Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
This past week was a crazy roller coaster. The biggest highlights from this week were, Patriots faced their first real opponent and lost. The Seahawks are one of the best offenses and got better with the addition of Josh Gordon. Both the Texans and Chiefs will push for that second seed due to their high octane offenses. Lastly, the NFL is in total disarray with multiple close standings, but it is clear who the bottom and “tanking” teams are.
After Week Nine, there is a good idea of what bottom teams to target against in Fantasy. The Dolphins, Jets, Giants, Falcons, Bengals, and surprisingly the Browns are the core teams that you need to start most Fantasy players against. Not only do they have poor offenses and defenses, but those are some of the teams my Week 10 Sleepers are facing.
The Week Nine Sleepers had some high points, but there were a few low points. It is a tough decision to make regarding TE’s every week because if they don’t reach the endzone, then they won’t finish in the top 12. Below are the players from last week’s list and their corresponding finishes.
In Week 10, the following six teams are on their bye weeks: Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins.
Now at this point in the season, every week is make or break and you can ill-afford to make mistakes. These sleepers could be the reason that you win Week 10. The first player on the list is someone you want to have on your Fantasy team and not so much your NFL team.
In real life, Winston is a mediocre QB, but in Fantasy he is a great asset. Due to his poor defense and high octane play style, he can give Fantasy owners top 10 finishes every week. Even as he continues his turnover woes, Jameis is averaging 300.8 passing yards and two TD’s per game. Since Week Two, he has thrown for under 300 yards and one TD just once. This week he squares off against Arizona who surrenders 280.7 yards and 2.7 TDs to opposing signal-callers. This is a must-start week for the former FSU Seminole as he looks for another top-five finish.
There may be a few individuals who may have forgotten about Brees due to his absence. He was out several weeks because of a torn thumb ligament and made his return in Week Eight. This week against the Falcons, he is a sleeper due to the chance for him finishing as QB1. Atlanta has been just pitiful this season, especially on defense. They allow 261.1 passing yards and 2.4 TD’s per game to QB’s. Brees is a legitimate QB1 option and at the very least a top seven option.
Buffalo has finally started to give the ball to their rookie and now that he is fully healthy, he hasn’t disappointed. Before Sunday, the most carries Singletary saw was seven, but against Washington, he got 20. At the end of the game, he had 23 touches to Frank Gore‘s 11. It also helps that in three of his five games he has four or more targets. His opponent on Sunday, allows 141.25 rushing yards per game and six RB’s have ran for over 70 yards since Week Four. Of those six backs, four of them have run for over 90 rushing yards. He will be a reliable RB2 against a beatable Browns defense and is a Week 10 Sleeper to finish in the top 15.
There was so much hype and buzz about this rookie when he came into the league. He was SUPPOSE to be Chicago’s lead back and help bring this offense to the next level. That hasn’t been the case as Montgomery has barely been used, but these past two weeks have been different. He has a combined 41 carries for 175 rushing yards (4.3 YPC) and three scores. In the passing game, he has caught seven of nine for 48 yards. Detroit has been run all over this season. Out of their last four games, the Lions have allowed three 100 yard rushers. Montgomery’s stretch of good performances will continue into Week 10.
Two positives about this receiver’s upside are his new opportunity and opponent. It was sort of a shock to see that T.Y. Hilton will be out multiple weeks because of a calf injury. Due to that injury, his absence gives rise to Pascal to fill in as their WR1. In two of his last three games, he has over five catches, 75 yards, and has scored in both of those games. Miami hasn’t been able to defend the pass all year and that is another reason to have Pascal in your starting lineups. There have been eight different receivers who have racked up more than 80 receiving yards and all of them have scored one or more TD. Pascal is a sleeper WR2 with top 10 upside this week.
Last week against Green Bay, Williams quietly had his best game of the season. In his last five contests, the former Clemson Tiger has less than 65 receiving yards once. He is still searching his first TD of the year, but against Oakland, he has a real shot of scoring. The Raiders have surrendered seven different 100-yard performances wideouts and opposing WR’s have scored 12 times against Oakland. Williams is a boom-or-bust receiver so he has a similar play style to Kenny Stills, Desean Jackson, or A.J. Brown. He has a chance to finish in the top 20 or outside the top 40, but as a Week 10 Sleeper, Williams is a real top 15 contender.
It might be a stretch, but hear me out. Brandin Cooks has been battling concussion problems and it is unclear if he’ll be able to play in Week 10. If Cooks is inactive, then Everett steps into the third targeted wideout behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Due to that, he has a higher ceiling than other TE’s. Over the last five weeks, there is just one game where he saw less than five targets. Opposing TE’s have scored a combined five TD’s against the Steelers. To reiterate my previous statement, if Everett can reach the endzone against Pittsburgh, he’ll be a top 10 option.
Whether it’s Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer, Doyle will be a favorite target for the two QB’s. Not only is Doyle’s opponent one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL, but he has a constant streak of targets and receptions. After Week Two, Doyle has either three or four receptions per game. The Dolphins have given up 54.6 yards per game to TEs. With T.Y. Hilton out and now Parris Campbell has a broken hand, that makes Doyle a much more valuable asset.