WATCH: MATCHUPS BREAKDOWN – WEEK 10
We’ve entered the double-digits with Week 10 upon us. With a 12-game slate on tap, let’s get you ready for this slate. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Highest Scoring Game
Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Projected point total – 50 points
Only one game on this entire slate eclipsed the 50-point mark to open the week with the Dallas Cowboys at the Pittsburgh Steelers. If there was ever any doubt about Dak Prescott keeping the starting quarterback role, he didn’t make it any easier for the Cowboys brass in Week 9. Prescott was 21-of-27 passing for 247 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Prescott went for his tight end Jason Witten the most in this game, targeting him 10 times. This could be a good test for the rookie, as the Steelers overall have kept opposing quarterbacks to 282 passing yards per game with only nine passing touchdowns. With that being said, Ezekiel Elliot should be relied on heavily, as the Steelers have been torched on the ground this season, allowing 4.2 YPC and eight rushing touchdowns.
The Steelers came alive in the second half of their matchup in Week 9 against the Ravens, however it was too little too late as they fell 21-14. Ben Roethlisberger was average at best in this game, completing 23 of 45 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He will also have a tough matchup against a Cowboys defense that is allowing an average of 256 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, although those QBs have scored 12 touchdowns. It should also be noted that Dallas has been essentially a brick wall against the ground game, allowing just three rushing touchdowns on the season, although opposing rushers are grabbing 4.4 YPC. Big Ben has been his best at home this season, averaging a whopping 30.6 DK points in his three starts with an average of 313 passing yards.
Lowest Scoring Game
Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Projected point total – 41 points
The Redskins opened as the favorites in this one. Teams have been putting some points up against the Vikings of late, and by that I mean they’ve scored more than 20 in three straight games after Minnesota kept teams under that mark for five straight weeks. Even with some less than stellar weeks, the Vikings defense is still averaging 12 FPPG this season and faces Kirk Cousins, who has been intercepted seven times this season. With that being said, the Redskins offensive line has been protecting extremely well thus far, as Cousins is averaging a measly 1.4 sacks per game this season, the third-lowest mark in the league. With that being said, it’s really hard to find the appeal in this matchup, although one could always make the case for Jordan Reed, who continues to dominate the targets from Cousins with 34 over the past three weeks.
Worst QB Matchups
1 . New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos – Statistically, the Broncos are still the toughest defense against opposing quarterbacks. Coming into this matchup, they’ve allowed six passing touchdowns with an average of 200 passing yards per game.
2. San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals – The 49ers are coming off a huge scoring contest against the Saints last week, but have a tough matchup against the Cardinals in Week 10. With the least amount of passing touchdowns allowed with five, they’ve given up an average of 212 passing yards per game.
3. Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings come into this matchup as the third-toughest team against opposing quarterbacks. As of this week, they’ve allowed eight passing touchdowns with an average of 225 passing yards per game.
Best QB Matchups
1. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons – The Eagles get a juicy matchup this week as they face off against the Falcons. As of Week 10, the Falcons have allowed 23 passing touchdowns to lead the league with an average of 304 passing yards per game.
2. Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs have allowed 18 passing touchdowns while grabbing only four interceptions. Opposing quarterbacks are throwing an average of 294 yards per game.
3. Kansas City Chiefs vs Carolina Panthers – The Panthers continue to be torched by opposing quarterbacks as we approach Week 10. Heading into this matchup, they’ve allowed 17 passing touchdowns while averaging 304 passing yards per game.
Worst RB Matchups
1. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys may currently be the toughest against the run this week, but that will be put to the test against the Steelers. The Cowboys have allowed three rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.4 YPC.
2. Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers – Of all the teams on this slate, the Packers have allowed the least amount of rushing yards with just 550 on the season. With four rushing touchdowns allowed and 3.3 YPC, the Packers are the second-toughest defense this week.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears – The Bears have quietly been stifling the run this season as we head into Week 10. With five rushing touchdowns allowed, they’re averaging 3.7 YPC to opposing running backs.
Best RB Matchups
1. Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers – The Cardinals have this running back named David Johnson on their team, and he’s in for a VERY tasty matchup this week. The 49ers lead the league not only in rushing yards at 1,375 (5.5 YPC), but also tied for rushing touchdowns with 12.
2. Denver Broncos vs New Orleans Saints – The Saints continue to be shredded on the ground and this week could be no different. Besides the 11 touchdowns they’ve given up, the Saints are allowing 4.5 YPC thus far this season.
3. Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Another huge matchup for one of the top running backs in the league in Ezekiel Elliot. The Steelers have allowed eight rushing touchdowns on the season to go with 4.2 YPC.
Worst WR Matchups
1. New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos – The Saints wide receiver core will be put to the test this week as they take on the Broncos. With only two passing touchdowns scored, opposing wide receivers are averaging just 100 yards per game.
2. Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings also continue to be one of the toughest teams against opposing wide receivers. Even with six touchdowns scored, the Vikings are also holding them to an average of 100 receiving yards per game.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans – The Texans have quietly been a force against opposing wide receivers, holding them to just four receiving touchdowns and an average of 134 yards.
Best WR Matchups
1. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons have allowed the second most receiving yards in the league with 1,624, averaging out to 180 per game. The 14 receiving touchdowns are tied for the second-most in the league.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers – With 10 passing touchdowns to wide receivers, the Panthers rank as the second-worst defense against them. With an average of 190 receiving yards per game, the Chiefs should have plenty of opportunities here.
3. Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers lead the league in passing touchdowns allowed to opposing wide receivers with 15 on the season. Aside from that, they’ve yielded an average of 150 receiving yards to their opponents.
Worst TE Matchups
1. San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals lead the way as they are one of three teams yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also allowed just 196 receiving yards, the lowest in the league.
2. Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles defense hasn’t been looking good as of late, but they’ve still kept opposing tight ends at bay. With just 229 receiving yards allowed and two touchdowns, they rank as the second toughest in the league.
3. New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks and their defense against opposing tight ends will most certainly be put to the test when they visit the New England Patriots. Up to this point, the Seahawks have allowed just one passing touchdown to go with 294 receiving yards.
Best TE Matchups
1. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers – With three touchdowns on the season, Travis Kelce is certainly looking forward to this matchup against the Panthers. Carolina has allowed six touchdowns and 554 receiving yards to tight ends so far.
2. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons – The tight end position is another trouble spot for the Falcons as they head into Week 10. Entering this matchup against the Eagles, the Falcons have allowed six passing touchdowns with 535 receiving yards.
3. Green Bay Packers vs Tennessee Titans – The Titans have been having their fair share of struggles against opposing tight ends, with four passing touchdowns scored to go with 612 receiving yards.
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Lineup Quick Hits
QB To Build Lineups Around…
Carson Palmer ($6,500) – The salary for Palmer isn’t anything outrageous this week and he’s in a very attractive matchup against the 49ers. Coming off a bye week, Palmer posted more than 300 passing yards the two weeks prior, including 342 against Seattle. While he didn’t have a touchdown in that game and only completed 59 percent of his passes, it was encouraging to see after he hadn’t eclipsed the 300 mark in all but one of his prior five starts. The 49ers aren’t allowing a ton of yards to opposing quarterbacks, as they average just 241 passing yards per game, but they’ve given up 18 touchdowns through the air, good for the fourth-most in the league. A $6,500 salary feels just right for this matchup for Palmer, one in which he should excel.
WR RB To Pair Him With…
David Johnson ($8,400) – I mean, Jonson may as well be a wide receiver with the amount of targets he receives, right? Averaging almost seven per game, Johnson is in such a favorable matchup that it will almost be impossible to pass over him in cash. Averaging 4.5 YPC this season to go with eight rushing touchdowns, the 49ers rank as the worst defense against the run in the league. The 1,375 rushing yards leads the league by 193 and the 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most with the Browns. With the amount of damage Johnson can do on the ground and through the air, he’s a must in my opinion. With the Cardinals opening up as huge 13.5-point favorites, if this game gets out of control, we’ll see plenty of Johnson here.
The Top RB Will Be…
Jay Ajayi ($7,000) – Sure, maybe some were disappointed that Ajayi didn’t rush for 200 yards for a third straight game, but you can’t be disappointed with the 25 DraftKings points he posted either. With 111 rushing yards, Ajayi brought his three-week total to an insane 529 yards, averaging 6.8 YPC. Now with a matchup against the Chargers on tap, he could be in for an incredible four-game stretch. Ajayi has been fed the ball a ton over this stretch, grabbing at least 24 carries in all three of those games, a trend that should continue once again this week. With volume this high, he should be a fixture in your lineup for Week 10.
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