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Games to watch in Week 10 of the NFL

Date: November 6, 2019

By: Jorie Mickens

With the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins on bye during week ten, who is going to be the top fantasy finishers this week?

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is coming off a Thursday Night Football performance against the 49ers, the stingiest passing defense for opposing quarterbacks this year, where he threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals are heading to Tampa Bay this week to face the Buccaneers, who although are just 2-6 this season, are the fourth-highest scoring offense in the league.

Murray and company could be playing from behind for much of this game, and Murray could amass plenty of passing attempts. The Buccaneers’ passing defense has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks as well as the third-most passing touchdowns. Murray also can get it done on the ground as he is averaging nearly 35 rushing yards per game, Kyler is a great fantasy start this week.

Bears running back David Montgomery faces the Detroit Lions this week, the worst defense against opposing running backs this year. This past week, fellow rookie running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries against the Lions. If the Bears’ defense can contain quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has thrown an average of 370.7 yards and three touchdowns in his last three games, Montgomery will have a hay day like he did against the Eagles just two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago, Chargers receiver Keenan Allen tweeted after a seven-reception, 53-yard performance against the Bears, “Apologies fantasy guys. I owe ya’ll 1!” Then proceeded to have a three-catch, 40-yard performance against the Packers.

Allen could make it up to his fantasy owners this week against the Raiders in a Thursday Night Football matchup. The Raiders have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers and the Chargers could be playing from behind in this game. The game is in Oakland and the Chargers desperately need a win to remain in playoff contention and surpass the Raiders in the AFC West standings.

Allen and the Chargers’ receiving core could be in store for a huge performance. The Panthers head to Lambeau Field this weekend to face the Packers. Green Bay has been the seventh-worst defense against opposing fantasy tight ends and coming off a loss to the Chargers, Aaron Rodgers is going to come out slinging the football.

Quarterback Kyle Allen remains the Panthers starter with Cam Newton still rehabbing a foot injury suffered earlier this season. Allen is coming off a 232-yard, two touchdown performance against the Titans and if Olsen can find the endzone this week, he will finish as a top-10 tight end on the week.

As for defense and special teams, the Bills are underdogs heading to Cleveland this week. The Bills have only allowed opponents to score twenty or more points twice this season and Baker Mayfield currently leads the NFL in interceptions thrown. This will most likely be a low scoring affair and expect the Bills defense to pick of Mayfield at least once and sack him a few times as well.

Jorie Mickens can be reached at jorie.mickens@student.shu.edu.

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