Last week was one of the better performances overall from my fantasy surprises. Jacoby Brissett turned in a big day, Mohamed Sanu found the end zone, the Cardinals defense took care of business and both Kenyan Drake and Vernon Davis were heavily involved in their offenses. Entering week ten, the bye weeks are almost through which means the fantasy playoffs are rapidly approaching. At this point, the best advice I could give is stick with your stars, be open to trades (but don’t just do one for the heck of it), and if you can capitalize on an opponents weakness and pick someone up just so they can’t, it is worth the roster spot.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Jets: If you’re in a ten or 12 team league there would be no reason to start Fitzpatrick, but for his price he could be a very nice option for daily fantasy players. Even without Mike Evans, the Buccaneers will be throwing it 30 plus times, and Fitzpatrick has shown he can run too. The Jets pass defense can be vulnerable, so lineups with Fitzpatrick could do some damage this weekend. Expect around 270 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Duke Johnson vs Lions: If you’re in a PPR league, chances are you’re well aware of how productive Johnson can be. While Isaiah Crowell has struggled for the most part anyway, Johnson has had flashes as a runner and is certainly capable of producing as a receiver. The Lions have been stout against the run, and combined with a possibility of garbage time, there is a chance Johnson sees double digit targets in this one. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Colts: Between the endzone celebrations on the field and the wholesome tweets off of it, Smith-Schuster has quickly become a fan favorite across the league. This week in a great matchup, he could continue to add to his legion of fans with a big performance. Whoever is starting opposite Antonio Brown figures to see favorable coverage, and even if Smith-Schuster sees a handful of targets, he could be in for a big day. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Tyler Kroft vs Titans: Thanks to Tyler Eifert’s injury and the Bengals not giving Andy Dalton enough time to read the whole field, Kroft has emerged as someone with a viable role in the offense. Over the past six games Kroft has seen 28 targets and has scored three touchdowns, which at a position without much depth is pretty serviceable. Teams have also been able to throw on the Titans with some success, so figuring Kroft sees five to six targets the numbers should be there. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Mike Nugent vs Falcons: You can never go wrong with kickers in a game that has shootout potential. That is what Nugent has working for him in this one as the opportunities should be there. In a lot of leagues, he is available on waivers so don’t hesitate to pick him up if you need another option. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Bears vs Packers: The Bears defense is a pretty underrated unit as a whole, but still prior to the Aaron Rodgers injury you wouldn’t consider starting them against the Packers. However now they are fair game as while Brett Hundley could be a good NFL quarterback in the future, he has struggled in his first few chances to play in the regular season. The Bears tendency to control the clock with the run on offense should work in their favor too, so this play could have a high floor as well. Expect around three sacks and an interception.