Spin’s Fantasy Factory: Three streaming options for Week 10

Spin’s Fantasy Factory: Three streaming options for Week 10

November 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) drives the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Photo by Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports.

Welcome back to another week of Spin’s Fantasy Factory! I’m Spin, UConn’s self-proclaimed fantasy football expert. While the “expert” part of that title might be a bit of an exaggeration, it doesn’t stop me from doing what I like: providing just a little more fantasy insight to help you set up the series for the coming week.

This week I want to focus on three players you should consider streaming in your fantasy lineup as the bye weeks continue to haunt fantasy managers. These are all players owned in less than 40% of all fantasy leagues and should be readily available via your league’s waivers. Predictions are based on matchups, projections, charts or just a pure hunch I have. Without further ado, here are three favorable streaming games for Week 10 of the NFL season.

Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at KC

This season is just Jones’ fifth as a professional, though it feels like the receiver has had his fair share of bouncing around the league. After three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, followed by three with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, Jones signed a three-year contract to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has since emerged as quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s second option at the receiver position, seeing the second-highest number of targets on the team and averaging over 40 receiving yards per contest. He’s been consistent all season, making at least three catches in every game he’s played this year, including a monster 10-catch, 85-yard, touchdown line that yielded over 24 points in PPR back in Week 3. Although the The consistency Jones has shown this season has been a welcome sign, he has always been known as a big-play receiver. His next opportunity for big production looms in a showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

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We’ve seen teams go neck and neck trying to match the offensive prowess of the Chiefs far too many times in the past to ignore this matchup. As long as Patrick Mahomes can suit up for KC, the team will score points and their opponent will likely need to play catch-up. If history repeats itself, this week’s matchup with the Jags will prove no different. The Chiefs will likely turn their attention to sophomore wideout Christian Kirk, who has run away with the top receiver role in his first season in Jacksonville. That means Jones will be free to find space downfield, a trait that has defined his career. Pure opportunity potential alone should be enough to convince executives to fire Jones as a FLEX/WR3 option this week, even if he remains on the waiver wire in a vast majority of fantasy leagues. Make sure you’re the manager who brings him to the breakout game this week.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. JAX

November 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) can’t get by as Tennessee Titans linebacker Dylan Cole (53) defends during overtime of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports.

Kansas City’s backfield is one that lacks real fantasy upside; Clyde Edwards-Helaire began the season averaging nearly 19 fantasy points per game in PPR formats, but has failed to eclipse double figures in four contests since. Head coach Andy Reid appears to have committed to a three-man backcourt of Edwards-Helaire, rookie Isiah Pacheco and veteran McKinnon. Even if each player cuts into the other’s fantasy production, the potential for points in a Mahomes-led offense will never end. As a result, it’s hard to ignore some components of Kansas City’s offense even if they share looks with other players. While he doesn’t lead this backfield in rushing attempts, McKinnon appears to be a good bet for solid fantasy production this week against Jacksonville.

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The Jaguars are giving up fantasy points to opposing running backs at the ninth-highest rate in the NFL this season. In addition, McKinnon is fresh off a game in which he collected eight targets, resulting in six catches for 40 yards. His fantasy production relies heavily on game scripts; when the Chiefs are forced to throw the ball more, McKinnon tends to see more opportunities through the air. While the Jaguars may not be in the top half of the league in terms of points, we’ve seen them have a solid offensive impact throughout this season, especially on the road, where the team averages more points than they do at home. Look for the team to be highly motivated as they enter this game as extreme underdogs, challenging Kansas City to play with the ball. For fantasy managers looking to navigate bye weeks, especially in leagues where points are rewarded for receptions, you could do a lot worse than the pass-catching specialist in McKinnon. Count on him for at least a couple of receptions, though a couple could turn into a few very quickly if Jacksonville can make a move against one of the AFC’s best teams.

Noah Fant, TE, Seattle Seahawks at TB

November 6, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Noah Fant (87) runs after making a catch against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports.

Quarterback Geno Smith has done a good job of spreading the ball around this Seattle offense to get all the components involved each week. Although the team still operates in a run-first scheme, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and Fant have all seen their fair share of opportunities through the air. As for Fant, fantasy managers seemed to write him off as an invaluable fantasy asset after he had a slow start to the season. But as more time has passed for Fant to acclimate to Seattle’s offense, he’s seen his opportunities and production increase. After failing to reach five goals in each of his first four games this year, Fant now has five or more goals in three of his last five games. He is coming off his best game as a Seahawk, where he collected five catches for 96 yards on six looks last week against the Arizona Cardinals. He will look to continue his hot streak this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Bucs are allowing the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. The team just faced the limping Rams in Week 9, where quarterback Matthew Stafford continued his fall from grace after completing passes to just four different receivers, none of whom were tight ends. That makes Tampa Bay’s ninth-highest rate of fantasy points allowed to tight ends equal parts concerning for the team and appetizing for Fant, who figures to catch a pass in the upcoming contest. Much like Zay Jones, Fant isn’t the best receiving option on his team and doesn’t draw the same defensive assignments as Metcalf and Lockett, which should open up more opportunities for him to break free. The tight end position has been pretty dry all season as it lacks real depth beyond the top few players at the position, so any positive streaming option should draw the attention of fantasy managers. Given Fant’s upward trend in the Seahawks offense, consider giving him the nod this week in your lineup.

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