Our Week 10 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 10 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
There are a ton of top-flight QBs on bye this week, and depending on the depth of your league, you may not have too many options if you own Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, or Phillip Rivers. I love Sanchez at home this week against the Panthers. This isn’t the Carolina defense we all knew and respected last year – They’re 25th of 32 in passing yards allowed, and rank the same in points per game allowed. He should be the top bye-week QB option to target if the obvious, higher-percentage-owned guys aren’t available.
Pittsburgh is currently ranked as having allowed the 11th least point to opposing QBs, but it’s a mirage – they’ve faced the Brian Hoyer and Joe Flacco twice, and Mike Glennon, Blake Bortles, and Ryan Fitzpatrick once each. Not exactly a murderers row of QB opponents. Vick proved useful in his first start, even though the difficulty factor (on the road, at Arrowhead) was off the charts. I expect him to be even better at home against a Steelers defense that can be had both on the ground and through the air. If you’re low on reliable options, Vick is a strong boom candidate and a solid bye-week QB play.
The TB backfield is a total muddled mess, but if you have a slot, make sure to grab Sims this week. He’s the only back (of the top three) drafted by the current regime, and with the season in the toilet, there’s really no reason for them not to go to their shiny new toy since he’s fresh off IR. Doug Martin has been a total bust, Chris Rainey gets what’s blocked but not more, and Sims has the chance to show he’s a dynamic playmaker out of the backfield. I think Sims gets 10+ touches here against an abysmal Falcons defense, and that should be enough to rack up some points for desperate fantasy owners.
I recommended Lorenzo last week and he burned me, mostly by committing an early fumble. He was relegated to the bench thereafter for the most part, and ran to not fumble thereafter. My confidence has not wavered, however, and I’m picking him again this week. I think Baltimore rolls over the Titans here, leaving plenty of garbage time, clock killing work for Taliaferro. I think he punches another over the goal line, and adds another 45-55 total yards past that, making him a useful RB2 play if you’re in a pinch.
It has become clear: The 2014 Bengals can be had via the run game. They’ve surrendered 10+ fantasy points to such notable names as Justin Forsett (twice), Fozzy Whitaker, and Denard Robinson, and 10+ games to multiple backs in a game twice (Vereen/Ridley, Bradshaw/Richardson). On a short week, without a ton of time to prepare a tricky game plan, I expect the Browns to do what they always do: Run, run, and when in doubt, run again. West has risen to the top of the timeshare over the last few weeks, and Week 9 gave me little reason to doubt his rise continues. He’s not a stud start, but in a week where we’re missing so many useful RBs I’d consider him a useful RB2.
I’m not sure Vincent Jackson is the guy to own anymore in the TB receiving corps – I think it just might be Evans. He’s officially broken out with scores in three of his past four games, and he’s heading into a peachy matchup at home with the Falcons. He needs to be owned, and probably started, in all leagues for Week 10 and possibly the rest of the season.
With 7+ fantasy points each of his last four 4 weeks before the bye, its clear that Adams is the WR3 now in Green Bay. He even scored 8 fantasy points for owners in a week where he got only a single look, turning that looks into a 21-yard TD catch. I think the Bears will struggle to contain the Packers WR trio, and Rodgers will destroy their secondary at will.
Umm…so not sure if you got the memo, but Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 12 TD over the last two weeks. Something is definitely clicking for the Steelers offense, and I’m not sure the Jets are going to be able to do much more than be a speed bump in Week 10. The Jets defend the run really well, so I foresee a smaller game for Le’Veon Bell here and another monster aerial assault for the Steelers WR corps. Specifically, Bryant has five TD over the last three weeks (even at only playing 60% of the offensive snaps) and he’s proven to be a red-zone monster.
I like Miller this week against the Jets for the same reason I like Bryant – Big Ben is white-hot and the Jets are terrible against the pass. Even better, they’re a bottom 5 defense against opposing TEs. Miller has definitely had some up and down weeks (mostly down, to be perfectly honest) but I think he’s a solid upside play if you find yourself missing a top TE this week with nothing better to be found on the wire.
You really have to like this matchup – Baltimore returning home, undoubtedly pissed off after being shamed by the Steelers, against rookie QB Zach Mettenberger and the rest of the generally inept Titans offense. I’d be more than happy to grab and start the Ravens anywhere I could this week.
Just a programming note more than anything – the Cowboys are playing the Jags this week, and therefore deserve strong consideration as the top D/ST off the waiver wire on Wednesday morning.