2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Studs and Duds: Week 10

2013-11-11 09:37:54
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Thomas scored three times

Another week and another huge set of performances by several players. It was another big week for fantasy teams. There were two quarterbacks that scored four touchdowns. Six receivers scored at least two touchdowns. And running backs didn't have huge touchdown games but did pile up some yards for once with three guys topping 140 yards. It was another high-scoring affair in many fantasy leagues. And once again, we hope you were on the positive end of things in Week 10.

Vikings 34, Redskins 27

Fantasy Stud: Robert Griffin. Griffin continues to hit his stride for fantasy teams. He threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran for 44 yards. It was another big showing for Griffin in Week 10. Griffin has thrown for 280-plus yards three of the last four games. He is more confident on his knee and it is showing in his play.

Fantasy Dud: Greg Jennings. Despite another good matchup, Jennings continues to do very little. He caught three passes for 18 yards. Jennings has fewer than 50 yards four of the last five games. He just isn't a guy fantasy teams can trust right now. He has yet to top 100 yards in a game and has just two touchdowns.

Game Notes: John Carlson started at tight end because Kyle Rudolph is out and had a great showing in a starting role. Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. He could have some fantasy value going forward.

Alfred Morris hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He had his best game of the season, rushing 26 times for 139 yards. Morris is over 800-rushing yards for the season and is on pace for another 1,000-yard season.

Rams 38, Colts 8

Fantasy Stud: Tavon Austin. Austin finally had his breakout game his rookie season, scoring three touchdowns (two receiving and one punt return). Austin caught just two passes but both went for long scores, finishing with 138-receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown. Austin showed his big-play ability in the game. Austin has huge potential when he has the ball in space.

Fantasy Dud: Trent Richardson. Richardson was invisible once again, rushing five times for just two yards. He did catch three passes for 33 yards, which was a plus, but his horrible day rushing was a killer for fantasy teams. Richardson now averages fewer than three yards per carry for the season and hasn't topped 50-rushing yards since Week 5. Richardson is one of the biggest busts in fantasy this season.

Game Notes: Andrew Luck had maybe his worst game of the season. He turned the ball over four times (three interceptions and a lost fumble). Luck was 29-of-47 for 353 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. Luck did finish with good yardage numbers but got many of those with the game out of hand. He did very little early in the game.

Zac Stacy scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He rushed 26 times for 62 yards and a score. Stacy has 26 or more carries three straight games.

Seahawks 33, Falcons 10

Fantasy Stud: Golden Tate. Tate has emerged as the top receiver for the Seahawks. He had another good showing in Week 10, catching six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Tate has scores two of three games and 77 or more yards three of four. Tate is the clear No. 1 receiver in this offense and a low-end No. 2 or 3 for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Dud: Steven Jackson. The Seahawks allowed 405-rushing yards the last two games, so many Jackson owners were excited for this matchup. Unfortunately, Jackson played like he did all season, running nine times for 11 yards. Jackson is proving to be bench material no matter the matchup. He has yet to score a touchdown or top 80-rushing yards in a game.

Game Notes: Marshawn Lynch had 24 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown. Lynch has two straight 100-yard games and scores three of the last five games. He is having another big season as the lead back for the Seahawks.

Roddy White returned from his various injuries but managed just a catch for 20 yards. He clearly isn't 100 percent recovered from his injuries. White doesn't have a game this season with more than 50 yards.

Lions 21, Bears 19

Fantasy Stud: Brandon Marshall. Marshall continues to play as well as any receiver in the game. He had seven receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall has two straight 100-yard games and touchdowns four of five games. He has eight touchdowns for the season and is nearing 800-receiving yards. Marshall is a must start no matter the matchup.

Fantasy Dud: Matt Forte. Forte had a poor showing in a good matchup, which is rare for him. Forte ran 17 times for just 33 yards, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. He also didn't do much as a receiver, catching four passes for 16 yards. This was the first time all season Forte didn't have at least 50-rushing yards in a game. You just didn't expect this type of showing from Forte against the Lions.

Game Notes: Matthew Stafford had a three-touchdown game, giving him three in the last four games. Stafford was 18-of-35 for 219 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Stafford has 21 total touchdowns this season.

Reggie Bush had just 14 carries but managed to hit the 100-yard mark rushing. He ran for 105 yards, averaging an impressive 7.5 yards per carry. Bush has 966 total yards for the season.

Eagles 27, Packers 13

Fantasy Stud: Riley Cooper. Cooper is red hot in the Eagles passing game right now. He caught three passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper has two straight 100-yard games and five touchdowns those two games. He has a very nice rapport with current start Nick Foles, which bodes well for him going forward.

Fantasy Dud: James Starks. Starks was gaining fantasy value after two good showings the past two games but he didn't do much with his handful of chances this week. Starks had four carries for five yards and a reception for nine yards. His carry total was his lowest of the season but he hasn't had double-digit carries since Week 3. He is going to get around six to eight touches per game, giving him some fantasy value but also making him hit or miss for fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Seneca Wallace wasn't in the game long, leaving very early with a groin injury. This brought in Scott Tolzien, who had never attempted a pass in the NFL. Tolzien played well, though, going 24-of-39 for 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He could get a few more starts until Aaron Rodgers is ready to return.

Nick Foles threw three more touchdown passes. He was 12-of-18 for 228 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Foles hasn't thrown an interception all season and has 17 total scores in six games.

Giants 24, Raiders 20

Fantasy Stud: Andre Brown. Brown made his season debut and set a career high with carries, showing he is clearly healthy. Brown made a big impact for the Giants, rushing 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. He could have a big impact for fantasy teams down the stretch this season. Brown has talent and can make plenty of plays in the running game. We expect him to get plenty of carries the rest of the way with the Giants struggling throwing the ball.

Fantasy Dud: Eli Manning. Manning had a dream matchup against the Raiders, a team that just allowed seven passing touchdowns last week. But Manning had another bad game. He had opportunities to score a couple different times and made some bad throws. He finished the game 12-of-22 for 140 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Manning just isn't a guy fantasy teams should be playing right now.

Game Notes: Rashad Jennings looked good in a starting role for the Raiders. Jennings ran 20 times for 88 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards, giving him 107 total yards. He has solid value as a No. 2 fantasy back as long as he is starting.

Rueben Randle scored a touchdown for the fourth time in five games. He caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. He has just 12 targets the last four games but is certainly making the most of his chances.

Steelers 23, Bills 10

Fantasy Stud: Le'Veon Bell. Bell had another good overall showing, posting very consistent numbers in a starting role for the Steelers. Bell had 57-rushing yards and 39-receving yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown, giving him 96 total yards and a touchdown. Bell has scores two of three games and averages 87.5 total yards per game for the season.

Fantasy Dud: C.J. Spiller. Spiller reverted back to his old ways after a big showing last week. He ran eight times for just 23 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards, giving him just 34 total yards in the game. He looked healthy enough in the game but just continues to lack consistency for fantasy teams. He has been all over the place on a weekly basis.

Game Notes: Antonio Brown had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught six passes for 104 yards. Brown has been a model of consistency all season, though, having at least 50 yards in every game. He has a good chance to finish with 100-plus receptions and more than 1,000-receiving yards.

E.J. Manuel had his struggles in his first game back from knee surgery. He scored a touchdown with just a few seconds left in the game but was shutout up until that point. He finished 22-of-39 for 155 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Jaguars 29, Titans 27

Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was started in just 0.12 percent of leagues this week but for that owner or two that used Fitzpatrick for some reason, great work. Fitzpatrick had a big game in relief of the injured Jake Locker. Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed for 13 yards and a touchdown, giving him three total scores without an interception. Fitzpatrick is capable of the big game in a starting role, giving him some upside as a spot starter if he gets a few more starts this year.

Fantasy Dud: Chris Johnson. Johnson did do some damage in the passing game, catching five passes for 43 yards, but was shutdown running the ball. He continues to be a hard guy to figure out for fantasy teams. Johnson ran 12 times for 30 yards and also lost a fumble in the game. He had a huge game last week and a great matchup in this game but failed to produce for fantasy teams. You never know what you are going to get with Johnson.

Game Notes: Jake Locker was forced from the game early with some sort of foot injury. He was 4-of-9 for 15 yards and an interception before leaving. Locker has a long injury history, so don't be surprised if he misses some time with this latest injury.

Maurice Jones-Drew scored his second touchdown of the season. He finished with 74 total yards and a score. Jones-Drew has shown some life in recent weeks, having 196 total yards the last two games.

Ravens 20, Bengals 17

Fantasy Stud: A.J. Green. Green continues to produce big numbers on a weekly basis. He caught eight passes for 151 yard and a touchdown, which was a Hail Mary to send the game into overtime. Green has five straight games with 100-plus yards. Green is already over 1,000 yards for the season and still has six games left to play.

Fantasy Dud: Ray Rice. Rice actually produced better than he has in recent weeks but that isn't saying much. He ran 18 times for 30 yards, averaging 1.7 yards per carry, and caught six passes for 26 yards. He had 56 total yards, which sadly was one of his higher yardage games of the season. Rice is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry and seems to have lost a step or his playing with some sort of injury that we aren't aware.

Game Notes: Gio Bernard seemed to be in a little pain with his sore ribs but produced fine on the field. He led the team in rush attempts, rushing 14 times for 58 yards. He also caught eight passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Bernard has scores two straight games and 199 total yards during those games.

Andy Dalton threw three interceptions for the second straight game, turning the ball over way too much for the Bengals to win the game. Dalton was 24-of-51 for 274 yards and two interceptions with three interceptions. Dalton is up to 13 interceptions on the season but does have 18 touchdowns.

Panthers 10, 49ers 9

Fantasy Stud: Frank Gore. Gore didn't score a touchdown but was the most productive offensive player in the game. Gore ran 16 times for 82 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. He finished with 103 total yards. Gore has more than 100 total yards three of four games. He is having another very consistent season as the 49ers top running back. Gore is over 800 total yards for the year.

Fantasy Dud: Cam Newton. There were many poor offensive performances in this one but Newton gets the nod because of his great play the last several weeks. Newton failed to score a touchdown or throw for 200 yards. He was 16-of-32 for 169 yards with an interception. Newton also ran seven times for just 17 yards. It was a very disappointing showing after a string of good games. Newton did lead his team to victory, though, which was encouraging. He should do better in more favorable matchups going forward.

Game Notes: Vernon Davis suffered a concussion during the game and wasn't able to return. He caught a pass for two yards before leaving. He'll have to go through the concussion protocol before being cleared for the game in Week 11.

Jonathan Stewart led the Panthers in carries this week, getting 13 compared to eight for DeAngelo Williams. Williams outgained Stewart, though, rushing for 46 yards and a score while Stewart managed 41 yards.

Cardinals 27, Texans 24

Fantasy Stud: Case Keenum. Keenum continues to produce as the starter for the Texans. He was 22-of-43 for 201 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. The bad news is Keenum continues to struggle in the second half of games after producing big early. But fantasy teams don't care about his second-half struggles as long as his overall numbers look fine in the end. Keenum has seven touchdowns without an interception in three games this season.

Fantasy Dud: Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald caught three passes for just 23 yards. He had three Cardinals receivers outgain him in the game, which is always surprising. But Fitzgerald isn't having near the season of past years. Fitzgerald has fewer than 50 yards three straight games and just one 100-yard game for the season. He still is a decent fantasy play but not the elite option of past years.

Game Notes: Andre Johnson caught five passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns. He has five scores the last two games. Keenum is looking his way often, giving him 25 targets the last two weeks.

Rashard Mendenhall returned to action and led the team with 13 carries but Andre Ellington ran 11 times and gained more yards (55). Mendenhall finished with 42 yards and lost a fumble.

Broncos 28, Chargers 20

Fantasy Stud: Demaryius Thomas. Thomas found the end zone three times Sunday afternoon. He had seven receptions for 108 yards and three scores. This was his third multiple touchdown game of the season but just his second 100-yard showing. Thomas is right on pace for another 1,000-yard and double-digit touchdown season. He is a top No. 1 for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Dud: Keenan Allen. Big things were expected from Allen in a game that was supposed to have plenty of fantasy points for both teams. But Allen never got going and finished with four receptions for 41 yards. We were expecting another 100-yard game with a touchdown or two. Allen had 100-yard games three of four before this showing. Allen remains a top option going forward but is likely going to continue to get plenty of attention from defenses in the coming weeks.

Game Notes: Peyton Manning looked to hurt his knee late in the game but was able to stay in and take the kneel downs to end the game. He did look to be in some pain, though. Keep an eye on the notes going forward. Manning had his usual great game, going 25-of-36 for 330 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Moreno failed to score a touchdown for the first time since Week 3. He had a good yardage game, though, rushing for 65 yards while catching eight passes for 49 yards. He is now over 800 total yards for the season despite getting little work early in the year.

Saints 49, Cowboys 17

Fantasy Stud: Mark Ingram. There were any number of Saints players to take for this award but Ingram gets the honor because his performance was the most unexpected. Ingram had his best game of the year, rushing 17 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 15 yards, giving him 160 total yards in the game. Ingram averaged 10.4 yards per carry, gashing the Cowboys' defense carry after carry. This performance likely earns him more work going forward. Will he take advantage? That is the big question for Ingram. He certainly has the talent to perform well.

Fantasy Dud: Dez Bryant. Bryant had one of his few down games of the season, catching just a pass for 44 yards. You expected better things from him in a game that was expected to be high scoring for both sides. The Saints double teamed Bryant much of the game, though, and gave him little room to run. We wouldn't get too down on him over this game but you can be upset at Bryant for a week.

Game Notes: Drew Brees was about flawless in the game, going 34-of-41 for 392 yard and four touchdowns without an interception. Brees has four or more scores two of the last three games. He has 26 total touchdowns for the season.

Jimmy Graham played but was a little more limited in the game, getting fewer snaps than the previous game. He did produce pretty well despite getting less playing time. Graham caught five passes for 59 yards, proving he is a must start even if less than 100 percent.

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