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It is that beautiful time of the fantasy season, we are seeing some people’s hopes and dreams of fantasy domination spiral down the drain, and others remain focused as these next four or five weeks will determine who is in and who is out of the playoffs. I for one, have numerous teams this season and am experiencing both scenarios. Now more than ever, we must start taking these last-ditch efforts to win some games before it is too late and essentially call it quits before the season even ends. I wish you nothing but luck this week and hopefully, you can get one step closer to the playoffs. Here are my bold predictions for week ten.
#1) Drew Brees out of the top 12 in week ten – Sitting at number nine in total points scored, according to ESPN, Brees is out of my top fifteen this week. He will be facing the Bills on the road this week and that doesn’t bode well for me seeing that Drew Brees and company will be traveling down south to play in the brisk Buffalo atmosphere where the high is supposed to be 45 degrees with a 20% chance of rain. Not to mention, under the right circumstances, Buffalo is a very tough place to play. I don’t think the weather could affect Brees as much as any other quarterback, but it could be a factor when game planning. The run game in New Orleans has been performing at an elevated level with the recent departure of Adrian Peterson and I think the Saints may rely heavily on the run game featuring rookie Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. It’s not to say that Brees will necessarily have a bad game, I just think that he won’t be utilized as much as he has been in recent weeks
#2) Aaron Jones a top 10 play versus Bears – Don’t worry, I also started Aaron Jones last week too and needed 11 and 16 points out of him to win in two leagues and was utterly disappointed, but I am not giving up on him yet, especially this week. The Chicago Bears have been surprisingly good against the run this year but are still a middle-tier run defense and does have flaws that occasionally open things up against opposing offenses. In five games, the rookie out of UTEP has rushed for three touchdowns and despite last week’s performance, averages 5.3 yards per carry. There is speculation that Ty Montgomery, who made more of his chances Monday night, will take away touches from Jones going forward but I just don’t see that happening. The only thing that may limit his opportunities is getting goal-line carries and the vultures that loom in Green Bay. Jones had two one-yard carry touchdowns taken by quarterback Brett Hundley and fellow rookie running back Jamaal Williams. It can be boom or bust starting Aaron Jones but this week, he has a legitimate chance of being a top ten option for week ten.
#3) Antonio Brown, 175 yards and 2 touchdowns – There is no doubt that Antonio Brown is the most talented receiver on the Steelers but in recent weeks, rookie Juju Smith-Schuster has been stealing the headlines and been the guy everyone has been watching. It is for this reason that I think Brown is due for another elite performance on Sunday. Now that the Steelers offense is starting to come together and have found a solid #2 receiver out of Smith-Schuster, Brown’s fantasy stock should remain higher (not that it already wasn’t already) and should be more consistent going forward. Facing an Indianapolis team that has been terrible at best on defense this year, Brown is my top wide receiver this week as he should be for most anyone, but he will set the bar high this week, posting 175 yards and finding the end zone twice.
#4) Melvin Gordon rushes for 100+ yards, two total touchdowns – I think we can all agree that Melvin Gordon panning out to be a consistent and elite fantasy running back is a relief for anyone who owns him. He has only been held to less than 50 yards and zero touchdowns in the same game twice and that was against the top two rushing defenses in the NFL (Philadelphia, Denver). In all other games, he has scored at least once, either through the air or on the ground, and eclipsed 100 total yards twice. He faces a Jacksonville defense that has been lights out against the pass this season but ranks 24th overall against the run. If the Chargers want a crucial road win this week, it is going to have to be on the ground and Gordon is one of the best in the league and can easily take advantage of the Jaguars defense that has been tested twice against elite running backs this season, Todd Gurley II who rushed for 116 yards and Le’Veon Bell who received minimum touches in week five because Roethlisberger turned the ball over five times. Gordon is a lock this week reach over 100 yards and is likely to find the end zone twice.
#5) Dak Prescott throws for less than 225 yards, two interceptions – I’ll be the first to say that the Atlanta Falcons defense has not lived up to its pre-season expectations. Allowing no more than 23 points in a game thus far, the Falcons have only recorded two interceptions this season and that turnover differential has been killing them this season. Add in to the mix, an offense that has yet to show anything close to its output from last year and all that equals too much pressure on the defense. Only two out of eight games have been decided by double digits this season for Atlanta, they split those games. Fortunately, the Dallas defense is not what everyone makes it out to be and the Atlanta offense can probably get the ball rolling early and the defense can relax a little bit more. This may allow that underrated defense to find flaws in the Cowboys’ offense, which is very possible. The Falcons rank middle of the pack in run defense and top ten in pass defense. Dak Prescott is not invincible, just like any other quarterback in this league and is due for a bad game every now and then, despite his continued streak of dominance. If the Atlanta defense can figure it out, they need to make this a statement game and compete for a playoff spot. It could very well be a long day for the 2016 Rookie of the Year.