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Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Final Rundown of Best Under-the-Radar Plays

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
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

Last-second decisions can ruin a fantasy season.

As we enter the home stretch of the fantasy season, each week of action becomes more integral to how the playoffs shape up.

In Week 10, sleepers are more important than ever.

We could go on all day about how a great example is Nick Foles and his seven touchdowns a week ago, but by now owners have learned their lesson for themselves.

Instead, we'll just leave you with four major sleepers in for huge days. Add, trade or do whatever it takes to get these guys on a virtual roster and then into a lineup—then reap the benefits.

 

Note: All scoring info based on ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of Yahoo! Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and New York Jets on bye.

 

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Buffalo)

Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 55-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost last week, but that means little in the world of fantasy as Ben Roethlisberger owners were rewarded with top-four production at the position.

Roethlisberger is in for a similar day in Week 10 thanks to a favorable matchup and alarming consistency:

Big Ben has scored 12 or more points in six games this year, with his obvious high of 26 coming last week thanks to his 400 yards and four scores.

Now Roethlisberger is gifted with a matchup against a Buffalo defense that ranks just outside the bottom 10 in the NFL against the position with an average of 19.17 points surrendered.

Honorable Mention: Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

 

Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Miami)

Who is Doug Martin?

Last week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the trip to Seattle, home of the NFL's best home-field advantage.

The result? Rookie Mike James rumbles for 158 yards and a touchdown pass:

James won't be throwing quite as often now that the cat's out of the bag (cliché alert!), but his alarming production against one of the NFL's best defenses in a hostile environment should be eye-opening for owners.

If James can pull that off against Seattle, imagine what he can do against Miami, owner of a defense that ranks second worst in the league against the position from a fantasy standpoint with an average of 23.25 points per game.

James is in for another huge day.

Honorable Mention: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

 

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks (at Atlanta)

Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates as he leaps into the end zone against Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach (82) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY S
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bad news for the Seattle Seahawks—the offense will once again be without Percy Harvin:

Good news for fantasy owners—Golden Tate's stock just went through the roof again.

With Harvin out of the picture and Sidney Rice out for the season, Tate will see the bulk of the load against Atlanta, which is great news considering the Falcons rank in the bottom eight in points allowed to the position as a whole.

Fans will remember Tate for his explosion two weeks ago against St. Louis, including a not-so-classy celebration on his way to a touchdown:

Then again, that's something owners will like to see when Tate has a big day against Atlanta.

Honorable Mention: Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

 

Timothy Wright, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Miami)

Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Timothy Wright (81) runs with 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

What's this? Two players to start from a winless team? 

As fun as it is to knock Greg Schiano (and boy, it's fun), Tampa Bay has three rookies playing at a high level when adding quarterback Mike Glennon to the two mentioned here.

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Timothy Wright (81) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Timothy Wright has exploded onto the fantasy scene in recent weeks and scored the sixth-most points of any tight end in Week 9.

Overall, the position has been horrible, but that's two straight weeks of a touchdown and 10 or more fantasy points for the Rutgers product (nine or more in three of four straight) as his rapport with Glennon continues to develop.

Make it three straight for Wright when all is said and done on Monday Night Football. Wright faces a Miami defense that allows the third-most points to the position at over 10 points on average.

Honorable Mention: Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

 

 

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