We’re entering the final few bye weeks of the season, so the end of the thinner player pool is drawing nearer. That said, even when the bye weeks end, fantasy owners are going to have to make tough start ’em, sit ’em decisions in order to avoid busts. This will especially be true if these potential busts include normal starters like Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski. There are always some sleepers that can be used instead of busts, and sometimes, even waiver wire additions can end up being better plays depending on their matchups. It all depends on the week.
Once again, our bust picks were fairly accurate. LeSean McCoy and Mark Ingram struggled to do much in tough matchups. Mitchell Trubisky and Matthew Stafford both struggled to move the ball for their teams at QB. And guys like Demaryius Thomas and DeSean Jackson weren’t able to do much as pass catchers, so avoiding them was smart. We’ll continue to find potential busts and warn you about them so you can avoid starting them.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Of course, you don’t have to avoid starting these guys. We just don’t think that they’re going to have a great week, and if you find yourself relying on too many of them, you may end up on our “How You’ll Lose” list for Week 10. Target sleeper candidates instead if you can, but it’s not the end of the world if you need to start one of them.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 10 fantasy football busts: Running backs
Leonard Fournette, Jaguars @ Colts (Jacob Camenker). It’s hard to recommend sitting Fournette, but he has high bust potential this week. He’s coming back from a hamstring injury that has plagued him since Week 1, and it’s unclear exactly how the Jaguars are planning on using him in his first week back. With T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde in tow to take some touches from him, Fournette may not have as many opportunities to produce. The Colts also have a solid run defense and have only allowed three rushing TDs this year, so his upside there could be limited as well.
Kerryon Johnson, Lions @ Bears (Vinnie Iyer). There’s back to being a big split of the touches of late, and Chicago is giving up little on the ground of late.
Peyton Barber, Bucs vs. Redskins (Matt Lutovsky). Because Washington gave up three TDs to Atlanta RBs last week, some might think this is a good spot for Barber, but the Tampa back has only had two good games, both against defenses in the top 10 in fantasy points per game (FPPG) allowed to RBs (Bengals, Falcons). Washington is No. 22 even after last week’s debacle. Don’t expect a repeat.
Full Week 10 RB rankings
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Week 10 fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Matthew Stafford, Lions @ Bears (Camenker). Stafford’s line collapsed last week against the Vikings and put him under constant heat. He may not get shut out from a TD standpoint again, but if Khalil Mack returns, Stafford could be under pressure again. And that could force him into some mistakes and incompletions, so his upside is lower this week than it is in most weeks.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Saints (Iyer). He’s working without his go-to guy and he’s set up to have rough afternoon without any deep shots.
Tom Brady, Patriots @ Titans (Lutovsky). So, this is insane, right? Look, it’s not as much about Brady as it is about the Patriots love of running the ball and Tennessee’s solid pass defense (fifth-fewest FPPG to QBs). We all know Brady can get his against anyone, but he hasn’t been pushing it downfield much lately and could be without Gronk again. He always has a high floor, but there are plenty of QBs out there with higher ceilings this week.
Full Week 10 QB rankings
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Week 10 fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Marquise Goodwin, 49ers vs. Giants (Camenker). Nick Mullens looked competent last week, but Goodwin took a backseat to George Kittle and Pierre Garcon in that contest. Goodwin is too big-play dependent to trust with an unproven QB, especially considering that Mullens’ great performance came against arguably the worst team in the NFL.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Jaguars (Iyer). He tends to struggle against their tough corners, so you can go in a different directions based on recent history.
Alshon Jeffery, Eagles vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). The Eagles passing game can light up anyone, but the Cowboys have been solid against WRs all year (second-fewest FPPG allowed). Of the six WR touchdowns they’ve allowed, most have been to quicker possession types (Keke Coutee, Dede Westbrook, two to new Eagles Golden Tate, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown), and DeAndre Hopkins and Tate are the only two to manage 100-yard games.
Full Week 10 WR rankings
Week 10 fantasy football busts: Tight ends
Eric Ebron, Colts vs. Jaguars (Camenker). Jack Doyle is back to take targets from him and the Jaguars have been pretty good against tight ends this year. This is a matchup to avoid Ebron in as a result.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots @ Titans (Iyer). If he can return this week, you’re probably playing him, but keep in mind Tennessee is nasty against the position because of Kevin Byard.
Chris Herndon, Jets vs. Bills (Lutovsky). Herndon has turned in four solid games in a row, but the Jets receiving corps is getting healthier and Buffalo allows only 6.8 FPPG to TEs.
Full Week 10 TE rankings
WEEK 10 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Week 10 fantasy football busts: Defenses
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seahawks (Camenker). Last time these two teams squared off, this turned into a shootout. While the Rams may still be able to get some sacks, they may not make the big play necessary to be anything more than a middle-of-the-road option for this week.
New England Patriots @ Titans (Iyer). Tennessee’s offense came to life last week and it’s hard to trust New England to make enough plays on the road.
Full Week 10 D/ST rankings
Carolina Panthers @ Steelers (Lutovsky). Carolina’s defense has improved over the past couple weeks, but the Steelers have only allowed three sacks and five turnovers over the past five games.
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