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You may have been watching the Seahawks game at Buffalo on Sunday, while also monitoring your Fantasy Football live scoring, and thinking that you were going to lose your matchup for Week 9. Russell Wilson had not thrown a TD pass yet, and the game was in the fourth quarter.
Then, it all changed in an instant, as Wilson has taught us to expect before. His 34 fourth-quarter comebacks since he entered the league in 2012 are the most in the NFL during that span. He is the No. 3 overall QB in Fantasy Football, less than 10 points behind the top spot. Wilson dropped a 55-yard TD pass to David Moore and added a seven-yarder to DK Metcalf. Both scoring passes came with under nine minutes remaining, and gave Wilson three for the day when you included his second quarter QB sneak for a TD.
All of a sudden, your Fantasy Football outlook for the week went from uncertain to strong. You had spent three quarters fearing the worst, yet Wilson delivered again later in the game. Wilson's most recent late-game scoring passes reminded us that you should have patience on Sundays, and remember to let the games fully play out before you overreact to live scoring results.
You will find yourself to be a much less anxious and stressed Fantasy Football player if you don't get tpo high or low based on early results. Too many Fantasy players get concerned or overconfident after one Thursday night game to begin the week. Having a lead or facing a deficit after just one game is often meaningless. The results of the game would not be nearly as magnified if it was played on a Sunday afternoon.
Most Fantasy matchups are not decided by 11 am PT on a Sunday afternoon, either. Many big plays come quickly, and there is not set time period for them to happen. In the Week 5 win vs. Minnesota, DK Metcalf caught both of his TD passes in the second half. In the Week 8 win over San Francisco, DeeJay Dallas scored both of his TDs in the second half. The Vikings game was on a Sunday night and the 49ers game was after the early games were finished. The second half scores may have heavily changed your Fantasy fortunes around very quickly. As Pete Carroll has told his team, you cannot win games in the first and second quarters. Applying that approach to Fantasy Football, matchups are not won on Thursday night, and very often not in the first half of the early slate of games on Sundays.
Of course, we will always react to the constant highs and lows of Fantasy Football throughout the games. Just try to keep in mind that no results are close to final until after the second set of games on Sunday afternoon are completed. Fantasy comebacks can also be mounted on Sunday and Monday nights. Remain hopeful, and try to not get too high or too low in the moment.
Also try to exhibit patience for the rest of the season as well. Now is not the time to be looking ahead for waiver adds for the fantasy playoffs, or even peering ahead at the Week 11 matchups for your players. Too much changes in the NFL and Fantasy Football from week to week, as injuries and unexpected performances lead to constant and consistent roster maneuvering. It may sound cliché, but take one week at a time.
A prime example of how quickly things change in Fantasy Football: If you are starting Justin Herbert and James Robinson as two of your top players every week, remember that they went undrafted in many leagues this year. DeeJay Dallas may have boosted your team to a win in Week 8 after he was regarded more as a dynasty Fantasy option prior to his impressive outing vs. San Francisco. So refrain from looking too far ahead, as what is applicable today in Fantasy Football is far from guaranteed to stay that way a week from now.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets
Players listed in order of preference for acquisition.
Mike Davis, RB, Panthers: Many Fantasy players cut this former Seahawk when it became apparent that Christian McCaffrey would return for Week 9. Unfortunately, McCaffrey suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday and his status for Week 10 is now in doubt. Davis had three 20-point Fantasy performances earlier this season and will deserve strong starting consideration again if he has to start for Carolina this week. Check to see if he is available on your free agent list.
Matt Breida, RB, Dolphins (23.3 percent rostered on NFL.com): Breida missed the Week 9 game vs. Arizona with a hamstring injury. With Myles Gaskin out, the Dolphins are in need of a true lead ball carrier. Breida should assume that role if he is able to return for Week 10. He is a tenacious runner when healthy.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington (7.7): We have recommended McKissic in this space before, yet he remains largely unclaimed. McKissic was the third-highest scoring Fantasy RB of Week 9, as he scored 17.1 points. He caught a season-high nine passes on Sunday and has six-plus catches in four of his past five games. McKissic will continue to be involved in the Washington offense as one of its preferred targets and he is a quality Fantasy streaming option for respectable production.
Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings (20.6): Dalvin Cook is simply looking the best RB in Fantasy Football right now, and Mattison is one of the top No. 2 RBs in he league. He rushed for 69 yards on 12 carries in Week 9, and we cannot forget he rushed for 112 yards and a TD in a relief role in Week 5. Mattison has a lot of upside if he is ever pressed into action again this year.
Allen Lazard, WR, Packers (30.2): This may be your last chance to add him. Lazard has resumed practicing in his return from core muscle surgery, and should be back in action soon. He had two performances of 18-plus Fantasy points in his first three games before he was hurt and will reclaim his place as the much-needed No. 2 WR for the Packers.
John Brown, WR, Bills (42.4): This dangerous downfield artist returned in Week 9 and caught eight passes for 99 yards. Playing alongside Stefon Diggs will assure Brown of facing lesser defensive attention frequently. Browns is healthy again and let's not forget he opened the season with a pair of 19-plus point performances.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers (22.5): He has emerged as a prime weapon for Carolina over the past two games. Samuel set season highs in Fantasy points (26.8) and receiving yards (105) on Sunday. He has scored over 20 points in his past two games and is a dual TD threat, with two rushing TDs and two receiving TDs in his past three games.
David Moore, WR, Seahawks (1.1): As you likely aware, the Seahawks have the highest-scoring offense in the league. Such an explosive offense can make a third WR relevant in Fantasy Football. Moore has scored over 30 Fantasy points in his past two games. He has scored in each of the past two games and is an upside option as a deeper Fantasy streamer when you need one.
Ross Dwelley, TE, 49ers (0.9): Dwelley caught three passes for 52 yards in Week 9. With George Kittle in danger of missing the rest of the Fantasy season, Dwelley and Jordan Reed (29.3 percent rostered) will have to be on your Fantasy radar to see who emerges as the more productive option at a key position for San Francisco.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Vikings (1.0): Smith scored twice on Sunday and has scored 10-plus Fantasy points in three of his past four games. That sort of output makes him worthy of consideration at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football.
Jacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks (0.1): Hollister scored a season-high 11 Fantasy points on Sunday. He was useful as a streamer at times last year for quality Fantasy production and could re-emerge as a respectable option, so he is worth a flier if you have the roster room. You have to take a chance on a player like Hollister if you can at TE.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins (22.7): The rookie threw two TD passes at Arizona Sunday and showed a lot of promise. Tagovailoa shined with some pretty throws. Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert have showed us that you cannot overlook highly acclaimed first-year QBs in Fantasy Football.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Lineup Considerations
Expect another big Tyler Lockett performance this week vs. the Rams, as he should be frequently targeted by Wilson. … Brandin Cooks might reach 100 yards vs. Cleveland. … Rashard Higgins will re-emerge as a quality Fantasy option vs. Houston. … Expect another Nelson Agholor TD vs. Denver. … Jalen Reagor may have a breakout game vs. the Giants, and is a good waiver add if you can get him. … Antonio Gibson might deliver one of his best games of the year vs. Detroit. … The Denver running game should bounce back vs, the Raiders. Phillip Lindsay is worth flex consideration, as he can score from anywhere on the field. … J.K. Dobbins has upside and is a flex option vs. New England. … D'Andre Swift is a quality choice for a good amount of yardage from scrimmage and a few TD chances vs. the Vikings. … Expect another strong outing for Drew Brees vs. San Francisco. … Lamar Jackson could have one of his better games vs. New England. … Eric Ebron is a threat to score again vs. Cincinnati. … Austin Hooper is a quality start in a return to action vs. Houston.
Week 10 Defensive Streamers:
The Eagles are a strong play for sacks and possible turnovers vs. the Giants. … New Orleans is coming off a great performance vs. Tampa Bay and the Saints are a very good play vs. the 49ers. … Miami has become worthy of regular consideration and the Dolphins are a decent play vs. the Chargers.
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