It's hard to believe the fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner. It seems like just yesterday Kevin Ogletree was carving up the New York Giants secondary to become the first hot waiver-wire target of the season.
Now, it's time for the mad dash to the postseason. Every owner will spend far too much time over the next handful of weeks dissecting every angle of a lineup decision. To help the process in Week 10, here are three players that should be in starting lineups.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick scored at least 13 fantasy points in each of his first four games, but has reached that mark just once in the past four. The Buffalo Bills field general should be able to get back on track against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The Harvard product had his best fantasy performance of the season when the two teams last met, racking up 350 yards and four touchdowns. And the porous Patriots secondary hasn't shown much improvement since that point.
More importantly, the Bills are likely going to have to play from behind for most of the game, meaning Fitzpatrick is going to have to throw a lot. Garbage-time points count just the same in fantasy, making the Bills QB a solid option.
Which player will provide the most Week 10 value?
RB: Marcel Reece
Darren McFadden's status remains up in the air, but he'd have to make a lot of progress before Sunday in order to play. That opens the door for Reece to take on a bigger role after scoring 15 fantasy points in last week's game.
The Oakland Raiders fullback has done most of his damage in the passing game this season. He's reeled in 26 passes for over 270 yards and a touchdown. If McFadden can't go, he should see more work as a rusher, especially in the red zone.
Taiwan Jones has received most of the hype while McFadden has been sitting out of practice because of his game-breaking speed, but Reece remains the safer option. He's especially intriguing in PPR leagues, where he should post big numbers.
WR: Davone Bess
Even though Bess has been targeted eight times per game, his fantasy numbers are pretty mundane. He has only crossed the double-digit barrier once and his average score of less than six points per week has made him appear to be a fringe roster player.
The second half should be a lot more productive. He's finally starting to develop some chemistry with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill—six catches for 67 yards last week—meaning it's only a matter of time before Bess becomes a weekly flex option.
He's in position for a big game on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans rank near the bottom in pass defense at over 270 yards against per game and they have allowed 20 passing touchdowns, tied for the most in the league. Bess should take full advantage of that weakness.