Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 10 Start or Sit

9 weeks have passed and some are in must win situations. Week 10 start or sit can help you make those ever crucial end of roster and bye week fill in decisions.

Last wasn’t one of my best, nor was it Mark Ingram’s as he fumbled his chance to contribute in a shootout. Dalvin Cook returned and blew Latavius away. Amari was force fed early leading to a touchdown, as was Demaryius leading to no 2nd half touches. Here are my remaining week 9 predictions:

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Running backs who will shine

Gio Bernard (NO@Cin 1pm est)

I’m going out on a limb here as he is still questionable, but I think Cincinnati will need/use their mighty mite running back much more than just to spell Mixon. Bernard has proven over the years to be very skilled as a pass catcher, and that is where Cincy will need his help against the Saints. New Orleans offers a stout run defense but one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL and now without their most explosive wide-out A.J. Green, the Bengals need playmakers. Look no further than Gio as he’s averaged a little over 40 receptions a season over his 5+ year career and can turn short plays into long gains.

Prediction: 5 car 33 yards, 6 rec 64 yards: 12.7 pts

Elijah McGuire (Buf@NYJ 1pm est)

Fresh off the IR, Elijah saw more playing time than incumbent starter Isaiah Crowell. Crowell has been inconsistent at best this year and offers little to no help in the passing game which is where McGuire excels. With the Jets being without many playmakers and providing Darnold little time to throw, expect Elijah to see plenty of dump offs with some runs sprinkled in against the Bills during week 10.

Prediction: 10 car 41 yards 1 td, 5 rec 43 yards: 17.9 pts

Mike Davis (Sea@LAR 4:25pm est)

Its gotta be the cleats! The Seattle Seahawks have transitioned from one of the pass heaviest teams to the run heaviest team in just one season. Seattle has revamped their offensive line and it is showing. They rank 1st in attempts per game, and 2nd to only the Rams in yards per game. With Chris Carson iffy for week 10, Davis will once again be the featured back against the same team he had 68 yards on only 12 attempts during week 5. The Seahawks know they must limit LA’s possessions and will rely on Davis to chew the clock. Even if Carson plays, expect Davis to play a key role this week.

Prediction: (Carson sits)22 car 103 yards 1 td, 3 rec 17 yards: 19.5 pts; (Carson plays) 13 car 58 yards 1 td, 1 rec 6 yards: 12.9 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Cordarrelle Patterson (NE@Ten 1pm est)

Before we crown Patterson the next dud to stud in New England, realize Sony Michel may be returning. Once Michel returns Cordarrelle will go back to his kick returning duties and minimal offensive snaps. Patterson has a history of fumbling issues over his career and the Patriots will not stand for that. Barring a late week set back for Sony, or an injury to James White, Patterson may not see any rush attempts.

Prediction: 2 car 15 yards, 1 rec 8 yards: 2.8 pts

Leonard Fournette (Jax@Ind 1pm est)

Having been rehabbing on his couch Leonard Fortnite?, I mean Fournette, possibly returns to a full-blown rotation in Jacksonville. He is by far the best back on the team but his inability to stay healthy forced the Jags to acquire Carlos Hyde. TJ Yeldon will still be the primary 3rd down back, and Leonard will likely lose some carries to Hyde. While still building his football endurance, temper expectations for his first week back.

Prediction: 13 car 56 yards, 1 rec 10 yards: 7.1 pts

Frank Gore (Mia@GB 1pm est)

Respect your elders is the saying and I may respect Frank Gore, but he is such a bore as a fantasy back. I’m picking on him again this week for the lack of catches and touchdowns. At some point Adam Gase must realize that Gore should be the change of pace to Drake. Gore has his spurts but offers no receiving help, and little to no big play ability. Miami will undoubtedly be losing early in Lambeu and hopefully the Dolphins leave Frank on the bench.

Prediction: 12 car 54 yards, 1 rec 5 yards: 6.4 pts

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

JuJu Smith-Schuster (Car@Pit TNF 5:20pm est)

Anyone with him on their roster will be doing a JuJu when Smith-Schuster posts an awesome receiving line this week. He is the leading receiver on the Steelers and with Carolina likely using Bradberry to shadow Antonio, Smith-Schuster will be feasting on single coverage. He has only 2 tds so far, but with a whopping 78 targets, I expect some positive end zone regression starting this week.

Prediction: 6 rec 96 yards 1 td: 18.6 pts

Maurice Harris (Wash@TB 1pm est)

“Some people call him Maurice” Harris exploded for 10 catches and 124 yards last week in Washington’s loss to Atlanta. Playing the role vacated by injured Jamison Crowder, Harris instantly became Alex Smith’s favorite target. At 6’ 3” and 200 lbs, he is not your typical slot receiver but has the quickness and route running capable of getting open. With Paul Richardson going on IR, and a matchup vs high scoring and defensive inept Tampa Bay, Maurice will be laughing like a joker once again.

Prediction: 7 rec 81 yards 1 td: 17.6 pts

David Njoku (Atl@Cle 1pm est)

The preseason hype has been no N(joke)u for David. Taking out week 3, he has averaged around 8 targets and 5 receptions a game. This week the Browns host a surging Falcons team who should be leading most of the game. I expect Baker to let it rip over 35 times again with plenty of those headed towards the 6-foot 4 inch Njoku.

Prediction: 6 rec 63 yards 1 td: 15.3 pts

 

Splinter Time

Corey Davis (NE@Ten 1pm est)

Full of potential and some elite skills, Corey Davis has been held in check by the Titans run first attack. He is still the first choice when Mariota airs it as he has more than doubled the next receiver in targets so far. However, lack of accuracy and multiple double teams being thrown his way has limited his production to 36 receptions for 451 yards. This week expect New England to shadow Davis with Stephon Gilmore and offer safety help forcing Mariota to look elsewhere for air yards.

Prediction: 5 rec 59 yards: 8.4 pts

Jordy Nelson (LAC@Oak 4:05pm est)

Oakland is a complete mess right now and Derek is getting hammered like his brother David. Jordy is a shell of his former self, having failed to surpass 50 receiving yards in all but one game. Through no fault of his own, the Chargers will put Jordy in a Full Nelson on Sunday and force lots of dump offs from Carr in week 10.

Prediction: 4 rec 41 yards: 6.1 pts

Golden Tate (Dal@Phi SNF 8:20pm est)

The newly acquired Tate may have been the Golden ticket for Mathew Stafford, but in Philadelphia his worth has declined. Playing a similar role to what Zach Ertz already occupies Tate will be most likely be utilized as the chain mover and offer little down field assistance. Even with the extra week of preparation, I expect Tate to be 3rd or 4th on the pecking order and melt away this week.

Prediction: 5 rec 46 yards: 7.1 pts

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