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NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings

Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates after throwing a second quarter touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Stefon Diggs has one top-15 finish, the Denver Broncos boast two top-24 running backs, and New York Jets quarterbacks have more top-five finishes than Russell Wilson — just like we all predicted.


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All jokes aside, it’s crazy how much is different after nine completed games. The constant change has made it critical to continually tweak fantasy football player rankings based on new information and trends. Realizing that Diggs’ 22% target share is down significantly from last season (29%) cannot be overlooked when projecting his fantasy ceiling. 

With plenty of PFF premium stats available to adjust rankings based on a player’s high-value opportunities, expected fantasy point output and routes run participation, it will be easy to highlight the best waiver wire pickups, optimal starts/sits and under-the-radar trade targets/DFS plays.

Those key data points — along with PFF player grades, implied team totals, PFF fantasy projections and strength of schedule — are all factored to mold my position-by-position Week 10 fantasy football rankings.

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2021 WEEK 10 QB FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS

Name Team Rank Tier
Lamar Jackson BAL 1 1
Josh Allen BUF 2 1
Tom Brady TB 3 1
Matthew Stafford LAR 4 1
Dak Prescott DAL 5 1
Justin Herbert LAC 6 2
Jalen Hurts PHI 7 2
Derek Carr LV 8 2
Kirk Cousins MIN 9 2
Aaron Rodgers GB 10 2
Russell Wilson SEA 11 2
Patrick Mahomes II KC 12 3
Matt Ryan ATL 13 3
Carson Wentz IND 14 3
Kyler Murray ARI 15 3
Ryan Tannehill TEN 16 3
Taylor Heinicke WAS 17 4
Teddy Bridgewater DEN 18 4
Jimmy Garoppolo SF 19 4
Ben Roethlisberger PIT 20 4
Jacoby Brissett MIA 21 5
Baker Mayfield CLE 22 5
Mike White NYJ 23 5
Trevor Lawrence JAC 24 5
Mac Jones NE 25 5
P.J. Walker CAR 26 5
Jared Goff DET 27 5
Trevor Siemian NO 28 5
Taysom Hill NO 29 5
Cam Newton CAR 30 5
Trey Lance SF 31 5
Colt McCoy ARI 32 5
Jordan Love GB 33 5
Tua Tagovailoa MIA 34 5
Zach Wilson NYJ 35 5
DAK PRESCOTT, DALLAS COWBOYS

It was a day to forget for Dallas on Sunday, as Prescott and the entire offense struggled immensely. Prescott completed less than 50% of his pass attempts — his lowest completion rate since his rookie season. He was out of sorts after so much time off. 

 

And as a result, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper tanked fantasy lineups. Nonetheless, they still combined for over 300 air yards and six deep targets. That’s the tell-tale sign that this entire passing game is slated to bounce back ahead of a matchup versus the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 25th in explosive pass-play rate faced this season. They also rank 30th in passer rating and 32nd in EPA per play allowed when facing 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end and three wide receivers), which Dallas ran more of last week without Blake Jarwin.

With Michael Gallup back as the No. 3 wide receiver role, look for Prescott to turn in a top-five fantasy quarterback week. 

The Cowboys quarterback is also a screaming buy-low candidate with the easiest schedule over the next five weeks

KIRK COUSINS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

In the Week 9 DFS cheat sheet, I wrote about Cousins’ advantage versus the Baltimore Ravens’ Cover 1 and 3 base defense. He posted a serviceable passing outing as a result — 20-plus fantasy points. Get ready to head straight back to the Cousins well this week, as the Los Angeles Chargers also run a lot of Cover 1 and 3 looks, so expect another efficient outing from Captain Kirk.

Through nine weeks, The Vikings passer owns PFF’s third-highest grade (88.4) when facing those schemes.

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DEREK CARR, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 

Sunday Night Football presents a massive bounce-back spot for Carr, who not only missed Darren Waller twice in the end zone last week but also Zay Jones and Bryan Edwards as well. The Raiders quarterback finished 1-for-7 on passes into the end zone. Because of the plethora of high-value throws, Carr concluded Week 9 with a whopping 29.4 expected fantasy points

Be sure to have him in all season-long and DFS lineups against the Kansas City Chiefs with positive touchdown regress firmly in sight. 

Adding speedy vertical deep threat DeSean Jackson to the mix should also heighten Carr’s fantasy ceiling. Carr posted an abysmal 22.8 PFF passing grade on throws 20-plus yards downfield versus the New York Giants. In Weeks 1-8, Carr was PFF’s fourth-graded passer on deep throws (95.8). 

Kansas City ranks 29th in passer rating allowed on attempts of 20-plus air yards. 

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