I hope you all had as great a fantasy week as I did. All three of my teams got the W. My teams are in 5th, 6th and last place. All have the scoring potential to be contenders. My last place team reduced the gap in Victory Points (a combination of wins and weekly rankings) from 11 behind 6th place to only 9. I have a tough matchup in that league this week, but if I can squeak by, I have an easy schedule in my final stretch, so my 2-7 team still has a chance. As I pointed out in a previous week, my last place team has the highest fantasy points against by a mile and ranks very high in bench points in the league, which is an indication of solid waiver wire moves and a depth of roster.
Regarding my 6th place dynasty team - it is 3rd in overall fantasy points and also has the most fantasy points against. However, if you read Dynasty Draft Strategy: A Tale of Ten Trades, you know I don't try to build a top-ranked team from the beginning of the draft. I focus on keeping a stock of draft picks (I have 2 1sts, 4 2nds and 3 3rds for the 2024 draft) and keep the team on the edge of playoff contender (I am way ahead of the 7th place team), and then make meaningful trades as we turn the corner into the playoffs. For example, I am already in light trade discussions with the owner of 7-year veteran Christian McCaffrey who is putting his team in rebuild mode this year. Derrick Henry is another RB I might target via trade for the playoff stretch. If I can pick up McCaffrey or Henry for 2 or 3 2nd round picks, that would give my team a super-boost in the playoffs. However, the use of my picks is very efficient, because I would know I am getting an elite healthy player right before the playoffs.
Also, if you are in a keeper or dynasty league, this is where you should make some final stretch adjustments. If I have the time, I will update Final Stretch Tune Up for this year, but even last year's version is a good resource to review at the start of Week 10.
Okay, if you have read this article before, you know the routine. If you have not, here it is again... First, this article is for those of you that play in leagues with deeper rosters (18 to 24 players). These are the players that are available in my three leagues. The players with the asterisks in front of them are available in my 24-player roster league - a dynasty league. I always make sure I have at least two players from that league here to accommodate those of you in similar leagues. The first number in parenthesis is the ranking of the defensive team versus the fantasy position of the offensive player, where 1 is the strongest defense (allowing the least fantasy points) and 32 is the weakest defense (allowing the most fantasy points). The second number in parenthesis is the current PPR fantasy point projection from our special blend. However, don't put too much into these projections as not all projection providers are fully up-to-date yet. Rather read the info that goes with them to make more informed decisions that might suit your circumstances better.
- Mac Jones, NE v Ind (16th, 15.38) - Expect an average perform from Jones against an average D vs QBs.
- Zach Wilson, NYJ @ LVR (8th, 14.6) - Didn't do much at home against the softest D in the league, Chargers, last week (11.9 fantasy points), you can't count on him to do much against a much better D playing in Las Vegas.
- Kenny Picket, Pit v GB (4th, 14.3) - He stands behind center and throws the ball about 17 times per game and has only thrown 6 TDs this season, but he is an option if you have no others.
- Aidan O'Connell, LV v NYJ (9th, 13.34) - This rookie propelled the Raiders to a win last week over the Giants.
- *Clayton Tune, Ari v Atl (25th, 13.1) - Tune's first start as a rookie couldn't have been much worse, achieving only 58 aerial yards, no TDs and 2 INTs. However, he faced a very tough Browns D (2nd best against QBs) last week. Hopefully he fine-"Tunes" some of his play, and makes a bigger impact against a softer Falcons D in Week 10.
- Bagent Tyson, Chi v Car (5th, 12.5) - Watch the injury status on Justin Fields (thumb). If Fields is out for Week 10, then you can consider Tyson. With 3 INTs and 1 lost fumble, Tyson was dismal for the Bears last week, but what is good for fantasy teams doesn't always align with what is good for the NFL.
- *Tommy DeVito, NYG @ Dal (13th, 12.1) - With Daniel Jones out for the season, this rookie is expected to fill in Jones's shoes, who's only averaged 12.2 fantasy points per week. Unfortunately that does not mean much for your fantasy team, but it is better than nothing if all other starting QBs in your league are already taken.
- Antonio Gibson, Wsh @ Sea (20th, 6.6) - Has been more involved in the passing game the last two weeks. Averaging 6.4 touches per game with 1 TD this season.
- Latavius Murray, Buf v Den (32nd, 5.56) - This 33 year old back seems to be fading. In the last three weeks he has carried the ball 11 times for 19 yards, not even 2 yards per carry. However, he also gets a sprinkle of passes and the Bills are up against the softest D against the run in Week 10.
- Joshua Kelley, LAC v Det (2nd, 5.01) - If you have Austin Ekeler and have room on your roster, you should grab Kelley as his handcuff. Otherwise, expect low volume from Kelley now that Ekeler is fully healthy.
- Samaje Perine, Den @ Buf (19th, 4.1) - Averaging 6.1 touches per game. Due for his first TD of the season any week now.
- Darrynton Evans, Chi v Car (31st, 3.4) - Against a stiff Saints D in Week 9, Evans only got three touches. D'Onta Foreman is the clear lead back for the Bears, but the Panthers has a soft run defense and this could turn into more opportunities for Evans.
- Michael Carter, NYJ @ LV (29th, 3.4) - Averaging 2.6 touches per game. Has yet to score a TD.
- *Raheem Blackshear, Car @ Chi (27th, 2.6) - Getting 2 to 6 touches per game since Week 6.
- Craig Reynolds, Det @ LAC (24th, 2.3) - Averaging 9.5 touches per week since Week 5, while David Montgomery has been out. If Montgomery is available for Week 10, expect Reynolds's volume to drop back down.
- Keaton Mitchell, Bal v Cle (4th, 2.1) - Last week was the only week this rookie had any rushing touches, and these were mostly in garbage time, but he had a big day (9-138-1) and that might translate for more opportunities in Week 10.
- Emanuel Wilson, GB @ Pit (25th, 1.9) - This rookie's opportunities are sporatic. He only got carries in Week 9 in the last drive of the game.
- *Ameer Abdullah, LVR v JYJ (26th, 1.6) - Getting 2 to 4 touches the last two games.
- Wan'Dale Robinson, NYG @ Dal (3rd, 9.4) - Averaging 4.7 targets per game since Week 3, but has only 1 TD on the season and now Devito taking over for Jones behind center.
- Josh Reynolds, Det @ LAC (28th, 8.6) - Reynolds is losing target share to Jameson Williams, but the Chargers are a soft D against WRs and Williams has yet to impress since he came off his suspension, so you can't rule out Reynolds who was a staple in the offense before Williams came off his suspension.
- Khalil Shakir, Buf v Den (17th, 7.1) - This sophomore is seeing a growing target share and is becoming more involved with the game script. He has averaged 4.6 targets per game in the last three weeks.
- *Brandon Powell, Min v NO (12th, 6.8) - Getting 3 to 5 targets per game since Week 6.
- *Noah Brown, Hou @ Cin (13th, 5.8) - Caught 6 of 6 targets for 153 and a TD last week. His one play, a 75 yard TD, made him fantasy relevant, but is not a performance we should expect to be repeated any time soon. Nevertheless he is getting 5 to 6 targets per game since Week 6, and so if you are desparate that volume will translated in to something greater than 0.
- Zay Jones, Jax v SF (29th, 4.6) - Jones remains day-to-day as he recovers from a knee injury. Even if he plays, he likely won't be 100%. Also the 49ers haven't ruled out putting Jones on IR for the remainder of the season. However, if he does come back to full health, he can make a nice addition to your roster.
- *Kyle Philips, Ten @ TB (31st, 4.2) - Led the Texans last week in receiving. Getting 3 to 5 targets since Will Levis took the reigns at Houston.
- Jake Bobo, Sea v Wsh (30th, 3.8) - This rookie was not targeted in the Seahawks blowout loss against the Ravens. Look for him to get more opportunity as the Seahawks #4 WR in Week 10 against a weak Commanders D.
- Tyler Conklin, NYJ @ LV (13th, 8.0) - Averaging 4.4 targets per game.
- Chigoziem Okonkwo, Ten @ TB (23rd, 7.9) - This sophomore has had consistent volume all season and is averaging 4.4 targets per game.
- Cade Otton, TB v Ten (4th, 7.4) - Scored 2 TDs last week, which you can't count on this week. However, he averages 4.8 targets per game which is decent volume for a TE.
- Juwan Johnson, NO @ Min (20th, 4.9) - Johnson is back and scored his first TD of the season last week.
- *Irv Smith Jr. / Tanner Hudson, Cin v Hou (32nd, 4.8 / 2.1) - Hudson has recently been promoted from the practice squad and Joe Burrow got his TEs more involved last week. Look for more Bengal TE touches in Week 10 against the softest D against TEs in the league.
- *Tommy Tremble, Car @ Chi (31st, 3.1) - Been getting a toss or three most of the season. Two of his total of 9 opportunities were very short field red zone targets that he turned into TDs, so although Tremble is a TD dependent TE for fantasy, it does seem he is part of the Panthers red zone threat.
- Greg Joseph, Min v NO (17th, 9.1)
- Brandon McManus, Jax v SF (20th, 9.0)
- Greg Zuerlein, NYJ @ LVR (11th, 8.4)
- Chase McLaughlin, TB v Ten (31st, 8.3)
- Las Vegas Raiders v NYJ (29th, 7.5)
- Los Angeles Chargers v DET (13th, 6.4)
- Minnesota Vikings v NO (15th, 6.3)
- Indianapolis Colts @ NE (28th, 6.8)
- Chicago Bears v Car (29th, 5.7)