Did you have a good Week 9? We're past the halfway point of the fantasy season, and the fun is beginning in earnest now. This fantasy season has been incredibly weird, and this is probably going to continue this week too. Since many teams are mediocre, that means fantasy players have a multitude of options to choose from as the season gets ever more important.
Byes: ATL, IND, SF, SD
Who to Start:
QB Andy Dalton (CIN) vs. HOU MON: Andy Dalton has been a great fantasy QB this season, and that form should continue Monday night against the Texans, whose porous pass defense has been notable this season against basically everyone. (Other starts: Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Cam Newton)
RB DeAngelo Williams (PIT) vs. CLE: Cleveland has been poor against opposing running backs this season, although they've been better recently. With Williams now the feature back in Pittsburgh, and with their QB issues already well documented, he could have another massive day at the office. (Other starts: DeMarco Murray, Doug Martin, Matt Jones)
WR Jarvis Landry (MIA) vs. PHI: In regular and PPR leagues, he's a good start this Sunday against the Eagles. Their pass defense has not been very good this season, and had notable issues last Sunday against Matt Cassel and the Cowboys.
WR Stefon Diggs (MIN) vs. OAK: The Raiders defense is not the Rams defense to be sure. When Ben Roethlisberger was in the game last Sunday, the Raiders secondary was battered from pillar to post. Diggs will thrive on all types of routes on Sunday in the Black Hole. (Other starts: Brandin Cooks, DeSean Jackson, Amari Cooper)
TE Jordan Reed (WSH) vs. NO: If he's healthy, he's a must start every single week. He's a favored target of Kirk Cousins, and if last week is any indication, the Saints pass defense is one of the worst in football. (Other starts: Eric Ebron, Gary Barnidge, Richard Rogers)
DEF Carolina vs. TEN: This start has a multi-faceted opposition, but hear me out. Yes, the Panthers defense is not good when they're up by a bagillion, as we saw in the last two games against Indianapolis and Green Bay. And yes, Tennessee's offense was dynamite against New Orleans last Sunday. But the Panthers are not the Saints, and Marcus Mariota isn't Aaron Rodgers, or even half-baked Andrew Luck. (Other starts: STL, BAL, TB)
Who to Sit:
QB Russell Wilson (SEA) vs. ARZ: He's had a tough season from a fantasy perspective, and that probably continues this week against the opportunistic Cardinals defense. Wilson hasn't been great in his career against Arizona, and that will probably continue Sunday night. (Other sits: Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota, Carson Palmer)
RB Chris Johnson (ARZ) vs. SEA: The former CJ2K has had a desert rebirth, which is one of the quieter cool stories of the season. Though this Sunday night in Seattle, Johnson has a tough matchup against the Seahawks, who have been stingy to opposing RB's at home this season. (Other sits: T.J Yeldon, Rashad Jennings, Darren McFadden)
WR Jeremy Maclin (KC) vs. DEN: Outside of last week, the Denver Broncos pass defense has been on absolute lockdown. Maclin has been struggling recently too, so this matchup is one to definitely avoid.
WR Mike Evans (TB) vs. DAL: His performance last week was one of the most bizarre I've ever seen. He had 152 yards on eight catches, but was targeted 18 times and had some head-scratching drops. The Cowboys secondary may be weak, but it has played well for most of the season. (Other sits: Larry Fitzgerald, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington (MON))
TE Jordan Cameron (MIA) vs. PHI: He's been one of the biggest fantasy busts of the season in all positions, and it is hard to imagine him seeing an uptick in performance on Sunday in Philadelphia, who has only given up one TD to opposing Tight Ends this season. (Other sits: Heath Miller, Julius Thomas, Jimmy Graham)
DEF Minnesota vs. OAK: Based on the way the Raiders offense is humming along, it's hard to start anyone against them on the defensive side of the ball anymore. So Vikings, you're up next. (Other sits: DET, MIA, HOU)
Three Super Sleepers:
QB Kirk Cousins (WSH) vs, NO: If the Saints can be torched by a rookie QB coached by someone whose idea of discipline is making sure their helmets are lined up perfectly in a row, Kirk Cousins should have no trouble doing the same on Sunday. Yes, he's been up and down all season, but this is the Saints.
RB LeGarrette Blount (NE) vs. NYG: The Patriots backfield carousel is always a tough riddle to solve for fantasy owners, but with the sad injury to Dion Lewis, it looks like Blount is the man for the Patriots. The Giants defense isn't the best matchup, but with a clear #1 in New England, it's time to start him.
TE Delanie Walker (TEN) vs. CAR: He was fantastic last week against New Orleans, and while the Panthers defense is far better, it has struggled to stop Tight Ends this season.
QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. STL: He has been better this season to be sure, especially of late, but the Rams defense has been very consistent and very good this season, so this is a risk. And there's always a chance that Jay Cutler reverts to being Jay Cutler again.
Good Luck in Week 10!