Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 10? With another four teams on their bye week, we’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your 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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Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: Carson sat out practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, and Carson owners probably want to have an alternative going into Seattle’s Week 10 game against the Rams. Los Angeles’s defense, while talented, surrenders yards so if you have Carson’s backup, Mike Davis (more below), that would certainly be an option. Carson will likely be a game-time decision, but given how brittle he’s been, he’s a tough recommendation.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: Fournette owners can rejoice; the Jacksonville running back has practiced in full all week. We could see a bit of a timeshare in Fournette’s first week back, but this is a must-win if the Jaguars hope to get back into the playoff picture. Fournette owners have obviously had to replace him in their lineups for the bulk of the season, but don’t want to have him on the bench if he breaks out. He’s tough to recommend, but he’s tougher to bench if he’s been a full practice participant.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Green will miss at least two games, according to reports. It’s a big blow for Green owners, but it doesn’t appear to be long-term.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Gronkowski remains limited in practice and his status for New England’s Week 10 contest is iffy. Keep monitoring and have an alternative tight end in case he misses another week.
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots: The New England tailback has been limited in practice, but is expected to return for the team’s game against the Titans in Week 10. Michel was starting to come into his own before suffering another setback. He’s also sharing backfield duties with James White, who’s been terrific. Monitor Michel’s status as game time approaches. Tennessee has been impressive on defense and if Michel is going to see a small number of snaps, other options might be the way to go.
Duke Johnson, RB, Browns: Johnson owners finally got what they’ve been looking for this season from the Cleveland running back. After hauling in 74 receptions in 2017, Johnson was highly sought in PPR-based fantasy leagues. And despite the Browns showing a little more life this season, Johnson’s production hasn’t been what was expected. However, with the team shipping out Carlos Hyde a couple weeks back and installing a new offensive coordinator, Johnson may have reclaimed his pass-catching role in the Browns' offense. While you can’t count on the two touchdowns Johnson scored in Week 9, another solid receiving day against the visiting Falcons is certainly doable. He should be in your lineup.
Aaron Jones, RB, Packers: It’s been a process, but Jones finally seems to be emerging as top dog in Green Bay, though his owners probably have been asking what took so long. Jones has back-to-back games with 14 and 16 touches. Jamal Williams’s role continues to shrink, plus there was the departure of Ty Montgomery. The Packers are home after a pair of tough losses to the Rams and Patriots, and Week 10 brings an appealing matchup against the Dolphins, who have been generous to opposing tailbacks. Start Jones with confidence.
Dion Lewis, RB, Titans: Lewis has had his two best games since the opening week of the season and was very impressive in Tennessee’s win over the Cowboys. Given his versatility, there’s no reason he shouldn’t continue to get the lion’s share of touches. He gets to play his former team, the Patriots, in Week 10. It will probably be asking a lot for Lewis to repeat the numbers he’s put up the past two weeks, but New England’s defense often relies on a bend-don’t-break philosophy. Lewis should be able to provide a serviceable game for his owners this weekend. And some are high on Lewis for the rest of the season.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers: Randall Cobb’s injuries led to Geronimo Allison emerging in Green Bay’s receiving corps. Allison then ran into injury issues after some solid performances, and the void for the Packers is starting to be filled by Valdes-Scantling. In the past four games, Valdes-Scantling has scored twice and has two games with more than 100 yards. He’s a terrific athlete, and with Allison out indefinitely, Valdes-Scantling has a chance to be a strong fantasy contributor down the stretch. Owners should consider him if they’re in need of a WR2/flex play; a computer model certainly likes the matchup for Valdes-Scantling.
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Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks: Davis has been picking up the slack with teammate Chris Carson dealing with injuries. Davis produced three double-digit performances over the past five games. Seattle is facing the Rams for the second time this season; Davis rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown in their earlier meeting. If you have Carson, owning Davis is a must. If you’re simply an owner looking for a running back for a spot-start, Davis could be a serviceable option.
Ito Smith, RB, Falcons: On the heels of Atlanta’s bye week, all Smith did was turn in his best game of the season in the Week 9 victory over the Redskins. Smith gained 60 yards on 10 carries and scored for the fourth time in five games. Now the Falcons head to Cleveland, where a Browns' defensive unit that has surrendered 14 rushing touchdowns this season awaits, worst in the league. Smith remains available in 58 percent of ESPN leagues.
***This post is updated each Friday afternoon with additional information on injuries and other player-related news.