2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters article!

I'm back in the saddle again with another victory and Tyreek Hill (WR4 on the season!) joining my squad. Now I'm set at wide receiver and running back (Tyreek Hill, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, Derrick Henry, Alvin Karmara, and Ezekiel Eliott).

I hope you other vampires were victorious last week. If you won, congratulations on stealing a player; if not, let's improve your odds in Week 10.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins 

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Tagovailoa had an impressive second debut (that's what I'm calling it since his first start didn't provide any insight) with 248 yards, 35 rushing yards, and two touchdowns.

He had a higher air-yards-per-attempt (10.2) than Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson in Week 9 and Tagovailoa's air yards should continue to be high in Week 10.

The Battle of the First Round Quarterbacks is happening between Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, and the Chargers defense is going to allow Tagovailoa to have a top 12 finish in Week 10. The Chargers defense is allowing 21.5 fantasy points, 251.3 yards, and two touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. Mobile quarterbacks have had success against the Chargers, so Tua has extra value as a streamer with his rushing ability.

Alex Smith, Washington Football Team

If it wasn't for the three interceptions, Alex Smith had a solid outing against the New York Giants (325 yards and one touchdown). He was sixth in passing yards in Week 9 among quarterbacks and now has another good matchup against a terrible defense, the Detroit Lions.

The Lions allow 20.2 fantasy points, 257.6 yards, and 2.1 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks this season.

I know it's never exciting to start Alex Smith, but he has been a reliable starter in the past, and vampires only need one good week from him.

Running Backs   

Duke Johnson, Houston Texans

David Johnson is in the concussion protocol, which puts his availability in jeopardy for Week 10. If David Johnson is out, Duke Johnson, the other lawyer in Johnson & Johnson law firm, will be the Texans' main guy in the backfield against the Browns.

The Browns are a middle-of-the-road defense that's allowing 22.9 fantasy points per game to running backs.

The Texans' offense is clicking right now, so vampires need to get any piece of this fantasy goldmine, and Duke Johnson is the piece you want in Week 10.

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Speaking of fantasy goldmines, James Robinson has been a stellar starter for vampires this season. Unfortunately, Week 10 might be his last big scoring week due to his upcoming matchups (Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, and Indianapolis).

But vampires don't have to worry about Robinson's Week 10 matchup since facing the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers have allowed 33.7 fantasy points, 99.5 yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game to running backs.

Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

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Speaking of players that have bitten me, let's welcome back Darnell Mooney to the article. In all fairness, Mooney isn't to blame for his puzzling box scores. That blame belongs to Matt Nagy and Nick Foles.

Mooney has seven consecutive games with five or more targets but has only 50 yards or more yards in two of those games. So the workload has been there for Mooney, it's just been inconsistent (once again Nick Foles' fault). But maybe a juicy matchup against the Vikings' inept secondary will solve those problems. 

The Vikings are third in most points allowed to wide receivers this season. They are allowing 45.3 fantasy points, 191.3 yards, and two touchdowns per game to wideouts.

The stars are aligning for Mooney to have a formidable performance in Week 10, but hinges on Foles being competent for a game.

Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders

I'm a little worried about suggesting Nelson Agholor because last time I featured him in the article, he had a horrendous outing. So, let's put our hand in the fire again and see if it also burns this time with Agholor.

He shouldn't burn vampires this week against the Denver Broncos, who are allowing 40.5 fantasy points, 170 yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season. Algholor's number could be higher than those averages because the Broncos defense is struggling.

Denver's defense has allowed 30 or more points in three consecutive games. They allowed 49.1 fantasy points, 188 yards, and 2.5 touchdowns per game to wide receivers in the last two weeks.

It's highly probable that vampires will see Agholor in the endzone in Week 10 (and Carson Wentz will be oddly weeping, wishing the Eagles had kept him).

Tight End

Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals

Let's face it: tight end is a dart throw every week and the most challenging part of building a lineup for all fantasy players, not just vampires. So, I'm going for a deep dart throw this week (plus, I'm tired of writing about Eric Ebron) with Dan Arnold.

Arnold has a decent matchup against the Bills, who are allowing 16.4 fantasy points, and 67.5 yards per game to tight ends this season. Also, Buffalo has the most red-zone targets to tight ends this season.

You can play it safe at the tight end, but I'm going big in Week 10 and suggest you join me.


J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team

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Pucker up for the rare running back in the flex spot (Get it, pucker up because he has "kiss" in his name. It's okay if you don't. It's a very complex and layered joke).

McKissic is averaging 7.3 targets, 41.3 yards, and 5.6 yards-per-target over the past three weeks. Now he is getting captain check-down, or you may know him as Alex Smith, as his starter, so McKissic's target share should skyrocket in the upcoming weeks.

In Week 10, he is facing the worst run defense in the NFL, the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 35 fantasy points, 134.9 rushing yards, and 1.2 touchdowns per game to running backs. They have been thrashed by passing-catching backs (McKissic's primary role) this season, giving up 413 receiving yards (51.6 yards per game) and five touchdowns.

Defense/Special Teams

Philadelphia Eagles

I told vampires to start the Eagles' defense when they faced the New York Giants in Week 7, so naturally, I'm going to suggest them again with the same matchup in Week 10.

The reason to roll with the Eagles' defense is Daniel Jones, who has yet to go a game without a turnover.

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