Elton John famously sang “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” in 1973, but it seemed this last “Sunday” would have been more appropriate. Whether blame should be pointed towards the cooler weather, mid-stretch of the season, or players simply not getting enough Halloween candy earlier in the week, there was something in the air ruffling feathers and shortening fuses. The first fight of the day occurred after Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey shoved Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green, who then countered with a rear headlock that resembled former WWF star Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase’s finishing move “The Million Dollar Dream” then continued with a flurry of punches. Both players were ejected, but not suspended for Week 10. In an NFC South divisional match, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans laid out New Orleans Saints’ cornerback Marshon Lattimore from behind in supposed defense of his quarterback, but appeared to be more of a blindsided cheap shot and resulted in a Week 10 suspension. The third fight was a skirmish between the San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde versus Arizona Cardinals’ linebacker Haason Reddick and defensive end Frostee Rucker.
In other news, we saw a few rough performances from backup quarterbacks. The ineptitude of Houston Texans’ quarterback Tom Savage, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Brock Osweiler, and Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Brett Hundley in utilizing their offensive weapons and thus keeping their teams in the playoff race was on full display. Their disappointing performances also confirmed they will not be reliable fantasy options to start at quarterback and will likely diminish the values of their star wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, and DeAndre Hopkins.
With Week 10 byes for the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles along with injuries and suspensions for several key players, take a dive with me as we discuss a few names that should be on the radar for solid performances this weekend. Except for drizzle forecast for the Chicago Bears’ game at Soldier Field, don’t expect weather to be a factor for Week 10.
QB Eli Manning, New York Giants
This weekend’s “non-main event” will take place in Levi Stadium when the San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants. These teams have a combined season record of 1-16! Why suggest a quarterback in this game? Well, the San Francisco 49ers have allowed the 2nd most points scored and 3rd most points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Although the New York Giants’ offense has been in disarray this season, they have looked slightly better with wide receiver Sterling Shepard now healthy and tight end Evan Engram stepping up. Surprisingly, Eli Manning has posted at least two passing touchdowns in four of his last six games. Sure, it will be an ugly game, but Manning should be a decent play as a low-end QB2.
Week 10 forecast: 250 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
Although the New York Giants’ season has been a major disappointment, running back Orleans Darkwa has been one of the few bright spots. Running for more than five yards per carry as well as serving a role in the passing game, Darkwa is the only New York Giants’ running back that needs to be owned. With a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers who have given up the most points including most total yards and touchdowns to opposing running backs, start Darkwa as an low-end RB2 or Flex with high upside.
Week 10 forecast: 80 total yards; 1 TD
WR Robby Anderson, New York Jets
Is this the “all New York Dive”? Certainly not, but both New York teams have players under the radar that have been solid contributors as of late. New York Jet’s wideout Robby Anderson has scored in three games in a row, and has built strong chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown. With a home matchup welcoming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have surrendered the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Anderson is a solid option for a WR3 or Flex in Week 10.
Week 10 forecast: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Garrett Celek, San Francisco 49ers
With the San Francisco 49ers’ starting tight end George Kittle and backup Cole Hikutini out for Week 10, Garrett Celek is the next man up. With a matchup against the New York Giants who have allowed the most points to opposing tight ends including at least one score every game this season, consider Celek if you are desperate. With tight ends Jared Cook, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, and Ben Watson on bye this week, Celek may be the plug and play answer you were seeking.
Week 10 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
D/ST New England Patriots
The New England Patriots’ defense began the season in nightmarish fashion, and certainly won’t sniff the Top 10 defensive rankings by the end of the season. However, they have held opponents to 17 or less points for four straight weeks and will be visiting the Denver Broncos. Denver’s offense appeared just as terrible under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler as they have now given double digit points to opposing defenses four games in a row.
Week 10 forecast: 11 points