Week 10 usually marks the ‘put up or shut up’ time on the fantasy football calendar. Owners hovering at or just below .500 are fighting for their playoff lives. To assist you in your quest for the second season, here are three under-started commodities destined for statistical greatness this week:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB – Off a 400-4-2 thrashing of the Patriots, Big Ben should again toll for thee. The visiting Bills have been overly accommodating to passers this season, surrendering 55 pass plays of 15-plus yards, the sixth-most in the NFL. At home and desperate for a W, the Steelers lean heavily on No. 7’s arm to guide them to victory. Count on at least 275 yards and 2-3 touchdowns, making Big Ben a top-10 QB play.
Mike James, TB, RB – A beast of burden last week in Seattle, the unheralded rookie pounded the ‘Hawks en route to 158 rushing yards on 28 carries. An impressive 56.3 percent of his yards came after contact. Look for him to build on his breakout performance. Tampa’s Week 10 opponent, Miami, has surrendered 150.3 total yards per game and 11 touchdowns to RBs this season, equal to the second-most fantasy points allowed. Expect James to reach the century mark with ease for the second-straight week.
Kenny Stills, NO, WR – New Orleans’ long-bomb specialist is wildly inconsistent. In an offense where targets are spread evenly, he’s largely unreliable. However, against a Dallas defense that’s conceded the most pass plays of 20-plus yards, Stills could pay the fantasy bills in Week 10. He’ll likely only garner 4-6 targets, but his second 100-yard game of the year is achievable. Slide him in as a WR3 in 12-team and deeper leagues.