The Queen’s Journal’ vs ‘Western Gazette’ Fantasy Football 2021: Week ten

'The Journal’s start ‘em, sit ‘em picks for this week’s NFL action

Last week was one for NFL underdogs as the Jacksonville Jaguars toppled the Buffalo Bills, the Denver Broncos thoroughly beat the Dallas Cowboys, and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Los Angeles Rams. After a disappointing outing from Josh Allen and a stellar game from Justin Herbert, The Journal lost another contest with the Gazette, but we’re looking to rebound with this week’s picks.

Starters: $96

Tom Brady, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady has thrown 10 touchdowns in his last three games, including four against a strong New Orleans defence two weeks ago. Behind a solid offensive line and with a core of talented pass catchers, facing the lowly Washington Football Team should allow Brady to shine once more this week.

Johnathan Taylor, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts

Johnathan Taylor has become an unstoppable force as of late, recording three touchdowns in his last two games. Taylor has surpassed 100 rushing yards in four games so far this season and should be able to do so again against a poor Jacksonville Jaguars defence this week.

AJ Brown, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans

AJ Brown’s role on the offense has been limited recently, but with Derrick Henry out on injury, Brown should become quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s primary weapon, particularly against a strong New Orleans defence that specializes in stopping the run.

Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Miami Dolphins

Mike Gesicki has remained a steady part of the Dolphins’ offence this season, topping 50 receiving yards in two of his past three games while recording one touchdown. Gesicki should have another significant role facing the Baltimore Ravens this week, a team with the second-worst passing defence in the league.

Arizona Cardinals Defence

The Arizona Cardinals are a top-ranked defence, allowing the third fewest points of any team in the league so far this season. Facing off against the Carolina Panthers, a team that has struggled recently and that lost to the New England Patriots last week, Arizona should be poised to succeed.

 

Bench: $85

Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts has thrown only a single touchdown over the past two games while averaging less than 150 yards on offense. Facing off against the Denver Broncos, the second-best defence in the league by points allowed per game, Hurts’ production struggles should continue.

Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliot hasn’t had a touchdown in his past three games and his rushing yardage has steadily declined since week six. Elliott’s most recent score came from a two-point conversion last week in a loss to the Denver Broncos. While the Falcons’ defence isn’t strong, Elliott should have another quiet game based on his recent behaviour.

Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Chargers

Keenan Allen has recorded one touchdown over the past five weeks and his average receiving yards per game remains low. Playing against the Minnesota Vikings, a team with a decent pass defence, Allen should struggle to find a significant role on Sunday.

TJ Hockenson, Tight End, Detroit Lions

TJ Hockenson hasn’t had a touchdown since week two against the Green Bay Packers and has topped 50 receiving yards only twice in the past five weeks. Playing against a strong Pittsburgh Steelers defence, Hockenson’s role should continue to be limited, as the Lions are still looking for their first win of the season.

Atlanta Falcons Defence

The Atlanta Falcons face off against the Dallas Cowboys, who come into the game as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league. The combination of Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb has been a scoring juggernaut so far this season, while the Falcons’ defence remains stuck in neutral.

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