Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 10
NFL Week 10 is upon us and so is another slate full of injuries and contingencies for your fantasy football lineups. Here are the news and injuries you need to know about that could impact your fantasy football team for Week 10.
- Giants RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) did not practice Friday
- 49ers activated WR Kendrick Bourne from the reserve/COVID-19 list
- Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) will play in Week 10
- Seahawks RB Chris Carson (foot) remained sidelined at Thursday’s practice
- Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde (hamstring) remained sidelined at Thursday’s practice
- Seahawks RB Travis Homer (knee) was limited in Thursday’s practice
- Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is suggesting that he is nearing his return
- Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) remained sidelined on Thursday
- Giants WR Sterling Shepard (toe, hip) remained limited on Thursday
- 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday
- 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) remained sidelined on Thursday
- Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was limited on Thursday
- Chargers RB Chargers RB Justin Jackson (knee) didn’t practice Thursday
- Jaguars WR Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Broncos WR Tim Patrick (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday’s practice
- Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) practiced fully at Thursday’s practice
- Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy (shoulder) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Lions QB Matthew Stafford (neck) is practicing in full for Week 10
The following is a recap of the players from my Fantasy Football Sleepers article last week, you can read that here.
Fantasy Sleepers Week 9: Full-Disclosure
|Player||Position||PPR Rank||PPR Points|
QB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 10
ESPN Start-Percentage: 15.5
Tua Tagovailoa has started two games in the NFL and is 2-0. While he was not asked to do much in his first start and win over the Rams, which left us with more questions than answers on whether or not he can play, the upside rookie flashed last week against Arizona. Completing 71.4% of his passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 35 rushing yards, Tagovailoa finished as the QB16 (20.4).
Tagovailoa was able to accumulate more than 20 fantasy points in a tough matchup at the Cardinals last week and will look to build on his performance in a much softer matchup at the Chargers. Los Angeles’ defense is allowing the fourth-most FPPG (22.0) to enemy quarterbacks this season.
While the Chargers have only allowed three 300+ yard passing games this season and four games with fewer than 248 yards through the air including three in the 100s, they do give up touchdowns. They have yielded at least two total ds to QBs in 6-of-8 games. Even with Preston Williams and Myles Gaskin on the injured reserve list, Tagovailoa has enough around him and potentially in him to produce another quality fantasy outing and perhaps the first QB1 performance of his short career.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 12.2
It seems like Drew lock is finally developing into the quarterback the Broncos believed they drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Although he was pedestrian earlier in the season, Lock has broken out of late. In his past two games since Week 8, Lock has finished better than the QB7 with at least 2038 fantasy points in each game, topping out with 30.2 last week. Lock has thrown for at least 300 yards or three scores in those two outings against the Chargers and Falcons, two of the league’s softest matchups for challenging signal-callers.
On Sunday, Lock has another favorable matchup and another opportunity to produce as a QB1 facing-off against the Raiders. Las Vegas is surrendering the seventh-most FPPG (21.5) to QBs. Vegas has given up four 300+ yard passing games this season including in three of their last four games. In each of those 300+ yard passing games in this four-game timespan, they’ve also allowed at least two total TDs to the QB.
In the only other appearance for Lock going up against the Raiders, which was back in December of 2019, he threw for 177 yards and a TD. With Sunday’s matchup set at a 50.5 Over/ Under total, the sportsbooks are anticipating big points, which bodes well for Lock’s fantasy outlook. The books don’t often miss.
RB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 10
ESPN Start-Percentage: 19.3
I like both Melvin Gordon and Philip Lindsay this week against the Raiders. However, this could be one of those games in which they both deliver 10+ PPR points facing a Raiders defense allowing the fourth-most FPPG (22.6) to RBs. It is not impossible for two RBs to produce facing Las Vegas in the same game. In fact, it has already happened three times this season in eight games (Patriots, Buccaneers, Chargers).
Lindsay has played in five games this season. In three of them, he’s totaled at least 79 yards. All three of those games came following his Week 6 return from injury. While he’s only scored one TD in his four games played since Week 6, which was back in Week 8 against the Chargers, the Raiders present a terrific opportunity for him to once again find pay dirt. Las Vegas has given up one TD to an enemy back in 4-of-5 games since Week 4.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 18.5
In the past three games, it looks like Zack Moss is primed to take over the Buffalo backfield over Devin Singletary. While Singletary hasn’t scored since Week 4, moss has found the end zone in each of his past two games at least once, compiling three total TDs in that period. Moss also has a three-game streak with at least 10.2 PPR points cine Week 7 whereas Singletary has only managed one double-digit outing. Moss also has more touches since Week 7. He has 35 to Singletary’s 30.
Moss will look to take a stranglehold over the Bills’ backfield with another solid outing in Sunday’s matchup at the Cardinals. Arizona is surrendering the 15th-most FPPG (19.0) to RBs this season. They’ve also allowed 10+ PPR points to an enemy back seven times in eight games. And while they did not allow a single Dolphins back to accumulate PPR points in the double digits, they did let up a short TD to Jordan Howard in last week’s loss.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 13.2
While we know Aaron Jones is the de facto starter in Green Bay’s backfield, the RB2 is Jamaal Williams, much to the dismay of A.J. Dillon fantasy managers and rookie savants who believe first-year pros will take everyone’s jobs. Williams doesn’t see a ton of work behind Jones, but facing the jaguars this week, he could be busy. If you expect the packers to put this game away early, we could see Williams handle most of the second half work. After all, Jones is recently recovered from a calf injury that sidelined him for a handful of games. The last thing the Packers, a legit Super Bowl contender, wants to do is lose Jones in clock-killing duties.
Jacksonville’s defense is surrendering the sixth-most FPPG (21.6) to enemy RBs this season. They’ve also allowed two different RBs to accumulate 10+ PPR points against them in the same game in 3-of-8 games this season. Williams has a limited ceiling but a terrific floor if the game-flow trends in his favor in Week 10.
WR Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 10
ESPN Start-Percentage: 28.0
You’ve seen Christian Kirk appear in my sleepers column for quite a few weeks now and I will continue to feature him as long as the consensus continues to sleep on him. Since Week 4, Kirk has had 10+ PPR points in five straight games. In each of his past three games, however, Kirk has really taken off. He’s had 20+ PPR points in each of his past three games since Week 6. Kirk has also scored at least one TD in four of his past five games and six total scores in that time period.
Kirk will look to keep his double-digit PPR point streak rolling in a favorable Sunday home matchup with the Bills. Buffalo’s defense is allowing the eighth-fewest FPPG (21.1) to WRs, they can still be exploited despite the tough matchup. I am not in, love with this matchup, but the Bills were gashed by opposing slot receivers earlier in the year. And while they have tightened up of late, Tre’Davious White and Josh Norman are both on the injury report. They will likely play, but they could be a little slower because of their ailments.
In a projected high-scoring affair — the sportsbooks have stuck this game with a 56.5 Over/ Under total — Kirk should once again be productive. I’m riding Kirk’s hot hand and his budding rapport with Kyler Murray in Week 10.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 23.5
John Brown has dealt with multiple injuries this season that include his foot, calf, and most recently his knee. As a result, Brown hasn’t been popping like we thought he could this season. After starting the season with back-to-back games with at 18+ PPR points, Brown has not had another game with double-digit PPR points until last week against the Seahawks. It is not difficult to see that Brown’s injuries have limited him.
In last week’s game versus Seattle, Brown recorded an 8/99/0 stat line on a season-high 11 targets. He finished as the WR19 with 17.9 PPR points. Brown will look to make it consecutive games with 10+ PPR points since the first two weeks of the season in a terrific Sunday matchup with the Cardinals. And yes, this is a John Brown revenge game.
Facing a Cardinals defense yielding the 19th-most FPPG (23.8) to WRs, Brown should be able to get going, especially if Patrick Peterson is busy attempting to lock-up DeAndre Hopkins. Brown is expected to draw Dre Kirkpatrick in coverage, a midseason defect from the Bengals if he plays. Kirkpatrick is dealing with a thigh injury that held him out of Week 9’s loss to Miami.
As long as Brown gets the opportunity and draws secondary coverage, he has shown time and again he can produce with Josh Allen. Look for another big game out of Brown in Week 10. He did miss practice earlier in the week with his ailing knee but return to a full session on Thursday.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 15.4
I am taking a gamble on A.J. Green against the Steelers. While Green had an atrocious start to the year, he managed to slightly turn around his season entering the Bengals’ Week 9 bye. In two of his past three games, Green has accumulated 15+ PPR points, though he has yet to score a TD on the year. In those two games with 15+ PPR points, Green finished as the WR15 and WR31. He also drew 10+ targets, caught at least seven passes, and went for 82+ yards.
Green will get a Steelers defense surprisingly allowing the eighth-most FPPG (27.3) to enemy WRs. Pittsburgh’s defense is outstanding, but their Achilles heel is containing the pass. The Steelers have surrendered 10+ PPR points to 13 different WRs in eight games this season accompanied by the third-most TDs (12). Green averages 11+ PPR points against the Steelers in 15 career meetings.
TE Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 10
ESPN Start-Percentage: 27.2
With Preston Williams landing on the injured reserve list with his foot injury suffered in last week’s win at Arizona, Mike Gesicki could finally emerge. In the final eight games without Williams last season following the receiver’s 2019 stint on IR, Gesicki managed five TE1 outings in the final eight games. If Gesicki follows a similar path with Tua Tagovailoa under center over Ryan Fitzpatrick, he could explode down the stretch.
Gesicki will get his first opportunity to go-off sans Williams this week at the Chargers. Los Angeles’ defense is allowing the seventh-most FPPG (9.7) to TEs this season. They’ve also surrendered a touchdown to an opposing tight end in 5-of-8 games this season, including one in four of their past five.
Gesicki has only been targeted four times combined in Tagovailoa’s two starts. Expect an uptick in Week 10 sans Williams, who was targeted a combined nine times since Week 8.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 1.8
Darren Fells has been the hot-end in the Texans’ tight end room. However, he only began heating up when Jordan Akins missed time with injuries. When Akins is healthy, he is normally the favored pass-catching tight end in the offense. From Weeks 1-4 when both Akins and Fells were healthy and active, the former out-targeted the latter 15-to-10. They were both healthy for the first time since Week 4 in last week’s win over the Jaguars and while neither did much for fantasy, the target narrative stood pat. Akins had four targets to Fells’ three.
Look for Akins to get back on track and into the end zone in Sunday’s matchup at the Browns. Cleveland’s defense is yielding the 17th most FPPG (8.2) to TEs. And while they have played better recently following a horrendous start to the year, the Browns’ defense can certainly be exploited by mismatches in the red zone. Cleveland’s defense has given up 10+ PPR points to a tight end in 4-of-8 games.
While I normally chase opportunity over touchdowns, this is the outlier for me. I like Akins to score in Week 10.
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