It’s hard to believe we’re into double-digit weeks already in the 2021 NFL season. The fantasy playoffs are now just one month away, which makes each week a must-win.
Knowing which players offer that sleeper appeal each week is crucial towards increasing your odds of winning. Here are some of those players to consider starting in Week 10.
Week 10 byes: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New York Giants.
Mike White (QB) New York Jets
We have seen White play in three games for the Jets now and he has been nothing short of incredible. Surely Jets’ opponents are hoping for a timely return from Zach Wilson, but that return won’t come this week unfortunately for the Bills.
In his only complete game from start to finish, he toppled the No. 1 seed, at the time, in the AFC Bengals and put up 405 yards and three touchdowns with an 82.2% completion percentage with two picks. In White’s most recent appearance against a strong Colts’ defense, he exited the game early but went 7-11 with 95 yards and a touchdown. In his first appearance, he was forced into the game against the Patriots after Wilson went down and went 20-32 for 202 yards a TD, and two picks.
Odds are White isn’t the next Kurt Warner, however, until he shows that he can’t get it done for fantasy owners he has to get at least sleeper consideration. Unfortunately, the matchup against the Bills is a nightmare, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures and the Bengals were a bad matchup too. One thing is for sure, he deserves a lot more consideration than Zach Wilson, Josh Johnson, and Joe Flacco.
P.J. Walker (QB) Carolina Panthers
We have only seen Walker get one start in the NFL and the Cardinals are not an easy matchup. Nevertheless, in that one start, he wasn’t a complete disaster for fantasy owners. He managed to go 24-34 for 258 yards a TD and two interceptions. I wouldn’t be excited about starting him even in Superflex leagues, but he’s not necessarily a complete disaster and he will be the starter for the next four to six weeks. He’s more of a DFS sleeper, but if he does look decent this week he could be a hot waiver add in Superflex leagues. Let’s not pretend that Sam Darnold has that job locked down when he comes back.
Eno Benjamin (RB) Arizona Cardinals
A lot of experts loved Benjamin coming out of Arizona State last year. Nonetheless, he was buried on the depth chart and struggled his rookie year in practice after not having a preseason. However, an opportunity has presented itself with Chase Edmonds going down with a high-ankle sprain. James Conner will be the RB1 in Arizona, but he will not be given all the touches.
Conner exploded last week for three TDs. Because of that Benjamin has flown under the radar. After Edmonds went down, he carried the ball nine times for 39 yards and one electric 21-yard touchdown. The Cardinals want to go with a two-back system and Conner has proven to be less than durable. There is a real chance Benjamin gets close to the same workload Edmonds was receiving and excels in that backfield after a full week of starters reps and the team potentially getting key pieces back.
D’Onta Foreman (RB) Tennessee Titans
The Adrian Peterson signing got the attention in Tennessee, but the team also signed Foreman. The bottom line is that there is a probability that Foreman is the better back at this point in their careers. He’s now had a few years to recover from his Achilles injury and AP is 36 to his 25.
Last week Peterson saw more carries getting 10 carries he took for 21 yards while Foreman saw just five carries and ripped off 29 yards. At some point soon the team will realize that Foreman is the better option and he will surpass Peterson in both touches and value. He is the early-down back to own in Tennessee for the rest of the season.
Jaret Patterson (RB) Washington Football Team
The hope in Washington is that Antonio Gibson got a week off and now he’s rested, healed up, and ready to go. There is a good chance that’s not the reality of the situation. Before the team’s Week 9 bye, we saw Paterson get a career-high 11 carries he took for 46 yards and he saw one target. Gibson saw eight carries and J.D. McKissic saw three carries. If Gibson continues to struggle due to his health Patterson may be the lead back in this offense. It’s not far-fetched at all because we just saw it in their last game.
Mark Ingram (RB) New Orleans Saints
Since being traded back to New Orleans Ingram has looked much better taking 15 carries for 70 yards and catching all seven of his targets for 46 yards in two games. He’s been efficient, utilized, and impressive. Now rumors are swirling that Alvin Kamara may be hurt and he could miss some time.
If Kamara were to miss time Ingram is a legitimate RB2 and is worth a speculative add-off the waiver wire right now. However, even if Kamara is in and completely healthy Ingram is worth flex consideration. If he’s getting nine carries, five targets, and rushing at 4.8 yards per carry with a proven track record in the red zone, I don’t see how you wouldn’t give him a look. There is also the chance Kamara plays at well less than 100-percent and gives Ingram a nice boost as well.
Olamide Zaccheaus (WR) Atlanta Falcons
This offense has become Cordarrelle Patterson and everyone else is a crapshoot. Between Russell Gage, Tajae Sharpe, and Zaccheaus you are throwing a dart each week it seems. Even Kyle Pitts has been wildly unpredictable and Mike Davis is horrendous.
Last week Zaccheaus was targeted deep downfield, caught a 49-yard pass, and scored two TDs. Gage saw more targets, but much less efficient and has just one TD all season. It could be any one of these guys from week to week, but Zaccheaus is the least owned and may have the most upside.
Tyler Johnson (WR) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Antonio Brown sidelined Johnson will slide in as the WR3 in Tampa. In the team’s last game before the bye, Johnson caught five of six targets for 65 yards. This is a high-octane passing attack led by the greatest quarterback to ever live and as long Brown is out Johnson will be a potential sleeper. He has the skillset and is the system to make a fantasy splash any given week as long as the snaps and opportunities are there.
Josiah Deguara (TE) Green Bay Packers
I went with Deguara last week and said he was the tight end to own over Marcedes Lewis in Green Bay. In a disappointing turn of events, the witch doctor who granted Aaron Rodgers immunity from Covid was unsuccessful and we had to watch Jordan Love embarrass himself on national television. Needless to say, things didn’t go swimmingly the Packers offense. I’m giving Deguara another shot because I want to see him with Rodgers which will hopefully be the case this week. The good news was that although it was much Deguara caught his two targets for 16 yards and led the tight end group in routes run, while Lewis saw just one target for -1 yard. Perhaps a sign of things to come.