Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 wide receivers

TY Hilton grabbed 175 yards of passes and scored twice against Houston. Is he matchup proof against the Steelers in Week 10?


With the Eagles, Chiefs and Raiders on bye, along with Chris Hogan and Dez Bryant injuries and a suspension for Mike Evans, you got to wonder who is left to play? Well, you can start with these guys we are starting and sitting in Week 10: 

Start this guy: Robby Anderson, NYJ at TB

Robby Anderson and his quarterback, Josh McCown, have been largely ignored for most of the season. But they are making it harder and harder to not pay attention to what is happening in New York. Over the past four weeks, Anderson has averaged 11.1 NFL fantasy points per game, catching three touchdowns in that stretch. He has taken over the role of the lead target from Jermaine Kearse. Anderson has gone over 100 yards receiving twice and could do so again this Sunday against the generous defense of Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers give up 25 fantasy points to wide receivers each week. Start Anderson with confidence. 

Sit this guy: Keenan Allen, LAC at JAC 

Phillip Rivers was feeling it a bit before the bye, winning three of four after starting the season 0-4. His connection with Keenan Allen was a key part of that stretch, but in Week 10, the Chargers will be better off handing the ball to Melvin Gordon all day. The Jaguars own the best NFL fantasy defense against wide receivers and are among the worst against rushers. Run, Melvin, run. Sit Keenan, sit. 

Start this guy: Paul Richardson, SEA at ARI 

Arizona has a true shutdown cornerback in Patrick Peterson. Despite that, the Cardinals give up the third most NFL fantasy points to wide receivers. It might be a long day for Doug Baldwin, but Paul Richardson should pick up the slack. Tyler Lockett is a good play against the Cardinals’ secondary, too. The Cardinals defense does much better against the run which might keep Russell Wilson throwing the ball for the majority of the game.

Sit this guy: Stefon Diggs, MIN vs WAS

Washington continues to be among the stingiest NFL fantasy defenses against wide receivers. Doug Baldwin exploited a mix-up to break free for a touchdown late in last week’s game, but overall, he was shut down by Josh Norman. Diggs will face Norman and the Redskins this week as they desperately try to stay in the playoff race. Case Keenum should still be the quarterback, with Teddy Bridgewater activated as the backup. That will do nothing to make the Redskins’ Task more difficult. Sit Diggs and consider sitting Adam Thielen, too.

Start this guy: DeSean Jackson, TB vs NYJ

One of my favorite intangibles is the angry quarterback determined to make his former team regret releasing him. DeSean Jackson has that working for him this week as Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Buccaneers against the New York Jets. In his only other start this season, Fitzpatrick hit Jackson for a touchdown but targeted Mike Evans the majority of the night. Evans is suspended this week and Jackson becomes the lead receiver. Fitzpatrick is likely to throw most of the game against the weak Jets secondary. Adam Humphries will be a popular sleeper in Week 10, too.

Week 10 flash in the pan prediction: 

Dontrelle Inman makes his debut in Chicago as they continue to look for a wide receiver threat. Green Bay considers him enough of a threat to let Markus Wheaton and his newly healed pinkie finger break free for six catches, including a 30-yard touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky. John Fox is so impressed with the improved passing game, he sits Jordan Howard in Week 11 in favor of five-wide receiver sets.  

By the way…

TY Hilton is not matchup-proof because his quarterback is not. Sit him and every Colts receiver this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

About last week: mixed bag

In Week 9, I started the top wide receiver in TY Hilton. I missed on Michael Thomas, although I said you could start Ted Ginn, too and he hit. TJ Jones is playing Monday. On my sits, Doug Baldwin had a last minute 30-yard touchdown to bring him from WR30 to WR5 and give me a miss. AJ Green had 0.6 points in less than a half before he got thrown out of the game and Jamison Crowder was a surprise scratch due to injury. 

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Pat Opperman

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Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.

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