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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Waiver Wire Adds: Week 4
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday. Thomas has been out the past two weeks while nursing an ankle sprain. In Wednesday's practice, Thomas was reportedly moving well and showing good signs of progress. He's currently questionable for Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. If he's able to go, Drew Brees will see a boost in his value, while Tre'Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders become more risky plays. Make sure to monitor the situation closely over the next few days if you're a Thomas owner.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) is expected to play in the team's Week 4 game on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Crowder missed the team's previous two games while dealing with a hamstring injury. It doesn't sound as if Crowder will be 100% for the Thursday's game, but he is still worth starting as a WR3 in all fantasy formats, especially in PPR. In his only game this year, Crowder caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. The Jets have been sorely missing him in their passing game the previous two weeks.
The Los Angeles Rams Defense has played well to start the year, and they finally have fantasy value in Week 4. The New York Giants look like one of the worst teams in football, and they're dealing with injuries to just about every offensive weapon they have. Lineman Aaron Donald remains one of the most dominant weapons in football, and he's going to have a field day against the interior of New York. This Rams' team can take advantage of the mistakes that quarterback Daniel Jones is going to make, and they could keep the points total extremely low.
Los Angeles Rams kicker Samuel Sloman is a top-10 option in Week 4 behind this offense. This Rams' group looks closer to the one we saw in 2018 when they could move the ball at will against most defenses, and that's going to continue against the New York Giants. The Giants just look brutal right now, and that's great for kickers. Additionally, this is a home game for the Rams, which means that weather will not be an issue inside SoFi Stadium. Behind this high-octane offense, you can safely put Sloman into your lineups this week.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee had a rough go of things in Week 3, but Week 4 is his chance to bounce back. The Giants have done well at defending tight ends early in the season, but they haven't played a player of Higbee's caliber. Higbee scored three touchdowns in Week 2, and I think he gets into the end zone again this week. He gives quarterback Jared Goff a safe option across the middle, and the Giants are dealing with issues at the safety position with multiple injuries to start the year. Higbee is a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues this week.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green has been targeted in the end zone six times through three games with zero touchdowns.
Fantasy Spin: Green was once one of the premier receivers in the NFL and a fantasy stud, but these days it's uncertain whether he or Tyler Boyd is the No. 1 receiver in the Queen City. He has tumbled into the WR3 or flex fantasy area heading into Week 4.
Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the first time since injuring his shoulder in training camp. 'We'll take it day-to-day and know more by the end of the week,' head coach Zac Taylor said.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods had a tough matchup in Week 3, but things get a lot easier in Week 4 against the New York Giants. The Giants don't have a cornerback that can stick with Woods with any consistency, and he's going to have a number of opportunities where he's running wide open. It's rare that Woods as the upside to be a WR1, but this is one of those chances. Woods has shown a good knack for finding the end zone this year, and it will only take some receptions and one big play to give him that WR1 week. He's a safe play again this week.
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson has a great matchup in Week 4 against the New York Giants. Over the last two weeks, he's averaged over 6.0 yards per carry. His offensive line is opening wide-open lanes for him to hit, and he's blasting through them. In Week 4, he draws the New York Giants who are just getting gashed to start the year. Their strength is defending the run with their front seven, but Henderson is just getting too much work to bench him. As long as he's getting the lead-back duties, he can give you a safe amount of RB2 production every week.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has started the year on a slow pace, but he finally broke through in Week 3 with a 25.7 point performance against the Buffalo Bills. In Week 4, his matchup gets even better against the New York Giants. Their biggest weakness on defense is in the secondary, and they don't have anyone that can keep with Kupp. He has a safe floor as a WR2, but he has a ceiling as a WR1 this week. He gets great volume, and he is a rock-solid option for quarterback Jared Goff. Lock him in this week.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is on a quest for a QB1-level season. He's currently QB9 as things stand, and he has a solid chance to improve that standing in Week 4 against the New York Giants. The Giants were just demolished at home by the San Francisco 49ers with backups starting all over the place. This Rams' offense just scored 28 unanswered points against the Buffalo Bills in one half, and they can do that again this week. Goff is a safe option in Week 4 for leagues with at least 12 teams, and he should give you low-end QB1 production.
Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (groin), rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee), cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) and defensive end Benson Mayowa (groin) all missed practice on Wednesday. Adams is the top fantasy safety in the game in IDP leagues, but he could be in real danger of missing this Sunday's contest against Miami. The Seahawks Defense has given up a ton of yardage (439.7 passing yards per game) through the first three weeks, but they're on the streaming radar this week with the Dolphins on the docket. However, if Adams and some of their other defenders are forced to sit out, you may want to rethink using Seattle as a one-week play.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Carson is dealing with a minor knee sprain, but he certainly has a chance to face the Dolphins in Week 4 after getting in a limited practice to start the week. However, the oft-injured 26-year-old could be limited this Sunday even if he's active, which will make him a pretty risky fantasy commodity this week. Carlos Hyde is next in line to see more touches if Carson sits out or is limited, with Travis Homer behind Hyde in the pecking order. Fantasy managers should get a better read on how healthy Carson really is after a few more practices.
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert took all of the reps in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30 with QB Tyrod Taylor (lung) not practicing. However, head coach Anthony Lynn has not yet officially named Herbert the starter for Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fantasy Spin: If Herbert is tabbed for his third consecutive start, he is only worth a look as a QB2 in fantasy leagues which require two starting signal callers.
The Atlanta Falcons Defense should be well off the starting radar for this week against Green Bay. The ATL defense has been the Achilles heel of this team as they have blown late leads in Weeks 2 and 3. They have allowed 38, 40, and 30 points thus far this season and now face a Green Bay team that has scored close to 40 points each game. There is no reason to trust this defense.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (chest, ribs) and defensive end Joey Bosa (ankle, triceps) both missed practice on Wednesday. The Chargers aren't ruling Taylor out for the Week 4 matchup against the Buccaneers, but this isn't a good start to the week for the QB. He's recovering from a punctured lung that has caused him to miss the last two games, which has led to rookie Justin Herbert getting his first two starts under center. If healthy, Taylor could reclaim the starting gig, but he's nothing more than a low-end QB2 in an offense that would prefer to run the ball. Bosa is a must-start IDP asset when he's healthy, and the Chargers Defense will surely need him if they want to slow Tom Brady down this Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage is a flex play if he is active this week against the Packers. Gage suffered a head injury in Week 3 which caused him to miss much of the game. It remains unclear whether he will play in Week 4. The 2018 pick put up an impressive first two games before going down in Week 3. He recorded over 100 yards in Week 1 and has seen 12 and nine targets in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. There is a growing rapport between Gage and Matt Ryan, so he is certainly in the flex conversation in what could be a high-scoring game at Lambeau. If Gage plays and Julio Jones doesn't, Gage's value would increase.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst is a low-end TE1 for Week 4. Hurst has been hard to figure out on this offense, as he saw eight targets and got 72 yards in Week 2, but only had one reception for one yard in Week 3 when Julio Jones was out and Russell Gage was injured for most of the game. At this point, we don't know which version of Hurst we may get this week, so he can be started as a TE1 in bigger leagues, but there is added risk considering his production could be huge or completely small.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (quadriceps) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee) were both limited in practice on Wednesday. Michel has dealt with plenty of injuries so far in his career, so this one is worth watching, but as of right now, he seems like a good bet to play in Week 4 against the Chiefs. Michel ran all over the Raiders in the victory last week, but KC's defensive front will be a much tougher matchup. Consider him as more of a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex. Edelman is frequently on the injury report with minor injuries but usually plays through them. He was quiet last week in a game in which Rex Burkhead scored three times. The Pats will have to throw the ball to keep up with the Chiefs in this contest, making Edelman a good bet to bounce back as a WR2. The Chiefs are a bit beat up in the secondary as well.
Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II is an RB2 for the Week 4 clash against the Packers. Though he hasn't been a factor in the receiving game, Gurley has seen no less than 14 carries and 56 rushing yards in a game this season. His role as the lead back is not in peril and as long as he stays healthy, the RB will see decent volume each week. The Packers have allowed the third-most points to fantasy RBs, meaning Gurley has great value for this week.