Key Fantasy Football Questions and Answers for Week 10
RotoExperts Special for the Associated Press
A look at some key fantasy football questions for Week 10:
WHICH UNDER THE RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCE FOR A BIG GAME THIS WEEK?
The Bucs are Top Six or better in Fantasy Points Allowed to each of the main offensive positions. Smith isn’t your prototypical fantasy quarterback, but the Bucs have given up multiple TDs to the position in six straight games.
Look for Smith to connect often with Harris. who is coming off of a career-best 10 catch 124 receiving yard performance in Week Nine. With WR Paul Richardson out for the rest of the season and Jamison Crowder’s status for Week 10 unclear, Harris should be heavily targeted and has an especially good matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has been torched by fellow slot receivers this season. If Crowder plays, Harris can still be productive on the outside.
Even with the injuries to Washington’s offensive line, Peterson should bounce back from his 16-yard Week Nine performance, and thrive against the Bucs, who’ve allowed five TDs to RBs over the past two weeks.
He’s expected to play, but TE Jordan Reed has been limited in practices due to a back injury. He also hasn’t scored a TD since Week One or recorded more than 43 receiving yards in five straight games. Davis caught five passes for 62 yards in Week Nine and has a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay, which has allowed the second most receiving yards to TEs.
Another QB to consider is Andy Dalton. He takes on the Saints, who’ve allowed an average of 354 passing yards to QBs over the past three weeks.
Dalton will be without his top receiver A.J. Green, but John Ross has been practicing in full this week and has an opportunity for a big game against the Saints, who have given up the most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs.
At running back, if Seattle’s Chris Carson is either limited or out again in Week 10, Mike Davis has an opportunity for a big game. He faces the Rams, who’ve allowed two TDs to RBs and at least 101 rushing yards in each of their last two games.
Saints TE Ben Watson has scored TDs in two of his last three games and takes on the Bengals, who have allowed the second most FPPG to the position.
HOW MUCH OF A FANTASY IMPACT WILL DEZ BRYANT HAVE THIS WEEK?
Let’s face it. Bryant’s skills had already been eroding for the past few seasons, and it’s not fair to expect too much from Bryant this week or for the rest of the season. Name recognition has put him back on the fantasy football horizon. Asking a 30-year old WR who hasn’t played a live NFL game since last December to step in, learn a new system and be fantasy productive right away is a bit much. Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Ben Watson and Alvin Kamara will all easily out target him on a weekly basis. We all know that QB Drew Brees already loves to spread the ball around. Finding targets for Bryant may prove difficult for the future Hall of Fame QB this week and beyond.
CAN 49ERS QB NICK MULLENS BUILD UPON LAST WEEK’S PERFORMANCE AND IS HE STARTABLE IN WEEK 10?
Mullens has what appears to be a very good matchup in Week 10, however the 1-7 N.Y. Giants have held opposing QBs to just one passing TD in each of the past two weeks. While WR Marquise Goodwin and TE George Kittle provide Mullens with potential TD makers, WR Pierre Garcon, his most targeted Week Nine receiver, has been limited this week (knee) and his progress should be monitored. Mullens is definitely startable in two QB leagues, but he’s a riskier play in other formats. He has a bye in Week 11, but if he’s granted another start in Week 12, he’ll take on the Buccaneers, and they’ve given up the most FPPG to QBs entering Week 10.
WHICH COLTS TIGHT END HAS MORE FANTASY VALUE FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON, JACK DOYLE OR ERIC EBRON?
It depends on your fantasy league’s scoring format. Both have fantasy value, but in Points Per Reception scoring leagues, Doyle will likely out-produce Ebron. With Doyle missing five games, QB Andrew Luck targeted Ebron 15 times in the red zone, tied for the fourth most in the NFL. However, Doyle averaged just over seven targets in the three games he’s played this season. In those same three games, Ebron averaged just four targets.
WHICH RUNNING BACKS HAVE UPSIDE BASED ON THEIR REST-OF-THE-SEASON OUTLOOK?
Cardinals running back David Johnson is an excellent buy-low candidate. Four of his last seven opponents are in the Top 10 in FPPG allowed to opposing running backs.
Bears running back Jordan Howard has quietly had a productive season. His season long 3.5 yards per carry is underwhelming, but he’s scored five TDs through his first eight games. He is seventh in the league with 20 red zone rushing attempts, and with an average of just under 16 carries per game, Howard is a major part of the Bears offensive scheme and will continue to have ample opportunities to be fantasy relevant.