Deep Sleepers for Week 10
QB Marcus Mariota vs. NE
Mariota has been inconsistent, but looked good last week against the Cowboys coming off a bye week and could finally be healthy. Over the last two games, he has completed 45 of 61 passes. Against the Cowboys last week, he went 21-for-29 for 240 yards with two touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 32 yards with a touchdown. In five of seven games, he has at least 25 rushing yards. The Patriots lack a pass rush and have allowed five teams to top 300 passing yards. Even Derek Anderson threw for 290 yards against the Patriots, who have allowed 189 rushing yards to quarterbacks.
RB Austin Ekeler @OAK
Ekeler played a season-low nine snaps last week coming off a bye week and had four touches. Even with Melvin Gordon getting most of the touches, Ekeler has been in the range of seven to ten touches most week. The Raiders looked awful against the 49ers in their last game and have nothing to play for. The Chargers should be in control and it puts Ekeler in a spot where he could see a lot of snaps in the second half. The Raiders have allowed 368 rushing yards to running backs the last two games. In six of eight games, Ekeler has at least nine points in PPR formats.
RB Elijah McGuire vs. BUF
McGuire will seen an expanded role down the stretch. He returned last week from injured reserve and played 56 percent of the snaps. He did play a lot late with the Jets playing from behind and this should be a week the Jets play from ahead against an inept Bills offense, but McGuire will still be involved. He had seven carries for 30 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards on five targets. The Bills have allowed nine rushing touchdowns to running backs and 53 receptions for 421 yards and three touchdowns.
WR Maurice Harris @TB
The Redskins have been hit hard with injuries, including wide receiver. Paul Richardson is out for the season and Jamison Crowder has missed several games. Harris has received an opportunity and started the last two games. He had has 22 and 27 percent of the target share in those games. Last week, Harris led the team with 12 targets, catching ten for 124 yards. The Buccaneers have allowed the second most Fantasy points to wide receivers, including 14 touchdowns and struggle against slot receivers. Harris will play the slot if Crowder is out.
WR Mike Williams @OAK
Williams is real talented and hasn’t been getting the volume to produce consistently. He’s a threat to score with his size and he has six red zone targets. He has scored in two straight games, but those were his only receptions in the game. The Raiders have allowed the third-most completions of more than 20 yards and this is a matchup where Williams has a good shot to make a big play and score.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones @KC
Seals-Jones is an option for desperate Rob Gronkowski owners. He may have been dropped after the Cardinals were on bye last week. The offense looked better under Byron Leftwich in Week 8 and he had extra time to instill more of his concepts in the offense. Seals-Jones ran 37 routes in Week 8 despite only two catches for 12 yards. The Chiefs have struggled to defend tight ends, allowing 47 catches for 649 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scores have come in the last two games.
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