It’s time for a weekend edition of Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains! In Week 9, all three of the RBs I highlighted – Kapri Bibbs, Elijah McGuire, and Devontae Booker – managed top-twenty-four fantasy finishes. That means seven of my last ten picks have hit. Not bad. In Week 10 there are four teams on bye. Let’s see if we can lean into the positive momentum and uncover more hidden gems.
To review… all of these players are rostered in fewer than fifty percent of Yahoo leagues (at time of writing) and/or are a significant value in our daily game. They’re not the obvious picks, and they’re not without their risks, but that’s why they’re so cheap and available! I’d never advocate taking all of these guys, but rather utilizing them if a manager were in a pinch at a position or aiming to build a “stars and scrubs” sort of DFS lineup.
Maurice Harris, WR, Washington Redskins ($14)
I mentioned Harris as a potential under-the-radar plug-in on last week’s episode of Fantasy Football Live, citing a potential uptick in volume and a favorable matchup in Brian Poole’s coverage. However, I did not expect him to lead Washington’s receiving corps with double digit targets. That was straight gravy.
In Week 9, the former Cal product – who gained a reputation for working as one of Jared Goff’s prime security blankets – secured ten of twelve balls and racked up 124 yards, which was over 40 percent of Alex Smith’s passing total. With Chris Thompson (ribs) and Paul Richardson (shoulder) both out, and Jamison Crowder (ankle) questionable, Harris figures to get fed again in Week 10. Facing a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing WRs on the season and the fourth most yards to the position over the last four weeks, Harris offers WR3/Flex appeal, particularly in PPR formats.
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks ($18)
In Week 5 Moore broke out against the Rams, absorbing three of four balls for 38 yards and two scores. Since then, he’s garnered at least one red zone look each week, as well as two additional scores. While he didn’t find the end zone in Week 9 (which isn’t entirely surprising considering he was being covered by Casey Hayward), he did draw two red zone looks and almost brought in another score during the contest’s final moments.
With nearly 30 percent of his opportunities occurring in the end zone, Moore figures to endure as Brandon Marshall 2.0, receiving loads of high-value targets. Facing an L.A. defense that’s giving up over 190 receiving yards and 5 scores to opposing wideouts over the last month, he should resume to his TD scoring ways on Sunday. Flex him.
Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis Colts ($11)
Prior to missing the team’s last two games with an ankle injury, Grant had emerged as the Colts’ No. 2 WR behind T.Y. Hilton. Drawing an average of six targets per game, the Tulane product endured as a capable – but far from inspiring – possession receiver. And this Sunday he’ll have an interesting opportunity, as the Jags’ secondary will be without stud A.J. Bouye and upstart Quenton Meeks. The Colts are rounding into form with plenty of proficient players on the field, which admittedly limits Grant’s opportunities. Still with four teams on bye, he has a shot and could be useful to managers in deep leagues. Good luck!
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets ($13)
Leading my Deep Sleepers piece heading into Week 9, McGuire shook off rust last Sunday, playing more snaps (55%) than any of the Jets’ other RBs. Touching the ball ten times for a total of 67 yards, the sixth round pick out of Cajun Country managed a top-twenty-two fantasy finish.
With New York’s offensive line banged up, Josh McCown (and/or Sam Darnold) will want to get the ball out fast when facing a solid Bills pass rush. That should mean plenty of looks for the team’s pass-catching RB. Additionally, Buffalo has allowed the eighth most catches to opposing running backs as well as 5 scores to the position over the last four weeks. Still available in over 80 percent of leagues, McGuire figures to deliver top-thirty fantasy numbers on a regular basis.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans ($10)
Rather than offer up another wide receiver or a less than deep RB (ahem, Mike Davis, who is still available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues), I figured I’d try to find some upside at 2018’s most frustrating position. To be clear, Smith is outside of my top-twenty players at the position in Week 10, but because I receiving so many question from users searching for TEs to stream I wanted to give him a mention.
Coming out of Tennessee’s bye, Marcus Mariota looked healthier and managed his highest yards per attempt (8.3) on the season. Obviously, this elevated the whole offense, including Smith, who found the end zone for the first time in 2018. While the second-year tight end has only drawn five looks over his last two games it is worth noting that three of the them were in the red area of the field, and those three looks were his first red zone shots of the season.
With both Taywan Taylor (foot) and Tajae Sharpe (ankle) banged up, Smith’s volume figures to receive a boost. Facing off against New England, Mariota will need to throw the ball in order to keep pace with Brady. This bodes well for Smith, as the Patriots have allowed the fifth most fantasy points and the third most scores (6) to opposing TEs.
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