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NFL Fantasy 2021 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Quarterbacks

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Carson Wentz
Indianapolis Colts · QB
Jacksonville Jaguars
2021 · 2-6-0

I made the joke that Wentz and Frank Reich teaming up was similar to Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn trying to recapture the magic of Swingers by making Made. But I went back to watch Made and it wasn’t that bad. And hey look, Wentz has played well recently. He’s had at least three touchdowns in back-to-back games. He’s had two-plus touchdowns in six straight. The Jaguars played really well against Josh Allen last week. Josh Allen, in particular. But my friends in Duval County have allowed a top-12 quarterback in six of eight games this season.

Kirk Cousins
Minnesota Vikings · QB
Los Angeles Chargers
2021 · 5-3-0

He’s the QB2 on the season. There are going to be some rough starts. It’s what Cousins does. But he’s been one of the most consistent quarterbacks on the year. The Chargers aren’t a great matchup. They are good. But they have allowed at least two touchdowns in three of their last six games. I just expect the Chargers to put up some points, and the Vikings to have to answer in kind. Justin Herbert and Cousins should be great this week. 

Jalen Hurts
Philadelphia Eagles · QB
Denver Broncos
2021 · 5-4-0

If you’re skittish because the Broncos shut down Dak Prescott last week, I can certainly understand your apprehension. It’s understandable. Feels like people are just waiting to hate on Jalen and that’s on you. But my dude has had at least 20 fantasy points in seven of nine games this year. Denver has allowed at least two passing touchdowns in three of the last five games. 

Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks · QB
Green Bay Packers
2021 · 7-2-0

You might thinking that this is weird, considering Russ is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today. But I’m anticipating a lot of questions about him because of the injury and the fact the Packers were pretty good against Patrick Mahomes last week. Wilson has played well this year, with at least 20 fantasy points in three of his last four full games. Don’t fool around with this, you’re playing Wilson in season-long formats. Daily? Fine, go with somebody else. 

Teddy Bridgewater
Denver Broncos · QB
Philadelphia Eagles
2021 · 3-6-0

Can we take a moment to recognize that Teddy Two Gloves has played really well over the past couple of weeks? This Broncos team traded Von Miller and then went to Dallas to pull off a huge upset. And they are in the middle of this wild AFC race. Teddy has two-plus touchdowns in four of his last five. The Eagles have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last five weeks. 

Ryan Tannehill
Tennessee Titans · QB
New Orleans Saints
2021 · 5-3-0

The Titans keep winning, but Tannehill hasn’t put up the best fantasy numbers. But he’s been good. At least two touchdowns in three straight games. He’s had at least 19 points in two of his last three. Tannehill has this safe floor, the team is too good for him to really poop the bed for you. We are just waiting for a huge pop game where he goes for like 30 or something. Not sure it happens this week, but this is a Titans offense that is evolving. So he’s a solid start for those of you love the safe floor. 

Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons · QB
Dallas Cowboys
2021 · 6-2-0

I honestly thought about sitting Ryan this week, but he’s been pretty good over the past couple of games. Throwing for 300-plus yards in three of his last four games, with two touchdowns in those contests as well. It’s risky, because he still has that awful game against the Panthers that is looming over him. However, if the Cowboys offense responds the way I expect them to after last week’s beat down, I look forward to the Falcons having to throw the football, which means more opportunity for Ryan. And that’s what we are looking for opportunity. I know a lot of you think that we need to be to predict the future, but we’re taking educated points of view.

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Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers · QB
Detroit Lions
2021 · 0-8-0

Oh my gosh, Big Ben makes 2015 Peyton Manning look like prime Johnny Unitas. And I’m not sure why Unitas was my default there, considering most of you have never even heard of him. Johnny U is worth a Google at least. Here’s my thing with the Steelers. You stole one against the Bears on Monday night. But I like Najee Harris against the Lions this week, and for the Steelers to move the ball on the ground and be modest with their passing production. 

Mac Jones
New England Patriots · QB
Cleveland Browns
2021 · 5-4-0

I’m impressed by Jones. He’s thrown a touchdown pass in seven games this season, most by any rookie. He also joined Andrew Luck and Dak Prescott as the only rookies since the merger to have at least five wins, 10 passing touchdowns and 2,000 passing yards in their first nine career games. So he’s been good, but I’m not sure I love this matchup against the Browns and I will seek out other options. 

Baker Mayfield
Cleveland Browns · QB
New England Patriots
2021 · 5-4-0

The Browns are a much better team without Odell Beckham Jr. That’s not a slam against the player. Not at all. The Browns are all about scheme. Running the ball. Throwing to spots. The Browns need to be free to find the spots without having to appease a superstar wide receiver. They will be better off in the long run. No disrespect to Odell. All that said, I don’t like starting Mayfield against the Patriots who have allowed 18.9 points per game this season (fourth-fewest in the NFL). What should be noted, however, is that Baker is 4-1 against opponents that entered the week with a Top-5 scoring defense in the NFL since 2020. The Browns have averaged 36.2 points per game and Baker has thrown 10 touchdown passes in those games. He might be worth a flier in DFS leagues but, despite this, I’m avoiding him in season-long leagues. 

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