IDP Start/Sit Advice & Rankings for Week 10 (Fantasy Football)
Here are players to consider starting and sitting this week, along with analysis to help you make your IDP roster decisions.
Akiem Hicks (DL – CHI)
Did you hear about what happened to Matthew Stafford last week? Yeah, he was sacked a career-high 10 times. Part of it is likely a result of him not having his safety blanket in Golden Tate and holding onto the ball too long. With Khalil Mack due back, it’ll help take away some of the double teams that Hicks has been seeing.
Emmanuel Ogbah (DL – CLE)
Many will rely on Myles Garrett to get to the quarterback, but Ogbah might have the better opportunity this week. While Garrett goes against Jake Matthews, Ogbah will go against Ryan Schraeder, who has allowed eight quarterback hits this year, including three sacks. The Falcons have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing defensive ends.
Matt Ioannidis (DL – WAS)
He’s really come on lately, totaling 3.5 sacks over the last two weeks and will now have the best matchup a defensive end can ask for. The Bucs have allowed a league-leading 26.9 fantasy points per game to defensive ends and we saw Mario Addison have a career-game against them last week, racking up three sacks. It’s not just the sacks, either, as Ioannidis has totaled an additional 12 total tackles over the last two weeks as well.
Chris Jones (DL – KC)
He’s on some streak right now, as he’s racked up a sack in five straight games. He hasn’t offered much of anything else, but going against the Cardinals, it’s likely he can keep that streak going. Between Andre Smith and D.J. Humphries, they lack the talent to stop many pass-rushers and they’re a large part of the reason Josh Rosen‘s been sacked 13 times in the last three games. He’ll be dropping back to pass quite a bit this week while trying to hang with the Chiefs offense.
Avery Williamson (LB – NYJ)
Going into a matchup with the Bills is a gift for any linebacker, especially Williamson who has been playing well as of late. We saw both Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith each rack up 12 total tackles last week, and it wasn’t all that shocking, as the Bills have allowed more points per game to the position than any other team in the NFL and it’s not even close. They’ve allowed 55.8 points per game, while no other team has allowed more than 48.4 per game.
Jordan Evans (LB – CIN)
With both Nick Vigil and Vontaze Burfict missing time, Evans has been asked to step-up into a bigger role, and he delivered in Week 8 against the Bucs, totaling 11 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. While you shouldn’t be expecting another performance like that, he should have plenty of opportunities against the Saints, who’ll likely control the time of possession and run plenty of plays this week.
Tramon Williams (DB – GB)
Just last week, the Packers had to trust Williams at safety with Kentrell Brice going down with an injury and Jermaine Whitehead getting ejected, which is never hurtful for his production, but he should return to the slot for a matchup with Danny Amendola this week. Over the last four weeks that Brock Osweiler has started, he’s seen 31 targets, which means tons of opportunities for Williams this week, and a pick-six is in the realm of possibilities.
Larry Ogunjobi (DL – CLE)
The Falcons offensive line has allowed a lot of production to edge rushers this year (7th-most), but have really limited the production of tackles up the middle, as they’ve averaged just 11.1 points per week, which ranks as the 10th-lowest in the league. His production as has slowed as of late, too, as he’s totaled just 1.0 sacks in his last seven games.
Yannick Ngakoue (DL – JAC)
His name has been much bigger than his production this year, as he ranks just 46th among defensive linemen this year. The Colts offensive line is playing lights out over the last three four games, allowing just one sack in that time. After struggling over the first few weeks, they’ve crept all the way back to allow just 16.2 points per game to defensive ends, which ranks as the sixth-lowest mark in the NFL.
Margus Hunt (DL – IND)
After a strong start to the season where he racked up four sacks over the first four games, Hunt has really struggled to do much of anything over his last three games. In that time, he’s totaled just one total tackle. Seriously, that’s it. When pass-rushers get hot, you ride them. When they aren’t getting the job done, you sit them until they get it together. Hunt has been used up the middle as a tackle a lot more in that time, as he totaled 42-49 pass rushes from Week 2-4, while totaling just 26 pass rushes in each of the last two games.
Myles Jack (LB – JAC)
It hasn’t been a great season for Jack, who has failed to rack up more than seven solo tackles in any one game, and it took him until Week 8 to get his first sack of the season. The Colts haven’t been a super-generous team when it comes to linebackers, as they’ve allowed just 2.0 sacks the entire season. If Jack isn’t racking up the tackles on a weekly basis, he’d need to add value somewhere else. I’m betting you can find a better option on the waiver wire for this week.
Josh Bynes (LB – ARI)
After what seemed to be a great marriage with Bynes and Steve Wilks’ defense over the first five weeks, he’s really cooled off over the last three games, totaling just 10 solo tackles in the three games combined. The Chiefs haven’t been a team to start your defensive players against, including linebackers, as they’ve totaled the second-fewest points per game to them. On average, linebackers as a group average just 12.3 tackles per game against them. Feel free to leave him on the bench this week.
Anthony Hitchens (LB – KC)
Most don’t know, but Hitchens played through bruised ribs last week and he did it because he was playing against his home team, the Browns. They also happened to be a great matchup for linebackers, but this week is going to be a bit different, as the Cardinals haven’t been as generous. They have allowed the 18th-most fantasy points to linebackers, but that’s large in-part to the 9.0 sacks they’ve allowed them. Hitchens has precisely zero sacks on the year and relies on tackles for his points. Well, Arizona has allowed a league-low 91 solo tackles to linebackers through eight games. He’s not a high-quality start this week.
Micah Hyde (DB – BUF)
Despite playing in 8-of-9 games this year, do you know where Hyde ranks among defensive backs? 144th. After looking like a true breakout in the 2017 season, Hyde has been brutal this year, totaling 5.5 or less points in all but one game, which came way back in Week 3. He’s coming off a game in which he totaled just one assist against the Bears who had been relatively generous to safeties. Now he goes into a matchup with the Jets, who have allowed the seventh-fewest points per game to them. Hyde needs to show us something before we trust him in lineups.
Here are my full IDP rankings for the week.