Fantasy Football Week 10 Love/Hate
Standout Performers of Week 9: Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Melvin Gordon, Mark Ingram, Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Mike Wallace, Jimmy Graham, Eric Ebron.
Bye weeks in Week 10: Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders.
Quarterbacks I Love for Week 10
The New Orleans defense is so bad that they made Colin Kaepernick look good last week. Siemian hasn’t been flashy this season, but he has been good at limiting turnovers (only 4 INTs) and has a good supporting cast around him. This pick might be a stretch, but I think it’s possible that he can put up solid numbers and could be a nice fill in for a quarterback on a bye week.
Most weeks the usual routine is to stay away from matchups against Denver’s top defense. This week is different, as Brees is arguably the most talented quarterback that Denver will face thus far. Not to mention the game is being played in New Orleans, a home environment where Drew performs immensely better. I do not expect Brees to put up his usual 300+ passing yards and multi touchdown game, but I would not shy away from this matchup.
Quarterbacks I Hate for Week 10
I know fellow Game Time Sports Network member Joe Spinosa will not be too fond of this pick. Even with the Minnesota Vikings defense struggling in recent weeks, they are still one of the best in the league and it shouldn’t be too tough of a task to limit this middling offensive attack. Minnesota has caused multiple turnovers in all but 3 games, while Kirk Cousins has turned the ball over every game except for two. These two statistics favor the aggressive Vikings defense, and turnover prone Cousins who has thrown the 8th most interceptions in the NFL in 2016 will struggle in this game.
Big Ben struggled in week 9, most likely because he returned too early from his injury. You might think that Roethlisberger will come back with a stellar performance the following week to quiet the chatter about his bad play, however, you would be wrong. Roethlisberger’s track record shows that he struggles in his second game back from injury as well, which might be surprising. In these contests, Roethlisberger has a 2-5 record, with a dreadful 57.5% completion percentage, and has thrown 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. These numbers don’t bode quality fantasy statistics, so I would leave him on the bench another week until he can prove himself.
Running Backs I Love for Week 10
Following along with the Siemian pick, the Denver running back is one of the top backs to play in week 10. With a juicy matchup against the worst rush defense in the NFL, Devontae Booker should be in for a big day. DuJuan Harris, who most people have never heard of before, torched the Saints for over 140 total yards last week through the air and ground. Booker is adept at receiving the ball out of the backfield as well, which adds more value to him week to week. He hasn’t lived up to expectations as the starter since he was promoted, but if he were to breakout any game, this would be his best chance.
The great Mark Twain once quoted the famous saying, “There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and football players having big games against Cleveland’s defense.” The workhorse back is in line for a big game, and will have a higher chance at seeing more carries than usual, as the Ravens could jump out to an early lead against this horrid Browns team, and resort to running the ball more frequently in order to milk the clock. Cleveland has allowed 7 touchdowns to opposing backs in their last 5 games. Chalk West up in the RB1 category this week.
Running Backs I Hate for Week 10
LeGarrette has proven to be a solid fantasy commodity this season. The late round pick has put up unexpected RB1 numbers, but faces his toughest matchup of the season this Sunday night. Seattle is elite in defending the run and pass. Blount isn’t known to be much of a big runner, and he will be tested all game as the Seahawks allow less than 90 yards per game to opposing backfields. Blount doesn’t carry much value this week, but you might get lucky if he gets a few goal line carries.
Will. Not. Buy. The. Hype. It’s going to take more than a couple of good games to woo me. This situation is the same as why I never really bought in on Devonta Freeman last year. After his first few games, he fell off the cliff and had an awful yards per carry average, while being quite touchdown dependent. In reality, it will take at least one or two more impressive games before I start to recognize Ajayi as a stud, as most people do already. The odds are not in my favor for him to have a down week, with an inviting matchup against the San Diego Chargers, who surrender the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers.
Wide Receivers I Love for Week 10
This is more of a PPR pick, as Landry doesn’t carry nearly as much value in standard format. Landry is really the only viable option in the passing attack for the Dolphins. The Dolphins and their revamped offense have tallied three straight wins, and scored over 27 points in 4 straight games. Look for Landry to see a bevy of targets per usual, and if you’re lucky he might find the end zone.
The soon to be Hall of Famer gets a very favorable matchup against a dreadful San Francisco secondary. Fitzgerald possesses a quality as a receiver that we wish all of our fantasy players could have- consistency. He hasn’t caught less than 5 passes this season, and averages 10.4 fantasy points per game, a number that most owners would gladly take. His last meeting with San Francisco came in week 5, where he caught 6 passes for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Niners will struggle to keep up with the Cardinals high tempo offense, and Fitzgerald is definitely a top 10 play for me this week.
Wide Receivers I Hate for Week 10
Some people may have thought that Allen Robinson is back and will return to his WR1 days from 2015 after his quality performance last week (Dave Fisher). I’m here to remind you that that is not so, and he will continue to replicate his abysmal stats from weeks prior. This just isn’t Robinson’s year, and with a pretty tough slate for the rest of the season, it looks like he will continue to disappoint. Don’t count on Robinson to be that helpful in starting lineups this week against a stout Texans secondary that ranks in the top 5 in the NFL.
Marshall has seriously let down fantasy owners this season. With the Jets continued QB struggles, and Fitzpatrick even receiving an injury designation this week, Marshall and his team’s offense continue to look like a catastrophe. Marshall has a career low 48.2% catch rate, which ranks among one of the worst in the league. There are no signs of it getting better anytime soon, but Marshall’s heavy usage rate is a lone bright spot.
Tight Ends I Love for Week 10
GUEST RANK (by David Fisher)
Witten is a guy I love this week. He has a match up against a Steelers team that has been flat since the injury to Ben Roethlisberger. With Big Ben not proving yet to be 100% healthy coming off a torn meniscus, I don’t think you’ll see the usually high powered Steelers offense. A major reason I love Jason Witten is the sheer volume he’s gotten this year. He’s seen 55 targets through 8 games this season (6.8 per game). Witten has also registered 2 touchdowns in the last two weeks and last week went for 8 receptions, 134 yards, and a touchdown. He is definitely becoming more involved in the offense and with Dak Prescott being red hot, Witten will perform.
Tight Ends I Hate for Week 10
Since the departure of offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Rudolph has been used very minimally. He used to be a focal point of the team’s offense, but has received fewer and fewer looks as the weeks go by. The tight end position is slim though, which might make him a must start for you because there are no better options. However, don’t count on a big game from Rudolph against a daunting Redskins defense.
by Nick Rufo