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Citak: Week 10 Fantasy Football Sweet & Sour Lineup Advice

Matt Citak
November 08, 2018 - 1:26 pm
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There are only four weeks remaining before the start of the fantasy postseason. We are in the final stretch of the season, which means every point matters now. 

For those of you struggling with lineup decisions, Sweet & Sour is back to provide some start/ sit recommendations, along with a few sleeper picks at each position. 

Players who look poised for a big week will fall under the "Sweet" category, while guys who might be in for a tough matchup will fall in the "Sour" section. In addition, I'll add a couple of sleeper picks at each position for those in need of a streaming option.

Let me preface this article by saying I won't be telling you the obvious. You don't need me to tell you to start Todd Gurley or Antonio Brown each week. And a player falling in the "Sour" section doesn't necessarily mean you should bench him; it means you should lower your expectations for that player given the circumstances that week (matchup, injuries, etc.). While I want these recommendations to help you make lineup decisions, at the end of the day, you have to go with your gut.

Good luck in Week 10!

Quarterbacks

Sweet

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers- Rivers is quietly enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. The 36-year-old has led the Chargers to a 6-2 record by completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,236 yards, 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The veteran has thrown for multiple touchdowns in every game this season, and is not going to slow down in Week 10. LA faces off against the Raiders, who allowed San Francisco's Nick Mullins to score over 22 fantasy points on a 72.7 completion percentage. Rivers is one of the top QB plays this week.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- Ryan was unbelievable last week, throwing for 350 yards and four touchdowns in the nation's capital. So much for him not being able to perform in outdoor stadiums... Ryan has a great matchup this week against a banged up Browns secondary. After getting off to a hot start, Cleveland's defense has faulted in recent weeks, allowing big games to Ben Roethlisberger and Patrick Mahomes. Ryan can finish as a top 5 QB in Week 10. 

Sour

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints- Before you freak out, let me say I don't think Brees is going to be a bust this week. However with the way the Saints offense has been rolling this season, this Week 10 matchup against the Bengals is looking more like a game for New Orleans' run game of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, especially with the game in Cincinnati. Brees finished with just eight fantasy points in the team's last road game in Minnesota, despite New Orleans winning 30-20. This game could produce a similar outcome. I'm not benching Brees, but don't be surprised if he puts up relatively modest fantasy numbers. 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions- In his first game without Golden Tate, Stafford and the Lions offense looked awful. The veteran QB was sacked 10 times, failed to throw a touchdown and Detroit got whooped by the Vikings. Things aren't looking much better for Matt Patricia's squad this week as they travel to Chicago for another NFC North matchup. The Bears are likely to get Khalil Mack back for this game, which is bad news for the Lions. If you've been rolling with Stafford as your QB all season, I would look to the waiver wire for a streaming option this week.

Sleepers

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Fitzmagic may not have the prettiest of performances, but the gun-slinging QB finds a way to continue to produce in fantasy. He will keep the party going against the Redskins.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns- In his first game with new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, Mayfield threw for almost 300 yards with two touchdowns. The rookie QB will likely improve as he gets more comfortable with the new play caller. 

Running Backs

Sweet

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons- Coleman is coming off one of the best performances of his career, totaling 156 yards on 18 touches with two touchdowns. Don't expect another outing quite like that, but Coleman is poised for another strong game in Week 10. The Browns have surrendered nine total touchdowns to running backs over the last four weeks, and are giving up the third-most fantasy points to RBs on the season. Get Coleman into your lineup. 

Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans- After seeing inconsistent volume for most of the season, it appears as if Tennessee has finally decided to give Lewis the ball. The speedy back has had at least 19 touches in two consecutive weeks and has managed to top 120 total yards in both. The Titans face the Patriots this week, and could be playing a lot of this game from behind. That sort of game script is perfect for Lewis, who could catch a ton of passes out of the backfield Sunday. He may have been a source of frustration for most of the season, but Lewis makes a solid RB2 in this one. 

Sour

Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions- Just like the rest of the Lions offense, Johnson looked awful last week. The rookie carried the ball 12 times for 37 yards, adding three receptions for seven yards. Things are unlikely to get better this week against a Bears defense who have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing running back on the ground and have only given up more than 60 rushing yards to a back once this year (Frank Gore). Keep Johnson on your bench.

Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders- Martin put together his second consecutive solid outing last week, averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 11 rush attempts. While Martin has looked better than expected, the Raiders offense has not. Oakland is going to fail behind early against the Chargers, and once they do, game script will call for Jalen Richard to play more snaps than Martin. The veteran back is nothing more than a weak flex play.

Sleepers

Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns- He lives! Johnson registered his first good game of the season, catching nine passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Falcons allow the most receptions to opposing backs this season. Enough said.

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets- McGuire played well in his first game back from injury. More importantly, he out-snapped Isaiah Crowell. 

Wide Receivers

Sweet

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals- The injury to A.J. Green is devastating to the Bengals offense, but it opens up an opportunity for Boyd to step up and show the coaching staff that he can be the number one option. Green was forced to leave early in the second half in Week 3, and Boyd finished that game with six catches for 132 yards and a score. The Saints are allowing the most points to opposing wide receivers this season. Boyd could be in for a monster performance with the Bengals likely playing a large portion of this game from behind. 

Josh Gordon, New England Patriots- Gordon is finally starting to emerge as the number one option in the Patriots' passing game. The big receiver has reached 100 receiving yards twice in the last three weeks, including Week 9's five-catch, 130-yard performance which included a touchdown. Gordon was also not listed on the injury report this week for the first time since arriving in New England. As good as he has been, even bigger things are coming for Gordon. 

Sour

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts- Over his last two games, Hilton has caught just five passes for 59 yards. This week he will see shadow coverage from one of the game's top corners in Jalen Ramsey. Hilton may still bounce back this season, but it is unlikely to happen this week. 

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans- Similar to Hilton, Davis will see shadow coverage from another one of the top corners in the league (Stephon Gilmore). While Davis' target share has been among the best (30 percent), he has failed to translate that into fantasy points. Davis is nothing more than a low WR3 in this tough matchup. 

Sleepers

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers- MVS was the most popular add on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason. With Geronimo Allison done for the year, MVS steps up as the number two WR in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense. Davante Adams will likely see shadow coverage from Xavien Howard, which means Rodgers could lean heavily on MVS.

Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins- Harris was a beast last week, coming out of no where to catch 10 of 12 targets for 124 yards out of the slot. He should keep it going this week against a Bucs defense giving up the most fantasy points to opposing slot receivers.

Tight Ends

Sweet

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts- When he has played, Doyle has looked great. In those three games, the tight end has played on 87 percent of the team's snaps, averaged 7.0 targets and 12.0 fantasy points. Considering how bad the tight end position has been this season, you would take those numbers in a heartbeat. Although the matchup may seem tough against the Jaguars, Andrew Luck will have to target his big tight end with Hilton seeing shadow coverage from Ramsey. Doyle is a mid TE1.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers- Don't talk to Olsen about Father Time. The 33-year-old caught all six of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown last week, including an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone. Olsen ranks fifth among tight ends in targets and fantasy points since returning from his injury, and should build on those numbers this week against the Steelers defense struggling to stop tight ends.

Sour

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders- Cook did not look good against the 49ers last week, catching just two targets for 20 yards. Better days are ahead for the veteran tight end, but not this week. The Chargers held Cook to just four catches for 20 yards on six targets the last time they met, and he could be looking at similar production in Week 10. Considering how well Chargers safety Derwin James has played this season, I'm avoiding Cook this week.

Evan Engram, New York Giants- The Giants offense is simply not good, despite having a ton of talented young skill players. Engram, as impressive as he looked last season, is further down the pecking order than Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley, and possibly even Sterling Shepard. The second-year TE found the end zone last week, but has been far from reliable this year. He will need to start putting up some solid numbers on a consistent basis before you should consider throwing him into your lineup.

Sleepers

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints- Watson has found the end zone in two of the last three weeks, and could score again in Week 10 against a Bengals D that has been torn apart by tight ends in recent weeks. 

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons- He may not pop off another huge performance, but Hooper has carved out a nice role for himself in the Falcons offense, giving him a respectable floor in a high-powered offense. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.