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Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings

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Week 10 of the 2021 NFL season is here, and with it comes Championship Sports Media’s Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings!

As we get closer to the start of the fantasy football playoffs, each lineup decision becomes increasingly crucial. Luckily, the writers here at CSM have you covered! Check out our Week 10 rankings for each position to help inform your decisions as you make that late season playoff push!

This Week’s Contributing Authors:

Week 10 PPR Rankings

Quarterback

RankPlayerOpponentBrightonMilaszewskiAVG
1Tom Brady (TB)@WAS121.5
2Josh Allen (BUF)@NYJ211.5
3Lamar Jackson (BAL)@MIA343.5
4Dak Prescott (DAL)ATL534.0
5Matthew Stafford (LAR)@SF475.5
6Justin Herbert (LAC)MIN655.5
7Patrick Mahomes (KC)@LV867.0
8Kyler Murray (ARI)CAR9109.5
9Derek Carr (LV)KC1099.5
10Carson Wentz (IND)JAX15811.5
11Jalen Hurts (PHI)@DEN111312.0
12Matt Ryan (ATL)@DAL131112.0
13Teddy Bridgewater (DEN)PHI171214.5
14Russell Wilson (SEA)@GB121815.0
15Ryan Tannehill (TEN)NO141615.0
16Kirk Cousins (MIN)@LAC161515.5
17Aaron Rodgers (GB)SEA7Unranked16.5
18Taylor Heinicke (WAS)TB181717.5
19Baker Mayfield (CLE)@NE241419.0
20Mac Jones (NE)CLE211920.0
21Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)LAR202221.0
22Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)DET19Unranked22.5
23Jared Goff (DET)@PITUnranked2123.5
24Trevor Siemian (NO)@TEN252324.0
25Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)BAL22Unranked24.0

QB Start of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Josh Allen. I desperately wanted to go with Tom Brady here, and, if everyone on the Bucs was healthy, I likely would have. However, in addition to Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski looking unlikely to play this week, Chris Godwin has also missed practice time with an injury. Due to the banged up status of Tampa Bay’s receiving corps, I am going to have to pivot despite Brady’s great matchup. My new selection for QB Start of the Week also has a great matchup. Josh Allen and the Bills will travel to New York to take on a Jets defense that has allowed the most average fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the past 4 weeks. While Allen did struggle against Jacksonville this past Sunday (QB20 for Week 9), he was likely winning games for his fantasy managers in the 3 weeks prior with finishes of QB4, QB1, and QB1. Not that it means much, but what happened the last time that Allen finished as QB20? He went out and put up 37 fantasy points the following week, finishing as the QB1. Fire up Josh Allen with confidence in what should be a make-right game for the Bills offense.

Zach Milaszewski: Josh Allen. Allen and the Bills will be taking on the New York Jets. The Jets are the worst fantasy defense in the NFL. They are averaging -0.1 points a game in fantasy. They have just one interception all season. Allen is coming off a bad week in which he put up just 9.5 fantasy points. Expect a big bounce back week from him against the Jets.

QB Fade of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Jalen Hurts. The Philadelphia Eagles have made the transition into a more run-heavy offense over the past 2 weeks. Over that span, Jalen Hurts has thrown for a combined total of only 265 yards, though he has added 133 yards on the ground. He now has a matchup with a Denver Broncos defense that just shut down Dak Prescott and the powerful Dallas offense. Usually Hurts’ rushing totals provide a safe floor despite some rather sub-par “real life” football play. However, the Broncos are currently a bottom 10 defense in terms of rushing yards allowed to the quarterback position. Jalen Hurts may not have the same rushing floor that he usually does this week, making him more of a volatile start.

Zach Milaszewski: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has not looked great this season. He’s coming off of one of his best games of the season against Cincinnati. He will be playing the Patriots who just had a field day against Sam Darnold and the panthers. The Patriots defense is ranked as the 3rd best in fantasy football, averaging 8 points a game. Baker Mayfield has yet to throw 3 touchdowns in one game this season, and has only gone over 300 yards twice. I am benching Baker this week, this Pats defense  has looked great the past 3 weeks, they are looking to continue that.

Running Back

RankPlayerOpponentBrightonMilaszewskiMcKenzieAVG
1Jonathan Taylor (IND)JAX4212.3
2Dalvin Cook (MIN)@LAC2152.7
3Najee Harris (PIT)DET3322.7
4Christian McCaffrey (CAR)@ARI1443.0
5Alvin Kamara (NO)@TEN7635.3
6Austin Ekeler (LAC)MIN6565.7
7Aaron Jones (GB)SEA5987.3
8Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)ATL8898.3
9Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)@DAL97129.3
10D’Andre Swift (DET)@PIT1410710.3
11Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)@SF10131312.0
12James Conner (ARI)CAR12111412.3
13Leonard Fournette (TB)@WAS15121112.7
14Elijah Mitchell (SF)LAR111915.0
15James Robinson (JAX)@IND131715.0
16D’Ernest Johnson (CLE)@NE18161516.3
17Josh Jacobs (LV)KC17UR1017.7
18Darrel Williams (KC)@LV162118.5
19Myles Gaskin (MIA)BAL241519.5
20Michael Carter (NYJ)BUF251419.5
21Javonte Williams (DEN)PHI221820.0
22Damien Harris (NE)CLE192220.5
23Devin Singletary (BUF)@NYJ20UR23.0
24Zach Moss (BUF)@NYJUR2023.0
T25Antonio Gibson (WAS)TB232423.5
T25Melvin Gordon (DEN)PHI21UR23.5
UR = Unranked

RB Start of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Najee Harris. Najee Harris has been absolutely on fire to start his career. He is currently the RB4 in PPR based on average fantasy points per game. His lowest point total since Week 1 is 16.8. This week, Harris has an absolute smash spot against a Detroit Lions defense that is allowing the second highest average fantasy points per game to the running back position. What’s more, Harris is averaging the highest snap RB snap percentage out of any back in the entire NFL. Almost all of the work against a subpar Detroit run defense will go Harris’ way, and I expect him to make the most of it. He slots in at RB3 in my Week 10 RB Rankings.

Zach Milaszewski: Najee Harris. Give me Najee Harris going against the 30th ranked defense against running backs. Harris has put up at least 16 points every week since week 2. He has only scored under 20 three times. Harris has the ability as a rusher as well as a receiver. The Lions are the 31st ranked overall fantasy defense this season, they have given up 25+ fantasy points to running backs multiple time this season, Harris should be scoring in the high 20’s to 30’s this week.

RB Fade of the Week

C.J. Brighton: D’Andre Swift. D’Andre Swift is coming off of his worst fantasy performance of the season. While he can’t really be faulted for Detroit being forced to change game plans after trailing by a decent amount almost the entire game, it still doesn’t seem likely that Swift will bounce back in any big way this upcoming week. He faces a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that is giving up the 3rd fewest average fantasy points per game to the running back position this year. To make things even worse, Pittsburgh has allowed the 11th fewest receiving yards and 5th fewest receptions to the running back position this season. They are also 1 of only 2 teams that have yet to allow a receiving touchdown to the running backs. Swift, on the other hand, has found most of his value through the air this season. He currently has the most receptions out of all running backs, and he has 126 more receiving yards than rushing yards. You obviously are not considering benching someone with Swift’s upside, but you should expect his floor to be a bit lower this week. Swift is currently RB8 on the year in PPR when going by average fantasy points per game, but I am fading him a bit. He is my RB14 for Week 10.

Zach Milaszewski: Antonio Gibson. Gibson has been a huge letdown this season for fantasy owners. He has scored over 20 points just twice this season. He is playing against a tough Tampa defense this week, and he has scored just 20 points in the past 3 weeks combined! Gibson has been struggling on the ground, and the receptions in Washington’s backfield have been going to JD McKissic. Definitely don’t look for a breakout game from Gibson this week, but don’t give up hope just yet. 

Wide Receiver

RankPlayerOpponentBrightonMilaszewskiMcKenzieAVG
1Cooper Kupp (LAR)@SF1111.0
2Davante Adams (GB)SEA2422.7
3Tyreek Hill (KC)@LV3253.3
4Stefon Diggs (BUF)@NYJ7535.0
5A.J. Brown (TEN)NO4876.3
6Keenan Allen (LAC)MIN66117.7
7Mike Evans (TB)@WAS8967.7
8Diontae Johnson (PIT)DET15748.7
9Chris Godwin (TB)@WAS51399.0
10Deebo Samuel (SF)LAR18389.7
11Terry McLaurin (WAS)TB9121010.3
12D.K. Metcalf (SEA)@GB16101313.0
13Justin Jefferson (MIN)@LAC11161213.0
14Ceedee Lamb (DAL)ATL12151413.7
15Mike Williams (LAC)MIN171114.0
16Marquise Brown (BAL)@MIA13141514.0
17Amari Cooper (DAL)ATL142017.0
18Michael Pittman Jr. (IND)JAX10UR18.0
19Tyler Lockett (SEA)@GB191818.5
20Jaylen Waddle (MIA)BAL241720.5
21DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)CAR221920.5
22D.J. Moore (CAR)@ARI202321.5
23Robert Woods (LAR)@SF212422.5
24Antonio Brown (TB)@WASUR2224.0
25Hunter Renfrow (LV)KC23UR24.5
UR = Unranked

WR Start of the Week

C.J. Brighton: A.J. Brown. The Titans recently lost star running back Derrick Henry to an injury that appears likely to keep him sidelined at least through the fantasy playoffs. Going into Week 10, the Titans have the most rushing attempts out of all NFL teams. They ran the ball a total of 26 times in Henry’s absence last week, though those numbers may have been somewhat bolstered by the Titans nursing a lead for most of the game due to a couple of impactful defensive plays. Moving forward, it is hard to see a world in which the Titans are able to rely on their run game to the extent that they have in the past with Henry healthy. With Julio Jones banged up, I expect the Titans to rely on A.J. Brown early and often, giving him a respectable floor in PPR formats. Paired with his usual sky-high ceiling, this floor makes AJB my WR Start of the Week.

Zach Milaszewski: Marquise Brown. Hollywood Brown has become Lamar Jacksons number 1 target in Baltimore. Lamar Jackson has been playing extremely well. Brown has had double digit targets the past two games, and he is up against the Dolphins who are the 29th ranked fantasy team against wide recievers. Hollywood Brown should 100% be started this week.

Grant McKenzie: Cooper Kupp. The Rams didn’t play great offense, but Kupp managed to still get 20.5 points. Expect a high scoring game against the 49ers on Monday Night.

WR Fade of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Adam Thielen. Adam Thielen did not make my top 25 WR list this week, but I am listing him here because I have seen him ranked in the 19-25 range pretty consistently in other articles. Thielen has finished no higher than WR63 in weeks when he has not caught a touchdown this season. Obviously you can’t just take touchdowns out of the equation when discussing a player’s production, but I think we still need to recognize the volatility of production based heavily on touchdowns. This week, Thielen goes up against a Chargers secondary that is tied for the fewest receiving touchdowns allowed to wide receivers so far this season. What’s more, the Chargers have allowed the fewest receptions and second fewest receiving yards to the wide receiver position. Both Thielen’s floor and his ceiling will likely be lowered a bit this week. Depending on league size, you may not have any better options; however, I am just saying to temper expectations a bit this week.

Zach Milaszewski: Davante Adams/Justin Jefferson. I only don’t like Adams if Aaron Rodgers is inactive. Jordan Love struggled in his first start, and he and Adams were not on the same page. Jefferson is facing the second-best fantasy defense against receivers in the Chargers. They have only given up 4 touchdowns to wide receivers, and have yet to allow more than 13 receptions to wide receivers in a game this year. Jefferson could have a quiet week.

Tight End

RankPlayerOpponentBrightonMilaszewskiAVG
1Travis Kelce (KC)@LV111.0
2Darren Waller (LV)KC222.0
3George Kittle (SF)LAR343.5
4Kyle Pitts (ATL)@DAL433.5
5Mark Andrews (BAL)@MIA555.0
6Mike Gesicki (MIA)BAL676.5
7T.J. Hockenson (DET)@PIT766.5
8Rob Gronkowski (TB)@WAS8119.5
9Dallas Goedert (PHI)@DEN12810.0
10Dalton Schultz (DAL)ATL11910.0
11Dan Arnold (JAX)@IND101010.0
12Pat Freiermuth (PIT)DET91411.5
13Dawson Knox (BUF)@NYJ131212.5
14Noah Fant (DEN)PHI151314.0
15Hunter Henry (NE)CLE141816.0
16Tyler Higbee (LAR)@SF171616.5
17Tyler Conklin (MIN)@LAC201517.5
18Zach Ertz (ARI)CAR161917.5
19Jared Cook (LAC)MIN191718.0
20Adam Trautman (NO)@TEN212020.5
21Jonnu Smith (NE)CLE222222.0
22Logan Thomas (WAS)TB18UR22.0
23Hayden Hurst (ATL)@DALUR2123.5
24Mo Alie-Cox (IND)JAX232524.0
25Austin Hooper (CLE)@NEUR2324.5
UR = Unranked

TE Start of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Travis Kelce. It feels kind of like a cop out to pick Travis Kelce as my TE Start of the Week, but it’s still what I am going to do. Kelce is the TE1 thus far this season, and he is facing a Raiders defense that has allowed the 3rd most points to the TE position. Again, it’s not like you were ever considering benching Kelce anyways. Fire him up as usual and enjoy one of the single biggest positional advantages in all of fantasy football.

Zach Milaszewski: Travis Kelce/Darren Waller/George Kittle/Kyle Pitts. Yes, I know it’s easy to pick 4 of the top tight ends in fantasy. But, they all have favorable matchups this week. Kelce is up against the 30th ranked tight end defense, Waller the 27th, Kittle the 23rd, and Pitts the 20th. These guys are all their quarterbacks’ favorite targets. They should all put up big numbers this week.

TE Fade of the Week

C.J. Brighton: Any tight end on the Cleveland Browns. The Cleveland Browns tight ends don’t really inspire much confidence on a weekly basis, but this week presents even more cause for concern. The Patriots have allowed the fewest average fantasy points per game to the tight end position through the first 9 weeks of the season. They have allowed both the fewest receptions (only 22) and receiving yards by tight ends, while also allowing only 2 receiving touchdowns by tight ends all season. I doubt anyone is really relying on any Cleveland TE as a weekly starter at this point, but you will likely want to look elsewhere if you are looking for streaming options at the tight end position this week.

Zach Milaszewski: Any tight end on the New England Patriots. Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith have both underperformed this season. Henry has scored 5 touchdowns in 6 weeks, but in that time he has only scored more than 10 points once. Jonnu Smith has only scored once this season, and he has just one game over 10 points. Stay away from the New England pass catchers in fantasy.

FLEX

RankPlayerOpponentPositional RankBrightonMilaszewskiAVG
1Cooper Kupp (LAR)@SFWR1222.0
2Dalvin Cook (MIN)@LACRB1312.0
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)@ARIRB2163.5
4Najee Harris (PIT)DETRB3544.5
5Jonathan Taylor (IND)JAXRB4634.5
6Tyreek Hill (KC)@LVWR2756.0
7Davante Adams (GB)SEAWR3496.5
8Austin Ekeler (LAC)MINRB591110.0
9Alvin Kamara (NO)@TENRB6101211.0
10Travis Kelce (KC)@LVTE117812.5
11Stefon Diggs (BUF)@NYJWR4161013.0
12Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)@DALRB7141313.5
13A.J. Brown (TEN)NOWR5111714.0
14Keenan Allen (LAC)MINWR6151414.5
15Aaron Jones (GB)SEARB882315.5
16Deebo Samuel (SF)LARWR7UR716.5
17Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)ATLRB9132016.5
18Mike Evans (TB)@WASWR8181818.0
19Chris Godwin (TB)@WASWR912UR19.0
20Darren Waller (LV)KCTE2251520.0
21Diontae Johnson (PIT)DETWR10241620.0
22Terry McLaurin (WAS)TBWR11192220.5
23D.K. Metcalf (SEA)@GBWR12UR1922.5
24Marquise Brown (BAL)@MIAWR13222423.0
25Justin Jefferson (MIN)@LACWR1420UR23.0
UR = Unranked

D/ST

RankTeam D/STOpponentBrightonMilaszewskiAVG
1Buffalo Bills@NYJ111.0
2Arizona CardinalsCAR322.5
3Pittsburgh SteelersDET243.0
4Tampa Bay Buccaneers@WAS735.0
5Baltimore Ravens@MIA565.5
6Indianapolis ColtsJAX486.0
7Los Angeles Rams@SF6108.0
8New England PatriotsCLE978.0
9New Orleans Saints@TEN1359.0
10Dallas CowboysATL81210.0
11Tennessee TitansNO14911.5
12Cleveland Browns@NE121111.5
13Philadelphia Eagles@DEN111412.5
14Denver BroncosPHI10UR13.0
15Green Bay PackersSEAUR1314.5
UR = Unranked

Kicker

RankPlayerOpponentBrightonMisalzewskiAVG
1Justin Tucker (BAL)@MIA211.5
2Nick Folk (NE)CLE423.0
3Tyler Bass (BUF)@NYJ174.0
4Matt Gay (LAR)@SF396.0
5Daniel Carlson (LV)KC846.0
6Chris Boswell (PIT)DET1036.5
7Younghoe Koo (ATL)@DAL5128.5
8Brandon McManus (DEN)PHI6118.5
9Greg Joseph (MIN)@LAC1269.0
10Matt Prater (ARI)CAR1189.5
11Mason Crosby (GB)SEAUR510.5
12Harrison Butker (KC)@LV71511.0
13Michael Badgley (IND)JAX131011.5
14Greg Zuerlein (DAL)ATL9UR12.5
15Brian Johnson (NO)@TENUR1314.5
UR = Unranked

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