Defensive matchups in Week 10 will pose some interesting conundrums for starting quarterbacks that have been somewhat reliable this season. From a fantasy football perspective, this week will be a gamble for many of the starting quarterbacks on your roster so pay attention closely to our choose or lose picks at quarterback.
Blake Bortles at Baltimore
Bortles has many offensive weapons surrounding him and the Ravens‘ defense is pretty bad as a unit. Six of the eight games this season Bortles has reached 15-plus fantasy points and this week should be no different. Baltimore has given up the second most points to opposing quarterbacks and they rank 29th against the pass and are dead last in turnovers created. Look for the Jaguars to use a balanced attack, but Bortles is a fantasy quarterback you need to pick up or start this week.
Eli Manning vs. New England
The “Patriot Killer” has a former weapon of the Patriots in Shane Vereen and that could be the difference in this game for the Giants. The Pats’ secondary is not what it was in the past, yet they are still undefeated because they have Tom Brady caring the offense. This game could be another high scoring affair — much like the game against the Saints — and that benefits Manning. On the downside, New England has only given up the 16th most points to quarterbacks.
Jay Cutler at St. Louis
Cutler led the Bears to a 22-19 win over the Chargers on Monday Night Football, but he is not going to enjoy the matchup against the Rams. If this game were in Chicago, you might go ahead and start Cutler, but it is in St. Louis, and the Rams defense has given up the second fewest points to quarterbacks this season. The defense isn’t the only thing that Cutler needs to watch out for either because the cement track has had a pretty good season as well.
Ryan Tannehill at Philadelphia
The Eagles‘ defense has been decent this year but Tannehill is the type of quarterback they love to face, and the Dolphins have struggled on offense. This could mark the third straight game that center Mike Pouncey snaps the ball past Tannehill’s head for a safety, and that would spell doom for the Dolphins once again. The Eagles have given up the 12th fewest points to opposing QBs, but Tannehill hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in two straight games. This game could mark the third game in a row with no TD pass for the Dolphins quarterback, and the Eagles’ defense is starting to click.
On the Bubble
Russell Wilson vs. Arizona
Wilson has been a disappointment this season, especially if you took him in the first or second round of your fantasy draft. The Seahawks can’t seem to find any consistency on offense, but this game is at home and on Sunday Night Football. That normally rolls momentum in the Seahawks’ favor and the 12th Man will be rocking on a rainy, Seattle Sunday night. Arizona’s defense has given up the eighth fewest points to quarterbacks and I suggest you sit Wilson unless you absolutely need to use him.
Carson Palmer at Seattle
The only reason Palmer is on the bubble this week is because the Cardinals travel to Seattle in Week 10. If this game was in Glendale, Ariz. then Palmer would be a solid start. The Seahawks’ defense is starting to get their swagger back and they’ve only given up the third fewest points to opposing QBs, but I feel more comfortable starting Palmer over Wilson. Palmer has struggled in his career against the Seahawks and it will probably be more of the same this Sunday for him. Go pick up Bortles if he is available in your league, you won’t regret it.