Welcome to the Week 10 Must Start/Sit column where we bring you 3 players to start & 3 players to sit for Week 10. As mentioned last week, we stray away from the obvious suggestions you will read/hear about in many other places and bring you names that are less often brought up.
In football we all no injuries are a part of the sport, but it seems more and more often major injuries are becoming regular occurrences. Another group of talented players went down with injuries after last week so you will be forced to adjust your rosters accordingly. The names mentioned below in must sit may help out especially with those dealing with those injured players. Must sit players below are typically match-up based issues as well as overall team/role issues.
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Week 9 Must Start Players
Kirk Cousins, QB, NO
I know you read that name and you are puzzled, as if you just stepped into another dimension where Kirk Cousins is a good QB. Their is no way you can start Kirk Cousins, right? Wrong. When a QB is going up against a struggling Rob Ryan led defense, you start him, no questions asked. Cousins has a defense arsenal of weapons at his disposal and I expect him to get the job done vs NO.
James Starks, RB, Packers
He’s finally been named the starter. For how long, and whether it really leads to an increased snap count, we’ll have to wait and see. Regardless, this pushes Lacy to the side slightly and hopefully opens up way to Starks having a bigger role in the offense. He’s clearly been the better player this season and this may be his moment to close the season out on a high note. Lacy owners who stuck with Starks, or teams who picked him up and stashed him will now be rewarded for the calculated move. It’s only fitting that a Stark takeover when Winter Is Coming.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots
If you followed our suggestion earlier in the season and picked up LaFell a couple of weeks before his return, you are now being rewarded for it. LaFell started off slow but has picked up the pace and I love his match-up this week. I’m also of the belief that losing Lewis will not cause another RB to rise like White or Bolden, but rather cause an increase in targets for guys like Amendola and LaFell. Look for LaFell to have a big week 10 in this Tom Brady led Patriots offense.
Week 9 Must Sit Players
Brian Hoyer, QB, Texans
Believe it or not, Hoyer is Top 12-15 on many peoples rankings this week mostly in-part to his performances as of late. I understand he makes up a lot of his points in the second half of games due to the Texans being behind often and Hoyer getting those garbage minutes to put some points on the board. I just don’t feel good about him vs this Bengals defense that brings the heat early, and often. Sit Hoyer if you have a better alternative.
Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears
He’s the hot name after last weeks numbers that he put up and understandably so, but against this Rams defense he is a player you will want to avoid. Rams have the type of defense that will bring tons of trouble for Cutler and this offense and so I don’t see Langford having the type of success he had last week. The bad part about Langfords match-up this week is that Forte could possibly be back next week and Langford becomes an afterthought again until next season.