Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable - Week 10
Welcome to the Week 10 Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable! Let's get to our panel and this week's burning questions. Follow Ryan (@fightingchance), Steve (@fantasygeek37), Brian Drake (@drakefantasy), Gary Haddow (@garyhaddow1), and Kevin Tompkins (@ktompkinsii)
Who will have the best Week 10 at quarterback? Daniel Jones, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Allen?
Ryan Says - Daniel Jones. He might turn the ball over more than the others, but Jones certainly has the easiest matchup against the garbage Jets secondary. The Jets defense has just completely fallen apart, and while Jones has some serious issues, he has had some good games against bad teams. New York is without a few of their major weapons, but Cody Latimer and Darius Slayton aren't awful and should complement Golden Tate well. I love Fitzpatrick, but I have a feeling Jones could top 300 yards and two scores.
Steve Says - Josh Allen. No Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have me shying away from Jones and the rushing ability of Allen gives him the slight edge over Fitzpatrick. Cleveland has a decent pass defense, but I think Allen can still do enough for a good, not great, fantasy day.
Drake Says - Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's FitzMagic season kids! Grab a cold beer and your favorite faded Harvard shirt (you know he went there right?) and let's win some cash on the King of the retreads. Miami in my eyes isn't TOTALLY embarrassing. I'm a Devante Parker fan (yes I traded for him this week). I like the garbage time aspect to this offense and Fitz has zero F$*ks left to give. He'll push the ball down the field and get you 300 and 2 TD this week.
Gary Says - Ryan Fitzpatrick. I wrote about my love for Ryan Fitzpatrick rest of season in my Week 10 Waiver Wire Adds column, and I see no reason to change that view. Yes, Jones and Allen have solid matchups, but their defenses don’t suck so badly that they will be forced to throw the ball no matter what.
Kevin Says - Ryan Fitzpatrick. Hey, did you know Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard? I didn't either, after my research on 4 hours sleep after watching the replay of AEW Full Gear (only on PPV!). Anyway, Fitzpatrick should get a ton of volume and flirt with 300 and a couple touchdowns today, a threshold either Daniel Jones or Josh Allen are unlikely to cross in Week 10.
With six teams on bye, which is the best tight end to stream? Jonnu Smith, Jacob Hollister, O.J. Howard, or Jack Doyle?
Ryan Says - Jack Doyle. I love Jonnu and I want to say him here, but I am going to go with Doyle. The Colts are down to Zach Pascal, the running backs, and the tight ends. Eric Ebron reportedly complained about his usage, but Doyle has consistently had three or four catches for over a month. I know that is nothing to get excited about, but they are playing the Dolphins, and with the lack of options to throw to I feel fairly confident that Doyle can find the end zone again.
Steve Says - Jonnu Smith. The Titans will likely have to pass a lot to keep up with the high-powered offense of the Chiefs, and with Delanie Walker out, Jonnu Smith should be in for a dandy of a game.
Drake Says - Jonnu Smith. Don't look now but Jonnu Smith is dusting off his spot on your dynasty league bench and into starting lineups. Ryan Tannehill is down passing targets without Corey Davis and Delanie Walker active so enter the 2nd year Tight End. 12 targets the past two weeks combined are nothing to sneeze at. Fire up Smith over these other TE options.
Gary Says - Jonnu Smith. I’m going Jonnu here who has been a solid TE1 since taking over for an injured Delanie Walker. Going against the Chiefs with Corey Davis banged up I don’t see why Jonnu won’t continue his position as a top 12 tight end.
Kevin Says - Jonnu Smith. Smith is the only one out of that group who isn't solely TD dependent. With Corey Davis and Delanie Walker out and Ryan Tannehill keeping this offense afloat, there's actually a floor here for Smith that the other TE listed do not have. Roll Jonnu today.
Which lower end receiver is best as a cheap DFS option this week? Josh Reynolds, A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel, or Auden Tate?
Ryan Says - Josh Reynolds. LOVE him this week! I am a huge fan of A.J. Brown this week, but I am going to go with the receiver on the better offense with the better receiver. Reynolds stepped in admirably for Brandin Cooks last week with over 70 yards and a touchdown, and Cooks won't be on the field for a few weeks. The Rams don't have the easiest matchup this week with the Steelers on the docket, but Goff still should be able to throw a couple of touchdowns. With Robert Woods basically disappeared, give me Reynolds to have at least 80 yards and a score.
Steve Says - A.J. Brown. If you read what I said in the previous question, just change the fact that Corey Davis will likely miss the game instead of Delanie Walker. A.J. Brown SZN begins in Week 10.
Drake Says - A.J. Brown. This is tough. I love Josh Reynolds but I'm way into AJ Brown this week. For the same reasons I like Jonnu Smith I'm all aboard the AJ Brown train. Playing the Chiefs you know the Titans will need to score points. This isn't a secondary that scares anybody and AJ is flashing first round talent weekly. He's my pick to light it up in week 10.
Gary Says - A.J. Brown. With Corey Davis out I’ll happily start the other main Tannehill target in AJ Brown. Even though the Titans are playing at home, I imagine a rested Patrick Mahomes will come out guns a blazing. If the Titans are playing from behind then Tannehill will be throwing to Jonnu and AJ.
Kevin Says - A.J. Brown. For the narrow target distribution alone, A.J. Brown is a low-end WR3/flex play in such a shallow week for options.
Sleeper of the Week
Ryan Says - Keesean Johnson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. This dude was one of the darlings of the preseason, but then flamed out when the season started. He scored his first touchdown of the year last Thursday against a strong 49ers defense, and will look to build on that this week against the shitty Tampa defense. Larry Fitzgerald is not much of a part of the offense, which leaves Christian Kirk and then "fill in the blank here" at receiver for Arizona. I am going to fill in that blank with KeeSean Johnson.
Steve Says - Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts. With TY Hilton and Parris Campbell ruled out for this juicy matchups against the Dolphins, a lot of people will be on Zach Pascal. I like Pascal a lot this week, but don't forget about Chester Rogers who was second on the team in targets last week, and could have a nice week against a poor defense.
Drake Says - Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants. No Engram, No Shepherd, welcome to the big stage rookie. I'm a fan of Slayton and his long frame. So far this year he's been very boom or bust. What he lacks in production to this point he's made up in snaps. He's playing over 90% of the Giants snaps over the past 4 weeks. That kind of time on the field is just a big game waiting to happen. The Jets secondary is already in off season mode. Put Slayton in a large field GPP and let's cash some checks.
Gary Says - Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins. He had a strong week last week, and with Preston Williams out, Fitzpatrick has DeVante Parker or Gesicki to whome to throw. Given the tight ends available due to injury and/or bye week, I think Gesicki is a solid start in PPR leagues. I have him going in place of Evan Engram, and I’m cautiously optimistic.
Kevin Says - Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants. Attrition is the name of the game for the Giants that play in New Jersey but call themselves New York. Enter Darius Slayton, who should have a nice fantasy day against a bad Jets secondary with Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard out. I've got him starting over Tyler Boyd, so I think he returns borderline WR2 value today.
Bust of the Week
Ryan Says - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons offense and team is a complete mess, but Jones has still been having success during this awful year. However, a lot of this has been against subpar defenses. The Saints are strong, and Marshon Lattimore is one of the best corners in the business. He won't shut Jones completely down, but don't be surprised if he has a hard time topping 50 receiving yards and he won't score.
Steve Says - David Johnson, RB Arizona Cardinals. David Johnson is coming off an injury and facing the number one rushing defense in the NFL in the Tampa Bay Bucs. Add in the fact that Kenyan Drake looked good in his first game and could snake a few touches from him and I'm avoiding if I have any other options.
Drake Says - Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets. A guy who hasn't practiced and is coming off a knee scare doesn't exactly give me the warm fuzzies. This Jets offense is in neutral. The line stinks, the QB stinks, the coach stinks. You get the picture. I don't see Bell breaking out anytime soon. In fact I'd horde his backups in case that knee flares up.
Gary Says - Detroit Lions Offense. Maybe this is a cop out, but first they are going against the Chicago Bears in a divisional matchup, and second Matthew Stafford is now a Game Time Decision. That does not bode well for the Lions including Kenny Golladay who has been pretty studly so far this season.
(Edit: Matthew Stafford is now ruled OUT - Kevin)
Kevin Says - Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns. The one part of the Browns offense not as affected by the general ineptitude of Baker Mayfield this season, Chubb now has Kareem Hunt added to the backfield for his slice of the pie. That slice, coupled with the Bills run defense should make for slow goings for the Browns offense as a whole, including Chubb today.