Each week of the NFL season, we will identify fantasy football exemption cable catches specifically for those of you looking for streaming options in deeper formats (including IDP leagues). These are players available in most of ESPN’s (or nearby) fantasy leagues who have hot matchups in the coming week that make them worthy of consideration for their rosters.
While you may notice some overlap with the Field Yates pickup column posted on Mondays, an important distinction is that the options mentioned in this column focus solely on this week’s matchup and not player values. for the rest of the season.
Editor’s Note: List percentages are updated on Fridays and Thursday night game players are removed.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons at Cowboys (51.9% on list)
Few fancy managers get excited about Ryan. In the last seven games, he has averaged 19.7 fantasy points per game. With other offensive playmakers like Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Russell Gage, you can continue to be successful without Calvin Ridley. The Dallas Cowboys are allowing the seventh-most points per game to quarterbacks this season, so Ryan is likely to top that average on Sunday, especially after seeing Teddy Bridgewater perform against them last week in the same. Stadium.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars at Colts (27.1%)
Fantasy managers haven’t been happy with Lawrence’s last two games. He has thrown for just 356 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and 17.74 fantasy points. It’s worth noting that Week 9 was only the second time this season that he has attempted fewer than 33 passes. While he sprained his low ankle against the Bills last week, he is expected to play the Colts in Week 10. Lawrence is a viable streamer against an Indianapolis defense who has allowed the fourth-most points per game to the quarterbacks and underperformed against the New York Jets last week. Second-line quarterback Mike White and third-line quarterback Josh Johnson combined for 412 passing yards, four touchdowns and just one interception against the Colts defense.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos vs. Eagles (30.2%)
Bridgewater dominated the Cowboys defense last week, completing 19 of 28 passes for 249 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran for a touchdown and could have scored even more than his 21.86 points, but the Broncos were ahead most of the game. During weeks 5-8, he averaged 18.9 points per game. For Bridgewater, that’s a reasonable floor against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that allows 18.15 points per game to quarterbacks. A Broncos offensive line that ranks 12th in pass blocking win rate is well positioned to slow down Philadelphia’s passing rush, making him a great QB2 in Week 10.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jaguars (54.9%)
Colts head coach Frank Reich has come under fire for his underutilization of Hines. In last week’s game against the Jets, he rushed six times for 74 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 34 yards. Considering that the Colts offensive line has the 14th highest block win rate per run and that the Jaguars defense ranks 24th in stoppage win rate per run, this trend may continue on Sunday.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at Broncos (35.9%)
The Eagles’ statistical results in the past two games suggest Howard feels disrespected for being on the practice team for the first seven weeks. In all seriousness, Howard has rushed 29 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns in those games. He has ignited the Eagles’ offense, and the team’s offensive line, which has the fifth-highest rate of run block wins, has created career lines for him. Against a Denver Broncos defense that ranks 23rd in stoppage win rate per run, Howard is an RB3 / flex option.
Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Panthers (4.4%)
Chase Edmonds’ sprained ankle gives Benjamin a chance to inherit his chance. Given James Conner’s injury history, it would be surprising if the Cardinals increased their workload. From Weeks 1-8, Edmonds averaged 14.1 chances (rushing attempts plus goals) per game. Last week, Benjamin gained 39 yards and scored a touchdown. Especially in deeper formats, it’s a solid RB3 / flex option this week.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns at Patriots (83.2%)
Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton tested positive for COVID-19. While both players are vaccinated, their status for week 10 is unclear. You may recall that Johnson was outstanding against the Broncos in Week 7, gaining 146 yards on 22 carries and scoring a touchdown. Update: Clearly, most coaches remember, as Johnson’s roster rate has skyrocketed, making it unlikely that he will still be available in his league.
The wide receiver
Tyler Johnson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington (2.5%)
Before the Buccaneers goodbye, Johnson caught five of six targets for 65 yards against the New Orleans Saints. Antonio Brown still wears a walking boot and could miss his third game in a row this week. Brady always throws his wide receivers and Johnson faces a Washington secondary that allows receivers the second most points per game.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns at Patriots (17.0%)
Peoples-Jones is exactly what the Browns need to fill the void created by the divorce between Odell Beckham Jr. and the team. He has caught 11 of 14 goals in the last three games for 257 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns should have a standout star in Peoples-Jones by the second half of the season. He has flexible value against the Patriots.
Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings at Chargers (40.3%)
Last week, Conklin caught five of seven goals for 45 yards, tying Adam Thielen as the team’s leader in goals and surprisingly leading the team in receptions. Conklin has racked up 19 goals in the last three games and has a good matchup against a Chargers defense that allows tight ends the seventh most points per game.
Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars at Colts (25.5%)
Arnold has been a favorite goal for Lawrence recently, drawing 22 goals in the last three games. This trend should continue against a Colts defense that has given up six touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions (45.4%)
With Eric Ebron out with a hamstring injury, Freiermuth has thrived the past two weeks, scoring three touchdowns on his nine receptions. Regardless of Ebron’s status, Freiermuth should celebrate in the red zone against the Lions this week.
Defense / special teams
Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks (32.9%)
Patrick Mahomes battled two tall safety last week and the Packers defense limited him to 166 yards and a touchdown. In Week 10, Green Bay will play at home against Russell Wilson after he was cleared to play. Wilson has a 60.4 passer rating with 604 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in three career games against the Packers on the road.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Chiefs (17.1%)
The Chiefs have the most giveaways in the NFL at 19. Kansas City has to figure out its offense sooner rather than later, but until then, it’s a good broadcast target. As of Week 6, the Raiders rank 12th among fantasy defenses in points per game.
Tennessee Titans vs. Saints (40.3%)
Against the Rams, the Titans defense forced two turnovers and sacked Matthew Stafford five times. Tennessee has intercepted a pass in six straight games, its longest streak since 2010. In their next game against the Saints, who rank 28th in total yards, the Titans hope to continue this positive trend.
Chase McLaughlin, Cleveland Browns at Patriots (18.6%)
After scoring just 11 points in the previous three games, McLaughlin matched that total in Sunday’s victory. Hopefully this is the start of good things for the Browns on offense. McLaughlin has done well for Cleveland, making 13 of 15 field goals and 23 extra points. He should have a lot of chances against the Patriots.
Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Lions (44.5%)
In the last five games, Boswell has made all 10 of his field goal attempts. This week, he plays against a Lions team that has allowed kickers the most fantasy points per game.
Dustin Hopkins, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Vikings (2.7%)
Hopkins’ chances of getting over 10 points are good against a Vikings defense that allows kickers the fifth most points per game.
Defensive individual players (IDP)
Dawuane Smoot, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars at Colts (0.1% listed)
Last week, Smoot played 82% of defensive plays against the Bills. In weeks 5-9, he logged 3.5 sacks and 17 pressures, making him someone to target in deeper formats.
Kwon Alexander, LB, New Orleans Saints at Titans (1.6%)
The Saints had been desperately looking for someone to emerge in front of linebacker Demario Davis after Alexander was injured earlier this season. He returned to the Saints’ starting lineup in Week 9 for the first time since his injury and played 78% of defensive plays.
Sharrod Neasman, S, New York Jets vs. Texans (0.1%)
Marcus Maye is out of season, so Neasman will take his place. When Neasman played 60 or more plays in weeks 4-5, he recorded seven tackles and two pass breaks.