In the Perfect team for Week 10 I take an early look at some plays to consider in your GPP lineups. At this point it is pretty safe to say that any one optimal lineup or a lineup consisting of complete chalk is not going to have what it takes to take down a tournament of any size. It is time to go outside the box for some high upside potential at a reduced cost.
QB: Mark Sanchez—6,600: Mark Sanchez has looked pretty decent in the very limited playing time he’s received in Philadelphia. The Eagles are a QB-friendly offense, especially for fantasy purposes. It may be Kelly not Trestman that is the real fantasy qb whisperer. Sanchez should be playing for the opportunity to reignite his career and get a starting job elsewhere next season.
Extra Point: The Eagles are home to take on the Panthers, who have been intensely inadequate vs the pass all season. I think Sanchez has a 15 point floor this week.
RB: Denard Robinson—6,800: Robinson looks really electric. I think there is some danger in playing him, as he seems to be a little big-play dependent…but if that big play comes every week, what do you care? The Jags offense has looked a lot more comfortable with Robinson in there and I think they continue to get him the rock this week vs Dallas.
Extra Point: Dallas line-backing corps continues to see it’s share of injuries. What was at one point a non-impressive unit is now extremely not impressive with the loss of defacto best linebacker, Justin Durant.
RB: Andre Ellington—8,100: Ellington’s price is starting to skyrocket, but I think he’s worth every penny. He’s getting a lot of work both in the rushing game and in the receiving game. The Cards return home to take on the Rams, who have looked better as of late, but they are getting murdered in the short passing game as they haven’t been able to generate any pressure. If they are forced to blitz their linebackers, it could be a big day for Ellington.
Extra Point: Ellington was in for all the goal-line work until the game was completely out of hand. Ellington is a slam dunk top 10 RB, with #1 overall RB potential every week.
WR: Julio Jones—-8,000: I say take advantage of Julio’s depressed value over the past couple of weeks. Matt Ryan looks for Jones all day and the Falcons look to play the Bucs for round 2 after Jones torched the Bucs for 37 fantasy points. I’m not predicting 37, but a really safe philosophy is: go for the passing game that is playing the Bucs. If Bridgewater and Patterson could have respectable days against Tampa Bay, I’m willing to bet Julio and Matt return to form here.
Extra Point: Julio has been battling some nagging injuries, but they are coming off the BYE and he should be fresh. Additionally, the Falcons offensive line might not be an issue this week—as the Buccaneers have failed to generate much of a pass rush to being with.
WR: Jordy Nelson—-8,500: Coming off two straight weeks of human production out of fantasy-god Jordy Nelson, I fully expect the Pack to return to form and rip through the Bears horrid pass defense this week. You absolutely want either Nelson or Cobb in your lineup—but considering Cobb’s been getting the love lately, I expect Rodgers to get his bestie more work this week.
Extra Point: They are playing the freaking Bears
WR: Davante Adams—-5,200: To make the rest of my lineup work, I needed one super cheap player and I think you could do a lot worse at a lot more expensive prices than Davante Adams. Usage is always going to be a concern for the #3 WR in any offense, but Rodgers has proven he can keep 3 WRs fantasy relevant before.
Extra Point: It’s possible the Packers go up by so much they take Nelson and Cobb out at some point. I could easily see Nelson getting his 25 by the third quarter and then Adams checks in and goes to work in a blowout.
TE: Travis Kelce—6,200: The matchup isn’t great, but Kelce’s price+usage+talent are. Kelce and Charles are essentially the red zone options for the Chiefs.
Extra Point: Alex Smith has not thrown a TD to a WR. TE and RB are the positions he is looking to when in the red zone, Kelce has more talent than anyone not named Charles.
K: Justin Tucker—5,300: If you can afford Tucker, I pretty much would always try and get him.
DST: Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina—-5,000: If there is a random 20+ point game out of a DST this week, I’m looking at Philly for that option. Carolina’s O-Line has been brutal and that is forcing Cam Newton into some bad spots. Lots of punts, lots of turnover potential for Philly in this game.