November is officially here and week 10 of the NFL season is upon us. The league dominated the news cycle all week long again. The Cleveland Browns released wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He quickly found with the Los Angeles Rams after a few days of searching. In addition to this, the Carolina Panthers signed former MVP quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal. There is a full slate of games on tap for Sunday, including nine 1 pm kickoffs. Four teams also remain on a bye.
With the fantasy season beginning to wind down, setting your lineups and making key picks to help you win your week is as important as ever for owners looking to make a playoff push. Back with our weekly sleepers article, our picks struggled last week after remaining red hot over the previous month. Taysom Hill played a quiet role in his return from a concussion in the Saint’s last-second loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 31-year-old quarterback recorded just two passes for 33 yards while also carrying the ball one time for four yards. Furthermore, Van Jefferson hauled in just three receptions for 41 yards. Hunter Renfrow and Mark Ingram were the lone bright spots as the former caught seven balls for 49 yards and a touchdown while the latter carried the ball nine times for 43 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger has begun to play better football over the past month after leading the Steelers to a 1-3 start. The 39-year-old quarterback has guided the team to four straight victories. He has finished as QB18, QB23, QB18, and QB14 over the period. After passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, start him this week in a matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Struggling to get opposing offenses off the field, Dan Campbell‘s team is still searching for their first victory of the year. They have allowed 244.4 passing yards on average, leading to 30.5 points per game. This has led opposing signal-callers to put up 22 fantasy points per contest. Owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo leagues and 18% of ESPN leagues, he is a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 option.
Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders
Drake owners have benefitted after Jon Gruden stepped down as the coach of the Raiders. He and Josh Jacobs have split snaps in the backfield over the last two weeks. With an average finish of RB14 over his previous three games, the former third-round pick racked up one of his finest performances of the season last Sunday. He recorded 30 yards rushing while adding 70 yards through the air.
Set to square off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in week 10, play Drake if you are in need of help at the position. Limping along on the defensive side of the ball in 2021, Andy Reid‘s team has allowed six receptions per game to opposing backs. Furthermore, the group has also surrendered over 112 yards on the ground on average. Destined to keep playing a significant role in the Las Vegas passing attack, he is a solid RB3.
Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings
Conklin has quickly become one of the most reliable options at the tight end spot. The 26-year-old has averaged seven targets, leading to just over 50 receiving yards per game during his last two contests. However, he is still yet to make his presence felt in the red zone with just one touchdown reception. Nonetheless, the University of Central Michigan product still ranks as TE16 in 2021 in full-point PPR leagues.
Slated to square off against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10 is one of the best matchups on Sunday, start him. One of the worst groups in the league at slowing down the tight end spot, the Chargers have given up 42 receptions for 565 yards to the position. This has led them to give up 10.2 points per game to the spot. Already cementing himself as the third option with the Vikings behind Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson, Conklin has TE1 upside this week.
Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills
Beasley had one of the worst showings of his season in week 9. The Buffalo offense quickly became bogged down after being unable to run the football. This forced him to be targeted 11 times, leading to eight catches for just 33 yards. Reportedly dealing with a rib injury, the veteran wideout was limited at practice on Thursday, making him questionable heading into the weekend.
With a matchup against the lowly New York Jets on tap for Sunday, start him as a WR3/ Flex option. Unable to slow down opposing passing attacks all year long, Robert Saleh’s team has given up over 270 yards passing in their previous four contests. This has led opposing wideouts to average 19 points per matchup against them. Ranked as WR34 heading into the week, he will provide an added boost in PPR leagues.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Without Calvin Ridley, after he stepped away from the game, Gage has seen his role in the Atlanta offense skyrocket. The 25-year-old is now the clear-cut second option behind rookie tight-end Kyle Pitts. He has now hauled in 11 passes on 14 targets during his last three games, leading to 131 yards and a touchdown. In a high-risk, high-reward scenario heading into week 10, stream Gage if you are searching for help at the position.
Slipping after a red hot start to the year, the Cowboys’ defense now ranks 25th against the pass and 23rd in yards per game. They have given up 20.8 targets on average to opposing wide receivers. Likely to be in a positive game script if the Falcons play from behind all afternoon long, the volume will be there for Gage to have a strong performance.
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