There are some heavy hitters on the bye for Week 10 as the Texans, Vikings, Broncos and Ravens all take a seat. My four sleepers are all trending for big Sunday showings so read below and make sure to get them into your DraftKings lineups!
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Maurice Harris, WR, Redskins ($3,900)
The vanilla Washington offense is far from explosive, however, there is a major opportunity for Harris to cash in on team injuries. Paul Richardson Jr. was put on IR, Jamison Crowder ($4,200) has been nursing a bum ankle since Week 5, while Jordan Reed ($4,400) and Chris Thompson ($5,400) are also both banged up.
Despite the Redskins’ lack of weapons and scoring, Harris provides owners a phenomenal opportunity and value versus Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-3 receiver exploded for 10 catches on 12 targets for 124 yards in the loss to Atlanta, and we’re all aware of how terrible the Bucs pass defense is (31st).
I usually tread cautiously on a player following a one-game spike in fantasy points, but Harris is just about the last man standing for Alex Smith ($5,300). The 25-year-old’s versatility to lineup outside or in the slot cements his status as a must start in a likely shootout style matchup.
Elijah McGuire, RB, Jets ($3,400)
Elijah McGuire’s season debut this past Sunday went well considering the disastrous four-interception afternoon had by New York’s rookie QB Sam Darnold ($4,500). The sophomore’s respectable 9.7 DKFP keeps him under the radar, but look at how he immediately commanded attention in the offense as a true-dual threat RB.
On the ground McGuire was handed the ball seven times for an average yards-per-carry (4.3) greater than lead back Isaiah Crowell ($4,200). Through the air he was targeted the second most on the team, catching three of five for 37 yards and a long of 20.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun alum’s importance to Darnold elevates as a stingy Buffalo defense comes to town. What’s a quarterback’s best friend when feeling pressure? The quick outlet pass, and that makes McGuire his safety net. Even if New York struggles to find the end zone, his volume potential makes for an enticing RB2 or Flex play. Especially when it comes to those key differential points in DraftKings contests as Fanshare Sports projects low ownership for McGuire.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sam Darnold (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 10.
Adam Humphries, WR, Bucs ($3,900)
No matter who’s at quarterback, we know Tampa Bay loves to throw the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,900) remains under center and possesses a plethora of weapons to chuck it up to. Out of all the possibilities, Humphries provides the most upside for his salary cap price.
He turned heads by scoring a pair of touchdowns last weekend, however, Humphries has been delivering 9.6 DKFPS or higher since Week 4. Over the past three games the pigskin’s come his way an average of nine times and he’s hauled in over 70% of those attempts. This is no fluke, and there’s no reason to think that Humphries won’t remain an important part of the plan to expose Washington’s 24th ranked fantasy wide receiver “D.”
New England Patriots, DST ($2,700)
It’s rare that anything to do with the Patriots could be called a “sleeper.” Yet here we are in November looking at a tremendous $2,700 roster price tag for the the club’s DST.
They face a Titans unit that’s punched in 20 points or more only twice since Sept. 23, and a QB in Marcus Mariota ($4,700) who’s tossed just five touchdowns. Mariota’s also produced four single-digit fantasy point clunkers already in 2018.
New England’s feasted on lethargic offenses this season. Against Buffalo, Chicago and Miami they averaged 16.3 DKFP, totaling seven sacks and four interceptions. Tennessee is ripe for regression coming off a short week and taking on the red hot Pats.
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