'The Queen’s Journal' vs 'Western Gazette': Fantasy Football series—Week Ten

The Journal’s start ’em sit ’em picks for Week Ten

This is the fourth week of an ongoing ‘start ‘em, sit ‘em’ fantasy football competition between The Journal and Western Gazette’s sports sections.
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The dog days are over. The Journal beat out The Gazette with 46 net points to their 16.5 last week, bringing the series to 2-1 in the Mustangs favour. Whether we credit the win to extra research or our Editor in Chief ‘manifesting’ a win for us, we aren’t sure—but we’re looking to repeat our success this week and even out the series. 
 
Starters ($73)
 
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals face off against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. This matchup should be a shootout and has the potential to be the highest-scoring game this week. We’re giving Kyler the edge, as he’s been more consistent than Allen this season and has a slight advantage in picking up some more yardage on the ground. Either way, both quarterbacks should be great and this game will be a fun one to watch. 
 
Aaron Jones and the Packers are looking to take advantage of the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the league. The Jags are in full rebuild mode on both sides of the ball, whereas the Packers and Aaron Rodgers have been firing on all cylinders. Aaron Jones should be a safe bet for a touchdown or two this week, along with a good share of receptions. The Jaguars have an awful front seven; they’ve given up the fifth-most points to running backs and Aaron Jones is one of the NFL’s most underrated in the position. Jones is a must-start in a game the Packers should handle with ease.
 
DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks take on the L.A. Rams this week, in what should be a tightly contested rivalry matchup. The Rams defence is strong, but Metcalf has been a must-start every week, regardless of the matchup—he’s only had one week this season below 15 fantasy points and eight games with over 90 receiving yards. As long as Russell Wilson is throwing Metcalf the ball, start him, especially in a division game where Seattle’s star players will have to come up big to win.
 
T.J. Hockenson and the Lions are set to play the Washington Football Team this week. Washington has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. This bodes well for Hockenson who, despite Detroit’s struggles, is cementing himself as one of the best tight ends in the league. He has five or more receptions in the past three games and has found the endzone five times this season. Against a defence that struggles against the position, look for Hockenson to build on his strong sophomore season in a competitive game between the league’s basement dwellers. 
 
Simply put, the Baltimore Ravens’ defence is one of the biggest reasons they’re a Super Bowl contender this season. They’re the best Fantasy defence so far and have the pleasure of playing the struggling New England Patriots offence this Sunday.
 
With Cam Newton at the helm, the Patriots offence has been wildly inconsistent this season. The Ravens have the personnel to stop the run this week and put lots of pressure on Cam Newton, who hasn’t been particularly careful with the ball thus far.
 
Bench ($89)
 
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings hit the road this week to take on Chicago as the Vikings look for their fourth win of the season. Cousins has taken at least one sack in each game this season and has remained inconsistent in his play, racking up 10 interceptions through eight games. Meanwhile, the Bears boast a defence 
ranked fourth against quarterbacks and have beaten the Vikings four of the last five times the teams have met.
 
Joe Mixon and the Cincinnati Bengals take on the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers this week in Pittsburgh. Mixon has surpassed 70 rushing yards in a game only once this season, which came in a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week Four. The Steelers defence is particularly dominant, ranking first in the league against the run, and the Bengals have yet to win a game on the road.
 
Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Carolina Panthers on the road this week, looking to bounce back from a devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints that saw the Buccaneers muster only a field goal. Mike Evans’ targets have been in the single digits since Week Two and he hasn’t gone over 70 yards in a single game since Week Four. The Panthers pass-defence is ranked sixth in the league and with Brady having other targets in Godwin and Brown, Evans just isn’t getting the ball like he used to. 
 
Mark Andrews and the Baltimore Ravens take on the New England Patriots this week on the road as the Patriots look to build on a win against the Jets during a Monday night prime-time matchup last week. Andrews has never had over 10 targets in a single game this season and has yet to have a 60-yard game. He hasn’t had a touchdown since Week Six and now faces a defence ranked first against tight ends. 
 
The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Green Bay Packers this week on the road with the colder weather being yet one more factor benefitting the home team. The Packers have an offence ranked 11 overall with a combination of Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, and Aaron Rodgers dominating this season. In contrast, the Jaguars have a defence ranked 28 overall with their only win in nine games coming against the Indianapolis Colts in Week One. 

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