Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 10 Studs: Mark Ingram, Aaron Jones, Jack Doyle
Mark Ingram at CIN
Outside of his return from suspension in Week 5, Mark Ingram has let fantasy owners down in 2018. He was drafted as high as the 5th round in a lot of leagues, despite the news that he’d be missing the first four games of the season, and he has yet to get fully back on track. A big reason for that is the Saints defense hasn’t performed nearly as well as they did last year, and that has resulted in more close games. Ingram’s usage is, unfortunately, going to be tied to game script. When they’re up, they’ll use him to grind out the clock. When engaged in a shootout as they had with the Rams last week, Kamara will be on the field a lot more. I think this game sets up for the former. The Bengals aren’t as good as their record suggests. They’re dead last in total defense and the absence of A.J. Green will make it harder for their offense to move the ball. I expect the New Orleans to roll Cincinnati on their home turf and that should translate to a nice day for Ingram. He’s a high-end RB2 this week.
Aaron Jones vs. MIA
I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see the Packers ship Ty Montgomery off to Baltimore after his devastating kick return fumble that ended their bid to take down the Rams in Week 8. They now have just two mouths to feed in the backfield. In their first game with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams carrying the load, Jones outcarried Williams 14 to 7. I get that he had a costly fumble of his own in that game, but I don’t care. He’s leading the league in yards per carry amongst qualified running backs at 6.0 while Williams languishes at 3.8. That being said, I think we’re going to continue to see the backfield touches trend in Jones’ direction. The Dolphins give up 136.1 rushing yards per game and they are going to have their hands full on the road with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Packers are going to get up quick in this one and run the ball at will. Jones has a good shot to eclipse 136 yards by himself this week.
Insert Cincinnati Bengals WR not named Tyler Boyd here vs. NO
This is going to be more of a deep league desperation play or DFS bargain buy. The Saints give up the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers and the 7th fewest to running backs. So, we know they are very vulnerable to the passing game. The question is, who can we look to outside of Tyler Boyd? Of the 182 WR targets Andy Dalton has thrown this season, a whopping 78% have gone to him and A.J. Green. John Ross is practicing fully again after missing some time with a groin injury so it looks likely that he will be the number two this week. Either of them will be a good dart throw this week but I’m digging even deeper. Alex Erickson is a guy that has been getting a lot of snaps on offense while Ross has been out of the lineup. He hasn’t done much of anything with them, but they were playing him out of position on the outside rather than in the slot where he belongs. With no A.J. Green this week, I think the Bengals will be forced to move Tyler Boyd to the outside in three WR sets. The slot is an area of weakness for the Saints and as the returner for the Bengals, Erickson has the shiftiness to be effective there. I think he’s a great tournament play with a legit chance to return 3x value.
Jack Doyle vs. JAX
O’Doyle Rules is back, and he raised both fists in the air to declare it so in his return against the Raiders in Week 8. He torched them for 6/70/1 in a game that the Colts really didn’t need to throw the ball all that much. The Jaguars are undoubtedly a tougher matchup, but Andrew Luck is rolling right now and he loves his tight ends. I think the Colts are going to run a ton of two tight end sets and try to run the ball and hit Jacksonville with play action in this one. Doyle out-snapped Eric Ebron 57 to 17 against the Raiders and also received four more targets so I think it’s clear who the number one tight in Indianapolis is. I have confidence in Doyle as a TE1 this week at home.