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Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Bye weeks keep rolling on, and for the only time this season there are six teams getting the week off.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10 2019

Having so many players unavailable can force your hand with some tough fantasy football lineup decisions, and having limited options makes it especially important that you get it right in the spots you do have to decide on in Week 9.

Who to Start Week 10 Fantasy Football

If you need some help with your Week 10 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 10 Quarterbacks

Start Kyler Murray (ARI at TB): A tough Week 9 matchup didn't slow Kyler Murray down much, as he dropped 23 fantasy points on the San Francisco 49ers. That brought him up to 18.5 fantasy points per game in 2019, which ranks ninth among QBs. He should keep rolling in this week's matchup, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up top-five fantasy performances to three of the last five QBs they've faced and are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game on the season.

Sit Kirk Cousins (MIN at DAL): The Dallas Cowboys are on the other end of the spectrum, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (12.1) to opposing QBs. Kirk Cousins is averaging 17.0 per game (13th) in an up-and-down season. His recent up-tick in production has been impressive, but he has also benefited from some very soft matchups recently — something that stops in Week 10.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10 Running Backs

Start Ronald Jones (TB vs ARI): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield has been a mess for fantasy football purposes, but Ronald Jones could finally be getting a leg up on the field. He played a higher snap share in Week 9 (53.2 percent) than any other Tampa back has since Week 2, and he has now seen at least 18 carries in two of the last five games, while nobody else in the backfield has hit 18 in that stretch. The Arizona Cardinals rank 19th in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings and are allowing the 10th-most rushing yards per game, making this a good spot to convert that workload into production.

Sit LeSean McCoy (KC at TEN): The entire Kansas City Chiefs offense stands to get a boost with Patrick Mahomes potentially returning in Week 10, but LeSean McCoy's role is too uncertain to be worth a start this week. Shady played just six snaps last week, and while that was an outlier, he had also played only 39 percent of the Chiefs' snaps in Week 8. In that time Damien Williams has played 42 and a season-high 72 percent.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10 Wide Receivers

Start Zach Pascal (IND vs MIA): With T.Y. Hilton on the shelf, Zach Pascal played 94 percent of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive snaps, turning six targets into five receptions, 76 yards and a TD in Week 8. Hilton is still on the shelf, leaving Pascal as Indy's No. 1 WR in a dreamy matchup with the Miami Dolphins, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs and rank 32nd in pass defense DVOA.

Sit JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT vs LAR): JuJu Smith-Schuster capitalized on a matchup with that Miami defense back in Week 8, but that was one of his few bright spots this season. The other two of his last three games have seen him turn in only four receptions for 23 yards — combined. Those struggles make him a matchup-dependent play, and the Los Angeles Rams are a poor matchup, holding opposing wideouts to bottom-10 fantasy production in 2019.

For the rest of your start 'em, sit 'em decisions, check out our full Week 10 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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