It’s week 10, and I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely crunch time for a lot of teams trying to make the fantasy football playoffs. That may call for some bold moves, and I have some bold projections for this weeks’ sit or start.
Start: RB Bilal Powell, Jets
Just when it looked like Matt Forte took total control over the Jets’ backfield workload, he’s out for this week. That means Bilal Powell is not only in line for more carries, but once again, the primary role as the pass-catching running back. Elijah McGuire will still hawk a few touches, but it shouldn’t be anything worth benching Powell. Against the Bucs, I expect a good day from him.
Sit: WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
And you know what? You might as well sit Davante Adams, too. It hurts to do it, because they’re both some of the best receivers around, and you probably spent a high draft pick on them. However, with Brett Hundley at quarterback, the receptions, let alone the touchdowns, just aren’t there. On top of that, they’re facing a Bears defense that’s emerged as one of the best around. It’s just not worth the risk if you have another decent matchup.
Start: QB Eli Manning, Giants
He’s playing the 49ers this week, one of the few teams that validates making Eli a starter. His chemistry with tight end Evan Engram and the way they’ve flourished in the red zone mean Manning will more than likely find the endzone. With the amount of injuries to quarterbacks and bye weeks Alex Smith, Carson Wentz and Derek Carr, Manning can be the perfect backup to step up.
Start: WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
I love his chances to find the endzone for a third straight week. I said start him last week, and until he truly has a bad game, I’d start him every week. Sanu’s made teams pay for throwing extra coverage at Julio Jones. The Cowboys’ secondary can be exploited, and I see this game being a shootout.
Sit: WR Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
Until Denver proves they have a competent quarterback, I’m not a fan of starting Sanders, even in favorable matchups. He managed just one catch last week against Philadelphia, and I don’t see his production being much better today against the Patriots.
Start: Buffalo Bills defense/special teams
They’re perfect at home this year, and in those four games, they’ve forced 11 turnovers. The Saints haven’t been taking care of the ball that well the last few weeks and the Bills have been capitalizing big time on their opponents mistakes. Even if the Saints win this game, I don’t see it being particularly high-scoring, which gives Buffalo’s defense a lot of upside.
Start: TE Vernon Davis, Washington
Early morning reports indicate that Jordan Reed will miss Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Kirk Cousins loves his tight ends, and Davis has been productive in some games even when Reed starts. It’s a very tough matchup against Minnesota, but Washington will have to go to the air to win. So look for Davis to be pretty involved.
Start: RB Alfred Morris, Cowboys
It’s finally his, or Darren McFadden’s, time to shine. I’m betting on Morris, given his few carries to spell Ezekiel Elliott at times this season and how well he’s appeared to run.
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