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Week 10 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Welcome to my Week 10 Flex rankings! Below you will see nearly 300 players ranked based on half-PPR scoring. We have four teams on a bye this week. All four are in the AFC and all have winning records. I may have mentioned that just to highlight the fact that my fighting New York Jets have a winning record in November for the first time in what feels like forever. Anyway, back to fantasy. Joe Mixon will get a well-deserved rest after his five-touchdown performance nearly broke last week’s slate. Rhamondre Stevenson and Michael Carter are also off this week, which could impact running back depth for many fantasy managers. Cincinnati’s trio of wideouts leads the pack among players who are off this week. Garrett Wilson, Jakobi Meyers, and Devin Duvernay (yes, really) are among the potential Flex options at wide receiver who are off during Week 10.

Running Back Notes

Jonathan Taylor returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That is good news for fantasy managers, but Indianapolis has not yet announced whether Taylor will suit up on Sunday. Even if he does, the circumstances surrounding the team have changed quite a bit in recent weeks. They have benched quarterback Matt Ryan in place of Sam Ehlinger and have fired former head coach Frank Reich. The Colts appear to be in tank mode, which could affect Taylor’s reps, especially when he is dealing with an injury. I still expect him to be a solid fantasy starter, but he is no longer a top-five fantasy running back. He has only played in five of the Colts’ last eight games and has not scored or surpassed 100 scrimmage yards in any of those contests. I have Taylor ranked as my RB15 for Week 10.

Taylor is not the only high fantasy pick whose value seems to be a bit lower these days than we had previously anticipated. The winds of change could be circling a bit in Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. Leonard Fournette enters Week 10 as the overall RB9 on the year, but that ranking comes with a bit of a caveat. First, the Buccaneers have yet to have their bye week. Though Fournette is ninth in total scoring among running backs, he is just 17th in fantasy points per game. Fournette has also benefited greatly from his usage in the passing game. He ranks third in receptions among running backs behind Austin Ekeler and Christian McCaffrey. But Fournette has struggled mightily as a rusher this season. His 3.3 yards per carry average is tied for the lowest among the top 50 players in rushing yards on the year.

The good news for Fournette is that his primary competition, Rachaad White, has not fared a whole lot better. In fact, he may even be worse. Cue the Spidermans pointing at each other meme:

Yards per Carry3.33.1
PFF Rush Grade65.361.5
Missed Tackles per Carry0.090.08
Yards After Contact per Carry2.22.2
Yards per Reception7.56.8
PFF Receiving Grade71.571.6
Yards per Route Run1.221.23

Fournette played on at least 76 percent of snaps in each of Tampa Bay’s first three games. But he has hit that mark just once since. Opponents have also held Fournette below 25 rushing yards in each of his last three contests. I still think his workload is relatively safe this week, and I am starting him where I have him. However, I would be lying if I said I was not a bit nervous about his long-term production, especially considering Tampa Bay’s offensive struggles and their upcoming bye week. If Fournette fails to produce on Sunday, I would not be surprised to see the Buccaneers give White more work coming out of the bye.

Harris is tied with Fournette with a 3.3 yards per carry average and has exhibited some worrisome traits that have elicited whispers of Trent Richardson and other former fantasy busts. His 62.8 rushing grade is 47th among 60 qualified running backs. Sure, Pittsburgh’s offense has been a bit underwhelming in general this season. Unlike White, however, Jaylen Warren has excelled when called upon to complement Harris. Warren has averaged 5.3 yards per carry in limited action this season. In addition, he has more 10-plus yard plays (13) than Harris (12) despite Harris having 91 more touches. Warren’s production has not gone unnoticed by Pittsburgh’s coaching staff. Reports suggest that Warren should be in for more work going forward, as Pittsburgh is looking for a jolt after last week’s bye week.

I currently have Harris ranked as my RB21, and he is a top-50 Week 10 Flex option for me. Having said that, I find myself actively trying to find a replacement for him in my starting lineups. I am not quite willing to project Warren to outproduce Harris this week just yet. Warren is an RB3 for me given his expected uptick in workload. I would not go out of my way to start Warren as a Flex, but it may depend on your other options. Either way, this game could go a long way toward how Pittsburgh will utilize both backs going forward. New Orleans is in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy production allowed to running backs, so the matchup itself is neither one to target nor avoid.

Cordarrelle Patterson returned last week following a four-week absence and scored twice in Atlanta’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. It was a boon for fantasy managers, particularly after head coach Arthur Smith said he would ease Patterson back into the fold. Patterson is in a great spot this week against a Carolina Panthers defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. There should also be inclement weather in this game, which could lead to more rushing opportunities. As if anyone needed to twist Smith’s arm to get him to run the ball more. The only thing preventing me from ranking Patterson higher this week is the quick turnaround. I’m not quite sure Atlanta wants to overexpose Patterson to too many hits after his recent return. I am still starting him where I have him, but I do have him outside my top 15.

Wide Receiver Notes

Consider this your weekly Keenan Allen update. The Chargers’ star receiver missed last week’s game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury during the team’s recent bye week. Head coach Brandon Staley deemed Allen day-to-day on Wednesday, but Allen has yet to practice this week. I sort of hedged with where I ranked him, as I currently have him at WR44. Even if Allen does play, I would not rank him as high as I normally would under normal conditions. Allen feels like a dicey bet to make it through a full 60 minutes of game action. He would probably be a low-end WR3/Flex play if he is active. With Allen and Mike Williams both out last week, Josh Palmer (8-106) and DeAndre Carter (5-53) stepped up admirably. I would expect them to continue that trend this week against San Francisco.

I try not to overreact too much to weather conditions, but I do want to point something out regarding Thursday night’s game between Atlanta and Carolina. As I write this, there is rain expected throughout the game, with 10-15 MPH winds. Those are not exactly ideal passing conditions. We all know that Atlanta does not need to be reminded to run the ball whenever possible. They rank third in the NFL in rushing attempts per game. Carolina’s rush defense is among the worst in the league, which plays right into what Atlanta likes to do offensively. And before Carolina got bludgeoned 35-0 in the first half last week in Cincinnati, they had rushed the ball 63 times in their previous two games. Why am I mentioning all of this?

Well, because I currently have Terrace Marshall as my WR36 and Drake London as my WR39. This is right in the range where both are potential Week 10 Flex plays, given a 12-team league with three starting wide receiver slots. However, given the potential weather conditions and neither team exhibiting a ton of confidence in their passing games, I would not consider either wideout a must-start in this game. If weather conditions worsen throughout the day, it might be a good excuse to bench either or both for an option with more upside. Marshall is the safer bet of the two to provide Flex value this week. He has 15 targets over the last two weeks, and Atlanta has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. London, meanwhile, has yet to score or reach 50 yards in a game since Week 3.

Tight End Notes

Cole Kmet and Cade Otton exceeded expectations last week, with both finishing among the top four fantasy tight ends. I do not consider either player a must-start as a Week 10 Flex, but there is reason for optimism this week. Kmet will face the Detroit Lions, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. Despite their solid overall performance on defense last week, I am not yet ready to declare that they suddenly figured everything out on that end of the field. With Justin Fields seemingly tapping into his potential and newly acquired Chase Claypool keeping defenses honest, Kmet could be a beneficiary in Chicago’s offense. Otton also gets a great matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends, including a whopping 15.2 yards per catch.

Week 10 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

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1Christian McCaffreySFRB1LAC
2Saquon BarkleyNYGRB2HOU
3Cooper KuppLARWR1ARI
4Tyreek HillMIAWR2CLE
5Derrick HenryTENRB3DEN
6Alvin KamaraNORB4@PIT
7Josh JacobsLVRB5IND
8Stefon DiggsBUFWR3MIN
9Travis EtienneJACRB6@KC
10Austin EkelerLACRB7@SF
11Justin JeffersonMINWR4@BUF
12Davante AdamsLVWR5IND
13Travis KelceKCTE1JAC
14Nick ChubbCLERB8@MIA
15Kenneth Walker IIISEARB9@TB
17Dameon PierceHOURB10@NYG
18Dalvin CookMINRB11@BUF
19Jaylen WaddleMIAWR7CLE
20DeAndre HopkinsARIWR8@LAR
21Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR9@CHI
22Mike EvansTBWR10SEA
23CeeDee LambDALWR11@GB
24Amari CooperCLEWR12@MIA
25D.J. MooreCARWR13ATL
26Miles SandersPHIRB12WAS
27Aaron JonesGBRB13DAL
28Deebo SamuelSFWR14LAC
29Chris OlaveNOWR15@PIT
30Leonard FournetteTBRB14SEA
31Christian KirkJACWR16@KC
32Chris GodwinTBWR17SEA
33Jonathan TaylorINDRB15@LV
34JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWR18JAC
35David MontgomeryCHIRB16DET
36Allen LazardGBWR19DAL
37Jamaal WilliamsDETRB17@CHI
38Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB18@CAR
39Tony PollardDALRB19@GB
40D’Onta ForemanCARRB20ATL
41Dallas GoedertPHITE2WAS
42Gabe DavisBUFWR20MIN
43Tyler LockettSEAWR21@TB
44Najee HarrisPITRB21NO
45Michael PittmanINDWR22@LV
46DK MetcalfSEAWR23@TB
47Diontae JohnsonPITWR24NO
48Brandon AiyukSFWR25LAC
49Devin SingletaryBUFRB22MIN
50Terry McLaurinWASWR26@PHI
51James ConnerARIRB23@LAR
52Jerry JeudyDENWR27@TEN
53George KittleSFTE3LAC
54DeVonta SmithPHIWR28WAS
55Ezekiel ElliottDALRB24@GB
56Josh PalmerLACWR29@SF
57Darnell MooneyCHIWR30DET
58Antonio GibsonWASRB25@PHI
59Raheem MostertMIARB26CLE
60Adam ThielenMINWR31@BUF
61Brandin CooksHOUWR32@NYG
62George PickensPITWR33NO
63Kyle PittsATLTE4@CAR
64Courtland SuttonDENWR34@TEN
65T.J. HockensonMINTE5@BUF
66Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR35@MIA
67D’Andre SwiftDETRB27@CHI
68Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWR36ATL
69Curtis SamuelWASWR37@PHI
70Darrell HendersonLARRB28ARI
71A.J. DillonGBRB29DAL
72Kareem HuntCLERB30@MIA
73Rondale MooreARIWR38@LAR
74Zach ErtzARITE6@LAR
75Drake LondonATLWR39@CAR
76Allen Robinson IILARWR40ARI
77Pat FreiermuthPITTE7NO
78Zay JonesJACWR41@KC
79Gerald EverettLACTE8@SF
80Wan’Dale RobinsonNYGWR42HOU
81Greg DulcichDENTE9@TEN
82Josh ReynoldsDETWR43@CHI
83Khalil HerbertCHIRB31DET
84Keenan AllenLACWR44@SF
85Chase ClaypoolCHIWR45DET
86Mecole HardmanKCWR46JAC
87Tyler HigbeeLARTE10ARI
88Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR47JAC
89Jeffery Wilson Jr.MIARB32CLE
90Jaylen WarrenPITRB33NO
91Marvin JonesJACWR48@KC
92Michael GallupDALWR49@GB
93Brian RobinsonWASRB34@PHI
94Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB35JAC
95DeAndre CarterLACWR50@SF
96Parris CampbellINDWR51@LV
97Alec PierceINDWR52@LV
98Darius SlaytonNYGWR53HOU
99Dalton SchultzDALTE11@GB
100Rachaad WhiteTBRB36SEA
101Robert WoodsTENWR54DEN
102Darren WallerLVTE12IND
103Evan EngramJACTE13@KC
104Melvin Gordon IIIDENRB37@TEN
105Hunter RenfrowLVWR55IND
106Dawson KnoxBUFTE14MIN
107Mack HollinsLVWR56IND
108Jerick McKinnonKCRB38JAC
109Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR57MIN
110Noah BrownDALWR58@GB
111Nico CollinsHOUWR59@NYG
112Chuba HubbardCARRB39ATL
113Jarvis LandryNOWR60@PIT
114Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE15DAL
115Kalif RaymondDETWR61@CHI
116Latavius MurrayDENRB40@TEN
117Tyler AllgeierATLRB41@CAR
118Mike GesickiMIATE16CLE
119Sammy WatkinsGBWR62DAL
120Cole KmetCHITE17DET
121Julio JonesTBWR63SEA
122Dontrell HilliardTENRB42DEN
123Isiah PachecoKCRB43JAC
124Eno BenjaminARIRB44@LAR
125Cade OttonTBTE18SEA
126K.J. OsbornMINWR64@BUF
127Noah FantSEATE19@TB
128Russell GageTBWR65SEA
129Olamide ZaccheausATLWR66@CAR
130Marcus JohnsonNYGWR67HOU
131David NjokuCLETE20@MIA
132Tre’Quan SmithNOWR68@PIT
133Van JeffersonLARWR69ARI
134Michael BandyLACWR70@SF
135Cam AkersLARRB45ARI
136Deon JacksonINDRB46@LV
137Chris MooreHOUWR71@NYG
138K.J. HamlerDENWR72@TEN
139Christian WatsonGBWR73DAL
140Samori ToureGBWR74DAL
141Juwan JohnsonNOTE21@PIT
142Nick WestbrookTENWR75DEN
143Robby AndersonARIWR76@LAR
144Foster MoreauLVTE22IND
145Marquez CallawayNOWR77@PIT
146Kenneth GainwellPHIRB47WAS
147Logan ThomasWASTE23@PHI
148Rex BurkheadHOURB48@NYG
149Shi SmithCARWR78ATL
150Austin HooperTENTE24DEN
151Damiere ByrdATLWR79@CAR
152James CookBUFRB49MIN
153Taysom HillNOTE25@PIT
154Nyheim HinesBUFRB50MIN
155Will DisslySEATE26@TB
156Elijah MitchellSFRB51LAC
157Chase EdmondsDENRB52@TEN
158Harrison BryantCLETE27@MIA
159Trent SherfieldMIAWR80CLE
160Ben SkowronekLARWR81ARI
161Brock WrightDETTE28@CHI
162Jahan DotsonWASWR82@PHI
163Caleb HuntleyATLRB53@CAR
164Jauan JenningsSFWR83LAC
165Treylon BurksTENWR84DEN
166Steven Sims Jr.PITWR85NO
167Alexander MattisonMINRB54@BUF
168Tom KennedyDETWR86@CHI
169Tommy TrembleCARTE29ATL
170Brevin JordanHOUTE30@NYG
171Tanner HudsonNYGTE31HOU
172Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR87DET
173Justin WatsonKCWR88JAC
174Phillip DorsettHOUWR89@NYG
175Quez WatkinsPHIWR90WAS
176Laviska ShenaultCARWR91ATL
177Cameron BrateTBTE32SEA
178Marquise GoodwinSEAWR92@TB
179Tutu AtwellLARWR93ARI
180David BellCLEWR94@MIA
181Josiah DeguaraGBTE33DAL
182J.D. McKissicWASRB55@PHI
183Kylen GransonINDTE34@LV
184Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE35DEN
185Dante PettisCHIWR95DET
186Jordan AkinsHOUTE36@NYG
187Matt BreidaNYGRB56HOU
188Mo Alie-CoxINDTE37@LV
189James MitchellDETTE38@CHI
190Sony MichelLACRB57@SF
191Jamycal HastyJACRB58@KC
192Raheem BlackshearCARRB59ATL
193James WashingtonDALWR96@GB
194Mark IngramNORB60@PIT
195Kadarius ToneyKCWR97JAC
196Ameer AbdullahLVRB61IND
197Scotty MillerTBWR98SEA
198O.J. HowardHOUTE39@NYG
199Ronnie RiversLARRB62ARI
200Kyle JuszczykSFRB63LAC
201Byron PringleCHIWR99DET
202Travis HomerSEARB64@TB
203Ian ThomasCARTE40ATL
204Skyy MooreKCWR100JAC
205Jelani WoodsINDTE41@LV
206Dyami BrownWASWR101@PHI
207Boston ScottPHIRB65WAS
208Cam SimsWASWR102@PHI
209Isaiah SpillerLACRB66@SF
210D’Wayne EskridgeSEAWR103@TB
211Adam TrautmanNOTE42@PIT
212Kenny GolladayNYGWR104HOU
213Noah GrayKCTE43JAC
214Cody HollisterTENWR105DEN
215Khalil ShakirBUFWR106MIN
216Jason MooreLACWR107@SF
217Jake FergusonDALTE44@GB
218Colby ParkinsonSEATE45@TB
219Ashton DulinINDWR108@LV
220Chris MyarickNYGTE46HOU
221Ray-Ray McCloudSFWR109LAC
222Tyrion Davis-PriceSFRB67LAC
223Dan ArnoldJACTE47@KC
224Amari RodgersGBWR110DAL
225Zach GentryPITTE48NO
226Malcolm BrownLARRB68ARI
227Geoff SwaimTENTE49DEN
228Dwayne WashingtonNORB69@PIT
229Peyton HendershotDALTE50@GB
230Zach PascalPHIWR111WAS
231Durham SmytheMIATE51CLE
232KhaDarel HodgeATLWR112@CAR
233Zack MossINDRB70@LV
234Cedrick WilsonMIAWR113CLE
235Kyren WilliamsLARRB71ARI
236Pharaoh BrownCLETE52@MIA
237Shane ZylstraDETTE53@CHI
238David SillsNYGWR114HOU
239Jordan WilkinsINDRB72@LV
240Gunner OlszewskiPITWR115NO
241N'Keal HarryCHIWR116DET
242Jamal AgnewJACWR117@KC
243Spencer BrownCARRB73ATL
244Miles BoykinPITWR118NO
245Justin JacksonDETRB74@CHI
246A.J. GreenARIWR119@LAR
247Rashid ShaheedNOWR120@PIT
248Greg DortchARIWR121@LAR
249Brandon BoldenLVRB75IND
250John BatesWASTE54@PHI
251Phillip LindsayINDRB76@LV
252Brandon PowellLARWR122ARI
253Parker HesseATLTE55@CAR
254Johnny MundtMINTE56@BUF
255Jody FortsonKCTE57JAC
256Ross DwelleySFTE58LAC
257Jack StollPHITE59WAS
258Marcedes LewisGBTE60DAL
259Teagan QuitorianoHOUTE61@NYG
260Jerome FordCLERB77@MIA
261Kevin WhiteNOWR123@PIT
262Armani RogersWASTE62@PHI
263Keelan ColeLVWR124IND
264Hassan HaskinsTENRB78DEN
265Breshad PerrimanTBWR125SEA
266Trey SermonPHIRB79WAS
267MyCole PruittATLTE63@CAR
268Jalen TolbertDALWR126@GB
269Bryan EdwardsATLWR127@CAR
270Eric SaubertDENTE64@TEN
271Michael WoodsCLEWR128@MIA
272Chris ConleyTENWR129DEN
273DeeJay DallasSEARB80@TB
274Reggie GilliamBUFRB81MIN
275Richie JamesNYGWR130HOU
276Tyler KroftSFTE65LAC
277Tre' McKittyLACTE66@SF
278Brittain BrownLVRB82IND
279Kendall HintonDENWR131@TEN
280Ke'Shawn VaughnTBRB83SEA
281Myles GaskinMIARB84CLE
282Alec IngoldMIARB85CLE
283Dylan SoehnerNOTE67@PIT
284Tommy SweeneyBUFTE68MIN
285Quinton MorrisBUFTE69MIN
286Damien WilliamsATLRB86@CAR
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