Week 10 Spade or Fade? Before we start digging into our feature players, who saw the Saints signing Dez Bryant? This can only make them even better, as long as he doesn’t become a distraction of course. It will be interesting to see if the Saints can harness him to just play at a high level without all the other Dez-like antics. Another fascinating story is the continuation of Mr. Leveon Bell’s holdout and the emergence of James Conner. It appears that the Steelers haven’t missed a beat. Bell looks more and more likely to forfeit the entire season and all that money to prove a point to Steelers management. He may look back in regret, but his agenda here is something that we may never understand. On to Week 10, let’s get into it!
Philip Rivers QB LAC
The model of consistency at the Quarterback position this year is no other than Philip Rivers. In his last nine games dating back to last season Rivers has thrown at least two touchdowns. Rivers should have an easy day versus a very poor team, the Oakland Raiders. The season is absolutely a wash at this point for the Raiders. The play on the field has been very lack luster as making tackles and just competing has been a task all in itself. More about Rivers’ consistency, a passer rating only dipping under 100 once this season. This could be Rivers’ best season of his career, a 116.5 passer rating, 19 touchdowns, and most impressively, only three interceptions. For 6,000$ there is virtually no risk involved in sliding Rivers at QB. Comparatively, at this price point, Tom Brady draws a tougher defense on the road against the Tennessee Titans. A huge day may not be expected but a floor of Rivers’ season average of 21.9 points is very attainable.
Ezekiel Elliot RB DAL
Zeke Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys are trending in the wrong direction and Week 10 certainly doesn’t get any easier. Although the Philadelphia Eagles’ record is less then stellar they still have one of the leagues best defensive lines with the likes of Fletcher Cox and Michael Bennett. The rush defense has been outstanding this season, ranked number two, they have only giving up one 100 yard rusher the entire year to date. On top of that, Dallas’ run game has struggled mightily of late, with rush totals of (Week 9-5):61, 33, 106 and 54. At $7,500 you can do much better.
Marlon Mack RB IND
Marlon Mack finds himself in a surprisingly good situation against the Jacksonville Jaguars who appear to be a shell of their former self this season. $6,000 is a very reasonable price, however, we do have to monitor an apparent foot issue. He was limited in practice Wednesday. Assuming he will be good to go, this is a good spot to pencil in Mack. Since Week 6 the Colts are averaging a very robust 189.7 rushing yards per game which is tops in the NFL during that span. The Jags run defense(24th ranked) has been exploited all season to the tune of 986 yards in 8 games, an average of 123.3 per game.
Tyler Boyd WR CIN
The Cincinnati Bengals are once again struggling and the recent news of A.J. Green being sidelined for at least the next two weeks(according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter), it is becoming apparent that they may be trending in the wrong direction. Without the big play ability of Green, Tyler Boyd will have to fill the void. Boyd to date has put a very fine season but Green is such an important part of this offense that the New Orleans Saints will be able key in on Boyd fairly easy due to the fact that the cupboard gets fairly bare after Boyd on the depth chart. Even with Green in the lineup the Bengals have a very mediocre offense, to date they rank 24th overall in the NFL in total yards per game;344.3. The Saints come into this one with momentum clearly on their side, they just handled the previously unbeaten LA Rams in Week 9 in a very high scoring game, but don’t let the score foul ya, the Saints can also change gears and pound it on the ground just as well as they like to air it out and extend the field. This game could present a great opportunity for the Saints defense to improve and sort things out for a prosperous stretch drive into the playoffs.
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