Don’t Sleep: Week 10

Brent Celek is on the rise
Photo Credit: Keith Lovett

We are getting into the homestretch in fantasy football. Week 10 is here and there are plenty of players out there that you shouldn’t be sleeping on. Before we get into my pickups for the week, let’s take a look at how we did in Week Nine.

Quarterbacks from Week Nine
Carson Palmer (OAK):
19-35 passing, 332 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs = 19 fantasy points
Tarvaris Jackson (SEA):
17-30 passing, 221 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs = 2 fantasy points
Fantasy Point Average:
10.5 fantasy points
Palmer had a great game this week. While the interceptions leave much to be desired (six interceptions on two games), the positives far outweigh the negatives. Also, keep in mind that they are letting him throw the ball a ton. He had 35 passing attempts in his second game since going from playing Madden to playing real-life football and he has receivers that can make a lot of plays. I really like Palmer as a borderline QB1 going forward. As for Jackson, he really shit the bed this week. Just a week after I finally come around on him and give him a shout-out on “Don’t Sleep” and Starbonell talks about him on Starbonell Station (editor’s note: Starbonell merely said T-Jax’s presence boosted the value of his receivers, not that Jackson is a viable fantasy play; you’re on your own here Potes), he remembers that he isn’t very good. While he does provide an upgrade to Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin over Charlie Whitehurst, he clearly isn’t a reliable starting option in fantasy leagues.

Running Backs from Week Nine
Javon Ringer (TEN):
4 carries, 11 yards, 1 reception, 14 yards = 2 fantasy points
Kevin Faulk (NE):
Did not play (Injury)
Fantasy Point Average:
2 fantasy points
Well, our Week Nine running backs were a big bust. Clearly, Javon Ringer will not get many touches when Chris Johnson decides to play football. The Titans have a lot of money invested in Johnson and they will give him every chance to succeed. If you are a Johnson owner you definitely want to own Ringer as a handcuff, but it looks like this is still Johnson’s backfield even after the horrible start. Kevin Faulk really Faulk-ed us over by not playing this week after leading the Patriot’s backfield in snaps in Week Eight. After being limited all week in practice, it was widely assumed that it was just to keep the old man fresh. However, it looks like he is actually dealing with knee soreness after making his debut. He cannot be trusted in fantasy leagues since he was already a hit-or-miss option when healthy. 

Wide Receivers from Week Nine
Jonathan Baldwin (KC):
1 reception, 12 receiving yards, 0 TDs = 1 fantasy point
Early Doucet (ARI):
6 receptions, 78 yards, 0 TDs = 7 fantasy points
Fantasy Point Average:
4 fantasy points
Baldwin forgot that in order to be a breakout star, you need to play well for more than one game. At least it was a legit secondary that shut him down. Oh wait… it was the Miami Dolphins playing without their best corner (Vontae Davis). The Chiefs are one of the most frustrating teams in the league because of their inconsistency and I am staying away from most of their skill position players. Doucet continues to have his sneaky good season for the Cardinals. It would have been nice if he found the end zone to bump him into double digit fantasy points, but it was a good game for him considering that John Skelton was his quarterback.

Tight Ends from Week Nine
Jake Ballard (NYG):
4 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD= 12 fantasy points
Brent Celek (PHI):
7 receptions, 60 yards, 0 TDs= 6 fantasy points
Fantasy Point Average:
9 fantasy points
Ballard continued to make everyone in New York forget about Kevin Boss and made a couple huge plays down the stretch for the Giants, including the game winning touchdown. Anyone who needs a reliable option at tight end will be picking him up, so you will need to be quick if you want him. Brent Celek had another decent game even though he couldn’t find the end zone for the third straight week. Vick is looking for him in the passing game and he will be a borderline TE1 going forward.

Now let’s take a look at who I’m not sleeping on for Week Ten. All of these players are owned in less than thirty percent of ESPN leagues, and I think they should be owned in far more. Percentage rates based on figures from Tuesday night before waiver claims went through.

More after the jump:

Quarterbacks for Week Ten
Carson Palmer (OAK) 24 percent owned:
We’ve mentioned Palmer before, but he will be one of the hottest quarterback pickups for Week Ten. The Raiders have shown a willingness to throw the football and Carson did a great job minus the interceptions. He showed some impressive arm strength that many thought he had lost and he will only get better as the season goes along. This is still his training camp and he looked pretty damn good in the second game.

Matt Moore (MIA) 2 percent owned: Moore had a little bit of a breakout performance against the Chiefs on Sunday. He was highly efficient and accurate, completing 17 of his 23 passes with 244 yards and three touchdowns. This performance came after he showed a little mobility against the Giants and got off to a hot start. It looks like he is starting to get more comfortable in the Miami offense and we know that Miami has continued to play hard despite being so shitty. Also, having Brandon Marshall on your side doesn’t hurt either. Right now I have him as a QB2 or a spot starter, but he could move up in the rankings if he continues to improve

Running Backs for Week Ten
Roy Helu (WAS) 16 percent owned:
This is one of the biggest no-brainers we have ever had. A week after he played horrible after I first recommended him, Helu blew up for 146 total yards thanks largely in part to John Beck loving to check down. I will admit I was a little bit upset at Helu after I hyped him up in prior to Week Eight, but he has quickly won my heart again. I get at least a half-chub when I see a running back that is less than 30 percent owned have 14 catches out of the backfield and play 64 out of 67 offensive snaps in a game. If Helu can avoid Shanahan’s doghouse and continue to get almost all of the reps, he could approach RB1 status due to his workload and versatility.

Maurice Morris (DET) 10 percent owned: Morris will get another start this week with Jahvid Best still not cleared to return to football activities. Coming off a bye week, Morris will be fresh and will hopefully get a heavy workload against the Bears. I would think that Morris would be the goal line back over Keiland Williams at this point, and if he can get it going early he should get the majority of carries. His value will likely depend on whether he gets a touchdown or not, but he is certainly worth adding while we wait and see what is going on with Best’s health.

Wide Receivers for Week Ten
Laurent Robinson (DAL) 2 percent owned:
Robinson is definitely a must-add wide receiver if you need help at the position simply because of the offense he plays in. He is stepping into a starting role opposite Dez Bryant in an offense that has plenty of weapons to distract the defense and allow Robinson to find some openings. I like him as at least a WR3 going forward with the upside to approach WR2 numbers. I would add him in all leagues no matter what the format is.

Torrey Smith (BAL) 24 percent owned: The Seahawks have a nasty habit of getting beat by big play receivers and that shouldn’t stop against the Ravens. If you want evidence, check out how the Hawks did against Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and Victor Cruz. The Seahawks simply do not have the corners to match up with the speed receivers and I am expecting Smith to have a big week. If you have an injury at WR or just need someone to add since your wide receivers suck, I would add Smith this week because he could be a WR2 this Sunday.

Tight Ends for Week Ten
Brent Celek (PHI) 16 percent owned:
It is probably going to be too late to pick up Ballard since anyone that needs a tight end (pause) will probably be using their waiver claim on him. You can, however, snag another tight end TE that is on the rise. Celek has been improving each week and is a weapon in the red zone. I would definitely add him if I was in need of more production from my TE.

Jacob Tamme (IND) 0 percent owned: Even though Peyton Manning isn’t playing quarterback for the Colts this year, maybe Tamme can remember how well he did last year and be productive again. Dallas Clark might be out for the season and Tamme has a chance be relevant in fantasy circles again. While a lot of this is going to depend on the play of Curtis Painter, maybe he can check down enough to get Tamme some action. He has a good matchup with the Jags on Sunday and we will have to wait and see how he does in his first start of the season.

So there are your deep sleepers for Week 10. If you have any comments or questions you can hit me up on Twitter @JessePotes or you can leave your comments in the comment section below. I like hearing what you guys think and love giving advice when people need it, so don’t hesitate to comment.


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