Week 10 gets started in the NFL with an AFC North match up as the 4-4 Baltimore Ravens host the 0-9 Cleveland Browns. The Ravens are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st place in the division while with 0 wins the Browns are at the bottom of the AFC North. Let's take a look and see who you should START tonight and who you should SIT on your fantasy team.


Joe Flacco hasn't looked like a big time fantasy quarterback this season. He actually has more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (6) this season. Flacco is up against the 23rd ranked Cleveland defense, but I still think he's a SIT for me tonight.

Cody Kessler has played better than all the experts thought he would, but it hasn't translated to fantasy. Kessler has only thrown 1 interception this season, but you have to wonder if Kevin Hogan will take a snap or two away from him. I'm going to SIT Kessler tonight.

Running Back:

Terrence West spent his rookie season (2014) with the Browns. West rushed for 42 yards in Week 2 against the Browns earlier this season. West has averaged 55.6 yards per game this season. This is a tough call, but I'm going to START West tonight.

Isaiah Crowell has been up and down this season. Crowell has two 100 yard rushing games this season and one of them was his 133 yard performance against the Ravens in Week 2. I have Crowell as a START tonight, but I can understand why you stay away from him.

Duke Johnson Jr. doesn't get a ton of carries for the Browns, but he is the main receiving back. Johnson Jr. does average 5.1 yards per carry this season and is targeted an average of 5.4 times a game as a receiver. I'm keeping Johnson Jr. on the bench as a SIT tonight.

Wide Receiver:

Mike Wallace has had a resurgence with the Ravens this season. Wallace leads the Ravens in targets (67), yards (614) and touchdowns (4). Wallace is still a deep threat if Flacco goes down field. I'm going to START Wallace tonight.

Steve Smith Sr. came back from a terrible injury last season and is outing up solid numbers in what's suppose to be his final NFL season. Smith Sr. has caught 31 passes this season, but has only gotten into the end zone 1 time this season. I have Smith Sr. as a SIT tonight.

Breshad Perriman was the Ravens 1st round draft pick in 2015, but lost that entire season to a knee injury. Perriman has 17 catches this season, but hasn't scored a touchdown. I don't think Perriman is worth taking a chance on tonight; so he's a SIT for me.

Kamar Aiken was rumored to be the Ravens #1 receiver coming into this season, but that hasn't happened. Aiken has 14 catches on the season and hasn't had more than 4 catches in a game. This should be an easy SIT for fantasy owners.

Terrelle Pryor Sr. may be the biggest sleeper this fantasy season. I'm willing to be that if you're in a small league Pryor Sr. wasn't even drafted, but I bet he was a quick waiver wire pick up. Pryor Sr. is the Browns #1 receiver. He should get his targets and his catches tonight; so I have him as a START tonight.

Andrew Hawkins has had a down year. Hawkins has 24 catches, but has found his way into the end zone 3 times. They only way I'd play Hawkins was if I thought he'd get into the end zone, but I'm just not the confident in him. Hawkins is a SIT for me.

Corey Coleman came back from injury last week and caught 3 passes for 41 yards. Coleman had a big game in Week 2 against the Ravens. He caught 5 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coleman missed 6 weeks with his injury and I'm not sold he's all the way back. I'm going to SIT Coleman tonight.

Tight End:

Dennis Pitta is a difficult fantasy choice to make. Pitta actually leads the Ravens in receptions with 40, but doesn't have a touchdown. Pitta averages 43.6 yards a game and 8.7 yards a catch. I don't think Pitta will get catches to play; so he's a SIT for me.

Gary Barnidge was a breakout fantasy tight end last season, but his numbers have been down this season. Barnidge has 36 receptions, but hasn't caught a touchdown pass. Barnidge was drafted pretty high among tight ends this season, but I can't wait for him to have "that" game; so I have him as a SIT tonight.

Defense/Special Teams:

Baltimore isn't that Super Bowl winning defense that it use to be, but Cleveland doesn't have a great offense; so I think you'll be able to get away with using the Ravens Defense/Special Teams as a START tonight.

Cleveland's defense is ranked worse than Baltimore's. You just have to winder if the unit has been n the field to long and is running out of gas. I can't get behind the Defense/Special Team of the Browns; so they're a SIT for me tonight.

All right there it is. I hope my advice helps you make some good choices for the start of your fantasy week. Thanks for taking the time to read this article and good luck tonight and in Week 10.

Published by John Burke