Fantasy football sleeper candidates for Week 10

by Cory J. Bonini on November 7, 2013 @ 08:37:19 PDT

 

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Wide receiver

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hartline has seen at least five targets in each of his last four games and has 22 in his last three. He's consistently in the mix for the Dolphins and is often played by PPR owners, regardless of the matchup. This week he could be even better, with wideout Mike Wallace likely to face Darrelle Revis. Miami's running game has improved of late, too, which only helps keep the Bucs' defense honest against the pass.

Buccaneers vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
27
4
25.3
12.75
179.0
14.0
1.50
0.00
0.0
0.00
0.25

Rueben Randle, New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders

A big fat zero. That's exactly how many fantasy points Randle posted in Week 8. Forget it happened. He was too good before that game to let it get into your head. Also, playing the Raiders offers a glorious matchup to help get back on track. Eli Manning is starting to do just that himself, and the Giants' passing game should click nicely after the extra preparation time.

Raiders vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
30
3
28.7
12.33
195.7
15.9
1.67
0.67
8.0
0.00
0.33

Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts

Givens has 13 targets in two games with Kellen Clemens under center, and he is starting to become a more consistent PPR play. The Colts were massacred by Andre Johnson a week ago, but removing those figures leaves you with a team that was still giving up 30.0 standard fantasy points per game in their prior month of play. Givens is a good bet for respectable Week 9 showing, regardless of the format.

Colts vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
32
3
36.7
15.00
257.3
17.2
2.00
0.33
1.3
0.00
0.33

Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins

Risky? Yup. Simpson is about as inconsistent as they come. Some of that can be placed on the quarterback carousel in Minnesota, but consecutive weeks of Christian Ponder as the starter is a good thing for Simpson. The Redskins have struggled to stop the pass all year, and they'll focus so much attention on Adrian Peterson that Simpson might be able to get free for a big play.

Redskins vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
24
4
24.3
14.00
181.8
13.0
1.25
0.75
5.8
0.00
0.00

Tight end

Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions

Bennett has just five catches in his last two games and hasn't topped 70 yards since Week 4 -- against the Lions, a game in which he racked up 90 yards on eight grabs. Jay Cutler (groin) is expected to return to the starting lineup; he clearly has an affinity for Bennett. Make sure you don't let the last two weeks sway you from playing the veteran tight end in Week 10.

Lions vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
24
3
8.3
6.00
68.7
11.4
0.33
0.00

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Everyone found their way onto the stats sheet in Philly's Week 9 drubbing of Oakland, including Ertz. More importantly, he has been targeted 21 times in the last four weeks, which is nearly twice as much as the previous five games. Nick Foles is likely to start again and has confidence in the rookie pass-catching line extension. You should, too.

Packers vs. WR position (per-game averages, Weeks 6-9)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
25
4
8.3
5.25
56.5
10.8
0.50
0.00

PK and DT sleepers are on Page 3

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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