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Guide to Week 10 Fantasy Football Betting (2021) – Waiver Wire, Start/Sit and Sleepers
For the most part, we made it through Week 9 without any major injuries. Chase Edmonds will miss a few weeks with a high-ankle sprain but he is the only impact player that went down.
Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and James Robinson should return this week.
Most fantasy leagues are entering the stretch run. One win or loss could make the difference between you making or missing the playoffs.
My Week 10 fantasy football guide should help those in need of a victory.
Top Week 10 Waiver Wire Adds
Adrian Peterson didn’t have a huge role last week, but he salvaged his day with a late touchdown.
Let’s check out my waiver wire adds for Week 10.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (8% Owned)
Following Miles Sanders ankle injury, the expectation was Kenneth Gainwell would take on a bigger role. After Week 8, that shifted to Boston Scott. Now, it appears Jordan Howard is the lead back.
Check out his numbers over the last two weeks.
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For weeks, fans waited for the Philadelphia Eagles to use their ground game. Over the last two weeks, they rushed on 71 percent of their snaps.
It’ll be a little tougher this week against the Denver Broncos, but the volume is there.
Fantasy owners can rely on Howard for at least one more week.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (32% Owned)
I bet Pittsburgh Steelers fans are having throwbacks to Heath Miller when they watch Pat Freiermuth.
Freiermuth only cleared six points in non-PPR scoring once in his first six games. Check out what he has done over the last two weeks.
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Even going back to Week 6, he had seven receptions for 58 yards.
When it comes to tight ends, you want someone who is going to see targets. That’s exactly what we have in Freiermuth.
There’s a good chance he is a top 10 tight end for the rest of the season.
Week 10 Start/Sit Calls
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a good week for my start/sit. Let’s see if better times are ahead in Week 10.
Week 10 Start List
- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
- Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos
- Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Despite losing Derrick Henry, the Tennessee Titans went into Los Angeles and beat the Rams in Week 9. Their defense did the heavy lifting, but Ryan Tannehill had a pair of touchdowns.
I expect the Titans to pass more this week, as they go up against the New Orleans Saints.
Overall, the Saints defense has been one of the best in the league. In the last two weeks, their pass defense has been terrible.
Tom Brady and Matt Ryan each had over 340 yards and combined for seven total touchdowns.
Facing the No. 1 run defense, the Titans should let Tannehill air it out.
Usually, I’m ragging on Javonte Williams when talking about the Denver Broncos run game. However, the committee hasn’t had a negative effect on Melvin Gordon.
This week, Gordon faces off with a terrible Philadelphia Eagles run defense. They’ve been a little better lately, but we can’t forget they allowed over 100 yards in six of their first seven games.
Gordon continues to split carries but if he can find the end zone, he’ll return value in a great matchup.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has become a consistent option for fantasy managers. Still, only 63 percent of fantasy owners have him in their starting lineup. That number should go way up this week.
The Ravens will match up with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. Check out what Brown did in his NFL debut against Miami.
- 4 receptions
- 147 yards
- 2 touchdowns
Truthfully, the Dolphins pass defense isn’t much better in 2021. They’ve allowed the third-most passing yards per game.
The great thing about having someone like Brown is it usually only takes one or two catches to give you 60-70 yards.
Add in his six touchdowns and you have a reliable starter.
Week 10 Sit List
- Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
- Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team
- DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
A few weeks ago, I was ready to proclaim Kirk Cousins as an every week starter. However, I’m starting to backtrack on that stance.
Over the last two weeks, Cousins passed for 184 and 187 yards, respectively. And those didn’t come in tough matchups.
- Dallas Cowboys: 270.5 Passing Yards Per Game (25th)
- Baltimore Ravens: 282.5 Passing Yards Per Game (31st)
This week, Cousins will face a Los Angeles Chargers pass defense that has allowed the third-fewest yards. I’m not sure why Cousins is struggling against bad defenses, but I don’t expect him to turn it around this week.
There was a lot of hype coming into this season that Antonio Gibson could have a “Christian McCaffrey like workload.”
That never came to fruition as Gibson has cleared 20 carries once since Week 1.
Lately, he has been playing through a shin injury that has limited his upside. In turn, Washington has used this as an opportunity to work in their other running backs.
Check out how the Washington Football Team has distributed their backfield touches over the last two games.
- Antonio Gibson: 27
- J.D. McKissic: 35
- Jaret Patterson: 11
Maybe the bye week helped his injury, but he still has a tough matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The early betting lines have Tampa Bay as (-9.5) point favorites, so it’ll likely be pass-heavy approach for Washington.
Early in the season, it looked like Sam Darnold had unlocked DJ Moore’s potential. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few weeks.
This week, the Carolina Panthers face the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona has allowed the sixth-fewest passing yards per game this season.
Do we think Carolina’s passing game will get things back on track this week? Moore should probably remain on your bench in Week 10.
Best Fantasy Sleepers for Week 10
Last week’s fantasy sleepers didn’t pay off the way I hoped they would. Let’s see how things go in Week 10.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (5% Owned)
Following the release of Odell Beckham Jr., someone had to take over his role. Last week, Donovan Peoples-Jones showed he can be that player.
He only had two receptions, but one of them went for a 60-yard touchdown. What’s positive is this isn’t the first time we’ve seen him perform at a high level.
DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES! Wow.— NFL on CBS ? (@NFLonCBS) November 7, 2021
Browns up 21-7. pic.twitter.com/tLocHIwdUy
Peoples-Jones missed weeks seven and eight, but check out his two games before that.
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The opportunity is there for the taking.
It may be tough this week against the New England Patriots, but he’ll play the Baltimore Ravens in weeks 12 and 14.
He is someone to stash moving forward.
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots (6% Owned)
This season, the biggest knock on Rhamondre Stevenson has been his ability to stay healthy. He has missed four games and left last week’s game with a head injury.
Before leaving the game, Stevenson put together his best performance of 2021.
- 10 carries
- 62 rushing yards
- 2 receptions
- 44 receiving yards
Even as the backup, it’s encouraging to see that kind of usage.
While Stevenson left with an injury, so did Damian Harris. In the event Harris couldn’t play, Stevenson would likely be the starter. The Patriots at (-2.5) point favorites might not be a bad pick for your parlay.
Either way, we know how Bill Belichick is with his running backs. You don’t want to be left behind if he makes an unexpected change.
Week 10 Buy/Sell List
As you enter the stretch run, time is running out to add a player, or receive value on someone fading. Here are my favorite buy/sell options.
Week 10 Buy List
- Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
Diontae Johnson let me down a bit last week after putting him on my start list. Still, I have a lot of confidence in him moving forward.
In a “bad game” Johnson still managed to record 67 total yards. I believe he has one of the highest floors.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the toughest remaining schedule. Check out their top opponents.
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Baltimore Ravens
- Minnesota Vikings
- Tennessee Titans
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cleveland Browns
All of those teams are better than Pittsburgh. I know they have a good ground game, but they’ll need to rely on their passing game to keep up.
That plays into Johnson’s hands.
Javonte Williams continues to play in a frustrating committee. However, that didn’t stop him from recording a career-high 111 rushing yards last week.
The biggest draw moving forward is Williams has the easiest strength of schedule for a running back for the rest of the season.
Here are his easiest opponents and where their run defense ranks.
- Philadelphia Eagles: 20th
- Los Angeles Chargers (2x): 32nd
- Kansas City Chiefs: 21st
- Detroit Lions: 29th
- Las Vegas Raiders: 28th
Hopefully, he sees an increase in carries. If not, those matchups are good enough to give him quality numbers.
Week 10 Sell List
- Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
- Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
I don’t want fantasy owners to worry about Alvin Kamara. He still remains a reliable RB1. However, his ceiling is much lower because of Mark Ingram.
Over his first six games, Kamara cleared 20 carries four times. Since Ingram’s arrival, Kamara is averaging 16 carries. He also has a combined seven carries.
Last season, we saw Kamara’s receiving take a hit when the New Orleans Saints started Taysom Hill. I’m wondering if the same will happen with Trevor Siemian.
Again, I wouldn’t panic if I was a Kamara owner. I just think this is an optimal time to see what your options are.
I believe the window to trade Chris Carson is so small that by the time you’re reading this, it might already be too late.
While still on IR, the Seattle Seahawks hope to have Carson back at practice this week. That could prompt fantasy owners to acquire him. After all, he is an RB2 when healthy.
I’d put him on the trade block and see what people are willing to offer. In a week or two, Seattle could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Advice
It’s nice when you can make it through the week unscathed. Outside of Chase Edmonds owners, most people enter Week 10 without a new injury.
Add in the players coming back from an injury or COVID, and you could be fielding a full lineup.
As always, it’s important to see how the betting lines play into fantasy football. I have my doubts about Antonio Gibson and I also don’t think the Washington Football Team will run a lot as (-9.5) point underdogs.
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