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:
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Week 10 QB Preview
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.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
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.
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.
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.
Cam Newton QB
CAR Carolina • #1
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
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.
Josh Allen QB
BUF Buffalo • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
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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