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Cam Newton isn't the only one making a return. We're currently projecting Russell Wilson to return from his injured finger, Kyler Murray to return from his leg injury, and we're hopeful we'll also see Aaron Rodgers return off the COVID-IR in Week 10. The funny thing is that none of them initially came out as must-start quarterbacks in the first run of projections.

Murray would be my favorite if all three play, but he's not a top-six guy for me. That's partially because of the injury and how it may limit Murray, but it's also his recent production. Murray has run for just 38 yards in his past three games combined and his rush attempts are down about 33% from last year. He also hasn't reached 275 passing yards since Week 4. This lack of yardage makes Murray dependent on three touchdowns to be an elite option. That means he doesn't project as an elite option.

Wilson's problem is, as it always has been, a volume problem. Only it's even exacerbated this year. The Seahawks have run the fewest offensive plays per game in the NFL this year, and that's not a Geno Smith problem. Couple the low volume with their run-heavy attack, and it's hard to project Wilson for even 30 attempts.

Rodgers is a little simpler. He's been a low-end No. 1 quarterback. He has been a top-five quarterback twice this season, but he also has two games below 20 Fantasy points. Best-case scenario is you're getting Rodgers with no practice for two weeks, which may or may no have a negative impact on him against the Seahawks.

If you have one of these guys on your team, you're probably starting them if they're active. But you also probably shouldn't drop your backup yet if you're counting on Rodgers or Murray.

Let's get to the rest of the Week 10 preview:

Week 10 QB Preview
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Numbers to know
  • 21 -- Carson Wentz has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in five straight games. 
  • 27.3 -- Russell Wilson has averaged 27.3 pass attempts per game in his four complete games.
  • 6 -- Patrick Mahomes has been below 6 yards per attempt in his past three games. He only had two such games in his career entering this season.
  • 5,718-- Lamar Jackson is on pace for 5,718 yards of total offense. Drew Brees holds the record with 5,404.
  • 37.8 -- Kirk Cousins is averaging nearly 38 pass attempts per game, a huge increase over the past two seasons.
  • 31 -- Jalen Hurts has only thrown 31 passes the past two weeks combined.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
Projections powered by Sportsline
WAS Washington • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC IND -10.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
14th
PROJ PTS
23.8
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2198
RUYDS
121
TD
18
INT
3
FPTS/G
22
IND Indianapolis • #2
Age: 37 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -9 O/U 54.5
OPP VS QB
19th
PROJ PTS
20.8
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2157
RUYDS
37
TD
16
INT
6
FPTS/G
21.5
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 40 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET PIT -9 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
17th
PROJ PTS
21.9
QB RNK
18th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1986
RUYDS
6
TD
10
INT
4
FPTS/G
15.8
ARI Arizona • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR ARI -10 O/U 44.5
OPP VS QB
13th
PROJ PTS
21.1
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2276
RUYDS
147
TD
20
INT
7
FPTS/G
26.4
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -2.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
30th
PROJ PTS
21.2
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2565
RUYDS
34
TD
13
INT
7
FPTS/G
21
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Waiver Wire/Streamers
MIA Miami
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI DEN -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
23rd
QB RNK
16th
ROSTERED
59%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2163
RUYDS
69
TD
15
INT
5
FPTS/G
19.2
Bridgewater has been a high-end No. 2 quarterback, and I don't hate this matchup stylistically for him. There's not a streamer I really want to start over a typical starter, so this is more of a bye-week or injury replacement.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 40 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET PIT -8.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
17th
QB RNK
17th
ROSTERED
56%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1986
RUYDS
6
TD
10
INT
4
FPTS/G
15.8
I expected Roethlisberger to be my favorite streamer, but I am a little nervous if Chase Claypool can't go. Ben gets a boost if Claypool is cleared.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 29 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -9.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
18th
QB RNK
19th
ROSTERED
23%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1928
RUYDS
232
TD
12
INT
9
FPTS/G
19.1
Heinicke probably has the most upside at the position, but his floor is terrifying. The Buccaneers have allowed at least 19 Fantasy points in every game but one this season and just gave up 24 to the combination of Jameis Winston and Trevor Siemian.
One To Stash
CHI Chicago • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL
OPP VS QB
15th
QB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1282
RUYDS
288
TD
6
INT
8
FPTS/G
10.6
The way Fields has looked the past two weeks, I absolutely want him on my roster after the bye.
CAR Carolina • #1
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE NE -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
28th
QB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
6%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
0
RUYDS
0
TD
0
INT
0
FPTS/G
0
Newton is a must-add in a two-quarterback league, but I like him in deeper one-quarterback leagues as well. He has a favorable schedule after Week 10 and should be an upgrade over Sam Darnold.
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BUF Buffalo • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ BUF -13 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
12th
PROJ PTS
29.4
QB RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2236
RUYDS
319
TD
20
INT
5
FPTS/G
28.6
Allen has let us down a couple of times as of late, but I expect a big bounce back against a very bad Jets defense.

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