Fantasy Football Rankings: Rest of Season (Week 10)
Each week through the NFL season we’ll take a look at our rest of season rankings to help you make roster decisions. In addition to the rankings below, here are notes on a few key players.
Tom Brady (QB – NE)
The Patriots have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, which has led to slightly depressed numbers from Brady. Hopes that the team would bolster their receiving corps at the deadline came and went with no activity. Brady is still a strong fantasy option but we’re simply not seeing that immense upside that normally accompanies the future Hall-of-Famer.
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)
Matt Ryan has looked like a superstar at home and struggled mightily on the road. These splits will likely even out over time but they make him a slightly risky bet to be a starting caliber fantasy quarterback in a week-to-week basis. Atlanta has a somewhat rough stretch of games but the schedule eases up nicely just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – TB)
You can’t stop Fitzmagic; you can only hope to contain it. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes back over Tampa’s starting gig, this time likely for good. We know that Fitzpatrick can air it out and provide plus rushing ability, but turnovers will always be an issue. There will be some great games but also some bad ones…really bad. While it wouldn’t be a shock to see Winston get another shot because the coaching staff is all firmly on the hot seat, the most likely scenario that plays out is Fitzpatrick remains Tampa’s starter and mixes top-5 games with bottom-10 duds.
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL)
Scott Linehan’s bumbling play-calling certainly doesn’t help, but Dak Prescott has regressed as a passer and isn’t running near enough to salvage his formerly high fantasy value. At this point, the Cowboys are a middling team in need of a complete redo, and Prescott is starting to look less-and-less like a difference-making franchise signal-caller.
Kareem Hunt (RB – KC)
Hunt’s role in the passing game has improved after a slow start and his weekly high snap rate assure that Hunt is a good bet to get plenty of opportunities to score touchdowns for a potent Kansas City offense. He’s not quite a top-three runner or top-three receiver, but in the end, Hunt very well may finish the season as a top-three fantasy option.
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO)
Despite the presence of Mark Ingram now in the backfield, Alvin Kamara now seems to be the back-of-choice in all goal-line situations, including those short yardage runs inside the five. Kamara’s touches have declined since Ingram was activated but he’s padding his fantasy production with a lot of touchdowns. Kamara remains an elite, top-5 fantasy option in any format.
James Conner (RB – PIT)
Conner looks like a three-down stud who is leading the NFL in forced missed tackles–an area that he’s been clearly superior to than Le’Veon Bell. It’s beginning to look more and more like Conner is going to be the club’s main back even if Bell finally decides to show up. That’s great news not only for this season but also makes Conner a top-five dynasty target and one of the best “feel good” stories in recent NFL history.
Alex Collins (RB – BAL)
If the Ravens would hand short-yardage duties over to either Collins or Buck Allen, things would be a lot easier to forecast. Both are getting those touches but Collins has fumbled and could lose his share of those touches. He’s still Baltimore’s main runner but his upside is somewhat capped by Allen’s presence. Collins ranks in the top-5 of total points scored attributed to touchdowns, which is an unsustainable rate. He needs to clean up turnovers and pass-catching to be considered a weekly RB2.
Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA)
Drake started to eclipse Frank Gore but it’s hard to really put much stock into Miami’s offense while Brock Osweiler is under center. The backfield should become a little clearer once Ryan Tannehill is back in the lineup following the club’s Week 11 bye.
Julio Jones (WR – ATL)
The good news: Jones finally got his first touchdown out of the way and remains one of the best wideouts in the entire NFL. The bad news: It might be a while until we see Jones in the end zone again. Inexplicably, Jones has only been targeted in the red zone three times all season and has zero red zone receptions.
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR)
Even though he’s behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, Kupp is a solid red zone threat who is still making an impact in one of the league’s most potent offensive attacks. The only thing holding Kupp down has been injuries, which are starting to pile up. When healthy, Kupp has proven to be more than a red zone wideout- he’s a complete player and fantasy star in Sean McVay’s potent offense, as long as he can stay healthy.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI)
Sam Bradford’s struggles got him benched but also hurt Fitzgerald’s value, while injuries have also played a factor in what is turning out to be a disastrous final season. He’s getting healthy now, but it’s hard to envision Fitzgerald getting back into WR2 territory playing for one of the league’s worst passing attacks that can only get better with a new play-caller.
John Brown (WR – BAL)
After a sizzling start, Joe Flacco’s slump has caused John Brown’s fantasy stock to tumble. He’s been unable to make much of an impact downfield or in the red zone, but a post-bye schedule that includes appealing matchups with Cincinnati, Oakland, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Tampa make Brown a solid rebound candidate in the season’s second half.
Jeff Heuerman (TE – DEN)
Heuerman is starting to build a solid rapport with Case Keenum. In fact, he’s fourth among all NFL tight ends in red zone targets, despite the fact that he barely played in the first few games and was well behind Jake Butt on the depth chart. Heuerman is a solid streaming option that is widely available on waiver wires everywhere.
Below you can find our the complete rest of season rankings of several of our experts.