The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – RB 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: David Montgomery vs Detroit Lions
The first half was completely horrendous for David Montgomery last Sunday, but he was able to recover nicely and score two touchdowns by the end of the game. The Chicago Bears’ offense has been at it’s best when it’s run through David Montgomery and as questionable as Matt Nagy’s game planning and play calling has been, it seems he’s starting to learn this simple fact. Add to that the fact that the Detroit Lions’ run game is giving up the most points to fantasy running backs in the league. David Montgomery is an absolute must start this week.
Start – Devin Singletary @ Cleveland Browns: After seeing a huge increase in touches last week, Devin Singletary is entering the discussion as a potential RB1 through the second half of the season. The Bills schedule is going to lighten up significantly and even though the Browns defense isn’t that bad against the run, I still really like Singletary in this contest because of his work in the passing game.
Start – Ronald Jones vs Arizona Cardinals: Now that Bruce Arians has officially named him the starter, Ronald Jones should be an excellent play this week, right? That’s what fantasy football owners are hoping as the matchup against the Cardinals is certainly one of the juiciest out there this week. You can’t do it with confidence, but you can start Ronald Jones.
Start – Gus Edwards @ Cincinnati Bengals: Until the Detroit Lions took over for them during the bye week, it was actually the Cincinnati Bengals who were allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. I think that makes Gus Edwards a nice flex option or bye week replacement, as he’s widely available and the matchup is excellent. Plus, the Ravens are among the most run-heavy teams in the league and I believe that will continue against the Bengals.
Start – Kenyan Drake @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Surprisingly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the better run defenses in the NFL. Even so, I think Kenyan Drake is going to remain startable in this contest. I was down on him last week, because Drake has just joined the team and had a ridiculously tough matchup, but this week I think you can rely on him to make hay in the passing game, even with David Johnson’s impending presence.
Sit of the Week: Joe Mixon vs Baltimore Ravens
He’s coming off of his best game of the season and a week of rest, so you must be thinking I’m crazy for having Joe Mixon as my start of the week. Well, the Baltimore Ravens just beat the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals have made the odd decision to turn to quarterback Ryan Finley. Since Finley is an unknown quantity, there’s no telling how this offense will perform with him under center. I doubt you can sit Mixon with all the bye weeks in effect, but if you have the option, I’d rather wait and see how this offense performs with their new quarterback first.
Sit – David Johnson @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Returning from injury, David Johnson is likely to start for the Cardinals, but probably shouldn’t start for your fantasy lineup. I’m worried about the amount of work DJ will see, especially since it could be a rough day against the Buccaneers run defense. I’d start Kenyan Drake, but if I have David Johnson, I’m only starting him if I have no decent alternative.
Sit – Kalen Ballage @ Indianapolis Colts: With Mark Walton now suspended for 4 games, Kalen Ballage is the de facto starting running back for the Miami Dolphins. Even still, unless I find myself without even solid backup options like Gus Edwards for example, I’m not starting Kalen Ballage in this matchup.
Sit – LeSean McCoy @ Tennessee Titans: The Titans may not have played well recently, but I still think the defense is above average, especially at home. On top of the matchup problem, LeSean McCoy was phased out of the game plan last week and I’m worried that could happen again as he continues to cede work to Damien Williams. I’d be looking elsewhere than Shady for a running back option.
Sit – Todd Gurley @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Honestly, I don’t know what to make of Todd Gurley anymore. If you have several quality running back options, you could consider sitting Gurley, but if you’re like me, you’re probably starting him anyway. That doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it. Perhaps the only solace I can take is hoping they lean on Gurley down the stretch out of fear of missing the playoffs altogether.