Mon Nov 11 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Jones scores four touchdowns
It was another uneven week of fantasy scoring. There were some huge performances but for the most part many of the fantasy scores were down. It didn’t help that several of the top offensive teams were off this week, too. Either way, if you didn’t have the guys that produced real big, you likely didn’t pile up the points in Week 10.
Passing games were pretty solid once again, though. There were six 300-yard passers and six three-touchdown performances. We did have some duds, too. There were five quarterbacks that threw for fewer than 185 yards.
Rushing games were really down. We had five 100-yard rushers and three running backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. So we had a few big games but for the most part, rushing attacks were down across the league.
The receiver position was top heavy as well. There were four players that had double-digit receptions and eight players hit the 100-yard mark. We had just three players score multiple touchdowns and two came from the same team.
So all in all, it wasn’t a great week of fantasy scoring. Scores were a little down in most leagues. Hopefully, things turned out well for you in Week 10.
Raiders 26, Chargers 24
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon finally had a breakout game on the ground, rushing 22 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 25 yards, giving him 133 total yards. He looked like the back from past years and dominated carries for the Chargers, having 22 carries compared to six for Austin Ekeler. Maybe this is the game that gets Gordon going for the rest of the year.
Fantasy Dud: Darren Waller. Waller has come back down to earth some in recent weeks as opposing defenses look to take away the talented tight end. He had three catches for 40 yards. Waller has fewer than 55 yards five of six games. He also has just seven receptions his last three games. Waller can get it going again, though, with favorable matchups against the Bengals and Jets his next two games.
Game Notes: Philip Rivers had his struggles in this one, turning the ball over three times. He was 17-of-31 for 207 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. This was his third game with multiple interceptions.
Josh Jacobs continued his great play, topping the 100 total yard mark. He had 16 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 30 yards, given him 101 total yards. Jacobs has more than 100 total yards six of nine games.
Bears 20, Lions 13
Fantasy Stud: Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky had one of his best games of the season. He didn’t even top 200 yards but found the end zone three times. He was 16-of-23 for 173 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. This was his second three-touchdown game of the season. He has been shutout five of eight games, though, making him a very hard player to trust despite this performance.
Fantasy Dud: David Montgomery. The good news is Montgomery got about all the work at running back again. But the bad news is he did very little with his chances and didn’t catch a pass. Montgomery ran 17 times for 60 yards. It was a very bad showing for Montgomery in a favorable matchup. His uneven season continued.
Game Notes: Allen Robinson had six receptions for 86 yards. This was his sixth game with six or more receptions.
Jeff Driskel was alright in his first start, going 27-of-46 for 269 yards and a touchdown with an interception. And he did this on the road against a pretty good Bears pass defense.
Ravens 49, Bengals 13
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had another one of his huge games. He led the Ravens in rushing in addition to his great passing numbers. He was 15-of-17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran seven times for 65 yards and a touchdown, giving him four total scores in the game. Jackson has topped 30 fantasy points five of nine games this year. He is having a monster second year in the NFL.
Fantasy Dud: Ryan Finley. Finley had a really rough first NFL start. He was 16-of-20 for 167 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also lost a fumble in the game. Both his interception and fumble were returned for touchdowns. Finley has a long way to go to be a solid starter in this league. He is not fantasy relevant right now.
Game Notes: Joe Mixon finally showed some signs of life, serving as the focal point of the offense. He ran 30 times for 114 yards and caught two passes for 37 yards. He had a season high 151 total yards.
Marquise Brown had his best showing since Week 2. He had four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. This was the first time he had more than 50 yards in a game since Week 2.
Browns 19, Bills 16
Fantasy Stud: Jarvis Landry. Landry led the way at receiver for the Browns, catching nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Landry has touchdowns two straight games and at least five receptions three straight. He is emerging as the go-to receiver in this offense, getting the most consistent work at receiver for the Browns. His fantasy value is rising.
Fantasy Dud: Devin Singletary. Singletary led the Bills in rushing and got the most work at running back, but that didn’t lead to good numbers from him. He ran eight times for 42 yards and caught three passes for eight yard. It was a really ho hum performance from Singletary. He might be the lead back for the Bills right now, but Singletary still has just double-digit rush attempts once all season. He isn’t a surefire play by any means.
Game Notes: Josh Allen had a solid showing in defeat. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass but ran in two and didn’t commit a turnover. He was 22-of-41 for 266 yards. He also ran six times for 28 yards and two scores. Allen has multiple touchdowns five straight games.
Kareem Hunt had 11 touches in his first game of the season. He ran four times for 30 yards and had seven receptions for 44 yards. Hunt had 74 total yards in the game.
Titans 35, Chiefs 32
Fantasy Stud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes didn’t win the game but won plenty of fantasy games with his huge performance. He was 36-of-50 for 446 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Mahomes is having a huge season once again, hitting the 300-yard mark all but one game that he started and finished. He also has five three-touchdown games. He is the most reliable fantasy quarterback in football.
Fantasy Dud: A.J. Brown. There was some high hope for Brown this week, getting a chance for a bigger role offensively with Corey Davis out. Brown didn’t get more chances, though, having just one catch for 17 yards. It was a very disappointing showing for the young receiver. Better days are ahead, but Brown has been very up and down much of the year. Expect more of the same.
Game Notes: Derrick Henry ran 23 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. This was his second 100-yard game of the season. Henry has touchdowns three of four and seven of 10 games this season.
LeSean McCoy was a surprise inactive. Damien Williams started and got much of the work at running back for the Chiefs. He ran 19 times for 77 yards and caught five passes for 32 yards. He had 109 total yards.
Falcons 26, Saints 9
Fantasy Stud: Michael Thomas. Thomas was held out of the end zone and his team struggled, but that didn't mean bad fantasy numbers for Thomas. He was his usual great fantasy self, catching 13 passes for 152 yards. Thomas has double-digit receptions two straight and five total for the season. He is already over 1,000 total yards and has 86 receptions with seven games to go. He is going to have a huge year when all is said and done.
Fantasy Dud: Drew Brees. Brees had a really bad fantasy game for his standards. He did not score a touchdown, leading to very bad fantasy numbers. He was 32-of-45 for 287 yards without a touchdown or an interception. This was the first time all season he didn’t hit the 300-yard mark in a game he started and finished. He also had multiple scores his other games, so this was an unexpected showing in what seemed like a great matchup for him.
Game Notes: Alvin Kamara returned from his injuries and struggled on the ground, rushing four times for 24 yards. He did some damage catching the ball, though, having eight receptions for 50 yards.
Brian Hill had twice as many carries as Devonta Freeman in the game. Freeman had to leave the game early because of a foot injury. Hill ran 20 times for 61 yards while Freeman had 10 carries for 38 yards.
Jets 34, Giants 27
Fantasy Stud: Darius Slayton. Slayton was the leading receiver for the Giants and had a career game. He had 10 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Slayton has multiple touchdowns two of three games. He has really emerged as a legit target in this offense. He could even continue to get work when the Giants get healthier at receiver.
Fantasy Dud: Saquon Barkley. It is amazing to see this stat, but Barkley had 13 carries for just one yards. Unreal. Teams are doing all they can to take away the star back, though, forcing the Giants to make plays in the air. Barkley had five receptions for 30 yards, helping alleviate some of his poor rushing numbers. Either way, Barkley isn’t having the year most expected. He has to be frustrated with his offensive line, though, giving him little room to run.
Game Notes: Daniel Jones might have enjoyed the best game of his young career. He was 26-of-40 for 308 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Jones has four-touchdown games two of three.
Golden Tate had a two-touchdown game, catching four passes for 95 yards and two scores. Tate has four or more receptions five straight games.
Bucs 30, Cardinals 27
Fantasy Stud: Christian Kirk. Kirk had a career game, scoring three touchdowns. He had six receptions for 138 yards and three scores. It was a game-changing performance from Kirk. This was his second 100-yard game of the season but his first scores of the year. Kirk has six or more receptions two of three games. Kirk is having a little bit of an uneven season but shown his big-game potential throughout the year.
Fantasy Dud: David Johnson. Johnson was a bust in his first game back from injury. He had five carries for just two yards and caught a pass for eight yards. He also lost a fumble in the game. Kenyan Drake had more touches in the game. Drake ran 10 times for 35 yards and caught six passes for six yards. It sure looks like Drake will continue to have a role in this offense even with Johnson back. Johnson could be a risk moving forward in a potential timeshare with Drake.
Game Notes: Kyler Murray had a three-touchdown performance. He was 27-of-44 for 324 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Murray has multiple touchdown games three of five.
O.J. Howard had four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Howard found the end zone for the first time all year and had a season high seven targets.
Dolphins 16, Colts 12
Fantasy Stud: Jack Doyle. Doyle scored the only touchdown in the game for the Colts. He had three catches for 44 yards and a score. Doyle has touchdowns two straight gams and scores three of six. He is a bit of a touchdown dependent player but is worth using as a spot starter at a thin position. Doyle has double-digit fantasy points three straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Pascal. Pascal got a lot of starts this week because of good showings in recent weeks and a prime matchup against the lowly Dolphins. Pascal did not come through for all his fantasy owners, though. He had two catches for 26 yards. You just expected much better from Pascal, especially after seeing him top 75 yards two of three games.
Game Notes: Brian Hoyer really struggled in his first start, going 18-of-39 for 204 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. As soon as Jacoby Brissett gets healthy, he returns to the starting lineup for the Colts.
Kalen Ballage was the lead back but did nothing with all his work. He had 20 carries for 43 yards and caught four passes for two yards.
Packers 24, Panthers 16
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones had a huge game for all his fantasy owners. He had 13 carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns. This was his fourth multiple touchdown game of the season. Jones is up to 14 touchdowns on the year. He is having a breakout year as the lead back for the Packers. He just keeps getting it done on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had another disappointing fantasy game. He failed to throw a touchdown pass. He was 17-of-29 for 233 yards without a touchdown or an interception. This is the second time this season Rodgers has failed to throw a touchdown pass. He also has one or no scores five of 10 games. He is not having near the fantasy season people hoped from Rodgers this year.
Game Notes: Davante Adams had seven receptions for 118 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season for Adams and he has played just six games.
Greg Olsen enjoyed one of his best games of the season, catching eight passes for 98 yards. It was the first time all year he had double-digit targets.
Steelers 17, Rams 12
Fantasy Stud: James Washington. Washington is starting to play some better football. He scored his first touchdown of the season, catching six passes for 90 yards and a score. He has 10 receptions for 159 yards his last two games. Washington is getting more consistent work in the offense, making him worth a look going forward for fantasy teams. He has the potential for the big game any given week.
Fantasy Dud: Cooper Kupp. It is hard to believe, but Kupp didn’t catch a pass in this game. And the Rams threw the ball 42 times, so it was a huge shock to see Kupp go without a reception. You just expect big production from this star receiver on a weekly basis. Kupp had at least four receptions ever game before this showing. And he was coming off a game that he topped 200 yards. He’ll rebound but this game likely killed many fantasy owners in Week 10.
Game Notes: Todd Gurley had a solid game rushing the ball, running 12 times for 73 yards. He averaged an impressive 6.1 yards per carry. He didn’t catch a pass, though, and failed to hit double-digit fantasy points for just the second time all year.
Jared Goff had his struggles on the road once again. He had three turnovers in the game and didn’t score a touchdown.
Vikings 28, Cowboys 24
Fantasy Stud: Dalvin Cook. Cook continued his huge season with another impressive performance, leading his team in rushing and receiving. He had 26 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Cook also had seven receptions for 86 yards, giving him 183 total yards and a score. Cook has 97-plus rushing yards seven of 10 games. He is over 1,400 total yards for the season and still has six games to go. Cook is having an amazing season and been a steal for all those fantasy owners that nabbed him in drafts.
Fantasy Dud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was held in check despite a heavy workload. He ran 20 times for just 47 yard, averaging only 2.4 yards per carry. He also caught just two passes for 16 yards. Elliott had three straight 100-yard games before this showing, but it was a tough matchup for him. The Vikings have a pretty solid rush defense.
Game Notes: Amari Cooper had 11 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. He was even iffy to play because of a knee injury. This was his second double-digit reception game and fourth 100-yard showing.
Dak Prescott had his second straight three-touchdown game. He was 28-of-46 for 397 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Prescott has five three-touchdown games this season.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
The Dallas Cowboys signed former Pro Bowl linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith to a one-year, $4 million deal on Wednesday. He'll receive $2 million in base value and can earn an extra $2 million from sack incentives. Smith's contract with the team will officially begin when he's reinstated by the NFL. The former seventh overall pick by the 49ers in the 2011 draft, Smith last played in 2015 with the Raiders and has been out of the league since because of multiple off-the-field incidents. He was a first-team All-Pro with San Fran in his second season in the league and recorded 19.5 sacks and 29 QB hits that year. The Cowboys are taking a flier and hoping that he can get back at least some of that form to help Dallas' defensive line in 2020. All bets are off when it comes to Smith's play, but it's a nice comeback story nonetheless.
The Seattle Seahawks signed former Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa to an undisclosed deal on Wednesday, according to his agent, David Canter. Mayowa had a career-high seven sacks in his one and only season in Oakland last season in a rotational role. The 28-year-old will likely be a rotational player again in Seattle, which limits his ceiling in IDP leagues. Should Jadeveon Clowney go elsewhere on the open market, Mayowa will look to pick up the slack in rushing the passer. In seven seasons in the NFL, Mayowa has 20 sacks and 41 QB hits in 87 games played (15 starts).
Free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has dropped his asking price at least $2 million off the more than $20 million per season that he had been looking for, according to sources. Clowney is now seeking around $17-18 million per year, and the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans remain "interested" in signing the three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher. He was traded from the Texans to the Seahawks before last season and had three sacks in 13 regular season games. Despite the lack of sacks, the 27-year-old was constantly disrupting the opponent's backfield and had two defensive touchdowns. He also dealt with a core muscle injury that required surgery, causing him to miss two games. Clowney is an injury risk but is effective when on the field. He'll be a boom/bust IDP commodity.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he doesn't think that center Mike Pouncey (neck) has "been medically cleared to play football." Pouncey, a four-time Pro Bowler, suffered a serious neck injury in 2019 and needed season-ending surgery. He started just five games in his second season with the Bolts as a result. There's no guarantee that he can stay healthy for an entire season entering his age-31 campaign, but LA's offensive line would receive a huge boost with a healthy Pouncey joining new acquisitions Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner. Often a weak spot, the Chargers offensive line will be counted on even more with Philip Rivers now in Indy.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (hip) said on Wednesday that his surgically repaired hip is fully healed and that he could play in a game at full strength right now. "I feel 100 percent," Tagovailoa said in an exclusive interview with NFL Network. "I feel like if there was a game today, I'd be able to go out and perform the same way I was able to perform in previous years. I feel as mobile as possible. I feel 100 percent." His agent, Chris Cabott, said that Tagovailoa's doctors have cleared him without restrictions. Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in this year's draft and the second QB selected after LSU's Joe Burrow, who is expected to go first overall. Tua hasn't said which teams he's met with virtually. The left-handed thrower has some injury risks, but he's extremely accurate and athletic and could be starting games in 2020 for whichever team selects him.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that quarterback Tyrod Taylor is "in the driver's seat" for the starting QB gig in 2020, "but nothing is finalized." The Chargers apparently aren't interested in signing Cam Newton, so Taylor should get the nod over Easton Stick, even if the Bolts take a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in this month's draft. Taylor made the Pro Bowl with the Bills in 2015 and has experience with Lynn coaching the offense in Buffalo. LA should be expected to become more of a run-first team if Taylor is running the show, but he could surprise given all the talent around him on offense. He'll have some low-end QB2 appeal in deeper leagues if he's starting the season under center in the post-Philip Rivers era.
The New England Patriots are releasing quarterback Cody Kessler on Wednesday, according to a source. The move leaves just Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on the team's quarterback depth chart. Kessler didn't see any game action last season with the Pats, and he has played in only 17 games (12 starts) since being taken in the third round in 2016 by the Browns. The 26-year-old (27 in May) made eight starts in his rookie season with Cleveland and went 0-8 with six touchdowns and two interceptions. In New England, it will be Stidham's job to lose over the veteran Hoyer in training camp now that Tom Brady is in Tampa Bay. It remains to be seen if the Patriots look at either Cam Newton or Andy Dalton or take a QB in this month's draft.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said that the uniqueness of quarterback Taysom Hill's role requires the team to have a third quarterback active on game days, and that won't change in 2020 with Teddy Bridgewater now in Carolina. The Saints are likely to look for the best quarterback (rookie or a veteran) that is available to be the No. 3 behind Drew Brees and Hill. New Orleans thinks highly of Hill as the heir apparent to Brees, but he's attempted just 13 passes the last two seasons, including just six attempts despite Brees missing extended time in 2019 with a finger injury. The 29-year-old gadget player won't have any lasting fantasy significance in redraft leagues unless Brees gets injured again or retires.
The New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts have been in contact with Utah State quarterback Jordan Love via FaceTime and other virtual methods, according to a source informed of the meetings. Love is projected to go anywhere from the top 10 picks to the back half of the first round in this month's draft. He has a big arm and plenty of athletic ability, but he was inconsistent in his final year in college in 2019. The Saints and Packers pick near the end of the first round and could select Love as the heir apparent to Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, respectively, if he falls that far. Some scouts think Love would benefit from sitting a year and learning behind a veteran QB.
Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said that the team has been in contact with free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Ryan spent the last three seasons with the Titans, but they are interested in bringing him back after he totaled a career-high 113 tackles (73) solo, eight QB hits, four interceptions, 18 passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 2019. He's one of the top IDP cornerbacks in the league. Clowney is holding out for around $20 million per season, but the Titans still have plenty of salary cap space left and are looking for another pass-rusher. He has never had a double-digit sack season and remains a big injury risk, but Clowney is disruptive against the run and the pass when he's on the field.
New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham appears to have the inside track on the starting job despite the signing of veteran Brian Hoyer. This all comes after Tom Brady chose to leave New England in free agency for Tampa Bay. The Patriots like Stidham, but they know he's an unknown commodity until he sees live action under center. The 23-year-old should compete with Hoyer in training camp, but it'll be Stidham's job to lose this summer. A fourth-round pick last year out of Auburn, he attempted only four passes in parts of three games in his rookie season. The Patriots don't seem interested in Andy Dalton or Cam Newton, so they may choose to sink or swim with Stidham in 2020. He won't be worth drafting except for in dynasty/keeper formats.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones averaged a broken tackle once every 7.5 rushing attempts in 2019 - good for the fourth-best mark among qualified rushers in the league. His 23 total broken tackles ranked 11th among all players.
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb was credited with 32 broken tackles in 2019 - tied with Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones for the most in the league.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones was credited with 32 broken tackles in 2019 - tied with Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb for the most in the league.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams tied Peyton Barber for the third-lowest average in rushing yards before contact (1.3), but he also finished in a tie for first with Derrick Henry (3.2) for the most rushing yards after contact.
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has led the NFL in rushing first downs in each of the previous two seasons, picking up 84 in 2018 before adding 78 more in 2019.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson kept the ball and ran 92 times on 173 run-pass option (RPO) plays last season - nearly three times as often as the next closest quarterback (Kyler Murray; 33).
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw an on-target pass - defined as a pass that did or would have hit the receiver - on a league-high 84.1 percent of his throws in 2019.
The Minnesota Vikings have been actively discussing a possible long-term contract extension with safety Anthony Harris, according to sources. There has been speculation that the Vikings were looking to trade Harris after putting the franchise tag on him, but they may wind up keeping him after all. There is an increasing belief that the 28-year-old, the NFL's top safety in 2019 per Pro Football Focus, will play for the Vikings in 2020, whether it's on the franchise tag of $11.441 million or on a new long-term deal. Harris' preference is to stay in Minnesota. He wants a deal that would put him among the highest paid safeties in the league, which could be an average of around $14 million per year. The combination of Harris and Harrison Smith give Minnesota one of the best safety combinations in the game. That is, if Harris remains with the Vikes. They'll need a strong safety duo after losing four cornerbacks during free agency.
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway was non-committal on whether the Broncos would entertain signing running back Phillip Lindsay to a long-term contract extension. Lindsay has been playing for a bargain rate the last two seasons after going undrafted, but not the Broncos had Melvin Gordon III in the backfield as well after they landed him in free agency. In comparison, Gordon is the sixth-highest paid running back in the league. Lindsay, 26 in July, came out of nowhere in his rookie season and made the Pro Bowl, and he's rushed for over 1,000 yards in both of his two seasons. But with Gordon now in tow, Lindsay won't see as many touches, especially in the passing game. It's clear the Broncos don't see him as a three-down back in this league, but they could still keep him around long-term if they can agree on something that compensates him fairly. Fantasy-wise, Lindsay will likely become a low-ceiling RB3/flex in standard-scoring formats while sharing touches with Gordon and Royce Freeman.