Fantasy Football Week 10: Top 5 sleepers you must start

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins runs for several yards during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins runs for several yards during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins runs for several yards during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 31: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins runs for several yards during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 31, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Welcome to Week 10 of fantasy football! Here are the top five sleepers you must start heading into favorable matchups.

It is officially Week 10 of the fantasy football season. I say officially because we only have a few weeks before the playoffs begin. This is where you either shape up or ship out!

If your Week 10 opponent had Ben Roethlisberger or any of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s even more important for you to attack back. We also have to consider this week’s bye teams: Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

This week features a lot of favorable matchups that if fantasy football owners start, should see a big spike in points thanks to the potential of big games. Remember, always go with your gut as you finalize your lineups but trust in these sleeper picks. These will get the job done!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Anthony Walker #50 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with teammate defensive back Clayton Geathers #26 and defensive back Pierre Desir #35 after picking off a pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles (not pictured) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Anthony Walker #50 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates with teammate defensive back Clayton Geathers #26 and defensive back Pierre Desir #35 after picking off a pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles (not pictured) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

5. Indianapolis Colts D/ST

The Indianapolis Colts aren’t really the team to brag about. However, given the right matchup, they have the powerhouse players needed to destroy offensive lines.

The Colts have at least one takeaway in each of their matchups this season. They also have 11 sacks and eight takeaways in three of their games.

This week, the Colts are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. On paper, the Colts should have a game like the Pittsburgh Steelers did this week.

In their last four outings, the Jaguars have allowed 11 turnovers, 16 sacks and a little over 11 points per game. Everything points to the Colts in Week 10 performing big time.

Next: 4. A Falcon ready to soar

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 22: Ito Smith #25 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 22: Ito Smith #25 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

4. Ito Smith, RB Atlanta Falcons

Tevin Coleman had an incredible game last week earning over 30 points in some fantasy leagues. Even with Coleman’s production, Ito Smith has been on the rise making quite the name for himself.

Having played in a little over of 40 percent of snaps, Smith has been evenly sharing touches with Coleman since Week 6. He has 11 or more touches in those games and has four touchdowns in his last five games.

This week, Smith comes face-to-face with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are giving up almost 140 rushing yards per game.

He may not be worth an RB1 position, but don’t let him fool you. Smith is worth a flex or RB3 heading into Week 10.

Next: 3. Need a filler? Start Eli!

3. Eli Manning, QB New York Giants

If you have followed me all season, you know I am not an Eli Manning fan. He has only exceeded 20 fantasy football points three times this season.

However, if we look back to those three games, the most common denominator was that they were all games played on the road. Manning also has only three touchdowns through the air in his last three games.

This week, Eli is heading to San Francisco. The 49ers have allowed opposing quarterbacks to earn a little over 22 fantasy football points per game.

I don’t suggest starting Manning in daily fantasy, however, if you need a Week 10 filler he is your man this week!

Next: 2. Keep an eye on this Saint

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 04: Mark Barron #26 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Benjamin Watson #82 of the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 04: Mark Barron #26 of the Los Angeles Rams tackles Benjamin Watson #82 of the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

2. Benjamin Watson, TE New Orleans Saints

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Benjamin Watson hasn’t had the best fantasy football season. However, if we look back on his last three games, he has earned 15 or more points per game.

Watson is one of those players you never know what to do with. If Drew Brees isn’t having a heavy passing game, it inhibits Watson’s talents and fantasy football value.

Even with that in mind, and Brees only attempting 23 passes last week, it makes it hard to not want to start him against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have surrendered 95 or more yards or a touchdown to three tight ends in the last two weeks.

Watson is a must-start TE2 or flex in this week’s matchup. If you don’t go all in now, there is a possibility you’ll lose out, as he is expected to earn double-digit points.

Next: 1. A Redskin ready for a big game

LANDOVER, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins catches a touchdown pass in front of cornerback Trae Waynes #26 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at FedExField on November 12, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Maurice Harris #13 of the Washington Redskins catches a touchdown pass in front of cornerback Trae Waynes #26 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at FedExField on November 12, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

1. Maurice Harris, WR Washington Redskins

Maurice Harris is getting his time to shine with Paul Richardson and Jamison Crowder not 100 percent healthy. Last week’s performance suggested that he is a good fill-in and has the potential to have a strong game this week.

Last week, Harris completed 10-of-12 passes for a little over 120 yards. This is not only a career high of yards but, passes and completions as well.

This week the Washington Redskins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers rank second in fantasy football points allowed to the position.

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Over 12 receivers have had at least 100 yards or a touchdown against the Buccaneers. Harris is a great WR2 or flex option heading into Week 10.

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