By MIKE HERNDON
There are a lot of capital Qs beside quarterbacks’ names right now, and that’s not a position where you want any uncertainty in a year where play has suffered at the position.
Josh Allen hurt his elbow and is in danger of missing time. Kyler Murray’s dealing with a hamstring issue. Aaron Rodgers is still playing through a thumb injury. Matthew Stafford is in the concussion protocol.
The pickings are slim on the wire, but perhaps a Daniel Jones or Jacoby Brissett can pinch hit for a week in your lineup with decent matchups. And then there are the receivers who might be affected – Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Deandre Hopkins. Yuck.
Will this be another low-scoring week in a year that’s been full of them? Get well soon, guys.
Week 10’s starts and sits:
Justin Fields, Bears: It probably should go without saying to ride the wave of Fields’ historic rushing numbers as long as you can. He’s only thrown for over 200 yards once this year, so days are going to come where his legs can’t carry him. Sunday against the Lions should not be that day.
Justin Herbert, Chargers: You may not have a better option, but he’s still without his top two receivers, he may still not be fully healed from a rib injury earlier this season, and the 49ers are not a great matchup.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons: Patterson rejoined our fantasy lives last week with two touchdowns after being activated from injured reserve. This week, he gets a Panthers defense that was just eviscerated for 153 yards and 5 total TDs by Joe Mixon. (Editor’s note 11/11: How were we supposed to guess that Arthur Smith would give Patterson only five (5!) carries? With Smith’s reluctance to feature any of his best offensive players, fade all Falcons until further notice.)
David Montgomery, Bears: Though Khalil Herbert looks spry, Montgomery is still leading the Bears’ backfield. After Justin Fields ripped through the Dolphins last week, look for the Bears to get their running backs more involved against the Lions.
Najee Harris, Steelers: The comparisons to Trent Richardson are lame, but Harris is clearly not himself this year. Might have something to do with that Lisfranc injury before the season that no one seems to want to talk about now. Jaylen Warren is starting to get more work and may continue to eat into Harris’ once-bankable volume.
James Conner, Cardinals: He’s finally healthy and he has stepped right back into the lion’s share of backfield snaps, but Aaron Donald and the Rams are not a matchup in which I want to lean on him.
Amari Cooper, Browns: We last saw Cooper torching the Bengals for 131 yards and a score. The Dolphins’ defense hasn’t been particularly scary lately, but their offense should be prolific enough to force Cleveland to throw to keep up.
Chris Olave, Saints: Michael Thomas is now out for the year, leaving the lion’s share of the Saints’ targets for Olave, who has quickly established himself as the main target in New Orleans. This week’s opponent, Pittsburgh, is allow the most fantasy points to receivers of any team in the league.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chiefs: It’s typically been like rolling the dice to figure out which Chiefs receiver is going to get the targets week to week, but Smith-Schuster has clawed his way to the top of that list. He’s had 20 targets in the Chiefs’ last two games and has been over 80 yards in the last three. Start him with confidence against Jacksonville, particularly with Mecole Hardman dealing with an abdominal injury.
Michael Pittman, Jr., Colts: As long as the Colts insist on starting Sam Ehlinger, I’d be looking elsewhere for receivers in my starting lineups. With the hiring of Jeff Saturday and the continued refusal to turn back to Matt Ryan, the idea that they’re tanking the season seems more and more likely.
Gabe Davis, Bills: He is what he is – a boom or bust deep threat – and with Josh Allen looking iffy to play with his elbow injury, the arrow might be tilted toward the latter this week.
Greg Dulcich, Broncos: His yardage has gone up in each of the three weeks in which he’s played. Tennessee’s defense is playing well, but you’re looking for anyone getting targets and yards, and Dulcich is getting both.
Evan Engram, Jaguars: He burned us last week with one measly catch. Tough to trust him again against the Chiefs, and he’s also dealing with a back issue.
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