We’re entering crunch time for fantasy football owners, as the chase for the fantasy playoffs is heating up. With bye weeks having an impact on player availability, finding undervalued players to start and help keep your lineup afloat is crucial at this time of the year. Whether it’s a year-long league or an NFL DFS contest, it’s important to find sleepers that can help you win. The waiver wire is still as fruitful as ever and this week, and guys like Duke Johnson and Mike Davis could end up being quality starts for fantasy owners in Week 10.
Last week, all of our sleepers delivered middle-of-the-road performances. All of our RBs had about 6.0 fantasy points. The WRs had similar numbers, but Tre’Quan Smith was the best with a mark of 8.3. Our biggest hits from last week were probably QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and TE Ben Watson, who both were able to put up solid numbers. Our biggest bust among sleepers was the Raiders defense which delivered a complete dud. But realistically, they were the only sleeper that really didn’t pan out last year.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
These sleepers should help you out in difficult start ’em, sit ’em decisions, but don’t overkill it and start them over other better ranked options at the position. If you do, you’ll probably end up on our “How You’ll Lose” list for Week 10. Yes, it’s better to start a sleeper than a bust, but don’t get too cute. There are still plenty of guys to start over these sleepers, and our Week 10 fantasy rankings are here to tell you who exactly to start and sit this week. So, refer to those if you’re torn on playing a sleeper.
With that said, here are our top sleeper picks for NFL Week 9. Try to include some of these guys in all formats, especially DFS.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 10 fantasy sleepers: Running backs
Mike Davis, Seahawks @ Rams (Jacob Camenker). Chris Carson is dealing with a thigh injury that may keep him out of action for Week 10. Last week with Carson mostly on the bench, Davis totaled 107 scrimmage yards. The Seahawks are still operating with a run-heavy offense, so he should get the volume needed to be a solid RB2, even in a tougher matchup with the Rams.
Duke Johnson Jr., Browns vs. Falcons (Vinnie Iyer). It’s not chasing last week to like him to stay hot as a satellite back, as Atlanta gives up a ton of passing yards to backs.
Ito Smith, Falcons @ Browns (Matt Lutovsky). Smith has scored in four of the past five games, averaging 9.4 touches per game in that span. The Browns allow the third-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs, which includes 172.7 total yards per game to backs, so even though Smith is somewhat TD-reliant, he still has a fairly high floor this week.
Full Week 10 RB rankings
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Week 10 fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks
Alex Smith, Redskins @ Buccaneers (Camenker). Last week, Smith went for over 300 yards against the poor Atlanta secondary, but he only had one score. Tampa Bay is a similarly porous secondary, so Smith could have a chance to duplicate those numbers and if he adds a second TD, he would certainly be a top-10 play this week.
Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Falcons (Iyer). He’s going to throw a ton and looks comfortable enough in the remixed, streamlined offense to think he’ll push 300 yards and multiple TDs again.
Dak Prescott, Cowboys @ Eagles (Lutovsky). We get it – Prescott isn’t that good and the Eagles have a solid defense. But whenever the Eagles face a mobile QB, they give up rushing yards. Cam Newton, Blake Bortles and Marcus Mariota all posted at least 43 yards on the ground, and Andrew Luck had a 33-yard scamper. Philly is also giving up an average of 296.2 passing yards per game over its past five contests. Prescott has a higher floor than you think here, and if things break right, he could really outproduce expectations.
Full Week 10 QB rankings
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Week 10 fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Dolphins (Camenker). Valdes-Scantling has put up double-digit fantasy points in standard formats the past four weeks. He’s trending towards being the No. 2 receiver in Green Bay and against Miami, he could have another strong outing.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks @ Rams (Iyer). His volume will go back up as they are bound to trail, and he can burn L.A. for a long TD.
Josh Doctson, Redskins @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). All the narratives are here – Paul Richardson is out for the year, Maurice Harris was the big breakout last week, and the Bucs allow the second-most FPPG to WRs. Doctson sees a fairly steady five or six targets per game, and with Doctson out, that number could bump up. The public will be all over Harris, and that doesn’t always pan out.
Full Week 10 WR rankings
Week 10 fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Vance McDonald, Steelers vs. Panthers (Camenker). The Panthers have given the most FPPG to TEs this year. McDonald has been getting some opportunities to produce, 17 targets in his past three games, so he’ll have a chance to perform well on a short week.
Vernon Davis, Redskins @ Buccaneers (Iyer). They need to get him more involved with Jordan Reed struggling and the wideout injuries. Look for Smith to trust him often in a good matchup.
Ben Watson, Saints @ Bengals (Lutovsky). Watson was shut out in a great matchup two weeks ago in Minnesota, but came through in the two games around it in mediocre matchups (105 yards, two TDs). Facing a Bengals defense allowing the third-most FPPG to TEs, Watson should come through again.
Full Week 10 TE rankings
WEEK 10 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Week 10 fantasy sleepers: Defenses
Washington Redskins @ Buccaneers (Camenker). The Redskins are coming off a game that saw them give up 38 to Atlanta, but they’ll be motivated to bounce back against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick turn the ball over a good amount and the Redskins should have their shot at some sacks.
Green Bay Packers vs. Dolphins (Iyer). They match up very well and should get some sacks and picks at home in a must-win game.
Full Week 10 D/ST rankings
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jaguars (Lutovsky). In three home games, the Colts have posted 11 sacks and eight takeaways. Five takeaways were against the Bills, but Indy still has one takeaway in every game this year. Jacksonville has allowed 16 sacks, 11 turnovers and 11.5 points per game over its past four contests, so even the return of Leonard Fournette won’t save them entirely.
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