These deep sleepers are players flying under the radar whose matchups suggest they could have a big game in Week 10. Just remember, they are risky fantasy plays given the other options likely available.
QB Brian Hoyer / Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
Hoyer passed for 168 yards and three touchdowns when Brissett went down with an MCL injury last week. Whether Hoyer or Brissett starts, the Colts quarterback plays a Miami Dolphins pass defense that has struggled all season long, allowing an average of 260 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. A top 10 finish or better is on tap for the Colts starting quarterback this week.
FANTASY RANKINGS: Top players at each position for Week 10
RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Cohen has been a fantasy football bust this season. But this week, he should thrive against a Detroit Lions defense allowing 176 all-purpose yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game to running backs. Over a third of that production goes to pass-receiving running backs like Cohen. Cohen is in line for 60-80 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. He’s a strong flex-play or RB2 play in PPR leagues.
WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Crowder has benefited from the return of Sam Darnold to the lineup as he’s seen his average targets and receptions per game double. Over the past four games, he’s totaled 21 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown. The Jets play a New York Giants team whose pass defense has given up the most yards and touchdowns per game to wide receivers. Crowder is in line for a top-10 finish with 75 to 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Just when it appeared Cameron Brate supplanted Howard as the Bucs’ best tight end option, Brate failed to post a single catch in Week 9. Howard returns from injury this week to play an Arizona Cardinals pass defense giving up a league leading seven receptions, 90 yards, and a touchdown per week to tight ends. A boom-or-bust option, Howard is in position to break out in Week 10.
Kansas City Chiefs defense/special teams
Over their past three games, the Chiefs defense has held opponents to 220 yards passing, 119 yards rushing, and 22.8 points per game. The Chiefs play a Tennessee Titans team that has played much better with Ryan Tannehill under center the past three games. Over that time, Tannehill has been sacked nine times, thrown three interceptions, and regressed in his production. With Patrick Mahomes returning in what should be a pass-heavy game, the Chiefs defense could have its best week yet with ample opportunity for sacks, interceptions, and yet another defensive or special teams touchdown.
Jim Saranteas, aka “The Fantasy Greek,” is a contributing author for Ourlads.com, a part of the United States TODAY Community.
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