Should You Start Courtland Sutton or Marquise Brown in Fantasy Football Week 10?

Courtland Sutton and Marquise Brown are two solid fantasy football WR options -- which of the two WRs is the better start in Week 10?

We’re diving into the outlooks for Courtland Sutton and Marquise Brown in fantasy football for Week 10. Who is the better player to start this week?

Should You Start Courtland Sutton or Marquise Brown This Week?

The Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer says that Sutton is the player to start. His projected 9.5 points include 4.8 receptions, 62.2 yards, and 0.1 TDs. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the consensus projection for Brown (9.0 points).

However, when you isolate my rankings, I see Brown outperforming Sutton because of the impending return of Kyler Murray and the boost that will bring the entire offense. Brown has seen so many targets in this offense but from replacement-level QBs. Getting those from a stud QB like Murray, even in his first game back, will lead to a massive boost.

With Murray back, Brown becomes a solid WR2 with a weekly WR1 upside. Sutton, on the other hand, has been dependent on his TDs and that’s a scary weekly bet. While a decent bet to find the end zone against a struggling Bills defense, he’s a WR3 or Flex type with upside if he finds the end zone.

Courtland Sutton’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

Sutton has been a bit of a surprise this year. Last year, he looked fairly cooked. But after working hard, he’s been mostly solid. His ceiling is fairly limited, as his top week was just 16.6 half-PPR points.

He’s also, as mentioned above, extremely TD-reliant. He’s currently WR33 on the year, even while sitting fourth in TDs on the year to WRs. He’s tied with A.J. Brown, whose 67 receptions more than doubles Sutton’s 33 to get to six TDs. He’s caught one in six of eight games now.

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The Bills matchup looks juicy — their defense has had a boatload of injuries and has struggled for a few weeks now. While they have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to WRs in the last month, it’s been on the back of yards and receptions. They’ve allowed just three TDs to WRs in that span.

For Sutton to be a higher-end option, he’d need more consistent targets. Off the bye week, he’s more likely to lose targets. Rookie WR Marvin Mims has balled out on limited opportunities and needs to see more coming off the bye. He’s a downfield weapon more likely to affect Sutton than Jerry Jeudy’s targets.

Marquise Brown’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

Brown was a pick for the second half in drafts, and if you’ve managed to roster him now, congratulations! He’s been an elite target earner this year, seeing eight or more targets in six of nine games. As discussed above, those targets are about to get much more valuable coming from Murray starting this week.

Last season, when Brown was the WR1 in Arizona while DeAndre Hopkins was suspended, he was just the WR6 overall. He averaged 14.6 half-PPR fantasy points per game in that six-game sample. That 14.6 points would be WR10 this year, between Adam Thielen and Puka Nacua. He was a consistent option, too, never falling below nine fantasy points.

Over the last month, the Atlanta Falcons, the Cardinals’ opponent, have not been good at stopping WRs. They’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to WRs. The seven TDs allowed are tied for the worst in football over the last four weeks. The matchup is fantastic, and his ceiling is so high that Murray returns to show what he can do.

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