Week 10 QB Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Blake Bortles $5,700
No one will argue that Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is a good “real life” NFL quarterback but he has shown a high ceiling along with his illustrious low floor. Bortles already has four QB1 games this season. Add in the fact that the Jags defense has taken a step back, allowing more high-scoring shootouts and Bortles weekly fantasy upside increases even more. The Colts, Bortles opponent this week, have allowed the eleventh-most fantasy points to signal callers this season along with giving up a league-high three rushing touchdowns. We’ve seen Bortles give his fantasy owners a decent floor thanks to his rushing ability. – Ryan McDowell
Andy Dalton $6,900
You may not be able to beat the Saints but one thing is for sure you can pass on them. They stayed the giant a week ago knocking off the previously undefeated Rams but allowed 391 and three touchdowns along the way. Andy Dalton has had off again on again weeks but still hovers somewhere in the middle of the pack for the season. He’s down AJ Green this week but if the Bengals want to stay in this one then the ball will be flying. Or worse case they’re chasing points late. Either way you can’t run on the Saints defense this year so you’re game plan better be to sling it. – Sal Leto
Marcus Mariota $5,600
To say this has been a dismal fantasy campaign for Marcus Mariota would be an understatement. He has had many weeks where he is not even viable in two quarterback leagues. The Titans, however, put forth their most complete effort Monday night against Dallas, and did so off an idle week, perhaps giving the coaching staff time to re-evaluate and make savvy adjustments. It led to Mariota’s second-best fantasy effort of the season, and Tennesse also moved to featuring Dion Lewis an offense, a huge boon for a team which has struggled to move the sticks. Mariota gets a date with a Patriots team which has been eighth-most generous to opposing quarterbacks, allowing 189 rushing yards to the position in the process. Mariota ran the ball ten times against Dallas and is the type of athlete who can give a plodding New England defense problems. Mariota has broken many a fantasy heart in this time, but his Week 10 performance will serve as a treatment to heal those wounds. – Rob Willette
Jared Goff $7,100
After last week’s loss, their first of the season, the Rams will look to bounce back against the Seahawks and the easiest way to do that is through the running game and RB Todd Gurley. While Goff has been gaining value as of late, he’s performed as the QB15 or worse in four of nine games this season. While it might be a bit of a fluke, the Seahwaks are the only team in the league who have yet to allow a QB1 game, including holding Goff himself to a QB20 performance in Week Five. – Ryan McDowell
Alex Smith $6,500
It’s an interesting year trying to find quarterbacks that will have a down week amongst regular starters. On a weekly basis it seems twelve guys rip off 20+ points. You know who doesn’t rip off 20+ point games? Alex Smith. In a year where ten quarterbacks are averaging over 20 a game Smith hasn’t hit the number even once. He had two prime matchups against the Saints and Falcons awful pass defenses and he had one total touchdown pass. Patrick Mahomes averages 12 points more a game than Smith, still wondering why they moved on in KC? The simple fact is Smith is a better NFL QB than fantasy QB and even against the worst pass defense in the league I can’t trust him. – Sal Leto
Andrew Luck $7,000
It is tough to completely fade a talented quarterback whose team has been among the most pass-heavy all season. Recent trends, however, show the Colts have become far more comfortable running the ball with a healthy Marlon Mack and an offensive line which has quickly matured. Gamescript against a Blake Bortles led offense should allow Indianapolis to continue establishing its ground game, especially given how well Mack has performed upon return to the lineup. The Jaguars are still an elite pass defense despite their overall struggles, having allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns in football. You’re banking on volume from Luck in a tough matchup, and the volume in the passing game is quickly going in the wrong direction, lowering Luck’s immense ceiling in this tilt. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.