Heading into Week 10 Fantasy Football action, here are the top 5 sleepers discussed between Luis Tirado Jr. and Genna Preston of The Jet Press.
Sep 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) carries the ball as Philadelphia Eagles free safety Jalen Mills (31) defends during the second half at Soldier Field. Philadelphia won 29-14. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Week 10 is here and so far this fantasy football season, lots of owners are making careful final decisions for their rosters. It will all come down to sleepers as they truly define the rest of the way. November is here and this is the time of year where teams start to really push the envelope towards a postseason berth.
Genna Preston, Contributor for The Jet Press, truly knows everything and anything when it comes to fantasy football. She’s always spot on in her predictions and since I also love fantasy football, I figured it would be great to see which players she thought would be huge sleepers this week and well, every week from here on out.
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Without further ado, here is a sit-down we had over the top five sleepers heading into Week 10 action in fantasy football.
Next: 5. A Bronco that is a must-start
Oct 30, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) is tackled by San Diego Chargers free safety Dwight Lowery (20) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) ahead of tight end Virgil Green (85) in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
LTJ: As you know Genna, this week, the Denver Broncos take on the New Orleans Saints. Considering how bad the Saints run defense is, what are your fantasy football predictions for running back Devontae Booker?
GP: I am excited for Booker this week. He struggled last week against the Raiders but his Saints matchup puts him in line for a good game. They rank last in the NFL against the run and have already surrendered 12 rushing touchdowns. I’m predicting Booker finishes the week with 70 yards and a touchdown.
LTJ: Should fantasy football owners be worried about his shoulder injury? I know I’m not, think he’s going to put up a clinic against the Saints defense while putting the Broncos back in the right direction.
GP: I think last week’s bust was could be blamed by his shoulder injury but, I wouldn’t worry this week. As of now, he has no injury status which is a great sign.
Next: 4. Keep an eye on this Jet
LTJ: Our beloved New York Jets take on the Los Angeles Rams this week at home. Running back Matt Forte does well when the Jets you know, actually give him 25-35 touches per game. I can see Forte getting back on track against the Rams defense this week and score at least a touchdown or two. What do you think?
GP: I cannot agree more! I too added Forte to my weekly start list. He’s had a touchdown in three of his last four games and has back to back above average fantasy weeks. The Rams rank outside the top 10 run defenses, so I don’t think it will be a problem. I also think with the questionable quarterback situation, the Jets might focus on a run heavy game. Should that happen, expect Forte to explode.
LTJ: I think last week the Jets learned to stop being so pass happy with a struggling quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick. I agree in that I can see the Jets really pound the rock in this one. Would you put Forte in as an RB1, RB2, or FLEX option this week?
GP: I feel confident this week and would start him in a RB1 position, especially after you add in all the factors.
Next: 3. Watch out for this Bear
Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) runs after a catch as Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant (56) pursues in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
LTJ: Things aren’t so great with the Chicago Bears this season, but with the return of Jay Cutler, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery looks like his usual self. They got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, what do you see Jeffery and the Bears offense emphasizing on to leave this game victorious?
GP: I almost gave up on Jeffrey. Before last week, he hadn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. Ironically, that was also the last time he played with Cutler. I think with Cutler under center, Jeffrey has a chance to be great. Over the last two games, the Buccaneers gave three wide receivers 100 yards games. They have also given up 12 passing touchdowns. This is an ideal game coming off a bye!
LTJ: Oh man, this is the game that Jeffery has been waiting for all season long! He’s a must-start in my book in Week 10, especially since it’ll bring something positive to a lost season. Final fantasy football stat line for No. 17?
GP: I’m putting him at a little under 100 yards and a touchdown.
Next: 2. A Ram that might be better off on the bench
Nov 6, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30)rushes against Carolina Panthers defensive back Leonard Johnson (23) during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
LTJ: This week, I got running back Todd Gurley running wild against the Jets. Now, I know they have a very good run-stopping defense but again, these are the Jets we’re talking about. Even though Gurley is a bit banged up heading into this Week 10 matchup, what is your fantasy outlook for him?
GP: I can’t agree with you on this one, Luis. Yes, Jay Ajayi ran wild against the Jets, but overall they have a top run defense. Gurley has also struggled during his last two outings. Owners were lucky if he earned 10 points. He also enters the weekend listed questionable. He returned to practice Friday but far too often we see owners make the mistake of starting a banged up player. I would play it safe and have Gurley sit this one out.
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LTJ: Interesting and even though I disagree, you do have a point there about injured players, especially running backs. Are there any other running backs you’d suggest that should be available via waivers wires over Gurley?
Next: 1. A Saint that might not do much
November 6, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) catches a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the first quarter at Levi
LTJ: I’m very much looking forward to seeing what should be a great game in Week 10 between the Broncos and Saints. I’ve been loving the rise of wide receiver Michael Thomas, especially after that monster game he had last week. What kind of damage do you see Thomas doing against the top-notch defense of the Broncos?
GP: Unfortunately for Thomas, I don’t see him repeating last week’s performance; satisfaction will only take you so far. Including last week’s performance, Thomas has only earned double-digit four times this season. The Broncos lead the league in allowing the least amount of yards through the air. I just can’t see a player who has struggled in the past breaking the Broncos secondary. With the playoffs around the corner, I wouldn’t chance it with Thomas.
LTJ: Interesting insight as I do see your point. This is one of those situations where it’s either he will thrive or completely sink, no in between whatsoever. Is there any other receiving option on the Saints you’d rather go with than Thomas?
LTJ: My rule of thumb is to usually not start any player matching up against the Broncos. And although Coby Fleener was on my sit list, if I had to risk any Saints it’d be him. The Broncos do have a great defense but, have allowed seven tight ends complete 30 or more yards per game.