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THE DIVE: Week 10 “The Homestretch”

If you were patient with Davante Adams or Dalvin Cook during their brief injury stints,  your team is reaping the benefits!  These two stars had monster Week 9 performances and continue to lead their positions in points scored despite missing games. At quarterback, we saw more amazing performances from Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Aaron Rodgers. There were also a few dud performances from Tom Brady, Derrick Henry, James Conner, and DeAndre Hopkins that left their owners scratching their heads.

Take a dive with me as we review several players and a defense staged for a big performance in Week 10.  Continue to monitor Week 10 weather as the Pittsburgh and Cleveland games are forecasting rain, and several games anticipate windy conditions.

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles

Although unimpressive in his last game, Goff had strung together six out of seven games, throwing multiple touchdowns and looking much improved from last season. With two weeks to prepare for a home matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Seattle’s secondary looks more like the “legion of gloom” this year than the dreaded “legion of boom” from years past.  This should allow Goff and a rested Rams’ offense to thrive.

Week 10 projection: 275 passing yards; 2 TD

J.D. McKissic. RB, Washington

McKissic proved that he can serve as a fantasy asset in Week 9 even though he still receives less carries than Antonio Gibson. His value has been increasing as a pass catcher where he ran 31 routes last weekend for 9 catches yielding 65 receiving yards.  With Alex Smith practicing this week as the team’s starter, expect McKissic to be a major component of Washington’s offense when they visit the Detroit Lions who have given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Consider McKissic an RB3 or Flex and he may have a higher upside if Gibson is limited or sidelined due to his shoulder issue.

Week 10 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago

The Chicago Bears’ offense seems to be worsening week to week instead of improving.  However, wide receiver Darnell Mooney has sparked the offense and may be a sleeper for the homestretch of the season, especially if Nick Foles can improve his consistency.  The speedy wideout was targeted 11 times last weekend and is beginning to establish himself as Foles’ secondary option. Mooney has an attractive home matchup against the Minnesota Vikings who have surrendered the 3rd most fantasy points to wide receivers. If Minnesota builds a big lead in this game, there could be some valuable “garbage time” where Mooney can accumulate even more targets.

Week 10 projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh

With tight end being much shallower than expected this season, Ebron has been even more valuable as a consistent TE2 the entire season. With touchdown catches in back-to-back games, Ebron has been a key red-zone target for Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to play this weekend despite being currently on the reserve COVID-19 list and nursing sore knees after Pittsburgh’s Week 9 win. Consider Ebron a TE2 with a high-floor and medium-ceiling for this weekend.

Week 10 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

New Orleans, D/ST

The New Orleans Saints’ defense seems to feed on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they have totaled 33 fantasy points combined in their two meetings this year. The Saints should be able to encore last week’s impressive display against a weak San Francisco 49ers’ offense who will be starting Nick Mullens at quarterback and without many of their potent offensive weapons including George Kittle, Raheem Mostert, and potentially Deebo Samuel. San Francisco struggled mightily against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, and are likely to struggle to move the ball against New Orleans too.

Week 10 projection: 12 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.