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Week 10 fantasy football rankings: Davante Adams, Aaron Jones in for monster games

Steven Psihogios
·16-min read

Week 10 is a major week for a lot of fantasy football leagues. The trade deadline is Nov. 14 in most leagues and managers will need to act quickly. Additionally, there are a lot of fantasy-friendly teams on bye.

The Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys are among the squads that are off this week. At least the New York Jets are on bye as well, but it’s still a tough week nonetheless.

To help make those tough roster decisions, check out my Week 10 fantasy football rankings below.

QB

1) Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

2) Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

3) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

4) Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

Since Week 2, Herbert ranks fifth amongst all quarterbacks in fantasy points. He has stymied a lot of the doubts that surrounded him entering the NFL, and has a chance this weekend to prove that the Dolphins made a mistake selecting QB Tua Tagovailoa ahead of him. His cannon-like arm has accounted for four touchdown passes of 50+ yards this season, the most of any QB in the league. He has turned into a trustworthy weekly starter.

5) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at Los Angeles Rams)

6) Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (at Cleveland Browns)

7) Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

8) Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

Coming off of a bye, Goff slips into the top-10 at quarterback this week because of the matchup. Goff has been nothing special this year, as he’s QB17 in fantasy football, but he gets to battle the Seahawks. Bills QB Josh Allen picked Seattle apart for 415 passing yards and three passing touchdowns while adding 14 yards and a score on the ground last week. Seattle’s struggles against opposing QBs have been a season-long issue, as the team is currently surrendering the most fantasy points per game to the position.

9) Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

After an uneventful NFL debut, Tagovailoa silenced any negative overreactions in his second game as he bested 2019 first-overall pick QB Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. In Week 10, he gets another opportunity to silence the critics as he battles QB Justin Herbert, who was selected one pick after him in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa put his accuracy and footwork on display in Week 9, completing 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and two TDs while rushing for 35 yards on seven carries. The Chargers will be the friendliest matchup of his career thus far, as they’re allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs in 2020.

10) Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (at New England Patriots)

11) Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

12) Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

Those who needed a vintage Brady performance in Week 9 were thoroughly disappointed by the outcome. It was arguably the worst game of the future Hall of Famer’s career, as he threw for 209 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. On paper, Week 10’s matchup against the Panthers doesn’t profile as an easy task, either. He registered 9.68 fantasy points against Carolina in Week 2, and the Panthers are allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing passers this season. Still, I think Brady and the Bucs get back on track.

13) Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Denver Broncos)

14) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

15) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

Roethlisberger came in close contact with teammate TE Vance McDonald who tested positive for COVID-19. Roethlisberger will have to self isolate this week and won’t be able to practice with the team, although he may be able to participate in the Steelers’ walkthrough on Saturday and play this weekend if he doesn’t test positive for COVID-19. The 38-year-old also picked up a knee injury during Pittsburgh’s Week 9 victory, so that’s worth monitoring as well. In his career, Roethlisberger has thrown for more passing yards (7,310) against the Bengals than any other opponent.

16) Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

17) Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (at Pittsburgh Steelers)

18) Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts) Played on Thursday

Tannehill has been a very dependable option at QB for fantasy football, ranking as QB10 in fantasy points up to this point in the season. Since OT Taylor Lewan tore his ACL, however, Tannehill hasn’t posted a single weekly finish as QB12 or better. His Week 10 opponent, the Colts, have the eighth-highest hurry percentage of any team defense in the NFL. Additionally, when the Colts played the Titans last season, Tannehill was sacked six times - the most he’s been sacked since assuming the role as starter in Tennessee.

19) Cam Newton, New England Patriots (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

20) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. Washington Football Team)

21) Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans) Played on Thursday

22) Daniel Jones, New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

23) Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

24) Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

25) Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)

26) Alex Smith, Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

27) Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears)

28) Jake Luton, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Green Bay Packers)

RB

1) Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

2) Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

3) Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears)

4) James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Green Bay Packers)

5) Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts) Played on Thursday

6) Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

Sanders will be making his return to the Eagles’ lineup this Sunday. When healthy, he’s been an extremely efficient and effective back, running for 80 yards or more in four of the five games he’s played in. Sanders’ passing game prowess may be what shines the most in this contest as the Giants are tied for allowing the second-most receptions to RB this season.

7) Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Denver Broncos)

8) Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

Practicing after the Browns’ Week 9 bye week, it seems that Chubb has a real shot at suiting up for Week 10. Chubb hasn’t played since Week 4 as he’s dealt with a knee injury, but if he plays, you’re starting him as a high-end option at the position. His matchup, the Texans, are as good as it gets for fantasy football. Houston is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to RB and is conceding the highest yards per carry total to RB this season. His status for this weekend’s game is still uncertain, however, so continue to monitor the situation until kickoff.

9) James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

10) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bernard will likely start in place of RB Joe Mixon (foot) who has been dubbed doubtful to play against the Steelers. The moustached marvel will be a top-10 play at RB, as he’s been very effective for fantasy purposes in supplementing Mixon’s production. In the two games he’s started, Bernards has combined for 39.40 fantasy points. Battling the Steelers’ defensive front will be tough, as the team is surrendering the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

11) Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

12) Duke Johnson, Houston Texans (at Cleveland Browns)

13) Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

14) Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

15) D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (vs. Washington Football Team)

16) Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

17) Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

18) Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

19) Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

20) Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (at Los Angeles Rams)

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Carson has a “chance” to play this Sunday against the Cardinals. If he plays, he’s a surefire starter as he’ll likely resume his status as the team’s workhorse RB. If he doesn’t start, then I’d fade this backfield completely as it’s possible RB Carlos Hyde, RB Travis Homer, RB DeeJay Dallas and RB Alex Collins all play some sort of role.

21) Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

22) Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans) Played on Thursday

Taylor’s up-and-down rookie season may be best encapsulated by his effort last week against the Ravens. He scored a touchdown, but he was also the source of a fumble-six. In Week 10, he gets a favourable draw against the Titans who are tied for allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to RB this season. The Colts want to run the ball, as they’ve rushed it the 12th-most frequently in the NFL this season. This is a good opportunity for Taylor to silence some doubters in primetime.

23) Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

24) J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

25) Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)

Not many people had McKinnon pegged as the 49ers’ leader in rush attempts entering Week 10, but nobody really saw a lot of things coming in 2020. Somehow he has remained the one constant for San Francisco at RB. Over the past two weeks, McKinnon has been viable in fantasy, as he’s totalled 26.20 fantasy points. The matchup against the Saints is less than ideal as New Orleans is surrendering the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to RB this season.

26) Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

27) Damien Harris, New England Patriots (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

28) Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

29) Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens (at New England Patriots)

30) Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

WR

1) Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

2) Michel Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

3) Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

The best way to explain having Robinson in fantasy football is equating it to sausage. The final product is typically always good, but watching how it happens is loathsome. It’s no fault of his own, but the quarterbacks he’s had to endure. Luckily for Robinson and the Bears’ offense, the matchups are favourable between now and the fantasy football playoffs, including in Week 10 against the Vikings. Minnesota is surrendering the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers, so Robinson could be in store for a massive outing.

4) D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (at Los Angeles Rams)

5) Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

6) Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

7) Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

8) DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

9) Will Fuller, Houston Texans (at Cleveland Browns)

10) Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

The Seahawks have become the ultimate ‘if you’ve got ‘em, start ‘em’ matchup in fantasy football, which means a player like Woods has top-10 potential against such a weak secondary. The Seahawks are conceding the most fantasy points per game to WRs this season. Always an overlooked player, Woods is nonchalantly WR16 in fantasy football in 2020.

11) A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts)

12) D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Green Bay Packers)

The Jaguars’ passing attack was pushing the ball downfield in Week 9 with QB Jake Luton under centre, and Chark benefited immensely. Within the first minute of the game against the Texans, Chark corralled a 73-yard touchdown pass. The matchup this week against Green Bay will likely be much more appealing than what was originally thought, as Packers DB Jaire Alexander, who has been one of the best at his position in the NFL this season, will likely miss the contest with a concussion. Chark’s projected target volume will place him squarely in the high-end WR2 mix, with WR1 upside.

13) Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at Los Angeles Rams)

14) Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

15) Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears)

16) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

17) Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

18) Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

19) Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

20) Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

The star rookie WR broke out in Week 9, snagging seven of his 14 targets for 125 receiving yards and a touchdown. Jeudy popped up on the injury report this week with a shoulder injury, so that’s worth monitoring, but if he plays, he’s entering weekly WR2 consideration with upside for much more. He’s seen 22 targets over the past two weeks, tying him for fourth-most in the NFL over that stretch.

21) DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

22) Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

23) JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

24) Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

25) Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (at Pittsburgh Steelers)

Boyd’s consistency needs to be recognized. Since Week 2, he has finished with less than 50 receiving yards just once and below 10 fantasy points only once. In the three weeks prior to his Week 9 bye week, he had seen 28 targets, which was the fifth-most in the NFL during that span. Even though the Steelers have a good defense, they haven’t been a daunting task for opposing receivers in fantasy football. Pittsburgh has surrendered the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position this season.

26) Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

27) Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)

28) Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

There’s only one wide receiver I have in my top-30 that is rostered in under 30% of Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues. Why is Reagor so lowly rostered? I don’t know.

29) Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

30) Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

TE

1) Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Denver Broncos)

With TE Travis Kelce on bye this week, there’s no elite tight end on the board. Waller’s target volume - 25 targets over the past three weeks - puts him at No. 1 in my rankings. The position has been so bad this season, but more weeks than not, Waller produces.

2) T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (vs. Washington Football Team)

3) Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

4) Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (at New England Patriots)

5) Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

Goedert returned from injury to play in the Eagles’ Week 8 game prior to the bye, and while the result was underwhelming (1-1-15-0), no setbacks were reported. Now coming off of the bye, I expect Goedert’s target share to look similarly to the ones we saw earlier this season. Through the first two weeks, Goedert saw 17 targets. At a position this depleted for viable options, that kind of potential target volume makes Goedert a top-5 player at the position this week.

6) Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

7) Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

8) Evan Engram, New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

9) Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

Tonyan was a major disappointment for fantasy managers in Week 9, catching one pass for five yards. What makes him a top-10 option this week is his matchup. Jacksonville has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to TE this season. His 11.63 yards per target rank as the second-highest mark at TE this season.

10) Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

11) Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

12) Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

Gesicki should see a slight bump in targets moving forward with WR Preston Williams out for the next three weeks. He’s been a frustrating player in fantasy football this season, but that’s pretty in-line with every other tight end. His 12.26 average depth of target is the highest mark at TE, and his 235 completed air yards rank third on the season behind Kelce and TE George Kittle. He’s a boom-or-bust option at a position that sees far more disappointments than pleasant surprises on a weekly basis.

13) Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

14) Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans) Played on Thursday

15) Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts) Played on Thursday

16) Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

17) Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

Sneakily, Everett was starting to see some more volume prior to the Rams’ Week 9 bye. Between Week 6-8, Everett’s 18 targets were tied for the seventh-most at TE. Teams have been able to pass against the Seahawks this year, so it’s possible Everett has a strong outing. Tight end has become the ultimate dart throw for fantasy managers in 2020.

18) Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

19) Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)

20) Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears)

DEF

  1. Baltimore Ravens (at New England Patriots)

  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

  3. Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

  4. Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

  5. Washington Football Team (at Detroit Lions)

  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

  7. Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

  8. Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans) Played on Thursday

  9. New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

  10. New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

  11. Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Denver Broncos)

  12. Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

  13. Tennessee Titans (vs. Indianapolis Colts) Played on Thursday

  14. Minnesota Vikings (at Chicago Bears)

  15. New England Patriots (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

  16. Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

  17. Detroit Lions (vs. Washington Football Team)

  18. Los Angeles Chargers (at Miami Dolphins)

  19. Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

  20. Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

K

  1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (at New England Patriots)

  2. Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis Colts (at Tennessee Titans) Played on Thursday

  3. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

  4. Jason Sanders, Miami Dolphins (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)

  5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

  6. Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. Denver Broncos)

  7. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Buffalo Bills)

  8. Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Carolina Panthers)

  9. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions (vs. Washington Football Team)

  10. Tyler Bass, Buffalo Bills (at Arizona Cardinals)

  11. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

  12. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos (at Las Vegas Raiders)

  13. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (at Los Angeles Rams)

  14. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  15. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (at New York Giants)

  16. Cody Parkey, Cleveland Browns (vs. Houston Texans)

  17. Ka’Imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans (at Cleveland Browns)

  18. Graham Gano, New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

  19. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)

  20. Kai Forbath, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

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