The ninth week of the NFL season has now concluded and we quickly are entering Week 10. Before we look ahead to the start ’em sit ’em options at quarterback, let’s take a look at what quarterbacks stood out in fantasy football in Week 9.
Going into the week, everyone (including myself) was uncertain about whether or not to start Lamar Jackson against the New England Patriots. Without a doubt, the Baltimore Ravens’ electric quarterback proved that he is absolutely matchup-proof moving forward.
Along with Jackson, Russell Wilson also continued his campaign for the MVP Award on Sunday. Wilson was able to lead all quarterbacks with 39.2 fantasy points as he threw for five touchdowns and 378 yards.
Who could perform well enough to help you win your fantasy football matchup this week? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
Without further ado, here are the start ’em sit ’em quarterbacks in your lineups in Week 10.
QBs to Start in Week 10
Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (vs. Cardinals): When starting Jameis Winston, you never know what you’re going to get from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ signal-caller. In Week 9, Winston flashed the better version of himself as he threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks.
Next up on the schedule is the hapless Arizona Cardinals defense that is abysmal against the pass. The Cardinals have allowed 2,689 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air (both the most in the NFL).
49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Seahawks): After being criticized for weeks for his play, Jimmy Garoppolo finally silenced his critics with a four-touchdown performance versus the Cardinals in Week 9.
Following his favorable matchup against the Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers’ franchise quarterback will face the aforementioned Seahawks defense this week. The Seahawks have given up 2,605 yards (third-most in the NFL) and just allowed Jameis Winston to score 20.2 fantasy points on Sunday.
Cardinals’ Kyler Murray (vs. Buccaneers): Prior to Week 9, quarterbacks had failed to be fantasy relevant against the daunting 49ers defense. That was until Kyler Murray showcased his talent by scoring 23 fantasy points on them on Thursday night.
The rookie out of Oklahoma is poised to be in a shootout against the Buccaneers in Week 10. The Buccaneers have allowed 22.8 fantasy points per game to QBs thus far (fourth-most in the NFL).
Other QBs to Start: Chargers’ Philip Rivers (vs. Raiders), Bills’ Josh Allen (vs. Browns), Titans’ Ryan Tannehill (vs. Chiefs)
QBs to Sit in Week 10
Browns’ Baker Mayfield (vs. Bills): For the people who selected Baker Mayfield in their fantasy drafts, they were underwhelmed with his performance on Sunday versus the Denver Broncos. The second-year starter has failed to score more than 20 fantasy points in any single game this season.
Coming up next, Mayfield will square off against a feisty Buffalo Bills defense. The Bills have only surrendered five passing touchdowns to opposing QBs (second-fewest in the NFL).
Raiders’ Derek Carr (vs. Chargers): Derek Carr has quietly had himself a solid season through the first nine weeks. The Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback has scored 15 or more fantasy points in three consecutive weeks now.
Despite his recent success, Carr will face a Los Angeles Chargers defense that just held Aaron Rodgers to 12.7 fantasy points in Week 9. In addition, the Chargers have given up just 13.6 fantasy points per game to QBs (sixth-fewest in the NFL).
Panthers’ Kyle Allen (vs. Packers): Over the past two weeks, Kyle Allen has shown flashes of being a young quarterback who is prone to make mistakes. The Panthers’ second-year quarterback has totaled 15.2 fantasy points and four interceptions in his past two games.
Allen’s two worst outings have come on the road and he will be traveling to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. The Packers have surrendered only 14.3 fantasy points per game to QBs (eighth-fewest in the NFL).