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2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings Review


With the conclusion of Week 9, no teams remain undefeated after the Saints’ offensive line left it all on the field on Sunday. In fact, Brees was protected so well that each lineman is now listed on the injury report this week. When you prevent Aaron Donald and the rest of the Rams’ defense from sacking your elite quarterback, you definitely deserve some extra rest.

Week 10 marks seven weeks left of the regular season. Thankfully, a number of exciting matchups are bound to provide huge fantasy games for a number of players. Beginning with Thursday night, the Steelers host the Carolina Panthers in what should be another James Connor dance party. With Le’Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh, Connor will undoubtedly do his best to show the Steelers that Bell is redundant at this point.

In another barnburner, the Saints will travel to Cincinnati this week to continue their impressive season, while the Bengals will do everything they can to stay in the playoff hunt. With the recent signing of Dez Bryant, there will be plenty of drama to be had during this game. Let’s look at what other dramatic performances could happen on Sunday in this week’s rankings review.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings Review

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Too High

James White

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James White has been an excellent fill-in for Sony Michel the past few weeks. A red zone favorite for quarterback Tom Brady, White trotted into the end zone twice against Green Bay last Sunday night.

Historically, White has often been overlooked by fantasy players. He’s not your traditional three-down back and is much more talented than a typical scatback. If anything, he’s everything Theo Riddick desires to be.

White is simply another name on a long list of Bill Belichick’s proteges. Somehow, Belichick is able to coach overlooked players into superstardom, though it could be he just knows how to play to a player’s strengths.

This week, White faces a Tennessee defense that limited Ezeiel Elliott to just 61 yards on 17 carries. While Elliott did add 51 through the air, he was unable to find the end zone thanks to the defensive attack of the Titans, who had five sacks on the night against the Cowboys. With Michel’s looming return and a tough Titans’ defense ahead, expect White to slide in the rankings.

Rank Below: Nick Chubb, David Johnson

Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The return of Fitzpatrick came as a surprise to no one, as Jameis Winston gave zero reasons for coach Dirk Koetter to continue playing him.

This season, with a heavy emphasis on this season, Fitzpatrick has proven to be a solid fantasy asset when he starts. He’s typically good for a lot of yards and a few touchdowns, such as his latest 24-point performance against the Carolina Panthers.

Where Fitzpatrick falls short is his ability to stab you in the back when you least expect it. Down by two touchdowns with less than four minutes in the fourth quarter last week, Fitzpatrick chucked a terrible pass in DeSean Jackson’s direction, which inevitably resulted in an interception. What could have been an amazing 30+ point game for Fitzpatrick ended up a solid yet questionable performance for the veteran.

Knowing Fitzpatrick’s history, it’s possible the Redskins keep the slinger in check for a good chunk of the game. Tampa Bay currently has no true rushing attack and the Redskins have been enough of a threat defensively to keep Green Bay and Carolina in check this season. Time will tell if Fitzpatrick continues the magic, but it probably won’t happen this week.

Rank Below: Carson Wentz, Mitch Trubisky

Too Low

Marlon Mack

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Mack has been unstoppable in his last two outings. Punishing the Raiders in Week 8 for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, Mack gave Colts’ fans a reason to hope.

So what’s changed for the Colts since their Week 1 collapse against Cincinnati? Besides the emergence of Mack, Luck has played like he never missed an entire season. Currently QB7, Luck has thrown at least three touchdowns in his last five games. They haven’t all been easy opponents either, as both the Patriots and the Texans currently lead their respective divisions.

The biggest change for the Colts has been their offensive line. Headlined by rookies Braden Smith and Quenton Nelson, the line continues to improve week after week. Luck hasn’t been sacked in 156 dropbacks, and the line has allowed the second fewest sacks in the NFL so far.

This week’s matchup against Jacksonville should look a lot different than 2017’s 10-sack disaster. With Jacksonville’s offense unable to sustain drives without Leonard Fournette, Mack should see significant volume. Expect the Colts to play well, with Mack rising a few spots in the rankings.

Rank Above: Tevin Coleman, Nick Chubb

Josh Gordon

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Tom Brady had fantasy owners sweating bullets against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night. “Who is this Cordarrelle Patterson guy, and why is he taking away all of Josh Gordon’s fantasy opportunities?” Gordon owners rejoiced when Brady finally aired it out, nailing Gordon for a 55-yard touchdown bomb with less than ten minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Heading into the Green Bay matchup, Brady only need three rushing yards to break 1000 career yards on the ground. Despite publicly acknowledging this fact, Brady refused to sneak on multiple goal line opportunities and actually finished with a negative yard. Brady’s unusual behavior was also marked by the lone touchdown to Josh Gordon.

All of this came a week after scoring zero touchdowns against the Bills. In that game, Brady left all of the hard work to Stephen Gostkowski, who put up 13 points for the Patriots.

This week, Brady should return to passing form against the Titans. With Gordon as Brady’s top target for the time being, expect Gordon to outperform his ranking.

Rank Above: Jarvis Landry, Mike Evans

Nick Mullens

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A sample size of one game isn’t much to go off of. But considering how badly the Raiders were spanked by Mullens, he’s worthy of a higher ranking.

Mullens went 16 of 22 for three touchdowns last week, spreading his targets around effectively to George Kittle, Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon. With Raheem Mostert making up for Matt Breida’s sluggish play, the 49ers won their second victory of the season decisively.

For the unaware, Mullens played well during the preseason, outplaying backup C.J. Beathard. He established a connection with Richie James and went 11 of 13 for 141 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. Many fans were excited by his play but instead chose to obsess over Jimmy Garoppolo’s rough start to the season (three interceptions in one game).

Fortunately for Mullens, the 49ers battle the Giants this week in a “Who wants the higher draft pick next year?” contest. If Mullens is able to ignore Kyle Shanahan again, he might have a chance of posting big numbers.

Rank Above: Derek Carr, Eli Manning

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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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