2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

by Richard Savill
2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Preview

When does real football start becoming important over fantasy football? There are many managers with their fantasy seasons over already here in mid-November.

When people start losing their playoff chances past October, all fantasy advisories begin to see a drop-off in non-DFS readership.

This is why the Blurbview tries to find a middle-ground space between real football and fantasy football. There needs to be a reason for those who are out of the running in their leagues to still pay a visit to this space.

That's difficult. The Blurbview has a primary focus on fantasy football. Fortunately, there is enough here for those who follow the NFL to get information on their favorite teams.

The Blurbview makes it a quick digest too. I'll never waste your time. You can count on that.

Good luck in Week 10!

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Week 9 Starts/Sits and Sleepers disclosure:
1. Best Start: Alexander Mattison Worst Start: Davante Adams Week: 75%
2. Best Sit: Chris Godwin Worst Sit: Wan'Dale Robinson Week: 75%
3. Best Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers Worst Sleeper:  Michael Thomas Week: 66%
Note: I had Joshua Palmer as a "sit" for MNF in Week 9, but he was ruled inactive prior to the game. Therefore, that pick will not count.
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The Games this Week

Byes: Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Rams

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Browns (5-3) at Ravens (7-2)

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The AFC North is undeniably formidable, as every team boasts a winning record of two or more games above .500 and possesses a strong defense. The Browns are fully aware that their passing game will face a stern examination, as they take on the Ravens, and next week, the Steelers. This presents an ideal opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to win through the air.

Baltimore is currently at the top of the NFL in terms of points allowed, surrendering just 13.8 points per game. They also hold second position in yards per game allowed, permitting only 262.6 yards on average. Additionally, they secured the third spot in sack percentage with an impressive 9.4%. When a team can accumulate four sacks and limit a formidable opponent to just six first downs and three points, they can be considered as having exerted total dominance.

Defensive Game

We must anticipate a hard-fought battle in the trenches, particularly given the factors I highlighted above. Lamar Jackson is transitioning from his previous status as a top fantasy football star to a more conventional football asset. Over his last two games, he has thrown for under 200 yards, and his rushing yardage is the only thing approaching his previously high fantasy standards. However, he remains a crucial element in this game and could be the key factor in determining whether the outcome is a victory or a loss.

As for the more conventional Deshaun Watson, the passing game needs to click. Expect Amari Cooper to get the ball whenever Watson can get it to him, but you could take a rank sleeper from the lower decks who doesn't get as much tight coverage. But, oh man, you are really playing a risky game.

Any Good Fantasy Starts?

You have to go with your running backs in this one and hope. Honestly, though, this is one of those "sit all" matchups which doesn't come along all that often. I have to put in starts and sits for the record, but they aren't solid by any stretch.

Fun Fact: Both teams rank one and two in allowing the fewest fantasy points to tight ends.

Vegas Line: Ravens -6.5
Vegas OU: 38.0
Start: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Sit: Deshaun Watson, QB, Browns
Sleeper: Elijah Moore, WR, Browns
Pick Poll: Ravens 90%
In the Booth: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Injury Update: David Njoku Q | Rashod Bateman Q | Keaton Mitchell Qep | Pierre Strong Jr. Q |

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Colts (4-5) vs Patriots (2-7) (930am Frankfurt)

Everyone likes Gardner Minshew. The swagger is there in full display and the Colts are a better team for having him around. Would Minshew start ahead of Mac Jones on the Patriots? Now there's a question for you to think about. A game which could get very physical with lots of yellow laundry. Not a bad fantasy matchup. The fantasy usuals, especially the main running backs, are all reasonably good starts.
Vegas Line: Colts -2.0
Vegas OU: 43.0
Start: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots
Sit: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Patriots
Sleeper: Hunter Henry, TE, Patriots
Pick Poll: Colts 81%
In the Booth: Rich Eisen, Jason McCourty
Injury Update: Demario Douglas Qep | Josh Downs Qep | Alec Pierce Q | DeVante Parker O |

Texans (4-4) at Bengals (5-3)

The Texans did it all the hard way last week to defeat the Buccaneers. Astounding late game heroics and with their regular kicker injured to boot. This is a team who can beat anybody, including the Bengals. Judging from what Joe Burrow and C.J. Stroud can do, we might see the fantasy point tote board go bonkers. Start all who are relevant with few exceptions. Tee Higgins is out and Ja'Marr Chase is trending up.
Vegas Line: Bengals -6.5
Vegas OU:  47.0
Start: Dalton Schultz, TE, Texans
Sit: Devin Singletary, RB, Texans
Sleeper: Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
Pick Poll: Bengals 92%
In the Booth: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Injury Update: Ja'Marr Chase Qgtd | Tee Higgins O | Nico Collins O | Dameon Pierce O | Robert Woods Q |

Titans (3-5) at Buccaneers (3-5)
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Will Levis took a step back last week from his instant breakout two weeks ago, but Mike Vrabel saw enough positives in both games to give him the starting job moving forward. Baker Mayfield's starting gig with the Bucs looks fairly secure for this year at least, and the tough loss against the Texans did no harm. Continue to roll with Rachaad White this week, as the Titans are another good matchup. This game is a sleeper for boom fantasy points.
Vegas Line: Buccaneers -1.0
Vegas OU:  39.0
Start: Will Levis, QB, Titans
Sit: Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers
Sleeper: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Titans
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 63%
In the Booth: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Injury Update: Trey Palmer Q | Treylon Burks O |

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Forty-Niners (5-3) at Jaguars (6-2)

The battle of the two top fantasy running backs. They are matchup proof too! This should be good to watch. The Forty-Niners went into their bye on a three-game losing streak. Getting a turnaround started against the Jaguars is definitely a rough road. Most players in this game are on the fantasy plus side. This game will begin with fire from the 49ers, but the Jaguars will settle it down. If Trevor Lawrence needs a late fourth quarter drive to win, he'll get there.
Vegas Line: Forty-Niners -3.0
Vegas OU:  45.0
Start: Christian Kirk, WR, Jaguars
Sit: Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars
Sleeper: Calvin Ridley, WR, Jaguars
Pick Poll: Forty-Niners 68%
In the Booth: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Injury Update: Zay Jones Qnep | DeVante Parker O | Pharaoh Brown Q |

Packers (3-5) at Steelers (5-3)

Following Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, the heavy crown Jordan Love wears seems too much. Sean Clifford will get his chance, maybe even this season, if Love cannot pilot the Packers any better than he has. The same follows for Kenny Pickett of the Steelers, who has about the same length of leash. A battle of defenses here, and one where the Steelers have the advantage. This is finally the game where your fantasy running backs of the Steelers have hope.
Vegas Line: Steelers-3.0
Vegas OU:  39.0
Start: Najee Harris, RB, Steelers
Sit: Christian Watson, WR, Packers
Sleeper: Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers
Pick Poll: Steelers 89%
In the Booth: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Injury Update: Aaron Jones Q |

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Saints (5-4) at Vikings (5-4)

Here's a game which could get wild. Derek Carr fell short of four consecutive 300+ yard games last week. Joshua Dobbs, on very little team playbook prep, led the Vikings to an amazing victory against the Falcons. The Vikings are the heaviest blitzing team in 2023 by far. The Saints have the most interceptions. Since Alvin Kamara returned to the Saints, their team's rushing has steadily risen. Always start Kamara, of course.
Vegas Line: Saints -3.0
Vegas OU:  41.0
Start: Chris Olave, WR, Saints
Sit: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Vikings
Sleeper: Brandon Powell, WR, Vikings
Pick Poll: Vikings 57%
In the Booth: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Injury Update: T.J. Hockenson Qep | K.J. Osborn Qc | Kendre Miller O |

Late Sunday: Lions (6-2) at Chargers (4-4)

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Let's not jinx anything and just hope this matchup comes out as sweet as it sounds.

When we think of a matchup of Jared Goff and Justin Herbert, it does have the ring of high-powered offenses and buckets of fantasy points.

The perception is honest, but in reality, the defenses are also good. We cannot ignore the effort the Chargers' defense made in defeating the Jets on Monday night.

We need to remember these are heavy rush teams too.

Ekeler Back to Being Ekeler

With three touchdowns and more than a handful of scrimmage yards over the past two games, Ekeler's fantasy ship is in a period of smooth sailing, like it used to be.

However, the Lions allow the second fewest yards per game to the rushing attack. Expect Ekeler then to make the most of his gains through passes out of the backfield. Good for those extra PPR points!

Do not use Joshua Kelley, thinking he might be a surprise sleeper. He is one of the few hard sits for this game.

Amon-Ra St. Brown: Difference Maker

He missed one game to injury this season, but has five 100+ yard games in 2023. If the Lions are to win this game, expect the Lions to use him in every capacity. He will make this a sixth 100 yard game against the Chargers.

Why am I so certain? It's because the Lions have the running game to make a proper play-action system work. They also have the quarterback to deliver the ball. That was the Jets' problem against the Chargers.

A shout out to Sam Laporta. Expect a potentially big game from him too.

Game Character

If it happens, a low-scoring first half should not alarm you. These teams will open it up big in the second half. This is the best game of the week for sleepers. The best sleeper of all is Quentin Johnston of the Chargers. Definite breakout possibilities. Josh Reynolds of the Lions, as always, could post one of his boom outings.

Fun Fact: This is just the second visit to SoFi Stadium for the Lions since 2021 when they faced the Rams. The Lions won 28-19.

Vegas Line: Lions -3.0
Vegas OU: 48.5
Start: Josh Reynolds, WR, Lions
Sit: Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers
Sleeper: Quentin Johnston, WR, Chargers
Pick Poll: Lions 79%
In the Booth: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Injury Update: Donovan Peoples-Jones Q |

Other Late Games in Brief...

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Falcons (4-5) at Cardinals (1-8)

Kyler Murray returns and also James Conner. This gives added pressure on the Falcons defense to cope with an upgraded Cardinals' offense. This is likely to be a close game now. Your fantasy starters in this game are shaky on both sides, but believe it or not, moreso the Falcons! Start the running backs and tight ends. Wide receivers on both sides hold fantasy risk and the return of Kyler Murray notwithstanding.
Vegas Line: Falcons -1.5
Vegas OU:  43.0
Start: Bijan Robinson., RB, Falcons
Sit: Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
Sleeper: Jonnu Smith, TE, Falcons
Pick Poll: Falcons 87%
In the Booth: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Injury Update: Michael Wilson Q | Emari Demercado O | Kyler Murray A | Mack Hollins O | James Conner Q |

Giants (2-7) at Cowboys (5-3)

Your fantasy choices are essentially restricted to the Cowboys. As usual, Saquon Barkley is the only Giant. The Giants will start Tommy DeVito and see if they have something. It's more than likely they don't have a diamond in the rough with DeVito, but the Giants need a miracle from somewhere. If Dak Prescott isn't wearing his victory baseball cap on the sidelines by the fourth quarter, then the Giants got a miracle.
Vegas Line: Cowboys -17.0
Vegas OU:  39.0
Start: Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
Sit: Darius Slayton (and all Giant WRs), WR, Giants
Sleeper: Brandin Cooks, WR, Cowboys
Pick Poll: Cowboys 98%
In the Booth: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Injury Update: KaVontae Turpin Q | Parris Campbell Q |

Commanders (4-5) at Seahawks (5-3)

You want physicality? You got it. After the Giants, the Commanders are the next most sacked team. Considering they are playing in Seattle, where crowd noise is a sacrament, all the more tough. The Seahawks matchup well offensively on paper for this game. Nonetheless, don't think for a moment the Commanders won't get their licks in. This is another sleeper game with awesome breakout potential for both sides.
Vegas Line: Seahawks -6.5
Vegas OU: 44.5
Start: DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
Sit: Sam Howell, QB, Commanders
Sleeper: Jake Bobo, WR, Seahawks
Pick Poll: Seahawks 87%
In the Booth: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Injury Update: DK Metcalf Q | Curtis Samuel Qep | Jahan Dotson Q |

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Jets (4-4) at Raiders (4-5)

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If Davante Adams could speak off the record, what would he say? He should write a book after his playing days are done. It would be a subject of great interest to hear about his time with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Two other notable modern receivers left the Packers to join the Raiders. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. The Raiders became the team which marked the twilight of their careers. Davante Adams hoped to change that trend, but in 2023 his steps trended the same as his predecessors.

There is no doubt, Davante Adams is playing with a heavy heart. He wanted a better situation, but it wasn't to be. First, he lost his preferred quarterback, Derek Carr, to the Saints. Then, turmoil arose with the head coach and general manager. Then it led to their firing a couple of weeks ago.

It's easy to rant about the Raiders and their model for success. Davante Adams came from a system in Green Bay which built teams far differently. Every team is a family, and the Packers were more like the Thanksgiving "sit around the table" family. The Raiders, well, did their thing with microwave dinners, sitting around the living room together with the TV on.

NBC Passed Up Flex Scheduling

This game might have easily been the Lions and Chargers game. For some reason, NBC chose not to use the flex option.

The Raiders and Jets might not sound like a ratings winner, but for whatever reason, the network decided to go with it. These teams, despite not being outside playoff contention, don't feel like contenders.

A Hard to Watch Game?

The Raiders allow the most rushing yardage and are near the top in stinginess for passing yardage. The Jets are tight against the pass as well. This means plenty of stalled drives, three and outs, etc. on both sides.

Fun Fact: The Raiders are 10-3 versus the visiting Jets since 1993.

Vegas Line: Even
Vegas OU: 36.0
Start: Breece Hall, RB, Jets
Sit: Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets
Sleeper: Michael Mayer, TE, Raiders
Pick Poll: Raiders 54%
In the Booth: Mike Tirico, Chris Collinsworth
Injury Update: Allen Lazard Q |

Monday Night Football

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Broncos (3-5) at Bills (5-4)

Josh Allen continues as a great fantasy quarterback, but more important to the Bills, his "real" side isn't quite up to the same level these days. The Broncos, fresh off a bye following an amazing win over the Chiefs, certainly have some defensive teeth. Holding Patrick Mahomes to field goals is not easy. The Bills are 4-1 at home and Russell Wilson is bound to give them a short field once or twice in this game. Basic fantasy options apply here. Start the Bills and sit the Broncos.
Vegas Line: Bills -7.0
Vegas OU: 46.5
Start: James Cook, RB, Bills
Sit: Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos
Sleeper: Khalil Shakir, WR, Bills
Pick Poll: Bills 96%
In the Booth: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Injury Update: Stefon Diggs Q |

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NFL Network (Frankfurt 930am ET)

Colts vs Patriots: Rich Eisen, Jason McCourty

CBS Early

Packers at Steelers: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Texans at Bengals: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Titans at Buccaneers: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan

FOX Early

49ers at Jaguars: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Saints at Vikings: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Browns at Ravens: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

CBS Late

Lions at Chargers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Falcons at Cardinals: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

FOX Late

Giants at Cowboys: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Commanders at Seahawks: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez

© 2023 Richard Savill

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