2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters article! Boy, Week 9 was a disaster overall. Six rookie quarterbacks were starting, and C.J. Stroud was the only one who did some actual scoring. Scoring was down overall among all the positions, or the scoring went to players entirely off the radar. Let's hope Week 10 will be more plentiful with vampires, but it's not looking that way, folks.

If you couldn't tell by the opening paragraph, I was not victorious, so my team had no new player. My matchup wasn't even close to being competitive; I ran into Stroud, so it was over before it started. If you guys thought Week 9 was tough, Week 10 is going to be brutal for vampires.

The Chiefs, Dolphins, and Rams are on bye and vampires have been relying on stars like Puka Nacua, Raheem Mostert, and Rashee Rice to carry our teams to victory. They have single-handedly helped many vampires win weeks. So now that we know what kind of week we were in for Week 10, let's get down to the nitty-gritty and possibly pull off the upset win. 

2023 Fantasy Football Week 10 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers

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Before Young's disastrous Week 9 performance (173 yards and three interceptions), he had some decent averages since returning from his injury from Week 4. During that span, Young averaged 225.8 yards and 1.3 touchdowns, so nothing spectacular but decent enough that with the right matchup, he could be a week-winner for some vampires. Lucky for us vampires, Young has a great matchup against the easily scorable Bears' defense.

This season, Chicago allows 18.6 fantasy points, 263.3 yards, and 2.1 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. The Bears' defense has been a constant feature in this year's vampire articles because they can't stop quarterbacks from torching them. Plus, as a Bears fan, if I'm forced to watch them every week then everyone should be forced to watch them, but you guys will get feelings of happiness, not anger and confusion. 

In another tough week with so many uncertainties, you can always count on the Bears' defense to make a quarterback a fantasy darling for at least one week, so vampires can have some certainty that Young will be a good start in Week 10.

Running Back

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers

Hubbard has been a very productive back since taking over the lead role over Miles Sanders in the Panthers' offense. Hubbard is averaging 58 rushing yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his three games as the starter. He has the highest broken tackle rate (15.9 percent) of his career, which means great things for Hubbard because he has a fantastic matchup against (surprise, surprise) the Chicago Bears.

The Bears allow 24.6 fantasy points, 63.1 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns per game to running backs this season. He might not get a touchdown, but at least vampires can count on him getting decent yardage, and there is a high chance of him getting in the end zone; if you need more proof, go back and read the Bryce Young section again.

Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers

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I can't be the only one who notices, but doesn't the Steelers offense look better with Warren on the field instead of Najee Harris? Warren is a grinder constantly fighting for yardage; he has an incredible 30.4 percent broken tackle rate. His yardage averages don't jump off the page (32.9 rushing yards and 26.1 receiving yards), but he is an essential piece of the offense, and Kenny Pickett trusts him.

Warren has an unbelievable target share percentage of 14.1, which would be an outstanding target share for a wide receiver, so it's a gift from the Gods that vampires have access to a running back with that target share. You can tell Warren is a significant target for Pickett since he has a 30.2 percent targeted on-routes run rate, one of the highest percentages among running backs this season. Jaylen Warren's takeover of the starting job has begun, and it will continue to grow in Week 10 with his matchup against the Packers.

The Packers allow 23.4 fantasy points, 96.3 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns per game to running backs. They have also struggled with pass-catching backs, so even if Warren doesn't get too many carries, he'll get plenty of targets to do his damage.

Wide Receivers

Tank Dell, Houston Texans

A couple of weeks ago, you could've had an actual argument on who is C.J. Stroud's number-one target, Tank Dell of Nico Collins, but Week 9 shows us that the answer is Tank Dell. If you don't believe me, watch that last drive for the Texans' game in Week 9. Every time the ball was snapped, Stroud was looking at Dell's way every time, especially when it counted. 

Dell is averaging 64.9 yards, 16.2 yards-per-reception, and 0.6 touchdowns in his rookie season. He also has some fantastic advanced stats, averaging 66 air yards and an incredible 27.9 percent targeted on-routes run rate. The sky's the limit for this young pass catcher, especially with his decent matchup against the Bengals in Week 10. 

The Bengals allow 31.7 fantasy points, 157 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game to wideouts this season. I'm not one to use over/under lines as a guiding principle when selecting starters, but this is another tough week of byes, so I have to find something positive to help build lineups. The Bengals and Texans over/under is 48.5, tied for first in the highest over/under this week. So, if Vegas is suggesting a high-scoring game, I want some of the key players like Dell in my lineup in this potential shootout.

Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions

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When Jameson Williams returned from his suspension, I thought that Josh Reynolds' snap count would decrease, but he has proven to be an essential part of the Lions' offense. Before his nonexistent Week 8 performance, Reynolds was averaging 54.9 and 0.4 touchdowns and should be able to bounce back on track against the Chargers. 

The Lions and Chargers game is the second game tied for the highest over/under total for this week, and based on the Chargers' averages against wide receivers, it's no surprise that everyone thinks this will be a shootout. The Chargers allow 38.7 fantasy points, 191.3 yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game to wide receivers. Reynolds is coming off the bye, so he should be refreshed to make a significant impact in Week 10. 

Tight End

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers 

Everett returned to the Chargers offense in Week 9; you had to look hard because he only walked away with two receptions for only 18 yards. No need to worry about the crafty veteran, he always finds a way to get back on track quickly. He has the perfect matchup against the Lions to regain his steps and, hopefully, a chance to score a touchdown in Week 10.

The Lions allow 14.4 fantasy points, 58.4 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns per game to tight ends this season. As mentioned in Josh Reynolds' section, I'm trying to get as many pieces in the Lions and Chargers game as possible, and Everett is the only real option for vampires. Remember, tight end is also a crapshoot for vampires, so have some fun with it and start a guy who could be in the highest-scoring game of Week 10.

Flex

Mack Hollins, Atlanta Falcons

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Drake London's groin injury could make him miss Week 10; if that happens, then Mack Hollins will become the number-one wide receiver in the Falcons' offense. I'm assuming that Authur Smith will stick with Taylor Heinicke as the starting quarterback, but who knows what is going on in Smith's head. The guy shaved off his glorious, fake-looking mustache. No matter who is throwing the ball, Hollins will be one of the best bets for targets (outside of the tight ends), considering the guy is a tall building running down the sidelines, and with his arm reach, inaccuracy becomes less of an issue with the quarterbacks.

Hollins has a good matchup against the Cardinals in Week 10, who allow 36.1 fantasy points, 174 yards, and one touchdown per game to wide receivers this season. Hollins is the very definition of a pray-and-play option, but the stars are aligning to make him a potential starter in Week 10.

Defense/Special Teams

New York Jets

The Jets have a fantastic defense, it's a real shame that Zach Wilson is holding back that offense because the Jets could be really fun to watch if everything was clicking for them. But there is hope the Jets' defense could be entertaining to start in Week 10 against the Raiders.

The Raiders have a rookie quarterback under center; although they won the game, Aidan O'Connell didn't flash anything impressive on the field. Now, O'Connell will face a defense looking to unleash their frustration with their offense on someone else. I can't wait to see Robert Saleh draw up plays to torture O'Connell. Does anyone else think that Saleh envisions Zach Wilson taking the hits when he draws up defensive plays during games? I do.


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1 comment

Mark Borezo November 10, 2023 - 8:12 pm

Me likey Tank Dell this week. Me likey long time.

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