Every week, I do the dirty work for you and dig into every Sunday matchup to determine who is the player from each team to spotlight. This involves looking at Fantasy Points Per Game (PPG) and yardage allowed by defenses, along with looking at player usage and performances. I will always have hits and misses, but I will also always have detailed reasoning behind the points I am making. Below are some hits that had a huge week or simply out-produced their expectations from Week 9:
Week 9 HITS:
- CJ Stroud – 41.8 Fantasy Points
- CeeDee Lamb – 28.1 Fantasy Points
- Rachaad White – 27.9 Fantasy Points
- Josh Jacobs – 21.8 Fantasy Points
- Jonathan Taylor – 17.9 Fantasy Points
- Joe Mixon – 17.8 Fantasy Points
- Jahan Dotson – 16.9 Fantasy Points
- Dalton Kincaid – 16.1 Fantasy Points
- Luke Musgrave – 14.1 Fantasy Points
- Jaxon Smith-Njigba – 12.3 Fantasy Points
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – 11.1 Fantasy Points
Some misses include players like Tua Tagovailoa, Rashee Rice, Darrell Henderson and Trey McBride. Overall, I feel great about my hit to miss ratio so far this season within these articles. Keep in mind the Chiefs, Rams, Dolphins and Eagles are all on a BYE this week. Below are players I feel can have a great Week 10 for Fantasy Football and/or DFS – let’s get it!
Week 10 Fantasy Football Matchup Winners
Colts vs. Patriots (Morning Game)
- Michael Pittman Jr.: The Patriots allow the seventh most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers and the 10th most passing yards per game this season. Michael Pittman Jr. currently ranks sixth in targets, averaging 9.6 per game, which has been solid volume. MPJ also ranks seventh in yards after the catch and is 15th in receiving yards with 593. MPJ only has scored three touchdowns this season but ranks third in red zone targets, so that number can surely go up. Week 10 presents a solid matchup, the team’s WR2 in Josh Downs is questionable for the week and the connection with Gardner Minshew looks solid so this adds up to having a great week.
- Rhamondre Stevenson: The Colts allow the fifth most Fantasy PPG to running backs and ninth most rushing yards per game this season. Rhamondre Stevenson was the RB2 for Fantasy Football last week, rushing for 87 yards on just nine attempts, scoring a rushing touchdown, and catching four passes for 42 receiving yards. Stevenson was the RB6 in Week 6 as well, which marks two big games across the last four weeks. The rushing volume may not be ideal with Stevenson carrying the ball 10 or fewer times for five straight weeks, but he is still edging Ezekiel Elliott in snap percentage by a fair margin and staying plenty involved in the passing game. Stevenson has had three weeks of five or more receptions, ranks fourth in targets (40), ranks fifth in receptions (29), and eighth in receiving yards (215) for the position this year.
Browns vs. Ravens
- Deshaun Watson: The Ravens are a tough matchup all around for what they allow to yardage and Fantasy PPG. In the Week 4 Baltimore – Browns matchup, the Browns only put up three total points in a game that backup Dorian Thompson-Robinson started. Deshaun Watson is coming off of a solid Week 9, throwing 19/30 for 219 passing yards and two touchdowns along with rushing for 22 yards. Watson finished as the QB8 in Week 9, which marks his third week in five appearances finishing as a Top 10 quarterback for Fantasy Football. The Ravens will be a big test if Watson can continue producing for Fantasy Football in Week 10. Encouraging was seeing Joshua Dobbs throw two touchdowns and rush for one two weeks ago against Baltimore.
- Lamar Jackson: The Browns are also a terrible matchup for Fantasy Football for all positions this season. Back in Week 4 though, Lamar Jackson was the QB4 for Fantasy Football against the Browns. Jackson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns in the last matchup against the Browns and is certainly due for a bounce-back week. Jackson has been the QB18 and QB28 the last two weeks following a Week 7 QB2 Fantasy performance and has been a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback five times this season.
Texans vs. Bengals
- Dalton Schultz: The Bengals allow the second most Fantasy PPG to tight ends this season. The Houston offense was on fire in Week 9, and Dalton Schultz was a big part of that. Schultz finished Week 9 as the TE1 for Fantasy Football, catching 10 of his 11 targets for 130 receiving yards and a touchdown resulting in 27 Fantasy Points. Schultz has finished as the TE6, TE6, TE2, TE36, and TE1 across the last five weeks. The connection to CJ Stroud looks solid as well, with two of his last four games earning double-digit targets from the rookie quarterback. Schultz is set up nicely to stay hot in Week 10.
- Joe Mixon: The Texans allow the ninth most Fantasy PPG to running backs this season. Prior to the Week 7 BYE, Joe Mixon finished as the RB14 or worse in all six of those games. In the last two weeks, however, Mixon has finished as the RB8 then RB9. 87 rushing yards in Week 8 with a rushing touchdown, then in Week 9 Mixon scored another rushing touchdown and caught five passes. With both Ja’Marr Chase banged up a bit and Tee Higgins out for Week 10, look for Mixon to stay involved in the passing game and have a third consecutive Top 10 week for Fantasy Football.
49ers vs. Jaguars
- Brandon Aiyuk: The Jaguars allow the 12th-most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers and third most passing yards per game this season. Brandon Aiyuk is coming off of a week where he finished with 109 receiving yards and finished as the WR22 prior to the Week 9 BYE. Aiyuk was red hot in Week 1 and Week 8, finishing those games with 129 and 148 receiving yards as the WR2 and WR8 for Fantasy Football. Since then, Aiyuk has been outside the Top 20 wide receivers in Fantasy scoring but continues to stay very involved in the 49ers offense. Aiyuk has been very efficient, ranking second in yards per route run and fifth in yards per target so far this season. Deebo Samuel should return in Week 10, but I like Aiyuk in this plus matchup to be the 49ers standout.
- Calvin Ridley: The 49ers allow the sixth most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers this season. After scoring under seven Fantasy Points in Weeks 6 and Week 7, Calvin Ridley scored 14.3 in Week 9. Ridley caught six of his 10 targets for 83 receiving yards last week. Ridley has finished with some quality Fantasy Points twice prior to Week 9 this season, scoring 24.1 (WR6) and 20.6 (WR9) in Week 1 and Week 5. The issue has been consistency and volume. Two games over 100 receiving yards, two weeks of double-digit targets, and five weeks of eight or more targets show what can happen in any given game. In a matchup against the 5-3 49ers, I like Ridley to be a big piece in this Jaguar’s offense for Week 10.
Saints vs. Vikings
- Chris Olave: The Vikings allow the ninth most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers this season. Chris Olave finished as the WR10 in Week 9, which marks the first top-12 Fantasy finish since Week 1. Olave caught six of his eight targets for 46 receiving yards and scored his second touchdown of the season last week. Although the production has not met expectations for Olave, he is the seventh most targeted wide receiver, averaging 9.4 yards per game. Derek Carr is averaging 35.1 passing attempts per game, which shows the volume present. Olave ranks first in deep targets and second in air yards for wide receivers, the catchable target rate and target accuracy just rank poorly via playerprofiler.com (#76 / #84). Coming off of a quality week in a plus matchup, I like Olave to continue in a positive trend.
- TJ Hockenson: The Saints are not a plus matchup for any specific position in Fantasy Football. TJ Hockenson is dealing with a rib injury, but it sounds like barring no setbacks he should be fine for Week 10. In Joshua Dobbs’ first game with the Vikings, Hockenson caught seven of his 12 targets for 69 receiving yards. This was an encouraging sign for Hockenson in his first game without Kirk Cousins, especially seeing that Hockenson has led the position in targets this season. Both Zach Ertz and Trey McBride have had heavily targeted games from Dobbs this season back in Arizona, so look for Dobbs to continue to feed Hockenson.
Packers vs. Steelers
- Aaron Jones: The Steelers allow the seventh most Fantasy PPG to running backs this season. The asterisk with Aaron Jones is that he seems to still be dealing with that hamstring injury that has kept him out of games this season. In Week 9, Jones looked himself, playing a season-high 57% of the snaps and totaling a season-high 24 touches. Jones finished Week 9 with 73 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, four receptions, and 17.9 Fantasy Points. Back-to-back weeks with four receptions, and three straight weeks of five-plus targets. Jones opened up the season as the best Fantasy running back, totaling 41 rushing and 86 receiving yards with both a rushing and receiving touchdown. The hope here is that Green Bay is being precautious with their RB1 and that Jones can have a consecutive big week in a plus matchup.
- Najee Harris: The Packers allow the 11th-most Fantasy PPG to running backs and the 10th-most rushing yards per game this season. A lot of attention may be on Jaylen Warren, who had his best Fantasy Football week in Week 9 due to 88 rushing yards and three receptions, but Najee Harris is still the lead back in this committee. Harris played 58% to Warren’s 40% of the snaps in Week 9, rushed 16 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes. 17 and 18 touches in two of Najee’s last three games is decent volume and he has finished as the RB13 and RB12 in these weeks.
Titans vs. Buccaneers
- DeAndre Hopkins: Tampa Bay allows the second most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers and the second most passing yards per game this season. DeAndre Hopkins had his best week of the season in Week 8, which was rookie Will Levis’ debut. Hopkins caught four of his six targets for 128 receiving yards and three touchdowns for 34.8 Fantasy Points as the Fantasy WR2 of Week 8. In Week 9, it was a down week for Hopkins but what was encouraging was 11 targets from Levis who threw 39 times in that Steelers loss. Hopkins finished with 140 receiving yards back in Week 5, and is lined up to have another big week in such a nice Buccaneers matchup.
- Mike Evans: The Titans allow the eighth most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers this season. Mike Evans has cooled off the last two weeks, after finishing as the WR7 in Week 7. Evans opened up the season on fire, scoring a touchdown in his first three games straight, and has five on the season. Three weeks over 80 receiving yards, three weeks of 10 targets, and five weeks of finishing as the WR21 or better shows the potential for bigger weeks. Week 10 against the Titans is a great opportunity to bounce back.
Falcons vs. Cardinals
- Bijan Robinson: The Cardinals allow the third most Fantasy PPG to running backs and the seventh most rushing yards per game this season. Following the Week 7 nightmare when Bijan Robinson was “sick”, Bijan has finished as the RB18 and RB37 the last two weeks. The volume has simply been frustrating for Bijan, who has lost more work than we would like to Tyler Allgeier. Across the first four weeks of football, Bijan finished as a top 12 running back for Fantasy Football in three of those weeks with two 20+ Fantasy scores. Encouraging still is that Bijan is at 65.7% of the snaps this season (10th) and was at 74% back in Week 8. Three weeks of five or more receptions and two weeks of over 100 rushing yards show the talent that we still should all believe in. Arizona presents a solid matchup for Bijan to bounce back for Fantasy, even if Allgeier stays involved to the extent he has.
- Marquise Brown: The Falcons are not necessarily a plus matchup for wide receivers, but with Kyler Murray back in action I wanted to plug Marquise Brown. Hollywood and Murray were former Oklahoma teammates, reunited last season in Arizona. That connection was clear across the first six weeks before Hollywood got banged up. In Weeks 1-6 in 2022, Hollywood ranked fourth in targets, fifth in receptions, seventh in receiving yards, fifth in total Fantasy Points, and averaged 18.3 PPG during that span. The college connection carried over. This season with Joshua Dobbs, Hollywood has scored 16+ Fantasy Points four times and had four weeks earning double-digit targets. I truly believe Hollywood can be a league winner with Kyler back.
Lions vs. Chargers
- Jared Goff: The Chargers allow the most Fantasy PPG to quarterbacks and also the most passing yards per game this season. Jared Goff is coming off of two poor Fantasy performances, as the QB24 then QB20 the last two weeks. Prior to this poor stretch, Goff finished as the QB4 in back-to-back Weeks 5/6. This season, Goff has had two weeks over 320 passing yards, two weeks of three passing touchdowns, and three weeks above 70% completion percentage. Playerprofiler.com ranks Goff first in accuracy rating, second in true completion percentage, and second in deep ball completion percentage. Look for Goff to be a top-five option in Week 10.
- Quentin Johnston: The Lions are not a plus matchup for wide receivers, but this will be my hot take of the article. Since Joshua Palmer went down, 2023 first-round selection Quentin Johnston has played 70% then 83% of the snaps. We saw a bit of a flash in Week 8 with the rookie catching five of his six targets for 50 receiving yards. After a down Week 9 catching two of his low three targets, many people are writing him off completely. That Week 9 matchup was a blowout win over the Jets, which meant Justin Herbert throwing just 30 times, low for a guy who has passed 40 or more times in three games this season and is averaging 35.3 attempts per game. Johnston has the clear WR2 role behind Keenan Allen, and I think the Lions’ offense is going to create a much better game script for Johnston to have his first big day. Look for Johnston to be a FLEX dart-throw worth your while in Week 10.
Giants vs. Cowboys
- Saquon Barkley: The Cowboys are a rough matchup for Fantasy Football, and with Daniel Jones’ season over, Tyrod Taylor injured and Tommy Devito starting, it could be a rough one for all Giants. Saquon Barkley presents the only possible option I would trust in Fantasy Football lineups. In Week 3 Saquon was the RB3 for Fantasy Football, rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown and adding a receiving touchdown for 27.2 Fantasy Points. Barkley then went on to miss Weeks 3-5. Upon his Week 6 return, Barkley ranks Weeks 6-9 first in rushing attempts, first in rushing yards, tied for fifth in targets, tied for ninth in receptions, and seventh in total Fantasy Points. Barkley totaled 41 touches in Week 8 and may be heavily leaned on the rest of the season.
- Tony Pollard: The Giants allow the sixth most Fantasy PPG to running backs and eighth most rushing yards per game this season. Tony Pollard has had a disappointing season vs expectation, finishing three weeks as a Top 12 running back but four weeks outside the top 25 running backs for Fantasy Football. Encouraging signs include three weeks playing 77%+ of the snaps, ranking top six in both targets and receptions, ranking second in red zone touches and this specific Week 10 matchup. In Week 1 against the Giants, Pollard had his best Fantasy week of the season rushing for 70 yards and (his only) two touchdowns. Look for Pollard to have a big bounce-back this week.
Washington vs. Seattle
- Jahan Dotson: The Seahawks allow the 10th most Fantasy PPG to wide receivers this season. Jahan Dotson has disappointed for most of the season but has caught fire the last two weeks finishing as the WR7 and then WR9. Dotson caught eight of his 10 targets for 108 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 8 for 24.8 Fantasy Points. In Week 9, he followed up that big performance by catching four of his eight targets for 69 yards and another touchdown for 16.9 Fantasy Points. I was a firm believer in Dotson as a prospect, and was impressed with his healthy games last season as a rookie which made his one of my favorite sleepers for this season. In a plus matchup, I like Dotson to continue to be a FLEX option in your Fantasy Football lineups.
- Geno Smith: The Commanders allow the second most Fantasy PPG to quarterbacks and the sixth most passing yards per game this season. Geno Smith was the QB8 back in Week 2 but has been QB15 or worse in his seven other games this season for Fantasy Football. In 2022, Geno was a top 12 Fantasy quarterback in 10 weeks, which is strange to compare because he has more weapons this year than he did last year. Smith has had two games over 320 passing yards and three multi-touchdown games this season. I would project this coming matchup to result in his best Fantasy week of the season.
Jets vs. Raiders (Sunday Night Football)
- Breece Hall: The Raiders allow the fourth most Fantasy PPG to running backs and the second most rushing yards per game this season. Down Week 9 for Breece Hall, but he was on absolute fire in his three games prior to that. Week 8 Hall rushed for only 17 yards but caught six of his nine targets for 76 yards and a touchdown for 21.3 Fantasy Points. Week 6 Hall scored a rushing touchdown and caught five passes for 54 yards for 20.3 Fantasy Points. In Week 5, Hall rushed for a season-high 177 yards, scored a touchdown, and caught three passes. After playing under 50% of the snaps in the opening four games, Hall has played 52% or more of the snaps in the last four games in a row. Look for Hall to have a big bounce-back in Week 10.
- Josh Jacobs: The Jets allow the 10th most Fantasy PPG to running backs and the third most rushing yards per game this season. Josh Jacobs has had two top 12 performances in a row, and four across the last six games. Three touchdowns were scored across the last two weeks, and five across the last six games. Jacobs is coming off of season highs in rushing attempts (26) and rushing yards (98) which could mean a trend in the right direction on the ground. With rookie Aidan O’Connell under center, look for Jacobs to be the focus of the Raider’s offense in a great running-back matchup for Week 10.