Fantasy football Week 10 start ‘em, sit ‘em: O.J. Howard poised for strong production

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard
Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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As fantasy football owners mull over their lineups, we provide our best advice on which players to start and sit each week. Here are our Week 10 recommendations.

Also read: Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 10

Quarterbacks to start

Drew Brees, Saints

It is time to re-insert the future Hall of Famer into your fantasy lineups on a weekly basis. The fact that Brees started for the Saints in Week 8 before the team’s bye week should ease rust concerns. The 40-year-old veteran was able to recover and get up to speed during the break, and in Week 10 faces a Falcons defense ripe for the picking.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers

Fantasy owners know what to expect from the fifth-year QB by this point. Winston is going to turn the ball over, but he is also capable of posting big fantasy numbers. As long as he’s the quarterback in coach Bruce Arians’ pass-happy offense, he will be relevant, and he goes up against a weak Arizona defense this weekend in a game with a total of 51.5.

Other starts: Philip Rivers (Chargers), Kyler Murray (Cardinals)

Quarterbacks to sit

Jared Goff, Rams

We have noted Goff’s eye-popping home/road dichotomy multiple times this season, and this week is no different. The Rams travel to Pittsburgh in a game with a total in the low 40s, and Goff offers a limited ceiling against an underrated Steelers defense.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Prescott has a difficult Week 10 matchup against a strong Minnesota defense eager to bounce back after its Week 9 loss to the Chiefs. No. 1 downfield target Amari Cooper appeared to tweak his knee early in the Cowboys’ win over the Giants on Monday night, and Dallas is on short rest at it faces the Vikings. Prescott is not a top-10 QB this week, so fantasy owners who have a better option at the position should look elsewhere.

Other sits: Daniel Jones (Giants), Matthew Stafford (Lions)

Also: Week 10 betting lines

Running backs to start

Devin Singletary, Bills

The rookie from Florida Atlantic has emerged as the top dog in the Buffalo backfield. Veteran Frank Gore is still around, limiting Singletary’s weekly upside, but the first-year man continues to enjoy an increasing workload (he rushed 20 times last week) and flashes big-play ability. He is a high-upside flex option in Week 10.

Jaylen Samuels, Steelers

James Conner remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, and he is questionable to play against the Rams this week. Even if he does, the oft-injured back will be limited, keeping Samuels’ floor high enough to warrant a start from fantasy owners. Samuels had a jaw-dropping 13 catches against the Colts last week, and should be heavily involved in the passing game once again in Week 10.

Other starts: Ronald Jones II (Buccaneers), David Montgomery (Bears), Damien Williams (Chiefs)

Running backs to sit

Peyton Barber, Buccaneers

Barber’s weekly usage has steadily declined as second-year RB Ronald Jones continues to make strides in his development. After posting only 15 yards on four rushing attempts last week, Barber is droppable in 10- and 12-team fantasy formats.

Frank Gore, Bills

Like with Barber, the increased use of a younger, more durable backfield mate is limiting Gore’s fantasy relevance. Singletary’s workload continues to rise with each passing week, and although Gore will still be involved in the Buffalo offense, his backfield mate is the player to own in fantasy formats moving forward.

Other sits: Tarik Cohen (Bears), Kenyan Drake (Cardinals)

Wide receivers to start

Allen Robinson, Bears

He was in this same spot last week, and even though Robinson put up a clunker, he continues to function as QB Mitch Trubisky’s No. 1 target. Even though the sixth-year man’s upside continues to be limited by his struggling quarterback’s lack of accuracy, he still sees enough targets on a weekly basis to warrant WR2 consideration. Robinson has a great chance to rebound Sunday against the Lions.

Stefon Diggs, Vikings

After posting three consecutive 100-yard games, Diggs was limited to just four yards on one catch and four targets against the Chiefs, frustrating fantasy owners in the process. With Adam Thielen highly questionable after re-injuring his hamstring last week, Diggs has an excellent bounce-back opportunity on primetime against the Cowboys.

Other starts: Mike Williams (Chargers), Marquise Brown (Ravens), Emmanuel Sanders (49ers)

Wide receivers to sit

Marvin Jones, Lions

After going off last week against the Raiders, Jones faces a stingy Chicago defense on Sunday at Soldier Field. Although the Lions have been forced to lean more on their passing game following a season-ending injury to RB Kerryon Johnson, Jones is nothing more than a WR3 in a game that should see a limited amount of scoring (the game total is 42).

Curtis Samuel, Panthers

Samuel has scored two touchdowns in his last three games, but remains a low-ceiling WR3 option moving forward as long as backup QB Kyle Allen is under center for the Panthers. He gets a matchup against the Packers this week on the long Lambeau Field grass, which will make it more difficult for him to find the space he needs to realize his big-play ability.

Other sits: Sammy Watkins (Chiefs), Brandin Cooks (Rams)

Tight ends to start

O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

Howard has been dealing with a hamstring injury and missed his second straight game last week. But coach Arians told reporters that the third-year man is set to go, and with fellow TE Cameron Brate sidelined with a rib injury, Howard has a high floor against an Arizona defense that has allowed the most catches (64), receiving yards (810) and touchdowns (9) to opposing tight ends.

Gerald Everett, Rams

Everett has carved himself out a nice role in the Rams offense and is a solid option this week for fantasy owners looking for a low-end TE1. He goes up against a Pittsburgh defense ranked in the bottom 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs.

Other starts: Jonnu Smith (Titans), Eric Ebron (Colts)

Tight ends to sit

Jason Witten, Cowboys

Don’t expect a performance similar to Witten’s eight-catch, 58-yard output on Monday night against the Giants, who he has feasted on throughout his career. This week the 37-year-old veteran gets a matchup on short rest against a stout Minnesota defense, and fantasy owners should look elsewhere at the TE position.

Irv Smith Jr., Vikings

The rookie from Alabama has seen six or more targets in two of the past three weeks, which may tempt some fantasy owners into firing him up in their lineups on Sunday. But veteran TE Kyle Rudolph still has a presence in the Minnesota offense, limiting the 21-year-old’s upside.

Other sits: Mike Gesicki (Dolphins)

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