Although we rely on big-name players to guide our fantasy football teams to victory, knowing how to locate the sleepers in a given week could be what pushes your team over the edge. With Week 10 of the NFL and fantasy football season on the horizon, here are some sleepers to keep in mind when setting your lineups.
Top Fantasy Football Sleepers in Week 10
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
I guess I’m no longer allowed to use Justin Fields, am I? That’s all right; we still have Daniel Jones, who fits the list of sleepers for Week 10.
Jones has put together a decent season and one that I would consider an improvement. While the passing game still has some work, Jones’ rushing upside has helped a lot, as seen in Week 7 with his 107 yards.
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The matchup against Houston is fantastic. Jones came into last week as the QB16 in points per game while on pace for 750 yards on the ground. It might sometimes be a roller coaster, but Jones is a sleeper to consider in Week 10.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta’s offense is driving me up a wall this year, but Marcus Mariota is not the worst option available. He has four top-10 QB finishes this season and has finished with at least 15 points in six of his nine games this year.
The Falcons just got back Cordarrelle Patterson, and with Mariota on pace for nearly 600 rushing yards, he should remain a stable option for those who need help during the bye weeks.
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins
Although he started in a rotation as the Dolphins slowly got him involved, Jeff Wilson Jr. looked like the better running back on Sunday. Wilson equaled Raheem Mostert in carries with nine but destroyed him in the efficiency department at 5.7 yards per carry to just 2.9 for Mostert.
Wilson totaled 51 yards on the ground and caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Bears.
I expect this to be a committee moving forward, with both backs seeing significant playing time. It also would not surprise me if we see Wilson named the starter at some point. If you need a running back, Wilson as the 1A in Miami’s backfield could provide RB2/RB3 value as a sleeper in Week 10.
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Gus Edwards missed much of last week’s game and Monday Night Football as well because of a hamstring injury, but he should be the starter once again when he’s back and healthy. Edwards has had 11 carries and 60+ yards or more in each of his last two games, including a two-touchdown season debut back in Week 7.
Kenyan Drake has done a decent job holding down the ship, but the Ravens love Edwards, and the latter has been extremely productive in this offense in the past. Assuming his health improves, Edwards is a sleeper to target in Week 10.
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
After back-to-back 100-yard performances and a three-touchdown day in Week 8, D’Onta Foreman fell back to Earth against the Bengals, rushing seven times for 23 yards and even lost two yards on his two receptions.
Chuba Hubbard’s absence has played a factor in this. Back in Week 7, Hubbard was off to a strong start before his ankle injury. With an upcoming matchup in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, Hubbard should return some of the rushing work and be the primary receiving RB. He’s a sleeper that could become a Flex candidate this week.
Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams
I make no promises with this one. But sleepers mean deep dives if necessary, and that’s what Kyren Williams is for fantasy. The fifth-round rookie suffered a high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff in Week 1 but has since returned to practice.
The Rams’ depth chart has been a mess over the last couple of weeks, with Darrell Henderson Jr., Cam Akers, Ronnie Rivers, and Malcolm Brown all sharing starting time, but none of them bring much fantasy value.
By no means am I saying Williams will work out. However, he’s also the biggest unknown among a group of disappointing players. There are worse options than Williams for fantasy if you’re looking for a dart-throw sleeper.
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers
It’s taken some time, but Terrace Marshall Jr. has injected life back into his fantasy value. After recording over 80 yards in Week 7, Marshall found paydirt against the Bengals while catching three of his six targets for 53 yards.
Since Week 8, Marshall has seen a 22.7% target share while finishing as the WR29 and will have another top-20 finish once Monday Night Football concludes. He has fully absorbed the Robbie Anderson role, and while it appears PJ Walker will be back under center, Marshall is quickly moving from sleeper territory into WR4 range.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants
With WR29 and WR35 finishes, it looked like Wan’Dale Robinson was about to become a household name. Unfortunately, that momentum came to a screeching halt in Week 8 after recording just 15 yards on two of three receiving.
With the Giants coming off their bye week, I anticipate a more significant focus to get the ball in Robinson’s hands with upcoming matchups against the Texans, Lions, and Cowboys. Robinson is in the WR3/WR4 range for fantasy this week.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Free Agent
Look who’s back. Make no mistake about it; nothing I’m about to say comes with any certainty. However, recent reports are saying that Odell Beckham Jr. could be cleared to resume full activity as early as this week.
There is a ton of buzz around Beckham with the likelihood of multiple teams getting into a bidding war to acquire the wide receiver. Where that will be, and who it will be for, remains a massive question, as does his role once he signs.
Although finished as a top-36 receiver in five of his last seven games during the regular season, you could not tear your ACL any later than during the Super Bowl.
It remains to be seen where Beckham’s health truly is. But this late in the year, if you’re taking a shot solely for upside, I doubt you’ll find any sleeper with more upside than what Beckham provides for the rest of the season.
Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos
I don’t think we’re giving Greg Dulcich enough credit. After spending the first five weeks on IR, Dulcich has a 16% target share. Not only that, but he’s finished as the TE11, TE7, and TE9, respectively, in weekly scoring. Plus, his 182 receiving yards are the most by any tight end in the first three games in NFL history.
The fact that we are at Week 10, and there is a possible TE1 floating around on waivers is ludicrous. It’s just as much about Dulcich’s upside as it is about the position as a whole. Dulcich is not just a sleeper, he’s a weekly starter.
Cade Otton, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another rookie who deserves praise is Cade Otton, who has done as well to bring as much production to this TE room as you could’ve asked. In his four games as the Buccaneers’ starter, he’s finished as the TE12, TE10, TE33, and TE3, respectively, in fantasy scoring.
On Sunday, Otton had five catches for 68 yards and the game-winning touchdown. He now has the absolute smash matchup of the week against the Seahawks. There is a concern about the return of Cameron Brate and his impact, but Otton has done enough to where he should remain in the offense’s game plan. He’s a TE sleeper worth considering in Week 10.