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.
Five Hot Starts: Week 4
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is coming off of his best performance of the year and will look to keep it going in what should be an entertaining battle against the New England Patriots. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is likely staying up at night trying to find a game plan to stop Mahomes and the Chiefs explosive offense, but Mahomes as shown that the offense he leads is one of the best in a long time and wont be easy to stop. The Patriots Defense has only allowed 66 points on the season, but they have allowed 357 yards passing per game. The Patriots are likely to try run the ball and clock to prevent Mahomes from being on the field, but the MVP has shown that he doesnt need much time to do damage and he remains a QB1 every week.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson will square off with the Cardinals in Week 4. Anderson has gotten off to a great start, as he's caught 20 of 23 targets for 278 receiving yards and one score through three games. The 27-year-old connected on a 75-yard score in Week 1, so there's always the threat of the big play when he's out there. Arizona has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing wideouts, though they have surrendered the 10th-most passing plays of 20 yards or more and the seventh-most of 40 or more. Anderson can be volatile but his target share this year makes him easier to trust. He's a WR3 this week in a game where the Panthers could be playing from behind.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers will have a difficult matchup in Week 4 against the undefeated Bears. Rivers has been an average fantasy performer through the first three weeks with three passing touchdowns and three interceptions. The Bears Defense ranks seventh against opposing quarterbacks, so it is not likely that he will that he will have a strong fantasy day. The Bears also lead the league in opposing quarterback completion percentage, so it is also reasonable to expect Rivers to be inefficient. Combine these aspects with the fact that Rivers has not thrown the ball much over the last two weeks, and there is no reason to suggest that Rivers will be a viable fantasy option this week. DraftKings agrees and has his price set at $5,500.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will draw a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 4. Kelce is the top option with wide receiver Tyreek Hill for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but the Patriots have done a stellar job against the tight end position in 2020. The Patriots have only allowed eight receptions, 73 yards and a touchdown to tight ends in three weeks and had their way with Darren Waller in Week 3 against the Raiders. Kelce is arguably the best tight end in the game and should be started every week, but those in DFS may want to check out other options in Week 4.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) is active for Thursday night's contest against the Denver Broncos. It remains to be seen how much Crowder actually plays in this game and he's a fairly risky option in season-long leagues, but he is an intriguing play in DFS. Braxton Berrios's Week 4 value takes a hit with this news and should only be started in deep leagues.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson has three touchdown runs in the past two games and has seen a marked increase in his passing game usage over the course of the season, catching six passes against Miami. He gets a solid Week 4 matchup against the Bengals, who are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Robinson's coming off a game in which he had 17 touches; if he gets that many again against this weak Bengals run defense, we'll be looking at another good performance for the undrafted rookie. Consider him an RB2 option this week.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V (hamstring) was a surprise entrant to the injury report on Thursday. Fuller has a history of missing games with hamstring issues, so this should be a worrisome sign for his availability against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. A healthy Fuller has game-breaking speed, but even he's not at 100 percent, he can be a complete afterthought, as he was in Week 2 when he was clearly not fully healthy and ended up not being targeted. Even if things trend towards Fuller playing, there's enough uncertainty to drop him down a tier in this week's rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. is a risky play in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals. While Chark -- who missed Week 3 with chest and back issues -- appears on track to play, the Bengals Defense has been solid against the pass this year, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Adding to the concerns for Chark is that the Jaguars and quarterback Gardner Minshew II have been spreading the ball around a lot so far this year, getting a whole host of receivers involved and not giving anyone a major share of the work. If someone breaks out here, it's Chark, but for now he should be considered a borderline WR2/3 with plenty of downside in Week 4.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II is coming off a disappointing Week 3 performance in which he failed to throw for a touchdown despite completing 71.43 percent of his passes. Now, Minshew will look to bounce back against the Bengals on Sunday. The problem? Cincinnati is only allowing 16.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, the eighth-lowest mark in the NFL. Maybe that success can be attributed to the quarterbacks they've faced so far, but with Minshew not being an elite passer, it's best to consider him as a risky, low-end QB2 at best in Week 4.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) returned to practice in a limited fashion on Thursday after sitting out of the team's Week 3 win over the Saints. Adams did very little (three catches, 36 yards) when he was hurt in Week 2, but he went off for 14 receptions, 156 yards and two scores in the season-opener on 17 targets against the Vikings. It looks like Adams is on track to return for the Monday night matchup with the Falcons and their shaky secondary, so Green Bay's All-Pro wideout will once again be a must-start high-end WR1 for his fantasy managers. Allen Lazard, who had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown last week in Adams' absence, will be a boom/bust WR3/flex with Adams on track to return this week.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (core), who stepped up with 146 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Saints, has a new core muscle injury and did not practice on Thursday. It helped that Davante Adams (hamstring) was inactive last Sunday night, but Lazard has gained a lot of chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and seems to be the preferred target behind Adams. His status will be one to watch for Monday Night Football against the Falcons this week, but if he's questionable for that one, fantasy managers should look for better options. If Lazard were to sit out this week, Marquez Valdes-Scantling could step up as a flex option in deeper leagues.
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (back) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday for the first time in a few weeks. Smith played in the season-opener but hasn't been on the field since, but it looks like he has a chance to return to the starting unit this Sunday against the Browns. Dallas really needs the 29-year-old in the fold, as they're already short-handed on the offensive line. Smith's return would be great news for quarterback Dak Prescott, who has performed admirably the last two weeks without his starting blind-side protector. Cleveland has a pretty nasty pass rush, so Smith would help a depleted offensive line as the Cowboys seek their second win of the season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (back) was added to the injury report on Thursday with a back injury that he's working through. Beckham was officially limited in Thursday's practice, so it looks like he still has a good shot at suiting up in Week 4 against the Cowboys. Through three games in 2020, OBJ has 11 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown and is seeing consistent enough targets to make him a solid WR2 each and every week. This Sunday against a Dallas offense that hasn't had trouble putting points on the board, the Browns figure to throw the ball frequently. The Cowboys secondary is also allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to the receiver position.
New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (neck) is active for the Thursday night game against the Broncos as Sam Darnold's backup. With Flacco active, the team released quarterback Mike White. The 35-year-old Flacco is purely a clipboard holder for Darnold as long as he's healthy, which makes him useless in fantasy football. Never much of a fantasy asset even during his prime with Baltimore, the Jets would be in even more trouble if they were forced to use him as their starter in the event of a Darnold injury. New York also has rookie signal-caller James Morgan on their roster behind Flacco.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Jones was not able to play last week because of the injury but appears to be on track to play this week. He has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for several season and should be a weekly starting option when healthy.
New Orleans Saints OG Andrus Peat (ankle), TE Jared Cook (groin), DE Marcus Davenport (elbow) and CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. CB Janoris Jenkins (illness), WR Michael Thomas (ankle) and LB Chase Hansen (hip) were limited. DT David Onyemata (calf) was not given a practice designation.
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Gage still needs to pass his concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so fantasy players should know more about his status in a few days. He will receive a handful of targets if he plays and could be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore faces a tough matchup in Week 4 against Arizona. No team has allowed fewer fantasy points to the wide receiver position than the Cardinals, though fellow number-one wideouts Terry McLaurin and Kenny Golladay were able to post good numbers against this defense. Moore is of a similar talent level to those two and commands a whopping 49.4% of his team's targeted air yards, which ranks second in the league. The second-year pro also ranks 11th in the league in targets, so he's seeing ample opportunity. In a game where Carolina may be forced to throw more, fantasy managers can plug Moore in as a solid WR2 with upside.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) didn't take part in the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday. As key members of the team's defense, their statuses are something to watch heading into Week 4 against the Lions. Lattimore tweaked his hamstring in practice on Wednesday, but the injury isn't considered serious. The 24-year-old has 15 tackles through three games for the Saints, and his absence this Sunday would be good news for Lions star receiver Kenny Golladay, who scored a touchdown in his season debut in Week 3. If one or both of Davenport or Lattimore are inactive, it makes New Orleans' defense a less-appealing fantasy streamer.
New York Jets WR Jeff Smith was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 1. Free-agent CB Javelin Guidry was also elevated from the practice squad. QB Mike White and CB Nate Hairston were released to make room on the roster.