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2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview: 27 Fournette Set


A plausible method for determining whether a team is underachieving or not is to poll the number of viable fantasy producers they have.

The Giants must be underachieving. That’s an easy takeaway of their 1-7 record considering the fantasy talent on their team. The Bills, on the other hand, sit in their basement deservedly. Apart from LeSean McCoy, I can think of no other offensive player on the Bills worth owning.

The Bills rank last in average adjusted passing yardage and the Giants are 9th. We talk about how awful the Bills are, which is true and valid, but it is really the Giants who should earn top disgrace. The overall offense of the Giants ranks 25th.

Fantasy is blind when it comes to this side of things. We give the Giants latitude because of the better fantasy choices on their team. The Bills give us very little, so they get the scorn.

Here are the team offensive rankings at Week 10:

RankTeamRank Index
1Los Angeles Rams42
2New Orleans Saints78
3New England Patriots93
4Kansas City Chiefs94
5Pittsburgh Steelers97
6Atlanta Falcons106
7Los Angeles Chargers118
8Carolina Panthers121
9Baltimore Ravens123
10Tampa Bay Buccaneers124
11Chicago Bears129
12Indianapolis Colts130
13Minnesota Vikings145
14Green Bay Packers145
15Houston Texans147
16Denver Broncos150
17Philadelphia Eagles162
18Cincinnati Bengals164
19Cleveland Browns164
20San Francisco 49ers172
21Seattle Seahawks173
22Washington Redskins193
23Detroit Lions195
24Dallas Cowboys209
25New York Giants211
26Tennessee Titans223
27New York Jets230
28Oakland Raiders231
29Jacksonville Jaguars231
30Miami Dolphins249
31Arizona Cardinals271
32Buffalo Bills287

2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

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Games to Watch

Byes: Broncos, Ravens, Texans, Vikings

Sunday Early
Saints (7-1) at Bengals (5-3)

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The major win over the Rams at the Superdome last week proved that the Saints can beat anyone. Their only defeat came in Week 1 against the Buccaneers and they nearly pulled that one out too. The Saints defense began the season with some configuration problems leading to missed assignments and careless pass coverage. Had they worked those issues out better in preseason, they might have a perfect record today.

The Bengals are coming out of their bye-week without A.J. Green. Green has a foot injury, specifically his toe, in which the dreaded word “surgery” came up. Fortunately, the reports came out positive that he won’t require it. The doctors intend to reassess him after next week and the Bengals seem optimistic he’ll be out of the walking boot sooner, than later.

To this point, the Bengals are competing well and defeating the weaker teams convincingly enough, but just don’t have that extra gear to keep up with the stronger ones.

Geno is a Beast

I like the Bengals defensive pass rushers and Geno Atkins is one of the most fearsome interior linemen in the NFL. However, the Bengals are minus starting linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil for this one. Without that added extra pressure from the outside that Burfict and company give them, Drew Brees could have all day to pick apart the Bengals secondary led by Dre Kirkpatrick.

As for the Bengals, their task is how to keep up with all this. As mentioned, A.J. Green is out for this one, so they might try and cool the Saints on the sidelines using Joe Mixon to control the clock. Exactly what the Saints are doing these days on their side of the ball. As a result, barring any long injury timeouts, reviews or overtime, I expect this game to speedily reach a final score long before the rest of the games in the early slate.

Should be a very interesting game with the potential of a shootout between Drew Brees and Andy Dalton.

Sleeper: John Ross, WR, Bengals

Sunday Late
Seahawks (4-4) at Rams (8-1)

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Their second meeting this season. The first time around in Week 5 was a back and forth affair with six lead changes. The Rams pulled out the win with a fourth quarter field goal, stopped the Seahawks next drive, then forced them to use all their timeouts on defense and won the game on kneel downs 33-31.

The Rams have had success closing out games like this. They prevent the trailing team from mounting a comeback on them in close games. Just feed Todd Gurley to wipeout opposition timeouts and make first downs.

The Seahawks remain in the chase for a wild-card and an upset win against the Rams would give them a big plus. Even though they might be past the worst, their schedule down the stretch includes more tough company.

Calling Doug Baldwin

I expect Doug Baldwin to have more involvement than their first meeting and appears okay to play after groin discomfort this week. I should also mention he had just one catch for one yard in Week 5. David Moore had two costly drops last week; granted the passes went off-speed and direction from tips of the Chargers defense, but I think he still should have caught them. It’s probably nothing major, but winning back trust with your quarterback is harder than gaining it in the first place.

Look for Mike Davis to lead the Seahawks ground attack and do not count out the possibility that Rashaad Penny begins to get more than just spot play in this game. Pete Carroll will spring wrinkles like this on second divisional meetings like most coaches do. Penny might be worthy of a spec stash if Carson remains at less than 100% health. So keep that in mind if your roster has a hollow for him.

As for wrinkles the Rams can throw at the Seahawks, not much. They are so strong anyway, the best strategy for McVay is to allow his Rams just be the Rams. I will say this though, Jared Goff needs a better outing than the first time the teams met. He had two picks and two fumbles which could easily have ended their undefeated season right there in Week 5.

Sleeper: Nick Vannett, TE, Seahawks

Sunday Night
Cowboys (3-5) at Eagles (4-4)

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I’ve addressed the Cowboys systemic problems before. This tendency for dull “going through the motions” offensive play-calling is as though they borrowed their ideas from a library book. I mean, it’s easy for us and all the fans to see, so why can’t Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett?

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Amari Cooper demonstrated his skill versus the Lions with some optimism. I mean 58 yards and a touchdown is fair start, but that nagging feeling of a White Elephant remains. I might perhaps be talking about Dak Prescott more than Cooper for that designation really.

It remains a winnable division for both these teams, but the Cowboys to me should really be where the Giants are and contrariwise. The NFC east is just plain weak.

The Eagles traded for Golden Tate, but how are they going to use him? Jordan Matthews was working in fine after a 4-93-0 statline against the Jaguars before the bye-week, so what gives? Agholor hasn’t produced for fantasy, but his presence in terms of the team is more or less okay.

I think the Eagles want to extend further their gadgetry game using Agholor and have Golden Tate do the bulk of what Agholor used to do. As for Matthews, and Zach Ertz especially, one or both need to make room for area of the field  which Golden Tate specializes. They could keep Tate on the outside as a minor compliment to Alshon Jeffery. But would they really go to all that trouble of trading for him if all they wanted working the perimeter was another guy? I mean, seriously.

New Scheme?

My best guess is the Eagles are changing their scheme into something very different. I suppose this is why we can’t seem to get a handle and puzzle over how Tate fits into the current one.

A 4-4 record is not what Doug Pederson and Eagles fans would expect from their champions going into Week 10. To do an offensive revamp mid-season must mean they don’t like how things will turn out by just staying the course hoping for a turnaround.

Sleeper: who knows?

Monday Night
Giants (1-7) at 49ers (2-7)

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Okay, it’s not a game to watch. With just over 100 games left in the season we can afford to miss one more.

In a nutshell this is like watching a musical in a circus tent where some of the main actors have lumbago after the first act. Then poorly rehearsed understudies start playing the main role. An elephant gets loose and knocks down the tent. So they send in the clowns and everyone goes away happy anyway because the whole debacle was amusing.

See you in Mexico.

Players to Watch

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Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars (at Colts)

Number 27 returns! No, not that one, the new one. At long last Fournette is back from his hammy issues, but the Jags inserted Carlos Hyde into the mix during his absence, so now the touch distribution between their three high level backs needs monitoring. We expect Fournette comes out in force versus the Colts as the obvious lead.

Elijah McGuire, RB, Jets (vs Bills)

Many continue to hope for bigger and exorbitant things from McGuire, but against the Bills we might have to wait another week. He showed some flash against Miami with 67 scrimmage yards and works well as a compliment option for the Jets like an Ito Smith or Austin Ekeler.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers (vs Dolphins)

The hot waiver pick up this week suddenly has a high floor because of the Geronimo Allison injury. As for the ceiling, that’s why we’re watching him this week. MVS is another big physical type receiver and his numbers keep piling up. His style is not exactly the kind we see often on the Packers. But, they’re going with him full steam anyway. If all goes well, your fantasy team just cashed in for an upside WR2 rest of season.

Josh Adams, RB, Eagles (vs Cowboys)

The backfield of the Eagles keeps turning and turning. Josh Adams isn’t getting anyone excited, but I suggest he’s worth a pickup if you have the room. With Darren Sproles still away and the Eagles in the midst of a possible mid-season offensive scheme change, who knows how the backfield config will turn out.

In The Booth on Sunday

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Daryl Johnston

CBS Early

Patriots at Titans: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Cardinals at Chiefs: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians
Bills at Jets: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Jaguars at Colts: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

CBS Late

Seahawks at Rams: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Dolphins at Packers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Fox Early

Saints at Bengals: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Redskins at Buccaneers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
Lions at Bears: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Falcons at Browns: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

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Fox Late

Chargers at Raiders: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

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About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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