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

Week 9 finished as only a Halloween week could. It was a nightmare! Robby Anderson and the Jets are a train wreck, Kenyan Drake was freed and David Montgomery found the end zone twice. Week 10 start or sit goes back to the well with a Tight End who has disappointed, a newly crowned starting running back, and a receiver on his last chance. Good luck!

Players who will shine

O.J. Howard! ([email protected] 1pm est)

Although most of us have soured on O.J., this week’s matchup is too enticing to not take one last chance. The Cardinals are getting destroyed by tight ends this season, giving up an average of 18.6 fantasy points per game and have already allowed 9 touchdowns to the position. Prior to his injury, the Buccaneers’ coaching staff made getting Howard more involved a priority. Both Cameron Brate and Antony Auclair, are dealing with injuries of their own, with only rookie Tanner Hudson to compete for snaps. The opportunity is ripe for the picking this week and maybe we finally get a taste of the good O.J.

Prediction: 5 rec 61 yards 1 td: 14.6 pts

Devin Singletary ([email protected] 1pm est)

He’s healthy and simply more explosive than the ageless wonder, Frank Gore. Singletary was deployed as the featured back, each of the last two weeks while playing at least 66% of the offensive snaps. Now fully entrenched as the starter, Singletary will get to play the Cleveland Browns, who are allowing 4.93 yards per carry. Buffalo will ride their rushing attack in Cleveland while trying to avoid Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams on the outside. With strong winds anticipated this Sunday, a heavy dose of Singletary is expected against a Cleveland team who has stained their bed Brown!

Prediction: 17 car 83 yards 1 td,  5 rec 31 yards: 19.9 pts

Curtis Samuel ([email protected] 4:25pm est)

The man with two first names, Curtis Samuel, has only 30 receptions but has amassed 407 yards while adding 3 tds. Although those are not huge numbers, the threat and opportunities are there, as Samuel ranks 5th in the NFL with 932 air yards. His deep routes will pay dividends in Week 10, against a Packers’ defense that has been prone to giving up big plays to opposing wide outs. In a game that will be tightly contested and the distinct possibility of Carolina having to play from behind, Samuel should see an increase in targets and only needs one to pay off for fantasy players. Expect Samuel to be an integral part of the offensive game plan this week in Lambeau.

Prediction: 2 car 23 yards 1 td, 5 rec 79 yards 1 td: 25.7 pts

Joe Mixon in the open field where he won't find himself this weekend.
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Ride the Pine

Joe Mixon ([email protected] 1pm est)

The Bengals are the latest team to make a QB change, as they’ve given the keys to rookie Ryan Finley. The offense won’t change much, and Joe Mixon will continue to disappoint. He has historically struggled against Baltimore and although he’s coming off his best 2019 performance during Week 8 against the Rams, Mixon only played 53% of the offensive snaps, which has been close to the norm this season. Cincinnati knows they must get Mixon going but Baltimore knows this too and will put a priority on keeping him bottled up.

Prediction: 13 car 56 yards, 3 rec 27 yards: 9.8 pts

Josh Gordon ([email protected] MNF 8:15pm)

This is cherry picking but the excitement over Flash being claimed by Seattle was palpable and the potential warrants such excitement. Gordon finds himself playing for yet, another hall of famer, in Russell Wilson, who is possibly the NFL’s best deep thrower. Unfortunately for Josh Gordon, he’ll likely be limited in first game in neon green, while also having to play against the NFL’s leading pass defense of the San Francisco 49ers. An uncertain involvement and matchup make flash a dangerous gamble in week 10. Keep him on the bench.

Prediction: 2 rec 36 yards: 4.6 pts


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