Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 10? Following two straight weeks with six teams on a bye, Week 10 of the NFL season has only four teams on hiatus this weekend. We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your quick consumption. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
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Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Dallas’s top wideout sat out practice for two straight days, but seemed to be on the upswing Friday. He now looks like he will play. While Bryant is listed as question, owners should monitor his status. Bryant could play, and he says he will, but he could be a decoy. It’s a precarious spot for Bryant owners, but at least consider what you might want to do in the event Bryant is unavailable, like teammate Terrance Williams (see below).
Charles Clay, TE, Bills: Buffalo Coach Sean McDermott said Clay (sprained medial collateral ligament) looks good and is in line to play in Week 10 when the Bills host the Saints. It’s a tough matchup against a New Orleans defense that is much better this season. Clay has missed three weeks and while he’s been solid when healthy, this might be a week you wait and see how he looks rather than inserting him into the lineup.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Just when it looked like Forte was turning back the clock and beginning to ascend to the top of the depth chart in New York, he suffered a setback, missing back-to-back days at practice with a knee injury. He was going to be part of the Fringe Starters list, but now his status for this weekend’s matchup is up in the air. If Forte is unable to go, Bilal Powell owners should get him in the lineup.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Hilton is nursing a groin injury and Friday he was listed as questionable for Week 10. He’s been a limited participant in practice this week so Hilton owners should keep an eye on the situation leading up to game-time. It’s not a terrific matchup and if Hilton is a step slower, he could be in for a quiet day.
Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots: After not practicing Thursday, Hogan was ruled out Friday due to his shoulder injury. New England has had numerous injuries to its receiving corps this season and has supplemented some of that with James White and Rex Burkhead (see below), who are both solid receivers out of the backfield.
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Jones sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, but was cleared to play Friday as Atlanta looks to get things on track.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: Olsen remains on injured reserve, but could return in the coming weeks. If you need a tight end, or another option at flex, Olsen’s previous work speaks for itself. Get him if he’s available.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins: Reed did some work at practice Thursday, but it’s too early to tell if he will suit up with Washington in Week 10. Let’s be honest: Reed has been a fantasy disappointment. He’s played in six games and his best outing is a 64-yard performance with two scores on Oct. 23. Given where Reed likely was taken on draft day, his poor play and absences from the lineup likely have soured many an owner’s prospects. He’s now falling into the Gronkowski zone come draft day; take him if you want, but proceed with caution. If he can’t play Sunday, the Redskins will rely on Vernon Davis.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Thomas is nursing a hamstring injury and practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. Barring a setback, Thomas should be on the field when Denver hosts New England on Sunday.
Robbie Anderson, WR, Jets: New York’s offense over the years has often been a cesspool when it comes to fantasy football and that’s largely been the case this year aside from Josh McCown, who is ranked 10th among quarterbacks in fantasy points. But Anderson is slowly making the case that he can be fantasy relevant. Anderson has had at least five targets in every game except Week 2, and over the past four games, he’s accumulated 28 targets. In those four games, Anderson has 17 receptions for 263 yards and three touchdowns. With Tampa Bay on tap for New York this weekend, Anderson has a great chance at continuing his success vs. the Buccaneers. If you need a WR2 or flex play, Anderson seems like a quality pick.
Martavis Bryant and Juju Smith-Schuster, WRs, Steelers: Pittsburgh comes out of its bye week and gets a very tasty matchup for its arsenal of weapons: the Indianapolis Colts. Indy is also without one of its top cornerbacks, having released Vontae Davis on Thursday following a dispute over his groin injury. Nevertheless, all this means is that the Steelers offense should be very tough to stop Sunday. For those who don’t own LeVeon Bell or Antonio Brown, there are other potential productive players to consider: Enter Bryant and Smith-Schuster; and maybe even tight end Jessie James. Smith-Schuster is coming off a 10-target outing in Week 8.
Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys: While Dez Bryant (see above) is listed as questionable but saying he’ll play, Williams remains a player of interest when Dallas plays Atlanta. Williams is coming off one of the best games of his career, having hauled in all nine of his targets for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Whether Bryant plays may not matter as Williams has a chance to do well in Sunday’s matchup. He was also banged up in the team’s victory, but is fine for Week 10. With Ezekiel Elliott starting his suspension this weekend, the offensive burden will be on quarterback Dak Prescott. Williams is owned in just over 13 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots: Owning a New England running back in fantasy football is often maddening as Coach Bill Belichick likes to spread out the workload, one that can change on a weekly basis. And each Patriots tailback has shined at various points this season. Burkhead, signed during the offseason, was injured for several weeks before returning in late October. In Week 8 before the team’s bye week, Burkhead finished with seven receptions for 68 yards. New England visits Denver on Sunday night, and the Broncos have been vulnerable defensively. With these teams trending in opposite directions, the hunch here is that Burkhead will get enough touches and maybe a plunge into the end zone. But while there are plenty who like Burkhead’s upside, owners should only be inserting him into the lineup if their RB depth is severely lacking in Week 10. With a receiving corps that has been banged up, Burkhead offers Tom Brady another solid receiving option out of the backfield to help compensate. Not everyone is on board given the committee approach the Patriots utilize. Burkhead is owned in nearly 11 percent of ESPN leagues.
Adam Humphries, WR, Buccaneers: Here’s what Humphries has going for him in Week 10. Mike Evans is out, having been suspended for a fracas in last week’s game. Ryan Fitzpatrick also gets the start with Jameis Winston banged up. Fitzpatrick has often looked Humphries’s way when they have played together. The Jets’ passing defense also ranks in the bottom half of the league. Point is, if you find yourself in a pinch for a WR2 or a flex, Humphries may not be a bad play.
This post has been updated.