With a wild Week 9 in the books we look forward to an equally eventful Week 10 – hopefully with fewer brawls this time. Seriously, I don’t care what was said, A.J. Green can’t throw punches then continue to jaw-off after being ejected. The good news is that the matchup vs. the elite Jacksonville corners was so bad you likely weren’t using Green in any DFS lineups and should have already tempered expectations in your season long leagues. Green was appropriately tossed for his actions thus putting up an abysmal fantasy score in Week 9. If you were in a must win situation last week there is a good chance you are cursing Green’s name today. This instance was of course completely unpredictable, which is absolutely maddening given that we are here to predict what is going to happen on the field each week. Make no mistake, its no easy task but we do all we can to make sure you have the info and the tools you need for success each week but that sort of thing is off the charts abnormal. With the trade deadline fast approaching in most leagues were going to continue on with our “must win” series for the next couple weeks.
The following are trade targets that have great Week 10 matchup and might actually be obtainable in most leagues. We are only looking at this next upcoming match up with the idea being that your team is in must win territory and needs to get a win to stay in the hunt. Granted, some of these guys will cost more than others but I’m not going to recommend trying to go get Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown – even if you can land them, the price will likely cripple your team.
Josh McCown QB, New York Jets
The Jets signal caller may be the best streaming option in the NFL. He’s a Top-1o passer in many scoring formats through 9 weeks and draws a prime matchup this week at Tampa Bay. The Bucs are reeling on both sides of the ball and are currently averaging 18.9 points allowed per game to opposing passers. McCown is averaging 19.9 points per game so mathematically, this one fits like a glove! While McCown has been solid he’s not a world beater nor does his name carry huge weight in trade talks. Obtaining him should be easy enough and his matchup could help you keep your playoff hopes alive!
Jared Goff QB, L.A. Rams
Goff has been a little hit and miss this year, right now its safe to say he’s hitting! Week 9 saw the young signal caller torching the tragedy that has become the New York Giants defense to the tune of 311 yards and 4 touchdowns. This outing came on the road, clear across the country, so while it was against an opponent who has basically packed it in, the stats still have merit. This week Goff and the Rams will be at home facing the sunken Houston Texans who recently had their dreams dashed when they lost Deshaun Watson for the year. Houston currently ranks as the 4th most generous match up for opposing signal callers and just gave up 308 yards and 2 touchdowns to Jacoby Brissett. The Rams are currently top 5 in total offense with 65% of their total yards coming via the air. Look for Goff to continue his hot streak against a soft Texan’s offense in Week 10. His price will be spiked a little coming off his biggest game of the year but if you must win this week Goff is poised to deliver.
Jordan Howard RB, Chicago Bears
Coming off the bye, the Chicago Bears will face off against Green Bay at home. These two teams met back in Week 4 in a blowout win for Green Bay. The Packers have since lost Aaron Rodgers for an extended period and have given up 385 yards and 2 touchdowns to opposing backfields. The Bears offense still isn’t great, in fact they are far from it but this offensive engine runs through Howard. He posted middling numbers in Week 4 but again, with a “playing from behind” game script i’d say his 63 total yards and a touchdown outing is respectable. I’d think that would be about his floor this week in a game that figures to be a bit closer than the last contest was. The Packers are currently allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs and Howard is dominating the touches coming out of the backfield in Chicago. He’s been solid so he won’t be dirt cheap but he’s certainly not untouchable in trade negotiations.
LeSean McCoy RB, Buffalo Bills
This one is a bit of a shot in the dark as far as his trade availability goes simply because up until last week, McCoy has been pretty awesome. In fact, his Week 9 outing was the first time Shady failed to reach double digit fantasy points all season long. That poor outing is the reason I think there might be an opportunity to buy. Perhaps the owner is panicked and wants to sell before the aging ball carrier falls off? Again, it might be a long shot but going after McCoy this week is worth a try given his matchup. The Bill’s will host the New Orleans Saints this week who up until their last contest were allowing an average of 25.8 points per game to opposing backfields. After seeing the floundering Buccaneers last week I’m going to throw out the fact that they shut down Doug Martin in Week 9. I think that result can be credited to the Bucs offensive woes just as much as is can be attributed to the Saints defense so lets not read too much into this “new” Saints defense. McCoy is an elite talent who should be able to take advantage of the 8th most generous matchup for running backs in Week 10. Don’t let one bad week scare you away from him.