Week 10 WR 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.
Maurice Harris $4,500
The Redskins continue to battle injuries and general poor play from their wide receiver corps and this week, they placed WR Paul Richardson on the injured reserve list. That opens the door for more playing time for WR Maurice Harris, who led the team with 10 receptions on a whopping 12 targets last week. The Bucs, Washington’s opponent this week, has allowed the third-most fantasy points to receivers on the season as well as allowing the sixth-most yardage and third-most receiving scores. – Ryan McDowell
John Ross $3,200
It’s been somewhat of a lost season so far for Ross. But in the few instances he’s been out there he’s shown the flashes we’ve hope would come. In his absence it’s allowed Tyler Boyd to flourish, which is exactly why he is in an exciting spot this week with AJ Green out of the lineup. Practicing in full he’s on pace to start this week against a Saints pass defense that’s been gouged by wide receivers all season. Specifically over the last five weeks where number two wide receivers have seen a spike of seven plus points above season average. With the focus being on Boyd and Mixon I can see Ross finding room to get free for big plays. – Sal Leto
Marquez Valdes-Scantling $4,900
I was surprised to see such a cheap price attached to the man who has clearly become the second best receiver in Green Bay’s passing arsenal. MVS has offered big play ability as well the ability to make tough, contested catches. Geronimo Allison is lost for the year, clearing up what was a muddled situation behind Davante Adams. The Dolphins has]ve been surprisingly strong against opposing wide receivers (in the Top 10 in points allowed against the position) but matchups are seldom a worry when Aaron Rodgers is under center. Making plays each week and locked-in as a prominent member of one of the league’s elite passing games, MVS is a must-start. – Rob Willette
TY Hilton $7,100
Although the Jaguars defense has not quite lived up to pre-season expectations, they are still a very formidable opponent and one that has held Colts WR TY Hilton in check over the past couple of seasons. Hilton got lucky with a couple of touchdowns in his Week Seven return from injury but only has five total receptions over two games. This feels like the kind of game that could end up as a low-scoring matchup, pushing me away from Hilton as QB Andrew Luck continues to target his TEs. – Ryan McDowell
Golden Tate $6,600
I know us Tate owners are all excited to get him back in our lineups after the bye week trade and why not, we saw Amari Cooper come out of the bye with his new team and jump right into the fray. Well that was with little to challenge him for targets against a bad Titans pass defense. Tate comes to Philly where Alston has looked like a WR1 more often than not since his return and Zach Ertz leads the league, yes the whole league not just tight ends, in targets. Add in the running backs, Aghlor and Goedert to make up an even more crowded situation than Detroit. Plus the Cowboys are good against wide receivers, in fact the defense has played really well over all on the season and has been the main reason they’ve stayed competitive this season. I’ll likely wait a week to see how it breaks down in Philly. – Sal Leto
Marvin Jones $6,400
The post-Golden Tate Era in Detroit is a game old and thus far the results in the passing game have not been pretty. Granted, the Vikings have figured some things out on defense since a slow start, but three field goals on the road given the Lions’ personnel is entirely disappointing. Jones did see 8 targets and was fairly productive with them, but the Lions are back on the road as a struggling offense against one of the league’s better defenses. The Bears are not imposing for receivers, but I am having a tough time attaching trust to any Lion at the moment, including the mercurial Jones. – 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.