Frank Stampfl offers his Week 10 Fantasy Football lineup ranks
I’d be surprised if Chris Carson suits up for the Seahawks this week as he deals with thigh and hip injuries. We know now that Mike Davis is more than capable of filling that workhorse role in Carson’s absence. In the two games Carson either didn’t play or left injured, Davis played on 71 percent and 73 percent of the snaps, respectively. Also, he’s had at least 22 touches in each of those games. Now Fantasy owners might be worried when they notice the Seahawks are 10-point dogs on the road against the Los Angeles Rams this in Week 10. I’ll counter that Davis’ usage from this past week, when the Seahawks were chasing points against the Chargers. Davis still saw 15 carries and led the team with eight targets. Even if (when) they fall behind to the Rams, Davis proved he could help as a receiving threat out of the backfield. In games Carson misses, Davis is a matchup-proof low-end RB2.
While Tevin Coleman sucks in all of the Fantasy glory from Week Nine, don’t sleep on what Ito Smith provided as well. He rushed 10 times for 60 yards, including this impressive 12-yard TD run. Coleman is undoubtedly the top back in Atlanta, but Smith is still a strong flex play in Week 10 based on his usage and matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Smith is not your typical RB2 on an NFL roster. He consistently plays between 41 and 46 percent of the snaps and actually leads the Falcons with 15 red zone rushing attempts this season. After watching that clip of his touchdown from this past weekend, it’s easy to understand why. Additionally, the Falcons face the Browns this week in what should be a similar game-flow to Week Nine. The Browns allow 116.7 rushing yards per game to running backs, 4.69 yards per carry and a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns. Smith is a high-end flex in Week 10.
For Fantasy owners who’ve held out faith in Amari Cooper over the past two seasons, things are seriously about to pick up. The world was watching in primetime on Monday night, as Cooper made his debut with the Cowboys, leading them in every single receiving category. He led all wide receivers with 84.75 percent of the snaps, eight targets, five receptions, 58 yards, and a touchdown. Cooper had three red zone targets in this game alone! The Cowboys are +7.5 in Philly this week in a game Vegas expects them to be trailing in. Additionally, the Eagles are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. They’ve also allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in six of eight games. Not only is this matchup amazing but here is Cooper’s remaining schedule: Falcons, Redskins, Saints, Eagles, Colts, Bucs. STRAIGHT CASH HOMIE.
Fantasy owners sometimes tend to be ageist when we play this game. Nobody wants the old hag. Everybody wants the shiny, new, young weapons in the NFL. Well, I’m here to tell you not only should you trust Larry Fitzgerald in Week 10 but you should be buying him rest of season as well. Admittedly, Fitz looked like he was bordering on retirement as he dealt with a hamstring injury earlier on in the season. He had a five-game stretch where he did not eclipse 40 yards or score a touchdown. In Week Eight, however, Fitzgerald opened our eyes to the tune of eight receptions, 102 yards, and a touchdown on 12 targets, all team-highs. What I like most about that performance was it came in Byron Leftwich’s first game as the team’s new offensive coordinator. The Cardinals had a bye in Week Nine, which only allowed the new OC to get on the same track his offensive weapons. Fitz and the Cards will face the Chiefs in Week 10 and while they’ve been better against wide receivers, Arizona is still 16.5-point underdogs. The Cardinals will be chasing points, there’s no doubt in my mind. As for the rest of the season, Fitz will face the Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Packers, Lions, Falcons and Rams. This represents one of the best remaining schedules for a wide receiver.
As you look a little further down the rankings, you’ll notice the red-headed stepchild of the Seahawks WR trio, David Moore. While Moore doesn’t get the respect he deserves because he doesn’t have the name recognition of a Doug Baldwin or Tyler Lockett, he’s quietly been the most impressive Seahawks receiver. Since Week Five on, Moore leads the Seahawks wide receivers in nearly every statistical category. He leads them in targets (19 to Baldwin’s 14, Lockett’s 13), receiving yards (193), touchdowns (4), air yards (285) and aDOT (15). Not only is he getting targeted down the field more frequently, he also leads ALL Seahawks with five red zone targets. The Seahawks are 10-point dogs in Los Angeles and most expect them to be chasing points, which means more passing opportunities. Last time out against the Rams, Moore scored two touchdowns. He’s a sneaky WR3 with four teams in bye in Week 10.