There’s one group of sleepers I’m looking at for Week 10 NFL DFS: The Los Angeles Rams.
That’s because the defense for the New York Jets allows a ton of big plays. You can look throughout the 2016 NFL season and see how many big plays they let up, but let’s just take a look at a few of the last games.
The Jets were actually able to contain the Miami Dolphins better than normal, but Ryan Tannehill also isn’t know for his deep passes. But Dominique Jones hauled in a 24-yard pass, Damien Williams caught a 19-yard pass, and Jarvis Landry caught a 14-yard pass.
But the receivers on the Cleveland Browns the week before went crazy against the Jets defense.
Terrelle Pryor caught a 35-yard pass, Duke Johnson caught a 32-yard pass, Gary Barnidge caught a 32-yard pass, Ricardo Louis caught a 25-yard pass, Isaiah Crowell caught a 18-yard pass, and Andrew Hawkins caught a 17-yard pass.
The Over/Under in this game is only 40, so there won’t be a lot of points put up by the Jets and Rams.
But, there could be one or two players on the Rams who can take advantage of this defense.
One of the players to consider starting is Kenny Britt. He’s averaging 4.6 receptions and 73 receiving yards per game. In a PPR league, that gives him an average of 11.9 Fantasy points per game. Add a touchdown, and he would have 17.9 Fantasy points.
He’s more risky, but I would also consider rolling the dice on Brian Quick. He’s averaged 4.3 receptions and 67 receiving yards per game in his past three games.
Tavon Austin is another player to consider. The Rams still haven’t found a way to utilize his skill set since he entered the league in 2013, but his appeal in Week 10 is if he can get a few short dump offs and rip off big chunks of yards.
With Todd Gurley not 100%, he may see some more work as a running back.
Finally, consider adding tight end Lance Kendricks to your lineups. According to FantasyPros, the Jets are allowing the 13th-most Fantasy points to tight ends. On his own merit, Kendricks is starting to turn into a reliable starter in PPR leagues.
He’s caught at least five passes in four out of his last five games, and he’s averaged 51 receiving yards.
If you’re only entering one lineup, I wouldn’t recommend starting these guys. But if you’re entering a tournament and trying to find an edge, these are the players I would consider rolling the dice on.
I would also consider starting the Rams as your defense because either a banged up Ryan Fitzpatrick will start, or the fourth-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft, Bryce Pretty, will start.