A few weeks ago, I wrote about the prominence of wide receivers rising in value in comparison to quarterbacks and running backs in terms of fantasy football scoring. Well, we play fantasy football to break trends, which is exactly what seemed to occur in Week 9. Quarterbacks and running backs led scoring with the exception of a monster performance on Thursday Night Football from Mike Evans. Other prolific performances for the week included quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Marcus Mariota, Aaron Rodgers as well as running backs Latavius Murray, Melvin Gordon, and Mark Ingram.
Now that America has decided our next President, we will focus on the second most important item of the week, which is our Week 10 lineup. Take a dive with me as we review several players that may help you win your battleground state….I mean fantasy football matchup!
QB Jay Cutler
In his first start since Week 2, Jay Cutler impressed by completing 20 of 31 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown as the Chicago Bears upset the division leading Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. We have witnessed sparks of Jay Cutler’s glory before, but then were left disappointed when he flopped the next game. Cutler should encore his last performance when the Chicago Bears visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have allowed eight touchdowns over the last two games and fourth most fantasy points overall to opposing quarterbacks. With Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Taylor on bye, Cutler may be a great fill-in option for Week 10.
Week 10 forecast: 225 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Kapri Bibbs
After C.J. Anderson’s injury, Devontae Booker was next in line for carries for the Denver Broncos. However, Booker has not lived up to expectations, which resulted in Kapri Bibbs either earning the next start or at least additional workload for Week 10. Bibbs only had two carries last Sunday, but did weave numerous Oakland Raiders defenders to score on a 69-yard reception which certainly turned a few heads. Bibbs has a favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints who have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Consider Bibbs a flex/RB3 for Week 10.
Week 10 forecast: 80 total yards; 1 TD
Rookie wide receiver Adam Humphries has made the most of his opportunity with injuries to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiving corps including Vincent Jackson most recently. Star wideout Mike Evans is currently questionable as he is completing concussion protocol, which would potentially open up even more opportunities for Humphries. Even with Evans likely starting in Week 10, Humphries will be a valuable WR3/Flex as he has been a key target for Jameis Winston and scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 9. Humphries and the Bucs welcome the Chicago Bears who have surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Consider Humphries if you are desperate at wideout or flex.
Week 10 forecast: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
Although the Los Angeles Rams’ passing attack is much to be desired, tight end Lance Kendricks has benefited as one of Case Keenum’s favorite targets. In fact, Kendricks’ targets and receiving yardage have steadily increased over the last three weeks, which puts the tight end on pace to set career highs this season. The Rams visit the New York Jets who have surrendered the 9th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Kendricks is an option if your tight end is on bye or has a difficult matchup for Week 10.
Week 10 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
DST Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have won four straight and are directly behind the Oakland Raiders who sit atop the AFC West standings. Kansas City’s defense has been a key reason for the team’s recent success as they have scored double-digit points during this stretch and forced ten turnovers. During this streak, they have performed well against a few offensive powerhouses including the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs will visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 who have allowed the 7th most points to opposing defenses. The Los Angeles Rams sacked Cam Newton five times last weekend so look for Kansas City to attack as well.
Week 10 forecast: 11 points
Week 9 Results….Nailed em!
QB Dak Prescott
Week 9 projection: 225 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD
Week 9 results: 247 passing yards; 20 rushing yards; 3 TD (excellent call)
Week 9 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD
Week 9 results: 102 total yards; 1 TD (excellent call)
WR Cole Beasley
Week 9 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 9 results: 56 receiving yards; 1 TD (good call)
Week 9 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 9 results: 43 receiving yards; 1 TD (good call)
D/ST San Diego Chargers
Week 9 projection: 11 points
Week 9 results: 14 points (excellent call)