Fantasy Football Blind Spot Players: Week 10 DraftKings Sleepers, FanDuel Picks
Side note: The high priced QB strategy analysis will be back next week. I’ve seen a lot more people wanting focus on the sleepers and DraftKings picks, so we’ll touch base on the study every other week for now.
Fantasy Football Week 10 Blind Spot Players
In case you’re new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that 1) have been performing well but haven’t had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or 2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or 3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through. These are the players you want to target in tournaments, such as Millionaire Makers. You want a contrarian lineup, and there are few better ways to build one than by grabbing some Fantasy Blind Spot players.
DraftKings Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: QBs
Blake Bortles ($5,600) – I know I talked about him as a sleeper for seasonal already, but Bortles deserved the spotlight. Bortles doesn’t even show up in the initial QB list, as Russell Wilson at $5,900 is the last you see before scrolling. Once you do, Derek Carr is there at $5,800 and intriguing with other options such as Brian Hoyer and his garbage time ways, Matthew Stafford coming off a bye and coaching adjustments, plus the highly-popular Kirk Cousins facing the Saints. Bortles is the only one you want, as a matchup with the Ravens makes him a must-own.
DraftKings Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: RBs
C.J. Anderson, DEN ($3,800) – No, I’m not trying to recoup some of my dignity for the preseason hype I gave CJA. That ship has sailed… and been riddled with cannonballs… and sits at the bottom of the ocean. However, Ronnie Hillman is banged up, and Anderson may have re-passed him on the depth chart. This is a GPP play only, but at $3,800, you only really need a touchdown for CJA to return value.
DraftKings Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: WRs
Randall Cobb, GB ($6,700) – Why are people hating on Cobb still? Yes, the offense has struggled quite a bit, but the Packers made adjustments during the bye and look at the success it brought last week. Few teams had tougher first halves, and Cobb is still a terrific talent. In addition, Cobb should see Quandre Diggs most of the time, and he will roast him! This price is a steal for a receiver that should easily put up 100 yards and a score.
Travis Benjamin, CLE ($5,200) – It’s been a while (okay, I now have Staind in my head) since Benjamin has put up good numbers – Week 6 in fact. To be fair, the trio of the Rams, Cardinals and Bengals is extremely tough. Prior to the last three games, Benjamin had double digits each week with scores of 23.7 and 35.5 included. The Steelers run defense is quite good but the pass defense stinks. If the Browns hope to contend, they will pass more than usual.
DraftKings Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: TEs
Gary Barnidge, CLE ($4,800) – And that makes Barnidge a great play as well. People are still extremely reluctant to use Barnidge, despite the fact that he averaged 22.03 points over the six games before last week. As mentioned, the way to attack the Steelers is through the air, and Josh McCown back at quarterback is more reason than any to trust Barnidge again.
FanDuel Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: QBs
Josh McCown, CLE ($6,300) – All that love I gave Benjamin and Barnidge, well, the passes have to get to them. McCown averaged 24.4 FPPG in the four games outside of the Broncos and Rams. You can’t hold those two games against him too much, as they’ve dominated nearly everyone. The Steelers are tied for the sixth most passing touchdowns allowed (16) and give McCown plenty of upside.
FanDuel Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: RBs
Charcandrick West, KC ($6,400) – West is deep in the blind spot because everyone sees the Broncos and runs for the hills. Hold on, don’t run off just yet. The Broncos are actually around the middle of the pack in run defense, have let six running backs hit double digits (Marcel Reece and Ameer Abdullah on that list) and have allowed nine running back TDs (three receiving). As seen with Reece and Abdullah, the pass-catching backs can hurt the Broncos, as Theo Riddick did some damage too in his showing. West still had plenty of upside at a great price, despite the perception that you want nothing to do with him.
Matt Jones, WSH ($5,600) – Speaking of pass-catching running backs, the Redskins backfield is a headache to be fair. But, it appears Jones has a leg up on the rest, and the Saints struggle against pass-catching running backs. They’ve allowed 54 receptions for 483 yards and three TDs already with David Johnson, Devonta Freeman and Shane Vereen posting big receiving numbers against them.
FanDuel Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: WRs
Brandon LaFell, NE ($6,200) – I’m fairly certain you know the Giants pass defense is awful, right? They have allowed four receivers to top 100 yards already. Often, the teammates of those leaders had good or even big days too: Leonard Hankerson 6/77/1 with Julio Jones, Torrey Smith 2/42/0 with Anquan Boldin, Brandin Cooks 6/88/2 and Willie Snead 7/76/2 with Marques Colston and Adam Humphries 5/55/0 with Mike Evans. Tom Brady is going to go ape nuts on the Giants, especially with the added revenge factor thrown in.
Tavon Austin, STL ($6,000) – Austin is just under LaFell, $100 behind John Brown and the same price as DeSean Jackson and Rishard Matthews. Even Michael Floyd, Devante Adams, Travis Benjamin, etc. are cheaper. Austin has scored at least 8.4 points in each of his last five games with two games in the 20’s (23.9 and 26.6). The upside is clear with the Bears matchup, and at $6,000, Austin is well worth the price.
FanDuel Week 10 Lineup Sleepers: TEs
Gary Barnidge, CLE ($6,100) – See above, Josh McCown, Travis Benjamin, etc. (And now see the Browns lay a fat, stinky goose egg.)