8 November 2023 • by Neal Maligno
What’s up and welcome to Rival Fantasy Week 10 Risers! The goal of this article is to keep you in the loop on the players that you might need to win big in week 10.
If you’re wondering why a player isn’t featured in this weeks article, then it’s likely because I recommended them previously. I try not to repeat players over and over, I want to keep each article filled with fresh new names. I’m assuming you’re in highly competitive leagues where league managers are active and the common names won’t be available anyway.
Sometimes I reach deep for those of you in leagues where there isn’t much talent available, so we’re looking at players who have some upside or I’m projecting forward before a player gets hot. That leads to misses, it happens, it’s part of the game when you’re not just stating the obvious.
Between the bye week QBs who are out and a match-up vs the Cardinals in week 10, Taylor Heinicke is worthy of a pick-up and start. He won’t win you your league, but he’s a serviceable starter and will get you through the week. He was a top 15 QB in week 9 and should be able to end there again with all things considered, especially if Drake London is a healthy go. If you remember last season Taylor actually had some decent games for the Commanders, so it’s not surprising to see him have success with the Falcons.
Now my next QB is not a recommended start in week 10, as he still needs to prove more, but he played well when you watch the film and should continue to improve as the season moves along. Raiders QB Aidan O’Connell has an offense filled with playmakers, including one of the league’s best RBs and WRs who can put up points, so why not start him? He’s facing off vs the Jets defense which is one of the league’s best, so I’d rather sit O’Connell on this one, but I understand in some cases you might not have a choice, especially in two QB or Superflex leagues.
QBs I’ve mentioned in prior weeks, but may still be available: Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield & Joshua Dobbs
Keaton Mitchell was the RB5 in week 9 with 138 rushing yards and 1 TD off of 9 carries. NINE. I know Gus Edwards has been scoring a crazy amount of TDs and Justice Hill hasn’t been bad, but Keaton clearly just played himself into the rotation. I’m sure it will be more of a hot hand approach, but what we saw from Keaton in week 9 is that he clearly has no issue being a playmaker with a very limited workload. The Ravens face a tough Browns defense in week 10, so temper expectations.
This next RB is me using a little bit of wishful thinking towards a player that I’m a big fan of in Antonio Gibson. With 11 total touches in week 9, Gibson was able to gather 76 yards and got close to RB15 in PPR scoring. He has more fumbles than TDs and is not getting a great workload, but he’s playing the Seahawks this week who Keaton Mitchell just ate up on limited carries, so Gibson is flex worthy.
RBs I’ve mentioned in prior weeks, but may still be available: Khalil Herbert, Chuba Hubbard & Tyjae Spears
Is it really possible to trust three WRs within the same offense, especially one lead by a rookie QB? When the rookie QB in question is future rookie of the year CJ Stroud, the answer is yes! Noah Brown finished as WR3, his teammate Tank Dell was WR1 and Nico Collins was WR13, in a record breaking week by CJ Stroud. We can’t expect that to keep happening, but while Robert Woods is out with injury, we can expect Brown to get those targets and be flex worthy if you are covering for bye weeks or injuries.
I held off on making this call because I wanted to be confident in it first, but Khalil Shakir is officially a waiver pick-up I’m comfortable recommending. He now has 3 weeks in a row with 4 or more targets and while he hasn’t scored a TD just yet, he’s been producing in fantasy. He’s part of a high power offense with a really good QB and he catches just about every target he receives. Facing off vs the Broncos on Monday night football, Shakir’s a flex play in week 10.
WRs I’ve mentioned in prior weeks, but may still be available: Jahan Dotson, Tank Dell & Demario Douglas
He’s baaaack! Everytime Patriots TE Hunter Henry scores a TD, we get double digit fantasy points from him. The problem is he hasn’t done that since week 2, so it’s been really dry for anyone who’s started him between then and now. For the 4 weeks prior to week 9, Henry didn’t get more than 3 targets in a game, so in a position as wild as tight end, we welcome Hunter Henry back to start-ville for week 10 vs the Colts.
Staying with the theme of tight end being back, Saints TE Juwan Johnson also made a return to players we care about in fantasy. 5 receptions, 29 yards and a touchdown, which doesn’t seem like much, but it landed Johnson in the top 10 at TE in week 9.Now that he’s back from injury and the Saints offense is rolling a little better each week, we can add Juwan Johnson to tight end start-ville as well for week 10 vs the Vikings.
TEs I’ve mentioned in prior weeks, but may still be available: Cade Otton, Luke Musgrave & Taysom Hill
One Seattle Seahawk WR finished within the top 23 at WR in week 9 and the players were not named DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett. That’s right, the rookie WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba topped all Seahawks receivers in their week 9 game vs the Ravens! JSN is facing the Commanders in week 10, who are no strangers to letting a WR or two go off on a weekly basis. When DK or Lockett miss a game, JSN is a lock for a good week, but now even when they both play he’s STILL doing damage. If he’s available in your leagues still, which he is in a few of mine, grab him and starting him week 10.
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