Fantasy Football: Top 5 sleeper picks heading into Week 10
By Genna Preston
Give your fantasy football lineup a spark by including this week’s top sleepers. Keep an eye on these top 10 as you finalize your starting lineups.
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Can you believe it’s already Week 10 of the fantasy football season? It has been a bumpy ride; this season has been unpredictable, to say the least.
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Let’s be honest, Mike Evans leads the league in yards and touchdowns. Not even the best NFL analysts projected that. Especially when they’re tied with the Carolina Panthers for the bottom spot in their division.
With only a few weeks left, you’re going to need to fill your lineup with the most valuable fantasy football players. Maybe this is the week to chance it with an underdog.
We have seen top drafted players like Cam Newton and Brandon Marshall disappoint us too many times. Go against the norm and throw some sleepers in this week’s lineup.
Based on weekly matchups and past performances, I have identified the top five Week 10 sleepers. Don’t forget to add some of these players into your starting roster to give your team a spark.
Next: 5. Don't lose hope in this running back
Oct 30, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) runs the ball against San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
5. Devontae Booker, RB – Denver Broncos
Devontae Booker hasn’t justified his 90 percent fantasy football ownership. If we rewind back to Week 1, he finished with negative fantasy points.
The weeks to come didn’t offer any fantasy value either. It wasn’t until Week 5 that Booker earned over five points; it still was only 6. Finally, in Week 7, Booker earned double-digit fantasy points. He rushed 18 times for a little over 80 yards and a touchdown. He also added a few receiving yards on two targets.
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The following week Booker repeated that performance. He had 19 carries for a little under 55 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy football owners were finally starting to believe in Booker and then last week’s bust happened. He rushed 10 times for 22 yards. He completed one target for eight yards; he earned three points if you were lucky.
Booker isn’t someone you want in your starting lineup unless he has a good matchup. And this week, he has a good matchup! He takes on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed the second-most touchdowns to the position; they’ve surrendered 12.
Given the matchup, Booker enters this week an RB2 of Flex option. Expect him to have an unexpected great week.
Next: 4. This receivers weekly matchup increases his value
Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) hangs on to a touchdown pass in front of Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) in the fourth quarter at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
4. Kenny Britt, WR – Los Angeles Rams
Kenny Britt has had a decent fantasy football season. By no means is he bringing in numbers like Larry Fitzgerald but, he has consistently earned double-digits; on average he earns about 10 fantasy football points per game.
Last week, Britt completed 4-of-6 targets for a little under 50 yards and a touchdown. He earned fantasy owners about 12 points. His value isn’t anything more than a WR3 on a typical week. But this week his value increases due to his weekly matchup.
The Los Angeles Rams take on the New York Jets. The Jets secondary ranks 22nd in the league.
Expect Britt to have a big fantasy football game. In Week 3, Britt earned over 35 points against the 20th ranked defense. Look for him to offer great WR2/Flex value this week.
Next: 3. This tight end leads his team in targets
3. Zach Miller, TE – Chicago Bears
Zach Miller’s fantasy football value has slowly increased within the past couple of weeks. His fantasy ownership has increased 15 percent over the last week alone.
Miller has struggled all season. He has only had three double-digit fantasy football outings. Prior to his Week 9 bye, Miller led the Chicago Bears in targets, completions, and yards. He completed 7-of-10 targets for a little under 100 yards; he earned at least double-digit fantasy points.
Miller has seemed to rebuilt his relationship with Jay Cutler and looks to continue the momentum in Week 10. This week the Bears take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In their last two games, the Buccaneers gave three different opposing tight ends touchdowns. Look for Miller to have 80 yards and a touchdown in his Week 10 matchup. This is the week to trust him in a TE1 spot on your fantasy football lineup.
Next: 2. This quarterback takes on the 31st ranked secondary
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2. Carson Wentz, QB – Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz looked like he was going to be a fantasy football asset. Before his Week 4 bye, Wentz was earning double-digits in fantasy points.
His best performance was Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had a little over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Since his bye, Wentz has been unpredictable. In Week 5 he earned 15 and in Week 7 he earned a measly six points. Just when we thought we had seen the last of Wentz, he wowed us all in Week 9 matchup.
Last week, he completed 27-of-47 passes for a little over 365 yards. Although he has two interceptions, he still managed to earn over 25 fantasy football points. Wentz will look to repeat this performance as he prepares to take on the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons secondary ranks last in the league, and Wentz should be able to top 20 points this week. Look for Wentz to be a QB1 option for fantasy football owners to consider. This is the week to put your trust in the rookie quarterback.
Next: 1. Keep an eye on this Jaguar
Nov 6, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) catches a pass for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Terrance Mitchell (38) defends during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
1. Allen Robinson, WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Robinson has been a fantasy football bust. I’m surprised he’s still owned in almost 100 percent of leagues. Aside from his Week 3 20 fantasy points, Robinson only earned double-digit points in three of his games; two of those were in Week 8 and Week 9.
Last week, Robinson caught 7-of-11 targets for a little over 75 yards and a touchdown. With Allen Hurns still not cleared from concussion protocol, Robinson could see an extended amount of targets this week.
The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Houston Texans. The Texans rank 30th against the position and have given wide receivers the third most yards per game.
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Robinson enters Week 10 as a WR1/2 borderline depending on if Hurns suits up. Expect Robinson to have at least 70 yards and a touchdown against the Texans this week.