Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Tom Brady and Buccaneers break out, plus more

The Cowboys are hoping to have Ezekiel Elliott (knee) play in Week 10 at Green Bay, but it sounds like he’s going to be cautious. Elliott said Wednesday after getting in a limited practice that he’s not going to rush coming back after sitting out in Week 8, and Dallas was on a bye in Week 9.

“I just need to get some more reps, just to see where I’m at,” Elliott said via Todd Archer of ESPN. “I would say there is urgency, but I think what’s important is just making sure my knee is good and ready to go. That’s the priority. The priority is the long run. I plan to play deep into the playoffs, so the long game is definitely the priority.”

If Elliott can’t play against the Packers then Tony Pollard would be looking at a big workload again, and that would be great for his Fantasy outlook. With Elliott out against the Bears in Week 8, Pollard had 14 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns, along with one catch for 16 yards.

Pollard has now scored at least 12 PPR points in three of his past four games, so he’s worth using as a No. 2 running back even if Elliott plays. But if Elliott is out then Pollard could be a top-10 Fantasy running back in all leagues.

The Packers have allowed eight running backs to score at least 12 PPR points this season, and Green Bay is now down a key member of its defense after Rashan Gary (ACL) got injured in Week 9 at Detroit. Continue to monitor what happens with Elliott leading up to Sunday, and if he’s out then Pollard should be a star.

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Tom Brady has been a bad fantasy quarterback this year. He has one game with multiple touchdowns and two games with more than 19 Fantasy points. For the season, he’s averaging just 17.1 Fantasy points per game.

But this will be a breakout game for him against the Seahawks in Germany. For starters, Brady loves playing in international games. He’s undefeated in three international games in his career, and he’s passed for 952 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in those outings. He’s scored at least 26 Fantasy points in each of those games (two in London and one in Mexico City) and only needs 258 more yards to break Blake Bortles’ record for most career passing yards outside of the United States.

The Seahawks have allowed two of their past three opposing quarterbacks to score at least 22 Fantasy points, and four quarterbacks have topped 20 Fantasy points against Seattle this year. Brady will add to that total in this matchup.

With Tampa Bay’s run game a failure, Brady will again attempt at least 40 passes, which he’s done for seven games in a row. He’ll also be above 300 passing yards, which has happened three times in his past seven outings. But this time he’ll get multiple touchdowns and deliver a potential top-five performance this week.

Brady is due for a big game. Playing overseas might be what he needs to get his season back on track, and Fantasy managers will enjoy the results in Week 10.

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Cowboys (at GB)

The Cowboys defense gave up the most points they have allowed all season the last time we saw them against the Bears in Week 8 with 29. Still, the Cowboys DST had four sacks, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in that game. The Dallas defense has at least four sacks in six of the last seven games and at least one turnover in six of eight games. Additionally, the Packers come into this game as the 27th-best scoring offense in the NFL at 17 points per game. Green Bay is also banged up for this game, with Romeo Doubs (ankle) out and Aaron Jones (ankle) potentially limited. Aaron Rodgers has also thrown four interceptions in his past two games against Buffalo and Detroit.

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  • Steelers (vs. NO)
  • Giants (vs. HOU)

Buccaneers (vs. SEA)

The Seahawks offense, largely on the backs of the emergence of Kenneth Walker III and Geno Smith, comes in as the fourth-highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging roughly 27 points per game. They have scored at least 27 points in four of their last five games. Tampa Bay hasn’t recorded a turnover in five games in a row, and the Buccaneers have been at three sacks or less in three of the past four games. I’m not sure the Buccaneers DST qualifies as a must-start Fantasy option for this week.

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