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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 10: Best and Worst Plays This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 15-7. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2013

If Start 'Em, Sit 'Em decisions were easy, we'd all be millionaires.

Alas, they are not, and of any fantasy sport, it's probably hardest in football. You have one game per week to get it right. There's no room for error.

So we agonize over these decisions. Mike James or Rashad Jennings? Eli Manning? Anquan Boldin?

There's an element of luck in fantasy, to be sure. But I think there are some clear-cut decisions this weekend. 

Below, we'll rank the top 20 fantasy players for Week 10, and then get into some of the best and worst plays of the weekend.

Top 20 Fantasy Players for Week 10
RankPlayerTeamPositionOpponent
1Peyton ManningDenverQBSan Diego
2Drew BreesNew OrleansQBDallas
3Russell WilsonSeattleQBAtlanta
4Jimmy GrahamNew OrleansTEDallas
5Matthew StaffordDetroitQBChicago
6Calvin JohnsonDetroitWRChicago
7Eddie LacyGreen BayRBPhiladelphia
8Philip RiversSan DiegoQBDenver
9Nick FolesPhiladelphiaQBGreen Bay
10Zac StacySt. LouisRBIndianapolis
11LeSean McCoyPhiladelphiaRBGreen Bay
12Case KeenumHoustonQBArizona
13Jay CutlerChicagoQBDetroit
14Marshawn LynchSeattleRBAtlanta
15Andre JohnsonHoustonWRArizona
16Eli ManningNew YorkQBOakland
17Andrew LuckIndianapolisQBSt. Louis
18Keenan AllenSan DiegoWRDenver
19Chris JohnsonTennesseeRBJacksonville
20Mike JamesTampa BayRBMiami Dolphins
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Start 'Em: Eli Manning

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls a play against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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So no, it hasn't been a great year for Eli Manning.

But I think the Oakland Raiders could provide the medicine he needs.

The Raiders gave up seven touchdowns to Nick Foles and the Eagles. And despite his struggles, there's no way that Eli Manning is worse than Nick Foles.

Now, he might not throw for seven touchdowns, but he could throw for four. The Raiders give up 262.6 yards per game in the air, which is 25th in the league.

You better believe that Manning is going to target D.J. Hayden, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hakeem Nicks receives a ton of targets.

I think the Giants are going to score a lot of points in this game, and I think Eli Manning is going to lead the way. He's a must-start. 

 

Sit 'Em: Anquan Boldin

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  #81 Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers breaks free from #27 Dwayne Gratz of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on O
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Anquan Boldin is the type of receiver to go to when you need to convert a 3rd-and-9 when you're trailing.

He's not the guy, however, to start in fantasy.

The 11-year pro is the perfect case of someone who is better at football than at fantasy.

The Niners have a bad pass offense. In fact, it's ranked last in the league, averaging just 189 yards per game.

By comparison, their running game is the best in the league, as it averages 153 yards per game.

Despite his dapper debut, Boldin has seen his targets decrease sharply:

The 49ers are a good team, maybe even a great one. They just don't throw the ball a lot. They are a running team, first and foremost. You could argue, probably pretty convincingly, that the Niners need to open things up and utilize the passing game more. Somehow, I don't think Jim Harbaugh would agree.

Avoid Boldin if you can. He's not going to replicate that Week 1 performance, and the Niners are just going to grind it out on the ground anyway.

 

Start 'Em: Mike James

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Mike James #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes against middle linebacker Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Buccan
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Mike James is the latest fantasy darling and for good reason. The rookie running back was sensational against the stout Seattle Seahawks defense last week, rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries, a healthy 5.6 yards per carry. 

He can also do this: (GIF courtesy of Bleacher Report)

James is going up against the Miami Dolphins, a team that might have a few other things on its mind. Besides that, the Dolphins really struggle against the run. The Fins gives up 116.5 yards per game on the ground, which is 22nd in the league. 

In addition, according to Matthew Berry of ESPN, the Dolphins give up the third-most fantasy points to running backs. 

Look, the Bucs don't really have any options outside of James. He's going to get the rock. The Dolphins are going to struggle stopping him, and James is going to put up big numbers.

He's a must-play, especially if you have the bye-week blues. 

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