By Pat Pitts
Week 9 was one of the most unpredictable of the 2021 fantasy season. Odd injuries, inconsistent performances, and that whole thing with Aaron Rodgers went down. But Week 10 is a new week and it's time to go win your matchups in a Ragnarok-esque battle!
Lamar Jackson vs MIA (THURSDAY NIGHT)
After a three-touchdown performance last Sunday, Jackson faces a Dolphins defense that has allowed the most passing yards to fantasy QBs this season. He is a must-start to kick off the week.
Tom Brady vs WFT
The Washington defense allowed 20 touchdowns to opposing QBs before their Bye week. Tom Brady comes off his Bye week looking to continue his MVP season. It’s a no-brainer.
Derek Carr vs KC
Carr needs a bounce-back week against the disappointing Chiefs defense. He’s averaging 332 yards and two touchdowns over the past four weeks, slotting him into a QB1 role, especially in DFS lineups.
Cordarrelle Patterson @ DAL
Patterson has not finished with under double-digit fantasy points since Week 1. The Falcons matchup against a struggling Cowboys defense makes him a Top-10 play at the RB/FLEX position heading into this week.
J.D. McKissic @ TB
McKissic has taken over the reins of RB1 with his increase of carries each week. His dual-threat ability makes him a perfect start against a Bucs defense that struggles against the passing game.
James Conner vs CAR
Conner leads the NFL with ten rushing touchdowns and a total of FOUR multi-touchdown games in 2021. Chase Edmonds is going to miss a decent amount of time with injury, giving Conner the RB1 reigns in the desert for the next month or so.
Stefon Diggs vs NYJ
Diggs has a favorable matchup this week against a bottom-tier Jets defense. The Bills did not find the end zone against the Jaguars in Week 9, which gives the added motivation for Diggs and company to rack up all types of points this week.
Michael Pittman Jr. vs JAX
Pittman scored in each of his last four games and in the previous four weeks, the Jaguars defense has allowed 24 fantasy points to WRs, which is not much more than what Pittman has averaged. He is a set and forget player for the foreseeable future.
Dionte Johnson vs DET
Johnson matchups against the worst defense in football on Sunday as the only reliable WR on the Steelers roster following the Chase Claypool injury. If you have him, play him.
Pat Friermuth vs DET
*See Dionte Johnson*
Zach Ertz vs CAR
Since being traded, Ertz has seen an average of 4.5 targets/game. The desert has given his career a rejuvenation and has made him a weekly start in fantasy lineups.
Noah Fant vs PHI
The Broncos activated Fant off of the COVID list to play against the Eagles, who have allowed the most fantasy points to TEs this year. Fant’s availability makes him a TE1 play this week.
Jalen Hurts @ DEN
With the lack of reliable weapons in the Eagles offense, playing in the altitude in Denver, and just a plethora of question marks surrounding Hurts and the Eagles offense, you’re better off looking elsewhere for your QB play this week.
Kirk Cousins vs LAC
Cousins is going to have his hands full dealing with one of the league’s top passing defenses. He’ll need to rely on the run game to move down the field to be successful. He is not worth the headache.
Mac Jones vs CLE
Jones has only tallied one 20+ fantasy point game this season and faces a Browns defense that gave Joe Burrow nightmares in Week 9. Avoid getting your ankles twisted up with Jones this week and start someone else.
D’Ernest Johnson vs NE
The Browns are down to Johnson as the lone healthy RB of relevance on their roster due to injuries and Health and Safety Protocols. The Patriots front seven has been a bright spot for the team this year and will not allow Johnson to replicate his one shining moment he had against Denver a few weeks ago.
Michael Carter @ BUF
Carter gained fantasy relevance after his breakout game against the Bengals in Week 8. He lines up against an elite (and pissed-off) Bills defense that was embarrassed by the Jaguars. The Bills are out for blood, giving deep-league fantasy managers that have had to play Carter the nod to start someone else this week.
Adrian Peterson vs NO
AP scored in his season debut for the Titans, but only managed 21 yards on ten carries. The Saints rank as a top-run defense in the NFL this season, so don’t let the box score fool you, there are better options on your bench than Adrian Peterson.
Deebo Samuel vs LAR
Jalen Ramsey lines up against Deebo Samuel this week, looking to make him invisible in this divisional matchup. After Jimmy Garoppolo’s performance last week, would you trust any 49ers player?
Corey Davis @ BUF
Corey Davis has been pretty decent in his first season with the Jets, but drawing the matchup against the Bills, and more specifically Tre White, makes him benchable this week.
Jakobi Meyers vs CLE
Meyers saw a season-low four targets against the Panthers and with his lack of finding the end zone, you can only rely on Meyers PPR catches for so long before going absolutely mad.
Dan Arnold vs IND
The Maniac Sit of the Week belongs to Dan Arnold. He has the honor of lining up against the TE eliminator, Darius Leonard. Arnold has been targeted 17 times over the past three weeks but failed to turn one into a score and it’s not happening this week.
Jared Cook vs MIN
Donald Parham Jr. has been targeted more than Cook over the past few games, especially in the red zone. Parham proves to be productive, leaving Cook on the outside looking in.
Jonnu Smith vs CLE
Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown in five of the last six games, while Smith hopes to not drop a pass. Henry seems to be the TE to roster out of the duo as Smith has a lot of work ahead of him to gain back the trust of Belichick and Jones.