Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers

Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers

Are you struggling with match-up decisions or dealing with an injury-depleted roster? Here are my sleeper picks worthy of starting for your team this week.

BYE: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets

Redskins vs Vikings: Jordan Reed; Despite TEs being historically poor on Thursday night, Reed is a sensible sleeper pick considering his usage and the Vikings’ inability to contain the position (ranked as the 6th-most generous in points allowed), coming off a week where Jason Witten finished with 8 catches for 102 yards and a TD.

Bills vs Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger; Roethlisberger’s inflated numbers against the Patriots had more to do with playing from behind than a sudden offensive resurgence, but I believe pride should carry over to Heinz Field, with Big Ben facing a Bills secondary that has given up multiple-TD games to opposing QBs outside of the woeful Brandon Weeden and Alex Smith.

Bengals vs Ravens: Marvin Jones; Not Ray Rice? The loss of Geno Atkins makes the Bengals particularly susceptible to the run, having just given up 143 yards last week to Miami’s RBs, but I’ll believe a good fantasy day from Rice when I see it. With A.J. Green currently on a tear and routinely drawing double-coverage, I’ll buy in on Jones finally cashing in on his post-4 TD waiver hype a week after Greg Little (Greg Little?!) burned the Ravens secondary with 7 catches for 123 yards.

Lions vs Bears: Kris Durham; ‘Cause the Lions WRs are so…damned…tall. Couple Megatron being blanketed by Chicago’s secondary and said secondary not being very good, and Durham should have himself a good day at the office. Also, Joique Bell is worth a look considering how easily James Starks found the end zone on Monday night.

Eagles vs Packers: Riley Cooper; Nick Foles won’t ever come close to repeating his historic 7 TD outing last week against Oakland, but with the way Josh McCown schooled the Packers secondary, I’ll buy a couple scores from Foles with at least one going Cooper’s way, who has 360 yards and 4 TDs since Foles took over at quarterback.

Rams vs Colts: Trent Richardson; I’ll throw him a bone. Donald Brown has been the more impressive back in Indy, but the Colts have been in some very erratic games since Richardson was traded, making his usage equally uneven. With a prime match-up against the Rams, who are ranked 30th against the run, it’s a truly make-or-break game for Richardson before the pundits can be fairly unleashed.

Jaguars vs Titans: Shonn Greene; Overshadowed by Chris Johnson’s monster game was Greene’s efficient performance (9 rushes, 38 yards, 1TD; 1 catch, 28 yards) and consistent use in short-yardage situations; very similar to Mike Tolbert in fantasy terms as a low-end FLEX play in an RB-happy week.

Raiders vs Giants: Denarius Moore; Opposing No. 1 receivers are 50-50 with scoring production against the Giants, and I just feel like Moore is due. Same argument could be made for Hakeem Nicks.

Seahawks vs Falcons: Doug Baldwin; Baldwin saw an increase in targets in the first game post-Sidney Rice, and ended the day with a solid 6 catches for 75 yards and a TD. He’s more of a bye week band-aid with Percy Harvin likely starting in Week 11, but against an Atlanta secondary that struggles against slot receivers, he’s quite the band-aid.

Panthers vs 49ers: Mike Tolbert; If you really think about it, who else are you really trusting in this game?

Broncos vs Chargers: Ryan Mathews; Denver can be run on, it just depends on whether San Diego falls behind or not. If you believe San Diego keeps up, Mathews should be productive, but it is a really big if.

Texans vs Cardinals: Cardinals D/ST; While the Cardinals are a much more dynamic fantasy defense than the Colts, I don’t see Case Keenum necessarily tanking in Arizona, but I do see a performance more along the lines of his debut in Kansas City.

Cowboys vs Saints: Cole Beasley; A match-up with the potential to reach Denver-Dallas shootout levels, meaning Beasley has a chance to see plenty of snaps and surpass last week’s season-high of 68 yards working the slot, especially if Terrance Williams continues to struggle outside. I do believe that DeMarco Murray and establishing the run is crucial for the Cowboys (bad for Beasley), but like Mathews above, I don’t like the chances.

Dolphins vs Buccaneers: Mike James; If you can run against Seattle, you can run against the Bucs.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!