Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 10 Duds: Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel, Alshon Jeffery
Kerryon Johnson at CHI
Maybe the Lions should have held on to Golden Tate. In their first game without the star wide receiver, they barely managed to gain 200 yards on offense. Minnesota is a very good defense but Detroit’s opponent this week, the Bears, might be even better. They rank 5th in total defense and are particularly adept at stuffing the run, allowing just 85 rushing yards per game. Since Kerryon Johnson’s 158-yard game against the Dolphins in Week 7, he has failed to reach the 40-yard rushing mark. Their offensive line is really struggling right now and there’s a good chance the Bears welcome Khalil Mack back into the fold this week. Kerryon is a low-end RB2 this week.
Sony Michel at TEN
Sony “Playstation” Michel is expected to return for the Patriots this Sunday, but he won’t be returning to my lineup. Bill Belichick loves to rotate three running backs. He hasn’t been able to do it for much of the season because of the barrage of injuries they’ve had in the backfield but he’s found a third in converted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Michel already had his knee drained in the preseason and he re-injured it Week 7 against the Bears, causing him to miss the following two games. They need Michel to get healthy. The Patriots have their bye in Week 11 so I’m a little surprised that the plan isn’t to just hold him out for one more game. If he does in fact go, I don’t think he gets more than a third of the team’s carries. Without the volume, Sony is an RB3 this week in Tennessee.
Tyler Boyd vs. NO
To most, this probably feels like an obvious play with Boyd taking over as the number one wide receiver for the Bengals. I, for one, am not so sure about that. Tyler Boyd sort of came out of nowhere this year. He’s never played a game without A.J. Green lining up on the opposite side of field drawing the attention of the defense. That’s a luxury Boyd is going to have to do without this week. Granted, the Saints are dreadful against wide receivers, giving up the most fantasy points to the position on a per game basis, but the Bengals don’t have anyone behind Boyd that should scare them all that much. John Ross with a bum groin? Josh Malone, who’s played four snaps in his last two games? Recently promoted practice squad player Auden Tate? Kick returner Alex Erickson? I think the Saints will be savvy enough to double cover Tyler Boyd all game long, rely on their league-leading run defense, and make those second-rate receivers beat them. You play him in season-long leagues but I would spend down if you want to play a Bengals wide receiver in DFS this week.
Alshon Jeffery vs. DAL
I’ve never been a big fan of Alshon Jeffery due to his propensity for soft tissue injuries throughout his career. He missed some time to begin the season but has been pretty good since returning in Week 4. He has a tough matchup this week, however, against a Dallas defense allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Jeffery is likely going to see a lot of Byron Jones in this contest, who has been one of the best corners in the league this season. The Eagles also acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver, Golden Tate, prior to the trade deadline. Between the additional mouth feed, bad matchup, and third lowest over/under of the slate, I’d keep my distance from Jeffery in Week 10. He’s going to need to score in order to put up WR2 numbers against the Cowboys in prime time.