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Erickson: NFL Week 10 fantasy football start 'em or sit 'em

Nov 2, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to running back Leonard Fournette (28) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 of the fantasy football season represents the great divide between the contenders and the pretenders. The start/sit decisions made this week will be crucial to whether the championship run starts or the dreams of hoisting the trophy fade into oblivion.

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Injuries continue to ravage fantasy lineups (get well soon, Christian McCaffrey), and bye weeks have us scrambling to find replacements for the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and Todd Gurley II.

Nobody’s roster will be at 100% in Week 10, so we need to salvage victories however we can. I'm here to be your guide through weekly sit/start questions across traditional 10- and 12-team leagues, along with deeper formats.

So, without further ado, get ready for the 10th edition of the 2020 PFF fantasy football start ‘em or sit ‘em.

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Sep 20, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball in front of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

START: JARED GOFF, LOS ANGELES RAMS

Fantasy football doesn’t have to be hard. Over the past four weeks, the Seattle Seahawks have allowed the most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position, and that mark is almost 18% higher than the next closest team (Houston Texans).

Jared Goff has been boom-or-bust all season long, with three fantasy performances of 29-plus fantasy points and five fantasy performances with fewer than 20 fantasy points.

The matchup in Week 10 screams “spike week” for Goff because the Los Angeles Rams will have to throw more against the pass-funnel Seahawks, who own PFF’s highest-graded run defense. Per PFF’s OL/DL matchup chart, no team is projected to be at a bigger disadvantage than the Rams when they attempt to run.

They’d be wise to follow the trends set by teams that have already played the Seahawks. Teams that have played Seattle thus far have averaged a league-low 31.4% run-play percentage.

Goff has also had a ton of success against his NFC West Rivals. In his last four games against them, he has averaged 332 passing yards, and they have sacked him just three times.

START: TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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