Stancil’s Week 10 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 10.
Goff went full Hollywood last week with four touchdown passes and over 300 yards passing in the smack down of the lowly New York Giants. This week he’s a solid bet to continue the roll he’s on against the Texans. The Watson-less Texans offense will continue to struggle with Savage behind center and their stout defense will get rundown from being on the field a majority of the game. Goff’s beginning to have that No. 1 draft pick look in a suddenly formidable offense. Goff has another three TD game ahead of him on Sunday.
In a battle of horrible teams this season with a combined 1-16 records there are plenty of fantasy points to be had at the expense of the other’s shortcomings. Darkwa is the lead back for the Giants and San Francisco will have a tough time improving on their league worst fantasy football defense to opposing running backs. The 49ers will be lucky to get a win under their belt for that matter, even with their trade for Jimmy Garappolo. Orleans should see his usual 15+ carries and handful of targets in the passing game. That’s enough reason to start him in a week where Kareem Hunt and Beast Mode are on byes.
Miller has been the master of disappointment in an otherwise strong offense prior to Deshaun Watson’s season-ending ACL tear. Miller is the pass catching bell cow type of running back that doesn’t have much competition for snaps in Houston’s running game. Expect the Rams to get up early on the Texans in this one and Miller to be Savage’s safety valve for dump offs, shuffle and screen passes. Miller has been underwhelming, but he’s a very viable flex starter in Week 10 to put up double digit numbers for your team.
Sanu is quietly putting up noteworthy numbers while Julio Jones gets all the attention deservedly. The Falcons have suffered a losing the Super Bowl hangover, but it appears Sanu has been the focal point this year of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s game plan. With a pair of touchdowns over his last couple games, he’s become a reliable red zone force and usually sees around six to eight targets per game. With the Cowboys on the docket Sunday, Matt Ryan will likely need Sanu to step up in man-to-man coverage to take advantage of his height over the Cowboys small defensive backs. Sanu should be up to that task and payoff for owners.
After Doctson’s huge catch to set up the Redskins game-winning touchdown in Seattle last weekend, it appears he could be primed to bust out as a playmaker in Washington’s passing game. From the post-game conference Cousins has more confidence in the young wide-out and with more confidence he’ll surely be looking his way more often. While the Vikings are arguably the best defense in the NFL, their strength is shutting down the run, so it’s likely that Cousins will give Doctson more opportunities to make plays by throwing more often. This could be the start of a strong second half of the fantasy football season for him in an offense where him and Jamison Crowder are becoming the two primary playmakers on offense with an ailing Jordan Reed thrown in there.
Juju is coming off a bye-week and he looked damn good in his last game against the Lions where he put up nearly 200 yards in receiving. Wow, Juju can run fast! It will be a track meet again in Indy this week on the turf at the Lucas Oil stadium. The Colts don’t possess shutdown defensive backs and it appears Antonio Brown and Juju could be in for big days. The Steelers have discovered a new weapon in this young wideout from USC. Expect him to light up the Colts like most of the NFL has done this year too.
Rudolph is a very talented tight end and as Case Keenum continues to gain a better grasp on this offense this tandem will begin to thrive. The Redskins were very stingy last weekend against the Seahawks, but Luke Wilson, Seattle’s second-tier tight end did burn them for one of their touchdowns. Rudolph’s athleticism and size make him a mismatch against the Redskins size in their secondary and slower linebackers. Expect Rudolph, who is touchdown dependent much like every other tight end, to find the endzone this week.
Ka-Ka-Kawww! That’s the sound of a swarming Seahawks defense and the Arizona Cardinals have Drew Stanton leading the charge against them on Thursday night. Expect this one to get out of hand early, especially if the Cardinals abandon the run and throw at Seattle’s vaunted Legion of Boom secondary. Coming off a tough home loss to the Redskins the Seahawks will be ready to shutdown their divisional rival from the desert.
All I have to say here is Jay Cutler. He’s no good, he’s still ailing with injuries and Carolina has an underrated defense led by Luke Kuechly. Start Carolina’s defense against the Dolphins Monday night and watch what that Carolina defense does to poor Jay at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte. The Panthers will be roaring all over that Ajay-less Miami offense as well.