The Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 10
Welcome back in for another edition of our weekly article that takes a look at the best fantasy matchups to target! I am going to be your guest writer Josh Trotta and I am excited to get the chance to for at least one-week point out the top games I feel you need to be focusing on as you make your lineup decisions. This week Santino is getting his wedding crashing on and so he asked me if I could fill in while he is away. Hopefully, all of you know me as the writer of our weekly waiver wire column but if you don’t I am not mad at you. It comes out every Tuesday bright and early so next Tuesday give her a read. Well, I’m sure Santino is passed out in his hotel room by now and hopefully, once he wakes up, he will approve of my attempt to fill in for him. Santino, you couldn’t have handed me a shitty slate of games to choose from as we have a Bills vs Jets game this week that has an O/U under 40 and we have zero games with an O/U above 55. With that being said I think it’s time we jump in the 4 best games you need to be focusing in on when it comes to setting your week 10 lineups.
New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 53.5 (Paul Brown Stadium)
Fresh off their monster performances last week, Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas are must starts on the road in week 10. Even though Drew Bress’s splits between on the road vs at home show he throws for fewer yards, attempts, and touchdowns, the Bengals 32nd ranked pass defense (319.0 Passing yds/g) makes this a green light matchup for Drew Breezy! Outside of the Saints, three-headed monster Mark Ingram’s role should increase as A the Saints like to run more on the road and B they might be milking a comfortable lead as the Bengals will be without their best player AJ Green. Tre’Quan Smith is also in the flex conversation based on the matchup but his low target volume would have me looking elsewhere if I had better options.
On the Bengals side, you are starting Mixon and Boyd even if this game who will flirt with being a WR1 with the increase in target volume. Dalton is a viable streaming option, as well as the Saints, have given up the 31st most passing yds/g (311.0). John Ross is a flex hail mary in a plus matchup. Look for C.J. Uzomah to see a large increase in targets this week making him an attractive streaming option.
Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 50.5 (FirstEnergy Stadium)
Another week and yet another plus matchup for the Cleveland Browns fantasy stars! Let’s be honest with ourselves the Browns skill position players really haven’t lit the world on fire minus maybe Chubb based on volume over this 4 game Green Light matchup run they are on. It all comes to an end this week as the Browns host the red-hot Falcons who rank 29th in the league in passing yds/g (304.0), 28th in rushing TDs allowed (10), and 26th in passing yds/a (7.9). All this stacks up to what should be a good day for Baker Mayfield who has thrown for multiple touchdowns in each of his last three games. Landry is locked in your starting lineup, while David Njoku who has disappointed over this past three-game stretch is still in the TE1 conversation based on volume. Chubb is a lock at the RB position as he is seeing on average over the past 3 weeks 19.c carries per game. The volume has been incredible since he took over the starting duty. Duke Johnson also came alive last week and is in a favorable matchup as Atlanta has been exposed by pass catching backs.
As for the Atlanta side you are starting Matt Ryan who has been red hot (8 TDs over his past 3 games & over 350 yds in each of them), Julio Jones who scored a TD last week, Tevin Coleman & Ito Smith who are both starting to heat up against a Browns run defense that is giving up 138.9 yds/g, and Austin Hooper who has cooled down but Cleveland did just give up 2 TDs to Travis Kelce just last week. Calvin Ridley is an every week WR3 with the boom potential to give you WR1 production. His ability to take it to the house on any route has been extremely impressive this season. When Ridley has found the end zone he has given his owners WR1 production averaging 22.47 pts/g but in the weeks he has not been able to find the end zone Ridley is only averaging 6.26 pts/g. Ridley is locked in as your WR3 this week and should be able to once again find the end zone.
Washington Redskins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 50.5 (Raymond James Stadium)
Fitzmagic is back and better than ever! With 6 touchdowns in one and a half games, Fitzmagic is back to being an every week QB1. Mike Evans volume has been amazing with Fitzpatrick and he looks to rebound after dropping a 10tgts, 1 catch, 16 yd performance last week. In a game that will feature a lot of passing, I like Godwin and Humphries to continue to be solid WR plays in PPR scoring formats. Humphries looks to have jumped over Godwin as the teams primary #2 target. O.J. Howard has also become startable every week and at home, he has a great shot of finding the end zone once again. These Redskins do guard the TE well as they have only given up 3 TDs & held every TE they have faced to less than 50 yds receiving.
On the Redskins side of the ball, you are starting all of their “healthy” pass catchers and even Alex Smith has QB1 upside this week vs the worst passing defense in the league. The lack of weapons around him really hurts his ceiling but the volume of pass attempts this week should save the day for Smith. You are starting Jordan Reed, Josh Doctson, Adrian Peterson, and yes Maurice Harris. Even Kapri Bibbs gets consideration as a hail mary flex play this week with Chris Thompson ruled out. Another shootout for Tampa Bay is what everyone is paying to see!
Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 50.5 (Los Angeles Memorial Collseum)
The last game we are going to highlight has two teams coming off hard-fought losses and Seahawks team who is looking for a statement win on the road. I am pumped for what looks to be the best game of the Week 10 slate at least on paper. Seattle has been playing a lot better then people I think realize as of late and it’s all been on the arm of Russell Wilson. Danger Russ has thrown multiple touchdowns in 4 straight games and has 11 passing TDs over that time. His 18 passing touchdowns are the 7th most in the NFL tied with Drew Brees! You probably didn’t know that! Once Russ starts using his legs more in crucial must-win games down the stretch your overall QB1 from a year ago could be a league winner. LAR has been a shell of its dominant self since the Talib injury and with the firepower, LAR has the Seahawks will be throwing early and often (think Cousins TNF). I am starting Baldwin, Lockett, Moore WR3, and even Ed Dickson in desperate streaming situations this week. Mike Davis will get the start if Chris Carson is ruled out for this game and could have a nice game as the Hawks dominate the Rams on the ground the last time these two teams met.
The Rams offense starters are weekly starters for you. At home, the Rams WRs should be able to break through but the Seahawks secondary is one of the best in the NFL and the Seahawks as a team are giving up the 6th fewest passing yds per game (219.0). Goff is a back-end QB1 because of this matchup with Kupp, Cook, and Woods projected to still have solid days. Don’t sit any of these guys this week. It’no-brainer you are starting Gurley so let’s just continue to move on. I don’t think either of the Rams TEs should be on your roster let alone starting on it at the moment. Everett saw the most targets of the season last week (5) but will continue to be overshadowed by the great Rams wide receivers and Gurley. This game has sneaky shootout appeal to it and will be a major factor in deciding the outcome of a lot of fantasy matchups.
That will do it for my week 10 breakdown of the best fantasy matchups to exploit. I hope you enjoyed it! Santino will be back next week to cover week 11 and don’t forget to check out my weekly waiver wire article which comes out every Tuesday. Best of luck to you this week!