2014 Fantasy Football: Week 10 Deep Sleepers
Everybody knows to start Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones. In this article we will be covering deep sleepers, guys that a lot of people may be able to find on their waiver wire. If you’re desperate for an emergency play or a cheap DFS option, this is where you find those guys. Just remember all these guys are longshots. Don’t bench your stars for them!
QB Landry Jones, PIT
Jones was somewhat impressive during his last stint when he replaced an injured Michael Vick. He will again be the starter this week, unless of course Ben Roethlisberger makes a miracle recovery. He will not rule himself out, however, Jones is expected to be the starter this week. This season, Jones has appeared in three games. He’s completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 456 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Not great, but not awful either. Jones has an incredible supporting cast to help him. Even without Le’Veon Bell, he still has Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams and Martavis Bryant to target in the passing game. Heath Miller is also a reliable target at tight end. He’s a subpar quarterback with superior weapons. He’ll be taking on the Cleveland Browns who may be without star corner Joe Haden.
RB Jay Ajayi, MIA
Ajayi played very well in his NFL debut last week. He carried the ball five times for 41 yards on 8.2 yards per carry. He also saw red zone work, which is one of his greatest strengths, as well as work as a pass catcher. Interim head coach Dan Campbell has already said Ajayi has earned more carries. They showed their faith in him by cutting Jonas Gray following the game. Lamar Miller is still the clear starter, but this could become close to a split-back system. Ajayi’s strengths perfectly complement Miller’s. This could end up being a similar system in terms of snap distribution as LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams in Buffalo. Ajayi has the same kind of talent and upside as Williams.
WR Bryan Walters, JAX
Walters is a sneaky good play this week. If you have Allen Hurns, who has been in a walking boot this week, handcuff him with Walters. Hurns is very questionable at this point. Walters has caught at least four passes for over 50 yards in three of the past four games. He would see a massive uptick in targets if Hurns can’t go. He’ll be second in the pecking order behind Allen Robinson for targets. Walters could be a great play for a desperate team this week, especially in DFS.
WR Chris Givens, BAL
Givens is now listed as a starter on the Ravens depth chart. He probably has the most upside out of all the wideouts in Baltimore. He’s been on the Ravens for four games and has seen his production increase in each one of those games. He’s caught a pass for longer than 30 yards in each of the past two games. With Steve Smith done for the year, Givens may become Joe Flacco’s best friend. Givens will be the primary deep threat and should see a minimum of five targets per game, possibly much more. He’s a typical boom-or-bust option that may now fall into a high volume of targets out of necessity.
TE Clive Walford, OAK
I know, I promote Walford every opportunity I get and he hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations to this point. Well, that is about to change. He is now taking over the starting job as his role continues to grow each week. Head coach Jack Del Rio has come out and said the plan is to get him more involved. He’s seen a season high in targets each of the past three weeks, increasing each week. He has also caught a touchdown in two of the past three games. The Miami Hurricanes all-time leader in every major TE category is coming and he’s going to be a star in this league. The rookie is well-rounded and NFL ready. If you’re searching for a tight end, plug in Walford.