Fantasy Football Week 10: Stars Set to Continue Hot Streaks

Chris RolingFeatured Columnist IVNovember 21, 2016

Nov 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) rushes for a first down against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy stars have been anything but reliable this year.

Ray Rice came with a hefty price tag, and to date he is averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Until Week 9, Tom Brady was a major disappointment. A.J. Green was likely the second receiver off the board in most leagues, but he suffered a four-game stretch with only 61 yards or less.

That's a small sample size, but now more than ever it's important to analyze trends and capitalize when superstars are in their most favorable positions.

With that in mind, below we'll highlight a few players who had major days in Week 9 and will keep the ball rolling. These guys aren't too obvious either, so enjoy.


Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers has thrown for more than 400 yards three times this season, but he's been inconsistent at best and a suggested matchup-based play at most.

Last week, he took advantage of a porous Washington secondary, throwing for 341 yards and a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.

On the year, he is doing quite well for himself in a career-resurrection sense thanks to coach Mike McCoy:

Rivers must remain in any and all lineups because it won't get much better than a Week 10 matchup with the Denver Broncos, who rank No. 30 in pass defense by allowing almost 300 yards per game.

Want more proof? San Diego's pass defense ranks just three spots better, and Peyton Manning leads the NFL's top passing attack. It's going to be a major shootout, and Rivers owners will profit.


Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

Andre Johnson entered Week 9 with just two games of 100-plus yards under his belt as a victim of a horrific quarterback situation.

He left Week 9 with nine receptions for 229 yards and three scores as breakout star Case Keenum's favorite target. Chris Brown of Smart Football put it best:

Thanks to Keenum and a favorable matchup, Johnson is far from done. In Week 10, Houston travels to the desert to take on Arizona, a team that touts a top-five run defense.

This means Keenum will be forced to take to the air early and often, and that's even more likely with star back Arian Foster appearing to be out after he missed practice, per ESPN's Tania Ganguli.

The best part? Arizona's secondary ranks No. 24 in the league. Johnson is in for a huge day.


Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

Last week was easy to see coming.

November is simply Chris Johnson's month, as Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean illustrated:

After no games of 100-plus yards this season, Johnson started the month off right against the NFL's No. 28 rush defense with 150 yards and two scores.

That's just the beginning for CJ2K, as Week 10 will give owners an even bigger output.

He has a date with Jacksonville, the NFL's worst all-around team. The Jaguars particularly struggle to stop the run, ranking dead last with 161.8 yards allowed per game.

While Johnson has been anything but reliable, that changes here in a hurry.


Timothy Wright, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Timothy Wright (81) after he caught the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Timothy Wright started as a deep sleeper, became a waiver-wire must-add and is now a consistent starter at a top-heavy position.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 03:  Wide receiver Timothy Wright #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes a touchdown catch in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Gett
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With rookie Mike Glennon as his quarterback once more, Wright was again consistent in Week 9 with four receptions for 58 yards and a score. 

This consistency is no fluke; in two straight games, he has had four or more receptions and a score. Week 10 will see him on the same pace on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. 

Miami ranks No. 22 in pass defense and, most important of all, allows the third-most fantasy points to the tight end position. Expect Wright to once again help owners at a tough position.