Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Projections for Players with Matchups We Love

The NFL superstars are out to play in Week 10.  This hasn't always been the case, not when guys like Kareem Hunt and Deshaun Watson have scored well on the way to ranking among the top names in fantasy football so far.  But Week 10 started with a bang Thursday, as Larry Fitzgerald, Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson put up big games in a divisional showdown. If fantasy owners are lucky, it's a sign of things to come for what looks like another tough segment of schedule.  To help

The NFL superstars are out to play in Week 10. 

This hasn't always been the case, not when guys like Kareem Hunt and Deshaun Watson have scored well on the way to ranking among the top names in fantasy football so far. 

But Week 10 started with a bang Thursday, as Larry Fitzgerald, Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson put up big games in a divisional showdown. If fantasy owners are lucky, it's a sign of things to come for what looks like another tough segment of schedule. 

To help owners prepare, here's a look at matchup rankings at each position. 

          

Week 10 Schedule

Cincinnati at Tennessee 

Cleveland at Detroit 

Green Bay at Chicago

L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville

Minnesota at Washington 

New Orleans  at Buffalo

N.Y. Jets  at Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 

Houston at L.A. Rams

Dallas at Atlanta 

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco 

New England  at Denver 

Miami at Carolina

     

Quarterbacks

PlayerProjected Points
Matthew Stafford20
Ben Roethlisberger20
Jared Goff19
Cam Newton18
Matt Ryan17
Tom Brady16
Dak Prescott16
Drew Brees15
Josh McCown15
Tyrod Taylor14
Marcus Mariota14
Kirk Cousins13
Andy Dalton12
Ryan Fitzpatrick12
Blake Bortles11
Author's projections. *If he plays.

It's hard to avoid gushing about Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford this week. 

The veteran has come alive in recent weeks, scoring at least 17.88 points in three matchups in a row, capped by his second foray over the 20-point mark. 

Normally regression comes into the conversation, but not when the next matchup is a date against the Cleveland Browns, a team allowing the ninth-most points to opposing quarterbacks on average. At home, Stafford should feast. 

Speaking of feasting, we haven't seen Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger do that for most of the season considering he hasn't hit the 20-point mark all year. 

Big Ben has three double-digit outings in a row, though, with a good matchup perhaps ready to push him over. This week looks like the week, too, thanks to a game against the reeling Indianapolis Colts—the team allowing the 10th-most points to signal-callers, including 25.08 to DeShone Kizer.

          

Running Backs

PlayerProjected Points
Le'Veon Bell20
Jordan Howard20
Leonard Fournette19
Mark Ingram18
Todd Gurley17
Alvin Kamara17
LeSean McCoy16
Carlos Hyde15
Devonta Freeman14
Melvin Gordon13
Lamar Miller12
Joe Mixon12
Jerick McKinnon11
Marlon Mack11
Orleans Darkwa11
Christian McCaffrey11
Doug Martin11
Chris Thompson11
DeMarco Murray10
Ameer Abdullah10
Matt Forte*10
Tevin Coleman10
Aaron Jones8
Isaiah Crowell8
Bilal Powell8
Author's projections. *If he plays.

It's all about rising stars at running back. 

Last year's breakout rookie, Jordan Howard, is set to put his team on his back against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. Not only did those Packers produce one of his double-digit outings already, they're allowing the fourth-most points to opposing backs this year. 

On paper, Howard should have an even better showing against the Packers this time out as he can dominate the game sans Aaron Rodgers

Leonard Fournette, one of this year's breakout rookies, figures to have a big day as well. After missing last week for disciplinary reasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars lead back rolls right into a game against a Los Angeles Chargers defense allowing the eighth-most points to backs. 

Considering Fournette has hit double digits every week so far and even surpassed the 30-point mark, it wouldn't come as a shock to see him lead all scorers at the position. 

             

Wide Receivers

PlayerProjected Points
Antonio Brown17
Julio Jones*17
A.J. Green16
Brandin Cooks16
DeAndre Hopkins15
Demaryius Thomas14
Jarvis Landry14
Michael Thomas*14
T.Y. Hilton*13
Golden Tate13
Adam Thielen12
Stefon Diggs12
Devin Funchess12
Robby Anderson11
Marvin Jones11
Dez Bryant11
Sterling Shepard11
Devante Parker11
JuJu Smith-Schuster11
DeSean Jackson10
Robert Woods10
Keenan Allen10
Emmanuel Sanders9
Mohamed Sanu8
Ted Ginn8
Jordy Nelson8
Cooper Kupp8
Rishard Matthews7
Sammy Watkins7
Corey Davis 7
Author's projections. *If he plays.

Don't shy away from A.J. Green now. 

The Cincinnati Bengals' lead wideout escaped a suspension after a fight in Week 9 and is frustrated with his offense. When this has happened in the past, the offense has fed him target after target for a game. 

The catch here? The Tennessee Titans don't really have anyone who can run with Green, something reflected on the depth chart and by the fact they allow the 11th-most points to the position. Expect a huge bounce-back game for a guy who hasn't scored double digits since Week 5. 

Speaking of bounce-back games, the Denver Broncos could get one from Demaryius Thomas in Week 10 thanks to a game against the New England Patriots. 

Thomas has had problems this year in large part thanks to quarterback play. But he's coming off his best-scoring game of the year on 12 targets, and a Patriots defense allowing the second-most points to wideouts has a way of nullifying quarterback issues. 

Still the top target, Thomas could have a comeback week no matter who lines up under center. 

      

Tight Ends

PlayerProjected Points
Rob Gronkowski11
Evan Engram10
Cameron Brate10
Kyle Rudolph9
Hunter Henry9
Julius Thomas9
Austin Seferian-Jenkins8
Jack Doyle8
Charles Clay*7
Delanie Walker*7
Jason Witten7
Austin Hooper7
Vernon Davis7
Eric Ebron6
Jordan Reed*6
Author's projections. *If he plays.

Sometimes the matchup can deceive. 

Such is the case with New York Giants tight end Evan Engram this week, who heads into a game against a San Francisco 49ers defense allowing the fifth-fewest points to tight ends. 

But those 49ers have allowed at least 8.3 points three games in a row to the spot. The overall numbers are skewed thanks to playing Jermaine Gresham twice, as well as Luke Wilson, Derek Carrier, Brandon Williams and Vernon Davis. Engram, on the other hand, has 12 or more points in three games and counting, making this an easy call. 

Elsewhere, things are exactly as they seem, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate heads into a game against a New York Jets defense allowing the fifth-most points to tight ends. 

Brate has at least six points in six games this year, including six of his last seven. The emergence of rookie O.J. Howard hasn't fully happened yet, so owners should be all over Brate while it's still a viable option. 

        

Defense/Special Teams

UnitProjected Points
Jacksonville Jaguars10
Pittsburgh Steelers10
Detroit Lions9
Los Angeles Rams9
Minnesota Vikings8
New York Jets 7
Carolina Panthers7
New England Patriots7
Tennessee Titans6
Chicago Bears6
Author's projections

It's getting boring spotlighting the Jaguars on a weekly basis, so let's have a chat about the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

These Steelers have 26 sacks with seven interceptions and forced fumbles heading into a game against the struggling Colts, the team that happens to cough up the most points to opposing defenses on average. 

The Colts have a turnover-prone offense that has produced six double-digit performances by defenses this year, as well as three trips to 20 points or higher. 

Maybe the Steelers don't hit the 20-point mark, but they're a lock to be one of the top-scoring units. 

        

Kickers

PlayerProjected Points
Greg Zuerlein11
Stephen Gostkowski10
Matt Prater9
Chris Boswell9
Matt Bryant8
Graham Gano7
Ryan Succop7
Will Lutz7
Mike Nugent6
Kai Forbath6
Author's projections.

Kicker is generally a boring, predictable position, so excuse the fact this week keeps chugging right along like so with Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots. 

Gostkowski has put up double-digit outings five times this year, including twice in a row. He also has nine or more points in six games. 

Both marks figure to keep rolling right along thanks to a Week 10 game against the Denver Broncos, a team allowing the fifth-most points to kickers. Since Week 3, these Broncos have allowed 19, 14, 21 and 10 points to kickers. 

         

All scoring info, points-against info and ownership stats courtesy of Yahoo standard leagues.