Fantasy football cheat sheet: Start, sit and more tips for Sunday

Joe Kaiser
ESPN PLUS


The fantasy playoffs aren't too far away and every week is just as important as ever. Let us help you roll out the best lineups possible in Week 10!

Pittsburgh's convincing 52-21 win over Carolina on Thursday night certainly got the scoring started, and you're in a good spot if you have Ben Roethlisberger, Christian McCaffrey, Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster on your team. That said, there's still plenty of football left to be played this week.


The ESPN+ cheat sheet provides a rundown of the best tips from all of our ESPN+ fantasy football content. You'll find answers to the biggest questions of the week, along with injury updates, matchup advantages and wild-card plays from Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Mike Clay, Al Zeidenfeld and KC Joyner. It's all the best advice in one handy article.


Here's what our experts are saying about Week 10 in the NFL:


Top tips

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


"Criticize him as an accumulator if you wish, as he has earned nearly 50 percent of his fantasy points when his Buccaneers have been trailing by at least one touchdown (71.0 out of 144.0), but Fitzpatrick is still getting the job done for fantasy," Cockcroft writes in his rundown of the best and worst matchups of the week. "One of the reasons is a deep group of receivers, as well as a greater tendency to lob the football deep. His 10.4 average depth of target is well above his career average of 8.5 -- and greater than his previous single-year high of 9.6 (2009) -- so there's a lot of reason to think he can still tally lofty yardage totals even if he's one of the riskier quarterbacks in terms of turnovers. ..."


The Los Angeles Chargers offense


"Last week in Seattle, Philip Rivers posted fewer than 20 points for only the third time this season, Melvin Gordon posted his second-lowest point total this season (not including the Week 7 game where he was inactive) and Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams caught a combined total of three passes (albeit two that resulted in touchdowns)," Joyner writes in his offensive line rankingscolumn. "Their ceilings should be a lot higher this week in a matchup against a Raiders defense that is a sieve in nearly every aspect. Oakland ranks 32nd in pass pressure rate (PPR, 19.6 percent), 31st in quarterback contact rate (QCR, 7.4 percent), 32nd in sack rate (1.9 percent) and 24th in yards per carry before first defensive contact (YBCT, 2.8).


"Those metrics could allow the Chargers players to reach their respective ceilings under most circumstances, but they reach peak value given that the Chargers' offense rates fourth in PPR (22.6), fourth in QCR (6.0) and first in my good blocking productivity (GBP) metric that measures overall rushing prowess (5.2). ..."


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