Bold NFL Predictions for Week 10
Life gets in the way sometimes and because of that, I missed the bold predictions for Week 9. However, that’s not going to stop me from diving back in with some hot takes for Week 10, while going over how we did in Week 8. In the last article, we hit on Tua finishing inside the Top 5 for the week and Tony Pollard finishing as a top-12 RB for the week. As for the misses, Jonathan Taylor was not able to bounce back, Russell Wilson and the Broncos won but did not break out, Carolina did not start a winning streak, and Irv Smith Jr. failed to reach the endzone. We were headed in the right direction in Week 8 but fell short of perfection. Let’s hit that mark this week as we lay out some bold predictions for Week 10 in the NFL.
D’Andre Swift finishes inside the top 12 for the week
For what was supposed to be a breakout season, D’Andre Swift has been extremely frustrating for fantasy owners this year. In Week 1, it looked as though he was going to be the real deal with 175 yards from scrimmage, including four carries for 20-plus yards, and a touchdown against a solid Philadelphia run defense. Since then, it’s been a train wreck. From injuries to low snap counts, he’s been one of the riskiest players in fantasy football this season. Head coach Dan Campbell has been open about trying to play it safe with Swift and his workload, giving more opportunities to Jamaal Williams. However, this is the week where I think we see the D’Andre Swift of old. He gets a nice matchup against the Chicago Bears who have allowed the most rushing touchdowns so far this season and he should see some valuable touches. Even if the Lions fall behind, I expect the team to use the former Georgia running back in the passing game while exploiting the abysmal run defense. Last week, Swift saw just 10 of the 62 offensive snaps but finished the game with five touches. When he’s on the field, they are looking to get him the ball. I think his workload sees an uptick this week and he makes the most of it. I’m predicting that Swift finds the endzone and sees more opportunities given he’s one week healthier.
Courtland Sutton finds the endzone for the first time since Week 4
Speaking of frustrating, how about this Denver Broncos offense? Just think about all of the hype in the offseason and how good this team was supposed to be. They traded for future Hall of Famer Russell Wilson, surrounded him with weapons, and were supposed to have a pretty lethal ground game with second-year running back Javonte Williams who was expected to take on more of the workload. Fast forward to today and this has been the third-worst offense in terms of points per game through nine weeks. Now, they did lose Williams after just four games and the offensive line has suffered its fair share of injuries so this isn’t really the team we were all promised. However, I don’t expect this team to continue being a bottom-three offense for much longer and that starts with increased production from the wide receivers. Courtland Sutton has been Russell Wilson’s guy this season, but they’ve only connected for one touchdown so far. For a player of Sutton’s size and skill, it shouldn’t be too long before we see some red zone opportunities turn into scores. This could be the perfect week to get back on track as he faces up against a Titans defense that has given up the seventh most receiving touchdowns so far this season. They might be tough against the run, but they have let teams kill them through the air. I expect Wilson to find Sutton in the endzone at least once this week and establish a better rapport with one of his top receivers.
The Cardinals find their groove against the Rams
This has been a tough season for the Arizona Cardinals. From poor decision-making to a slew of injuries, this offense has yet to lift off. However, this is still a very talented team. Kyler Murray has had two straight games with two or more touchdowns and the return of Deandre Hopkins has certainly helped the passing game. However, what could give the team an extra spark is a fully healthy James Conner. Conner played last weekend and looked to be capable of carrying his normal workload. Now, a week healthier, I think we can expect an increase in touches and an increase in respect opposing defenses give the Arizona ground game. This should open things up for Murray, allowing him to thrive against a Rams defense that hasn’t been as good as we thought they would be. With signs of life being shown over the last few weeks, there is bound to be a payoff for a team that is just too talented to continue being a bottom-feeder. I expect Kyler Murray to continue his multiple-touchdown streak and for the entire Cardinals offense to put together a solid performance against the sliding Los Angeles Rams.
Jonathan Taylor shows that he’s still Jonathan Taylor
I predicted that Jonathan Taylor would bounce back in Week 8 and shred through the Commanders. I did not, however, predict that he would aggravate his ankle injury and leave the game for brief moment then not look the same once he returned. He missed last week but he’s on track to play against the Raiders in Week 10. Now, with interim head coach Jeff Saturday at the helm, offensive schemes in Indianapolis should get a lot simpler. Considering Las Vegas is rather weak against the run and Jeff Saturday has only had a week to get up to speed, I have a feeling that Taylor will be leaned on heavily, assuming he’s healthy enough to carry the workload. I expect Saturday to establish the run early and grind out a slow-paced game in his first game as head coach. Do I think the Colts will win? I’m not sure, but I do think it will be a lot closer of a game than it was last week against the Patriots. Don’t let this rough start to the season distract you from the fact that Jonathan Taylor is a really, really good running back. He wasn’t this seasons consensus 1.01 for no reason. I’m predicting that Taylor will find the endzone for the first time since Week 1 and rack up over 100 yards from scrimmage.
Ezekiel Elliott returns with a touchdown against the Packers
I think some might have forgotten how much the Dallas Cowboys like Ezekiel Elliott as their go-to running back. Despite how well Tony Pollard performed in his absence, I’m not so sure Pollard is built to carry the type of workload that Elliott sees on a weekly basis. Slated to return this week against the Packers, the former Ohio State running back should thrive in what should be a very positive game script for the red-hot Cowboys. Green Bay has really struggled on offense this season and I don’t expect them to be able to stay on the field for long stretches in this game. Moreover, the Cowboys love to establish the run to open up the passing game. Elliott is a bruiser and Dallas takes advantage of that. Assuming there will be goal-line work to be had, I expect the three-time Pro Bowler to plow into the endzone behind an improving offensive line. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the Cowboys find themselves up by two or more scores in the third and fourth quarters, giving the team the opportunity to feed Zeke heavily. Of course, Tony Pollard touches will be sprinkled in, but he has an obvious workload cap. There will be a heavy dose of Ezekiel Elliott in a blowout win for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Buccaneers beat the Seahawks by two touchdowns in Germany
For a team with as many weapons and as much experience as the Buccaneers do, they have been surprisingly disappointing through nine weeks. However, they are coming off a big win against the Rams and are starting to put things together. There still seems to be something off, but there are signs of life. Tom Brady led a game-winning drive last week, looking more and more like the Tom Brady we’ve watched over the last 23 years, if only for a drive. Without a multiple-touchdown game since Week 4, things are bound to come together for the Tampa Bay passing attack. The Seahawks allow 225 passing yards per game and 1.4 passing touchdowns per game. I think Brady can take advantage of this and roll over a red-hot Seattle team that should come back down to earth at some point. What makes this an even better spot for the Buccaneers is the Seahawks weak run defense. Leonard Fournette has not been great, but even he should be able to exploit the oppositions biggest weakness. In the first-ever regular season NFL game played in Germany, I think Brady and the Buccaneers will make a point to put on a show for the international fans and start a much-needed winning streak.
Will Holtz is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism. He has been playing fantasy football for 15 years and hopes to help fantasy managers become fantasy champions. When he is not writing about fantasy football, he writes about the NBA and spends time with his family and girlfriend.