Drew Magyar
What Did We Learn - Week 10

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We’re coming up on the fantasy playoffs. For many, players that were to be counted on have fallen short of expectations or suffered an injury. Others have burst onto the scene, blowing our projections out of the water. So who looks poised to make an impact in your run to the playoffs, and who’s ready to fall flat?

Whose Stock is on the Rise?

Nick Foles turned in one of the greatest quarterback performances in NFL history, throwing for 406 yards and seven touchdowns. Clearly, this was a perfect storm, as the up-tempo offensive scheme and Oakland’s seemingly inept defense provided Foles with all he would need to have a career day. Next week’s matchup with Green Bay could turn into a shootout.

Chris Ivory is starting to deliver what the New York Jets had envisioned when they traded a fourth-round pick for him back in April. First, disregard the 40-point loss in Week 8 that negated the running game. He ran for 104 yards in Week 7, and he now adds 139 yards and a score in Week 9. With a game in Buffalo on deck after the bye, I think Ivory will continue to run well, at least while healthy.

Zac Stacy has run away with the starting job in St. Louis. After being mired in a committee with Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead , Stacy has finally become the clear feature back, and even with defenses stacking the box, he’s found running room. Last week against Seattle, he ran for 134 yards on 26 carries, and he followed it up with 127 yards and a pair of scores in Week 9 against Tennessee. He’s become a viable RB2/flex play.

Mike James stepped up his game in Seattle on Sunday, rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries. He added a short touchdown throw, but his rushing was the real story, as he broke off several big plays to keep the chains moving. Tampa Bay may be getting back to its offensive gameplan, with a run-heavy approach to take the pressure off of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon , but can they keep games close enough to continue to use the run? That’s the question.

T.Y. Hilton didn’t waste much time capitalizing on his increased offensive role. In the wake of Reggie Wayne ’s season-ending knee injury, Hilton became an every down player and caught seven balls for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He caught one of his signature deep balls, but he’s also showcasing some short and intermediate skills. Andrew Luck will continue to target him.

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