Fantasy football sleeper candidates for Week 10

by Cory J. Bonini on November 7, 2013 @ 08:37:19 PDT

 

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In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 6 through Week 9, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders

It's really easy to like a quarterback facing the Raiders after their defense allowed seven touchdown passes to a backup quarterback in 40 minutes of play last week. Manning has just two touchdown passes in the last month, and he has turned over the ball only three times -- all in Week 6. Manning is on the verge of breaking out, and facing Oakland gives him the best chance it happening sooner than later.

Raiders vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
27
3
23.33
22
35
62.7
274.0
2.67
0.67
3.33
14.0
0.00
0.00
3.33

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Locker had a strong matchup in Week 9 but wasn't able to capitalize on it, largely because the Titans chose to run roughshod over the St. Louis Rams. Could we see that happen again in Week 10? Perhaps. However, taking a chance on Locker having a quality passing day is a worthwhile risk if you're faced with an injury or bye week (ahem, Tom Brady owners).

Jaguars vs. QB position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
26
3
22.33
20
28
71.8
252.3
1.33
0.33
5.67
16.0
0.67
0.67
0.33

Running back

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams

Richardson probably gets played every week because of where you drafted him, but this week should be the one in which he finally breaks out in 2013. St. Louis' run D has been atrocious, and their pass defense hasn't been much better. The Colts are rather limited with what they can do through the air (despite T.Y. Hilton's monster Week 9), so relying more on the ground game should be in the cards. Keep in mind, they couldn't do that against Houston last week because of a 24-6 third quarter deficit.

Rams vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
27
4
21.5
25.5
111.3
4.4
1.25
4.00
46.5
11.6
0.00
0.00

Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Titans are hoping to get Greene around 15 carries in best-case scenario, which is a tad ambitious. However, seven to 12 carries is more than realistic (he toted the ball nine times last week). Moreover, it's Greene's goal line skills that will endear him to fantasy owners, and it should continue facing a team giving up more than a pair of rushing TDs per game.

Jaguars vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
32
3
31.3
29.0
130.3
4.5
2.33
5.33
62.3
11.7
0.00
0.33

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

The versatile backup to Reggie Bush will not need a lot of touches to have an impact for fantasy owners in Week 10. He faces a Bears' D that has been trampled by backs, as evidenced by the clinic Green Bay's backfield put on even in a loss. Chicago is giving up big plays in chunks, which bodes well for Bell when he comes off the bench to replace Bush on occasion.

Bears vs. RB position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
3
28.3
28.3
149.7
5.3
2.33
1.00
5.7
5.7
0.00
0.0

WRs and TEs are next

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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