Fantasy Football Week 10: Sunday's Studs and Duds
With only one game remaining in Week 10, I took a look at some of Sunday's outstanding (and not-so-outstanding) performances.
Here are some Week 10 Fantasy Football Studs from Sunday:
QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans: While I'm sure nobody started him, Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Jake Locker and scored 23 fantasy points and he's the fourth-highest scoring fantasy quarterback through Sunday. Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while adding a rushing score as well. With what is believed to be a Lisfranc injury, Locker's season appears to be done.
QB - Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: Among quarterbacks that played on Sunday, Manning and Drew Brees were the only quarterbacks to score more fantasy points than Fitzpatrick. For Manning, it was just another day at the office: 330 passing yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
QB - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: In their first nine games of the season, the Cowboys had allowed four 400-yard games, which was an NFL record. Brees came short of 400 yards by only eight yards, but he completed 34 of 41 attempts for 392 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
RB - Andre Brown, New York Giants: Making his season debut, Brown picked up where he left off. By that, I mean Brown had a five-game scoring streak last year before his season was cut short and he scored a touchdown Sunday afternoon as well. With an enormous 30-carry workload, Brown rushed for 115 yards and the score as the Giants extended their winning streak to three games.
RB - Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: For the second week in a row, Lynch gained at least 125 yards on the ground as he rushed for a season-high 145 yards and scored for the first time in three games. On the season, Lynch has 191 carries for 871 yards and seven touchdowns plus 22 receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown.
RB - LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: For the third time this season, McCoy exceeded 150 rushing yards. McCoy had 25 carries for 155 yards. In 10 games this season, McCoy has 1,258 yards from scrimmage.
RB - Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints: Sproles caught seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, but he also had five carries for 12 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Sproles is one of four running backs with at least 20 fantasy points this week in leagues that use standard scoring.
RB - Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints: For the first time in his NFL career, Ingram has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. Going into today's game, Ingram had just 21 attempts for 50 yards on the season. Against the Cowboys, Ingram had 14 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown plus two receptions for 15 yards.
RB - Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints: The Cowboys defense was so bad (everyone say, "how bad was it?") that not one, not two, but three Saints running backs made this list. In fact, there were only four running backs with 20-plus fantasy points this week (through Sunday) and three of them are Saints. (The other is Lynch.)
WR - Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams: Austin had only two receptions on Sunday, but those two receptions were for 81 and 57 yards, respectively, and went for touchdowns. In fact, he managed to score three times today counting his 98-yard punt return for a touchdown.
WR - Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: For the second week in a row, Marshall finished with at least seven catches, 100 yards and a score. He finished today with a stat line of 7/139/2. Marshall now has eight touchdowns in nine games this season.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: Jeffery had a season-high 18 targets and finished with a team-high nine receptions for 114 yards today. The second-year receiver now has four 100-yard games in his past six games and a total of 34 receptions for 631 yards and three touchdowns during that stretch. In addition, he has six carries for 64 yards during that span.
WR - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles: Once again, Cooper went over 100 yards and scored multiple touchdowns. After finishing last week's game with a line of 5/139/3, Cooper had just three receptions today but he finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns.
WR - Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Thomas led the Broncos in receptions (seven), yards (108) and touchdowns (three). It was the 11th 100-yard game of his career (in the regular season) but the first in which he has scored thrice.
WR - A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Targeted 15 times, Green finished with eight receptions for 151 yards and a (very fortunate) touchdown. Green has now exceeded 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games, but he has a difficult matchup next week against the Browns.
TE - Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos: When it wasn't Demaryius, it was the other Thomas scoring. Or perhaps when it wasn't Julius, it was the other Thomas scoring since Julius scored first. Either way, Demaryius and Julius Thomas, no relation, scored all four of the Broncos' TDs today. This Thomas had three catches for 96 yards and a score. He now has nine touchdowns this season.
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Here are some Week 10 Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday:
QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick has played in nine games this season and he has now finished with less than 200 passing yards in seven of those games. As disappointing as his numbers have been this year, Kaepernick threw for a season-low 91 yards, no touchdowns and one interception today.
QB - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Despite throwing for nearly twice as many yards as Kaepernick, Newton had a dud performance as well. He completed exactly half of his 32 pass attempts for 169 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. It was only his second game with less than 200 passing yards and only his second game without a touchdown this season.
RB - Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: As I tweeted earlier on Sunday, the good news was that TRich led the team's running backs in rushing yards. The bad news is that he gained a season-low two yards on his five carries. Richardson has a favorable matchup on Thursday Night against the Titans, but I have zero confidence in his ability to exploit the matchup.
RB - Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons: Although the Seahawks have one of the league's best defenses, they were coming off back-to-back performances where they allowed 100-yard rushers. On nine carries, Jackson was only able to muster 11 yards on the ground and a total of 20 yards from scrimmage. In his past three games, Jackson has 33 carries for just 74 yards (2.24 YPC).
RB - Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: In his previous two games, Forte had 288 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. In his second game against the Lions Sunday, Forte had just 17 carries for 33 yards and four receptions for 16 yards. Although I didn't see the whole game, Forte had at least one touchdown called back due to a holding penalty.
RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills: After a bounce-back performance last week against the Chiefs, Spiller had a much more favorable matchup this week and did not deliver for his fantasy owners. Spiller had 11 touches — eight carries and three receptions — and finished with only 34 scrimmage yards.
RB - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: Once again, Rice had a dud performance. He managed to gain only 30 yards on 18 carries, which averages to only 1.67 yards per carry. Rice has yet to average more than 3.4 YPC in any game this season. He did add six receptions for 26 yards, but you hope to get more than 56 scrimmage yards from a guy drafted to be your stud RB1.
WR - Wes Welker, Denver Broncos: Not only did Welker finish with a season-low 21 yards on three receptions, but it was only the second time this season that Welker failed to find the end zone.
WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Targeted a game-high 10 times, Cruz finished with only three receptions for 37 yards. In the teams first four games, Cruz went over 100 yards three times and scored four touchdowns. Since then, Cruz has no 100-yard games or touchdowns in five games.
WR - Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers: Since his brilliant Week 1 performance (13/208/1), Boldin has a total of 28 receptions for 366 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Today he had three catches for 23 yards, which is third game with less than 30 yards in his past five games.
WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin made a "bold prediction" this morning that Fitz would break out in a huge way. He didn't. Matching Boldin, his former Cardinals teammate, Fitz fell just short of Irvin's 235-yard prediction and finished with three receptions for 23 yards.
WR - Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Despite having only one reception, Bryant led the Cowboys in receiving yards (44). It was only the third time this season that Bryant had single-digit fantasy points in a game.
TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Witten had two receptions for 27 yards. It is the third time in the past five games that Witten has had 27 yards or less. In addition, it was the sixth time this season that he has finished with less than five fantasy points in a game.
My Week 11 fantasy football rankings will be released on Monday.