The Washington Football Team will be looking for their second road win this season, when they take on the Detroit Lions in Week 10. Washington is coming off a heartbreaking 23-20 loss to the New York Giants at FedEx Field.
The Football Team lost starting quarterback Kyle Allen to an ankle injury, thrusting backup quarterback Alex Smith into the game. The 36-year-old Alex Smith was 24-of-35 for 325 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
The Detroit Lions are in the same boat with Washington, losing 34-20 to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9. Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled under center with two interceptions, while the Lions’ run defense could not stop Dalvin Cook who ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Washington: #24 overall — #31 offense, #6 defense, #24 special teams
Lions: #21 overall — #19 offense, #25 defense, #15 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Terry McLaurin, WR, $6,800
With Alex Smith likely the starter going forward for Washington, he’ll be looking to feed the football a lot to second-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin. In Week 9 against New York, McLaurin had seven receptions (eight targets) for 115 yards and a touchdown. It was third time this season, he crossed the century mark. The former Ohio State standout might have a chance for another big game on Sunday as the Lions’ defense is allowing 24.3 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Antonio Gibson, RB, $5,600
The rookie running back out of Memphis did not have a great game against the Giants in Week 9. He had 55 yards of total offense and a touchdown. Gibson couldn't carry over the momentum he had against the Cowboys, where he ran for a career-high 128 yards. That being said, he will be facing a Detroit defense that could not stop Cook last week. Gibson is a baseline RB2/FLEX play.
T.J. Hockensen, TE, $5,100
The second-year tight end scored his fifth touchdown of the season against the Vikings in Week 9. It was Hockensen’s third touchdown in four games. He also saw his targets go up without Pro Bowl wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who is week-to-week with a hip injury.
Hockensen will be looking to find the end zone again in Week 10 and is a definite top-10 fantasy play.
Matt Stafford, QB, $5,800
Stafford will be looking to bounce back after an ugly performance against the Vikings. The veteran quarterback missed most of practice last week as he was placed on the COVID-19/injured reserved list. We should expect Stafford to pick it up against a WFT defense that is allowing 20.4 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.