Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout Going Into Week 10 of the NFL Season
There was a lull in fantasy production across the board in Week 9, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moves to be made. Here’s the fallout going into Week 10…
Jets – 30 @ Colts – 45
- It seems that Elijah Moore thrives as long as Zach Wilson isn’t the QB. Moore has had his best 2 games of the season over the last two weeks, and it’s probably not a coincidence that Wilson wasn’t under center for either of them, scoring twice in Week 9. Moore needs to be owned, just temper your expectations this week, as the Jets must face the Bills.
- Keelan Cole matched Moore with 8 targets, but he was only starting because Corey Davis was out with injury. I don’t advise starting any Jets WR this week against the Bills unless you absolutely must.
- TE Ryan Griffin had 7 targets for 28 yards and a TD, having entered the game after Tyler Kroft left with a chest injury. If for some reason that Kroft can’t go this week, Griffin makes for a deep deep streamer as the Jets may have to go away from their WRs in this one.
- Nyheim Hines had 108 yards and a TD on 10 touches, but his production was largely due to the fact that the Colts were blowing the Jets out of the water. The Colts get the Jaguars this week so perhaps Hines will get another shot at fantasy greatness if the Colts go up early.
- Zach Pascal is averaging 7 targets a game per his last 3, in fact he led the team with 7 in Week 9, but he hasn’t done much with them. If Ty Hilton can’t find the field again this week, pascal makes for a deep league PPR flex.
Browns – 41 @ Bengals – 16
- Donovan Peoples-Jones scored for the 3rd time in as many games, and hasn’t dipped below 70 yards a game in that time either. Odell Beckham is gone now, leaving DPJ to man the outside, and though his recent totals have been impressive, DPJ only had 3 targets this week. DPJ should be owned in 12 team and deeper leagues, but his floor is going to be abysmally low considering his meager target share. Perhaps Baker Mayfield goes his way more often this week to prove a point or something.
- In a game the Bengals would probably like to forget, there wasn’t much to take away offensively.The Bengals have a bye this week, so there’s not any action needing to be taken anyway.
Vikings – 31 @ Ravens – 34
- Tyler Conklin tied Adam Thielen for the team lead in targets(7) on Sunday, picking up 45 yards on 5 catches. With at least 5 targets in each of his last 6 games, Conklin makes for a consistent PPR streaming option against the Chargers this week – They are generous to TEs.
- Davonta Freeman had 15 touches for 83 yards and a TD, and Le’Veon Bell had 11 carries for 48 yards and a score. Freeman has now scored in 3 straight games and looks like the Ravens best RB option for fantasy. Both he and Bell have some juice for this week’s matchup with Miami.
- Rashod Bateman continued his run of good but not great days with 5 catches on 8 targets for 52 yards. His breakout is coming, but we may have PPR only fantasy output from Bateman until that happens.
Raiders – 16 @ Giants – 23
- I’d proposed that Kenyan Drake would be a prime beneficiary of Henry Ruggs‘ absence, and he ended up 3rd in targets(6) behind only Darren Waller(11) and Hunter Renfrow(9). Available in 37% of leagues, Drake needs to be owned and started. He’s flourished since John Gruden left the team.
- The Giants have a bye this week, and Saquon Barkley is likely to return for Week 11. Now’s the time to unload Devontae Booker if you still can.
- Daniel Jones only threw the ball 20 times, completing 15, with 5 of them going to his RBs. This was a revenge game script for Devontae Booker, and the Giants ignored their WRs almost completely. This won’t be a trend. If you can trade for Kadarius Toney, do it.
Falcons – 27 @ Saints – 25
- With Marshon Lattimore dealing with Kyle Pitts, Russell Gage got 8 targets, catching 7 of them for 64 yards. His ceiling isn’t high, but Gage should get enough targets, as long as Calvin Ridley is out, to warrant deep league PPR flex status.
- Olamide Zaccheaus caught only 3 balls on the day, but 2 of them were TDs. These were balls that would have gone to Pitts on most days. I’m not biting on Zaccheaus yet.
- Trevor Siemian did enough to keep his job under center on Sunday, throwing 2 TDs and no INTs. Taysom Hill only intervened for 2 throws. It’s unlikely that Hill stays as uninvolved as he did, as things progress, but Siemian has a favorable matchup against the Titans this week and should be a decent streamer for at least one more game.
- Alvin Kamara only out-touched Mark Ingram 17 to 14 on Sunday, though he outgained him 104 yards to 64 yards. It was Kamara’s lowest touch total since Week 2. This isn’t to say Kamara is in real trouble, so much as it’s a call to roster Ingram in most formats. The Saints are going to lean on the run as often as they can.
- Deonte Harris led the Saints with 8 targets, catching 6 of them for 52 yards. This was the 2nd week in a row he led New Orleans in looks. Harris could have some decent value this season if the Saints don’t add Odell Beckham to the fold. He’s a decent deep flex option against the Titans this week.
Bills – 6 @ Jaguars – 9
- Zack Moss was concussed on Sunday, leaving some more looks for Devin Singletary. If Moss can’t go this week, Singletary would be a solid RB2 against the Jets. He’s unowned in about 35% of leagues.
- The Jaguars eked out a win, but there really isn’t much to take away that you didn’t already know. Jamal Agnew needs to be owned, and Dan Arnold makes for a decent TE streamer. Carlos Hyde looked good against BUffalo, but James Robinson is likely to return this week, so it probably doesn’t matter.
Texans – 9 @ Dolphins – 17
- The Texans RBs’ roles were reversed this week, with Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson leading in touches while Scottie Phillips and Rex Burkhead only touched the ball 3 times between them. None of them did anything warranting fantasy consideration though. The Texans have a bye this week, so you don’t need to concern yourself with any of them.
- Danny Amendola had 7 targets behind Brandin Cooks(13), catching 3 of them for 49 yards. Tyrod Taylor missed him on a couple of potentially fruitful plays. Amendola is usuless outside of the deepest PPR leagues.
- With Will Fuller still out and DeVante Parker now on IR, Mack Hollins may actually be worth owning. He had 6 targets and a score on Sunday, only getting out-targeted by Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki. Hollins will be a viable deep league flex until Fuller returns.
Broncos – 30 @ Cowboys – 16
- The return of Jerry Jeudy has diminished Courtland Sutton‘s fantasy production considerably – Sutton has only 3 catches and 49 yards in the last 2 weeks. The Broncos have a low volume passing attack, so both of their ceilings are limited most weeks. Jeudy looks like the more fantasy viable player though.
- Ezekiel Elliott injured his knee in Week 9, but never fully exited the game. He’ll need to be monitored this week, but he should be good to go. It makes sense to see if Tony Pollard is available in your league though, as he could see increased volume this week, even if Elliott goes.
- Backup Cowboys WR Malik Turner scored 2 TDs in garbage time against the Broncos, which is nice, but this was likely the result of game script and soft coverage at the end of the game. There’s probably nothing to see here, especially if Michael Gallup returns this week.
Patriots – 24 @ Panthers – 6
- Both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson received head injuries in Week 9. It’s unlikely that they both got concussions, but if one can’t go this week, the other would be a strong play against Cleveland on Sunday.
- Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers in virtually every category despite being on a snap count coming off a 5 week layoff. He’s all systems go. Chuba Hubbard is only useful to CMC owners at this point. See if you can get something from them for him, as they probably have some measure of PTSD at this point.
Chargers – 27 @ Eagles – 24
- 2 backup TEs were the recipients of the Chargers’ receiving TDs, one being up and comer Donald Parham. This game was more so a testament to Justin Herbert‘s efficiency than anything else, as he completed a career-high 84% of his passes.
- The Eagles leaned heavily on Jordan Howard who carried the ball 17 times for 71 yards and a score. Boston Scott had 10 touches for 40 yards, while Kenneth Gainwell only saved his day with a score – he had 2 carries for 3 yards besides. The Eagles are committing themselves to the run, and Howard needs to be owned, though this may be some kind of game of musical chairs.
Packers – 7 @ Chiefs – 13
- There’s not much to take away from the Packers in this one, other than that Jordan Love is not the future for Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers will be back under center in Week 10 if he can clear the COVID-19 protocols.
- It looks like Derrick Gore‘s Week 8 production was a one week experiment, as he logged only 4 touches to Darrel Williams‘ 22 on Sunday.
Cardinals – 31 @ 49ers – 17
- Chase Edmonds suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday, leaving Eno Benjamin to pick up the scraps behind James Conner. Benjamin finished the day with 9 carries for 39 yards and a score.
- Colt McCoy filled in admirably for Kyler Murray, throwing for just under 250 yards and a score. Murray should be back this week, but McCoy played well enough to start your Cardinals WRs even if he doesn’t return.
- Antoine Wesley was the 3rd WR option behind Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore, catching 3 of his 3 targets for 62 yards. Should both DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green miss this week, he would be a dart throw flex in deep leagues.
- Brandon Aiyuk had his highest target(8) and yardage total(89) on Sunday, scoring a TD in the process. Neither Deebo Samuel‘s presence nor the return of George Kittle made a dent in his game. Primed for a 2nd half resurgence, Aiyuk needs to be owned in most formats.
Titans – 28 @ Rams – 16
- Adrian Peterson didn’t get much going versus the Rams, only 26 yards on 11 touches, but he did lead the Titans backfield in touches and he found the end-zone. He’ll be a TD dependent flex against the Saints this week.
- Jeremy McNichols had 10 touches for 35 yards in Week 9, just behind AP. He may end up being more viable in negative gamescripts, as D’Onta Foreman saw 5 carries for 29 yards and could eat into touches.
- It’s not saying much, but TE Geoff Swaim has caught 4 balls and scored in back-to-back games.
- Sony Michel scored on 1 of his 9 touches Sunday night. A score is all you can hope for with Michel, as he’s unusable in fantasy otherwise.
- Van Jefferson saw 7 targets on Sunday night, and he’s worth owning and flexing most weeks, depsite only coming away with 41 yards. He’s the Rams’ deep-ball WR.