Fantasy Football Feast or Famine: Week 10 (2019)
We’ve officially passed the midway point of the fantasy season. As everyone expected, D.J. Chark is a top-six receiver, Austin Hooper and Darren Waller are top-three tight ends, and New England’s defense is one of fantasy’s leading scorers.
If you’re busy trying to figure out whether this week will be a Mike Evans week or Chris Godwin week, this article might not be too helpful. What I will do is look at some players with the most divisive rankings among the experts and predict whether they will feast or starve.
Kyler Murray (ARI)
Highest rank: QB2. Lowest Rank: QB18.
Six straight quarterbacks have scored 17 or more fantasy points against the Buccaneers — four of those totaled at least 23.7. Tampa Bay has allowed an average of three touchdowns and 330.5 yards over those six games.
Kyler Murray has posted at least 21 points in three of his last five games. He should make it four of six in this game.
Matthew Stafford (DET)
Highest rank: QB4. Lowest rank: QB22.
The number of quarterbacks to post 20 fantasy points against the Bears this season? Zero. Chicago has had issues offensively and with their run defense, but their pass defense has been rock solid for the most part.
Stafford comes into this game having thrown for at 340 yards and three touchdowns in three consecutive games, but this might be a week to avoid him.
David Montgomery (CHI)
Highest rank: RB4. Lowest rank: RB23.
In half PPR formats, six different running backs have totaled at least 20 fantasy points against the Lions. In fact, Detroit has allowed at least 17 points to a back in all but one game this season. The Lions are on pace to surrender 2,830 yards and 26 touchdowns to the position. Welp.
Matt Nagy is finally giving David Montgomery the rock and it’s paying off in a big way for fantasy owners. The rookie has totaled 223 yards and three scores over his last two games. He should feast again in this matchup.
Todd Gurley (LAR)
Highest rank: RB7. Lowest rank: RB26.
I mentioned this last week and it still stand true this week — not a single running back has reached 14 fantasy points against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Steelers have faced a repertoire of backs that includes Sony Michel, Mark Ingram, Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon, Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, and Marlon Mack.
Todd Gurley has looked like a shell of himself this season. Gurley has had just one game all season with more than 70 yards from scrimmage. The saving grace for the 25-year-old has been touchdowns, as Gurley has scored seven times in seven games. Pittsburgh has allowed just one score to the position since Week 3, so points could be hard to come by for Gurley.
Emmanuel Sanders (SF)
Highest rank: WR10. Lowest rank: WR36.
The Seahawks have allowed a receiver to go for over 150 receiving yards in back-to-back games. Seattle has also allowed four 100-yard receivers over their last five games. This week, it’ll be Emmanuel Sanders’ turn to tee off on this secondary.
Sanders has scored in each of his two games with San Francisco, and he posted a 7/112/1 line on 9 targets against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. With George Kittle’s status in doubt, Sanders is in a prime position to post another big line.
Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)
Highest rank: WR14. Lowest rank: WR29.
Only one receiver has managed to score more than 14 points in half PPR formats against Buffalo, and that was Jamison Crowder in Week 1. Crowder caught 14 passes in that game for a mere 99 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. has had just one game all year with more than 13.1 fantasy points – and that occurred way back in Week 2. Those who drafted OBJ early could be in for another rough week.
O.J. Howard (TB)
Highest rank: TE7. Lowest rank: TE28.
Unless you have one of the studs, you’re going to need to take a flyer. O.J. Howard has the talent and matchup to produce, but will he have the opportunity? Howard has just 13 receptions on 18 targets through six games.
If there’s ever a week for Howard to break out, it would be against an Arizona team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Check out my rankings to see where the rest of your players stack up: