Fantasy Football Week 10: Sleeper Matchups You Must Start
It's obviously easy to overlook certain players in fantasy football, because matchups dictate a lot in virtual reality.
Take rookie quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks as a prime example.
For one, he's a rookie so it's always reasonable to have that concern, and the Seahawks play in a rough and tumble division. Include Seattle's run-oriented offense and Wilson's not always worthy of the green light.
To that end, in facing the New York Jets he is just one guy to consider in Week 10. Here, we check out Wilson among the best sleepers from this week's pro football slate.
Russell Wilson: QB, Seahawks (vs. Jets)
One reason why the New York Jets rank No. 6 against the pass is because they rank No. 29 against the run.
So, it's much easier for opponents to simply pound the rock between the tackles and set up play-action versus Gang Green. Giving up 4.4 yards per carry and 141.4 rushing yards per game, the Seattle Seahawks will steamroll with Marshawn Lynch at home.
As expected, that sets up Russell Wilson for the passing game, where New York has recorded just 12 sacks and seven picks in 2012. The Jets presents reliable man coverage defenders, but Wilson's array of targets (including a big tight end in Zach Miller) will be tough to stop.
Despite Seattle ranking No. 32 in passing offense, Wilson has tossed 13 scores to only eight picks and sports a 62.0 completion percentage. The guy just doesn't make mistakes and the pass protection will hold up nicely, as the Jets lack the ability to apply consistent pressure.
Anthony Fasano: TE, Dolphins (vs. Titans)
Anthony Fasano is one of the NFL's most underrated tight ends. No, he's not going to amass Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham type numbers each week or on an annual basis, but then, he doesn't have to.
Fasano is a complete tight end in a balanced offense with excellent run-blocking skills. If there's one reason to ponder Reggie Bush's development into a complete back, Fasano acting as an extra offensive lineman played an important role.
As a receiver, though, he doesn't get as much credit. Still, the reliable end leads Miami this season with three receiving scores and has caught 24 passes on 39 targets. His size and leaping ability alone is a distinct advantage when inside the red zone.
Fortunately, Fasano and the 'Fins host the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. Tennessee's defense allows 415 total yards per game, which makes it suspect against the run and pass. Provided Miami hits well on the ground, Fasano will flourish off play-action and when in scoring position.
Randy Moss: WR, 49ers (vs. Rams)
Randy Moss may get a limited snap count, but his impact on the San Francisco 49ers' offense is quite impressive.
Entering Week 10 Moss has only caught 13 passes and scored twice. On the bright side, all 11 of his non-scoring receptions have gone for a first down. The veteran is averaging 18.1 yards per catch and that will pay dividends against the St. Louis Rams.
Needing to remain in the win column, San Francisco's offense will have some rough series' versus the Rams. Jeff Fisher's defense is capable of stuffing the run, as it ranks No. 13 in allowing 105.5 rush yards per game.
The Rams are not overly dominant, but they're good enough considering that their pass rush features Chris Long and solid cover players such as Cortland Finnegan. Because the passing game is not the 'Niners' strength, expect the Rams to load the box and force Alex Smith to beat them.
Well, that plays right into Moss' hands with his deep threat and red zone impact. He won't get seven or eight targets, but the few will result in big plays. If anything, Moss is worthy of a flex start on Sunday.
Ronnie Brown: RB, Chargers (at Buccaneers)
Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers field the NFL's No. 1 ranked rush defense. And no, Ronnie Brown is not the No. 1 back for the San Diego Chargers.
Interestingly enough, Brown's impact has taken place in the passing game where Tampa ranks dead last. Through eight contests, Brown is second on the Bolts in receptions (32) and receiving yards (292).
Factor in the majority of the carries going to Ryan Mathews, and San Diego keeping balance will move the ball against Tampa Bay. The question, though, is: will Philip Rivers turn the ball over inside the red zone?
He's had issues with that in 2012, which makes Brown a more appealing checkdown target when in scoring position. Plus, the Buccaneers are solid at forcing turnovers despite allowing so many passing yards.
In turn, Brown can expect to see more receptions to pile up yards after the catch. He's a flex option at best, but don't discount Brown's potential contributions just because Mathews remains the No. 1 back.
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