Fantasy Football Week 10: Top 5 sleepers you must start
By Genna Preston
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.