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2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview: Veterans


The second half of the season begins this week with six teams on bye. We actually passed the half-way point last week by game count.

By managing things properly with your draft and moves to this point, you should have no difficulty dealing with your roster. Injuries to your non-bye players might throw a wrench into the works. This is when sleepers become essential.

How you choose a sleeper says a lot about how you play fantasy football. It’s like the rides on a fairground.

The owner who plays the averages will likely select the carousel sleeper and hope for the best. Round and round. Boring and unimaginative perhaps, but safe enough to get something.

The owner who plays for boom and bust will likely select the ferris wheel sleeper and hope that when they reach the top is where the operator pauses the ride to let new people on.

The owner who plays for thrills and excitement will take the roller coaster sleeper. Yeah, this one takes real guts, but with more risk for reward than the other rides.

Whatever your selection, as long as it feels right for you, go with it.

Fantasy Six Pack remembers…

Teams around the league as part of their Salute to Service will pay special honor to the nation’s veterans. Veterans Day is this Monday and F6P salutes the veterans in the US and all countries in their observances of November 11th.

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Games to Watch 2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it’s time to watch ’em play.

Byes: Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins, Texans

Early Sunday: Chiefs (6-3) at Titans (4-5) +3.5 48.0

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Patrick Mahomes is set to return against the struggling Titans.

Whenever Mahomes takes the field, it places an opposing offense into a virtually forced passing script. I doubt the Titans will comply immediately with that because Derrick Henry can chew up yardage enough to help Ryan Tannehill ease into the idea.

From a fantasy perspective, Damien Williams has overtaken LeSean McCoy in this once fluid backfield since Mahomes’ absence. This scheme should suit Mahomes as he seems to excel with a regular non-committee running back in the offense. Williams torched the Vikings with a long running play in much the same way as Christian McCaffrey did to the Titans in Week 9.

The Titans lost Malcolm Butler for the season, leaving a huge hole on defense. Adoree Jackson would likely need to cover Tyreek Hill anyway because he’s the fastest they’ve got. Jackson runs a 4.40, but Hill can run a 4.30. Therefore, Butler’s absence leaves open opportunity for Sammy Watkins to move around inside and out. In any case, Mahomes will test the weak side of the Titans coverage with Butler out.

The Chiefs defense downfield is just as leaky. Corey Davis is doubtful. Therefore, look for a solid day from A.J. Brown if the Titans can get him going early.

Fun Fact: The Chiefs have won 10 straight games as a favorite on the road following a victory at home.
Sleeper: Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

Lions (3-4-1) at Bears (3-5) -2.5 41.5

Mitchell Trubisky has yet to post a 300-yard game this season. As a result, the pass-catching Bears are suffering in fantasy because of the regression. The best news is that David Montgomery continues to emerge as a solid high RB2+. Conversely, the muddle in the Lions backfield serves to help the value of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in the passing game.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

Ravens (6-2) at Bengals (0-8) +10.0 44.5

This is a classic let-down scenario for the Ravens after smacking the Patriots, but the Bengals are so bad that it seems irrelevant. The starting QB job on the Bengals has become a hazard as Ryan Finley will see for himself. A.J. Green‘s return suddenly shifted toward a possible placement on IR as his ankle could not hold up in practice. That about sums up Zac Taylor’s team.

Bills (6-2) at Browns (2-6) -3.0 40.0

Shaving his moustache to look like a French head waiter might help Baker Mayfield, who knows? Bon appetit! Meanwhile, the Bills are trending up strong and Devin Singletary is stepping closer toward full bell-cow prominence. If only some of the success could translate into better fantasy scores for the receivers and Josh Allen himself.

Falcons (1-7) at Saints (7-1) -13.5 51.5

The Falcons are past the point of needing to get on track and saving Dan Quinn’s job seems a lost cause. Their best course is to play as though they are contenders and make life as difficult for every team they face – starting with the Saints. They have the necessary tools to become nasty spoilers. The Saints are looking healthier with the expected return of Alvin Kamara.

Giants (2-7) at Jets (1-7) +2.5 44.5

The two New York teams rarely face each other with winning records, but never like this. The NY Least Worst Bowl favors the Giants and could be a surprising fantasy boon for several participants in this game. Sleeper choices galore of varying risk on both sides. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are out, so take your pick from the depth chart.

Cardinals (3-5-1) at Buccaneers (2-6) -4.5 52.0

Ronald Jones is now the feature back of the Bucs. Other news has O.J. Howard “ready to roll” from Bruce Arians. Yeah, we’ve seen the “roll” long enough. Let’s have “ready to rock” instead. Howard remains a daring start. On the Cardinalss, KeeSean Johnson is your sleeper. Be prepared for the Bucs defense to show up against the young Kyler Murray.

Late Sunday: Panthers (5-3) at Packers (7-2) -5.5 47.0

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The Packers played down to their competition last week. Sunny and warm November games just doesn’t fit their style I guess.

As with all teams facing the Panthers, keeping Christian McCaffrey to a quiet day is priority one. This is a challenge for the Packers because their defensive success against the run is among the top five worst teams season-long. They are faring better over the past four weeks only because they are beyond the stronger backs they faced earlier in the season.

The good thing for the Packers is that the Panthers are worse for stopping the run. They have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs in their last four games.

Aaron Rodgers can make good use of this weakness to open up the pass while Luke Kuechly and Co. remain preoccupied with keeping Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams from spilling into the secondary.

With Rodgers speeding up the game as they hope to do, it forces Kyle Allen out of his cushy game managing role to do the same. Allen is capable enough, but has yet to put in a solid passing performance despite a reasonable amount of passing attempts per game. Outside of the 49ers matchup, Allen works with a cleaner pocket than Mitch Trubisky does with the Bears, yet Trubisky’s numbers remain slightly better than his are.

Despite this, the Panthers’ receivers should manage satisfactory fantasy numbers in a game which raises their usual floors.

Fun Fact: The Packers and Panthers are 11-3 OU since 1997; this includes their last seven meetings resulting in overs.
Sleeper: Allen Lazard, WR, Packers

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

Dolphins (1-7) at Colts (5-3) -11.0 44.0

Jacoby Brissett (knee) is leaning toward probable out for this one. Kalen Ballage or Allen Kabbage? The more we analyze Ballage, the more we arrive at the same conclusion… spec-add Myles Gaskin instead.
note: Brian Hoyer will start. With T.Y. Hilton out as well, the Colts will rely on the tight ends and Zach Pascal.

Rams (5-3) at Steelers (4-4) +3.5 44.0

Well, the Rams remain well outside the orbit of the playoffs. The Steelers are keeping their goals realistic by just reaching .500 first before anything else. They need running backs badly. Jaylen Samuels is it. Their defense has to prepare for adjustments the Rams made during their bye week. Jared Goff‘s over-reliance on Cooper Kupp is an exploitable weakness for the Steelers’ defense.

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Vikings (6-3) at Cowboys (5-3) -3.0 47.5

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The Vikings will likely allow Adam Thielen to heal his hamstring through the bye week as he failed to play through it last week. Amari Cooper for the Cowboys is questionable, but expected to play.

Apart from these the star receivers, the defenses of both teams will have their hands full with Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook.

Leighton Vander Esch will return to assist in keeping Dalvin Cook from breaks into the secondary, but Cook will likely feast on enough volume to overcome his presence.

The danger for both teams lie in not allowing a two-score lead so that the running backs remain relevant to the gameplan as long as possible. The Giants had to virtually abandon Saquon Barkley after the Cowboys skated away in the 4th quarter while draining out the clock with Elliott and Pollard.

The edge goes to the Vikings’ pass rush, but the Cowboys aren’t far behind. Both teams are virtually tied in average points (17) allowed per game. Xavier Rhodes versus Amari Cooper is the highlight matchup downfield. This is Cooper’s real test as a formidable and matchup proof fantasy wide receiver.

Fun Fact: Dalvin Cook needs 106 rushing yards to top 1000. Ezekiel Elliott, behind Cook with a bye, needs 87 yards for 1000 yards from scrimmage.
Sleeper: Olabisi Johnson, WR, Vikings

Monday Night: Seahawks (7-2) at 49ers (8-0) -6.0 46.5

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Is it another Richard Sherman revenge game? We already have two.

Finally we come to the crux of the situation in the NFC West. Monday night is indeed a biggy with a 103/100 playoff importance factor.

For most of their games, the Seahawks have put together persistent rallies for their wins. They even tried to rally late in their lost cause against the Ravens. They are the best garbage time team in fantasy. The Patriots are the worst – as demonstrated last Sunday night. When Bill Belichick says, “no soup for you!” the game is past the post.

How the Seahawks plan to defend the 49ers without some kind of pass rush is anyone’s guess. They are far from being a powerhouse up front with just 15 sacks on the season. They’ll obviously focus on bottling up the ground game first and deal with George Kittle (questionable) as best they can with a “just okay” linebacking crew led by Bobby Wagner.

Jimmy Garappolo was in rhythm against the Cardinals and should be able to keep that going if the Seahawks cannot get pressure. He’ll open up on them with varied receivers and especially with the newly acquired Emmanuel Sanders. The Seahawks can try confusing Garppolo with complex looks and stunts, but this is their toughest test of the season so far.

Russell Wilson rushed only once against the Buccaneers and that one designed rush came in overtime. Wilson may have to revisit his 2014 self and get those wheels going again for this one. Nick Bosa is a fast and focused rookie, who not only has Defensive RoY practically locked in, but is actually in the Defensive PoY conversation too.

The usage of Josh Gordon is an attraction of fantasy interest in this game. He’s an unknown factor the Seahawks may be able to use to their advantage against the 49ers. They’ll try and establish the Chris Carson run game first of course, as is their nature, then approach the script with whatever plan they have following that.

Fun Fact: The Seahawks have a current streak of 10 straight wins before their bye week.
Sleeper: Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers

In the Booth on Sunday

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Joe Buck

CBS Early

Chiefs at Titans: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Lions at Bears: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Ravens at Bengals: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Bills at Browns: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Early

Falcons at Saints: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Giants at Jets: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber
Cardinals at Buccaneers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

CBS Late

Dolphins at Colts: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

FOX Late

Panthers at Packers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Rams at Steelers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

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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