After watching the Week 9 games, some players seemed to take on a bigger role (Devin Singletary in Buffalo for example). Fantasy owners should keep an eye on this when they are looking at players to drop. If there is a player on your team that you haven't been starting or has been losing playing time, it may be time to find someone that can help you now. The fantasy playoffs are looming, and you need wins.
Teams on bye: Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia, Washington
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (18 percent owned)
It seemed that Tannehill would be someone to start in a good matchup and bench in a tough one. However, Week 9 was a tough matchup and he still managed to throw for 331 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. He added 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Titans face Kansas City this week. The Chiefs have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for three touchdowns in each of the past two games. Tannehill is a QB2 for Week 10.
Brian Hoyer, Indianapolis Colts (0 percent owned)
After Andrew Luck retired, Jacoby Brissett took over the offense. However, Brissett suffered an MCL injury in Week 9, allowing Hoyer to come in to throw for 168 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Hoyer has made his way around the league (he's been on seven different NFL teams during his 11-year career) and is a solid backup. Fantasy owners that are desperate for a quarterback in Week 10 will likely find Hoyer on the waiver wire. He's a QB2 with a good matchup against the Dolphins.
Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40 percent owned)
The Tampa Bay backfield has been a mess all year. It seemed like Jones could be the No. 1, but then Peyton Barber emerged and he was the No. 1. Neither back did much to truly run away with the job, but it seems now it's Jones' turn. He had 18 carries in Week 9 and head coach Bruce Arians declared him the starter on Monday. Jones is an RB2 for at least Week 10 against Arizona.
Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins (9 percent owned)
Normally a player who has not had more than 30 yards from scrimmage despite playing in every game this season would not be on this list. However, Kenyan Drake is now in Arizona. Mark Walton was just slapped with a four-game suspension. By default at this point, Bellage is the No. 1 running back for the Dolphins. While it is possible that the team may sign another running back (Jay Ajayi is still available), Ballage could be a desperation fill-in for this week and the next two (last ones with byes).
Ty Montgomery, New York Jets (2 percent owned)
Le'Veon Bell had an average game in Week 9, but he underwent an MRI on his knee on Monday. Whether or not the knee injury happened in the game and he played through it or this was something that was bothering him and affected his Week 9 play is unknown. The reality is that he's not 100 percent, and if he were to miss time or be limited, Montgomery would be the beneficiary. Montgomery hasn't done anything in recent weeks (as the Jets have struggled offensively), but Bell owners should grab Montgomery as a handcuff.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (36 percent owned)
Preston Williams was put on injured reserve with a knee injury following Week 9, so Parker would be the next man up. He already has four touchdowns in the past five games. With Ryan Fitzpatrick flinging the ball around, Parker's fantasy value is pointing up. He's a WR3 on a team that still is trying to lose games rather than win them, but with the bye week, he will have some value.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (21 percent owned)
With T.Y. Hilton out for at least another few weeks, Pascal steps up as the top receiver for the Colts. Even with Jacoby Brissett out, Pascal had five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He has had success with Hilton out in the past, and that should continue in Week 10 against the Dolphins as Parris Campbell will now also miss time with a fractured hand. Odds are that Brissett sits, but Brian Hoyer should be able to get him the ball enough for him to reach WR3 status. Chester Rogers (0 percent owned) is a deep league fantasy option with Campbell out.
N'Keal Harry, New England Patriots (18 percent owned)
The Patriots activated Harry prior to Week 9, but he was inactive for the game. The Patriots are on a bye in Week 10, but Harry will likely be on the field in Week 11. For fantasy owners that have an open roster spot, Harry would be a worthwhile add to see how he will be used for the last part of the season. The Fantasy players on the Patriots typically do well, so Harry may be able to help fantasy owners down the stretch. However, he may also be available after this week because of the bye.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (12 percent owned)
Fantasy owners weren't sure of how Fant would fare with Brandon Allen as quarterback. Well, in Week 9, he had three receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. While that's not the eight targets he had in Week 8, it still shows that Fant will have value with Allen. With Emmanuel Sanders gone, another pass catcher needed to step up. It seems that is Fant. The Broncos are on a bye in Week 10, but for fantasy owners looking for a tight end for the end of the season, look at Fant as a possibility.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (4 percent owned)
In the past three games, Gesicki has caught 12 of his 13 targets. In Week 9, he had six receptions for 95 yards, the most he's had all season. While chasing tight end success doesn't usually bode well for fantasy owners, the fact that Preston Williams is now out should open up a few more targets for Gesicki. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to throw the ball, which makes Gesicki a TE2.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Indianapolis Colts DST (37 percent owned)
For those streaming defenses, especially those playing the Jets or Dolphins, the Colts is the next DST up for you. The Colts face the Dolphins in Week 10. The Colts DST has actually played well, putting up fantasy points against tough opponents such as Houston, Pittsburgh, and Kansas City. Against a Dolphins team who just lost their running back and one of their top wide receivers, the Colts should be a nice streamer this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.