Fantasy Football Week 10: Underrated Starters That Will Have Huge Performances

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 5, 2013

St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy has become a reliable fantasy starter.
St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy has become a reliable fantasy starter.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

There are several fantasy football starters worth plugging in for Week 10 that should be more available than other superstars and should excel based on their respective matchups.

All of the following offensive players are either rookies or players just now coming into their own in the NFL, but they have proven themselves worthy enough to be stellar short-term options for fantasy owners.

Piecing together sustainable lineups is tricky, so here are some underrated playmakers to check out that should also have success for the remainder of 2013.

Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 20:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on October 20, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Through two starts, it's become apparent that Keenum's modest height and non-elite physical tools aren't going to impede him from succeeding in the pros.

The former undrafted free agent from the University of Houston has done a fabulous job quarterbacking his hometown team through two games, even though both have resulted in losses. Check out this statistic from Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders:

Keenum faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10, an opponent that has talent in the defensive backfield in rookie Tyrann Mathieu and, especially, cornerback Patrick Peterson.

However, as long as Keenum continues to make quick, smart decisions and throws away from Peterson's side of the field, he'll be able to keep producing at a high level. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson are a lethal wide receiver duo, and Keenum hit Johnson for three touchdowns this past Sunday.

The Cardinals have the 24th-ranked pass defense and are stout against the run.

Since Arian Foster didn't play in Week 9, and Ben Tate is fighting through broken ribs, it seems likely the Texans will profess their faith in Keenum's abilities in the hopes of getting off a six-game losing streak on this tough road trip.

Projected Numbers: 20-of-30 for 260 yards passing, 3 TDs, 1 INT; 3 carries, 15 yards

Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 3: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome on November 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Titans beat the Rams 28-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Having a low center of gravity can help a running back immensely, and it's paid huge dividends for the rookie fifth-round pick Zac Stacy thus far.

At 5'8" and 224 pounds, the Vanderbilt product is making an immediate impact in the league and proving to be a massive steal in the draft. His Commodores are proud of the progress he's made, as he is now second among first-year players in rushing yards:

Stacy had an outstanding all-purpose game in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, catching six passes for 51 yards and scampering for 127 yards and two touchdowns. The run below demonstrates Stacy's physicality:

Even with a mediocre quarterback in Kellen Clemens under center, there is no indication that Stacy's production will decline.

A Week 10 clash with the Indianapolis Colts may seem like a bad matchup due to the disparity between the two teams, but the Colts actually yield just under 125 yards per game on the ground.

Projected Numbers: 20 carries, 110 yards, TD; 5 receptions, 50 yards, TD

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium on September 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Speaking of players whose stock should not have fallen on draft day, Keenan Allen dropped all the way to No. 76 overall. Now he is thriving in San Diego as the team's No. 1 receiver with 34 receptions on 48 targets for 527 yards and three touchdowns.

Only prolific tight end Antonio Gates is having a better season thus far in the Chargers' passing game, which has been revitalized by first-year head coach Mike McCoy.

Philip Rivers continues to establish a better rapport with Allen, and the two connected on eight passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Week 9 loss to Washington.

Allen has found pay dirt in three of the past four games, and his momentum should continue building as San Diego gears up for a matchup with AFC West rival Denver Broncos.

The Chargers' shaky defense will likely be shredded by Peyton Manning and Co., which will force Rivers to go to the air often. That's good news for those who own Allen.

Projected Numbers: 10 receptions, 150 yards, TD

Timothy Wright, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03: Wide receiver Skye Dawson #18 and tight end Timothy Wright #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate Wright's touchdown catch during the second quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
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The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers is a product of the program Bucs head coach Greg Schiano built at the collegiate level.

Schiano isn't having the same success in the pros, but should take some of the credit for Wright, who can now be labeled a diamond in the rough.

Tampa Bay has had two brutal matchups versus Carolina and Seattle in the past two weeks, yet Wright managed to find the end zone in each of those games. Rookie QB Mike Glennon is relying on his 6'3", 220-pound target as a security blanket.

Wright's reliability and efficiency make him a tantalizing fantasy option moving forward. He has 24 catches on 33 targets and, according to's Michael Fabiano, is only owned in 1.1 percent of the site's fantasy leagues.

If he is floating around on your waiver wire for whatever reason, be sure to pick up Wright now.

The Bucs are facing the Miami Dolphins in the Week 10 Monday night showcase, and the Dolphins are in the bottom third of the league against the pass and the run.

Projected Numbers: 6 receptions, 70 yards, TD


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