The Black Cat galloped into our living rooms on Monday Night Football and for me, I knew it was the hand of doom for my team’s chances on holding on for the fantasy win. Hopefully your team made it out alive from Halloween and you are eating candy like Augustus Gloop. If your bag was slit and your confections are running low, you still have four weeks to build your dream. Week Ten is here and you should have a good idea about the fate of your fantasy football squad as we enter the finishing stretch before playoffs. But then again, it is hard to imagine some of these poor performances we experienced on Sunday which might make you wonder if your team can withstand the ups and downs which is fantasy.
DeSean Jackson was welcomed back but not for long as he now is scheduled to have surgery on his abdomen and will not help you this season. Adam Thielen also came back but left early in the first after re-aggravating his hamstring. Jacoby Brissett left early with a knee issue and is considered day to day entering Week 10. Week Nine started with the newly acquired Cardinals running back Kenyon Drake running all over the Niners. Will he be in your lineup when David Johnson returns? Do you trade him to a DJ owner? Tough spot but inviting. San Francisco remains unbeaten while New England loses to Baltimore with Lamar Jackson plowing the Ravens to victory. The Dolphins won, hooray!Russell Wilson gains another weapon to add to his arsenal. Josh Gordon joins the Seahawks and that offense is arguably the best in the NFL. Russell’s wide receivers in Week Nine were ranked number one (Tyler Lockett) and three (DK Metcalf) in points per reception leagues as Seattle beat the Buccaneers in overtime. Davante Adams was back for the Pack but no one could pick-up the slack against Melvin Gordon and the LA Bolts. Speaking of the LA Chargers, they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders on Thursday Night Football. I was once a die hard Charger fan but then Spanos left us here in San Diego. Today I read that the Bolts might have an opportunity in London, sigh. The NSYNC song is in my head as I think of Chargers and the amount of teams taking a breather this week: DEN, NE, PHI, WAS, JAC & HOU. Week Nine produced some duds: Allen Robinson (1.6PPR), Royce Freeman (2.4PPR), Stefon Diggs (2.6PPR) and Aaron Jones (3.9PPR)… I still think it was the damn cat that handed me the loss.Waiverland Candy I am gnawing on.
Ryan Tannehill (TEN)
Ownership: 8% ESPN, 18% Yahoo
Week Nine: 27 for 39 for 331 yards. Threw for one touchdown and was picked twice. Rushed four times for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Tannehill finished Week Nine as the fifth best quarterback in Fantasy. The Chiefs come into town and the Titans need a win to stay in the playoff hunt. His receiver core of AJ Brown, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries will need to be ready to keep up with Mahomes and crew as last year’s MVP should be back in action in Tennessee. Remember the Titans are on bye in Week 12, so Ryan is a fill in guy if you are hurting from the bye blues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA)
Ownership: 4% ESPN, 6% Yahoo
Week Nine: 24 for 36 for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Rushed 5 times for 2 yards.
Do you believe in magic? The Dolphins get their first win of 2019 with the bearded wizard at the helm, role playing Poseidon. Miami travels to Indianapolis to take on the Brian Hoyer (Brissett has a chance) led Colts. The Dolphins offensive weapons are depleted as they just lost Preston Williams to a torn ACL and Mark Walton was just handed a four game suspension for substance abuse. Devante Parker has scored four touchdowns in his last five games and Fitzmagic should pepper him in Week Ten. Decent bye week fill in if you are reaching.
Ronald Jones (TB)
Ownership: 38% ESPN, 41% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 53%
Week Nine: 18 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Caught both targets for 15 yards.
The Cardinals fly into town and allowed the seventh most yards on the ground in 2019. They allow an average of 126.9 per game and have given up the forth most points in the NFL. Bruce Arians stated that Ro-Jo has earned the role of starter. If this is true, you want the running back of a team that can stretch the field with Godwin and Evans. He would be my number one ranked guy if he is available in your league.
Bilal Powell (NYJ)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 0% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 10%
Week Nine: Two rushes for 16 yards
Le’Veon Bell had an MRI on his knee on Monday and if he were to miss time, looks like Bilal would be the beneficiary. Ty Montgomery saw not one touch for the second game in a row. Jets face the Giants who just allowed Ezekiel Elliott to run for 139. If Bell is good to go, waiver fodder tag.
Kalen Ballage (MIA)
Ownership: 9% ESPN, 9% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 30%
Week Nine: Seven rushes for 19 yards and was targeted once with no catch.
Mark Walton has been suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Drake is now in Arizona. Door reopens for Kalen to take the lead role. With not much competition on the roster, Ballage should get 15+ touches. Any guy with that kind of volume becomes entertaining, even if he plays for the Miami. Sun Devil Pride!
Devante Parker (MIA)
Ownership: 20% ESPN, 35% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 83%
Week Nine: Caught four of six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Preston Williams is now out for the season. Fitzmagic slinging the pigskin and Parker will get ten targets. He has been hitting pay dirt and a pretty good shot to do so again in Week Ten. For those who have been burned by Parker, are you willing to take another shot? Live in the present… pick him up, plug him in and cross your fingers.
Zach Pascal (IND)
Ownership: 7% ESPN, 20% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 94%
Week Nine: Caught five of six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Hilton will be out 3-4 weeks and what a spot for Pascal to step up in. The opportunity will be way more dreamy if Brissett is tossing the rock, but Hoyer can be serviceable. Miami’s defense is tied for most touchdowns allowed to opposing receivers with 13. Another guy you should feel comfortable with picking up and plugging in for your Week Ten tilt.
Olabisi Johnson (MIN)
Ownership: 1% ESPN, 3% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 83%
Week Nine: Saw two targets, caught one for four yards but it was a touchdown.
Adam Thielen aggravated his hamstring on Sunday and should be out for a couple games. Bisi will be the number two to Diggs. He has scored in two of his last three games and will have a much bigger role in Week 10 and 11.
Cole Beasley (NYJ)
Ownership: 27% ESPN, 29% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 45%
Week Nine: Caught both targets for 13 yards and a touchdown.
That makes it three weeks in a row hitting pay dirt, but was lowest target total and yards receiving of the year. “Bumble Beas” has scored 9 or more points in every game this year except for one (in PPR formats). He has a floor that is comfortable and I still wonder why he isn’t rostered more.
Mike Gesicki (MIA)
Ownership: 2% ESPN, 4% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 61%
Week Nine: Caught all six targets for 95 yards
Preston Williams targets will trickle. Gesicki led the Dolphins in receiving yardage Week Nine. Colts allow the fifth most points to fantasy tight ends. Fitzpatrick will need to check down. Sure this is a dart throw, but that is the tight end position. Easy come, easy go.
Jacob Hollister (SEA)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 1% Yahoo
Week Nine Snap Percentage: 80%
Week Nine: Caught four of five targets for 37 yards and two touchdowns.