Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Latest Position-by-Position Rundown

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2016

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 3:  Wide receiver Mike Evans comes down after hauling in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston in front of cornerback Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of an NFL game on November 3, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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We're already into the 10th week of the 2016 fantasy season, which means those of you fighting for a playoff spot are entering crunch time.

Over the final few weeks of the fantasy regular season, each and every roster decision is likely to be critical. One wrong move could leave you destined for the consolation bracket—before the postseason even begins.

Fortunately, we're here to help. Today, we're going to go through each position and provide our projected player rankings. We'll be ranking players based on how we believe they will fare in Week 10. Our decisions will be based on factors like past performances, projected role, team matchup and player health. We'll also check out some risers and fallers at each skill position.

All rankings are based on PPR scoring.

                 

Quarterbacks

Week 10 QBs
RankPlayerOpponent
1Aaron Rodgers, GBTEN
2Ben Roethlisberger, PITDAL
3Carson Palmer, ARISF
4Tom Brady, NESEA
5Philip Rivers, SDMIA
6Jay Cutler, CHI@ TB
7Cam Newton, CARKC
8Dak Prescott, DAL@ PIT
9Jameis Winston, TBCHI
10Marcus Mariota, TENGB

Up: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has developed into a viable fantasy starter in his second season. He's currently completing 63.2 percent of his passes, has tossed 17 touchdowns to eight interceptions and has nearly 2,200 passing yards.

Mariota has also added 235 yards rushing with two additional scores.

This week, Mariota has a favorable matchup with the Green Bay Packers. While the Packers have been solid at defending the run (75.8 yards per game allowed), they haven't been so good against the pass.

Green Bay is currently allowing an average of 250.0 yards per game through the air and is rated just 24th in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus.

Mariota could be a sneaky add if you're looking for a bye-week fill-in.

                     

Down: Case Keenum, Los Angeles Rams

Given the fact the New York Jets have been pretty darn bad at defending the pass this season—the team is currently ranked 29th in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus—this might seem like a good week to take a chance on Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum.

Not so fast.

Keenum and the Rams are traveling all the way across the country for this game, which is clearly less than ideal. In addition, Keenum has struggled with turnovers in a big way. He currently has 12 turnovers to go with just nine touchdown passes.

When you add in the fact that Keenum has struggled to put the ball into the end zone, it's difficult to justify starting him.

Even if Keenum manages to pass for 300 yards against the Jets, he isn't likely to carry a favorable touchdown-to-turnover ratio. Don't be tempted to test the Jets defense, even if the Rams are.

                           

Running Backs

Week 10 RBs
RankPlayerOpponent
1David Johnson, ARISF
2Le'Veon Bell, PITDAL
3Melvin Gordon, SDMIA
4Ezekiel Elliott, DAL@ PIT
5DeMarco Murray, TENGB
6Devonta Freeman, ATL@ PHI
7Jay Ajayi, MIA@ SD
8Lamar Miller, HOU@ JAX
9Spencer Ware, KC@ CAR
10Matt Forte, NYJLA
11Ty Montgomery, GB@ TEN
12Todd Gurley, LA@ NYJ
13Jordan Howard, CHI@ TB
14Devontae Booker, DEN@ NO
15Darren Sproles, PHIATL
16James White, NESEA
17Jonathan Stewart, CARKC
18Giovani Bernard, CIN@ NYG
19Rashad Jennings, NYGCIN
20Peyton Barber,TBCHI

Up: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott currently leads the NFL with an impressive 891 yards rushing. He also has seven touchdowns on the ground and 16 receptions for 155 yards. 

Elliott appears confident that he can continue to play at a high level for the remainder of the season.

"I feel good," Elliott said, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "I've been taking good care of my body. I feel fresh and just trying to stay on this routine to make sure I stay fresh. I'm not really worried about a rookie wall."

You shouldn't be worried about Elliott hitting the rookie wall either, at least not this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Pittsburgh did a nice job of slowing the run game of the Baltimore Ravens last week (just 50 net rushing yards allowed), they'll have a harder time against Elliot.

For the season, the Steelers are rated just 20th against the run by Pro Football Focus.

                     

Down: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We realize that we haven't seen much of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin this season. We also realize that he recently returned to practice and has a favorable matchup with the Chicago Bears this week.

However, we're down on Martin because we're not convinced he's ready to play. If he does, he might be extremely limited.

Martin practiced this week for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in the first month of the season. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Martin simply doesn't look ready to play:

We'd suggest waiting at least another week before reinserting Martin into your starting lineup. The good news is that he should be ready to go by playoff time.

                      

Wide Receivers

Week 10 WRs
RankPlayerOpponent
1Mike Evans, TBCHI
2Odell Beckham Jr., NYGCIN
3Jordy Nelson, GB@ TEN
4Julio Jones, ATL@ PHI
5A.J. Green, CIN@ NYG
6Alshon Jeffery, CHI@ TB
7Jarvis Landry, MIA@ SD
8Larry Fitzgerald, ARISF
9Dez Bryant, DAL@ PIT
10Emmanuel Sanders, DEN@ NO
11Julian Edelman, NESEA
12Brandon Marshall, NYJLA
13Demaryius Thomas, DEN@ NO
14Brandin Cooks, NODEN
15Stefon Diggs, MIN@ WAS
16Jamison Crowder, WASMIN
17DeAndre Hopkins, HOU@ JAX
18Jordan Matthews, PHIATL
19Doug Baldwin, SEA@ NE
20Michael Thomas, NODEN

Up: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A guy who should be ready to play for Tampa is wide receiver Mike Evans. The phenomenal third-year wideout has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol, according to Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official website:

Expect Evans to be a major piece of the Buccaneers' game plan this week against the Chicago Bears. The Texas A&M product already has 55 receptions for 745 yards and eight touchdowns this year. He'll be facing a relatively average Bears defense—one rated 16th against the pass by Pro Football Focus.

Expect Evans to have a big day.

                     

Down: Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson was a fantasy revelation in 2015. He produced 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns on 80 receptions.

Unfortunately, Robinson hasn't been the same fantasy star this season, largely because he is depending on an inconsistent Blake Bortles for his production. So far, he has 39 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns.

Robinson did manage to get back on track a bit last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished that game with 76 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. However, we're expecting him to return to the land of disappointment this week against the Houston Texans.

Houston is currently rated sixth in pass rush by Pro Football Focus.

                    

Tight Ends

Week 10 TEs
RankPlayerOpponent
1Jordan Reed, WASMIN
2Rob Gronkowski, NESEA
3Greg Olsen, CARKC
4Travis Kelce, KC@ CAR
5Antonio Gates, SDMIA
6Jimmy Graham, SEA@ NE
7Tyler Eifert, CIN@ NYG
8Zach Miller, CHI@ TB
9Delanie Walker, TENGB
10Kyle Rudolph, MIN@ WAS

Up: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen doesn't have the most favorable matchup in Week 10. He'll be playing a Kansas City Chiefs team that is rated eighth against the pass by Pro Football Focus. However, we'd be confident in starting him due to his role in Carolina's passing attack.

So far this season, Olsen has produced 673 yards and three touchdowns on 45 receptions. Last week against a good Rams defense, he racked up five catches for 52 yards and a score.

With the Panthers playing at home and finally playing with some momentum, Olsen is a must-start.

                                 

Down: Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers

Based on last week's performance against the New Orleans Saints—three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown—you might be tempted to take a chance on San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald.

Don't.

This week, the 49ers travel to face the Arizona Cardinals. There's a big difference between the Cardinals defense and the Saints defense. While New Orleans is rated just 30th in pass coverage by Pro Football Focus, Arizona is rated ninth.

Plus, as Raymond Summerlin of Rotoworld and FantasyPro.com points out, any of McDonald's impressive stat lines have been dependent on the big play:

Don't expect the 49ers to rip off a lot of big plays this week against Arizona.

                        

Kickers

Week 10 Ks
RankPlayerOpponent
1Stephen Gostkowski, NESEA
2Dan Bailey, DAL@ PIT
3Josh Lambo, SDMIA
4Matt Bryant, ATL@ PHI
5Nick Novak, HOU@ JAX
6Caleb Sturgis, PHIATL
7Chandler Catanzaro, ARISF
8Wil Lutz, NODEN
9Robbie Gould, NYGCIN
10Graham Gano, CARKC

Use common sense when it comes to your kicker. Guys who play on teams with productive offenses are good. Guys who do not have little value.

Realistically, the only reason you should even be examining kickers at this point in the season is if yours is on bye.

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