Week 9 seemed like one of those weeks where the obvious plays just didn’t come to fruition (I’m looking at you, Mike Evans … ) There are four teams on bye this week, and they are filled with some studs we all lean on week-in and week-out. The teams that are on bye in Week 10 are Baltimore, Denver, Houston and Minnesota. Go ahead and get any players on those four teams out of your lineups for this week. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 10.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (vs. Atlanta)
I had been avoiding Mayfield, but he looked pretty good against Kansas City under the new coaching regimen (Kansas City is shockingly the 13th-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Mayfield totaled 297 passing yards with two touchdowns (to go along with an interception), which gets the job done in fantasy football. Now he gets the pleasure of facing Atlanta, who is the easiest matchup for quarterbacks. I think Mayfield can is a surefire QB1 this week, so don’t be scared of the rookie.
Alex Smith, Washington (at Tampa Bay)
I recommended Smith here last week, and I’m going back to him in Week 10. He didn’t “wow” anyone in Week 9, but he did throw for more than 300 yards. Tampa Bay is the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, so I think Smith will have to air it out more than usual yet again (46 pass attempts in Week 9 … ). Yes, Washington did have a few offensive line injuries in Week 9 (some that may be serious … ugh), but Smith can get the ball out quick to some of his playmakers. I know you’re looking at that last statement dumbfoundingly, but again, Tampa Bay’s defense is no good (to put it lightly). If Mayfield isn’t available, Smith is a nice consolation prize.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Seattle)
This is a TOUGH week to pick out quarterbacks with hard matchups. You have Patrick Mahomes facing Arizona (second-hardest matchup), but no way you even look at that aspect if you have Mahomes. I’ll go with Goff here, who faces the third-hardest matchup for opposing quarterbacks (Seattle). I told you to pump the brakes last week on Philip Rivers when he faced Seattle, but he fared pretty well (228 yards, 2 TD, no turnovers). I could see Goff producing similar results, which obviously won’t crush your team in Week 10. That being said, it’s not the upside we may want in a matchup considering how good Goff has been. Goff is still a good start, just temper your expectations for this week.
Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (vs. Carolina)
McDonald has been a letdown as of late, but don’t give up hope just yet. He gets a get-right game in Week 10 when Carolina comes to town (best matchup for opposing tight ends). O.J. Howard just hung two touchdowns on Carolina in Week 9, and I think McDonald can come down with one here in Week 10. McDonald did out-target Jesse James 6-3 in Week 9, so there’s hope. I like McDonald as a low-end TE1 this week.
Virgil Green, Los Angeles Chargers (at Oakland)
This is a deep-dive if there ever was one, but you may find yourself in a position where there is nothing but scraps on the waiver wire. Enter Green, who gets the second-best matchup for opposing tight ends when he faces Oakland. Oakland is tanking, and it’s been on full display as of late. Really all you’re hoping for is a touchdown, and Green has a good chance at it in this cupcake matchup. Again, only consider Green if you really have NO OTHER OPTIONS.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati (vs. New Orleans)
As I state every week, it’s hard to sit any tight end with any value. That being said, New Orleans has been notorious on the season for shutting down the position, as New Orleans is the seventh-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. Uzomah was rolling in the Cincinnati offense before Week 8, where he couldn’t come down with any of his four targets. Yes, A.J. Green will be out in Week 10, but I think that hurts everyone as opposed to helping. Steer clear of Uzomah in Week 10 if you can.
A Look Ahead to Week 11 …
For Week 11, Dak Prescott gets the gift of the paltry Atlanta defense (easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Who knows, maybe Amari Cooper can really help this passing attack out. If you’re really desperate, Eli Manning gets the second-best matchup for quarterbacks when the New York Giants face Tampa Bay. Gross, but it is a great matchup. I’ll start out with a deep-dive for tight ends, as Michael Roberts, who plays for Detroit (I figured I needed to state that) gets to face the easiest matchup for tight ends (Carolina). He did tie for second in targets for Detroit in Week 9, and he did score two touchdowns in a plus matchup against Miami in Week 7. Ricky Seals-Jones gets the second-best matchup for tight ends when Arizona faces Oakland. What a game this one will be! Ugh … I’ll end on that note.
Best of luck to you all in Week 10. Hopefully you all are coasting and making plans for the playoffs (I assume this because you come to this site … ). You can utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any part of the upcoming season (and any other position). As always, don’t hesitate to ask me any and everything regarding fantasy football on Twitter (my Twitter handle can be found below). Until next time, Sharks!