Week 10 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Buccaneers vs Panthers
By Larry Rupp
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) look to bounce back in Week 10 as they go on the road to take on Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers (3-6). There are fantasy football playmakers all over the field in this NFC South showdown.
If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 10 Buccaneers-Panthers showdown.
Who Should I Start Fantasy Football
Start Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If anyone on this team can be called a security blanket for quarterback Tom Brady, it is his long time tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has now seen and average of 6.4 targets over the past five games and scored 3 touchdowns in that span as well. He draws a decent matchup in Week 10 as the Panthers' defense has allowed 48 receptions to opposing tight ends this season (T-No. 28 in the NFL) for 466 receiving yards (No. 23 in the NFL). Gronkowski has finally turned back into the offensive weapon people were expecting when he joined the Buccaneers this past offseason.
Start Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers: If you want to talk about a hot streak, look no further than Panthers' wide receiver Curtis Samuel. Samuel has increased his fantasy football point total in each of the past four weeks as he is being utilized in both the passing and running attack. He has scored 4 touchdowns over the past three games and is coming off a game in which he saw 12 touches. He has quickly become a trusted option for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, especially down near the end zone. If Samuel receives the same amount of work this week as he has been recently, he could easily have another big game. Start him confidently in your FLEX spot this week.
Sit Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is tough. Mike Evans was a consensus top-10 wide receiver in fantasy football coming into the season, but he has turned into a touchdown-dependent player stuck in an offense full of weapons. After scoring in each of his first five games, Evans has reached the end zone just once in his last four games. He also hasn't reached 65 receiving yards since Week 4 and now faces a Panthers' defense that has given up just 7 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers all season. If you have other viable options at WR, do not feel bad about benching Evans this week.
Sit Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers: With the news coming out that starting running back Christian McCaffrey will miss this week's game, fantasy football managers hopped right back on the Mike Davis train. However, Davis hadn't been very productive in his last two games as the starter. In Weeks 7 and 8, Davis rushed for 78 on just 20 carries and did not score a touchdown in either game. He draws a nightmare matchup in Week 10 as the Buccaneers have given up the least rushing yards per game of any NFL team this season (77.9). While he still brings value as a pass-catching running back, Davis could be in for a long day against a defense that will prioritize shutting him down.
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