Fantasy Football: Top 5 Sit ‘Em Picks heading into Week 10
Don’t throw your season by starting invaluable fantasy football players. Sit these top five players who won’t do much of anything in Week 10.
Welcome to Week 10 of fantasy football. By now you’ve either blown your season or are in the running to make the playoffs. This season has been filled will too many disappointments to make a mistake at this point. The injuries alone ruined some fantasy owners entire season; concussions alone have been a nightmare.
Players we expected to influence our lineups have influenced us, but some of them in horrible ways. Alshon Jeffery is owned in 90 percent of leagues and had his first touchdown since Week 1 last week. Starting players like him this week will not help you win.
By now we have also seen patterns in teams and players. It may not be of best interest to start anyone playing the Denver Broncos or Minnesota Vikings this far into the season.
You just can’t afford to lose valuable points anymore. Based off this week’s matchups, I have identified five players who don’t offer much fantasy football value this week. Be sure to keep these players out of your Week 10 lineup.
5. Drew Brees, QB – New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees has been a huge fantasy football asset this season. There has only been one game that he didn’t earn double-digit fantasy points. For the most part, Brees has topped 20 fantasy football points per game. In his Week 1 season opener, he brought home over 50 points for owners.
In Week 6, he had another 50 plus fantasy football points against the Carolina Panthers. Since then, he has continuously earned at least 18 points or more. He has five 300-yard games this season. Within those five games, he also had three or more touchdowns per game.
Last week, Brees completed 28-of-39 passes for a little over 320 yards and three touchdowns. He earned over 30 points in some leagues. Unfortunately, his fantasy streak will be put to a halt this week. Brees takes on the Denver Broncos in his Week 10 matchup.
The Broncos have the best pass defense in the NFL. They have held opposing quarterbacks to 183 or less yards per game. If you can afford to sit Brees in this matchup you should. Last week, they held Derek Carr to about five fantasy points.
4. Vance McDonald, TE – San Francisco 49ers
Vance McDonald is far from a good fantasy football player. However, with bye weeks and injuries, owners have been able to use him as a filler depending on his matchup.
In Week 2, McDonald had his first double-digit outing of the season. He brought in 20 fantasy points against the Panthers. Since then, McDonald hasn’t done anything to earn a starting spot. Unless, you started him last week because it was your only option.
Last week he completed 3-of-6 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. He earned over 20 fantasy football points in his Week 9 matchup.
McDonald has only seen 21 targets in his last six games. He’s not reliable, and definitely, shouldn’t be trusted this week against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals defense ranks third against the pass. The Cardinals held Greg Olsen to one pass completion for 11 yards. He barely earned one fantasy point. McDonald is a must sit in all leagues!
3. Christine Michael, RB – Seattle Seahawks
Christine Michael was one of the top waiver wire pickups in Week 4. After his 30 plus fantasy football points in Week 3, owners thought they had a star on their hands. Although Michael didn’t have a repeat performance in Week 4, he still managed to earn about 17 points. And then after returning from a bye in Week 6, Michael finished with 20 points.
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But since Week 6, Michael has been quiet. He hasn’t earned double-digit points in his last three matchups. Last week he only carried the football five times for one yard; his one touchdown didn’t even help his performance. His Week 10 opponent are the New England Patriots which doesn’t seem like it’s going to be his comeback.
The Patriots strong offense is going to force the Seattle Seahawks to play a pass heavy game. After Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin’s great Week 9 performance, we can expect them to see a ton of targets. With few teams on a bye this week, there are better running back options. Look to sit Michael in his Week 10 matchup.
2. DeSean Jackson, WR – Washington Redskins
Desean Jackson started the fantasy football season with a bang. He earned owners over 25 points in his Week 1 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since then, Jackson has only repeated that performance once. Week 3 was the last time he earned double-digit fantasy football points. Although he is coming off a bye, Jackson is listed as questionable heading into this week’s matchup. Jackson left his Week 8 game with a shoulder injury and has missed a few days of practice this week.
Aside from his questionable status, he is also losing targets to Jamison Crowder. Crowder has back-to-back 100-yard games and is the Washington Redskins leading receiver.
If you still need convincing, the Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Vikings secondary ranks fourth in the league. Unfortunately, with his loss of targets, injury and weekly matchup, Jackson has no fantasy football value heading into Week 10.
1. Coby Fleener, TE – New Orleans Saints
Coby Fleener was a difficult choice this week. On paper, he has a great matchup. However, he has only had two double-digit fantasy football outings this season.
In Week 3, we saw Fleener earn 30 fantasy points against the Atlanta Falcons. He repeated that performance in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers but, that’s all he has done all season. Fleener’s targets have been steadily declining since the beginning of the season. His low yards per game average make him a touchdown-dependent fantasy football player.
He has only had two touchdowns in his last eight games. With Brees targeting 10 different receivers, Fleener finds himself at the bottom of the list. This week, the Saints take on the Broncos. In their last nine games, the Broncos offered seven tight ends 30 or more yards. In Week 8, the Broncos held Antonio Gates to one fantasy football point.
Fleener was dropped in seven percent of fantasy leagues this week. It makes sense, a touchdown-dependent player who is losing targets isn’t much value. If you’re still holding on to Fleener, hold him on your bench this week. He’s a risky start even against a top defense that gives 30 or more yards to the position.