Week 10 of the NFL season was a special week. It was the first week of the season that no serious injuries occurred to any big-name fantasy players. We also got a few key players back from injuries last week. Kyler Murray made his return 11 months after suffering an ACL injury, and he led the Cardinals to a 25-23 over the Texans.
More fantasy stars will be returning from the IR this week. De'Von Achane, Justin Jefferson, and Khalil Herbert all could be seen back on the field this week. This is great news for many fantasy owners because the fantasy playoffs are only a few weeks away.
Week 10 Highlights Worth Noting
C.J. Stoud hit the O-H celebration after a rushing touchdown in Cincinnati on Sunday as he led the Texans to a huge upset win over the Bengals. The Ohio State product is putting the league on notice with his great play so far this season. Stroud is second in the league behind Sam Howell in passing yards and has thrown 15 TDs with only two INTs this season.
Josh Dobbs had another magical start against the Saints last week and is now 2-0 with the Vikings. Dobbs is on his seventh team in seven years and is finally getting his chance to prove he can win games in the NFL. He has proven to most fans that the Vikings are a playoff team with him at the helm.
The 49ers expectedly rebounded on Sunday by stomping a hole into the Jaguars. The 49ers dominated a good team from start to finish in all phases of the game and walked out of Jacksonville with a 34-3 victory. Christian McCaffrey did not score a touchdown, marking the end of his historic 17 games with a touchdown. McCaffrey’s impressive streak is tied with Lenny Moore for the NFL record for most consecutive games with a TD (including playoffs).
Notable Injuries from Week 10
- Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (hamstring) was ruled out against the Cardinals. Coach Arthur Smith said Heinicke’s hamstring injury is considered “low grade.”
- Browns QB Deshaun Watson is done for the rest of the season after an MRI showed he needed surgery to repair his throwing shoulder.
- Vikings RB Alexander Mattison suffered a concussion in Sunday's game versus the Saints and has been placed in the league’s concussion protocol.
- Saints QB Derek Carr was ruled out after he suffered a right shoulder injury and was being evaluated for a concussion versus the Vikings. Carr has an extra week to get healthy with the Saints on a bye this week.
Play Cardinals QB Kyler Murray @ Houston (11th)
Kyler Murray looked like his usual dynamic self in his first game in exactly 11 months. Murray gave his fans vintage stuff late in the second quarter with two impressive scrambles that culminated with a six-yard TD run. He displayed an impressive rapport with second-year TE Trey McBride, who led the team with eight catches for 131 yards. Murray did not throw for a touchdown and did have an interception, but he looked sharp as a passer. Houston is nearly in the top ten for easiest defenses against QBs this season, making Murray a good start. Murray looks like a top-10 QB the rest of the way.
Other QBs to Play
Trevor Lawrence has more turnovers (10) than touchdowns (9) in what is amounting to a disappointing season for the third-year quarterback. Lawrence’s three turnovers were a big part of Jacksonville’s five-game winning streak coming to a screeching halt last week against the 49ers. Lawrence had a season-low two fantasy points in the embarrassing loss. During the Jaguars' five-game winning streak, Lawrence averaged 15 fantasy points/game, which is why he should be avoided most weeks. The Jaguars do not need to throw a lot to win games, and Lawrence is struggling with turnovers.
Other QBs to Stay Away From
Play Texans RB Devin Singletary vs. Arizona (3rd)
Devin Singletary rushed for a career-high 150 rushing yards in Houstons' huge win over the Bengals. In the absence of the injured Dameon Pierce (ankle), Singletary turned into a workhorse back, carrying the ball 30 times. Singletary is a must-start if Pierce misses this week, and he is still a decent flex start if Pierce plays. Singletary’s epic performance should be enough for Houston to continue to give him opportunities because Pierce has been inefficient with his opportunities this season. I would not be surprised if Singletary ends up as the starting RB or at least 1a for the rest of the season.
Other RBs to Play
- Darrell Henderson Jr. vs. Seattle (5th)
- A.J. Dillon vs. Los Angeles Chargers (6th)
- Ty Chandler @ Denver (1st)
Chuba Hubbard only has 109 rushing yards on 40 carries across his last three games. Hubbard was on my start list a few weeks ago because he had taken over the starting RB role from Miles Sanders, but he has not provided much with his added opportunities. The third-year back is averaging double-digit carries over the past three games, but Carolina’s offense is struggling to move the ball. This week, the Panthers host a Dallas defense that dominates bad teams. Hubbard and the Panthers' offense should be avoided this week.
Other RBs to Stay Away From
- D’Onta Foreman @ Detroit (28th)
- Jerrick McKinnon vs. Philadelphia (32nd)
- Joe Mixon @ Baltimore (21st)
Play Broncos WRs Courtland Sutton vs. Minnesota (8th)
Courtland Sutton tied his season high with 11 targets in Monday’s 24-22 win over the Bills. Sutton finished with eight receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown, which makes four straight games he has scored. Russell Wilson’s favorite target is Sutton, and his size makes him a great red-zone target. After a terrible start, the Broncos have turned a corner this season, scoring 24 points and beating the Chiefs and the Bills in their last two games. Minnesota has given up 147 receptions to WRs this year, the second most. Sutton hasn’t shown big-play ability, but he is a threat to score every week, as his seven receiving TDs are tied for second in the league.
Other WRs to Play
- Rashee Rice vs Philadelphia (1st)
- Romeo Doubs vs. Los Angeles Chargers (5th)
- Jahon Dotson vs. New York Giants (3rd)
Gabe Davis is always a threat to score, as he has scored in five games this season. That being said, the Bills offense is struggling as of late, and Davis is averaging only four targets over the past two games. Davis is one of the most boom-bust receivers in the league, and he is hard to trust against the best defense against WRs this season. The Jets' defense is extremely tough on opposing receivers, so I do not expect many catches or yards from Davis. He may score a TD, but his floor is too low this week to start him and pray for a TD.
Other WRs to Stay Away From
- George Pickens @ Cleveland (31st)
- Quentin Johnston @ Green Bay (28th)
- Brandin Cooks @ Carolina (29th)
Cole Kmet brought in five of seven targets for 45 yards against the Panthers on Thursday night. That came four days after posting a two-touchdown tally in Week 9. Kmet has been boom-or-bust this season but is one of the best fantasy options on the Bears. QB Justin Fields is expected to return this week, which could give all the pass catchers in Chicago a fantasy boost. Detroit is good, but they do not guard the TE position well. This week, Kmet could easily lead the Bears in targets, catches, and yards.
Other TEs to Play
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Jake Ferguson has found the end zone in three-straight games for Dallas but will face a Panthers defense that has only allowed 11 throwing scores. Ferguson has emerged as a top fantasy TE, but I do not expect much from him this week. I expect the Cowboys to jump on the Panthers, and the game script will lead Dallas not to throw much. The Panthers have been extremely tough on opposing TEs this season, so most of Prescott’s passes will find Ceedee Lamb and Tony Pollard. Ferguson looks like a starting fantasy TE the rest of the way after Week 11, but sit him this week if you have another option.