AFC East Week 10 Fantasy Preview


On Bye: Patriots, Jets

Bills @ Steelers

Fred Jackson- Jackson has been the steady hand in the Bills offense this season and although he hasn’t hit the 100 yard mark he has been good for an average of almost 50 yards per game and at least one touchdown. He’s scored in five out of nine games and in week five had a two touchdown performance and has scored in two of his last three games. The Steelers defense has given up 12 rushing touchdowns and some big yardage this season and in the past most running backs would be relegated to your bench against them but they are no longer your father’s Steelers defense. This is not a great matchup for Jackson but not bad one either. Figure 50 yards rushing and touchdown as usual.

C.J. Spiller- Last week against the a very good Chiefs defense Spiller had 12 carries for 116 rushing yards which is the most he’s had since week two when he rushed for 103 yards. Most who drafted him in the first round would consider him a bust to this point but in his defense he’s been dealing with a high ankle sprain and after his week nine effort there is renewed hope for the remainder of the season. Spiller’s name and the word reliable haven’t often collided in the same sentence this season but for those who didn’t jump ship my expectation is that you will be rewarded. Possibly starting this week.

Steve Johnson- Receivers Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and Robert Woods (ankle) are dealing with injuries which makes Johnson the last man standing this week against the Steelers. Johnson was battling a hip injury himself but managed to practice and play against the Chiefs finishing with five receptions on seven targets for 36 yards. Not great agreed but he’ll be more healthy this week, have starting quarterback E.J. Manuel back and be the only reliable receiver the offense has. He’s being targeted an average of nine times per game and in week seven had 13 targets and week eight eleven. Johnson has been in the 60 to 70 receiving yards area and that’s about what I expect from him this week with the possibility of a receiving touchdown.

Dolphins @ Bucs

Ryan Tannehill- Tannehill has been mediocre at best but the Bucs have given up over 200 passing yards on average per game and also multiple passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks the last three games. Tannehill should be good for at least 200 plus yards and one or two touchdowns this week if you’re in a pinch at quarterback but hopefully you have better options available.

Lamar Miller- Other than Millers fumble last week there’s really no rhyme nor reason why Miller is still splitting carries with Daniel Thomas. Last week against the Bengals Miller rushed for 105 yards on 16 carries for a 6.6 yard per carry average compared to Thomas’ 12 carries for 38 rushing yards and a 3.2 yard per carry average. This week head coach Joe Philbin announced Miller would be seeing more work in the future which is great news for those of you who were patient with him but the Bucs have been surprisingly good against the run allowing only one rushing touchdown and around 90 rushing yards per game. The Dolphins haven’t scored a rushing touchdown since week four so don’t expect huge numbers from Miller this week which makes him low end RB2 or flex play.

Mike Wallace- Last week Wallace showed some signs of life going for six receptions on eight targets for 82 yards which is his second best effort of the season. He’s gone over 100 receiving yards twice this season in week two (115 yards) and week five (105 yards) and although he hasn’t scored a touchdown since week two he is being targeted an average of nine times per game and should have scored on an 84 yard reception last week were it not for the pass interference on the play. Wallace still has the speed to get behind defenders and get separation and quarterback Ryan Tannehill although very average is at least looking for Wallace down field and has the arm strength to get him the ball. Wallace has been good all over the board with his receiving yardage but should be good for at least 50 to 60 yards and a possible receiving touchdown against a Bucs defense that surrenders one or two passing touchdowns per game.

Charles Clay- Were it not for Clay’s three receiving touchdowns Clay most likely would not even be on anyone’s radar. Other than his week two output of five receptions on seven targets for 109 yards his receptions and receiving yardage have been uninspiring to say the least. Last week he only managed a disappointing three receptions on only three targets for 22 receiving yards. Clay has scored a touchdown in three of his last five games played so if you have to use him you’re hoping he scores again because it’s highly unlikely his receptions or receiving yardage will carry your team to a win.

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