We are back with Week 10 undervalued fantasy players! To help you apply my advice more concretely, I’m including some players I would choose to bench instead of my guys. Also, these could be some trade targets or streaming options with trade deadlines and bye weeks upon us. Let’s do this.
Lance Kendricks, TE Rams
I talked about Lance Kendricks two weeks ago on the TFA podcast as a “best of the rest” (under 20% owned) pick and I hope you listened. Well, if you didn’t, you’re still in luck since he is still only owned in 15% of yahoo and 20% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Over his past 3 games (weeks 6,7, and 9), Kendricks received 23 targets which only Jimmy Graham (25) and Antonio Gates (24) bested. He finished as the #8, #9, and #11 fantasy TE those weeks snagging 19 receptions for 179 yards and a TD.
In week 10, the Rams face the New York Jets who give up the 13th most fantasy points to tight ends and just gave up 42 yards and a touchdown to Dominque Jones (TE for Miami) last week. FantasyPros consensus rankings have Kendricks as TE #20 this week, which is typically between 2-4 fantasy points. Kendricks should have no problem outperforming that and could bail out those of you struggling to find a solid streaming option for week 10.
Players I would start Kendricks over: Julius Thomas, Martellus Bennett, Coby Fleener, Gary Barnidge, CJ Fiedorowicz
Rishard Matthews, WR Titans
Rishard Matthews’ season was slow to warm, but boy is he cooking now. I’m not sure why the #23 overall fantasy wide receiver is only 38% owned, but he made for an easy undervalued fantasy player pick in week 10. Last week, Matthews exploded against the Chargers catching 6 balls for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He is currently behind Tajae Sharpe and Delanie Walker in overall target share for the Titans, but received 21 targets over his last three games and receives 13% of the overall red zone target share.
This week, Tennessee faces Green Bay who gives up the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Packers defense just gave up 152 yards and 2 TDs to Atlanta’s top receivers and a combined 137 yards and 1 TD to T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief last week. Currently ranked as the #36 wide receiver, Matthews won’t have a problem besting these expectations in week 10. Start him with confidence.
Players I would start Matthews over: Michael Thomas, Kenny Britt, John Brown, Sterling Shepard, Willie Snead
Darren Sproles, RB Eagles
Head Coach Doug Pederson finally admitted this week what we all know: Darren Sproles is the lead back for Philadelphia. He out-snapped (80% of snaps the past 2 weeks) and out-touched (36 touches to 11 over the past 2 weeks) Ryan Mathews in weeks 8-9. Sproles is the #31 overall fantasy running back on the season so far, and his value should only increase with his current involvement. Sproles rumbled for 103 all-purpose yards against Dallas in week 8 and for 71 yards last week against the Giants.
The only missing piece for Sproles is touchdown potential and I think he’ll do it this week against an Atlanta defense that gives up the 13th most fantasy points to running backs. They’ve given up big games to talented running backs including Melvin Gordon (121 yards and 3 TDS), Christine Michael (83 yards and 2 TDs), and Mark Ingram (107 yards and 1 TD).
Sproles is a threat both on the ground and through the air and Pederson recently stated that the Eagles will rely more on the run the second half of the season. Sproles is currently ranked at a respectable #19, but I think he will best this just as the aforementioned backs did. Gordon finished as #1, Michael #7, and Ingram #13 fantasy RB in the weeks they faced Atlanta. Sign me up.
Players I would start Sproles over : Jeremy Hill, Christine Michael, LaGarrette Blount, Gio Bernard, Spencer Ware
Joe Flacco, QB Ravens
Ok, Joe Flacco hasn’t been an all-star, I know. Currently the #20 overall fantasy QB, he’s had his down weeks. However, I think Flacco throws for his third 300+ yard game and at least two touchdowns against the Browns in week 10. I know, the Browns are easy to pick on. They give up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have given up 20+ fantasy points to QBs EVERY WEEK except one (Oh, Fitzpatrick).
That said, that isn’t the only reason I’m pushing Joe Flacco in week 10. He loves to throw the ball (4th in overall pass attempts this season) and his increasing chemistry with Mike Wallace and the return of Steve Smith Sr. bode well for a solid fantasy performance this week. In his last two games, Wallace finished with 100+ yards each game and one TD. Wallace definitely gives Flacco a downfield option and his big-play ability makes both juicy fantasy options against the Browns.
We already saw this match-up in week 2 and Flacco threw for 302 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INT. Without those interceptions, Flacco beats his #15 QB ranking in week 10 easily.
Players I would start Flacco over: Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson, Trevor Siemian, and possibly Dak Prescott
Corey Coleman, WR Browns
After missing 6 weeks with a broken hand, Corey Coleman returned to the field in week 9. I wouldn’t say it was a “bad” performance, snagging 3/7 targets for 41 yards, but it certainly didn’t help fantasy owners that took a chance. Owners will fair much better this week. Hue Jackson emphasized their plan to heavily involve Coleman and he gets a plus match-up against the Baltimore Ravens. Coleman scorched them in week 2, catching 5 passes for 104 yards and 2 TDs.
Coleman’s talent should shine through even on a struggling (what an understatement) 0-9 Browns team. Before his injury, Coleman ranked #14 among fantasy wide receivers. The Ravens defense gives up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and just gave up 188 yards and one TD to Pittsburgh wide receivers in week 9. Just a reminder that this is the same defense that OBJ crushed, gaining 222 yards on 8 catches and snagging 2 TDs. The message? They’re beatable. We can rest assured that Cleveland will be trailing and will look to their young wide out to help them get some offense going.
Players I would play Coleman over: Julian Edelman, Steve Smith Sr., Ty Montgomery, Michael Thomas, Kenny Britt
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