Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 10. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Shane Vareen NE VS. BUF

Vareen is in line to vulture away TDs from Ridley against the Buffalo Bills generous defense on Sunday. It’s Vareen who’s the #2 back this week with the third string option on the injury report. Nobody can say for sure if Belichek himself won’t plug himself in to play if the team gets close to the goal line but certainly Vareen has sleeper potential here. A few weeks ago it was Vareen and his 100 plus yard performance with a couple TDs that paved the way to a 4th quarter beat down in Buffalo. Magic could strike twice so if you want a sleeper, awake this Patriotic beauty on Sunday.

Vick Ballard IND VS. JAC

Vick should find the running room plenty and gorgeous against a Jaguars team that ranks in the last third of the league against the rush. Gaping holes a plenty should be found and as the ballard to that comment goes, that’s what she said. If Vick Ballard wasn’t born to be a music composer or have the ability to play an instrument I would be shocked. Not only is his name prolific, I expect his stats to emulate that name Thursday night. Start this guy with confidence, he’s listed as a sleeper, but I would play him over most options available, aside from top tier ones Sunday.


Ryan Tannehill MIA VS. TEN

Tannehill is finding huge success in such a short time thus far in this NFL career. It’s safe to say that he won’t be the bust that many thought awaited this Ryan Leaf look alike. It actually looks like such a favorable matchup it’s a head scratcher for those who own a Romo, Vick, Flacco or Rivers to consider starting this guy instead. I like Tannehill’s ability to drop the deep ball dime, as ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer calls them. He’s got a great deep ball and certainly the Titans don’t possess great resistance to stopping those throws. There could be just enough upside here to sing the praises of 20 plus fantasy points for this rookie to the South Beach squad. Look for the good times to roll Sunday and the Titans to get the hard knocks courtesy of Tannehill’s arm.

Alex Smith SF VS. STL

Coach Harbaugh, will you let Alex Smith unleash that god given talent in his right arm this week? Seriously, this guy can throw the football and if the team exerted more confidence in his abilities it is very easily possible he could have big fantasy impact against a hapless Rams defense. All I can remember is a few weeks ago how horrid this Rams team looked in London. So now that there is a recipe it’s time for Alex Smith to exploit it. It’ll likely be a run with Gore approach but I see Crabtree and Davis getting involved to move the sticks and a couple TD tosses in store too. Smith is a deep sleeper, so if you’ve got better options do it, but perhaps for RGIII owners this is a good roll of the dice.

Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton IND VS. JAC

The T.Y. Hilton hotel was open early and often last weekend as the Colts exploited the Dolphins defense and Hilton found the end zone. With Donnie Avery expected to miss the Thursday night game on a short week it’s looking even better to play Hilton against the Jaguars porous pass defense. The Chuckstrong effort is in full effect in Indianapolis and I expect Luck to continue playing out of his mind. Hilton deserves #2 WR recognition this week and definitely Flex spot play at least in 10 man leagues. Pick him up and expect to get the penthouse suite type play from Hilton on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sanders PIT VS. KC

The fruits of Antonio Brown’s ankle injury go to Sanders or Cotchery against the struggling Chiefs on Monday Night. It’s tough to say which receiver will excel more but Sanders is younger, faster and more dynamic so I’ll go with him to break the big one against KC on MNF. He’s not found the chemistry with Big Ben that many thought leading up to the season but with all the attention on Mike Wallace its Brown who has the potential monster game in store on Monday night.

Tight Ends

Jermaine Gresham CIN VS. NYG

Hot off the waiver wire this week comes Jermaine Gresham. Having finally busted out with a 100 yards receiving effort he’s seeing some love from owners desperate for fill-ins and from a position that has had many inconsistent performances. I would expect more inconsistency from Gresham but definitely consider him good for at least 6 to 10 points this week. Dalton loves A.J. Green and Gresham is probably his #2 option so for all those believers, here’s some love for this Bengal on Sunday. Although, I’m tempering those waiver wire guru’s expectations some at least.

Brandon Myers OAK VS. BAL

Who is this? Not Wayne’s World Mike Myers, it’s Brandon Myers who is coming off a 2 TD performance last weekend and cracks fantasy top 10 charts for production this season. I certainly have no idea how this guy became fantasy relevant, but I can only guess that he’s fast since he plays for the Raiders. If you don’t know how to catch a football, but are fast you will probably find luck with a roster spot in Oakland. Either way, the buzz from many bay area media outlets is that Myers has staying power. I’m not about to burst anyone’s bubble but they are going up against the Ravens and it’s not like the Ravens don’t know about this guy. Let’s not go crazy and announce another monster game, but I’ll go ahead and say 5 catches and 50 yards are more than attainable. It’s all about spreading the love around and finding those sleeping beauties even if they wear silver and black this week.


Dallas Cowboys DAL VS. PHI

There’s trouble in Big D this week after a near win against the Falcons. There’s even more trouble in Philly as stumbled to their 4th loss in a row against the Saints on Monday night. So Andy Reid sits squarely on the hot seat, while his new defensive coordinator cannot right the ship quite yet. I don’t like either of these teams but I expect this game to be chalk full of turnovers and problems. Vick has been master of the fumble and Romo of the late game interception. Who will excel most at costing his team the chance to pull victory from the jaws of defeat? I’ll say Dallas just for the sake that they are playing much better right now.