Fantasy Football Week 10: Must-Start Players at Each Position

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at FedExField on November 3, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Week 10 is here, and fantasy football fans are already getting themselves prepared for another clash of the titans.

With four teams on bye weeks, it's time to examine some must-start players at each position.

Using a harmonious blend of advanced football metrics and NFL team stats, this list of players was crafted.


Robert Griffin III vs. Minnesota Vikings

RG3 owners rejoice! This week, Christmas comes early in the form of the 1-7 Minnesota Vikings.

Sporting the 29th-ranked pass defense, the Vikings have given up an average of 291.1 passing yards per game.

Diving a little bit deeper into defensive woes, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson is the 94th-ranked cornerback in the NFL.

Surrendering 51 receptions on 59 passes thrown in his direction, Robinson has allowed opposing QBs to dominate him on a weekly basis.

For Griffin, that means he will be able to find a lot of success whenever any of his receivers line up against Robinson in the slot.

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans scores a touchdown against Rodney McLeod #23 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Titans beat the Rams 28-21. (Photo by Dilip
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Running Back

Chris Johnson vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week, Chris Johnson owners celebrated as the man formerly known as "CJ2K" rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams.

Showing the burst and jaw-dropping vision that made him such a popular fantasy player a few seasons ago, Johnson helped a lot of fantasy owners walk away with a big victory in Week 9.

For Johnson owners, the question now becomes, can he keep this up?

Going up against the NFL's lowest-ranked run defense, there's no reason to think that Johnson won't have his way with the Jacksonville Jaguars on the ground.

Chris Johnson's Week-by-Week Performances
WeekRushing yardsReceiving yardsTouchdowns
9150202 Game-by-Game stats

Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen vs. Denver Broncos

Don't look now, but San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen is the real deal.

Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) (not pictured) pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game at FedEx Field. The Redskins defeated th
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Allen has been on a tear since being named a starter in Week 4, hauling in 34 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns.

Going up against the Denver Broncos' 30th-ranked pass defense in Week 10, Allen will put up serious points for fantasy owners.

If you have him, you're starting him with confidence this week against the Broncos.

Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) signals a first down during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End

Jordan Reed vs. Minnesota Vikings

One of the hottest waiver-wire additions this season was Redskins tight end Jordan Reed.

A young man who has developed incredible chemistry with his quarterback Robert Griffin III, on film, it's easy to see why Reed has been so effective.

Playing like a wide receiver who just happens to line up at tight end, Reed's ability to manipulate defenses with his route-running and football instincts makes him one special player.

Now facing off against the Vikings' 29th-ranked pass defense, Reed will be the beneficiary of Griffin's big day.


Alex Henery vs. Green Bay Packers

After plunging into the dark abyss over the last couple of weeks, Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery has bounced back thanks to the strong play of quarterback Nick Foles.

According to, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly hasn't named Nick Foles the starter. But if he does earn that job, fantasy owners will be able to count on Henery the rest of the way.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 06: Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts runs onto the field before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

Defense/Special Teams

Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams

Look for the Colts defense to find their groove in Week 10 against the St. Louis Rams.

Although they surrendered 24 points to the Houston Texans in Week 9, facing quarterback Kellen Clemens and the rest of the St. Louis Rams should give this defense a chance get back to business.

With 11.5 sacks this season, Indianapolis' pass-rushing savant Robert Mathis should lead the charge to operate against the 3-6 Rams.

*All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of unless noted otherwise.

*All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise. 


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