Week 10 Fantasy Football Sit ‘Em/Start ‘Em

It's week 10 and by now you probably know where your team stands. Exciting? Depressing? Either way, as a true fantasy fighter, you're either making a strong push into the playoffs or you have the mindset that you'll win out and make the tournament. No matter the circumstances, you feel as if nothing can bring you down. That is until you look at your roster and realize your team either has a plethora of injuries or is facing another major bye week. So, unsure as to who you should grab off the waiver wire or start off your bench, you obviously should check's Week 10 Fantasy Football Sit 'Em/Start 'Em column for some help.

Before we get into the meat of the article, let's do a quick accountability check. In week eight's column, we did well, hitting on 60 percent of our projections. There was a slight dip this week. Our projections stood at 50 percent even, however, that's not bad considering fantasy football is an educated guessing game anyhow. One big score for us was when we suggested you start Julian Edelman when all the prognosticators suggested that you sit him. (We'll give ourselves a quick pat on the back). We felt he would bounce back against a Denver secondary that would try to condense the field and force New England to throw underneath. That happened, and Edelman scored 20.9 fantasy points, as a result.

And with that, let's move onto this week's fantasy projections (Quick note: All stats are based on Yahoo! fantasy).

20 St. Louis Rams' Defense – SIT

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19 Pittsburgh Steelers' Defense – START

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18 Delanie Walker – TE, Tennessee Titans – SIT

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17 Mychal Rivera – TE, Oakland Raiders – START

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I've always been weary of going with the hot hand because as soon as they get hot, those hands seem to immediately cool off. But let's go for it. Rivera has the hot hand in the Raiders' offense. Over the past two games, Derek Carr has targeted Rivera 20 times and connected on 15 of those throws. Last week, Rivera scored two touchdowns and put up a solid 15.8 points in Yahoo! leagues.

16 Andre Holmes – WR, Oakland Raiders – SIT

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15 Kelvin Benjamin – WR, Carolina Panthers – START

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14 Doug Baldwin – WR, Seattle Seahawks – SIT

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13 Percy Harvin – WR, New York Jets – START

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So, do we get a mulligan for suggesting that you sit Harvin last week? You win some and you lose some. The problem with Harvin was never the Jets' lack of interest in trying to get him involved, it was their innate ability to suck on offense. With so much uncertainty surrounding the Jets' quarterbacks and the fact the Chiefs' owned one of the best pass defenses, Harvin was a true boom-or-bust play.

12 Sammy Watkins – WR, Buffalo Bills– SIT

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11 Martavis Bryant – WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – START

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10 Andre Williams – RB, New York Giants – SIT

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9 Bobby Rainey – RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – START

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For those who own Rainey over highly-praised rookie Charles Sims, you have to hope this isn't the game the latter becomes heavily involved for the first time. Sims is coming off a serious ankle injury he suffered in the preseason, and the coaches have vowed to make him a big part of the offense. In fact, he's scheduled to make his debut this Sunday against a Falcons' team that has surrendered the most fantasy points to running backs.

8 Ben Tate – RB, Cleveland Browns – SIT

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7 Jeremy Hill – RB, Cincinnati Bengals – START

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6 Tre Mason – RB, St. Louis Rams – SIT

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5 Ronnie Hillman – RB, Denver Broncos – START

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4 Ryan Tannehill – QB, Miami Dolphins – SIT

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If you own Andrew Luck, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers, you obviously need to find a suitable replacement for them this week. They are all on byes. Tannehill has been on a hot streak, which makes him tempting to start, but he's facing a Lions' defense that has surrendered the fewest points to quarterbacks.

3 Mark Sanchez – QB, Philadelphia Eagles – START

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2 Eli Manning – QB, New York Giants – SIT

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1 Matt Ryan – QB, Atlanta Falcons – START

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Ryan will face a dreadful Tampa Bay defense that ranks 27th in total yards allowed and in passing yards allowed. In week three against the Buccaneers, Ryan posted 23.64 fantasy points, and that was the start of the Florida teamed spiraling out of control. The Falcons won't be making any playoff runs this year, but their offense does rank 10th in passing yards and 11th in total yards. Start Ryan.

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