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Monday Morning Takeaways – Week 10

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Indianapolis 27, Jacksonville 10

Colts

Over the past two weeks Vick Ballard had emerged as a decent RB2 starting in place of the injured Donald Brown. All week fantasy owners would read that Brown’s status for Thursday night's tilt was uncertain after sitting out practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although Ballard opened the game in the Colts backfield, both he and Brown split time right down the middle alternating on every series. A 50-50 timeshare completely hinders the fantasy value of both players. Expecting a similar trend to continue, Ballard and Brown should be viewed as mid RB3.

Coming into Week 10, TY Hilton flashed across our watch list as a possible waiver addition. That notion was quickly thwarted as Donnie Avery (hip injury) started the game, retaining his role as the secondary option in the passing game behind veteran Reggie Wayne. Avery remains a very low end WR3 while Hilton should be returned to the waiver wire.

Jaguars

Cecil Shorts just keeps on producing at a high level despite the struggles of his team. We should also note that his lone touchdown came at the hands of backup quarterback Chad Henne, meaning he is the preferred target no matter who’s under center. Considering the Jags are playing from behind in most games, Shorts is a solid mid WR3. However, it would be wise to sit him next week facing the stout Texans defense.

Justin Blackmon is awful.

Rashad Jennings is finding it tough sledding on a bad Jags team, picking up 27 yards on 11 carries. With the passing game struggling most defenses will be playing eight in the box to shut down the run greatly limiting Jennings' fantasy value to mid RB3 range.

New York Giants 13, Cincinnati 31

Giants

Andre Brown, and not Ahmad Bradshaw, started in the Giants backfield. Bradshaw was mixed into the contest toting the rock a team high 10 times picking up 57 hard fought yards. However, he would put the ball on the carpet only to be seen on the sidelines for much of the game giving way to Brown’s seven carries for 65 yards and one touchdown. Already losing goal line touches, this is slowly becoming a concern for Bradshaw owners as a full RBBC is in effect.

Side note: we’re reading postgame that Bradshaw required X-rays. He would not divulge what body part was to be examined, but claims it wasn’t his troublesome foot. That leaves us to speculate his neck injury could be flaring up.

Don’t even ask me what’s wrong with Eli Manning (215 yards, two interceptions) because I have no clue. I will say his accuracy is the worst I’ve ever seen, constantly missing wide open targets. Arm fatigue has been reported, but that won’t help fantasy owners as Manning is a lineup lock. Thankfully the Giants have a bye in Week 11 to get the train back on track.

Bengals

Andy Dalton and the Bengals absolutely worked over the G-Men pinning them to the mat and never letting up. Dalton has played at a high level in his second season as the Bengals starting quarterback, and remains a low end QB1. Just be aware of his fantasy playoff schedule including Week 14 versus the Cowboys and Week 16 at Pittsburgh.

Jermaine Gresham has been a tough nut to crack. His early season production had owners begging for mercy. However, Gresham has eclipsed seven fantasy points in three of his past four games rewarding those fantasy owners who had the patience to wait out his slow start. Averaging six targets per game, Gresham has lower TE1 value.

Tennessee 37, Miami 3

Titans

The early games saw a number of lopsided victories and that was highlighted by the beat down handed out by the Titans. This game was a bit skewed by four Miami turnovers leading to short scoring drives for the Titans.

Jake Locker stepped in as the Titans starting quarterback hooking up with Kendall Wright for the opening touchdown of the game. Locker would also find tight end Jared Cook for a 26-yard touchdown. Despite the lopsided score, Locker's performance was marred by the Fins turnovers. Even more unnerving is trying to define which Titans wide receiver to trust moving forward.    

Dolphins

Reggie Bush started in the Dolphins backfield, but abruptly fumbled on the Fins second possession. He was then replaced in the backfield by Daniel Thomas who took over as Miami’s featured running back. This would mark the third straight game that Thomas has played more snaps than Bush. In fact, third stringer Lamar Miller saw action in front of Bush. As a Bush owner myself, watching this rotation of running backs is taking years off my life. Already losing goal line looks, Bush is slipping into that mid RB3 range, no longer a lineup lock.



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