*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Top QB: Matt Ryan – finished 1st
QB Sit: Russell Wilson– finished 2nd
QB Sleeper: Dak Prescott – finished 7th
Top RB: Ezekiel Elliott – finished 5th
RB Sit: Todd Gurley – finished 19th
RB Sleeper: Tim Hightower – finished 8th
Top WR: Antonio Brown – finished 9th
WR Sit: Golden Tate – finished 10th
WR Sleeper: Donte Moncrief – finished 17th
Top TE: Dennis Pitta – finished outside top 25
TE Sit: Jason Witten – finished 2nd
TE Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph – finished 19th
Top D/ST: KC – finished 3rd
D/ST Sit: Buffalo – finished 17th
D/ST Sleeper: Carolina – finished 6th
Week 10 Predictions
Top QB: Eli Manning – One of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the league is going to get a huge look from me this week. Sure, prime time games are usually tougher to predict, and harder to expect certain outcomes for, but after Odell Beckham’s recent upsurge in production, it’s time to give Eli a chance. Not a whole lot of statistics makes me fall in love with Manning, except for the fact that he goes up against a Cincinnati defense that’s allowing an average of almost 20 fantasy points per game this season to quarterbacks (seventh worst in NFL and fifth worst after accounting for byes.)
QB Sit: Blake Bortles – Bortles turned in a nice start against Kansas City last week, putting up 21.5 points. But there’s no reason to chase the points this week. His opponent, the Houston Texans, have yielded just six TD passes, and an average of 13 fantasy PPG this season. The most logical case is to look for better options at the QB position this week than Bortles, you can easily find at least one.
QB Sleeper: Joe Flacco – The second best matchup this week goes to Joe Flacco, (best goes to Carson Wentz, but no thanks.) Yes, Flacco has a better matchup than Eli, but I don’t like the potential of this game to be particularly high scoring, the Ravens could run away with a lead, and Flacco’s weapons just aren’t as good.
Top RB: David Johnson – Man, oh man. If there was ever an award for “greatest fantasy matchup of the year,” this one would win by a landslide. With a matchup against the 49ers who were torched on the ground last week by Tim Hightower and Mark Ingram, look for Johnson to light it up as San Francisco gives up a horrible 29.2 points per game.
RB Sit: Tampa Bay Backfield – Who in the world knows what’s going on back there (no pun intended), Doug Martin? Jacquizz Rodgers? Peyton Barber? Or even Russell Hansbrough? Whatever is in fact going on with Tampa’s injury filled running back core, it needs to be left on benches. Not only does this jam paint a cloudy picture, but Chicago gives up a surprisingly small figure of points per game at 13.7.
RB Sleeper: Jay Ajayi – Hardly a sleeper anymore after seemingly bursting onto the scene overnight, I will “chase the points here” and go with Ajayi as a secondary option to David Johnson. Ajayi has gone off for an absurd 79 (non-PPR) fantasy points in his last three games coupled with 529 rushing yards and is a threat to anyone at this point. His opponent, San Diego, gives up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs at 22 per game.
Top WR: Alshon Jeffery – No one else seemed to benefit more than from the return of Jay Cutler than Alshon Jeffrey last week. With that in mind, there’s no reason to not keep the good times rolling between the two as Tampa Bay has given up 12 TDs to wide-outs this season, and a league worst 28 fantasy PPG.
WR Sit: Stefon Diggs – Diggs has been a lot better in the last two weeks, scoring a combined 22.8 fantasy points in games against the Bears and Lions. However, I don’t think we can be shocked if he takes a backseat in Washington while going up against Josh Norman.
WR Sleeper: Larry Fitzgerald – We may be seeing a game where Arizona gets their offense rolling. Sure, it’s hard to have a team’s running back and top wide receiver come out on top in a single week, but that’s why Fitzgerald comes in as a sleeper. In Week 5, Fitzgerald put up 20 (non-PPR) points against the 49ers, and gets the chance to show off once more against the league’s fifth worst defense to the position, surrendering 26.5 PPG.
Top TE: Dennis Pitta – I am going to keep pounding with Pitta for the second straight week. There is no better matchup for him than getting a shot at the Browns on TNF who have given up a league worst 13.4 fantasy PPG and eight TDs to the position (just one behind the Lions who are on bye this week). During Baltimore’s last meeting with Cleveland in Week 2, Pitta put up 102 yards and 10.2 points.
TE Sit: Julius Thomas – A tight end that has basically become extremely dependent on scoring TD’s for value posted just two fantasy points last week against the Chiefs. Thomas now actually comes into an even worse matchup on paper this week by facing a Houston defense that allows just 4.45 fantasy PPG (fifth least) to the position. The actual eye-popping stat here is that the Texans have allowed just one touchdown to TE’s this year.
TE Sleeper: Antonio Gates – Gates, who has been the top targeted tight end since Week 7, comes into a matchup that doesn’t look great on paper at first glance, but carries some potential. Miami does only give up 6.73 PPG to TE’s, but have been taken down by inconsistent performances like Martellus Bennett and Gary Barnidge in the weeks prior.
Top D/ST: Arizona – Arizona is coming off a bye and is playing at home against a 49ers offense that is destined to turn the ball over multiple times. The Cardinals will undoubtedly finish with a very solid number this week with a high potential to even score a special teams touchdown. San Francisco gives up nearly eight PPG to opposing defenses, a number that should be blown apart this time around.
D/ST Sit: Seattle – Unfortunately, Seattle’s defense/special teams is not entirely feared anymore in fantasy football, (definitely not after their last performance against Buffalo on MNF). The Seahawks square off against the Patriots who are putting up points at a prolific this season. While the Seahawks have scored seven PPG in their last five contests, I understand if you just can’t quite sit them, but better options seem to be looming out there such as potentially Green Bay or San Diego.
D/ST Sleeper: Baltimore – I guess the trend needs to continue with ganging up on Cleveland, but I do feel like time is ticking for their first win. This may be a slightly dangerous area to mess around, but Baltimore as a sleeper is still reasonable. Cleveland actually gives up fewer points than you would think to D/ST at 7.9 PPG, but this game does have the makings to be messy.