We are coming down the home stretch in the fantasy football regular season with only two more bye weeks remaining. These past five weeks have been very stressful and hectic between bye weeks, injuries, suspensions, and suspension reversals but fantasy owners are starting to gather where they stand within their fantasy leagues. This week we see many fantasy superstars out on bye so let’s dive into some fantasy streamers for Week 10 that will help lead our teams to victory!
Week 9 Star:
- Jared Goff @ New York Giants: 14-22 for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns.
- Future Fantasy Outlook: We are now seeing the young Cal product coming into his own and prove why he was the number one overall draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft. The Rams have the #1 ranked offense in the league, and with Todd Gurley looking like his rookie season again, Goff will continue to have plenty of opportunities to push the ball downfield and develop. Things are looking very bright for the Rams.
Week 9 Bust:
- Oakland Raiders Defense @ Miami Dolphins: 24 points allowed, 1 sack & 1 fumble recovery.
- Future Fantasy Outlook: I mentioned that last week did not allow for many great streaming options for defenses, but in a plus matchup with the struggling Miami Dolphins offense I believed the Raiders could do well. The Raiders just simply do not look good on defense, having recorded only six fumble recoveries and zero interceptions on the year. I would advise straying away from this black hole until Khalil Mack and company figure themselves out.
Week 10 Bye Weeks: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles
Stream of the Week: Josh McCown (35% owned) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Man, what a turnaround the New York Jets have had. In the preseason, everyone assumed that they would tank the season away and end up with a Top-5 pick. Well, the Jets have (so far) pulled off their best Lee Corso “Not so fast my friend” impersonation with a 4-5 record and competing for an AFC Wild Card spot. At the helm is 38 year old veteran Josh McCown, who very quietly has posted a QB1 type year. Turning in his least amount of passing yards (140) in a game last week against a tough Bills defense, McCown still managed to stay fantasy relevant scoring a rushing touchdown and not turning over the ball. He had a few big plays called back for penalties as well. This week I believe McCown could have his best performance of the season when traveling to Tampa Bay against a Buccaneers defense that has given up the 6th most FPS to opposing QBs. The revenge narrative is there, and with a struggling Bucs team next in line, Josh McCown is poised to have his way on Sunday.
C.J. Beathard (3% owned) vs New York Giants
The rookie out of Iowa has not exactly lit the world on fire with his performances since being named the 49ers starting quarterback in Week 6, but C.J. Beathard has proven to fantasy owners that the volume and opportunity will be there week in and week out. Beathard has attempted at least 36 passes in every game he has played in, including a 51 attempt performance last week against the Arizona Cardinals. While he has failed to throw for over 300 yards in a single game, things are looking better and better for Beathard from a fantasy perspective. The San Francisco 49ers are 0-9 and have been apart of many negative game scripts, leading to golden garbage time performances. This week the 49ers welcome a struggling New York Giants team to town. The Giants’ defense has given up the 2nd most FPS to opposing quarterbacks this year, marking C.J. Beathard as a streaming option worth considering. They have also given up four 300+ yard performances this season and sport a -3 give-take ratio this season. I believe we will see two struggling teams duke it out until the end, giving C.J. Beathard plenty of opportunities to come through for fantasy owners everywhere.
Jacoby Brissett (24% owned) vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Arguably my most popular fantasy streamer has also been one of the most consistent I have featured weekly. At this point, Jacoby Brissett is penciled into my top streaming options at the quarterback position along with Josh McCown and deservedly so. We have seen Brissett attempt at least 30 passes and throw for at least 200 yards in his last five games, and this trend will only continue with Frank Gore slowing down and Marlon Mack still getting used to the running back position in the NFL. Brissett also has cut down his turnovers since his shaky start to the season, only throwing one interception in his last four games while throwing for 5 touchdowns in that same span. Yes, the Colts are facing off against a very tough Steelers defense this Sunday, but let’s remember that the Steelers offense is not the same on the road as at home. If the Colts can stop the Steelers from moving the ball on offense, we should see Brissett have plenty of possessions to get this Colts offense moving.
Other Notables: Eli Manning (45% owned) @ San Francisco 49ers
Stream of the Week: Tyler Kroft (41% owned) @ Tennessee Titans
Tyler Kroft has filled in nicely for injured Tyler Eifert this season and his role as the #2 receiving option on the Bengals offense is established. Last week in Jacksonville we saw Kroft record only two targets (his least of the year since being named starter) but did manage to haul both of them in for 79 yards. The Tennessee Titans are ranked 16th against opposing tight ends, but with the volume and looks Andy Dalton entrusts in Tyler Kroft, his floor is relatively safe. As a side note, also pay attention to news surrounding A.J. Green. If the league does decide to go back and suspend Green, Kroft will be a must-start at the tight end position.
Garrett Celek (0% owned) vs New York Giants
Death, taxes, and tight ends scoring touchdowns against the New York Giants defense. One of the most incredibly strange stats on the 2017 season so far is that the Giants have given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end in every single game this season. The Giants #32 ranked defense against opposing tight ends has been so bad that in multiple occasions there has been two tight ends on the same team being fantasy relevant. I am not one to go against these odds and with George Kittle already ruled out for this matchup, it should be a safe bet that Garrett Celek has a solid fantasy day on Sunday. Celek saw four targets last Sunday and I believe that C.J. Beathard will use his tight end a lot this Sunday against the Giants.
O.J. Howard (32% owned) vs New York Jets
It is crazy that many people seem to forget the immense talent Tampa Bay Bucs tight end O.J. Howard possesses while the limelight is on Cameron Brate. Brate deserves to be recognized as a top tight end in the NFL with his performances the last two seasons, but O.J. Howard might be one of the most physically gifted tight ends in the league. He has posted three touchdowns this season and showed off his athleticism on multiple occasions, and this week I believe we see another breakout performance. Mike Evans being suspended for this game should allow O.J. Howard’s role to increase, giving him an opportunity to show off his talent. With a golden opportunity to help his new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick try and get revenge on his former New York Jets teammates, I believe O.J. will rise to the occasion. The Jets have given up the 7th most FPS to opposing tight ends, so the matchup and the opportunity are both there for O.J. Howard to take.
Other Notables: Charles Clay (13% owned) vs New Orleans Saints, C.J. Fiedorowicz (10% owned) @ Los Angeles Rams
Stream of the Week: New Orleans Saints (43% owned) @ Buffalo Bills
It is still strange to me that the New Orleans Saints defense has been playing so well. Last year we saw them as a bottom three defense in the NFL, but now we are seeing this defense take over games with sacks and turnovers. The Saints have limited their last three opponents to 17 or less points while recording 7 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and scoring a touchdown. The Saints have won six straight matchups and will look to continue that on Sunday in Buffalo against a surprising 5-3 Bills team. The Bills have only recorded six giveaways this season, but the most glaring matchup to me is in the sack category. Tyrod Taylor has been sacked 26 times this season (6th most) and the New Orleans Saints have sacked opposing quarterbacks 23 times this season (9th most). We should see the Saints give Taylor all he can handle, so sacks and turnover risks should be heavily in play this Sunday in Buffalo.
Chicago Bears (8% owned) vs Green Bay Packers
At the beginning of the year, no fantasy owner in their right mind would start the Chicago Bears defense against the Green Bay Packers. Now that Aaron Rodgers is out for the foreseeable future however, the Green Bay Packers have been anything but dangerous to opposing defenses. The Bears have only given up more than 24 points once this year and have recorded at least two sacks in every game. Since Week 5, the Bears have amassed 14 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 3 touchdowns. The Green Bay Packers with a Brett Hundley led offense only scored 17 points in both matchups, many of those being in garbage time. This Sunday, Brett Hundley should continue to struggle in Chicago and look for the Bears front seven to put on a defensive showcase.
New England Patriots (39% owned) @ Denver Broncos
Are we seeing the return of the Belichick defense we all know and probably hate to face? Over their last four games, the Patriots defense has given up an average of 12.75 points per game while recording 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. This defense still struggles with sacks and turnovers, but they have seemed to find ways to get opposing offenses off the field better and better. If there was ever a matchup to kickstart this defense into the turnover mood, it would be this matchup Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos offense has struggled all year long and with Brock Osweiler now leading the charge for Denver’s offense, this matchup looks mighty juicy for Belichick and his defense. Osweiler threw two interceptions last week in his return to being a starting quarterback and if I was a betting man, I would bet that he will continue to record turnovers at an alarming rate this season.
Other Notables: Tennessee Titans (21% owned) vs Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets (5% owned) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers