It’s week 10 baby and time for my week 10 flex favorites. We’re fast approaching the playoffs. Casual leagues begin to have gimmee trades, while in serious leagues the trash talk gets downright filthy. It’s all at stake. Some of you may need to win outright to make a playoffs berth. Others may have a free pass to the coveted Playoff BYE. Sadly there are some of you who have no hope left. Even for those of you without a chance in the playoffs don’t forget to set your lineups and go out with integrity. Nothing worse than that one guy who says screw it and completely ghosts the league. Because what’s the point of this fantastic tradition if you don’t take it seriously until the bitter Sacko Bowl end?
As for those looking for that desperate win this weekend, I’m here to help. Well, at least give you some advice that hopefully brings you delicious fantasy points. The four teams on bye are KC, OAK, PHI, and BAL. Get excited, week 10 holds some fun matchups. It’s important to note, I’m intentionally not mentioning several players. All of which have moved up in rank on their performances last week. Those players include Marvin Jones, Orleans Darkwa, Joe Mixon, and Robby Anderson. If you have them, you’re starting them. They all have decent enough match ups and upside to be considered WR2s & RB2s. With that, let’s dive right in.
Juju Smith Schuster (PPR & Standard)
Coming off hot from his stellar performance in Detroit and rested up from a bye week, Juju Smith Schuster looks to have another big game against Indianapolis. The Colts have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers so far this season. They have also allowed the most yards per attempt to opposing quarterbacks.
The takeaway? Juju Smith Schuster is a must-start flex option for you in week 10. He registered 193 receiving yards on 7 receptions in week 8, along with back to back touchdowns in weeks 7 and 8. He’s the second hot hand in Pittsburgh behind Antonio Brown. When you compare targets in the red zone specifically, Brown and Schuster are each at a 50% conversion rating inside the 20. Schuster actually has one more touchdown than Brown this season as well (Brown with 3, Schuster with 4). In no way am I saying Schuster is better than Antonio Brown, let’s not get crazy. However, he’s an explosive player with the ability to convert. Paired with a great matchup, you’re starting him.
Sterling Shepard (Standard & PPR)
Oh, how the Giants have fallen. New York is a mess at 1-7, going into week 10 at San Francisco. Things are so bad that I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Niners take their first win of the season this week. One of the few small rays of hope left for the Giants lies with Sterling Shepard.
After losing Beckham in week 5 and Shepard going out the same week, the receiving core looked barren. Treading water, the Giants had to adapt. Evan Engram became the target monster. Now with Shepard back to full strength, the two will be able to open up the field a bit. This was evident in week 9 where Shepard dominated the snap count at seeing 93% of the team’s total snaps.
Shepard won out on targets and moving forward the talented wideout is likely to continue trending upward. Especially against the Niners who have allowed at least 26 points in the past 5 games. It’s safe to say as the team’s WR1, Shepard will look to gobble up yards and fantasy points for you against the weak secondary of San Francisco.
Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (PPR)
Sean McVay completely revitalized this Rams offense. This much is obvious. He’s managed to instill some much-needed confidence in Jared Goff and opened up the offense. As a result, you have multiple options for value in LA. Something you would not have predicted this time last year. Coming off their bye, the Rams play host to the limping Houston Texans. Too soon? Wishing you a speedy recovery Deshaun Watson! The Texans have allowed the 6th most yards to opponents per dropback pass.
I give you Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the dynamic flexing duo. Starting either this week could yield flex-worthy PPR points. In week 8, Woods saw 70% of snaps he played while Kupp saw 61%. Woods has 49 targets on the season, while Kupp has 48. Woods has 2 total touchdowns and Kupp edges him out with 3 touchdowns. They’re right there, neck ‘n neck. With Houston’s depleted defense and home-field advantage, these receivers should both pull in healthy points for you. The slight edge has to go to Woods.
Duke Johnson Jr. (PPR & Standard)
Detroit plays host to Cleveland in week 10 and it’s hard to imagine value coming out of Cleveland in this matchup. However, look to “slow and steady wins the race” Duke Johnson Jr. as their bright spot of fantasy value. He’s not slow though, he’s pretty fast. He posted a 4.54 in his 40 at the combine. Moving on.
Johnson is averaging 40 receiving yards and 22 rushing yards a game. He’s also averaging 4.5 receptions and 4.25 rushing attempts a game. What makes that more exciting is the fact that Detroit has allowed an average of 6 receptions and 49.1 receiving yards to backs this season. Duke had 6 red zone rushing attempts inside the 20 and he’s 1 for 1 receiving in that space. Johnson’s flex value here is in the matchup and consistency of use. Hopefully, he’ll also fall in the end zone for you.
Devin Funchess (PPR & Standard)
Home against Miami, Carolina looks to extend their winning streak. After all, the Dolphins only had a single sack in the past 2 games and allowed at least 27 points in their last 3 games. Miami also has the league’s 8th lowest pressure rate on opposing quarterbacks, which will help Cam with additional time in the pocket.
As the number one receiving option for Newton right now with Benjamin off to Buffalo, Devin Funchess leads the receivers as WR1. Last week Funchess saw 75% of snaps. He had 5 receptions for 86 yards for a neat and tidy week 9. Funchess is also leading the Browns in routes run and is right behind Christian McCaffery in receiving targets (65 to McCaffery’s 72). This is a decent matchup for Funchess and he should see solid flex value here.
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