettyImages

Two teams vying to stay alive in the AFC playoff race meet head-to-head in Week 10 as the Cleveland Browns face the New England Patriots. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Patriots slated as small 1.5-point home favorites in a game that is expected to go down to the wire.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 10 showdown.

D'Ernest Johnson Fantasy

Start D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Cleveland's starting running back Nick Chubb is in danger of missing this week's game after testing positive for COVID-19 a few days ago. That makes backup D'Ernest Johnson a must-add player across fantasy football and someone worth starting on Sunday. The last time Johnson took on a full workload, he racked up 168 total yards and scored a touchdown as well. The third-year pro is averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per carry this season and the Patriots rank in the middle of the pack when it comes to run defense. This is a great opportunity for Johnson to show the league he isn't a one-hit wonder.

Hunter Henry Fantasy

Start Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots: The Patriots offense a not been very conducive to fantasy football production this season. However, starting tight end Hunter Henry has proven to be a touchdown machine in New England. The veteran pass-catcher has reached the end zone in five of his last six games and leads the team with 8 red zone targets during that span. The Browns have been tough against the pass, but it's worth pointing out that they have allowed 4 receiving touchdowns to opposing TEs. Henry currently ranks as the TE8 in PPR scoring leagues and remains a borderline TE1.

Baker Mayfield Fantasy

Sit Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns have found success this season by leaning on the rushing attack and controlling the game clock. That doesn't bode well for quarterback Baker Mayfield from a fantasy football perspective. Mayfield has thrown just 8 touchdowns this season and now has to face a strong New England defense. In fact, the Patriots have posted the sixth-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs. It would be smart to avoid starting Mayfield on Sunday.

Jakobi Meyers Fantasy

Sit Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots: This is tough because many fantasy managers came into the season with high hopes for wide receiver Jakobi Meyers. He is seeing the volume necessary to produce, but just cannot seem to do anything with his targets. Meyers is averaging a career-low 9.4 yards per reception and has yet to score a touchdown in any of his 38 career NFL games played (18 starts). The third-year pro is constantly running short routes in order to give quarterback Mac Jones a reliable dump-off option. While this is a great matchup for Meyers, he still only ranks as the WR36 in PPR scoring leagues and is best kept on the bench for now.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.