Here is a no huddle approach toward addressing your best starts, and most advisable sits for all 28 teams that will be in action this week. That excludes the Browns, Patriots, Chiefs and Jets who will each have their byes. Game time is approaching, so we’ll immediately launch into Week 10.
Redskins at Vikings
Start: Pierre Garcon
The Redskins should encounter consistent success attacking Minnesota’s 29th ranked pass defense, and their top receiver will discover the end zone for the first time since Week 4.
Other Starts: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Jordan Reed
Sit: Roy Helu
The splendor of his three-TD performance in Week 8 continues to fade, as he has garnered just nine touches in two games since.
Other Sits: Leonard Hankerson
Start: Adrian Peterson
You will always start the extraordinary seventh-year back. But an overabundance of issues elsewhere within the offense prohibit any of his teammates from being mentioned.
Other Starts: None
Sit: Greg Jennings
He was easily the most targeted Viking last week, but the inadequacies of his QB, and the unpredictability of Minnesota’s passing attack, create too much risk to use him.
Other Sits: Christian Ponder, Jerome Simpson, Jarrius Wright, Corradelle Patterson
Seahawks at Falcons
Start: Russell Wilson
Even though the Seahawks will relentlessly pound Atlanta’s 20th ranked run defense with large doses of Marshawn Lynch, Wilson should manufacture sufficient yardage on the ground, and produce several scoring passes.
Other Starts: Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin
Sit: Zach Miller
While he did attain a season high 49 yards in Week 9, his three games with 14 yards or less this season serves as a reminder that he should not be in your lineups.
Other Sits: Jermaine Kearse
Start: Tony Gonzalez
He has been extremely inconsistent, but is the only Falcon worth considering this week. The Seahawks will neutralize Atlanta’s WRs, and neither Jackson nor Rodgers have the capability of duplicating recent rushing success against Seattle.
Other Starts: None
Sit: Matt Ryan
While his owners were hoping that Ryan would dig down and generate high quality production despite the loss of two significant weapons, he instead has tossed a whopping seven INTs and just two TDs in the past two weeks. This would not be a week to expect a statistical turnaround.
Other Sits: Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Drew Davis
Lions at Bears
Start: Reggie Bush
Owners can start him confidently, in the knowledge that he torched a healthier Bear defense for a season best 173 total yards and a TD in Week 4.
Other Starts: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson
Sit: Joique Bell
He has failed to reach double digit touches in four straight contests. That modest workload makes him a risky start, even as a flex.
Other Sits: Kris Durham, Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria
Start: Alshon Jeffery
He deserves to be an every week starter. Plus, it is worth noting that he burst through the Lion pass defense for 107 yards and a TD during their Week 4 encounter.
The only Bears that should be on anyone’s rosters are all starting.
Other Sits: None
Eagles at Packers
Start: Nick Foles
He won’t be able to replicate last week’s last week’s improbable performance. But owners in need at QB should certainly use him against a Packer pass defense that has permitted 14 TDs.
Other Starts: LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper
Sit: eir team prepared for a Philly’s offense in Week 9, but you should not expect a repeat of that process on Sunday.
Other Sits: Brent Celek
The Raiders' coaching staff seemingly did not have their unit prepared for any elements within Philly's passing attack last Sunday. But don't expect a repeat of that scenario this week.
Other Sits: Jason Avant
Start: Jordy Nelson
There was nothing about Seneca Wallace’s performance on Monday Night that instills confidence toward placing any Packer WRs into your lineups. But Nelson will garner the vast majority of targets, and is too talented to bench.
Other Starts: Eddie Lacy, Andrew Quarless
Sit: James Starks
He will receive a portion of the RB workload. But it is dangerous to count on it being sizable enough to start him.
Other Sits: Seneca Wallace, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin
Jaguars at Titans
Start: Maurice Jones-Drew
He surprisingly registered his best outing of the season against the 49ers in Week 8 by accumulating a season high 122 total yards. While he still will not deliver the same level of explosiveness that he possessed earlier in his career, it is safe to have him in your lineups against the NFL’s 27th ranked run defense.
Other Starts: Cecil Shorts
Sit: Mike Brown
Even though Justin Blackmon’s suspension will open up additional opportunities, Brown will find more success in upcoming weeks than he will against the Titans' stellar starting CBs.
Other Sits: Chad Henne, Ace Sanders, Marcedes Lewis, Clay Harbor
Start: Kendell Wright
He has been the Titans’ leading receiver in four straight contests, and should deliver another excellent performance against a Jacksonville pass defense that has surrendered 16 TDs.
Other Starts: Jake Locker, Chris Johnson, Nate Washington
Sit: Shonn Greene
He is worth a roster addition. But despite the Week 9 TD, you need to see more than 38 yards on nine carries before starting him.
Other Sits: Delanie Walker, Damian Williams
Rams at Colts
Start: Zac Stacy
After bolting for 178 total yards against Tennessee, he has now generated 307 in the past two contests. There is every reason to expect more success against Indy’s 27th ranked run defense.
Other Starts: None
Sit: Chris Givens
Stacy is easily the team’s best offensive weapon, and the offense is wisely built around him. Conversely, none of the Ram’s receivers should be trusted with Clemons under center.
Other Sits: Austin Pettis, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook
Start: T. Y. Hilton
Owners should rejoice that the days of disappointing snap counts have dissipated. He was on the field for 57 of 63 offensive plays in Week 9, and 23 of his 66 targets have occurred in the past two weeks. There is no doubt that he is now primed to become the Colts’ primary receiver.
Other Starts: Andrew Luck, Donald Brown, Coby Fleener
Sit: Trent Richardson
We’ve moved far beyond the question of whether he of the agonizingly low 3.1 YPC should be started. The bigger decision at the moment involves whether you should keep him on your rosters.
Other Sits: Darrius Heyward-Bey
Raiders at Giants
Start: Denarius Moore
Terrelle Pryor’s largest growth areas have been unearthed in the past few contests, and Darren McFadden simply cannot be trusted. Making Moore the lone Raider worthy of a start.
Other Starts: None
Sit: Terrelle Pryor
An aggressive pass rush, coupled with a lack of reliable options behind Moore, has proven to cause massive for Pryor in losses to Kansas City and Philadelphia. That scenario will occur once again.
Other Sits: Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Rod Streater
Start: Hakeem Nicks
The Giants’ coaching staff will certainly be aware of Nick Foles’ 406-yard, seven TD performance, which provided a blueprint for how to avoid Oakland’s stout run defense, and to instead attack the deficiencies in their pass coverage.
Other Starts: Eli Manning, Peyton Hillis, Andre Brown, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle
Sit: Brandon Jacobs
Not only will Brown be returning, but it appears that Hillis and Brown will receive larger portions of the RB workload. Plus, there is little reason to confront a sixth ranked run defense when you can generate yardage so easily through the air.
Other Sits: Brandon Myers
Bills at Steelers
Start: C. J. Spiller
Anyone who utilized a top five pick on Spiller (my hand is raised) was thrilled to see him burst for a season high 116 rushing yards on just 12 carries (9.7 YPC). That performance should provide reassurance that it is feasible to start him against the NFL's 31st ranked run defense.
Other Starts: Fred Jackson, Steve Johnson
Sit: Robert Woods
40 of his 61 targets came with Manuel under center. But his ankle issue, and the emergence of Marquise Goodwin, should keep him out of all lineups.
Other Sits: Marquise Goodwin, Scott Chandler
Start: Emmanuel Sanders
He has received 22 targets in the past two weeks, which has enabled him to collect 13 receptions for 186 yards and a TD. While it is unlikely that he will out-produce Brown against this week, he should be in your lineups.
Other Starts: Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller
Sit: Jerricho Cotchery
It would be unwise to pursue last week’s three TDs, because that will not be replicated.
Other Sits: None
Bengals at Ravens
Start: Giovani Bernard
His career best 104 total yards were supplemented by two TDs in Week 8. And there is no reason to doubt that he can build upon that momentum against the Ravens.
Other Starts: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A. J. Green
Sit: Andy Dalton
The third-year signal caller reminded everyone who had been hyping his recent performances that he simply possesses too many shortcomings to become a QB1.
Other Sits: Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert
Start: Marlon Brown
He had been losing targets to Jacoby Jones, but Joe Flacco located him more than any other Raven last Sunday. Particularly in the red zone, which enabled Brown to score twice. He is Baltimore’s second best receiving option, and should be utilized as such again this week.
Other Starts: Joe Flacco (2 QB Leagues), Ray Rice, Torrey Smith
Sit: Bernard Pierce
He has only reached double digit touches once since Week 3, and has been ineffective on the rare occasions when he does have the ball.
Other Sits: Jacoby Jones, Dallas Clark
Panthers at 49ers
Start: Steve Smith
With 10 additional targets in Week 9, his 65 this season are 18 more than any other Panther. Which is sufficient reason to use him as your WR3.
Other Starts: Cam Newton, Greg Olsen
Sit: Mike Tolbert
Unless you are highly desperate for a flex, it is best not to become overly enamored with his recent TD surge. Because he is averaging just 26 YPG.
Other Sits: Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn
Start: Vernon Davis
Not that you were planning to bench Davis, who has already generated seven TDs. But one of the very few areas in which teams have found success moving the ball against Carolina has been through utilization of their TEs.
Other Starts: Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin
Sit: Colin Kaepernick
This is not a week to expect high quality production from Kaepernick, as only one team is yielding fewer points than the 13.7 that Carolina has grudgingly surrendered this season. Plus, they have stifled opposing QBs with great consistency on a weekly basis. If you have another viable option, it is advised that you use them.
Other Sits: Kendall Hunter
Texans at Cardinals
Start: Ben Tate
Arizona's fourth ranked run defense will not make it easy for Tate. But Arian Foster's multiple health issues should propel him into the starting role, and he will receive a sizable workload.
Other Starts: Andre Johnson
Sit: Case Keenum
He has been very impressive. But the Cardinals are talented, aggressive, and opportunistic. Plus they will have had additional time to prepare for the inexperienced Keenum.
Other Sits: Dennis Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Graham Garrett
Start: Andre Ellington
His snap count and touches both increased sizably with Rashard Mendenhall sidelined in Week 8. Ellington responded by proving what most fantasy observers believed already: that he is a superior talent to Mendy, and should be collecting a much higher percentage of the workload. Do not be surprised if that process begins in this contest.
Other Starts: Carson Palmer (2 QB Leagues), Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd
Sit: Rashard Mendenhall
He has averaged an anemic 31 YPG since Week 3, and even owners with massive bye week issues should look elsewhere for their RBs.
Other Sits: Andre Roberts, Rob Housler
Broncos at Chargers
Start: Knowshon Moreno
He should only be splitting carries with Montee Ball from this point forward, and will garner sufficient touches to warrant starting him.
Other Starts: Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas
Sit: Montee Ball
Ronnie Hillman appears to be an afterthought among the Bronco RBs as Ball’s has surpassed him by a sizable degree. But even though he could become valuable during the stretch run in fantasy leagues, it is premature to start him now.
Other Sits: Ronnie Hillman, Jacob Tamme
Start: Danny Woodhead
His ongoing versatility keeps him highly involved within the game plan on a weekly basis, which makes it advisable to keep him in your lineups. The fact that San Diego is likely to be involved in a shootout enhances his value even further.
Other Starts: Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Antonio Gates
Sit: Ryan Mathews
His workload is largely dependent upon if the Chargers are leading. He has carried the ball 43 times in the team’s last two wins, but only was allotted 10 carries in two games combined when San Diego was trailing.
Other Sits: Vincent Brown
Cowboys at Saints
Start: DeMarco Murray
It would make sense to exploit New Orleans’ 25th ranked run defense. But it is questionable whether or not the Cowboys are capable and willing of doing that. Still, Murray’s matchup cannot be ignored, therefore he will be listed as a start. But those 175 rushing yards that he registered in Week 3 might seem like centuries ago to many of his owners.
Other Starts: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten
If you own any other Cowboys, they should not be on your rosters.
Other Sits: None
Start: Lance Moore
After garnering just 15 targets all season, Drew Brees launched a season high 10 passes toward Moore last Sunday. That enabled him to establish season bests in receptions (six) and yardage (70). As injuries and inconsistency plague other potential receiving weapons, Moore provides Brees with a reliable target, and his increased role will continue.
Other Starts: Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham
Sit: Darren Sproles
Even though his health has returned, there is no guarantee that productivity will accompany it. Keep him benched until his snap count increases, which will lead to better production.
Other Sits: Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem
Dolphins at Buccaneers
Start: Lamar Miller
He has received 34 carries in the past two weeks, after averaging 10 in the six contests that preceded them. And he has responded by generating his first 100-yard performance in Week 9, and amassing 194 in the past two games combined. Since he has taken advantage of the increased opportunities, they should continue to come.
Other Starts: Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay
Sit: Daniel Thomas
Conversely, as Miller’s carries and yardage total ascends, Thomas is accomplishing too little when he has the ball.
Other Sits: Rishard Matthews
Start: Mike James
In the aftermath of his 158-yard rushing performance in Seattle, he is a worthy starter against a 21st ranked Dolphin run defense that was scorched by Giovani Bernard in Week 9.
Other Starts: Mike Glennon (2 QB Leagues), Vincent Jackson, Timothy Wright
There are only four Buccaneers that should be on anyone’s rosters, and they should all be started.
Other Sits: None