If you are here, then it looks like you are trying to outsmart your league-mates. One of the most important aspects of fantasy football is the waiver wire. If you can find that one breakout star, your team will be in a much better place than it was just one week ago. Perhaps some of the key players are actually on your bench and you have been waiting for the perfect time to start them. Either way, here are the under the radar players you need to know about. It’s Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami vs Los Angeles Chargers
Since the Dolphins replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa during Week 8, they have gone 2-0. This includes an impressive 34-31 victory against the Cardinals where Tagovailoa threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Tagovailoa has found a rhythm in the Miami offense and enters his third start at home against the Chargers. Once again, I like the matchup for a quarterback facing the Chargers as they should get plenty of opportunities. The past two weeks for Tagovailoa have been good, but this is the week we should figure out just how much fantasy relevance he will have for the remainder of the season. In terms of Week 10, I like Tagovailoa’s upside and believe he could finish inside the top 10.
2. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland vs Houston
Coming off a hectic bye week of resting on the COVID list, Baker Mayfield is far from a “must start.” However, if you are like me, you took advantage of the fact that Mayfield found his way onto the waiver wire. Even with his struggles, he is certainly worth having at the very least, on your bench. I like Mayfield’s matchup against Houston this week and believe a lot of points could be scored in this game. Plus, the lingering possibility that Nick Chubb gets some touches is there and that is nothing but a positive for Mayfield.
1. J.D. McKissic, Washington @ Detroit
Before the season, I tabbed J.D. McKissic as my top running back for Washington. Initially, that was seen as an overreaction. However, even though Antonio Gibson is the clear RB1, McKissic has found plenty of success this season as well – on the ground and through the air. In Week 10, McKissic will get to square off against one of his former teams as Alex Smith will miraculously see his first start since November of 2018. McKissic has not seen too many attempts on the ground, only averaging 5.3 carries over the past 3 games, but caught nine passes against the Giants last week and saw plenty of opportunities once Smith entered the game. With four teams on bye in Week 10, this could be a good week to reach into your bench and start McKissic.
2. Mike Davis, Carolina vs Tampa Bay
Mike Davis hit the ground running once he was vaulted to Carolina’s RB1. Initially following Christian McCaffrey’s injury, Davis was posting remarkable performances week after week. However, in his final two games, he cooled down and was not nearly as effective. McCaffery returned in Week 9 only to get injured once again. Davis should again see his share of touches increase as a response. Even with McCaffery on the field for a few games, Davis has been a top 15 running back in 2020 and should see enough volume in Week 10 to be a reliable starter.
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1. Marquise Brown, Baltimore @ New England
Long overdue for a long-ball touchdown, Marquise Brown has not had the season most fantasy owners expected him to have. That is partially is due to the offensive schemes and run-heavy approach in Baltimore. However, that is not enough reason for Brown to consistently be shut out of the team’s gameplan. He is due for a big game and there has not been a better time than Week 10 against a struggling New England secondary. Brown is a risky play in Week 10, but with four teams on bye, I like his potential for a big day and believe he is worth a look.
2. DeVante Parker, Miami vs Los Angeles Chargers
After warming up to Tua Tagovailoa’s offense the past two games, DeVante Parker is primed for a big week against the torn up Chargers secondary. Plus, it was just announced that Preston Williams will be headed to the injured reserve, which should give Parker an increased role in the team’s gameplan in week 10.
1. Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati
If there was ever any doubt about whether to start Eric Ebron, Week 10 should erase any doubt for fantasy owners. During Week 9, it was evident that Ebron is one of the Steelers favorite targets on the field and they like to get him involved in the game plan. Facing a Bengals defense that is ranked 31st against the position, look for Ebron to have an explosive game.
2. Jordan Reed, San Francisco @ New Orleans
Following George Kittle’s first injury of the season, Jordan Reed seized the opportunity posting an impressive seven-catch, fifty yards, and two-touchdown performance against the Giants. However, Reed has not been active in 5 of the past 6 games and will be thrown back into action as the 49ers top tight end. There is plenty of room for a 49ers pass-catcher to have a big day in Week 10 and Reed will receive enough looks to be that guy. Plus, it does not hurt that New Orleans is one of the worst teams against tight ends.
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