The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – DEF edition – Week 10
The Fantasy Football 2019 NFL regular season. As we continue the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 10 of your fantasy football matchups.
Start of the Week: Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
Through the last two weeks, the Baltimore Ravens have three defensive touchdowns. Normally, this would be unreliable, but given that the Bengals are planning on running out Ryan Finley, I’d be shocked if the Ravens don’t come out of this game with a defensive touchdown. Andy Dalton was struggling behind this bad offensive line and I don’t see how Finley will perform any better. That makes the Ravens my start of the week on defense.
Start – Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins might have won a game last week, but they’re still one of the worst teams in the league. On Sunday we saw the return of Fitzmagic, and this week, I believe we’ll see him devolve into his Hyde personality of Ryan Fitztragic. I’m starting the Colts in several leagues this year.
Start – Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys: This is a risky play, especially given that the Vikings are playing on the road. However, Amari Cooper is likely to be limited and if the defense can key in on stopping Zeke and forcing Dak to beat them, I think this could end up being a decent game for the Vikings’ defense.
Start – Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns: Playing fantasy defenses against the Cleveland Browns has been a hot and cold proposition. The Browns have had games where they post 25+ and just as many where they score under 20 points. If you have the Bills defense, because they’re at home, I think they’re playable.
Start – New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: If some foolhardy team dropped the New Orleans Saints because of the bye week, this is your opportunity to swoop in and grab them. I think this is going to be less of a shootout than people think, as I’ve been unimpressed with the Atlanta Falcons’ offense. I would take the risk and start the Saints in this game.
Sit of the Week: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions
The Bears were drafted to be the best defense in football and they haven’t been anywhere close to that this year. Even with the offensive struggles forcing them to play more, the defense simply isn’t as good this year under Chuck Pagano as they were last year under Vic Fangio. As such, this defense is incapable of supporting an offense as bad as the Mitchell Trubisky led team they currently are stuck with. All of this and we haven’t even mentioned the high powered passing attack of the Lions. Sit the Bears defense.
Sit – New York Giants @ New York Jets: The New York Jets have been a laughing stock, especially after losing to the Miami Dolphins. The fact that they didn’t immediately fire Adam Gase is kind of shocking to me, but even with all their troubles, I don’t think the Giants are going to go on the road and shut anyone down, even a team as bad as the Jets.
Sit – Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill has actually played pretty well since taking over for Marcus Mariota. Even though the Chiefs defense is ascending, this isn’t the matchup I’m going to look to stream them in, because the Chiefs defense is significantly better at home than they are on the road.
Sit – Los Angeles Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Mason Rudolph hasn’t been Mitchell Trubisky levels of bad, but he certainly hasn’t been great either. Then again, neither has the Rams defense. The Rams defense has been underwhelming and given that they’ll be playing in Heinz Field, I’d rather leave the Rams defense on my bench this week.
Sit – San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks: The San Francisco 49ers might be the second best-ranked defense in the league and are arguably even better than the Patriots. Regardless, I’m not going to start the 49ers unless I have no other choice because of one person; Russell Wilson. Wilson is on pace for an MVP season and I’m not betting against him.