Fantasy football sleepers: Dolphins receivers worth a deep dive
It’s Week 10 of the fantasy football season. If you are looking for an unexpected roster replacement or an inexpensive starter for your daily fantasy lineup, here are players who could help.
These deep sleepers are players flying under the radar whose matchups suggest they could have a big game in Week 10. Just remember, they are risky fantasy plays given the other options likely available.
QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton is ranked in the lower tier of quarterbacks, despite a favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who allow 325 yards and more than two passing touchdowns per game. While the Bengals will try to establish the run with star receiver A.J. Green out, inevitably Dalton will throw the football. He has the potential for a top-10 finish.
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RB Austin Ekeler, San Diego Chargers
After a hot start to the season with 410 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, Ekeler has disappointed with 162 yards and zero touchdowns in the last three games — even with starter Melvin Gordon missing one game.
Things will change this week against an Oakland Raiders run defense that's consistently been one of the worst in the league. There will be plenty of work for Ekeler — including in the red zone, where the Raiders allow the most touches to running backs. Ekeler should eclipse 80 all-purpose yards and post a score.
RB Kapri Bibbs, Washington Redskins
The Redskins should game-plan a run-heavy offense this week against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that can run up the score. The Bucs lead the league in touchdowns allowed to running backs. Adrian Peterson will need an occasional breather and Bibbs will benefit to the tune of 50 to 70 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
WR Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins
Danny Amendola has been the most consistent player on the Dolphins over the past four games, especially in PPR leagues, where he’s totaled 24 receptions for 233 yards and a touchdown.
The Dolphins play a Green Bay Packers pass defense that has sustained its fair share of injuries in recent weeks. In the past three games, they've allowed an average of over 200 yards and one touchdown to wide receivers. Look for Amendola to post his first 100-yard receiving game and get back into the end zone.
TE Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Big things were expected from the second-round draft pick, but he hasn’t been incorporated into the Dolphins offense as expected. This week, Gesicki should have his best game of the season against a Packers defense that does not defend tight ends well.
In the past two games, the Packers have allowed 424 yards, three touchdowns, and the most red zone targets to tight ends. Gesicki should post 60 to 80 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
San Francisco 49ers defense/special teams
A fringe defense this week for many prognosticators, the 49ers have been one of the best over their past two games, totaling 11 sacks and 21 points allowed, and limiting opponents to an average of 281 yards of total offense per game.
The 49ers play a New York Giants team allowing the second most sacks (seven in their last game) and averaging under 20 points per game. The 49ers defense is primed for a top-10 finish in a game that could turn into a defensive battle.
Jim Saranteas, aka "The Fantasy Greek," is a contributing writer for Ourlads.com, part of the USA TODAY Network.
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