The Sunday Sleeper Squad is a team made up of players that might be hanging around on waivers or offer a contrarian approach and can offer you a helping hand this week if you’re a team in need. Or maybe you have rostered one of these guys and now is the time to unleash them. And at this point in the season, you are probably in need of some kind of fantasy help. These factors could be matchup, injuries, both, or something totally off the wall leading us to our conclusion as to why these players could pay off. Of course, these are the ultimate boom-or-bust plays so may the odds be in your favor if you’re playing someone on this list. Let’s take a look at who made my Week 10 Sunday Sleeper Squad.
QB/ Jared Goff/ LA Rams: Many teams dropped Goff during his bye week. If you’re streaming QBs this season just look for whoever the Seahawks are playing that week as they have allowed fantasy QBs to score 26.73 points per game. The Seahawks not only allow the most passing yards per game at 372.5 but also have allowed a league-high 5 rushing TDs to QBs. So play the matchup and roll with Goff this week.
WR/ Danny Amendola/ Detroit Lions: Amendola has played in 3 games without Kenny Golladay this season and has seen 7+ targets in all of them. He has also recorded at least 13 PPR points in 2 of those games. Amendola is coming off a Week 9 showing with 10 targets for 7 catches and 77 yards. Golladay is out once again in Week 10 point the arrow upwards for Amendola.
WR/ Curtis Samuel/ Carolina Panthers: The matchup isn’t ideal but the scenario is. The Panthers will take on the Buccaneers this week but Christian McCaffrey is going to be out with an injury opening up touches for Samuel. We have seen OC Joe Brady create touches for Samuel in a variety of ways from a variety of spots which enhances his outlook this week. Samuel has a pair of rushing TDs this season showing the Panthers commitment to him on the ground. Samuel has 7+ touches in 4 games in a row and is averaging 18.3 PPR points over that time.
WR/ Jerry Jeudy/ Denver Broncos: Nevin Lawson, Isaiah Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner. Those are the 3 CBs most likely to see Jerry Jeudy this week and I like Jeudy to beat all 3 of them. Last week he turned 14 targets into 7 catches for 1 TD and 125 yards. Jeudy has set season-highs in snap rates (89%, 84%) and targets (10, 14) over the last two weeks, posting 4-73 and 7-125-1 receiving lines. He should continue to stay hot as he is moved all over the field and used from different spots.
RB/ JD McKissic/ Washington Football Team: This one is more for the PPR inclined leagues but if you’re stuck in a standard league you could do far worse. McKissic will be a key option in the passing game with Alex Smith now leading the offense. Smith has never really been a guy that has dominated with the deep ball so don’t expect that now as he’s late in his career. McKissic saw 14 targets last week. The Lions have allowed 15 total RB TDs this year; 10 rushing and 5 receiving.
An interesting stat for McKissic is that he leads all RBs in targets when lined up in the slot or out wide with 24. The next closest is Alvin Kamara with 16, and Cordarrelle Patterson if you consider him to be a RB. But maybe the most surprising revelation has been how involved McKissic is. He leads the backfield in snap share per game with 50% while Antonio Gibson isn’t far behind at 45%. McKissic is 2nd on the team in targets with 47 and 3rd in carries with 35.I fully expect the Washington Football Team to take advantage of their offensive strength passing to the RB which is the weakness of the Detroit defense defending RBs in the passing game.
RB/ Troymaine Pope/ LA Chargers: The Chargers backfield has been a weird situation all season with a heavy rotation of guys taking the lead. While Kalen Ballage has a nice game last week it was the game before that where Pope stole the show and looked like he could function as a 3 down back for the Chargers. I expect Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage to be involved by default but Pope is the guy you want. The Dolphins will be without Christian Wilkins and Kyle Van Noy which should create some more running opportunity for Pope. In Week 8 Pope accounted for 10 rushes and 67 yards adding 5 catches for 28 yards. He has a solid amount of upside surrounding him as he is the most explosive RB between Pope, Ballage and Kelley. Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler will be out of the game. Pope is a sneaky play this week and should see 15+ touches.
TE/ Logan Thomas/ Washington Football Team: Over the past 2 weeks TEs have made the Lions look silly in the red zone allowing 4 TE TDs. With Alex Smith taking over Thomas should see a slight increase in targets as Smith doesn’t attack downfield often. The TD potential is what makes Thomas appealing this week.
FLEX/ Duke Johnson/ Houston Texans: I feel like Duke Johnson can do exactly what Gio Bernard did against the Browns. Bernard has 5 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD with 13 carries and 37 yards. While the rushing isn’t ideal the value in the passing game is impossible to ignore. David Johnson has been ruled out with a concussion for Week 10 leaving Duke as the dude. The Browns have allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2 of the last 3 games.
FLEX/ Jakobi Meyers/ New England Patriots: Meyers has taken over the Patriots WR1 spot of the last few weeks. He has commanded 43% of the Patriots’ passing targets in each of the last 2 games. Meyers should see double-digit Targets this week and you should ride the heat. Ignore that he’s playing the Ravens he is literally the only passing game weapon for Cam Newton right now. Ride Meyers until further notice.